Shelbyville City Council: City receives clean audit

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Passes solicitation license ordinance

By Todd Martin

A small Shelbyville City Council wrapped a quick meeting Thursday night.

Council members Frank Page, illness, and Bob Andriot, Kentucky League of Cities meeting, were absent, but with a quorum the council went on with its main order of business being the second reading of the ordinance pertaining to solicitation licenses.

The ordinance passed with no discussion, and solicitors now will have to obtain a license for door-to-door solicitation, their permits will be costlier, and they will be required to wear identification showing they had obtained a license from the city.

The ordinance had been tabled during the final meeting of 2012 but brought back on Jan. 3 with more detail.

The ordinance does not pertain to non-profit groups going door-to-door, such as Girl Scouts selling cookies.

The licensing will increase fees to $50 from $25 and will require more detailed information from the company and licensee, copies of criminal background checks on each applicant and all agents  and will require an increase in the surety bond filed with the city to $2,000 from $1,000.

Solicitors also will be required to show their permits and photo IDs when asked by a resident.

Audit report

Matt Huelsman, a CPA with Richardson, Pennington & Skinner, said the city is good shape financially.

“We’ve awarded a clean, unqualified audit, that’s the opinion you strive for,” he told the council. “The city’s assets are six times its liabilities, and the net profit for the fiscal year was more than six hundred thousand dollars. Those are both positives.”

The city has assets totaling more than $10.5 million.

Also at the meeting, the council:

  • Heard in a report from Police Chief Danny Goodwin that his department made 867 runs through dispatch in December, which is down “a little” from 2011, he said. He also noted that the 11,412 runs were made from dispatch calls for 2012.
  • Heard in a report from Building Official/Chief Code Enforcement Officer Barry Edington that the new CVS plan had been approved by Triple S, and it should be getting under way soon. He also added that the removal of the condemned Wesley Apartments is “part of the project, so you should see them clearing those soon.”
  • Heard in a report from manager Tom Doyle that the water company recently finished replacing a water line under I-64. The state paid for the relocation, and the department upgraded the size of the line. He also noted that workers finished replacing an old sewer line behind Southside Elementary School and completed one block of line work near the Northside Early Childhood Center. Both of those projects are coinciding with Shelby County Public Schools’ projects.
  • Re-appointed Pam Larkin to the Code Enforcement Board and Jennifer Herrell to the City Tree board. Both are 3-year terms ending Jan. 31, 2016.