Two special meetings scheduled to to address problems in Shepherdsville
Not enough council members showed up at the last council meeting to conduct city business.
LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- There is still no mayor in Shepherdsville, and now there's a new problem.
The Shepherdsville City Council will have two special meetings hoping to pass a property tax rate before the end of the month. The sign is now posted on the City Hall doors.
Three councilwomen didn't show up Tuesday night. In previous meetings, some councilmen also didn't show up. That means there was no quorum and not enough members to conduct business. The City Clerk says the last time all six members were there was in May.
"I missed several meetings this year and some last year. Some had to deal with illness and family. Some had to do with the legal issues because of the lawsuit," Councilman Bernie Brown said.
At the meeting, council members were also supposed to discuss possible replacements for Shepherdsville mayor. Scott Ellis resigned, but a new judge ruled he was still the mayor, because of a technicality. Then Ellis resigned again.
The City Attorney says council members must appoint a new mayor within 30 days or Gov. Matt Bevin can appoint someone.
"If I'm blessed with the appointment, that's the first thing I'm going to focus on," Mayoral candidate Depp Rasner said. "What can we do to re-establish leadership, trust and unity? Our citizens and taxpayers deserve it."
Councilwoman Gloria Taft says she missed the meeting because of medical reasons, but also says she's frustrated with the lack of unity. When asked if the council is dysfunctional, she said, "In some aspects, yes. "There are some things that we can agree on, but some things we will never see eye-to-eye on, but as adults, we should be able to sit down and go through it without fussing and cussing."
Council members say they do plan to be at the special meetings, because they still have to approve a property tax rate.
When asked who is in charge in the absence of a mayor, Taft says, "The council is in charge of the finances. The department heads are in charge of their department."
"You know I'm not running for office, but I want to see somebody in there who is trying to pull the city together, lead the city," councilman Larry Hatfield said. "We've got to get this cloud off of us and move forward."
The first special meeting is at 12:30 p.m. Thursday.
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