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Pineville mayor signs agreement for water project

There were several items addressed at Monday’s Pineville City Council meeting that included moving the regular scheduled meeting to 5 p.m. to hold a special-called meeting at 6 p.m.

The meeting included the city approving Mayor Scott Madon signing on behalf of the Interlocal Agreement that will be between the city of Pineville, Pineville Utility Commission and the Appalachian Wildlife Foundation regarding the construction of a water project

“This is for the line and tanks that will be going on the property, and this is an improvement for our water system,” Madon explained. “It’s really a good thing for us.”

During the Main Street Pineville report, Director Jacob Roan announced the city moved their Christmas parade to this Saturday.

“There were a lot of people that were going to be out of town for the football game,” Roan explained. “So, we went ahead and moved the parade. Brian has been working and has several people in it. One thing I’m excited about is Appalachian Wireless has taken a lot of time to build a float and get Santa here.”

Following the parade on Saturday, Santa will be taking pictures with the kids and there will be hot chocolate served for the kids at Appalachian Wireless at their store downtown.

“The public library had a concert planned for tomorrow night at the theater, but they have pushed it back a week due to weather conditions (Tuesday) night being kind of iffy,” Roan said. “So, it will be on Tuesday of next week.”

Frosty the Snowman is also being shown at the Bell Theater.

“We sold out for showings during the day with Middlesboro School System, (Bell) County School System, Pineville, and Knox County schools coming,” he continued. “A lot of reasons the schools are given the opportunity to come is being able to see performing arts right here in their own region without traveling to Lexington or Knoxville to see such performances.”

The next big concert that will be at the Bell Theater will be on Dec. 21.

“Tickets are still available for the concert,” Roan said. “We’ve sold about 200 tickets for that and everything at the theater. Everything that Main Street is selling is selling better than we’ve ever sold, and the upcoming Gala is sold out as well.”

In other meeting news, Mayor Madon went over the first reading of the pay and classification that repeals and replaces existing ordinance

“Callie has really worked on this over a year, and we were really deep into it last year and didn’t get to finish it up,” the Mayor explained. “But we’ve worked on it and we’ve worked with the Kentucky League of Cities to develop this.”

The mayor explained that because they worked with the Kentucky League of Cities, their numbers were not made up out of the blue.

“We didn’t just pull these numbers out of the blue, but these numbers reflect other cities of our size and stature,” he explained. “We’ll have to adjust these numbers over the years so four years from now the numbers can be different.”

A motion was made on the first reading and then a second was made to approve it and the second reading will be held in January.

The mayor also discussed the solid waste and specialty item pickup services before the council went into a closed session to discuss the prospective sale of property.

The next meeting of the Pineville City Council is Jan. 14 at 6 p.m.