Christmas displays up downtown, Council convenes for regular meeting

The Brandenburg City Council moved through a relatively short agenda at their regularly scheduled meeting on Nov. 9.

The Council unanimously approved a business license application from Shannon Slack for Whiskers and Paws LLC, a pet kennel and daycare that will be located at 592 Broadway Street.

Minutes from the Oct. 12 Council meeting were approved unanimously.

Mayor Ronnie Joyner said that Johnny Jacobs, Vice President and General Manager of Nucor Brandenburg, is planning to speak to the Council about Nucor soon, and potentially, take the Council on a tour of the plant site.

Treasurer Amy Haynes said that Monday was the first time the city has attempted shutoffs for delinquent bills. She said there were 16 total instances.

“We hand delivered letters to their door on Oct. 26 that told them if they contacted us before (Nov. 9) to set up a payment arrangement, they would not be shut off,” said Haynes. “Unfortunately, these 16 did not contact us.”

She said they still had several customers that have not made payments, and they have directed them to Community Action, which offers a program that helps with utility bills. She said some of these customers have not paid since March.

Police Chief Brian Haag said that they did their final inspection of the house explosion that occurred on Old Ekron Road in August.

“Hopefully, within the next week or two, we will be releasing information related to that explosion,” said Haag.

Joyner told the Council that the city has received a grant of $126,000 from the state to pave city streets with. He said that some streets were already paved last summer, and the city is in the process of working with the state to transfer that money to another street.

“That’s a good shot in the arm for us,” said Joyner.

He also said that they’ve received the first payment of CARES Act money, a little over $176,000 from March to Oct. 31. The remainder will be from October to December, and the city’s balance is between $20,000-$30,000 which has already been approved once the city spends the funds.

Every year, the city gives a one-time salary adjustment to full-time employees of the city. Last year, each employee was given $600. This year, the Council voted for the figure to be $700.

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