The Berea City Council adopted a municipal order that sets standards for conduct of future legislative body meetings during its bi-monthly meeting Tuesday night.
The order shortens public comments from five to three minutes. The order was unanimously approved “to provide guidance to ensure that the legislative body meetings of the City of Berea maintains order and completes the business at hand in a professional, successful and constructive manner.”
The order also states that any item that extends three minutes should be scheduled through the mayor’s office and will be placed on the agenda.
Councilwoman Emily LaDouceur questioned the length of public comments and no training session of the order said thinks it’s “fair and transparent that we give the public an opportunity to speak their mind.”
The council also adopted Callico Place, Pauline Drive, Beechwood Drive, Cooper Drive, Bryant’s Crossing, which includes Bryant’s Trail, Provincial Way and Berkshire Avenue into the city’s maintenance plan. Milling and paving of East Glades Road, North Powell Street, East Glades, East Wilson Street, Scruggs Street and Brown Street are scheduled within the next month.
The council heard first reading of an ordinance adopting a supplement to the current code of ordinances. American Legal Publishing cooperation has recommended revising or adding certain sections, which are based on or referenced sections of the Kentucky Revised Statues.
Clint Patterson and Wendy Warren spoke about the Berea College Forestry Center and its mission to attract more visitors to the region. Patterson wants to put “Berea on the Map” and showcase the program’s deep roots in forestry.
Warren said the outreach center, which opened in 2018, has welcomed more than 10,000 visitors from 45 states and 13 countries since it opened more than 14 months ago.
Craig Williams, Host Community Liaison, gave an update on the Chemical Weapons Disposal Program, providing a technology summary, current status, employment and financial expenditures, operations projection and economic impact.
Operations on the disposal of the weapons stored at the Bluegrass Army Depot are scheduled to begin next month. The operation is scheduled to be complete in 2023 and it will take two years to complete full closure of the facility.
In other business:
• Berea Mayor Bruce Fraley declared the month of May as Older Americans Month and recognized May 13-19 as Police Week in Berea as part of Peace Officers Memorial Day and Police Week observed on May 15.
• Fraley appointed Tom Schultz and re-appointed Terry Bingham to the code enforcement board.
• Emily Reynolds was hired in the city finance department.
• City Administrator Randy Stone informed the council the Owsley Fork Dam project, to help improve the city’s water supply, has been given the green light to begin.