City Council meets, gives update on wastewater treatment plant

By Chad Hobbs

The Brandenburg City Council held its August monthly meeting at the Meade County Fairgrounds’ Home and Garden Building Monday night. The meeting opened with Kathy Jones being chosen as having the Yard of the Month. Andrew Ford, Drew Ford and two other men were honored with certificates of appreciation from the city for their donated labor and landscaping in front of the mural at the riverfront. The landscaping took place on an area between the sidewalk and the mural.

 There was also an update on the new wastewater treatment plant bid. Mayor Ronnie Joyner and city council members on the committee met last Thursday with the company to review their proposal. It is still being negotiated, as there were things the city feels needed added and removed before a final proposal is brought before the council to approve the final bid cost. Joyner stated that they also met with the bidder and Nucor last Tuesday, and he felt that Nucor could help with some savings on the project in areas such as dirt work for the site of the new sewer plant. He said the plan was originally to have the new plant completed by December of 2021, but it now looks like it will be at some point during the first quarter of 2022. Joyner said this pushback shouldn’t affect Nucor taking over the current plant before the new one is completed since Nucor isn’t planning on being done with construction until sometime late in 2022.

 City Hall’s lobby has been closed indefinitely to the public due to the recent uptick in corona virus cases. Citizens can still use the drive thru window, the city’s website or the telephone to pay bills, submit paperwork, rent campsites, or to handle any other business they need to conduct.

 There are two active wells by the river which are used to supply Brandenburg water. One of the wells has had to be shut down due to very high manganese levels. Manganese is a naturally occurring mineral that Mayor Joyner said is being pulled from the rock layers by the pump due to the well’s age. It has been recommended that the city abandon the well and drill a new one. A new well will cost around $250,000, but first a new site must be selected. It cannot be within 300 feet of any existing well, including previously abandoned wells. The current wells are on the riverfront close to the pavilion and campgrounds.

Bids were also received to repair, refurbish and repaint the water tower on Old Ekron Road. The council voted to accept the $228,000 bid by C and S Services which was considerably lower than the other two bids which were both over $280,000.

Business licenses were reviewed for three businesses. Riverforge Brewery will be located on the lot between Sav-A-Lot and the old Knights of Columbus building. It was discussed that no construction has begun on this lot, but the couple applying wanted to go ahead and get the licensing. The license was ultimately postponed to ensure the lot was zoned properly for the business. The applications for Robin’s Nest, a mobile catering business, and Brandenburg Boat Store, a supply service to deliver groceries to barges, were both accepted.

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