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David Gregory will assume his new role as Berea City Administrator in less than two weeks. Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley announced Gregory’s interim replacement as Berea Police Chief Tuesday night.

Berea Police Captain Danny Brewer will assume Gregory’s position on Aug. 19 on an interim basis, the same day Gregory takes over as City Administrator. The deadline for applications for Berea’s top police post was Wednesday. Gregory was named City Administrator during a special-called meeting on July 23. Fraley said Brewer will remain in the role until a new police chief is chosen.

“I want to officially congratulate David Gregory on his selection to be our new city administrator,” Fraley said during Tuesday night’s City Council meeting at City Hall Chambers.

“We’re planning to have a swearing in ceremony for David next week. Even though he’s a sworn officer, he has to be sworn in again. It will be a good time to celebrate with David and members of the public are welcome to attend.”

Fraley also announced that Public Works Director Dwayne Brumley has been named as the city’s project manager.

Trail benefits

Louisa Summers, a professor in the health and human performance department of Berea College, presented a study on the health benefits of the city’s multi-use paths, especially the Stephenson Trail.

She said more people are utilizing the trail and an “upwards” of 1,000 people are using the Short Line Trail.

The study also suggested that more users are running and riding bicycles on the trail and added the distance is on the increase and less people are using vehicles as a means of transportation to get to the trail areas. Cyclists are using the trails at least five times per week and runners averaged an increase of 15 minutes to their time spent exercising on the trail.

“The people that are out there bicycling, they are out there five times a week is what was reported this year in 2019,” Summers said.

Council member Jim Davis admitted he was “skeptical” of the trail in the past, but said the numbers suggest the trails are working.

“My wife (was out there) walking (Tuesday night),” he said.

In other business:

• The council held a work session prior to the meeting to discuss a proposed ethics ordinance that mirrors the one used by the City of Richmond.

• Fraley opened a sealed bid from Hunter Exterior Services in Mount Vernon to replace the roof of the Berea Municipal Utilities Building on Harrison Road for $49,998.47. Fraley referred the bid to BMU director Kevin Howard for review.

• Sandy Rowlette said more than 200 vendors have signed up for the 23rd annual Spoonbread Festival set for Sept. 20-22. Rowlette said applications are still being accepted for potential vendors and is seeking volunteers from the community to help work the yearly event.

• Wendy Satterthwaite, a first-grade teacher at Berea Community Schools, received a certificate of recognition for her efforts and “inspiration to all Bereans through her hard work and athletic achievements.”

• Fraley signed a joint-proclamation that includes the City of Richmond, Madison County Fiscal Court and both Madison County and Berea Independent school systems regarding the dangers and e-cigarettes and vaping.

• The council accepted a bid from Vescio’s SportsFields of Lexington to upgrade and revamp field No. 3 and No. 4 at the Berea City Park. The bid for both fields totaled $155,938.10, which came under the $200,000 allotted in the budget for the improvement of the two fields.

• The Berea City Pool will close on Sunday. City Administrator Randy Stone said the splash pad “was a hit” in its first season.

Next meeting: 6:30 p.m., Aug. 20, at City Hall Chambers.

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