City Council

City Council of Barbourville 

Barbourville City Council met in regular session at City Hall on Thursday evening, May 9.


The waterpark in Barbourville has really got the City Council talking. Needless to say, the community is anticipating the final decision of the City Council as the fate of the waterpark is still undetermined. 

"Without federal funding, we cannot get new equipment," Mayor David Thompson said, "As you know we have surplussed all the old equipment." He added, "I spoke with Union College about funding and it did not go over well, but this is not a dead issue yet." He continued, "We have been working at all angles [to find a solution]."

The Mayor confirmed, while in the process of finding funds, the City of Barbourville may open the water park back up next year in 2020.

The City will be receiving up to $30,000 along with other grants for the water park. According to the Mayor, even $30,000 will not cover the costs of everything that needs to be done to make the waterpark operational.

"The water park will not be ready this year," Mayor Thompson said. "There's not enough time."

Thompson explained the community will have a chance to purchase Season Passes soon. This opportunity will reveal the city's support and determine whether or not the water park will stay open.

"Without the support of the community, the excavator will just take it apart," Thompson said, "So we will see."


The City Council meeting continued on with Mayor Thompson reading Ordinance No. 2019-1, an Ordinance Amending the City of Barbourville's Annual Budget for the Fiscal Year. 

The Council had to make changes in income and expenses due to a decrease in collections of property taxes, public service tax, recycling revenue, alcohol regulatory fees, and insurance premium taxes.

The amended budget ordinance became effective on Thursday, May 9.


Ordinance 2019-2 was also announced, an Ordinance Establishing the Regulatory License Fees for the City of Barbourville for the June 30, 2020 year.

  • regulatory license fee on the sale of alcoholic beverages of each establishment in the City licensed to sell alcoholic beverages 
  • regulatory license free related to additional policing, regulatory, and administrative expenses related to the sale of alcoholic beverages.

In effect, the regulatory fees are reasonably estimated to reimburse the City for additional policing, regulatory, and administrative expenses related to the sale of alcoholic beverages in the City. 


Finally, the City Council finished the meeting with Resolution No. 2019-3 which is a resolution of the City of Barbourville, consenting to the consolidation of the Cumberland Valley Regional Housing Authority and the Barbourville Renewal and Community Development Agency. 

Cumberland Valley Regional Housing Authority testified that they have seen the benefits of combining the two entities to become one. The City of Barbourville evaluated the issues and rewards of the undertaking.

Therefore, the City Council agreed to support the consolidation of the two entities and the resolution became effective on May 9. 

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