Grants were among the items discussed during the Lynch City Council meeting Tuesday.
Tri-Cities Main Street Director Bobbie Gothard appeared before the panel to report on two grants received and to request permission to apply for a $10,000 grant from Tour SEKY with no cost to the city.
Gothard said the grant application required quick action as it was leftover money from 2013. Funds will be available by the end of August if the application is successful.
She said it will be for the establishment of a kiosk in the city, installation of a bike rack, signage and other items.
Gothard also reported the city was successful in an application for $5,000 as part of a $10,000 grant awarded in conjunction with the city of Cumberland. She said this grant will be used to draw up plans for the Hill Top Park in Lynch.
Mayor Johnny Adams and Gothard explained work utilizing another $10,000 grant for a study on the clinic building is continuing. He said the study is looking at both floors of the vacant building, with one being earmarked for the call center and the other being for the city offices, police office, records room, vault, conference room and other options.
City Clerk Erica Eldridge said she believes the clinic building will be an ideal place for city hall, with handicapped parking and other features to better serve citizens.
Council approved the water and sewer departments reports, maintenance department report and the police and fire reports.
Adams introduced John Brown as the city’s newest police officer, saying he came to the city trained and ready to begin work.
Brown is an experienced officer, having worked two years for each of the cities of Cumberland and Harlan and five years as a military policeman. He served in the military in Iraq and Afghanistan. He is a member of the Kentucky Army National Guard, serving in the 149th Infantry.
Adams reported that Chief of Police James Fox graduates from the academy in three weeks and that the city’s police department will be fully staffed upon his return.
Council will have a special meeting on Tuesday, at 5 p.m. to act on the 2014-2015 budget and various other items tabled at the regular meeting.