Darlene at Council

New Main Street Director Darlene Butts speaks last week to Cadiz City Council members.

Cadiz City Council has approved the purchase of a vehicle for the Cadiz Police Department after Police Chief Duncan Wiggins expressed concern during this week’s council meeting about needing a vehicle.

Speaking at the Oct. 5 meeting, Wiggins told the council his department hasn’t bought a police car since 2018 and has two right now that have quite a few miles on them.

One has 150,000 on it, he said, while the other vehicle has more than 110,000 miles.

Wiggins said vehicles become unsafe after they accumulate 125,000 or 130,000 miles.

“Most of the fleet is doing really well,” the chief noted to council members. “Most of them have somewhere under 60,000. The majority of them have under 60,000 miles.

“But it’s getting to that point where we haven’t purchased a police car in over three years,” he continued. “Since I’ve been chief of police, we have not purchased a police car, and what we’re asking now is that the council take that into consideration.”

Wiggins said his department wanted to purchase a car before the end of the year, and council members approved the purchase of a Ford Interceptor at a cost Wiggins said is $5,000 less than the $42,000 Tahoe police package.

Wiggins said he prefers the Interceptor.

The police chief also gave the council a report on the police department’s September activities, noting that the month was a pretty busy one for the department.

He noted that the department opened 56 criminal cases last month, arrested 17 people and responded to 517 calls for service.

Officers stopped 15 vehicles and issued 26 citations. They worked 19 traffic accidents, including one injury accident and a fatality.

Code enforcement opened 11 cases and closed 13 cases and to date has collected $2,150 in fines, according to the chief.

Wiggins further added that the police department has one position open, leaving the department with eight officers including himself and a code enforcement officer.

Public Works Director Craig Oakley also spoke to the council, reporting that his department has gotten its sewer profile complete at the Pennyrile Area Development District office, meaning public works can hopefully pursue funding for some sewer lines.

Oakley said he is working with PADD officials to seek funding for the project, which would address improvements for a 2,600-foot line at a cost of about $190 per foot.

He added that right-of-way mowing, the last for 2021 on U.S. 68, was to begin this week.

Following that project, Oakley said leaf pickup will probably start in a few weeks.

“That’ll probably take us on through the winter with leaf pickup,” the director said.

Cadiz Mayor Todd King introduced Darlene Butts, the city’s new Main Street director, who said she was excited about working with the city and had lots of goals and plans in mind.

“The sky’s the limit,” Butts told council members last week. “I’m hoping that we can see a whole generation take over, and maybe put a little bit in the past, to make this a city that people want to come to and be proud of it. I want our citizens to be proud of it.”

In other business:

  • City Attorney Allen Wilson recommended that the city consider being a part of a settlement related to ongoing litigation involving the opioid epidemic. He said the city might receive some funds from that settlement. Council members accepted his recommendation and voted in favor of a measure to take part in the settlement.
  • Cadiz City Clerk Barbie Johnson shared information on the Cadiz-Trigg County Parks and Recreation, noting that Director Jeff Hunter had 98 football players and 53 cheerleaders. She said the players have completed four games and have four to go. Football wraps up the last weekend in November. Registration for basketball was to begin last week and will continue through Nov. 5. Johnson said basketball practices will start the third week of October while the games will start the second week in November.
  • The council approved ad valorem tax rates for the 2021 year of 0.253 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for real property and 0.2165 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for personal property. Additionally, the council approved a motor vehicle tax rate for 2021 of 26.20 cents per $100 of assessed valuation for each vehicle licensed by a city resident. The rates were approved on first and second readings during special meetings Sept. 21-22.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

Reach Tonya S. Grace at 270-887-3240 or tgrace@kentuckynewera.com.

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