A budget that includes $75,000 to help the county operate the animal shelter had first reading heard by the Richmond City Commission last week. On Tuesday, the commission heard from county judge-executive Reagan Taylor about the request for funding prior to a vote on the proposed '18-'19 fiscal year budget, set for June 26.

The cities of Richmond and Berea have not chipped in for the shelter's operation in the three years Taylor has been in office, Taylor said Tuesday.

A 1976 ordinance called for each city to contribute 25 percent of the operating budget, the judge-executive said.

Due to budget constraints, the county is having to look at the services it provides, and prioritize those mandated by statute, Taylor said.

"We can't find anything that says the county has to provide animal control services to the cities," he said. "We're looking for compensation for providing those services."

In a three-month time frame this year, animal control has responded to 181 calls, 44 (24.3 percent) of which were inside the City of Richmond limits, Taylor said. (100 calls were in the county; the remaining 37 were in the City of Berea).

At the end of Tuesday's work session, the commission left in the $75,000 — 25 percent of the $300,000 operational budget for the shelter provided by the county — for the upcoming fiscal year.

The Berea City Council's Audit and Finance Committee voted June 13 to allocate $75,000 in its budget for the animal shelter. The budget was passed on by Berea City Council Tuesday,

Codes enforcement ordinance

An ordinance repealing the city’s existing ordinance governing the codes enforcement board and enacting a new ordinance was explained further by city attorney Garrett Fowles.

The changes were necessary because of new state laws, according to language within the ordinance.

One of the biggest changes in the new ordinance is that it mandates that failure to appear by a property owner at a codes enforcement board hearing makes it impossible for the property owner to appeal the board’s decision, Fowles said.

It also lays out the procedure followed when the board is dealing with a dilapidated structure, so as to prevent cases from dragging on, and adds a new section that imposes uniform fines of $100 for a first violation, $300 for a second violation and $500 for a third and any subsequent violation.

Other business

The city commission heard details on two ordinances that had first reading at the commission's June 12 meeting. One adds a provision to the city's contract with Advanced Disposal Irving Hauling for the company to provide pick-up of bulk items at commercial properties. The company will charge a fee of between $20 and $150 depending on the number of items collected. The second adds to the city's procurement policies pertaining to federal grant funding.

The next meeting of the Richmond City Commission is scheduled for June 26 at 6 p.m. at Richmond City Hall.

Reach Kelly McKinney at 624-6626; follow her on Twitter @kellymckinney18.

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