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Commission appoints Grayson to fill vacancy

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By Kate Darnell

The Cynthiana City Commission is once again a fully staffed board.

After discussion in executive session, commissioners reconvened in regular session and voted unanimously for Billy Grayson to fill the vacant position of Commissioner of Public Utilities.

The commission position, previously occupied by Jack Keith, became vacant when the commission voted for Keith to finish Jim Brown’s term as mayor.

Brown, who is recovering from a stroke, resigned as mayor last month.

“We look forward to working with Billy Grayson,” Keith said after the appointment.

Keith said the commission had received many letters from “extremely strong candidates.”

“We are absolutely thrilled with the quality of individuals that applied,” Keith said Tuesday evening. “...Unfortunately, we only have one  (position) open.”

A life long resident of Cynthiana, Grayson, 75, said he hoped to contribute to the commission’s success.

“I see such a positive attitude from our commission,” Grayson said Wednesday morning. “...I do see a positive change right now and a more positive change in the future.”

Currently serving as the superintendent of Battle Grove Cemetery, Grayson is a former employee of Kawneer and IBM.

Grayson said his past management, engineering and outsourcing work at IBM will help him oversee the water plant and waste-water treatment facility as public utilities commissioner.

Other business included:

•Commissioners voted to help fund the construction of a Farmers Market structure that will be built in Flat Run Veterans’ Park.

The commission will give $12,500 to the project, with the county meeting that amount for a combined $25,000.

Additional funding and a grant will assist with the total building cost, reaching an estimated $100,000, said Harrison County Extension Agent Gary Carter.

Carter presented the information and building drawings to the commission Tuesday evening.

“We’ve been working on this for six months,” he said, adding that the building will add interest to the park.

At 30 feet by 100 feet, the building will include bathrooms, a cooler system and a partial kitchen facility.

“This would allow for 20 to 25 producers to sell here in Harrison County,” Carter said.

Carter said that under the grant, the Farmers Market will have control of the building during the producing season. Carter said the facility could be used by other groups when it wasn’t being used by the Farmers Market.

Carter said the facility will need sewer and electric lines.

Construction could begin as soon as the beginning of August, Carter said.

“This looks like a nice addition to the park,” Keith said.

•City Attorney John Lair said he will distribute drafts of an ordinance allowing golf carts on city streets to commissioners for review.

Commissioner of Public Safety Amanda Moore said she met with Cynthiana Police Chief Ray Johnson and Cynthiana citizen Charlie Wohlwinder, at which point they discussed a possible golf cart ordinance.

Moore said the safety of golf cart use on Pike Street remained a concern.

“An ordinance will have to be drawn,” Keith said about the restrictions.

After an ordinance is reviewed by commissioners, Keith said it will have two readings before the commission.

•City Clerk Charleen McIlvain updated commissioners on the progress of the Westside Redevelopment Project.

McIlvain said of the 15 parcels of land in the project area, 10 of those parcel owners have signed agreements and three are pending.

McIlvain said a project sign will soon be put up in the area.

•Commissioner Mark Mattmiller was voted to serve as mayor pro-tem in the case of Mayor Keith’s absence or inability to serve as mayor.

•The commission voted for Mayor Keith to serve as the ABC representative.

•Commissioners approved a pay resolution for CDBG in the amount of $31,000.

•Lair said paperwork relating to the reconstruction of the US 27 bridge had been sent into the state.

“Hopefully we will see some progress on that project soon,” Lair said.

•The commission voted to adopt a resolution regarding the city’s compliance with federal hours and wage laws for firefighters.

•The commission voted to approve the trust participation/agreement for general insurance and worker’s comp with Kentucky League of Cities.

•Commissioner Mattmiller was appointed to serve on the Recreation Department Board.

•The commission voted for Keith to sign a ground water protection and best management plan.

The signed plan will be transmitted to the Division of Water.

•The commission voted to buy back 50 hours of comp time for Johnson.

Moore said since the police department is not fully staffed, Johnson had been filling in on patrol shifts.

•Mattmiller showed the commission an insert informing citizens about code violations and rules. The insert will appear in next week’s Harrison Shopper.

•The commission voted to accept Ron’s Concrete bid for the sidewalk reconstruction on the west side of Main Street.

Mattmiller said Dave Kennedy, administrative assistant to the Board of Commissioners, had spoken to all the residents/business owners that will be affected by the reconstruction.

•Christine Florence was promoted from Water Treatment Plant Operator Trainee to Class III.

•Todd Blanton was promoted from Water Treatment Plant Operator III to Class IV.

•The commission awarded bids for water treatment plant chemicals to C.I. Thornburg.

A bid for chlorine was awarded to Brenntag Midsouth.

•The commission voted to award Microbuc Lab with a bid for lab analysis for the water treatment plant and the waste-water treatment plant.

•Commissioner Jimmy New congratulated the Harrison County High School softball team and baseball team, encouraging the community to attend and support HCHSee^in the boys’ state baseball tournament this week.