The Booneville City Council met in regular session via conference call for the second month in a row. The Mayor called the meeting to order. A motion was made and carried to approve the minutes from the last meeting.
Lisa Botner gave the tourism report. She talked about a virtual road trip that they are working on. It highlights different places around the city. We are looking into doing this out in the county as well. Lisa Botner was asked to participate in a tourism leadership development. Owsley County doesn't have a representative in this group and money is available through this. The mayor encouraged her to participate. She stated that this is very slow going right now due to COVID-19. We will need to get a committee formed to work on the Trail Town. People are not too interested in Trail Town right now due to the pandemic.
David Hall gave his monthly report. He stated that the radio read meters cost more than the old meters. He stated that the city needs to adjust the cost of setting new water meter installations. There will be an ordinance to state the new prices of the meter installations. The new prices would be $850 out of city limits and $800 in city limits. This would be for ¾ inch meter. The new price for a 1(one) inch meter would be more expensive. This was the first reading of this ordinance. There will be another reading of this ordinance at the next meeting. We went down the other day and looked at the river intake road. It looks like a good road. We signed off on it with the conditions that they come back this fall and put gravel on it and if anything happens to it in the next year, they will come back and fix it. We also got our Consumer Confidence Report back. All of our numbers were where they needed to be. The numbers are encouraging. The water quality is very good. David stated that he is trying to get a link on the facebook page so that customers can check the CCR at their convenience.
Paul Nesbitt, from Nesbitt Engineering, stated that work is continuing on Hwy. 30. Highway 11 should still be bid out in late 2020. School sidewalk is almost complete. The I/I Phase 1 (sewer) is getting close to starting. The bids were taken on April 14, 2020. A company out of Louisville was the lowest bidder. They were $22,000 less than the next lowest bid. A motion was made and carried to accept the company for the job. A motion was made and carried to approve Requisition #4. This part of the I/I project will be testing sewer and drain lines to make sure that they are working correctly. They will be putting smoke through the lines to test how well the lines are working. If you have an old house that does not have a trap, then you may see some of this smoke in your house. More information will be forthcoming before this is done. Once this project starts, it should be done in 4-6 weeks. We are getting everything ready for the Lift Station Rehab Project. We are getting the environmental study and the release of funds done. This grant is 100% funded. The bridge at Shepherd's Lane is scheduled to be started within a couple of months if they can get everything settled.
The City has been getting a lot of positive comments on the Sidewalk Project that has been finished. A motion was made and carried to approve the resolution that KRADD provided for the Booneville Pump Station Rehab Project. A second reading was done on the resolution. Each member of the city council voted yes on this resolution. A motion was also made and carried to approve the budget amendment and yet another motion was made and carried to approve the contract with KRADD allowing them to oversee this project. Casey from KRADD mentioned that the city needs to figure out some projects because CBDG Funds will be opening up before long. We need to think about things that we would like to do and start getting the paperwork together so that when the money opens up, we will be ready to move forward. A special meeting will be scheduled for a work session on this.
The collections report was given. There has been some water leaks at a couple of properties in the city. We are trying to work out these issues. A new meter was placed at the one but they are still having a very big bill. The city is waiving late fees on water bills during the pandemic. The girls were very thankful for the window that has been put in. People are getting use to the window. It is a lot easier during the pandemic. Collections for April was up, mainly due to the stimulus checks. There were no late fees collected due to the virus. Tammy and Ruth have spent a lot of time trying to explain the different ways to make their payments.
Tara Roberts gave her police report. She stated that she has done everything that she can to make the streets of Booneville safer. A man was charged for writing his name in the new concrete of the new sidewalk. The Mayor complimented Ms. Roberts on how she is working different hours of the day and night to figure out how and when she is most needed.
The financial report was given including a budget review. A motion was made and carried to approve the financial report. The council is looking at the tax rates. Taxes are not a big revenue for the city. A motion was made and carried to approve paying the bills. A motion was made and carried to go into executive session. Another motion was made and carried to adjourn the meeting.