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City of Henderson Board of Commissioners Pass 1st Readings Amending Special Events, Zoning Ordinances

City of Henderson Board of Commissioners Pass 1st Readings Amending Special Events, Zoning Ordinances

Bill Stephens

April 13th, 2016



HENDERSON, KY, April 12, 2016– The first reading of an amendment to the Special Events ordinance that regulates sale and consumption of alcohol on City property at such events as the upcoming Downtown Farm & Art Market was approved Tuesday night at the regular meeting of the City of Henderson’s Board of Commissioners.

Also, following a requested review and April 5 public hearing by the Planning Commission, the Commissioners passed the first reading of an ordinance amending zoning.

The proposed amendments would allow more efficient use of existing infrastructure and both existing and new structures, would allow more density, would create a more business-friendly climate and would allow public input on a case by case basis through the conditional use process.

The amendment affects the Residential/Office District, Neighborhood Business District, General Business District, Central Business District, Highway Commercial District, Gateway Zone District and Henderson Innovative Planning District.

The commission conducted these other items of business:

–  Passed a resolution authorizing a grant application totaling $168,500 to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, Port Authority Grant Program, for three years of training in Safe Vessel Operations for agencies in the Ohio Valley Maritime District. The grant request comes from the Henderson Fire Department.

–  Passed the final reading of an ordinance amending the baseline number of employees at Dana Commercial Manufacturing LLC as it relates to the company’s eligibility to receive incentives through the Kentucky Business Investment program.

–  Passed the final reading of an ordinance accepting public improvements in the Merrill Place commercial subdivision.  They include water, storm water and sanitary sewer improvements as well as roadway improvements.

–  Passed the final reading of an ordinance accepting sanitary sewer public improvements for Colonial Senior Living.

–  Passed the second reading on an ordinance amending the Job and Classification Plan and Budgeted Positions for Fiscal 2016.

–  Approved a municipal order renewing stop/loss insurance coverage and organ transplant coverage for the coming year in the City’s health benefits plan.

–  Approved a municipal order renewing the ambulance service contract between the City of Henderson, the County of Henderson and the Community United Methodist Hospital Inc. The order changes the expense cost sharing from a 50-50 division between the City and County to a 37.5-37.5 percent division for the City and County and 25 percent share for Methodist Hospital.

–  Authorized request for specs and bids on roof repairs for the City-owned former Fire Department No. 3, now leased to the Fraternal Order of Police, Henderson Lodge 9.

–  The Commissioners also heard a presentation from Brittany Ross, a representative of SurfKy News Group, about a debate for Board of Commissioners candidates scheduled for 6 p.m. May 11 at Henderson Fine Arts Center.

–  Mayor Steve Austin presented a proclamation to Henderson Chief of Police Charles H. “Chip” Stauffer in recognition of National Public Safety Telecommunicators Week.

–  Prior to the meeting, the Fire Department displayed its new 1997 Ford Rescue Truck that was acquired from Freehold, N.J., Township Fire District #2. The new truck, with 14,572 miles, replaced a 1996 truck with more than 52,000 miles.

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is 5:30 p.m., April 26, in the Assembly Room. A Work Session is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. April 19.

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