Mayor Lonnie Falk; Council Members Harold Smith, Nan Milliman, Raymond Burse, Alan Simon, Lee Zimmerman, Sandra Tucci; City Attorney John Evans; Police Chief Lewis Nugent; City Administrator Ann Simms; Recording Secretary Phyllis A. O’Donnell.
Mayor Falk called the meeting to order at 7:30 p.m.
Council Member Smith moved approval of the minutes of the regular City Council Meeting of November 17, 1997; Council Member Burse seconded; passed unanimously.
Mayor Falk explained to the council that it was again time to choose a recipient for the Beach Craigmyle Award. Each council member was given a ballot that was to be returned at the end of the meeting.
Paul Arena asked about the status of the new street signs for The Meadows. Street signs have been ordered and should be installed in about two weeks. Also, he wanted to know if the City had made a decision about installing a water source for the Charlock Court island. Mayor Falk said that if the City did one island it would have to do all the islands in the City that did not have a water source. This would be very costly and, while the City will explore the project and get cost estimates, he doubts this will happen in the near future.
OF THE CITY AUDITOR
Steve Pennington of Richardson, Pennington & Skinner, PSC presented the 1997 City of Prospect audit stating the City was financially in very good shape with over $1 million in cash and certificates of deposit. Pennington went through the 36-page report item by item, answering questions and providing additional details.
Council Member Milliman moved to accept the 1997 Audit; Council Member Simon seconded; passed unanimously on a roll call vote of 6-0.
Chief Nugent presented the monthly police report. He reported that there has been a rash of car burglaries in some of the surrounding areas of Prospect but none reported in Prospect. Chief Nugent also reported that Officer Day had suffered facial and arm burns in an accident at home and will not be reporting for duty for an unspecified time
Council Member Milliman gave SECOND READING, ORDINANCE NO. 348, SERIES 1997: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CITY OF PROSPECT ORDINANCE NO. 39, SERIES 1975, AS AMENDED BY ORDINANCE NO. 109, SERIES 1983, CODIFIED AS SECTION 72.02 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PROSPECT REGULATING THE MANNER OF PARKING VEHICLES WITHIN THE CITY. The ordinance forbids parking in front of or otherwise obstructing any public or private U.S. Mailbox. Council Member Simon seconded; passed unanimously on a roll call vote 6-0.
Council Member Smith gave SECOND READING, ORDINANCE NO. 349, SERIES 1997: AN ORDINANCE AMENDING CITY OF PROSPECT ORDINANCE NO. 300, SERIES 1994 CODIFIED AS SECTION 10.99 OF THE CODE OF ORDINANCES OF THE CITY OF PROSPECT PROVIDING FOR A GENERAL PENALTY. The ordinance sets a minimum and maximum fine for violation of City ordinances for which no penalty is stated in the ordinance itself. The minimum fine in such a case is $25 and the maximum $500, in addition to any expenses incurred by the City as a result of the violation. Each day’s continued violation constitutes a separate offense. Council Member Milliman seconded; passed unanimously on a roll call vote 6-0.
City Attorney Evans told City council members that the State Division of Water has decided it will not allow MSD to block the City’s application for a permit to run a pipeline to the Ohio River. The Division of Water confirmed that Prospect is free to pursue its permit option. The City is proposing building a $2 million system, with voter approval, that would pipe discharge away from Harrods Creek to the Ohio River.
Council Member Simon thanked City Hall employees who worked on “Light Up Prospect” also the Prospect Police Department., the Harrods Creek Fire Department, the First Baptist Church of Prospect Choir and all others involved for a great job and hopes it will become a yearly event. Frosty, who underneath was City Secretary Anne Brunner, was a big hit as well as Officer Larry Bush, who sang several holiday selections.
Council Member Burse moved adjournment; Council Member Smith seconded; passed unanimously. Mayor Falk declared the meeting adjourned at 8:10 p.m.