City Council discusses alcohol licensing fee
by Franklin Clark, Reporter -- fclark@cadizrecord.com
Oct 14, 2009 | 0 0 comments | 9 9 recommendations | email to a friend | print
At last Tuesday night’s Cadiz City Council meeting, Cadiz City Attorney Allen Wilson said the city is still researching options for revenue and regulations when the sale of alcohol begins in Trigg County, estimated to be the start of next year.

Wilson told council members that the only way the city can receive revenue from alcohol sales, that he knows of, is through a licensing fee.

Cadiz Mayor Lyn Bailey said he is unsure of what other regulations the city could enact as part of an alcohol sale ordinance, and added that most of the responsibility will lie with the county.

By a vote of 5 – 0, with City Council Member Susan Bryant absent, the city council unanimously approved on second reading city property and vehicle tax rates. The 2009 ad valorem tax sits at 26.1 cents per $100 of assessed valuation.

Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers said the personal property tax rate will be 31.7 cents per $100 of assessed property. The motor vehicle tax rate will remain at 26.2 cents per $100 of assessed valuation, a rate it has been at for several years, added Rogers.

The council approved the natural gas franchise agreement with Atmos Energy by a vote of 3 – 2, with City Council Members Regina Jasper and Frankie Phillips voting against. Bryant sent a letter stating her opposition.

Bryant, Jasper and Phillips all stated that they opposed the agreement because it would result in Cadiz customers paying more. Bryant said at the last meeting that she opposes the agreement because of the 1 percent fee that will be assessed on all customers and will be returned to the city.

Council members unanimously approved the low bid of $392,599 to Scott and Ritter for the Perry Street to Lincoln Street sewer rehabilitation project. Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler said there were three bids to complete the work.

Other project bids came from Burgess Contracting, which bid $557,830, and Twin States Utilities and Excavation, which bid $575,210. Fowler didn’t say when the work would begin.

Additionally, council members approved a resolution allowing consultant Diane Light of Cadiz to apply for a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG), with City Council Member Todd King abstaining.

If approved the grant will be the seventh the city has completed and will help up to 10 homeowners repair or replace their homes within the city of Cadiz, Light said.
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