The Sebree City Council at its regular meeting Monday night said goodbye to the police chief and hello to the possibility of a new street name.
Roy "Scott" Starkey worked for the police department for three years.
He has served as police officer, firefighter, code enforcement officer and alcohol and beverage administrator, said Sebree Mayor Oscar "Ozzie" O'Nan. He is also a notary. He's even helped with animal control.
"There's not much he hasn't done," O'Nan said. "He seldom says no. He's been a great help to our city."
The city will advertise and take applications for the police officer position. O'Nan formed a hiring committee, which includes himself, Sebree City Clerk Mary Thomas, Superintendent Emery Thomas and council members Kenny Wright and Deb Stull. Starkey's last day is Sunday.
Also at the meeting, the council had the first reading of an ordinance that proposes to change the name of a portion of Spring Street. The portion, between Kentucky 56 and Dixon Street, is proposed to become Veterans Way.
"I thought it was a very good idea," O'Nan said about a suggestion a friend shared with him. "Veterans affect our everyday life ... And being able to have a street named Veterans Way ... means a lot to me."
The Sebree municipal building sits on the portion discussed as do a building next door and an apartment at the corner of Spring and Main streets.
The ordinance will be in effect following the second reading at an upcoming meeting and publication in the newspaper.
In other business, the council:
• approved a resolution allowing O'Nan and City Attorney Dorin Luck to enter negotiations with Bob Antle of Antle Operating, Inc., an oil and gas exploration company based in Texas.
Antle spoke to council members at the meeting. He told them he wishes for a potential well to be installed on the other side of the road from Springdale Cemetery. He wants the pump to be inconspicuous and neat.
"It's kinda one of those win-win situations," Antle said, later adding that this could mean a significant amount of money for the city. "You might as well take advantage of your minerals."
The council was concerned about how the exploration would affect the cemetery. Antle said the work would not affect the area above or below the cemetery. There will need to be a work entrance in the area and the pump will be checked daily.
Following negotiations between the city and Antle Operating, Inc., the council must approve the lease.
All council members present -- Jana Forker, Billy Smith, Jim Allen Williams, Stull and Wright -- approved the resolution to enter negotiations. Brice Marsh was absent. All decisions Monday night were unanimous.
• had the second reading and approval of a city ordinance setting the 2019 property tax rate at 36.3 cents per $100 assessment for both the real and personal property tax.
• approved the purchase of a excavator and trailer at the total cash price of $84,060. The city will purchase a Bobcat E50 excavator from an Evansville retailer for $72,060 as well as a John Deere trailer for $12,000.
• had the first reading of an ordinance amending the 2019-20 sewer revenue budget from $310,941.75 to $2,265,421.26. The city received a grant for a sewer project. Clerk Thomas before the meeting said there may be a rate increase to help cover the city's portion of the project.
When accepting federal grant money, Luck said, the city must also adopt two resolutions: one, a grievance procedure for complaints related to suspected allegations of discrimination on the basis of handicapped status, and two, a KCDBG procurement code. Luck said the procurement code "will be the Bible on the project," and the mayor and city clerk must know the code well.
• set the hours for trick-or-treating on Halloween from 4 to 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 31.
• heard that the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet would announce discretionary funds for road paving for Sebree and Clay at 10 a.m. today at the courthouse in Dixon. O'Nan said the city applied for more than $170,000.