A pair of local skateboard enthusiasts addressed Mayfield’s city council Monday night about the possibility of a proper skate park in Mayfield.
Cody Glenn and Brent Wright stated that the current skate park is less than ideal because of the sharp ramp angles and general “flow” of the park, which dissuades skaters and cyclists alike from using it. They hope that the city will consider and support an improved skate park in the future.
Glenn walked the council through the figurative “ups and downs” of investing in a skate park and mentioned grant opportunities, such as the Tony Hawk Foundation.
“We’re prepared to raise funds ourselves if we have to,” he said.
Councilman Jana Adams raised concerns about the public’s safety when utilizing the park, particularly for the youth. While Glenn stated the skating community has a habit of policing itself, Assistant Fire Chief Darin French was not convinced the city would be absolved of liability.
However, despite the councils questions and concerns, they were not completely against the idea and encouraged Glenn and Wright to reorganize and return after a bit more research.
Glenn said they were “definitely not going away” and will keep working to make it happen.
In other news, the council unanimously approved raising its fire prevention and protection rates. Mayfield Fire Chief and Emergency Medical Services Director Jeremy Creason stated that the rate increase will help offset today’s increasingly lofty cost of medical equipment and general maintenance.
A Basic Life Support (BLS) Non-emergency trip increased from $500 to $550; a BLS Emergency trip increased from $650 to $700; an Advanced Life Support (ALS) Non-emergency trip increased from $600 to $725; an ALS Emergency trip increased from $800 to $875; an ALS-2 trip increased from $1,025 to $1125; and a Specialty Care Transport trip increased from $1,100 to $1,300.
Additionally, each trip type also increased from $15 to $17 per loaded mile.
Whereas before Mayfield’s rates were low compared to the rest of Kentucky, now they are in the middle, the fire chief said.
“These rates don’t put us anywhere near the highest,” Creason said.
The council also unanimously voted in favor of various agenda items, including:
- Authorized Mayor Kathy O’Nan to execute an agreement with Grabhorn Law Office PLLC regarding opioid litigation. The firm will now represent Mayfield, along with many other Kentucky cities and counties, in the class action lawsuit.
- annual budget for the city of Mayfield.
- Left the Ad Valorem Tax unchanged from the last fiscal year.
- A resolution to authorize the Mayfield Police Department to contract with the U.S. Secret Service for a joint operation. It was not clear what the operation would entail, but Police Chief Nathan Kent noted it would save the city $20,000.
At the end of Monday’s meeting, O’Nan announced she would file for re-election in January 2022. The election itself will occur in November 2022.