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City council names Fogle's replacement

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By Stephen Lega

 

A former city councilman is back in office.

John R. Mattingly has been appointed to fill the term of Lebanon Councilwoman Denise Fogle. Mattingly, 60, was sworn in on Jan. 10 at city hall. Mattingly was first elected to the Lebanon City Council in 1988, and he served until December of 1994.

“I'll try to do the best I can,” he said. “I know there's been a lot of changes.”

Fogle was re-elected in November, but resigned before renewing her oath of office because of a dispute related to her pension. According to the Kentucky Retirement Systems, Fogle could not receive her pension unless she was no longer serving as an elected official.

On Jan. 7, the city council voted 3-1 with one abstention to appoint Mattingly to fill Fogle's seat.

Councilman Jay Grundy made the motion to appoint Mattingly, and Councilman Jerry Abell seconded the motion.

Councilman Darrin Spalding joined Abell and Grundy in voting in favor of Mattingly's appointment, although Spalding also recommended Edna Seabrooks as an alternative.

Spalding pointed out that Seabrooks is the same race and gender as Fogle and she has served the city previously. Seabrooks has served on the City of Lebanon Park Board.

Councilwoman Kate Palagi offered former councilwoman Elizabeth Ann Osbourne as another option. Palagi noted that in previous instances with a vacancy, the council had approved the candidate who had received the most votes who was not elected. Although Osbourne did not run for office in 2012, she did run in 2010.

Councilman Jim Richardson cast the opposing vote. Palagi abstained because she did not know Mattingly.

“I was really hoping there would be a way to work out a way for Denise to come back,” Palagi said during the discussion.

In other business:

- The city council approved a number of appointments by Mayor Gary Crenshaw.

Benita Carrol Nally and Joe Smalley were reappointed to the Board of Zoning Adjustment for terms that expire in January 2016.

Louise Deep and Brad Lanham were reappointed to the city ethics board for terms that expire January 2017.

And Gerry Rogers and Bob O'Daniel were reappointed to the Property Maintenance Code Enforcement Board for terms that expire January 2016.

- The council approved refinancing a 2004 bond issue for the Lebanon Water Works to change the interest from a variable rate of 2.06 to 4.19 percent to a fixed rate of 2.9 percent.

The original loan amount for which the bond was issued was $745,000. Under the variable rate, the Lebanon Water Works was making a monthly payment of $4,878.99. Under the fixed rate, the Water Works' monthly payment will be $4,673.11.

- The council approved the first reading of an ordinance allowing the delivery of alcohol to licensed retail establishments on Election Days, although alcohol sales would still be prohibited until the polls closed.

The council approved a similar first reading at its Dec. 10 meeting. City Attorney Kandice Engle-Gray explained that the ordinance approved in December included language from an older city ordinance that had been revised. The version approved last week included the most up to date information.