HENDERSON, Ky. 8/10/21– The City of Henderson Board of Commissioners passed first reading of an ordinance that will annex into the city the site of the Pratt Industries operation that was announced on July 29.
The multi-billion-dollar packing and recycling firm will construct a $400 million corrugated box recycling and manufacturing complex that within five years is expected to employ 321 people at wages averaging nearly $30 per hour.
In other business, the commission:
- Heard a report from Clayton Horton of Green River District Health Department about the recent impacts of COVID-19 on Henderson County and the region. He said testing is ramping back up at the health department and advised: “If you’re sick stay home. If you haven’t been vaccinated, get one.” He said data from Feb.11 (when the health department began tracking break-through cases) to the present shows that only 3 percent of cases have impacted vaccinated people.
- Finalized ordinances refinancing some 2012 bonds and redeeming 2011 bonds, amending an ordinance that regulates the appeals process time frame when someone is in violation of the fire prevention and protection ordinance and amending the fine schedule governed by the Code Enforcement Board.
- Heard a status report from Henderson Water Utility General Manager Tom Williams on the Countryview stormwater drainage project. The second phase of the project is scheduled for bids in mid-September with work to begin around Nov. 1.
- Heard a report from John Coomes and Paul Green about a program to register contractors and provide some level of protection from scammers for citizens.
- Tabled a discussion about a new schedule of electric rates and services presented by Henderson Municipal Power & Light Director Chris Heimgartner in a public hearing. The new schedule is seeking to adjust fixed costs in the utility system.
- Passed first reading of an ordinance updating the ambulance ordinance to reflect a new agreement with Deaconess EMS.
- Authorized the acceptance of a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Transportation and Federal Aviation Administration for work at the Henderson City-County Airport.
- Approved an agreement with Henderson Community College for police patrol and security service.
- Approved the purchase of a back-up generator for the 911 center at a cost of $29, 750.
The next meeting is set for 3 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 24.