By CECIL PERGRAM
The city of Stanton held a special meeting on September 7 at Stanton City Hall.
Topics the public spoke to the council about included a program that will offer financial and other types of support to veterans living in the community and attempts to get a wet/dry vote on the ballet in time for the 2018 midterm elections.
Randy Lawson with KY River Foothills spoke to the council about a Supportive Services for Veterans and Families program that he is working with that can be used as a resource for communities to end the homelessness among the Veteran’s living in the community.
Lawson told the council some of the assistance wouldn’t be limited to just housing and to contact KY River Foothills if they hear of any veterans who are in need of any kind of support such as rent payments, security deposits, late, utility payments, utility deposits, emergency food, bedding, and personal vehicle repairs.
Lawson told the council that it was the movers and shakers of the community and would know where to best distribute the information about the program where it could be used most effectively.
Miranda Campbell spoke to the council in the public comments section of the meeting.
Campbell told the council that she was representing local businesses in the county and presented the Stanton City Council with a petition thats being circulated in the community to hold a county-wide wet-dry vote in Powell County during the 2018 Mid-term elections.
Campbell told the council that she wasn’t at the meeting to get into the positives and negatives of this issue and presented them with a petition and gave them an opportunity to support or oppose the issue.
No action or statement was made by the council.
Stanton City Mayor Dale Allen told the council that an agreement with the Powell County Board of Education to lease the baseball field at the Stanton Park was up for renewal.
The Board of Education wanted to lease the field for the same rate of $5,000 a year for two years.
The council approved a motion to authorize the city entering into an agreement with the Powell County Board of Education to lease the field.
City Attorney Scott Graham gave the council an update to ongoing court battle between the city of Stanton and the owners of New Directions Inc.
New Directions Inc. came before the City of Stanton Board of Adjustments in June for a conditional permit to open a suboxone clinic.
The city of Stanton Board of Adjustments ruled against issuing a conditional permit to allow the business to operate at the proposed location due to what the city called a lack of parking for the number of patients it intended to serve.
According to Graham the clinic was alleging violations of American Disabilities Act by being denied the conditional use permit and the case was being moved from Powell Circuit Court to Federal Court.
Graham told the council prior rulings made by the Powell Circuit Court including an order that would have allowed the clinic to open while the lawsuit was ongoing had been set aside by the Federal Court until its done with the case and releases it back to state court.
“Where we stand right now we’re in federal court, we’re getting a schedule in order and looking at the federal claims and trying to get those dismissed and out of the way,” Graham said.
Stanton Mayor gave updates on the Stanton Park. Allen told the council that senior citizens had moved out of the building at the park and that building wasnow vacated.
Mayor Allen told the council that the city has already been approached about renting the space and he wants to get tables and chairs to make the building available for use.
Brewer said she was approached about offering tutoring on Wednesday nights that would be geared towards getting high schoolers prepared to take the ACT or SAT tests.
Brewer told the council that churches in the community also wanted to partner using the building on Monday, Wednesday and Friday’s for after school programs.
Brewer told the council that it would be at least mid-October before the after-school programs would start.
The Stanton City Council approved a motion to authorize the building to be used for children’s after-school programs on Monday’s, Wednesday’s and Friday’s.
Tommy Mays told the council that the Stanton Park had received a donation for the addition of a flag pole to the park from a member of the community to honor the veterans in the community.
Mays told the council that he was supporting a motion to match the donor’s $2,500 donation for the purchase of the flagpole.
The council unanimously approved the proposed motion.
Mays told the council that Whitaker Bank would be donating scoreboards to be used at the Soccer Field in the park.
The council had a discussion about changing Furnace Road to South Main Street. Mayor Allen told the council that emergency dispatch already had the location listed as South Main and approximately ten people would need to get address changes.
The council agreed to notify those citizens about the change before taking any action.
The council discussed delinquent restaurant tax fund payments from Bruen’s Restaurant and reached a consensus to issue a letter to the business to notify them before it becomes a further issue.