City of Prospect
CITY COUNCIL MEETING
January 12, 2004
(A complete transcript of this meeting is available at City Hall and on the Citys Web Site, HTTP://WWW.PROSPECTKY.COM)
Mayor of the Day Jacquelyn Brown; Mayor Lonnie Falk; Council Members Nan Milliman, Charlie Sell, Alan Simon, Harold Smith, Sandy Tucci and Lee Zimmerman; City Attorney Grover Potts, City Administrator Ann Simms; Police Chief Marvin Wilson; Recording Secretary Ann Melton.
Mayor Falk opened the meeting and introduced Mayor of the Day Jacquelyn Brown at 7:30 p.m. Jacquelyn called the meeting officially to order by rapping the table with the gavel.
APPROVAL OF MINUTES:
Council Member Sell moved approval of the Minutes of the Special Meeting of November 24, 2003; Council Member Simon seconded; passed unanimously. Mayor Falk noted this was a meeting which considered a zoning change and that the Binding Elements for that zoning change are attached to the Minutes, although they are not a part of them.
Council Member Simon moved approval of the Minutes of the Regular Meeting of December 8, 2003; Council Milliman seconded; passed unanimously.
The Mayor said it was his pleasure to announce the winner of the 2004 Beach Craigmyle Award for outstanding service to the City. He said this years winner highly deserves the Award, having been always willing to volunteer, to go the extra mile to help in many areas and to do so with good humor and enthusiasm. Council Member Lee Zimmerman was than named as the Award winner, to a standing ovation by those present. Zimmermans wife, Cheryl and son, Nathan, were also present and photographs were taken of the formal presentation.
Mayor Falk said he never has concerns when he asks Council Member Zimmerman to do a job except when he asks him to take photographs. Zimmerman consistently cuts off the heads of his subjects. Perhaps, in a previous life, said the Mayor, Zimmerman served the governance of the French Revolution and has never been able to get that out of his system.
COMMENTS FROM CITIZENS:
There were no comments from citizens.
Chief Marvin Wilson presented police report. The Chief noted there have been a number of areas in which the monthly statistics show marked increases, but none so much as in House Watches. Council Member Tucci commented she believes neighbors see members of the Police Department checking homes of people who are away and this sensitizes them this service is available. Council Member Sell said he believed it would be helpful if a notice were placed in the City Newsletter reminding residents about the House Watch program. The Mayor said this would be done, adding House Watches are available for times other than vacations, such as when people may be away from their homes attending funerals.
The Chief also reported Prospect Police have arrested a suspect in a home burglary which he previously reported having occurred. Offices Stacy Bruce and Pat Timmons were able to track the suspect to Elizabethtown, Georgetown and Senora, Kentucky, to make the arrest.
There was no Old Business.
Mayor Falk called the attention of the Council to a letter from the Kentucky League of Cities, which is opposing a bill before the legislature which would not allow cities in the Commonwealth to adopt smoking bans. The Mayor, who has had several discussions with officials at the League of Cities, said the issue, for them, revolved around home rule whether cities and counties have the right to pass their own laws or whether the legislature can preempt such actions. He included the letter in the Council meeting materials so that Council Members who felt strongly either way could contract their state legislators if they so choose.
The Mayor then presented a drawing by artist Lonnie Walker, showing his design idea for Prospects Gallopaloosa horse. As of today, Prospect is the only suburban city to purchase a horse and the Mayor said he wishes more cities would do so, as it is an important community-wide event and there are few better ways for these suburban cities to show their interest and willingness to be part of the whole community.
Prospects design, he noted, will include handprints from as many residents as care to come by the weekend of February 7-8 and affix them to the horse, which will be at both Prospect Village and Prospect Point. Kroger has agreed to host the horse at Prospect Village and Vances True Value Hardware will do the same at Prospect Point. After the handprints are done, Walker will then glue small mirrors to the horse, the idea being that the horse through the handprints and images of the people looking at it reflect whats most important about our City; its residents.
Several Council Members praised both the concept of being part of Gallopaloosa project were, indeed, to be expended by operation Brightside and, if so, whether the City would not be eligible to receive Operation Brightside funds for some of its many beautification projects. Mayor Falk said he would contact the Metro mayor to find out what the status of the funds are.
At the Mayors request, Council Member Tucci moved the Council go into executive session to discuss personnel; Council Member Milliman seconded; passed unanimously.
Before beginning the Executive Session, Mayor Falk thanked Mayor-for-the-Day Brown for her participation in the program. Jacquelyn said she learned a bit about government of a city such as Prospect and the Mayor commented she probably learned more about drainage than she wanted to know.
The Council went into Executive Session at 7:50 p.m.
Following the Executive Session, the Mayor announced for the record the Council discuss personnel matters.
Council Member Simon moved adjournment; Council Member Tucci seconded; passed unanimously. Mayor Falk declared the meeting adjourned at 8:25 p.m.
Lawrence C. Falk
Ann R. Simms