By PJ Martin
The Edmonton Herald-News
The Edmonton City Council met in a specially called meeting on Monday, January 4th via teleconference to meet the governor’s regulations. Mayor Doug Smith thanked the council for meeting again this way and reminded them it was a special called meeting and only items listed on the agenda could be discussed.
As reported in December, the City of Edmonton received an allocation of $112,893 from the CARES grant from the state of Kentucky. This grant is for reimbursement of Covid related expenses incurred from March 1 – December 30, 2020, with documentation of expenses incurred.
In an effort to help small businesses within the city limits of Edmonton, part of the allocation was set aside for a small business relief fund. Businesses that experienced an interruption of their normal retail sales and services due to Covid-19 and paid a business license fee for calendar years 2019-2020 were able to apply for up to $2,000 from the relief fund.
City Clerk Dawn Devore told the council that 26 businesses within the city had applied for the CARES money and that all were approved. The eligibility was determined by a 3rd party agency representative from Frankfort.
The council voted unanimously to approve the second reading of Ordinance 2020-2021-06 amending the police retirement fund in the amount of $8,500. The full ordinance can be read in its entirety in this edition.
Mayor Smith stated, “Jeremy Garmon submitted his resignation on December 11 and the city is now accepting applications for police officers.”
Police Chief Delaney Wilson, who was absent, had provided his department report to City Clerk Dawn Devore who read its contents. In December the department had 56 traffic stops, 49 complaints, made 10 arrests, wrote 35 citations, had 2 animal calls, served 3 warrants, worked 4 domestic violence calls, 4 non-injury accidents, opened 2 investigations, responded to 2 incomplete 911 calls, 1 DUI, 1 Drug, and 5 medical calls for a total of 174 calls.
ABC Administrator Fred Ray reported that the Dollar General Market had filed with the state for a license to sell alcohol and that he would follow up on their progress.
The Edmonton Fire Department report was not available at the time of the meeting.