Hustonville needs new council member to replace McCoy

February 04, 2004|EMILY BURTON

HUSTONVILLE - The City Council table had an empty seat Tuesday night with the resignation of Councilman Barry S. McCoy.

McCoy resigned Jan. 22, several days before starting a new position as a Stanford police officer. State law prohibits holding two sworn offices at one time. His resignation from city office includes his seat as a representative on the Lincoln County Ambulance Board, which will be filled by Mayor Larry "Pup" Doss.

In his letter to the city, McCoy wrote, "I would like to thank all the citizens, employees, council and mayor for the chance of serving my community."

Outside of City Hall, several council members expressed concern that McCoy had not been present at several meetings. Some said they looked forward to the chance to involve new people in city government.


"We're always looking to see new faces in everything, not just in the council," said council member Cecil Maddox.

The vacant position is now open to any citizen of Hustonville. City attorney Carol Hill said the requirements are minimal.

"You have to be a city resident, over 21, and can't have been convicted of a felony," said Hill.

Anyone wanting to try their hand in city government may submit any form of application, such as a resume or just a name, to City Hall before March 2, the next monthly meeting.

The council will hold an open vote in March to appoint a new member, who will serve the city until the fall general election. During that non-partisan race, the person who is appointed can run for a seat along with the remaining council members who are up for re-election.

New council member will deal with several major issues

The new council member will immediately be immersed in several major issues facing Hustonville, including a controversial water rate increase being considered for a first reading in March.

According to Doss, Hustonville has not had a rate increase since 1988.

Cattleman Bill Payne said the 10 percent increase would not be a minimal amount on his bill, and asked council members to delay the increase until absolutely needed, and then only after city savings have been used.

"I'm using 40,000 to 80,000 gallons a month, that (rate increase) kind of got my attention. So I propose that the council postpone that rate until the CD's and the bank accounts are somewhat at a lower level," said Payne.

The added income would help the city paint three water towers, construct and repair water lines, and update equipment. The increase would not take affect until the first of July.

Hustonville's water distribution system will be able to make some improvements before the proposed rate hike, thanks to a federal grant awarded in 2002 that has finally begun to take shape. The $255,000 Department of Agriculture grant will help extend three miles of water line to 28 existing and seven new homes in addition to paying for a new above-ground pump. Lincoln County Fiscal Court gave $51,000 toward the project.

"We're hoping to make a big loop of it, that will pressurize the line," said water supervisor Jimmie Ellis. The line would run down U.S. 127 and the Old Liberty Loop, said Ellis.

This month, the council approved city attorney Carol Hill to be its legal advisor on the project and learned that the construction firm HMB of Frankfort has been hired by the county.

Ellis expects the project to take several more months to get organized and did not know when to expect construction to begin.

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