City council honored for recent ordinance

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SALYERSVILLE – The Salyersville City Council met in special session on Wednesday, April 4, discussing possible grants and upcoming events. 

The council approved the constitution and by-laws of the Salyersville Volunteer Fire Department, which is a requirement to apply for a $75,000 USDA grant. If they receive the grant, the funds would be used to purchase a generator on a trailer that could be used in case of emergencies. 

Salyersville Mayor James “Pete” Shepherd also told the council that they are also applying for a grant for the police department, which if awarded would be used to update the computers in the officers’ cars.

The council held the first reading of an amendment to the ordinance adopting rules and regulations for non-profit organizations who qualify for a permit to solicit funds on city streets. Shepherd explained that the amendment spells out the times and locations non-profits can hold road block-type fundraisers. 

With the new amendment, only non-profit organizations with 501c3 status will be able to solicit money while standing in the streets, they will be required to get a free permit from the city three days before the event, and they will be limited to 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturdays. The fundraising will be limited to two locations, the downtown red light and the light junction of Parkway Drive and KY Rt. 7. This type of fundraising will be prohibited during holiday weekends, including community events (Heritage Days, Community Days, etc.). 

Shepherd invited the council members to attend a banquet in Lexington, at which the City of Salyersville will be recognized for their recently-passed smoking ordinance. At the awards luncheon, held yesterday at the Lexington Convention Center, the city received the 2018 Smoke-Free Indoor Air Excellence Award from the Kentucky Center for Smoke-Free Policy.

They also discussed a couple of upcoming events, including a Daniel Boone Chautauqua, to be held on April 20 at 5 p.m. at the gazebo across from city hall. The free event, held by the Magoffin County Civil War Committee, will feature local musicians, as well.

The Salyersville Fire Department will be having a horse show on May 12 at the horse park, a fundraising event that will be used to help pay for the fire truck. 

The next regularly-scheduled Salyersville City Council meeting is slated for Monday, April 16.