With January 1st just around the corner, the Hopkinsville City Council is putting measures in place to give the teeth to the new smoking ban ordinance. At the Council's Tuesday night meeting, members unanimously approved the first reading of an amended code enforcement board fines ordinance. City Clerk Crissy Upton read the ordinance which outlines fines for non contested violations.
As well as contested violations.
In other business, the council approved second readings of the new pawnbroker ordinance and the amended precious metals and gems ordinance. Meanwhile, AT and T Regional Director, Sim Davenport asked the council to encourage the Cable Television Oversight Authority to approve the company's franchise agreement.
But he adds that the Oversight board has proposed additional fees on top of the 10-thousand dollar franchise application fee. Davenport says they do not want to stop offering U-verse in the city, but the mounting additional costs-between the lawsuit and the proposed fees-are becoming cost prohibitive. City Attorney Doug Willen says a second offer has already been made to AT and T. Councilman Wesley Grimes, who serves on the Oversight board, says he thinks the board will offer a positive recommendation and that he hopes the council will do the same.
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