Bedford commissioners OK zoning first reading in special meeting

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BY HILDA PARRISH | The Trimble Banner

Bedford Mayor Todd Pollock, in a “what’s good for the goose is good for a gander” attitude, recommended to the City of Bedford commissioners that they join the county in adopting the zoning ordinance at a special called meeting Nov. 19.

Earlier that morning at the regular Trimble County Fiscal Court meeting at 9 a.m. on Nov. 19, the court voted 3-2 to adopt the second reading of the zoning ordinance. During Pollock’s campaign for judge-executive, he repeatedly said the measure needed to be put on the ballot for the people to decide. However, he suggested during the meeting that the city also adopt the ordinance.

“It is my recommendation that we follow suit with the county at this time,” Pollock said. “There will probably be changes later, but at the present there is not and I think it’s probably better that we go along with them to stay in the same step as them.”

Commissioner Tammy Liter-Scott made a motion to have the first reading of the zoning ordinance with Gary “Newt” Johnson seconding the motion. The vote was unanimous and City Attorney Joanne Pyc read a summary of the zoning ordinance. There will be a second reading before the City of Bedford can adopt the ordinance.

Code Enforcement Officer Jordon Dennison turned in his badge on Nov. 19. Dennison has held his position since May 2017. Mayor Pollock accepted his resignation and informed the commissioners that after he was installed as judge-executive, he would enact a motion to have the county’s code enforcement officer patrol the city “as he would be out and about anyway.” When asked about reimbursement would be made, he said the code enforcement officer is paid for by the county.

In other business:

Pyc’s contract expired this month and a resolution was read that she be retained as city attorney from Nov. 19, 2018 until June 2019. Commissioners approved the resolution.

Liter-Scott questioned a budget item for the alcohol and beverage control officer. She believed they no longer had an officer as an agreement had been made with the county sheriff’s office that deputies would take turns patrolling the different establishments that sold alcohol. Pollock said that was true and that this month would be the last payment made. At this date only one deputy has turn in an expense voucher which the city has budgeted $30 per hour in payment. There are no set hours for the deputies to patrol and Liter-Scott said it was “a bad move.” Pollock agreed and said the hours will be worked on.

A light is needed at the cemetery to keep the flag up at night. Jim Hoskins has looked into the type needed and approval was given to purchase a proper light up to $200. Liter-Scott said most of the stakes to mark the rows at the cemetery on in place and the mapping has been suspended until spring when the weather will be better.

The mayor and Clay Kelley, adviser for the Kentuckiana Regional Planning and Development Agency, are still negotiating with FEMA for the 2015 flood damage done in the city, especially to the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Early on an agreement was made for the city to do small items for reimbursement. FEMA has made a contract with Kentucky Emergency Management and has written a letter to the effect that all repairs needed to be completed by August 2019 before payment is made. If all repairs are not completed there will be no payment. FEMA’s estimate of repairs was $461,000. Payment would come from FEMA at 75 percent and 12 percent from the state, with the city picking up the rest.

Kentucky Emergency Management requested a letter be sent if the city was prepared to complete repairs. He would email the city’s response on Nov. 20. Mayor Pollock said he had sent a letter requesting payment for the repairs that had been done that amounted to $50,000.

Brad Stewart, West Bend Insurance agent, sent an email that he would meet with Pollock on Wednesday with a check for $17,000 as reimbursement for damage repair to the treatment plant road due to spring flooding.

Hoskins said the road needed raising to prevent flood damage with retaining walls and other repairs. Liter-Scott asked about cost and was given an estimate of $60,000.00 and that it needed to be done saying “it (the road) is falling in.” Johnson asked if this meant the badly needed pumps would be pushed back and the answer was “no.”

Light Up Bedford is scheduled for Saturday with a parade early in afternoon. Pollock said they needed more vendors to set up for this event.

Liter-Scott told the commissioners there were a few things that had been on-going for several months and as this could possibly be Pollock’s last meeting these things needed to be cleared-up. One being a laptop computer for use by Hoskins at the Waste Water Treatment Plant. Another item was purchase of QuickBooks for payroll. Jeff Woods, city auditor, recommended this several years ago. QuickBooks is a program to track income and expenses. It was agreed that the purchases be taken care of by year’s end.

Commissioners Harold Greene, Johnson and Liter-Scott were present. Commissioner John Pollock was absent.

Nov. 20 regular meeting

Pollock called the regularly schedule meeting to order at 3:01 p.m. He asked the commissioners if anyone had anything to say. The three commissioners in attendance shook their heads indicating they did not and he asked for the meeting to be adjourned. City Attorney Joanne Pyc and Commissioner John Pollock were absent.


The next regular Bedford City Commission meeting will be 6 p.m. Dec. 18 at city hall.