Mayor Troy Rudder and City Officials receive governance award from KLC

Three City of London officials were among 34 across the state who were recognized recently for achieving the highest level of training offered by the Kentucky League of Cities.

Mayor Troy Rudder, councilman Danny Phelps and public safety director Rick Cochrane received the Level III-Master of City Governance Award during the KLC Conference and Expo in Covington on October 4.

The honor requires the city official to attend 90 hours of approved training with three hours of ethics training.

Nearly 200 city officials from across the state were recognized for their educational achievement during the City Officials Training Center (COTC) Awards Program at the KLC conference. The annual conference drew in nearly 500 city officials and leaders from across the commonwealth.

The City Officials Training Center is a voluntary education program administered by the Kentucky League of Cities. City officials can complete education levels by attending KLC events and by submitting outside training credit from other municipal training. There are three levels of achievement: Level I – Achievement in City Governance, Level II – Excellence in City Governance and Level III – Master of City Governance. To maintain the masters an additional 15 hours of courses must be completed annually.

“The COTC program provides a variety of training that better equips our city leaders across the state to serve their local communities. With this achievement and the amount of training it represents, citizens are the real winners because our communities are reaping the benefits of better informed leaders,” said J.D. Chaney, KLC deputy executive director. “This is an impressive feat and a testament to the dedication of these city officials.”

London Regional Recycle Center receives baler from Truitt Bros.

Pictured above: Billy Richardson Sanitation Manager / Dustin Burton General Manager

An unused baler in the back of a warehouse will now see a new home with the City of London Regional Recycling Center.

Truitt Brothers Manufacturing has long wanted to be a shining example of recycling in the community and lead others to it, and with a hefty donation to the London Regional Recycling Center, they have made a big step.

A $4000.00 baler was sitting unused in their warehouse when Public Works Director Steve Edge took a tour of their premises.

“I just saw it sitting over there and joked with Billy (Richardson) that we could put that to good use,” Edge said. “Little did he know, he goes and talks to the president of the company.  A little later I get a call with them saying come and get it.”

Richardson, the Sanitation Manager at Truitt Brothers and Dustin Burton, the General Manager said they hope this donation can really help out with the recycling effort in the community.

But this is something they have really been wanting to do and started doing recently.

“In the past couple years; Burton said, they have kicked their recycling efforts into gear.”

“We’ve really adopted the motto reduce, reuse, recycle,“ Burton said.  “We want to be a leader in establishing a recycling community.”

He highlighted that they recycled close to 490,000 lbs of all the waste they used just last year alone.

Apart from just sending off their waste to the recycling center they will also try to reuse whatever they can in their own house and if they can’t use it there, they will send it to another plant for them to reuse.

“Billy and Steve have found another venue to where we can give these to other people to use,” Burton said.  “Like other companies in the event that we don’t use all that we’ve got.  We would just as soon see it used and then send it to the recycler after it gets worn out.”

Truitt Bros. also work with their employees to encourage them to recycle as much as they can at home, Richardson said, saying they want to expand their efforts outside of the company.

Burton said, “the company’s main goal with this donation is to encourage everyone to recycle more”.

“We can all do a better job,” Burton said.  “Anything we can do, and if this helps on their end and can reduce the landfill, it’s something we all need to do.”

“Right now, the recycling center has a limited amount of balers, they have to switch in and out for different products,” Edge said.  This can put them behind when they have to wait until one is done to start on the next product”.

He said this new baler will be able to help out a lot in that they will be able to dedicate one product to it, and only use it for that.

“Anytime anyone helps us out, they’re helping out their local government,” Edge said.  “And we’re always thankful for that.”

Richardson said, “it is really important for everyone to get on board with this and help each other out to make everyone better at recycling”.

“I drive down the interstate everyday and every day I pass the weigh station, and to the left is that landfill,” Richardson said.  “And I’m amazed at how tall it has gotten in the last 10 years.  It’s become a huge mountain.”

