Wickliffe – After a lengthy discussion, City Council Member Chris Halteman was the only member to vote against keeping Republic Services as Wickliffe’s trash pick-up service, formerly, Consolidated Waste Incorporated (CWI) in a 4 to 1 vote. At February’s meeting, Mayor Lynn Hopkins discussed Republic Services. Per Hopkins, Republic Services purchased CWI and initiated a rate increase of $0.25. At that time, the Council passed a motion to increase the garbage rate by $0.25.
Back in May 2013, Mark Davis of Purchase Area Development District (PADD) stated that the work needs to start on the Trails Grant Project before the June 30, 2013 deadline. According to Davis, if the work has not commenced by the June 30th deadline, the $75,000 reimbursable Grant will be null and void. As of the current meeting, Council Member David Phillips informed the Council that Davis was able to get the Trails Grant Project deadline extended to June 2014.
Under old business, the Main St Program, created several years ago, was discussed. City Maintenance Supervisor Guy Johnson informed the council that the bid was accepted and he sent it to Harry Carver from the Department of Local Government. As of the meeting, the grant monies have not been issued to the City of Wickliffe.
Under other old business, the second reading of Ordinance 606 Property Rates took place. The motion passed to keep last year’s rate of 36.78 per $100 the same.
Under new business, Hopkins informed the Council Members that J.L. Doublin approached him about selling the Pennebaker property on Beech Grove Rd to the City of Wickliffe for $2,500. It was discussed and the Council Members voted 3 -2 to make a counter offer in the amount of $500. The Council discussed deeding some property that the city owns to the Court House. The reason being, the Court House could turn the aforementioned property into a parking lot and free up more parking for the local businesses located near the Court House.
The Street Paving fund in the amount of $18,000 obtained from the Commonwealth of Kentucky was discussed. This is a yearly fund. Johnson and the Council Members brought up several roads that need repair work. The roads in question are: Cumberland Rd between 2nd and 3rd, Ohio St also between 2nd and 3rd, and Tennessee St. No actions were taken at this time.