City Council approves business licenses, hazardous duty retirement

SETH DUKES

Newsroom Coordinator


The Brandenburg City Council met for its regularly scheduled meeting last Monday. Hazardous duty retirement for Brandenburg Police officers, several business licenses, as well as a resolution for the city to take over maintenance on Main Street were among the agenda items approved.

The Council voted unanimously to approve hazardous duty retirement for all employees working under hazardous duty positions of the Brandenburg Police Department. Under the retirement program, the employee will contribute 8 percent of their gross wages, and the employer will contribute 44.33 percent of the employee’s gross wages. The transition will be effective as of Oct. 1, 2021. It was suggested at previous meetings that officials believe this will help the city to hire and retain police officers. The police department recently hired a new officer with 20 years of experience, Officer Steve Yocum. Yocum has worked previously for the Meade County Sheriff’s Office.

The city approved a total of six business licenses at the meeting. Licenses were approved for two food trucks, Mr. Pancho’s and Juanito’s Street Tacos. The Council also approved licenses for Ray’s Ford and Tony Brown Chevrolet as they have to have a separate license approved for their offsite operation at the Meade County Fair. A business license for Buttercup Follies, which would offer carriage rides on Main Street, was also unanimously approved. Uncle Steph’s Ice Cream and More also had its business license approved by the Council.

Council members unanimously voted to approve a resolution that will make Main Street a city-maintained street. With the street under the city’s jurisdiction, Mayor Ronnie Joyner said that it would be easier for the city to put in crosswalks or other improvements since they wouldn’t have to go to the state for approval.

The Brandenburg City Council meets on the second Monday of each month.

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