Geary appointed to Caneyville Commission

Matt Lasley Reporter

November 20, 2013

Mike Geary was officially appointed and sworn in to the Caneyville City Commission during the regularly-scheduled Commission meeting on Monday, November 18.

Geary filled the City Commissioner’s seat recently vacated by Connie Gootie.

Gootie resigned from the City Commission during its special-called October 29 meeting to take over the position of Caneyville City Clerk.

Geary will complete the current term of office that will end in 2014 and said his goal as City Commissioner is “to see the community financially prosper.”

Geary, who has lived in Caneyville since he was in 3rd grade and raised his family in the City, retired from the Grayson County Board of Education office in 2007 after 36 years.

“I’ve had roots here for a long time,” he said. “We raised a family here…I’m hoping to contribute something positive.”

Geary said he also hopes to help improve the City’s aesthetic value, the plan for which includes restoring the old Caneyville School to its original condition.

“I’d like to look for grants to work on the old school to possibly make it a community center,” said Geary, who taught at the old Caneyville School until the Grayson County high schools consolidated in the 1970’s.

In other business:

*The City Commission passed a motion to build a two-story concession stand at the new Caneyville ball park to allow for additional storage space and an observation area for scorekeepers.

According to Gootie, the difference in price for one- and two-story buildings was $6,800.

Caneyville Treasurer Brenda Brown reported that $112,000 had been spent on the new Caneyville ball park so far.

*The City heard and approved the first reading of the ordinance creating an agreement between the City and Kentucky Utilities to allow KU to furnish and sell electricity in the City.

The second reading of the ordinance will take place at the next regularly-scheduled Caneyville City Commission meeting on Monday, December 9.

*Caneyville Mayor James Embry announced that the Caneyville Tree Lighting will be held on Friday, Dec. 6 at 6 p.m. The City will furnish refreshments.