Kenton City Council authorized additional appropriations and fund transfers. The money will be used to update the Fire and Police Department radio systems to MARCS radios. The radios will cost almost $190,000. The Fire Department has applied for a grant for more than $48,000. The radios are the best course of action, according to Chief of Police Dennis Musser and Mayor Lynn Webb. They stated the search for Quentin Elcessor proved the need. The finance committee discussed a preliminary 2021 budget which will be presented to Council at the next meeting.
Council approved a handful of ordinances and resolutions regarding the design and planning of water facilities. The legislation will allow the city’s Safety Service Director and Mayor to apply and accept loans for the project.
In other approvals, Council passed the abolishment of the generational fee with NCO Solid Waste District after a third reading. Kenton will enter a highway improvement project with the Ohio Department of Transportation after approving the resolution on a first reading. Council also approved the advertisement of bids for materials and supplies for 2021.
City administration addressed the Council. Parks and Recreation Director Taylor Klinger suggested the enforcement of quarry closing time after incidents that resulted in damages. Klinger shared the purchase of a new slide for the quarry playground and the potential for community sponsors for the Parks and Recreation Department.
Mayor Lynn Webb reminded small businesses to apply for grants available through the city office. Mayor Webb also congratulated the city government for the donation of almost $3,000 to United Way of Hardin County.
Council members gave thanks to administration and the Parks and Recreation Department for the successful Monster-ade and Trick-or-Treat.
The next Kenton City Council Meeting will be held November 23rd at 7 p.m.