For the next couple of weeks the Council will take a Spring Recess that I am still unaccustomed to. This week offered a full schedule with plenty to talk about.
On Monday, Keep Lexington Beautiful hosted a breakfast to highlight “Green Up for Breeders’ Cup.” This is an aggressive publicprivate initiative to enhance corridors for the big event this October. There is more to read about that on page two. Corridors maintenance is now ongoing for the first time in a very long while and these investments will continue to be worthwhile and beautiful.
The so called “Minimum Wage” discussion made its way first to the Budget, Finance and Economic Development Committee on Tuesday, and in an odd twist, again to the full Council meeting last evening. You can reference the packet for the first meeting here, and if you scroll to page 19, the proposed ordinance as well. I encourage you to read it over and give it some thought. The business community has had little notice on the tracking of this issue and hasn’t been given the requisite time to respond. Proponents, while not respectful of the Council and its processes, have been and still are pressing expediency to “help those in most need.” Wait a minute...
This and previous Councils have properly worked on complicated and controversial issues before—all within the confines of the proven Council structure. Some have been vetted and enacted. The Purchase of Development Rights Program. The Fairness Ordinance. The Smoking Ban. Some have failed. The Noise Ordinance being the most notable recent failure. The commonality, however, is discussion and decision within the established legislative work of the Council.
This issue will have a full hearing and discussion in committee and then before the full Council, but let me underscore here that none of the legislation mentioned above—enacted or not—ever appeared in its final form first. Quite simply, that’s the role of the Council. I encourage your thoughts and discussion.
Finally, two items on last night’s docket are of particular interest. First, per the request of the Shriners Neighborhood Association, the Council has sanctioned the renaming of Clinton Park to Clay’s Spring Park. This is more noteworthy as it was a fresh water source of historical significance to the Clay family. The neighborhood will now erect signage that will so note that value. More on that as other changes in the park begin.
Second, we passed two business items, one for $24,890 for a new Mega Splash Bucket at Southland Pool and the other for $27,000 to refurbish the Pirate Ship at Woodland Pool. Both made noteworthy by the long awaited arrival of Spring today. Hallelujah! What’s more to be said but...GO CATS!!!
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