The Brandenburg City Council held their regular meeting on May 10, returning to City Hall rather than the fairgrounds amidst relaxing COVID-19 restrictions across the state.
Gerry Fischer spoke to the Council, thanking them for voting to contribute financially to the Meade County History Museum at a previous meeting. He also informed the Council that the LST would be visiting Brandenburg this year. The tank landing ship’s visit, which was planned initially for last year, was canceled due to the pandemic. The ship is scheduled to be in Brandenburg Labor Day weekend. Fischer and other organizers are projecting a very large crowd for the event, providing a boom to tourism in the area.
Mayor Ronnie Joyner said that progress is being made on both the wastewater treatment plant and the city’s sidewalk project on Main Street. The latter is expected to increase available parking, lighting, and the overall aesthetics of the downtown area. Utility work continues downtown, preempting the bidding process for much of the rest of the project.
The city will present and vote on the first reading of their 2021-2022 budget at 5 p.m. on May 19. Council Member Bryan Claycomb voiced concern over the pay for city employees, specifically the police. He said that, for the city to remain competitive and retain employees, he felt that they had to offer more competitive pay and benefits. Several other Council members appeared to echo this sentiment, and they agreed that the upcoming budget session would be the appropriate time to discuss the issue further.
Council Member Michael Kelly said he would like to see more cooperation between the city and the Chamber of Commerce regarding tourism from the American Queen and American Duchess, two steamboats that regularly dock in Brandenburg. Kelly said that, to increase patronage to local businesses, it may be beneficial to provide a shuttle service that will expand the visitors’ range outside of downtown Brandenburg. Mayor Ronnie Joyner said that he would help facilitate this discussion.
In other business, the city voted to:
- Approve the minutes from the regular meeting on April 12.
- Approve the business license of ACS-KY, LLC, a supply store at 140 Moremen Road.
- Approve the business license of Boyd Company, a heavy equipment sales and service business, at 160 Moremen Road.
- Approve the business license for 3JE Properties, LLC, a real estate business located at 559 Lawrence Street. Council Member Bradley Johnston voted against the approval.