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July 19, 2018

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In Fiscal Court on July 17th 2018 the meeting began with the prayer and Pledge of Allegiance. Judge-executive John Osborne called the meeting to order. Items on the agenda were:

1. Approved minutes of the June 16th regular meeting. The motion to approve was made by Rick Blackburn and seconded by John Lemaster. No discussion.

2. Approve first reading of budget amendment #1. The motion was approved by John Lemaster and seconded by Earl Boggs Jr.  No discussion.

3. John Lemaster made a motion To accept treasurer's settlement and Earl Boggs Jr seconded the motion. No discussion.

4. Morris Howard made a motion to approve bills and John Lemaster seconded the motion.

5. Earl Boggs Jr. made a motion to approve treasurer's requests and John Lemaster seconded the motion. No discussion.

6. Rick Blackburn made a motion to approve the treasurer's report and John Lemaster seconded the motion. No discussion.

7. Rick Blackburn made a motion to authorize the clerk to advertise bids on two Bridges, that was seconded by John Lemaster. No discussion. No amounts given.

8. Rick Blackburn made a motion to approve Lawrence County Fair donations and John Lemaster seconded the motion. $1,000. No discussion.

Public Comments

Before public comments Osborne added the Sheriffs 2017 report (excess fees). Morris Howard made a motion to approve and John Lemaster seconded the motion.

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*  In Public comments, George Williams asked about bids for the county's grass mowing, stating, "How long will it go on not getting done?"

George Williams George Williams Williams stated that a city employee had been mowing the Stella Moore ball field instead of the contractor being paid to do it. County Attorney Mike Hogan, along with Judge/Exec. John Osborne explained that the employee had done that on his "personal time" with his own equipment and not getting paid by the county to do it.

"He probably had a child that played ball," Osborne said.

In the end Osborne said the mowing is getting done, just not on time and Osborne stated, "we will let them continue the year and start over next year on mowing bids." Both John lemaster and Morris Howard joined in the complaints about the service, which was not names at the meeting.

Williams, who is a landcape contractor himself, among many other things, said he didn't have time to take it now anyway,

"I was just checking," he said.

The meeting was then adjourned for the month.

 

 

July 19, 2018

Progress announced on 'Riverwalk', nothing new on sewer project this month, pool revenue up...

The regular meeting of the Louisa City Council was called to order at 7pm on Tuesday, July 17, 2018, at Louisa City Hall. Mayor Harold Slone and Council members Ron Cordle, Lisa Schaeffer, Tom Parsons and John Nolan were in attendance.

After the Pledge and Prayer. Mayor Slone began the meeting with an update on the city Pool Revenue so far this summer, noting the pool was on track to meet budget expectations.

These business items followed:

*  Motion by Tom Parsons, Second by John Nolan, to approve minutes from June 2018 meeting. All approve.

*  Motion by Ron Cordle, Second by Lisa Schaeffer, to appoint Kathryn Compton as the City’s and Jason Helton as the Utilities Department’s FEMA applicant agents. All approved.

*  Mayor Advised council that private citizens of Levisa Dr. have approached the city to take the street in as a City Street. The Street is currently owned by the Developer, R & J Development. CSX has completed widening the railroad crossing for the street from one lane to two lanes. City Attorney Bud Adams, who also represents CSX, advised that due to liability issues, the City should agree to take in the Street but not the Railroad Crossing.  Motion by John Nolan, Second by Ron Cordle for the city to take over the street, but not the railroad crossing. All approved. Attorney Adams will begin paperwork.

*  Council discussed delinquent property taxes. Council advised City Clerk to send delinquent property tax notices for 2012-2017, Any amount over $200.00 to be sent certified mail.

*  Mayor Slone will be attending the Governor’s Local Issues Conference on the second Tuesday in August. The Council Meeting for August was Rescheduled for the 3rd Tuesday in August.

*  Mayor advised he had received an update from Summit Engineering for the Riverwalk Project. They have begun surveying the area and will soon be putting the design on paper. Summit will attend the August meeting for an update on the project.

*  Council went into Executive session. No actions were taken.

*  Motion by John Nolan, Second by R. Cordle,  to adjourn at 7:55pm.

 

 

 

July 17, 2018

KENTUCKY'S TOP ELECTION OFFICIAL

Secretary of State Alison Grimes released the following statement regarding President Trump's remarks on U.S. election security following the Helsinki Summit:

STATEMENT FROM GRIMES

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes released the following statement regarding President Trump's remarks on U.S. election security following the Helsinki Summit:

"...Today, President Trump, refusing to stand up for his own country, accepted Russia’s denial of its continuing attempts to influence and interfere in American elections. In an unprecedented bow to our adversary on foreign soil, the President ignored the facts our own intelligence agencies continue to affirm.

