City Council members unanimously approved the senior citizens center annexation ordinance on second reading, which Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers read immediately prior to the vote.
As per the annexation agreement, Cadiz will pay the roughly $100,000 cost for sewer and water lines to the property that will become the senior center.
Cadiz City Attorney Alan Wilson said they had to make one alteration to the ordinance, as the Planning Commission hasn’t yet met to look at zoning for the territory in question, but added that the ordinance is still legitimate.
Cadiz City Council Member Susan Bryant asked Cadiz Mayor Lynn Bailey and Wilson about the business license fees and related issues. Wilson said requirements for all business license holders in the city to provide vendor lists and copies of their federal tax returns are required by state statute.
The change that the city council approved at a previous meeting only brought the city into state compliance, according to Wilson, who added that the vendor list requirement was added recently in order to keep uniformity across the state.
“We’ve gotten so many calls about the vendor lists,” Alan Watts of WKDZ radio told city council members.
Although Wilson said the vendor list and tax return requirements are the same in any city in Kentucky, it was said by others that Hopkinsville doesn’t, or at least hasn’t, enforce these particular requirements
Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler and Renaissance on Main Director Cindy Sholar both said the city will start the Safe Routes to School project and will improve the walking trail behind the schools during the summer months.
Cadiz City Council Member Regina Wilkerson-Jasper asked Cadiz Police Chief Hollis Alexander about how to improve safety in the school zone along Main Street, especially during peak hours.
“That’s not the first complaint I’ve heard,” said Alexander. “There’s so many people that bring their kids and pick them up there, and it makes for long lines. People back up to Minit Mart sometimes.”
Sholar said a Safe Routes to School grant application had been filed and submitted, but the State Transportation Cabinet denied the grant because the community is safe and “polite,” and proposed improvements are unnecessary.
The city council also approved on second reading an identity theft prevention program that is required for all entities that provide a utility. According to state officials, the deadline for approving the program is Friday, May 1.
Wilson said that the law requires that all creditors to have such a program, and counts utility companies as creditors, and Cadiz provides a utility, namely water.
Bryant also took Mediacom to task for its upcoming rate increase as well as its practice of billing customers who had no service during the ice storm.