The Mayfield City Council approved a marked loading zone for the Graves County Courthouse at Monday evening's meeting.
The unanimous approval was the only new business the council took other than a joint proclamation between the city and county encouraging citizens' participation in the 2020 census.
The council also heard special reports from the Mayfield-Graves County Senior Citizens Center, the Mayfield Police Department and the Graves County Health Department.
Graves County Judge-Executive Jesse Perry asked for the resolution authorizing the loading zone at South and Seventh streets, Public Works Director Russ Brower said.
"You're not losing any parking spots," Brower said, and noted that the courthouse had used the area informally as a loading zone from time to time. County workers plan to remove some shrubbery on the corner, and city workers will stripe the pavement and mark it as a loading zone.
Elizabeth Lamb, director of the Mayfield-Graves County Senior Center, gave a report on the center's activities.
Finances continue to be a concern, she said, with the center finishing the fiscal year $6,000 over budget. Although she has been the director for just over a year, she said she has been told that is not as bad as in some past years.
"I want to thank both the city and the county because without your support we could not survive," she said.
She noted that the center has made cuts. For example, it no longer provides transportation to people living outside the Mayfield city limits to get to the center for meals and activities, although it continues to do so within the city limits. It provided transportation to 147 people last year.
The center had 255 unduplicated individuals who took advantage of lunches at the center during the year, Lamb said. The free meals are provided to seniors and their spouses five days a week from 11 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. with donations accepted. Younger participants can pay $5 to eat.
A program for low-income individuals through the Purchase Area Development District provided home-delivered meals to 47 people last year. Sixty-seven people who did not meet income qualifications received home-delivered meals through a senior center program. At least 50 more are on a waiting list for spots that become available, Lamb said.
The senior center also accepts private pay clients for the program for just under $40 per week.
The center also helped 19 clients by providing medical escorts to doctor appointments, followed by the pharmacy if necessary, Lamb said. Its telephone reassurance program checks on 22 clients currently, daily if necessary, she said.
In some cases, Lamb said, the hospital has called the senior center asking for help transporting a patient back home. For many, the only person a client regularly sees is the person delivering a meal from the center.
"That's what keeps me up at night, the people who have nobody," Lamb said.
The senior center plans on holding more fundraisers, she said. The first one is a yard sale from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday at the center.
In a special presentation from Mayfield Police Chief Nathan Kent, Mayfield Police Officer Justin Copeland brought one of the police department's new patrol bicycles in and showed off the uniform for bike officers to the council. Although in discussion for many months, the patrol bike program debuted at the Glory Days Fourth of July celebration. The city has two patrol bikes and eight trained officers on all shifts who have volunteered for patrols. The officers are deployed in pairs.
"We just periodically use them when it makes sense," Kent said, adding that they are particularly useful in areas with large crowds, patrolling in parks and even in residential neighborhoods.
"This gives us another tool to patrol those residential neighborhoods, and you can see and hear so much more on a bicycle than you can in a cruiser with the windows rolled up," Kent said.
The bikes are marked with the word "police" on the frame and include a flashing light, tail lamp and siren.
Kent also noted that the police department's new impound lot adjacent to city hall has been fenced, and spoke about the new rocket docket grant program from the commonwealth and county attorneys' offices. He said the program should save the department money on overtime for officers waiting to testify at hearings, as well as disruption from officers who normally work the overnight shift and must interrupt their sleep time to come to court and testify.
Lauren Carr and Noel Coplen of the Graves County Health Department also provided a quarterly update on the department's needle exchange program to both the city council and fiscal court. (See accompanying article on fiscal court meeting.)
In other business:
• Darvin Towery of Independence Bank presented $350 checks each to the Mayfield Fire Department and the Mayfield Police Department. He also had a $350 check to give to the Grave County Sheriff's Office. The checks were from registration fees the bank received for its second annual "We Got Your 6" 5K race. The May event was held to recognize and honor law enforcement and first responders. The total raised by registrations was $1,040, Towery said Tuesday. Independence Bank also made a $250 donation to the Graves County Jail scholarship fund.
• Councilman Johnny Jackson asked for an update on the progress of lighting the Kess Creek Park walking trail extension. Fire Chief Jeremy Creason said he was meeting with the electrician about the project. Meter bases have already been set in two locations, and Brower said the fixtures have been delivered.
• Creason noted that the Mayfield Fire Department will install up to three free smoke detectors to anyone living in the city. Although previously the program was not available in rental property, it is now, he said. Landlords may contact the fire department if interested. The smoke detectors have a 10-year lithium ion battery.
• Brower reminded people that limb pickup on the south side of Broadway is this week. Next week, the city will offer limb pickup on the north side of Broadway. People have Monday through Thursday to put out their limbs each week, he said. The city will only accept loads of up to one pickup truck full. Limbs should be 4 inches in diameter or smaller.
The city has completed its milling and is about half done with paving for the summer, he said. City crews just finished paving in The Arbors subdivision and are now moving to North 13th Street, he said.