Henderson Board of Commissioners Hold Public Hearing on Street Paving, Finalize Fiscal 2017 Budget


HENDERSON, KY, June 14, 2016– A required public hearing on the priorities for street paving work was one of the items of business at the Henderson Board of Commissioners regular meeting on Tuesday night.

Commissioners reviewed a list of 30 streets to receive street, shoulder, sidewalk and repair work totaling $780,000.

On second reading the commissioners approved ordinances adopting both the Fiscal 2017 budget for the Henderson Water Utility and the Fiscal 2017 budget for the City of Henderson.

The budget adopted for HWU was approved by the Water & Sewer Board at their May 16 meeting and has projected revenues of $18,629, 010, operating expenses of $18,038,112 and capital projects of $3,424.400.

The $80,747,000 budget ordinance adopted for the City of Henderson that was finalized at a May 18 work session and slightly amended on first reading includes: General Fund, $31,930,000; Natural Gas Fund, $16,540,000; Health Insurance Fund, $7,543,000 for the Health Insurance Fund; Public Way Improvement Fund, $1,765,000; Construction Fund, $9,124,000; HART operating fund, $1,649,000; and Sanitation Fund, $3,262,000.

The commission conducted these other items of business:

– Approved the second reading of an ordinance amending the HWU chief financial officer position and exempting it from civil service status.

–  Passed the first reading of an ordinance amending the Property Maintenance Code. The amendment clarifies that the height of grass is 10 inches before the City has the power to cut the grass at the expense of the property owner.

–  Passed the first reading of an ordinance making some amendments to the 2016 budget that relate to street repairs, disposal fees at the transfer station and expenses related to employee health insurance claims.

–  Passed a resolution approving the reimbursement of supplemental health insurance up to $239 per month to police and fire pension retirees and their spouses who are entitled to or are receiving Medicare benefits. An old pension plan, this affects fewer than 10 employees and is a $2 increase from 2016.

–  Passed a resolution appointing Executive Assistant Lynn Drew as acting city clerk in the absence of City Clerk Maree Collins.

–  Approved municipal orders authorizing the submission of a hiring grant for the police department that would add three new officers, accepting an agreement between the police department and University of Southern Indiana (regarding student internship and program) and accepting the dissolution of Henderson Recycling as well as the dividing of assets (mostly collection containers).

The Henderson Recycling action has no impact on curbside recycling or the drop-off site at the County Garage.

–  Approved the transfer of funds from Community One Inc. to the Audubon Kids Zone project expenses in the amount of $12,535.75.

–  Approved the operating and services agreement between Public Energy Authority of Kentucky (PEAK) and the City.

–  Awarded the bid for the purchase of new firefighter protective clothing in the amount of $26,000 (ten turnout coats, pants and pull-on boots) to Fire Department Service and Supply of Louisville.

–  Awarded the bid for purchase of small truck with a dump bed for the Central Garage at a cost of $37,950 to Town & Country Ford.

–  Awarded the bid for the design and construction of drive-through canopy for the Henderson Municipal Center to Q & S Contracting Inc. of Sebree for $90,897.

–  Approved the reappointment of Kevin Herron to the City-County Planning Commission.

The next meeting of the Board of Commissioners is 5:30 p.m., June 28, in the Assembly Room. There is no work session scheduled for June 21.

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