Elkton City Council Meeting

Elkton City Council Meeting

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Good Citizen

Owensboro, KY

#1 May 16, 2013
Citizens of Elkton Stan Together For what's Right ,this county has had a Double Standard for to long, Some can do no wrong and others can do no Right, Thanks again for the Citizens of Todd county for Staning up for What's Right
sammyiamie

Owensboro, KY

#2 May 16, 2013
The People Do Have a voice
ashamed

Oak Grove, KY

#5 May 16, 2013
sammyiamie wrote:
The People Do Have a voice
not in elkton you don't but lets vote for these clowns again
ashamed

Oak Grove, KY

#7 May 16, 2013
move m-f wrote:
<quoted text> If The City Council are scared,They need to Quit
they need the money
Big Al

Cancún, Mexico

#9 May 16, 2013
What about the tree they cut down? What was wrong wih it?
johnny

Kuttawa, KY

#10 May 16, 2013
you cant never vote out but one or two of them council rascals
Andrea

Russellville, KY

#11 May 16, 2013
The mayor didn't select Watson! The city council picked his bid. The mayor only votes if there is a tie. She does more for the city than you will ever know. She works everyday trying to improve the city. If you attended more than one council meeting you would know this. Choosing to go to one meeting just too complain doesn't make you know too much.
Truckaloo

Duluth, GA

#14 May 17, 2013
We inadvertently left off the jump to our Elkton City Council story this week. See the full story here. The article in its entirety will also be printed in next week's paper. We apologize!

BY CATHERINE DARNELL
Todd County Standard

The meeting room at city hall was standing room only as the Elkton City Council met with citizens who came to the regular council meeting to voice displeasure with last month's rehiring of Ricchuite Enterprises to maintain the city's cemetery.
At least 50 people were in attendance for what turned out to be an hour-long discussion/debate.
Jamie Addison told the council he believed that hiring landscape company owner Watson Ricchuite, who was arrested April 20 allegedly in connection with meth lab equipment found on his property, made it seem as though the city supported drugs.
Councilman Doug Gibson countered this by saying that Ricchuite had not been charged in the crime, a statement proven untrue by Todd County Sheriff Joey Johnson, who was also at the meeting.
The sheriff said that indeed, Ricchuite was charged and indicted April 19 on two felony counts, both connected to manufacturing methamphetamine. Ricchuite — who did not return calls for comment on this story — was released on bond the same day as his arrest.
The council rebid the cemetery contract this year, although Ricchuite had the job at the time and his contract could have been extended.
With a bid $12,000 higher than the lowest bid, Ricchuite Enterprises was re-awarded that contract at the April council meeting. At the time, Ricchuite had not been charged with any crime.
At the May meeting, council members were asked if they checked references on other bidders for the cemetery maintenance contract, most of whom underbid Ricchuite's $38,923.60 offer. Council members indicated they did not.
Councilman Jimmy Scott told visitors that even with a higher bid, Ricchuite was selected on past performance, since he had previously held the cemetery maintenance position and had done a good job.
Some of those in attendance expressed concern that they would be in danger after speaking out at a public meeting.
Addison and fellow attendee Brent Brookshire said they were scared of physical retaliation by Ricchuite and that fear had kept other concerned citizens from attending.
"As long as you know the right people, you can do what you want," Brookshire said, adding, "It's about accountability. We want our children and grandchildren to know there's accountability for their actions."
Addison asked the council members for a straw poll to see if any regretted the decision to hire Ricchuite. Councilman Danny Laster indicated he did.
But it was Councilman David Haley who responded to the crowd, "We are concerned about you being frightened. We want to let you know we have heard what you said."
Addison asked the council, "Please tear up that contract. You could shine a good light. It's up to you."
No action was taken Monday night.
The next council meeting is scheduled for June 11.
johnny

Kuttawa, KY

#15 May 17, 2013
yeah we kinda already saw that
james

Owensboro, KY

#16 May 17, 2013
This is what I don't understan,Why not let the inmates do All the Work in the City LIMITS , FREE save The Tax Payers a Lot of Money $$$$$$$$$$$
whatmeworry

Burgos, Spain

#19 May 17, 2013
I do not personally know the accused or have an opinion one way or another concerning the mowing contract but a few things seem to have been ignored.

He was legally awarded the mowing contract by your city council.