"As the President seeks to appease Russia, the nation's bipartisan Secretaries of State are steadfastly dedicated to the task of protecting American democracy by ensuring the security of our elections and the votes of all Americans." --Allison Grimes"As the President seeks to appease Russia, the nation's bipartisan Secretaries of State are steadfastly dedicated to the task of protecting American democracy by ensuring the security of our elections and the votes of all Americans." --Allison GrimesKentuckians should rest assured that, as the Commonwealth's chief election official, the security of our elections is my utmost priority and election officials are taking action every single day to protect the integrity of the vote.

Our partners include law enforcement from the local to the federal level, including a partnership with the Department of Homeland Security. Working together, we are vigilant against all threats – foreign or domestic – and especially from Russia..."

 EARLIER REMARKS (FRIDAY) 

Secretary of State Alison Lundergan Grimes released the following statement regarding today's indictments against 12 Russian government officials for charges related to the 2016 presidential election:

"Today's indictments confirm again what all of our intelligence agencies have told us: the Russian government has made vast and varied attempts to influence and interfere with our American elections. These indictments also reinforce the fact that the work of our nation's Secretaries of State is vital to the security of the U.S. election system.

"As Kentucky's chief election official, I stand by the results of Kentucky's election in 2016, but we must hold accountable any actor – foreign or domestic – who have sought or seeks to disrupt our democracy in any way. Kentucky has recently obtained federal funds for further election protections and equipment upgrades. Kentucky must soon move completely to paper-backed equipment to further ensure voter confidence."

 

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'THE RUSSIANS ARE NOT OUR FRIENDS':

KENTUCKY'S REPS ON TRUMP-PUTIN SUMMIT

By Thomas Novelly
Louisville Courier Journal

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell and several other Kentucky representatives said they agree that Russia interfered in the 2016 presidential election, breaking with Donald Trump's comments after his friendly meeting with Vladimir Putin. 

“As I’ve said repeatedly, the Russians are not our friends and I entirely agree with the assessment of our intelligence community," McConnell said in a statement to the Courier Journal on Monday. 

Trump received immediate backlash from politicians on both sides of the aisle when he met with Russian President Putin. During the meeting, he accepted Putin's claim that the Russians did not interfere, contradicting the U.S. intelligence community's research. 

"The role of the Intelligence Community is to provide the best information and fact-based assessments possible for the President and policymakers," Director of National Intelligence Dan Coats said in a statement to USA TODAY. "We have been clear in our assessments of Russian meddling in the 2016 election and their ongoing, pervasive efforts to undermine our democracy, and we will continue to provide unvarnished and objective intelligence in support of our national security."

House Speaker Paul Ryan, a Wisconsin Republican, quickly chimed in, adding that "the president must appreciate that Russia is not our ally ... There is no moral equivalence between the United States and Russia, which remains hostile to our most basic values and ideals."

Kentucky's delegation in the House of Representatives, which consists of five Republicans and one Democrat, was split on the matter.

Rep. John Yarmuth, the lone Democrat from Louisville, said he believes Russia unequivocally meddled with the 2016 election, according to spokesman Chris Schuler. 

"President Trump showed the free world today that they cannot rely on the U.S. as an ally because Vladimir Putin now calls the shots," Yarmuth said in a statement. "This is a disgraceful chapter in American history and proof that U.S. interests are not even a factor in the decision making of this president."

Rep. Andy Barr, from Kentucky's 6th District, had "been in meetings all day" and did not have a chance to respond, according to spokeswoman Jodi Whitaker. Rep. Brett Guthrie and Rep. James Comer did not return a request for comment. 

But Rep. Thomas Massie, of Kentucky's 4th District, and Sen. Rand Paul, the two self-proclaimed libertarians of Kentucky's delegation, were less critical of Trump's meeting and welcomed the chance for discussion. 

"I believe that dialogue with other countries is important and President Trump was right to meet with Russia to promote peace and commerce, just like President Obama was right to meet with Cuba," Massie said in a statement. 

Rep. Hal Rogers, from Kentucky's 5th District, stood by Paul's comments, according to spokeswoman Danielle Smoot.

Paul met with business leaders in Louisville on Monday and acknowledged Russian influence in the 2016 election but also praised Trump for opening the door for discussion between the countries. 

“I think people who say we shouldn’t talk, I think are wrong. I think we should have conversations,” Paul said Monday. “I don’t expect a great deal to come of this. I think he can bring up that we are annoyed, that we don’t like, that we want them to cease and desist on interfering in our elections.”

Trump's comments come two days after special counsel Robert Mueller announced 12 indictments against Russian nationals who are accused of trying to hack Democrats emails and computers relating to the 2016 election. 

Yarmuth added that he was disgraced at the state of the United States presidency after the summit. 

“The President of the United States made his choices clear today in Helsinki," Yarmuth added. "He chose a murderous dictator over his own intelligence community, propaganda and bullying over a Constitutional free press, his own political aspiration over U.S. election security, and frankly, Russia over America."

 

 

 

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