The Hopkinsville City Council met Tuesday for its second meeting of April in council chambers to discuss ordinances, municipal orders, appointments to the Non-Partisan Elections Citizens Committee with a pinning ceremony for new Hopkinsville Police Department officer Jarrit Beasley.
The 24-year-old officer, from Paris, Tennessee was hired to the department during the middle of the coronavirus pandemic and has worked for the police department as a Public Safety Officer before he was sworn in at the meeting.
Beasley was taking classes under HPD Chief Clayton Sumner at Hopkinsville Community College which is where he showed interest in becoming a part of the department.
“What a better way than to get a great job reference then to have the Chief in class when you’re saying ‘I want to be a police officer’,” HPD Deputy Chief Mike Seis said. “If you have people who are working hard and meeting their deadlines for school, they show some responsibility, they show some of the traits of what we’re looking for that we need from young men and women in this profession.”
Mayor Wendell Lynch swore Beasley in while his mother was present to pin his officer badge during the ceremony.
After the ceremony, Lynch updated the council and public on Hopkinsville Rotary Club’s 71st Auction, happening this week and an Inner-City Housing Development groundbreaking that will happen next Tuesday.
Lynch explained that the groundbreaking and housing development came to fruition with teamwork from the Hopkinsville Inner-City Community Housing Development, Christian County-Hopkinsville Development Corporation, Hopkinsville-Christian County Land Bank Authority, Community and Development Services and the City of Hopkinsville.
The groundbreaking will take place at 11:30 a.m. at 429 and 431 West Edmond Street.
Lynch also spoke about a COVID-19 update for the county.
Lynch said that total cases since the beginning of the pandemic are 6,853, 163 cases are active, 6,596 cases fully recovered and 97 deaths.
The Christian County Health Department has begun using their mobile unit to administer COVID-19 vaccinations. The health department will administer the two-dose vaccines.
The unit will be at the Christian County-Hopkinsville Boys and Girls Club April 21 from 1-3 p.m. and then at the Salvation Army on April 28 from 11:30 a.m. -1:30 p.m.
Lynch concluded his update by saying two cases of the UK variant of coronavirus have been confirmed in the county.
In other council business, the council passed 11-1 the HWEA Water Rates ordinance.
Council member Chuck Crabtree was the sole “no” vote.
The ordinance will change Hopkinsville Division Waste Water Service Monthly rates to $6.71 January 2022, $7.35 January 2023 and $8.05 January 2024 for the flat rate, per 100 cubic feet.
The minimum bill for 300 cubic feet or less will start at $20.14 January 2022, $22.05 January 2023 and $24.14 January 2024.
The schedule of rate applies to Hopkinsville Division users based on the volume of metered or estimated water consumption.
Pembroke Division Waste Water users will also see a rate increase.
Beginning January 2022, flat rate users, per 100 cubic feet will be billed $8.09, $8.86 January 2023 and $9.71 January 2024.
The minimum bill for Pembroke Division users, 300 cubic feet or less will be $27.52 January 2022, $30.13 January 2023 and $32.99 January 2024.
The council also voted on a Solid Waste Bond that passed 11-1 with Crabtree voting against it.
The ordinance approves a lease in the approximate principal of $350,000 for the financing of a solid waste facility which will provide the payment and security of the lease.
This will create a sinking fund through a tax levy and other available taxes which together will collect interest and are designated for the payment of all bonds and obligations of the project including the lease.
The council also voted on an incentive directed to Kindred Holdings LLC for a period of 20 years. The council unanimously passed the order.
The municipal order establishes an industrial incentive and authorizes and directs the retention of Ad Valorem taxes due and payable to the city on real property owned by Kindred Holdings.
Kindred Holdings in agreement with the order has proposed to purchase and improve the property located at 2230 Pembroke Road in Hopkinsville.
The company estimates an investment of at least $2 million in the industrial development which will result in at least 79 new jobs.
The incentive will be able to retain through a rebate, 80% of any increase in Ad Valorem tax revenue otherwise derived by the city from any increased assessment of the real property owned by the company.
The city council also voted unanimously to authorize the mayor to sign a grant agreement in the amount of $316,000 between the city of Hopkinsville and Kindred Holdings.
Council members will meet Thursday night at 6 p.m. in the council chambers for April’s Committee of the Whole meeting.
On May 4, the council will meet in chambers for the next City Council meeting at 6 p.m.
Both meetings will be live streamed on the City’s Facebook page.