He has not been "CONVICTED" of any crime concerning the charges in question. Remember that an indictment is not a conviction. It is not hard to get someone indicted.

The time to question the contract cost and the other bids have long passed.

Your elected officials know that any action at this time would be premature, exposing the city and your tax dollars to civil liability.

The smart thing to do is wait until the criminal case is resolved one way or the other.

Put personal feelings aside and do everything legally or it will cost you way more than the extra 12,000 in the mowing contract.
wondering

Hopkinsville, KY

#20 May 17, 2013
Whatmeworry you nailed it on the head. Indicted does not mean he's convicted. People jump to conclusions way to fast. And I love how the 2 people who went to the meeting is from Trenton this is a Elkton matter stay out of it. Also I do see parents points on not wanting their child around drugs but you can't prevent it drugs are everywhere. Your neighbor, Dr, lawyer, judge, preacher, teacher. The only way to 100% keep your kids from it is put them in a bubble.
Inquiring Minds

Bowling Green, KY

#21 May 18, 2013
why the hell would a guy mowing the cemetery be a danger to children? Do young kids hang out around the cemetery now?
Pandemic

Princeton, KY

#23 May 18, 2013
For Real wrote:
Let those two idiots from Trenton mow the cemetery for a while and they'll find out its not a gravy run after all. It's been tried before and the lower bid guys couldn't get it done so they had to fall right back on Watson to get it done.
For real you can't be for real!! Jamie has worked hard all of his life and would have no problem mowing the cemetery it would be just another day and another dollar. I have known him and his family for years and they all know what hard work is all about. You do realize they raise 60 acres of tobacco and I guarantee he would work circles around you in a tobacco patch. I know him and his brother used to mow several yards a week plus raise tobacco and during that time Jamie was working at Pennyryle electric as a linemen full time. So I will ask you do you think he is afraid of work? He was only voicing his concern about what is happening in this city and county. I don't know the other boy as well but I am sure he has worked hard as well. If the city has to rely on Watson to get something done that says something about just what kind of shape Elkton is in. There are lots of people companies that can do his job better and for less money.
TC citizen

Scottsville, KY

#24 May 18, 2013
Inquiring Minds wrote:
Aren't those two people from Trenton anyway? If so, they should mind their own business. Guess "innocent before proven guilty" is dead now days
As folks who pay Elkton city taxes, they ARE minding their business. Their wives both pay city taxes. Besides that, this democracy relies on citizens who aren't scared to speak up and keep public servants accountable. Either way, the mayor and city council showed poor stewardship by spending more than necessary without even checking into the other bidders.
For Real

United States

#25 May 18, 2013
Pandemic wrote:
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For real you can't be for real!! Jamie has worked hard all of his life and would have no problem mowing the cemetery it would be just another day and another dollar. I have known him and his family for years and they all know what hard work is all about. You do realize they raise 60 acres of tobacco and I guarantee he would work circles around you in a tobacco patch. I know him and his brother used to mow several yards a week plus raise tobacco and during that time Jamie was working at Pennyryle electric as a linemen full time. So I will ask you do you think he is afraid of work? He was only voicing his concern about what is happening in this city and county. I don't know the other boy as well but I am sure he has worked hard as well. If the city has to rely on Watson to get something done that says something about just what kind of shape Elkton is in. There are lots of people companies that can do his job better and for less money.
if he's such a hard worker why is he not still doing all that work? 60 acres of tobacco is not that much when you divide it between him and his brother and his dad plus they have Mexicans to do the hard labor. There are other farmers around that do way more than either one of those two but you don't see them up there running their mouths. I'm sure Watson has done way more good for the city and county than you ever have!
harris h harrison

Owensboro, KY

#26 May 19, 2013
james wrote:
This is what I don't understan,Why not let the inmates do All the Work in the City LIMITS , FREE save The Tax Payers a Lot of Money $$$$$$$$$$
Why not let the Inmates Work , Its all Money.
Wtf

Madisonville, KY

#29 May 21, 2013
ashamed wrote:
<quoted text>he can always go meet the his girlfriend for breakfast at dairy queen she might even rub his leg under the table
And just who in the hell are you talking about?
EPD is a joke

United States

#30 May 21, 2013
I guess WTF is a city council supporter
Wtf

Madisonville, KY

#31 May 21, 2013
Wrong

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