December 2, 2021

Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Human Rights Commission

Woodford County Fiscal Court-Woodford County Courthouse

Minutes of Meeting

December 2, 2021


The regular bi-monthly meeting of the Versailles-Midway-Woodford County Human Rights Commission, held on 10/2/2021, was called to order at 6:34 pm by Commission Chairperson Tim Middleton.

Commission members present: Cindy Batts, Kyle Fannin, Tim Middleton, Cierra Spalding, and Elizabeth Turley, Jorge Espinoza

Commission members absent: Joann Muir, Chris Wright

Visitors: Annabele, Casey

Comments/Questions from members of the public: None

Prayer: Tim Middleton led us in a moment of silence and prayer for Darlene Jackson, who died recently.

APPROVAL OF MINUTES: Motion was made by Kyle Fannin and seconded by Libby Turley, for the approval of the minutes of the October 7, 2021 meeting as presented. Motion passed.

TREASURER’S REPORT: Report was distributed by treasurer Kyle Fannin. There is a balance in the checking account of $4,923.97, which includes the account for the Imagination Library in the amount of $3,211.46.

Motion was made by Libby Turley and seconded by Cierra Spalding to accept the treasurer’s report as presented. Motion passed.

We still have not gotten any money from any of the three government agencies. Kyle is looking into how much we have gotten in the past to see about requesting more to help with future projects.

Imagination Library is still in process. The point person is no longer able to do this for the present time, and the state government worker that was going to help on this recently retired. Kyle is going to check with her to see what our next steps should be with this and report back.

There are still challenges with the bank, but we are waiting to find out about the Imagination Library to switch banks so that all of it can be done at the same time.

It is still unsure why we are paying for a Google account, and if we have a Google Phone number. Cierra will check into this to see what she can find out and report back.

OLD BUSINESS:

Discussed facelift for the commission – including new brochures or cards with a QR code on them, a new look to the website, and possible changes to how we present ourselves to the public (i.e., agents of change instead of reacting to it).

Libby Turley talked about the new Open Records Act. We will need to discuss adopting and posting rules for records access, and having an official custodian of records.

It was pointed out that credit was not included in the fairness ordinance in Versailles. It is unsure at this time if that was an oversight, or if it was done intentionally for some reason. Several people will check with people they know to see if this can be discovered and changed if possible.

NEW BUSINESS:

Downtown decoration: the veterans banners in Versailles have only one person of color represented, so we discussed why this might be. Discovered several possible barriers to getting a banner made and talked about ways to help make this more accessible for persons of color. Kyle, Tim, and Cierra will make an appointment to talk with the mayor about opportunities surrounding this, including working with the Huntertown Community Interpretive Park volunteers to break down barriers for veterans of color to get banners in time for Black History Month.

We need to make sure that we get a where and when an incident allegedly occurred when we are gathering information for a complaint. Will look into putting this on the form with the updating of the website and other forms.

Special Called Meeting: January 6, 2022 at MUST Inc, 110 Water Street, Versailles at 6:30 pm

Motion for adjournment was made by Libby Turley and seconded by Cindy Batts. Motion passed.


Respectfully submitted,

Cindy Batts

Secretary