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Ashland to discuss merger of departments

ASHLAND, Ky. — The Ashland Board of City Commissioners will meet today to discuss merging the Department of Economic Development with the Planning and Community Development Department, among other agenda items.

The ordinance would officially combine the two departments that have been directed by City Economic Development Director Chris Pullem since October, when former Planning and Community Development Director Mike Miller left the post to become the director of the Ashland Housing Authority.

Pullem would head the combined Department of Community and Economic Development, Mayor Steve Gilmore said. The ordinance would also add a position, financial administrative assistant, in the Finance Department, and move the Assisted Housing Division from the Finance Department to the Department of Community and Economic Development.

More New Business

  • An ordinance to approve a change order between the city and Straight Edge Construction in a contract related to the Safe Routes To School Project for the Department of Engineering and Utilities.
  • An ordinance that would ensure waste collection fees for City of Ashland customers will not increase in 2017.
  • Approval of a contract between the city and Morris Contracting, Inc. for all labor and materials for the miscellaneous concrete and asphalt repair work for up to one year for the engineering department.
  • An amendment to the city zoning map that would change the zoning classification of 622 and 634 13th Street from multi/single family residential/medium density to general business.
  • A resolution that authorizes Gilmore to file applications to the federal transit administration.


  • The appointment of Monica Sturgill, Jack Vanhoose and Susan Fleming to the Ashland Board of Zoning Adjustment.
  • The appointment of Andrew Jones, John Stewart, Tom Burnett, Tom Lynch and Lisa Henson to the City of Ashland Ethics Commission.

The commission will also examine the consent agenda presented by Interim City Manager Steve Corbitt, which includes payments for city projects, and the purchase of three police vehicles for $85,626.

An executive session to discuss property acquisition and individual personnel matters is also listed on the meeting agenda.

The commission convenes at noon in the commission chambers on the third floor of the city building.


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