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Lanham to replace Bottom on Perryville council

Tim Lanham has been appointed to the Perryville City Council to fill the vacancy left when Trent Bottom resigned Aug. 6 because he moved out of the city limits.

Lanham was sworn into office on Sept. 14, and hopes to be successful as a write-in candidate for Perryville City Council in November’s general election.

“I’d just like to see the city move along and progress,” he said.

In other business:

  • The council voted to take steps to amend its alcohol ordinance to allow alcohol sales on Sundays, beginning at 1 p.m. Council member Steve Bailey said he was initially against the town going wet, but since it has he sees people going to Harrodsburg, Danville and Lebanon to purchase alcohol on Sundays. “We’re missing sales,” he said.

Council member Chad Blackwell said he was also against the city going wet, “But we did. So we might as well make money on it.”

The only dissenting vote for amending the ordinance came from council member Kelly Gray.

She said it was her personal belief that the ordinance not be changed, and gave the examples that Hobby Lobby and Chick-fil-A are also closed on Sundays.

  • The first reading of the 2020-2021 compensating tax rates was held which stated that property taxes will be set at .273 per $100; and personal property taxes will be .3787 per $100. (Second reading was held and the rates were approved at the Sept. 17 special called meeting.)
  • The council accepted Boyle County’s offer of playground equipment from White’s Park. Members voted to install the playground equipment on the far corner of property it owns at the intersection of Ky. 150 and Ky. 68.
  • Perryville Police officer Larry Nunes was given council approval to take full ownership of his K-9 partner, Liberty, when he retires from the force.
  • Perryville Fire Chief Anthony Young reported that it cost the city $423.75 to respond to the natural gas pipeline rupture that happened in town about two weeks ago. He asked for and was granted permission to pursue having that amount reimbursed by the subcontractor who had damaged the 2-inch gas main and connector line.

He also told the council that ATMOS Energy said it wanted to make an equipment donation to the fire department as a gesture for helping it with the gas pipeline emergency. He said the company was purchasing a $1,500 gas monitor for the department.

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