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City postpones adding new code enforcement officer

Pending answers to some of their questions, Park Hills City Council again postponed action on a proposal to add an additional code enforcement officer. The Council will discuss the issue along with other personnel items during a work session scheduled for 6 p.m. June 20.

Ward III Councilman Tom Reed made the motion for the postponement.

“There’s a question of whether more people will solve the problem,” Reed said. Directing his comments to City Administrator John Kennedy, he added, “I have some questions I haven’t talked with you about yet.”

Ward IV Councilman David Holloway had asked for a total number of calls for the year. However, the staff member who maintains those totals has been out of the office, said Dale Thomure, the city’s director of community development.

In a 6-0 vote, the Council approved the repeal of the existing fireworks ordinance and adopted a third version that should eliminate the discrepancies that arose with two previous changes, Kennedy said.

“We decided to throw the whole ordinance out and rewrite it to be in line with state statutes,” he explained. “We removed the requirement that Council approve of a business license (for fireworks vendors), because this is only a temporary business license.”

Kennedy added that people want to reserve sites as early as May, and the previous requirement for Council approval delayed that process.

After hearing that a private cemetery within the Dwight and Delores Harrington property and an access easement to the cemetery both would be unaffected by bringing the Harrington property into Park Hills, the Council approved annexation of the couple’s land on Doss Road

In other business, the council:

€ Paved the way for the first Chamber of Commerce city-wide yard sale on Aug. 13;

€ Amended the municipal code to allow cell towers in residential areas;

€ Approved a plan to reconfigure lot lines in Redbud Estates;

€ Approved plot changes in the former Park Place Shopping Center that changed the size of some lots by moving interior lot lines and made them more easily accessible and therefore more marketable;

€ Added guidelines for use of telephone and electronic equipment to the city staff’s personnel manual per advice from the city’s insurance agent;

€ Approved an “original package license” and a Sunday sales liquor license to Gary Carr for his Cheap Smokes-Park Hills tobacco and liquor store at 1414 St. Joe Drive.

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