Hopkinsville City Council welcomed a new Chief and Deputy Chief of the Hopkinsville Fire Department Tuesday night at their regular meeting. Hopkinsville Mayor Dan Kemp swore in Freddie Montgomery as the new HFD Chief and Michael Workman as the Deputy Chief.
In other business, Chief Financial Officer Robert Martin presented the Council the Monthly Financial report that showed an increase in Payroll Tax for the first eight months of the fiscal year. The reports says from July to February the City has collected 9 million 452 thousand 897 dollars which is up 4.74% from the same time period last year. The equivalent payroll to that tax is 484 million 763 thousand 949 dollars paid to Hopkinsville workers. Councilman Paul Henson asked Martin about where the increase came from.
Mayor Kemp recognized twelve middle school students from Christian County as this years Mayor's Scholars. The students must meet an academic standard and write an essay, the essays are then judge at the school and then by city officials. The 60 students who made the finalist cut will travel with Mayor Kemp and other city officials to Murray State later this year for a field trip. The winning essayist were given gift certificates.
Council approved second reading of an ordinance that would make Weber Street behind the old Christian County a one way street running north. Council took back up an ordinance tabled earlier this month that would restrict parking on Short 19th Street. After some clarification on where residents would be allowed to park, the council approve the first reading.
Mayor Kemp appointed Charlie Henderson to the Pennyroyal Area Museum Board.