City holds first reading of false alarm ordinance

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By Linda Ireland

Hodgenville City Council held first reading of a false alarm ordinance Monday that could prove costly to businesses or individuals who don’t keep their alarm systems in repair.

After five documented false alarms in a six-month period, penalties could total as much as $750. The misdemeanor fine would be no more than $500 – which would be paid to the court system . The civil penalty would be no more than $250 – which would be paid to the city.

LaRue Fiscal Court has asked for a copy of the ordinance as they are considering passing a similar ordinance, according to Mayor Terry Cruse.

Second reading of the ordinance will be held next month.

In other business:

• The council held second reading of a change to the planning and zoning ordinance. The lot size for an in-family conveyance will raise from 25,000-square-feet to 30,000-square-feet. The change affects only new lot creations.

·         The council held second reading of a property tax ordinance setting the tax rate at  .125 per $100 assessed value on real estate, which  will bring in $133,972 to the city’s coffers. That’s $1,092 more than last year.

·         Fire Chief Wally Sparks reported four runs in September: a grease fire at a downtown restaurant; false alarm at the courthouse; a controlled burn; and one accident.

·         Cruse said sidewalks have been replaced on College Street. Sidewalks on Greensburg Street will next be replaced.

·         Cruse said Salem Lake Road will be chip-sealed later this month.

·         Cruse announced the purchase of a street sweeper. The City and Hodgenville Housing Authority split the $35,000 price tag as “neither could afford one on its own.” The City used funds from the Municipal Road Fund to pay for it.

Trick-or-Treat times were announced as 6-8 p.m. Oct. 31. Downtown streets will close by 4:30 p.m. so the fire department can set up a haunted house and the Chamber of Commerce can begin its costume contest by 5:30 p.m.