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City, county sign and exchange agreements to use radio frequencies

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By Shannon Brock

Three months after deciding to “shelve” a memorandum of understanding from the Spencer County Sheriff’s Department and Spencer County EMS regarding the agencies’ radio frequencies, the City of Taylorsville and Police Chief Toby Lewis decided to take the MOU off the shelf and sign it.
Sheriff Donald “Buddy” Stump asked to be put on the city’s agenda for its regular June meeting and addressed the commission last Tuesday evening.
Stump said Lewis approached him recently with an MOU from the Taylorsville Police Department and a signed copy of the five-page MOU presented to the city by the sheriff’s and EMS departments in late February.
Just to make sure the sheriff, the chief and the city commission were all on the same page, Stump asked Mayor Don Pay to put him on Tuesday’s agenda to answer any questions the commission might have had.
Pay told Stump that in February the commission didn’t refuse to sign the MOU.
“At that time, we decided to shelve it [until some time in the future],” Pay said. “We’ve talked about it, and that time is now.”
Stump told the commission he appreciated Lewis signing the MOU.
“The citizens of this city are also citizens of the county, and we’re here to assist Chief Lewis and the police department,” Stump said.
Commissioner Jack Proctor made a motion to approve the MOU; Commissioner Kathy Spears seconded the motion. The motion passed unanimously.
“Just work together,” Commissioner Ellen Redmon asked of Stump. “That’s what we want.”
During Lewis’ report to the commission, he thanked them for approving the MOU.
Lewis also told commissioners that the police department is waiting on a green-light from Kentucky State Police dispatch in Frankfort, but should be operating on its new radio frequency soon.

In other business...
On a motion of Spears and second by Commissioner Beverly Ingram, the commission voted 4-1 to approve its contract with Sisler-Maggard for engineering services.
Pay cast the dissenting vote.
“I’m not saying you’ve done a bad job and haven’t had the city’s best interest at heart, I just have some questions,” Pay said to Joe Sisler who was in attendance. “In the spirit of competitiveness, [I think we should] see what our other options would be.”
Sisler and City Attorney Dudley Dale pointed out that the contract was only for smaller projects and that projects receiving state or federal funding have to be put out to bid no matter what this contract says.
“I’m confident our hourly rates are lower than any other firm in Lexington or Louisville,” Sisler told the commission.
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The commission also voted 4-1 to extend its contract with Marlene Cranmer, who provides answering services for the water department.
Spears made a motion to renew the contract for two years; Redmon seconded the motion. Pay again cast the dissenting vote saying his issue was with the length of the contract, which is normally brought before the commission on a yearly basis.