New Resolutions Introduced
A big crowd was on hand at the opening of the Washington City Council meeting Wednesday night.
Council Chairman Steve Jennings presented several honors to Jeff Harper who announced his retirement from the Washington Court House Fire Department.
A Proclamation of Appreciation for Harper 14 plus years of service as a firefight & EMT to the city was read & he was also presented a clock mounted in a wood frame plaque.
Harper was seriously injured in August 2011 after a ultra light plane that he was piloting lost altitude near the Fayette County Airport & dropped in a near by cornfield. Over 20 family, friends & co-workers gave Harper a standing ovation after the presentation.
City Manager Joe Denen reported that residents who have fall brush to pick up can call the city at 636-2380. The leaf collection will be held later on this year. Dates will be announced in the future.
Three new resolutions had first readings before the council.
The first dealt with accepting the amounts & rates as determined by the Budget Commission & these are used for any necessary tax levies that may come up. The resolution which is a yearly business by council basically will agree with those rates that have been certified by the county auditor.
The second resolution dealt with a request from the recent Service, Safety & Recreation Committee meeting.
If adopted after the next reading at the City Council meeting on October 24th it would put in place action prohibiting any issuance of a zoning permit for 365 days (from time it passes) for any establishment engaging in games of skill, wagering or wagering via a proxy game.
Finally the council passed on first reading a resolution where City Manager Joe Denen could start work on a grant for a new radio communication system for the Washington City Police Department.
MARCS (Mobile Area Radio Communication System) work has already started with the Fayette County Sheriffs Department & the update would assist the local police to have better radio communication with not only area but state agencies as well.