In a marathon meeting Tuesday evening, the Berea City Council heard from fifteen citizens regarding invocations given at council prior to each meeting.

Following the public comments session that lasted nearly an hour, the council settled into the business session and approved first reading of an ordinance that would reclassify a property owned by Ben Davis and Bruce Davis from R-1/B-2 (single family residential/major business) to B-2 (major business).

The land, a 2.917 acre tract, located on KY 1016, is within city limits and “the reason for the requested map amendment is the existing zoning classification which divides the property into to two zone classifications and is inappropriate and the proposed zoning classification of B-2 is appropriate.”

The council approved second reading of an ordinance repealing a section of 53.001 that prohibited Sunday commercial activities, such as billiards, pigeon holes or pool tables within city limits.

The council also heard first reading of an ordinance that declares the sale of surplus property, a list of items which include chairs, filing cabinets, tables and other items that have been itemized as surplus property by the city.

Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley opened five bids for the Highway 1016 Sewer Project. The bids were as follows: Sturgeon Creek Construction ($316,507.27), Grants Excavating ($265,560), Connhurst LLC ($267,706), Flo-Line Contracting ($253,645) and Clay Pipeline ($147,680). All bids were sent to Berea Municipal Utilities Director Kevin Howard for review.

Fraley asked the council and those present for thoughts and prayers of thanksgiving to honor the life of Dr. Janice Blythe, who passed away on March 5. Blythe, former wife of Richmond Mayor Rev. Robert Blythe, served on the Berea Human Rights Commission.

“Her service was greatly appreciated and she will be greatly missed,” Fraley said. 

In other business:

• The council heard from representatives of Sustainable Berea on the fifth Victory Garden Blitz, set for April 5-6. 

• The Central Kentucky Job Fair will be April 9 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Berea Church of God. There is no charge for businesses to attend but registration is required. For more information call, 986-8528, extension 2164.

• City Administrator Randy Stone reminded residents the importance of paying BMU bills on time. “If we received payment after the 10th (of each month), they are considered late and there will be a late charge.” Stone said that payments made online sometimes take several days to post.

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