Tempers flared at the Lebanon Junction council meeting Monday night.
Mayor Butch Sweat said there had been rumors going around that council members were stealing money and he didn’t appreciate the accusations.
“There’s five people on this council that are honest people,” he said. “And I know they wouldn’t take any money. They’ve lived here their whole life, they’re good people and I’ll go to bat for them.”
Sweat continued to say he didn’t understand why $750 was in the Old Fashioned Days account for community hall rental.
Council member Mark Shumaker Sr. spoke up and said he thought the rent money for the community center should go to OFD for the months it was still manned by them until the city took it over.
Butch said the OFD committee was “broke” and couldn’t pay for it and that’s why they took it over and that the city has been utilities on the building since May.
Shumaker said members of the OFD committee came to the council (in April) and asked them to take over running the community center because they didn’t want to anymore, but Tobee Taylor, who was the former president of the OFD committee, was unaware of the resignation. He said she also did not sign off as the president registered with the state before the new president was chosen.
The mayor said he thought renting the community center out to organizations is a good thing to have for the community.
Council member Steve Masden said he lets a lot of groups such as the Girl Scouts meet for free there regularly.
No other council members added anything to the discussion.
There was no resolution about the subject.
In other business:
-The council voted to approve contracting with Kentucky Utilities as the city’s service provider again without any discussion. KU will bring them a bid in December.
-Police Chief Donnie Tinnell said they’ve made some additions to the old police car he asked the council to surplus after buying a new one at a July meeting. It was originally agreed to make the lowest bid $600 for it. The council voted to raise that to $750. They plan to advertise the sale of the car soon.
Tinnell also told the council he thought it would be beneficial for all of the police officers to start carrying the same gun, a glock .40 mm. He said he would look into prices and let them know.
- During the mayor’s report, Sweat told the council Louisville Water had some of the taps done for the new lines that they wanted to turn over to the city. Public Works Director Chaz Sullivan raised concern wanting to make sure LW would still put in all other future taps for the project and that the city wouldn’t be stuck with the bill.
He and council member Tim Sanders asked the mayor to double check before signing.
-The mayor told the council the film crew from Australia who came to film the borbon commercial in town a couple of months ago sent them a check for $500 to go towards the park fund.
“They said they would like to come back and work with us in the future,” Sweat said.
- Sweat said he’s still waiting on the papers to be signed by Bardstown Mayor William Sheckles which will let LJ out their water contract with the town. Sweat said he expects it might officially be ended by the end of next month.
- Sweat said Louisville Water asked for a 10 foot easement on Pipe Street and the council approved it.
- The mayor told Shumaker Sr. he didn’t appreciate him complaining about not having a police car at the school during high traffic. He asked Tinnell to explain to him that if an officer gets a call about something urgent they need to leave.
Sweat told Shumaker if he had a problem then he needed to come and see him directly.
-During the council member’s reports, Allie Phillips said she’d been to Frankfort on Monday to meet the new senator Dan Seum. She said she;’s hopeful his involvement may indirectly benefit the city in the future.
She also shared the community Thanksgiving church service will be Nov. 17 at St. Benedict Parish at 7 p.m.
“I feel really proud all of the churches are coming together to do this,” she said.
Phillips also said there will be a free community Thanksgiving dinner at the same church on Nov. 23 from 2 to 5 p.m. in the cafeteria.
Some members seemed excited about the prospect.
During his report, Sanders asked why the rails still hadn’t been fixed on the walking bridge yet. The mayor responded the state had officials done there three times now to look at it but nothing’s been done yet.
-Connie Jackson, member of the parks committee, said they will be lighting up the park again for Christmas Nov. 30 at dark. They will give businesses a chance, like last year, to put up their own displays in the park on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday after 2 p.m. They plan to have the tree lighting on Main Street then process to the park for the rest of the lighting. There will also be refreshments available and Santa Claus.
Jackson said this year they will offer citizens a chance to purchase a sign in memory of a loved one. Contact her for more details at 833-3459.
-Sweat said the city park might be receiving another donation soon for the rides from the same people that donated and installed the fun wheel. This time he said they will probably get a slide.
-Sullivan told the council he was going to be working on putting in three taps and hydrants on Church Street and Pine Tavern Road. He said he has money to cover it in his budget. Estimated cost is about $10,000. He also said he was working on having six foot fences put up around water storage tanks on East Oak and at the Elementary School because they’ve been having trouble with children climbing on them.
-All council members were present at the meeting except Larry Dangerfield.
The next meeting will be Dec. 2. The public is invited to attend.