Benham council discusses utilities

Joe P. Asher Staff Writer

October 15, 2013

Benham City Council discussed ways to improve the city’s financial picture during a recent meeting.

Council member David Kidwell, serving as chair for the meeting, reminded the council the city was not doing well financially.

“I think everybody should know this town — as it has been led recently — we are not making enough money to pay our bills,” said Kidwell.

According to Kidwell, the city’s garbage service is one of the expenditures costing the city money.

“What we need to do is get rid of the garbage truck that costs us $7,000 a year,” said Kidwell. “We can save money, and make money, on the same rates by allowing Waste Management to take over our system. Then, they’re responsible for every aspect of garbage pickup.”

Kidwell said changes need to be made in the way the city has been operated.

“The previous administration wanted to make money off of citizens on electricity,” said Kidwell. “That’s why we have a power board.”

Kidwell said the city should resume talks with Kentucky Utilities (KU) concerning the city’s electrical service.

“I believe that our power board has the right leadership to do that,” said Kidwell. “KU will come in and take over our electrical system and update it at no cost to us.”

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