LONDON POLICE DEPARTMENT NOW HIRING

The London Police Department is accepting applications for the position of Police Officer. Applications will be accepted from non-certified civilians as well as Certified Police Officers (POPS – Peace Officer Professional Standards). Benefits include competitive pay, 12 hour shifts with every other weekend off, take home fleet, health insurance, paid holidays, and paid overtime. Applicants must be 21 years of age, a U.S. Citizen, possess a high school diploma or GED, and valid driver’s license. Applications are available for download at www.londonpd.com/careers. They are also available at the London Police Department, 503 S. Main St., London, KY 40741. The Department is open Monday – Friday from 8 a.m. until 4 p.m. Applications and requested documents must be submitted by 4 p.m. on January 14, 2022.

The City of London is an equal opportunity employer.

LONDON FIRE DEPARTMENT – NOTICE TO BID

The London Fire Department will receive written sealed bids for the purchase and delivery of MSA Air Pack G1 package. The bids will be received until November 10th, 2021, at the hour of 3:00pm at The London City Hall, 501 South Main Street London, Ky. London Fire Department Will Award the bidder after all parties involved have reviewed all bids and declared the best bid for the City of London. The Specifications for the Package is on file at London Fire Department at 911 Fire Rescue Dr. London, Ky 40741.

The bid award will be made on the basis of lowest and best bid, into consideration delivery date, availability of service, warranties and service price. The City of London reserves the right to accept or reject any and / or all bids if, in its judgment, the best interest of the city will be served.

Conflicts of interest, gratuities and kickbacks defined in KRS 44A.455 are absolutely prohibited. The Provisions of these statutes shall be noted and acknowledged by the users of this procurement document. All bids are to be made in accordance with these provisions.

If any questions, Contact Captain Brandon Wagers at the London Fire Department 606-864-2922

Email: brandon.wagers@londonky.gov

LONDON POLICE DEPARTMENT – NOTICE TO BID

NOTICE TO BID

2021 DODGE DURANGO PPV

The London Police Department will receive written sealed bids for the purchase and immediate delivery of two 2021 Dodge Durango AWD Police Pursuit Vehicles. The bids will be received until November 15th at the hour of 10:00 am at The London City Hall, 501 South Main Street London, KY 40741. A list of specifications for the vehicle is on file at the London Police Department 503 South Main Street London, KY 40741.

The bid award will be made on the basis of the lowest and/or best bid, taking into consideration delivery date, availability of service, mechanical warrantees and price. The City of London reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids if, in its judgment, the best interest of the City will be served.

Conflicts of interest, gratuities and kickbacks as defined in KRS 44A.455 are absolutely prohibited. The provisions of these statutes shall be noted and acknowledged by the users of this procurement document.  All bids are to be made in accordance with these provisions.

If any questions, contact Lt. Ryan Jackson at the London Police Department 606-878-7004

City of London to cut property taxes and one of the best places to retire in KY

It was a double dose of good news for London residents this week. First of all, property taxes will decrease again thanks to growth in the city. Secondly, London was chosen as one of the best places to retire in Kentucky in a national study.

At its regular monthly meeting on Monday night, London City Council voted unanimously to lower the tax rates on motor vehicle/motorcraft, real property and personal property from last year’s rate of .087 to .086.

It is the 15th consecutive year that city residents will see no increase in their taxes.

Don McFadden, with the Laurel County Property Valuation Administration (PVA) told council members that real property value had increased within the city, and that new construction was up considerably.

“Last year’s real estate was valued at $633 million. This year it is $659 million, with $13 million net in new construction,” he explained. “With that, you can lower the rates.”

Mayor Troy Rudder said the lowered tax rate would still keep the city’s revenues within the 4% range, with council members voting to accept the .086 rate. That means city residents will pay .086 cents for $100 value on real, personal and motor vehicles for the upcoming year.

“That’s not a lot, but it’s something. We’ve lowered or kept tax rates the same for the last 15 years,” the mayor said.

Council members then approved the first reading of the ordinance establishing those rates. The ordinance requires city residents to pay their taxes by Dec. 1, 2021. Those who pay before that time will receive a 2% discount. Those paying after Dec. 1 will add a 6% penalty to their totals.

According to an annual study by SmartAsset, London is the second-best place in Kentucky to retire, London ranked second on the list with a 16.5 percent tax burden, 7.7 doctor offices per 1,000 people, and 0.7 recreation centers per 1,000 people. About 17.6 percent of the population is made up of seniors, according to the seventh annual study of the best places to retire in the United States by SmartAsset.As part of the analysis, SmartAsset compared localities across four criteria, including tax burden, access to medical care, and opportunity for recreation and social activity.SmartAsset offers the web’s best personal finance advice, data visualizations and tools for free. It empowers people with the information needed to make life’s biggest financial decisions with confidence, the company says about itself on its website.

Pikeville was first on the list of the best places to retire in Kentucky, based on the analysis by SmartAsset.

Mayor Honored for Leading Kentucky League of Cities

It wasn’t the traditional banquet to honor the outgoing president, but a surprise luncheon Wednesday was the best alternative for the Kentucky League of Cities and London officials to recognize Mayor Troy Rudder for his year-long work leading the statewide group. 

The mayor was surprised when he learned that another routine luncheon at the London Community Center was actually to honor his work for the KLC, which represents 380 cities in Kentucky.

He volunteered to work on the group’s insurance committee about 15 years ago, then took on increasing responsibility and was elected president of the KLC for 2020-21. 

“It’s been a whirlwind ride the last year,” Rudder said during his impromptu speech at the luncheon. 

“Covid kind of cheated me a little as president. How many Zoom meetings did I attend last year? Felt like hundreds. But we still got a lot accomplished and had a productive legislative session.” 

Covid also canceled the KLC’s banquet in which the outgoing president is honored and the gavel is passed to the next president. Instead, the group prepared a video thanking Mayor Rudder and listed a number of his accomplishments in the last year. 

“You’ve been a guiding star for this organization during a very challenging time for all of us,” KLC Executive Director J.D. Chaney said in the video.

“You always say to leave it better than you found it. That’s the hallmark of public service. Not only have you done that for the City of London over the past 40 years as councilman and mayor, but you also did that for KLC. Your track record speaks for itself.” 

Mayor Rudder said he was proud to lead the group of influential city officials from across the state. 

“All those people put their trust in me,” he said.

“It blew me away when they acknowledged I had what it takes to lead that amazing organization.”  

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