The annexation of four pieces of property into the city limits will likely become official next week, when Monticello City Council will finalize the process. Special meetings have been set for Monday, December 16 and Tuesday, December 17 in regard to the annexation.

    During a meeting of Monticello City Council held Monday evening, 
Mayor Tracie Sexton noted that the 60 day period to petition for a 
vote on the annexation by property owners has passed. The council has 
already heard the first reading and approved the second reading of 
ordinances which will annex the Farmer's Coop and adjacent property 
owned by Don Sidwell on Bypass 90.
    The other two parcels involve the new Don Franklin property on East 
KY 90 and the property adjacent to it which is owned by CKV LLC. The 
council unanimously approved the annexation efforts during their 
meeting on October 12.
    Sexton said next week's meetings will be held at 5 p.m. on Monday 
and Tuesday. She said all property owners who will be affected will 
be notified, and some may want to address the council.
    Earlier in Monday's meeting, a representative of the Census 2020 
spoke to the council regarding the importance of their support for 
the process, which is slated to begin early next year.
    He noted that census numbers are used to determine the number of 
congressional representatives a state sends to Washington, D., as 
well as the way federal dollars are divided.
    "It is easy, it is safe and it is important,' the representative 
pointed out.
    He noted that there are no questions about citizenship involved with 
the census. Also no information gathered through the census is shared 
with other agencies. Census Day is April 2020. All data should be 
collected by December 31, 2020.
    Census jobs remain available and more information can be obtained 
online at
    Sexton made a special presentation during the meeting to Joshua 
Denney, who helped save the life of a local woman whose house was on 
fire. Sexton related the story to council members. She noted that 
Denney was passing Tate Drive on September 19, when he saw Barbara 
Gregory's residence was on fire. He called and reported the fire and 
then knocked on the door until he awakened her.
    Denney got Gregory out of the house and then moved her car away from 
the structure so that it was not damaged.
    Denney was presented with the Lifesaving Award by Sexton.
    Also during the meeting, the council:
    • Received information about the Ugly Sweater Contest which will be 
held Friday night at the Jordan Crouch Memorial Youth Center. Santa 
will be there at 7 p.m. to meet with youngsters.
    • Received information about the Christmas in the Park event, which 
will be held Saturday, December 14 beginning at 10 a.m. There are many activities planned and Santa will also be at the park.

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