The Caneyville City Commission continued discussions about passing a city smoking ordinance on Monday evening, Aug. 14.
The decision of whether to make Caneyville a smoke-free community was brought before the City Commission during its regular Aug. 14 meeting, and City Commissioner Mike Geary shared his thoughts on such an ordinance.
Geary said that, following the passage of an amended ordinance regarding the ownership of livestock in Caneyville, there has been some concern from citizens that the city is attempting to be a larger than it is.
Geary said this is not the case; rather, the City Commission is merely trying “to protect the property value of our town.”
“All we’re trying to do is make the town better,” said Geary of the Commission’s recent actions.
With that said, Geary admitted he was not ready Monday night to vote on an ordinance banning smoking from businesses and indoor public places.
“It’s hard for me to tell someone not to do something if they bought their business,” said Geary, adding that the decision becomes especially difficult when he, as a non-smoker, can choose not to go to a business that permits smoking.
Geary also noted that, at most, such an ordinance would affect only two or three businesses in town.
Twin Lakes Regional Medical Center CEO Wayne Meriwether, who attended Monday’s meeting to answer questions regarding the topic, said that while citizens may have the right to avoid businesses that permit smoking, some employees may not have that option.
“Workers there have the right to work in a healthy environment that is smoke-free,” said Meriwether.
Caneyville Mayor James Embry said the City Commission is not against a smoke-free ordinance, but it does not feel the time is right for such an ordinance, following the passage of the amended livestock ordinance, as well as an upcoming increase in water rates.
Meriwether suggested the City Commission consider a lighter ordinance that would prohibit smoking in only public places and would exclude businesses.
Geary said he could support such an ordinance because he does not want to see people going in City Hall or the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center and smoking.
However, Caneyville City Commissioner Janice Minton said, most people now do not smoke indoors out of courtesy without being told they can or cannot.
Concerns were also addressed regarding how and by whom such an ordinance would be enforced.
No action was taken Monday on this matter, but Geary said he would be ready to make a decision by the September City Commission meeting.
In other business:
*The City Commission was presented options for the 2017 Property Tax rates, as well as the 2016 Property Tax Assessment.
The assessment showed that 2016 real estate tax revenue was $40,226 at a 0.243 tax rate on $16,553,727 of assessed real estate.
The assessment also showed that revenue from a 0.243 tax rate on $3,703,175 of tangible property was $8,999.
Caneyville Treasurer Brenda Brown said that, if the city continued with the same tax rates as last year, its revenues would be $3,000 less.
Three tax rate options for both real estate and tangible property were presented for the City Commission’s consideration for 2017.
2017 Real Estate tax rate options, based on $17,025,658 of assessed real property are as follows:
0.236 (compensating rate) would result in $40,181 in revenue (a $45 decrease from 2016); 0.252 (substitute compensating rate) would result in $42,905 in revenue (a $2,679 increase over 2016); and 0.262 (4 percent revenue increase with a public hearing) would result in $44,607 in revenue (a $4,381 increase over 2016).
2017 Tangible property tax rate options, based on $2,528,138 of assessed tangible property are as follows:
0.243 (compensating rate) would result in $6,143 in revenue (a $2,856 decrease from 2016); 0.252 (substitute compensating rate) would result in $6,371 in revenue (a $2,628 decrease from 2016); 0.262 (4 percent revenue increase with a public hearing) would result in $6,624 in revenue (a $2,375 decrease from 2016); and 0.3796 (maximum compensating rate) would result in $9,597 ($598 increase from 2016).
The City Commission took no action on this matter during Monday’s meeting.
*The City Commission approved the financial quote for Fiscal Year 2016-2017 from Buckles, Travis & Hart, PLLC, at the cost of $5,700.
*The City Commission discussed an increase in water rates, but tabled a vote until a later meeting.
*The following events, to be held at the Caneyville Purple Flash Community Center, were announced:
A gospel singing will be held on Saturday, Oct. 14; the Caneyville Halloween Safe Spot will be held on Tuesday, Oct. 31 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.; the next Caneyville Market Day will be held on Saturday, Nov. 4 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; and the Caneyville Christmas Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 1.
Additionally, a bluegrass show is planned for Saturday, Oct. 28, but this date had not been finalized by Monday’s meeting.
*Embry presented a price quote to establish a walking track near the new Caneyville ball park.
The $10,500 quote from Asphalt Services, out of Hartford, KY, is for an 8-foot-wide, 1,067-foot-long walking track.
The City Commission took no action on this matter Monday night, but agreed to seek other proposals, as well.
*The City Commission voted to approve having a Caneyville Fire Department car repaired.
The 2000 Ford requires transmission repairs that will cost between $1,300 and $1,500.
*The City Commission voted to pass a resolution supporting the Kentucky League of Cities’ initiative to split CERS and KERS funds.
*The City Commission approved a contract with the Grayson County Health Department for hepatitis vaccines.