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Council: Offer for City Hall too low
In Apr. 24-30 issue
By Derek Aaron
Times Journal Reporter




ABOVE: Jamestown Mayor Brooks Bates referred to the plaque commemorating the construction of the present City Hall.

JAMESTOWN - In resounding fashion, the City Council collectively said they feel the $225,000 offer for the current city hall by the Property Development Board is not enough, according to Mayor Brooks Bates.

During the montly council meeting held on Thursday, Apr. 17, several members said they had concerns over the dollar amount and had even been contacted by citizens who also voiced their displeasure over the figure.

Bates said that no vote was taken at the meeting but the members of the council had asked him to go back into negotiations with the Property Development Board

The board has been making offers to owners, including the city of Jamestown, for land on the northeast corner of the square for property needed to construct the new Russell County Judicial Center.

Bates said he has a dollar figure in mind he would like to see reached but declined to share that information. Reports are that an amount nearer to the $300,000 mark is a more respectable number.

Mayor Bates said he would continue communications with the board and even noted a special city council meeting could be called to concur with a Project Development Board meeting so the two sides could meet and talk face to face. Bates said on Tuesday that a he didn't know when the meeting will occur.

"I suspect we'll have one though," he said.

In other happenings at the meeting—

• The council learned that the "Doughboy" monument which was damaged by a vehicle driven by an alleged drunk driver in February will be replaced with an identical replica, according to American Legion Commander Jeff Reeder.

At the meeting, he said the cost for a replacement "Doughboy" and flagpole and to make repairs to the monument itself is $40,500.

According to Reeder, to replace the statue with a new bronze replica is just a little more than what it would take to repair the old statue, which would be weakened if put back up because of the incident.

Reeder said the new "Doughboy" could be in place by Lakefest in July.
City Attorney Kevin Shearer said his talks with the truck owner's insurance company, Progressive, concerning the costs of the damages is progressing.

• City Clerk Kim Weston said the Fiscal Court has asked the city of Jamestown to pay a monthly fee to help pay for the county dog warden's salary and upkeep of the Green River Animal Shelter in Columbia, where the warden takes the county's stray dogs and cats.

The county is currently spending about $28,000 a year for upkeep on the shelter and paying the warden a $400 monthly salary.

Under Kentucky statutes, cities can partner with county leaders to help with animal control in their defined area. A letter to the city from Judge-Executive Mickey Garner read that the county had the authority to bypass the city and not pick up stray animals in the city, if they so choose. Garner has stated the cities may have to hire their own dog warden if they choose not to partner with the Fiscal Court on this endeavor.

The council collectively decided to discuss the issue at a later time and should be resolved by June.

• Bates said the council was shown the composite of a sign marking Jamestown as the "number one city in Kentucky to raise a family." Upon some tweaking to the sign's design, Bates said the sign would most likely be placed in Beck Park.

• The city had the first reading of the amended budget for the 2007-08 fiscal year and will hear the second reading at the May meeting.
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