It was another clean audit for the City of Monticello, as council members reviewed the final report for fiscal year 2019 during their meeting on Monday night.

    CPA Barry Daulton presented the audit to the council, noting that it 
was an "unmodified opinion," which is the highest opinion that can be 
given. He said that there were no problems during the audit process.
    The council has agreed to advertise for the sale or renewal of the 
electric franchise for the city. They approved the second reading of 
the ordinance, setting the franchise period at 15 years.
    The city's current franchise agreement with South Kentucky RECC 
expired late last year. According to the ordinance, bids for the 
franchise will be accepted through April 1. Bids will be opened at 10 
a.m. on April 2.
    The ordinance sets the franchise fee at $5 per month per meter. It 
is currently set at $4 per month per meter.
    Council members discussed some ideas that other cities have 
successfully implemented in their downtown areas.
    Council member Scott Gehring noted that Livingston, Tenn. received 
grant funding that helped pay for a new park in the downtown area 
that included a walking trail, a splash pad, a play area and a 
permanent stage.
    He noted that there had been several people express an interest in 
the construction of a skate park in Monticello, but estimates 
indicate that could cost between $250,000 to $500,000.
    Mayor Tracie Sexton stated that she has met with officials from the 
Lake Cumberland Area Development  District in regard to the idea of a 
park in the downtown area. She was informed there is some grant money 
available, but the first step would be to come up with a site plan 
and and an estimate for the project.
    She added that she has also talked with ADD officials regarding 
other grant money that might benefit the police department and 
industrial development.
    Sexton informed the council that the city will host its annual 
Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 10 at 5 p.m. at Memorial Park.
    She added that the large item household pickup for city residents 
has been set from March 30 through April 3 and from April 6-9. Any 
city resident who needs items picked up should contact City Hall and provide information.

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