The resolutions were presented by Diane Light, who was hired by the city to oversee and administer the latest housing rehabilitation project, funded by a $1 million Community Development Block Grant (CDBG). Cadiz City Clerk Lisa Rogers said the documents are standard and necessary for these sorts of programs.
That state grant money will be used to replace 12 homes in the area, and will be the sixth such project undertaken in Cadiz, said Light. An ordinance the city voted on in July requires the city to use sources other than a CDBG if their costs on the project exceed $1 million.
Light said that last year, they asked homeowners to submit applications and chose 12 houses that were substandard and below code. Those houses will be demolished and then rebuilt up to code, she added.
City Councilor Susan Bryant asked what would happen if the owners of the residences trash the houses once they have been demolished and rebuilt. She thinks such owners should have to pay a penalty.
“I think there ought to be some direction towards people not taking care of their property that we (rebuild),” Bryant said.
Light said the next day that what Bryant referred to rarely happens.
In reference to the affirmative action resolution, City Councilor Manuel Brown asked if it meant that “we need to hire a woman to go out and dig ditches for the water department.”
Light and Bailey both said that they meet all of the requirements of both resolutions.
The city council also unanimously approved a revision to the a 1994 ordinance that resulted in the annexation of the area on the north side of U.S. 68/Ky. 80 from Ky. 276 near Interstate 24, an area that includes Robertson Cemetery, Maxfuel Express Marathon, McDonalds and the Super 7 Inn.
Cadiz City Attorney Allen Wilson said the revised ordinance corrects language in the legal property description.
On Cadiz Public Works Director Kerry Fowler’s request, the council unanimously approved the purchase of a new $33,368 chipper. Fowler said they’ve had the current one for 17 years and added that it was doing good until the ice storm last year.
During the council comments portion of the meeting, Bryant, who is on the personnel committee, asked that Bailey and other city officials allow the committee to have more input on future hiring decisions.
At the beginning of the meeting, all six members of the city council, who were re-elected to another term in the November election, were sworn in for another two-year term that started that meeting.
City Councilors Bryant, Brown, Reginia Wilkerson Jasper, Todd King, Bob Noel and Frankie Phillips repeated the oath of office that Bailey administered.
Councilors also complemented Fowler and other city employees for the quality of the city’s Christmas decorations. And Fowler said that leaf pickup is still going well and should be finished by the end of the year.