A handful of ordinances were unanimously passed on first reading by the Glasgow City Council at Monday’s meeting, with several calling for amendments to the 2007-08 fiscal year budget.

The first transferred a $35,220 2007 Kentucky Office of Home-land Security Grant Award into a technical account for the purpose of purchasing and installing mobile data terminals for the Glasgow Police Department.

A second ordinance dealt with a 2007 Homeland Security Southern Kentucky Mobile Data Terminal Grant in the amount of $26,680.02. Of that figure, $22,234.02 is to be appropriated to the police department’s technical account, while $4,446.80 goes to the fire department’s technical account. The monies are also for the purpose of purchasing mobile data terminal units.

The third ordinance called for a $43,000 Kentucky Department of Transportation Safety Grant be received into the federal monies account and dispersed into other accounts. Approximately $19,460 will go toward police overtime, $1,500 for printing and ads and $22,040 for technical equipment, according to the ordinance.

A final ordinance dealing with the budget appropriated $25,700 from the Unappropriated General Fund to the street department’s passenger vehicle account for the purpose of purchasing two trucks.

In other business, the council approved an ordinance’s first reading that called for the closing of a portion of Liberty Street, which is presently a public way, located between West Front Street and Mitchell Street.

Another first reading of an ordinance passed, which amended the position description for the parks and recreation secretary by changing the position title to “secretary/events coordinator” and making it a classified, full-time, exempt (salaried) position.

A resolution was passed calling for a Memorandum of Under-standing between the Barren River Area Development District (BRADD) and the city of Glasgow. This memorandum relates to the transfer of purchase and ownership responsibilities from funds obtained under a 2007 Federal Homeland Security Grant, awarded by the Kentucky Office of Homeland Security.

The council’s final order of business was the passage of a municipal order appointing Dr. Kylend H. Kiser to the Ambulance Board for a one-year term that expires on Jan. 31, 2009.

Prior to the start of the meeting, Mayor Darrell Pickett recognized city employees Vickie Hindman, Vivian Woodcock and Dr. Rhonda Trautman for their many years of service to Glasgow.

Glasgow Recreation Department director Debbie Jones accepted Pickett’s token of appreciation on Woodcock’s behalf, who was not present at the meeting.

Hindman recently retired from city hall after 23 years as an employee, Trautman stepped down from her post as renaissance director and grant writer after eight years and Woodcock completed 26 years as a city secretary.

Pickett also announced that council members were invited to attend a meeting on Jan. 29 in council chambers, where Dr. Melissa Walton-Shirley would discuss community health issues.

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