City council: E911, water rates
by Stephen Scalf
Five of the six Carlisle City Council members met on Monday, December 8, 2014 for the regular monthly council meeting. After reading over and approving the minutes of the regular November council meeting as well as two special council meetings held on Nov. 20 and 25, respectively, the council heard from Carlisle Police Chief Darrell Layne regarding the soon-to-launch Enhanced 911 service for Nicholas County.
According to Chief Layne, “We are so close to the project being complete, we can smell it. We should be operational within two weeks.”
An application will be taken to Frankfort on Friday, Dec. 12 and turned into the CRMX board, who will then perform an audit. Once the audit is done, the process will be complete and the first income check from the 911 system should arrive in late January.
There are still a couple pieces of the puzzle that must be provided before the audit can be done, and Chief Layne was present to explain why Resolution 4-2014 needed to be passed by the council.
“When 911 was first started here, back around ’96 or ’97, there should have been an ordinance passed by the county and the city that basically grants the police department what we call a ‘peace app’ which controls 911,” explained Chief Layne. “But because that was never done, probably because they didn’t know they had to do it when they were putting this together, we have to have this resolution basically saying that they are aware that the police department is the peace app and that they are aware of what is going on and the responsibilities that we are taking on when we do the Enhanced 911. In addition, there is language that has to be in our policies that the board wants in there before we can pass the audit.
By way of explaining just who the CRMX board is, Chief Layne told the council that on everyone’s cell phone bill, there is a 90 cent charge each month. This board is responsible for taking in and dispersing those funds to each jurisdiction once compliance has been verified
Forest Hill Military Academy to close temporarily
by Stephen Scalf
The administrators of the Forest Hill Military Academy in Millersburg announced on Friday, Dec. 5 that they will temporarily cease main school functions at the end of December.
The Military Adventure Camp, which the organization conducts throughout the summer, will continue to operate, providing over 275 youth ages 12-18 the opportunity to come to Kentucky and have a realistic military experience.
According to Mr. Jay Whitehead, the school's headmaster although the summer programs were well-managed, the school was ill-conceived by the previous leadership.
"It has never been financially viable and has had to be subsidized by our summer programs," he said. "To put the school on hiatus for a semester allows us to set our financial house in order and begin anew."
Current plans are for the school to re-open in the fall of 2015, and will be renamed the Millersburg Military Institute.
Bringing back the MMI name has met positive response from the community.
"Forest Hill's new leadership has had to make some difficult financial decisions to over come some of the issues of the past," said Millersburg Mayor Nathan Zingg. "We look forward to their reemergence next school year as MMI."
Much of the goodwill and trust the academy enjoyed with the community when it first opened dissolved under the previous leadership, all of whom have left and are no longer affiliated with the organization. Investigations and legal action continue against them.
As part of rebuilding community trust, the organization will develop an advisory board that will help establish a business plan, and bring the academic expertise necessary to operate a school successfully.
Meanwhile, plans continue for the organization's advanced "Pathfinder Course," in which 25 youth will participate from Dec. 28 through Jan 3. The organization hopes to build on and expand its successful summer programs, as well, with more to be announced as these plans develop and materialize.
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