MADISON COUNTY —
The Richmond City Commission heard first reading of an ordinance Tuesday that would ban occupancy of a dwelling used for making methamphetamine until it is certified as safe.
The ordinance was drafted at the request of Commissioner Laura King after Police Chief Larry Brock said he discovered that state law does not prevent immediate occupancy of a dwelling used for meth-making.
State law only requires the local health department to post a placard warning of possible meth contamination, but cities are allowed to enact more stringent regulations, said City Attorney Garrett Fowles.
If passed, the ordinance would not allow occupancy of a home, apartment or motel room where meth-making had occurred until a state-approved service had certified it as safe.
In the case of motels, apartment buildings and other multi-unit dwellings, the prohibition would apply only to an affected unit.
At the commission’s Feb. 5 work session, Brock said meth-making may not always leave toxins that make a dwelling unsafe, but no one could be sure unless tests were conducted.
Violation would be a Class A misdemeanor subject to a fine of $500 and/or up to 360 days in jail.
If the city’s codes enforcement department finds that other portions of an affected multi-unit facility share ductwork with an affected unit, occupants of the other units are to be notified. City ordinances already prohibit multi-unit dwellings from sharing ductwork, codes director Joe Lillis said Feb. 5, but it may exist in some older structures.
In other action,
• Heard first reading of an ordinance designed to prevent businesses in arrears on city taxes from re-organizing under new names to avoid payment
• Heard first reading of an ordinance that would allow Richmond Utilities to refinance $9.46 million in bonds, allowing it to save about $33,000 in annual interest
• Gave final approval to an ordinance awarding a new commercial garbage collection franchise to Advanced Disposal Service, the current franchise holder
• Awarded a contract for nearly $25,000 to Superior Demolition Inc. to take down existing structures as part of the Tipton Court Community Development project
• Re-appointed Wes Browne and Brooke Bowman to three-year terms on the city ethics board
• Appointed Wardell Johnson and Keith Joy to three-year terms on the city human rights commission. The appointments leave four vacancies on the nine-member panel.
• Accepted the resignation of Gist Heinrich from the utilities board because he has moved from Richmond.
• Approved the hiring of Ronald Brian Proffit as a desktop support technician at a wage of $19.23 an hour.
In his report, City Manager Jimmy Howard said the finance office had calculated the cost of re-instituting city employees’s annual longevity bonus this year at $110,836. The bonus was last paid in 2009.
Bill Robinson can be reached at editor@
or at 624-6690.
Richmond City Commissions
MADISON COUNTY —
- Local News
Madison Central teacher to perform tonight on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”
The assistant director of the Madison Central High School choir will be performing on national television tonight.
Lexington man charged with robbery at Super Save grocery store
A Lexington man was charged with robbery Thursday after he attempted to take a $20 package of meat from a grocery store and then assaulted an employee, according to a Richmond Police Department report.
Richmond man uninjured in fatal Estill County collision
A Richmond man was involved in an accident Saturday afternoon in Estill County that resulted in the death of a woman.
Richmond gas stations robbed over the weekend
Two Richmond gas stations were robbed at gunpoint this weekend.
The first robbery occurred at 10:30 p.m. Friday at the D & G Citgo Food Mart, 1699 East Main St., according to the Richmond Police Department.
Berea police look for van involved in hit-and-run
Berea police officers are asking for the public’s help to find a van that was involved in a hit-and-run incident Friday that injured a pedestrian.
Register hosting open house Tuesday
The Richmond Register is inviting the public to an open house from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday at its 380 Big Hill Ave. office.
In addition to being an opportunity for readers and customers to meet the newspaper’s staff, the open house is a way for the Register to say “thank you” during the holiday season, said publisher Ann Laurence, who joined the newspaper about six month ago.
Mayfield teaches community about ‘Christmas Around the World’
Hallmark needed third-grade Mayfield Elementary students to create holiday cards to teach the community about Christmas traditions around the world, their teachers told them.
With this fictional challenge in mind, students went about researching, creating, assembling and selling their own custom-made Christmas cards over the past nine weeks. The proceeds from the card sale will help fund a trip to the Louisville Zoo in April.
Christmas party at the library
The Madison County Public Library hosted its annual Christmas party Saturday at the Richmond branch. Children and their families enjoyed visits with Santa, ornament making and hot chocolate. Each child received a book as a gift.
Holiday Happenings Annual Craft Show
The Holiday Happenings Annual Craft Show hosted more than 20 booths at Richmond City Hall on Saturday. Visitors browsed throughout the morning and afternoon, talking to crafters and purchasing their jewelry, handmade soaps, candy, paper products and many other items.
Pet Photos with Santa
The Madison County Humane Society, Animal League for Life had its annual Pet Photos with Santa on Saturday at the Madison County Public Library in Richmond. The event raises money for the nonprofit, which runs solely on donations. Photos were taken by J and K Kreations.
- More Local News Headlines
- Madison Central teacher to perform tonight on NBC’s “The Sing-Off”