Council holds first reading of sewer ordinance

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By Linda Ireland

 Hodgenville City Council held first reading Monday of a sewer use ordinance.

The 47-page policy was prepared by the Kentucky Rural Water Association at the direction of the Division of Water, according to Mayor Terry Cruse. Each city is required to have regulations dealing with the sewer system.

City Clerk MaDonna Hornback read a condensed version of the ordinance that had been prepared by City Attorney Mary Gaines Locke.

The ordinance deals with proper connections to the sewer system, pollutant discharge limits, compliance data, powers of inspectors and penalties for non-compliance.

The council held first reading of the ordinance; a second reading will be held before it becomes law.

In other business:

• The council agreed to table discussion of a proposal to codify city ordinances. In March, Richard Frommeyer of American Legal Publishing spoke to the council about hiring his company to bind and index city ordinances.

Councilman Kenny Devore suggested the council continue the matter “until we get to the point we can take a serious look at it.”

• Devore complained about the lack of purchase order numbers on the City’s invoices, saying he had asked three times for PO numbers to be indicated on statements.

“This is not what we asked for,” said Devore.

“That’s what you’ve got,” replied Cruse.

Hornback said she had purchase orders for the bills and would start writing the numbers on them.

• Hodgenville Fire Chief Wally Sparks provided a fire run report from April.

Hodgenville firefighters responded to a false alarm just after 10 a.m. on April 3 at LaRue County Middle School (installation of a dishwasher); and to a house fire on East Main St. on April 15 – and to two re-kindles at the same residence.

Devore asked how long the homeowner would have to either tear down the house or clean up the area. Cruse said the nuisance ordinance could be utilized if needed.

Firefighter Michael Key, who rented the house, said insurance inspectors were trying to determine the cause of the fire. Wiring or a space heater is suspected, he said.

• Police Chief Steve Johnson said the department received a grant through Homeland Security to provide vests for all officers.

The Click It or Ticket program will run through mid-June and officers will be working in several areas, targeting drivers who aren’t wearing seatbelts.

• Mayor Cruse provided his annual “state of the city” report.

He said the general fund has $723,344.45 and there was no over spending in any accounts for 2013-14.

He summarized several projects completed during the year including the second phase of the playground equipment and basketball court at Creekfront Park, resurfacing and raising the walking path at the Park, assisting Park and Recreation with bathroom and concession stand repair, and completing the first phase of the stormwater drain system on College Street.

The City improved the sewer system so back-ups are not occurring in homes and replaced several sidewalks.

He would like to purchase a smaller backhoe that can maneuver in a confined area and a fire truck with a 110-foot ladder for adequate protection of buildings on Lincoln Square and the nursing home.

“I think we had a good year and look forward to the next one,” Cruse said.