 

June City Council

MINUTES OF A REGULAR MEETING OF THE CITY

COUNCIL OF THE CITY OF LONDON, KENTUCKY,

HELD JUNE 6, 2016

A regular meeting of the City Council of the City of London, Kentucky, was held June 6, 2016, at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall in London, Kentucky. Mayor Troy Rudder was absent, therefore Councilperson Judson Weaver was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem, and the following duly qualified and acting members of the City Council were present:

Councilperson Kelly Greene

Councilperson Jason Handy

Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman

Councilperson Danny Phelps

Councilperson Nancy Vaughn

Councilperson Judson Weaver

City Attorney Larry Bryson was present.

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The meeting was called to order by Judson Weaver, Mayor Pro Tem.

A motion was made by Councilperson Nancy Vaughn and seconded by Councilperson Kelly Greene to approve the Minutes of May 2, 2016 and to dispense with the readings of these minutes.

Then upon this motion came the following vote:

Councilperson Kelly Greene, yes

Councilperson Jason Handy, yes

Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman, yes

Councilperson Danny Phelps, yes

Councilperson Nancy Vaughn, yes

A Resolution was presented on behalf of the London Fire Department to make an application for the United States Department of Homeland Security funds for a project to be administered by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security, for funds the city will use for the purchase of equipment and/or services.

A motion was made by Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman and seconded by Councilperson Jason Handy to approve the Resolution and to authorize Mayor Rudder to execute the same.

Then upon this motion came the following vote:

Councilperson Kelly Greene, yes

Councilperson Jason Handy, yes

Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman, yes

Councilperson Danny Phelps, yes

Councilperson Nancy Vaughn, yes

Steve Edge, Public Works Director was present to request approval to advertise for black top bids.

A motion was made by Councilperson Jason Handy and seconded by Councilperson Nancy Vaughn to authorize Steve Edge to advertise for blacktop bids for the upcoming year.

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Then upon this motion came the following vote:

Councilperson Kelly Greene, yes

Councilperson Jason Handy, yes

Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman, yes

Councilperson Danny Phelps, yes

Councilperson Nancy Vaughn, yes

An Ordinance Establishing a Six Month Limited Pilot Program for Certain Mobile Food Unit Vendors to Lawfully Operate in Designated Street Parking Areas and Providing for Licensing; Compliance with Ordinance and Program Requirements; Food Vending Zones; Hours of Operation; Insurance; and Fines not to Exceed Two Hundred Fifty Dollars ($250.00) for Each Violation; All Effective Upon Date of Publication was read for the second time by Attorney Larry G. Bryson.

A motion was made by Councilperson Nancy Vaughn and seconded by Councilperson Kelly Greene to approve the second reading of said Ordinance and to authorize the publication of same.

Then upon this motion came the following vote:

Councilperson Kelly Greene, yes

Councilperson Jason Handy, yes

Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman, yes

Councilperson Danny Phelps, yes

Councilperson Nancy Vaughn, yes

Steve Edge, Public Works Director presented the 2016-2017 Kentucky Pride Fund Recycling Grant Agreement. The approved amount for the Grant is $141,299.13.

A motion was made by Councilperson Danny Phelps and seconded by Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman to approve the Recycling Grant Agreement and authorize Mayor Rudder to execute the same.

Then upon this motion came the following vote:

Councilperson Kelly Greene, yes

Councilperson Jason Handy, yes

Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman, yes

Councilperson Danny Phelps, yes

Councilperson Nancy Vaughn, yes

An Ordinance Adopting a Budget for the Fiscal Year July 1, 2016 through June 30, 2017 by Estimating Revenues and Resources and Appropriating Funds for the Operation of City Government was read by Attorney Larry G. Bryson for the first time.

A motion was made by Councilperson Danny Phelps and seconded by Councilperson Nancy Vaughn to approve the first reading of said Ordinance.

Then upon this motion came the following vote:

Councilperson Kelly Greene, yes

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Councilperson Jason Handy, yes

Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman, yes

Councilperson Danny Phelps, yes

Councilperson Nancy Vaughn, yes

There being no further business, a motion was made by Councilperson Jason Handy and seconded by Councilperson Kelly Greene to adjourn the meeting.

Then upon this motion came the following vote:

Councilperson Kelly Greene, yes

Councilperson Jason Handy, yes

Councilperson Bobby Joe Parman, yes

Councilperson Danny Phelps, yes

Councilperson Nancy Vaughn, yes

Judson Weaver, Mayor Pro Tem declared the meeting adjourned.

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MAYOR PRO TEM, JUDSON WEAVER

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