Kenton City Council met for their 16th regular session Monday evening at the City Building. The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as read and there were no citizens requesting time to speak.
During committee reports, the council heard from:
BKP Board: the board met on August 15th. During the meeting, the board heard updated plans for the new dedicated fax line for better communication with Hardin Memorial Hospital; approved the purchase of a server compatible with the new software; and approved the contract with Kenton City Schools for football games.
Finance: the finance committee will meet next on August 29th at 5:30pm in council chambers at the City Building.
Regional Planning: the regional planning committee will meet next in October, date to be determined.
Cemetary: the cemetary board will meet on August 30th at 5:00pm.
Parks & Recreation: the parks & recreation board met on August 9th and discussed the pool and the parks, which were both determined to be doing well.
Under old business, council voted to amend an ordinance to transfer funds within the RSPO line items in the new amount of $1,764.65; the ordinance passed unanimously. The second ordinance, regarding fire department overtime, was voted to bypass the three-reading rule and was ultimately adopted.
In new business, the council discussed four pieces of legislation, three of which regarded fund transfers or appropriations. The first, an ordinance seeking to transfer funds for swimming pool employee payroll, was amended to include an additional appropriation of $800 to cover payroll for the remainder of the season. The ordinance also included a line item transfer for funds for the sewer department to address pump repairs. The ordinance passed unanimously after it was amended. The second ordinance regarded the painting of the slide and swimming pool, and was voted to bypass the three-reading rule before being adopted unanimously as well. The third piece of legislation, an ordinance seeking additional appropriations for a contract engineer, was amended from $11,100 to $2,500, conditional upon meeting the contract engineer at the next meeting in September. The amended legislation was voted to bypass the three reading rule and passed, 7-0.
The last piece of legislation, required to move forward with the purchase of the Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative building, was voted to suspend the three-reading rule and passed unanimously. City Law Director, John Schwemer, said this was the first step to be able to seek financing for the purchase of the building at a cost of $556,500.
The council then moved to go into executive session to discuss property acquisition. No further action was taken following the session.
The next meeting of the Kenton City Council will be on Monday, September 12, 2016 at 7:00pm at the City Building.