About 900 London residents are likely to receive sewer and water services, courtesy of Wood Creek Water District and East Laurel Sewer District.
London City Council member Bill Dezarn said Wood Creek and East Laurel could receive grant money to build facilities that would let them provide service to customers in the Sasser School Road and KY 638 (near Johnson Elementary School) areas. It would also mean service would be provided for Feltner 4-H Camp and the Laurel County Fairgrounds.
“They’re in a position to get funded,” Dezarn said. “That would relieve the London Utility Commission. Might relieve (the commission) in needing to upgrade for the next while.”
City Attorney Larry Bryson said there are no plans in place for the London Utility Commission to provide service to those areas.
Dezarn added the city should not lose revenue by losing the customers because their service is provided through a contract.
‘It’s not a customer rate,” he said. “We’re probably not losing a lot of revenue. We’re probably about breaking even.”
Mayor Troy Rudder was in favor of the decision.
“I think it’s a very good move on our part,” he said. “We’re all in this together.”
Motion to allow the change was made by Danny Phelps, seconded by Jason Handy and unanimously approved.
In other action, City Council members:
• Listened to a request for a donation from Tim Bargo, who was promoting First Priority. The non-profit organization promotes Christian lifestyles in middle and high schools in the area. Rudder asked for budget and non-profit status information and told Bargo his request would be taken under consideration.
• Appointed former mayor Ken Smith to be on the board of the Christian Shelter for the Homeless. Motion was made by Sharon Benge, seconded by Judd Weaver and unanimously approved.
• Were told by Building Inspector Doug Gilbert that an undisclosed fast food company is looking at opening a location near Don’s Drive, which is beside OlympiClean and across from Golden Corral. In order to comply with city regulations, which necessitate a business provide a certain amount of parking spaces, the company has asked if it can use an area of Don’s Drive for parking. City Council members are taking the issue under consideration.
• Discussed getting together with Rudder for some work sessions on next year’s budget. “We need a contingency plan,” Phelps said. “Hope for the best but prepare for the worst.”
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