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Councilman Resigns in Bromley; City May Buy Bobcat

Bromley City Councilman Kaleb Miller stepped down and his resignation was formally accepted by the rest of council at Wednesday night's meeting, which was rescheduled from earlier this month.

Council is asking all interested parties to apply for Miller's vacated seat to submit an application to the city building by May 3. By state law, the city has 30 days to appoint a new member or the task then becomes the responsibility of Governor Matt Bevin.

Council also voted to accept the contract with the Bromley Volunteer Fire Department. The contract is for a year starting July 1, 2016 and ending June 30, 2017, and the city will pay $65,550 in monthly installments beginning August 1, 2016. This is in addition to the contract with the Crescent Springs-Villa Hills Fire Authority which provides the city with advanced life support (ALS) services.

A report was given on a request from a citizen who would like the city to take down a tree in front of the house located between the sidewalk and the street. Because the city passed an ordinance recently that specifies that the homeowner is responsible for trees in the right of way area, council wanted to deny the request. City Attorney Kim Vocke said he would send the homeowner a letter telling the homeowner about the ordinance, and suggesting that her insurance might pay for the tree to be taken down since it is dead and in danger of falling down. Councilwoman Nancy Kienker said that Duke Energy might take the tree down since the tree possibly died due to multiple cuts to keep the branches out of the wires.

Council discussed the possibility of obtaining handbooks put out by the Kentucky League of Cities at a cost of $40 apiece. Council members Dixie Meyer and Charlie Foulks indicated that they would like to have a book to refer to while they are on council, so council voted to buy four books, including two to keep in the office for any future council members that would like to study the laws of Kentucky in a more abbreviated version.

Kienker gave a report on insurance in the city, and said that with a new insurance agent they found out that a ten year policy for $76,000 for unscheduled equipment was not a viable policy, so they had to break that down into three $25,000 policies. She said she submitted the city's list of things to be insured on April 20, before the meeting and the company will get back to her on the cost.

Councilwoman Gail Smith discussed the budget, reviewing a few of the things she had already scheduled to be in the budget so that council would be prepared when it sees the proposed budget in two weeks. One of the suggestions she received from Mayor Donnie Jobe was to buy a Bobcat since the city has to rent the vehicle every time Public Works has to use one, at a cost of $300 to $400. Jobe explained that the city has a need to use a bobcat at least 10 times a year so they would be able to recoup the price of around $3,500 fairly quickly. Jobe said in the past they have rented, but this council is being proactive about fixing things in the city, so he believes it would be good addition to the tractor that is the only other vehicle the city owns.

There will be a citywide yard sale on Saturday April 30, with a rain date of May 7, and no permits are needed. There will also be a Big Clean up in the city on Saturday, May 14, and there will be some restrictions that will be posted on Facebook.

Council went into executive session to discuss a potential real estate purchase. No decision was made.

Written by Patricia A. Scheyer, RCN contributor