The Brandenburg City Council approved the second reading of the city’s $7.8 million 2021-2022 budget.
When the budget approval came up on the agenda, a discussion took place about the potential implementation of hazardous retirement for city police. Public Works Director T.J. Hughes and City Clerk Amy Haynes asked the Council if they were prepared to undertake the future costs of the hazardous retirement plan and how they would pay for those costs. Mayor Ronnie Joyner said that he didn’t think any other departments would suffer. Council Member Bryan Claycomb said that every city employee is important, but he stressed the importance of offering hazardous retirement for the police department.
“I do think the hazardous retirement is something our police department has to offer if we’re going to be competitive in retaining and recruiting officers,” said Claycomb.
Mayor Joyner said that the council would discuss the issue further once they were at a point where a final decision about the retirement would have to be made. The Council voted to approve the second reading of the budget unanimously.
Additionally, Joyner gave an update on the Main Street Sidewalk Project. He said that money has been allotted. A pre-bid meeting for the project will be held on June 29. The last day for questions will be July 7, and bids will be opened at 2 p.m. on July 13. He said they’re hopeful to start construction on July 27. February 1, 2022 is the tentative project completion date.