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Commission Meeting Minutes
Dixon City Commission met in regular session Monday, August 10, 2020, 6 p.m. Attending were Mayor Carolyn Townsend, Commissioners Terry Webb, Dusty Heady, and Steve Shoots, City Attorney Ben Leonard, Public Works Director Jamie Harkins, and City Clerk Barbara Goff. Angie Duncan with Business Development at United Community Bank of West Kentucky attended as a guest.
Minutes of the July meeting were approved on a motion by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Heady, all ayes.
Bills were approved on a motion by Commissioner Heady, seconded by Commissioner Webb, all ayes.
Public Works Director Jamie Harkins gave updates on Parks, Streets, and Water.
Work has continued at the spray park at Baker Park. Pumps and features are being set and will soon be ready for a plumber to connect. With the project being funded by a grant, work must be completed by September 30, 2020.
Tim Smith, a member of the community, along with Teen Challenge, recently mowed a large area at Baker Park. This volunteer act was much appreciated by the City.
Mayor Townsend commented the Webster County Library recently hosted a Book Walk at Baker Park, and Commissioner Heady mentioned she has noticed an increase in use of the parks.
Director Harkins also announced plans to work with Tim Smith to repair the bridge that washed out from heavy rains on the walking trail at Baker Park. Work will be done to remove a culvert, fill with concrete and beams to bolt the bridge in place in attempt to prevent it being washed away again.
Director Harkins mentioned an area on Lakeview Drive that has also been affected by heavy rains and will soon need filling.
In the report on Water, Director Harkins stated there was currently about a 3-4% water loss. He believes the loss is connected to meters that may be working improperly with watering of sports fields and flushing water lines. He will be checking the meters to see if they need repair or replacement.
Angie Duncan, with Business Development at United Community Bank of West Kentucky, gave a short presentation regarding a system the City could begin using to accept credit card payments. The application fee to start the program would be $99.00 and all fees following could be passed along to customers as they use the program. It was suggested the City add a link for online payments to the City’s website; payments would also be available to be made via phone, by using a Point of Sale card swiper, or text payments, with most of the options charging $2.95 per transaction.
Mayor Townsend announced current water bills has a past due balance of about $5300. Letters are being mailed monthly to all accounts with past due balances, and the letters include that balances will not be forgiven but are only delayed due to Kentucky Governor’s executive order. Mayor Townsend would like to see a credit card acceptance system put into place very soon for the City, with hopes the available option would encourage some to pay off their bill.
In order to maintain loyalty to Dixon Bank, it was mentioned the City should approach them as well in regards to merchant services and availability of a credit card system with their resources. Mayor Townsend will contact Dixon Bank regarding the matter and schedule a called meeting when that information is available.
A closed session including the Mayor and Commissioners was called on a motion by Commissioner Heady, seconded by Commissioner Shoots. The session was to discuss possible pending litigation. There was no report from the meeting, which concluded on a motion by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Shoots.
Mayor Townsend announced the next regular meeting will be September 14.
A motion to adjourn was made by Commissioner Webb, seconded by Commissioner Heady, all ayes.
Dixon, Kentucky is the county seat of Webster County, it is located at the junction of U S Highway 41A and State Route 132. It was established in 1860 when the county was formed and named for Archibald Dixon, Lieutenant Governor and U.S. Senator. It was incorporated in 1861. The County Court House and post office opened in 1860. Revolutionary War veteran William Jenkins in 1794 established a stagecoach inn five miles north of the town's present site, on the old Indian trail between Nashville and St. Louis. The downtown area has a number of historic homes and was the site of a number of Civil War skirmishes.
The City of Dixon strives to provide a variety of services to the community in an efficient, cost-effective and cooperative manner. The City of Dixon is a proud, proactive, progressive Community committed to providing leadership with a goal of enhancing the quality of life for our residents. The City of Dixon will serve its residents, businesses and visitors through leadership, partnership and the provision of effective and community focused services. The mission of The Mayor, Commissioners and Staff is to work together to create and implement strategies necessary to turn this vision into reality.