In March 18 IssueBy Derek AaronTimes Journal Reporter
Thursday's regular meeting of the Russell Springs City Council marked the first meeting of the city's leaders in the new municipal building on Main St and Mayor Hollis DeHart took a few moments to talk about the new facility and the folks who made it a reality.
“This building will house all the administrative services and the police department,” DeHart said. “We now have a drive-thru window so people can drive through and pay their bills.”
The mayor also said citizens can still come and take care of any business they need to and are most welcome inside the building.
“While there are some outstanding bills that are yet to be paid, most of them are reasonably small, we have figured the cost of the building,” he said.
Several months ago DeHart estimated the cost of the 6,200 square foot building to be $60 per square foot, last night the mayor said that number had fallen to $43 per square foot.
“This is excellent in every respect,” he said. “Of course we still have some blacktopping to do and that will be done sometime around the first of April.”
DeHart also said the city was planning an official open house for the new municipal building in late April or early May but said the exact date has yet to be finalized.
“I would be terribly remiss if I did not thank all the council for their leadership and their support, without which all of this would not have been possible,” he said. “I specifically want to thank all of the Russell Springs employees because we could not have brought this in at this figure without a lot of work coming from them.”
While saying it was difficult to mention everyone who had a hand in the project, DeHart acknowledged several people who worked on the project, including Jeremy Coffey, whom DeHart called his “right hand” on the project.
“It has been a combined effort in doing all of this and I want to thank everyone who was involved in doing this,” he said.
The council then thanked the mayor for all his contributions and overseeing of the project.
“The greatest praise you can make is service to your community,” DeHart said.
In other happenings at the meeting:
• Five student representatives from the Russell County High School Y-Club attended the meeting, speaking with city leaders about the Kentucky Y-Corps service trip they will participate in later this year.
Students Cassandra Conner, Katlin Blakey, Emily Adams, Tra Taylor and Alex Hoover will join fellow Y-Club members from all over Kentucky from June 13-20 to tackle numerous community service projects and to learn about Kentucky's culture.
The students showed a short video of past Y-Corps service trips and council members were able to witness many photos of what participants in the trip would actually accomplish.
Nearly three years ago on the first Y-Corps trip the local group participated in they worked for a day at the KOA Campground in Russell County and helped to pick-up the Lake Cumberland shoreline, the group said.
The group told the council that in order to participate in the trip this summer they must raise $2,500 through fundraisers, donations and sponsors as well as participate in 250 local community service hours. The club had raised $1,000 before last night's meeting.
After the students spoke, the council voted to donate the remaining $1,500 needed toward the June student service trip. The students thanked the council and told them to contact them for any community service work that needed to be done.
The Y-Corps service trip is sponsored by the Kentucky YMCA and can be visited on the Internet at www.kyymca.org
• City leaders voted to continue the Monumental Accidental Insurance for the Russell Springs Volunteer Fire Department. It will cost the city around $2,500 to retain the insurance.
• The council heard the second reading of an ordinance that keeps all the city's ordinances up to code as well as two first readings of ordinances that will be read a second time at next month's meeting.