MIDDLESBORO — The Middlesboro City Council held a special-called meeting after having to reschedule their regular meeting earlier in the month. During the meeting, the council had the first reading of an ordinance that would close city parks between 12:00 a.m. and 6:00 a.m.
The ordinance defines a city park as any recreational facility owned, operated, or maintained by the city of Middlesboro. It includes picnic areas, shelters, pools, playgrounds, facilities and equipment for engaging in any sport or activity, restrooms, buildings, and grounds encompassing the area.
The ordinance states that park hours may be extended for city sponsored special events, sporting events conducted by city sanctioned leagues or organizations, or by specific approval of the Executive Authority or his designee. Events held at the Community Center under a rental agreement are subject to the terms agreed on.
The penalty for people found in violation of the ordinance is a fine of no more than $100. The ordinance also states that any parent, guardian or person having legal custody allowing a minor to violate the ordinance shall be guilty of a misdemeanor and will be subject to a fine of no more than $500 or imprisonment for a period not to exceed six months.
During the personnel report, the council asked the mayor if it was possible to have department heads at the city council meeting and committee meetings in case there was a question about anything. The mayor stated that he could have all the department heads present at the meetings.
Kelley did ask the council to give the department heads time to find answers to the questions that are asked.
During the community development report, the council voted to adopt the committee meeting schedule as the official schedule. In doing this, the committee chairs must keep track of minutes of each meeting and let the public know when there will be a meeting held.
The committees will meet the second Tuesday of each month at 5:00 p.m.
Mayor Kelley also announced that two more houses had been added to the abandoned houses list. Every house that was previously on the list has been torn down with the exception of five.
In the Middlesboro Fire Department report, it states that six alarms sounded at station #1 and two alarms sounded at station #2. There were a total of 359 EMS runs in the month of March.
The Middlesboro Police Department reported that there were nine simple assaults, one aggravated assault, and one robbery in the month of March. There was also three residential burglaries and one non-residential burglary in the month as well.
There was a total of 120 misdemeanor arrests and 24 felony arrests made last month.
Other business taken care of at the meeting included:
Entrance of city bills paid.
Approval of minutes from previous meeting.
Authorization to advertise for bids for blacktop per ton laid.
Approval of refund to Enterprise Rent-A-Car in amount of $444.75 for occupational tax withheld and paid in error.