Eddyville City Council members on Monday voted to memorialize former mayor Nancy Slaton by naming a playground in her honor.
The council unanimously approved the decision during their regular monthly meeting to name the Lee S. Jones City Park Playground in memory of Nancy Slaton. Slaton passed away after suffering a heart attack earlier this year.
“We’ve given some thought to something we could do in Nancy’s honor,” said John Choat, who was appointed mayor in July. “I would like to dedicate the playground in [her] honor, with this [sign] put in a pretty conspicuous place. This is going to be a metal sign, four by five [foot].”
Councilman Michael Greene motioned to dedicate the site as the Nancy Slaton City of Eddyville Playground.
Slaton — who served the city from 2011-18 — worked with grant writer Eddyville Police Lt. Jaime Green to acquire several pieces of equipment in use at the park. She was also active for years in local Boy Scouts troops and at Lyon County Elementary School.
The city is collecting funds to continue improvements at the playground. Donation forms are available at city hall, or may be mailed to: Lee S. Jones City Park Playground Equipment Fund, c/o Eddyville City Hall, P.O. Box 744, Eddyville, KY 42038.
Also during the meeting, council members set the 2018 tax rates. Residents will pay a little less on their future bills as rates on real property were set at .322 cents per $100 and .2906 cents per $100 on tangible items. Automobiles and boats will be taxed at .199 cents per $100.
The council held the first reading of the rates Monday. If approved during their next meeting, it will lower real estate taxes from .347 cents per $100 and tangible items from $.3087 cents per $100. The compensating rates will provide the city with the same revenue raised during the 2017, largely due to increases in property evaluations.
The council will hold the second reading of tax rates during a special called meeting Aug. 13 at 5 p.m.