CAVE CITY — A resolution was adopted Monday night during a special-called meeting of the Cave City Council regarding discretionary road aid funds.
Cave City was notified in early October by officials with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet that it would be receiving $87,246 in discretionary road aid funds for the paving of 0.652 miles of Blair Road and 1.3 miles of Grinstead Mill Road.
“If you recall we were fortunate to receive some discretionary road aid monies, but we do have to approve a resolution for those,” Mayor Dwayne Hatcher said.
By adopting the resolution, the city council agreed to give the mayor permission to sign an agreement with KYTC on behalf of the city for the road project.
Councilman Steve Pedigo asked asked if the discretionary road aid funds could be used for any road project.
“No, it's specifically for this project,” said Robert Smith, city manager. “Used to discretionary funds were only open to the county, and they opened them up to the cities this year. So, thank goodness for election year. The cities have been all over it.”
Smith continued that the funds will cover the cost to pave the entire length of Blair Road, with the balance of the money being used to make improvements along Grinstead Mill Road.
Once the resolution is sent to the state, the city can then begin advertising bids for the road work, Smith said.
“Are we going to get it done this year or are they going to close the blacktop plant on us?” Pedigo said.
Smith replied that it is hard to tell.
“It's all weather dependent at this point,” Smith said.
Pedigo noted that the blacktop plant typically closes in October.
“With the weather we've been having, they've gotten to keep it open later,” Smith said.
The city council also considered the adoption of an ordinance on first reading that called for changing the time of the city council meetings.
At present the meetings begin at 5 p.m., but Councilwoman Beverly Ford wanted the start time for the meetings changed to 6 p.m. and said she requested the time be changed at the city council's October meeting.
Councilman Donnie Davidson asked why the city council was considering a change in the city council meeting start time.
“I'm in the office. I'm an hour from here. I get off work at 4 o'clock unless I take vacation time to get there, like I did today,” she said. “There were others who have an issue with it as well, so I brought it up.”
Davidson then said that a start time of 5 p.m. for the city council meetings suited him because he has a lot to do when he leaves the city council meetings.
The city council voted 3-3 on the first reading of the ordinance, with Davidson and councilmen Mike Houchens and Kevin Houchens voting against the passage of the ordinance.
Hatcher referred to City Attorney Bobby Richardson about the vote and questioned whether or not it needed a second reading.
Richardson replied the ordinance only needed a second reading if it was adopted.
“It's dead unless it's brought up again,” Richardson said.
But that is not true. According to Kentucky Revised Statute 83A.130: "The mayor may participate in council proceedings, but shall not have a vote, except that he may cast the deciding vote in case of a tie."
The KRS was not discussed during Monday night's meeting.
Because the meeting was special-called, the city council could only take action on items listed on its meeting agenda. The adoption of the resolution concerning the discretionary funds and the ordinance calling for a change in the start of the city council meetings were the only items listed on the agenda.