Council revisits taking over Main Street, approves first reading of property tax ordinance


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In July, the Brandenburg City Council unanimously approved a resolution that would 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 make other improvements since they wouldn’t have to go to the state for approval. The state would resurface the street once the city’s sidewalk project had been completed. However, at their September meeting Monday night, the council voted in favor of rescinding the resolution.

 Council Member Bryan Claycomb initiated the discussion, saying that he would like to get more facts and information before the city commits to taking over the street. One of his concerns was how much it would cost the city to maintain the piece of road, which is less than 2,000 feet, once it wasn’t the state’s obligation. He made a motion to rescind the resolution, and that motion passed 4-2. The council plans to get more information and then approach the issue at a later date.

 Brandenburg/Meade County Industrial Development Authority Chairman David Pace was at the meeting. He told the council that he believed they should start considering other areas in the city to be zoned for industrial use. He said this is something he believes the council should address quickly.

 Public Works Director TJ Hughes approached the council about purchasing a smaller excavator. He said that the new equipment would significantly reduce the amount of area they need to work in. The council approved selling one of their backhoes, which TJ said is in need of repairs, and purchasing the excavator.

 Police Chief Brian Haag updated the council on the recent string of vehicle break-ins that occurred in recent months. He said that two suspects have been identified at this time, and they’re cooperating with other agencies to identify other suspects. He is hopeful that he will have more to report in the near future.

 The city also hired a new auditor for the city, SK Lee CPAs. The new auditor will cost the city $15,500.

Council members heard the first reading of the proposed tax ordinance. The ordinance, if approved, would set the real property tax rate at 0.226 per $100 of assessed value and personal property at 0.544 cents per $100 of assessed value. The first reading was approved unanimously.

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