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Mayor confronts commissioner about Parks and Rec funding

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By Becky Barnes

Following a brief-but-heated exchange at Tuesday’s Cynthiana City Commission, a $12,044.67 contribution was approved for Parks and Recreation.

When Finance Commissioner Billy Grayson presented payables for approval, Mayor Steve Moses questioned the payment to Harrison County Fiscal Court that would go to Parks and Rec.

“This was not budgeted,” Moses said.

Grayson countered that it as part of the inter-local agreement that the city and county signed when the new Parks and Rec Department was created and agreed that it would be funded 50/50.

In a confrontational manner, Moses claimed that Grayson should have requested that the budget be amended to reflect any costs that the city would incur with the restructuring of the department.

Grayson said that perhaps he should have requested an amendment. However, he noted that the inter-local agreement was approved.

Moses then stated that all inter-local agreements should be funded 50/50.

Grayson said that each situation would have to be dealt with individually.

Moses reiterated that the 50/50 inter-local agreement should be for all agencies for which an agreement was signed and noted that the Economic Development Authority in particular was still owed $8,800 from the city.

The motion had been made by Grayson and seconded by Commissioner Gary Brunker prior to the debate.

When it appeared the discussion was deadlocked, Brunker called for the vote.

Moses said he wanted to know the commissioners’ position.

“I think you’ll know with our vote,” Brunker lamented.

In another matter, the commission:

•Heard from Haviland Argo with Kentucky Utilities regarding burying utility lines on Pike Street between Main and the rail road tracks.

•Heard a presentation by James Smith, Chamber president, regarding an application for funding to help promote tourism.

Smith said the city contributes $6,000 to the Chamber of Commerce each year and that they are asking for no more money for the Chamber. However, he did request $4,000 to be used solely for tourism.

•Gave the go-ahead to Ben Maybrier and Woody Richie to for a welcome sign at the south end of Cynthiana on U.S. 27.  The sign would incorporate the city’s existing sign as well as place organization signs around it on one 10-foot-by-9-foot metal frame.

•Approved electrical franchises for Cynthiana from Kentucky Utilities and Blue Grass Energy.

•Heard Grayson report that the swing set had to be removed from Hero’s Park after an injury occurred there. 

He said new equipment will be ordered to replace what was removed at a cost of $600 to the city.

•Declared a 2001 Ford Crown Victoria as surplus property then agreed to accept bids for the purchase of the vehicle.

•Reappointed Frazer LeBus III and Stephen McCauley to the P&Z Board of Adjustments and Gary Dearborn to the P&Z board.

•Met in executive session to discuss the appointment or hiring of a specific individual and to discuss a disciplinary matter with a specific employee.

Following the closed session, the commission voted to not offer employment to a former employee who wanted to be reinstated.

The disciplinary action, Brunker said, was being handled through policy and procedures by the commissioner.