At Monday’s regularly scheduled Brandenburg City Council Meeting, Meade County Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Annie Hamilton gave an update on the upcoming visit from the LST 325.
The LST 325, a 325-foot WWII landing ship, was one of the ships that actually landed in Normandy.
Hamilton said that the ship will arrive on Sept. 18, and tours will be offered from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. from Sept. 19 through Sept. 21. The cost for a tour is $10 per adult and $5 for children. Any Korean or WWII veteran can tour this ship for free. A celebration will be held on Friday to welcome the ship in. Hamilton says that they are working with the schools so that every kid can go and tour the ship and learn. She projected that the ship will attract 20,000 visitors over its four-day stay. According to Hamilton, it’s a tourism “jackpot.”
“To actually have it, be able to tour it, and be able to learn about it is going to be a great opportunity for our area,” said Hamilton.
Hamilton also expended a special thank you to Gerry Fischer of MCHAPS for making the ship’s visit a reality.
“It’s going to be a really memorable event for the community,” said Hamilton. “It just shows that, if you work on your park and you work on the people, you really do have a lot of success in a short amount of time.”
Mayor Ronnie Joyner said that they will likely put some money in the budget to help out with costs.
Joyner also informed the Council and those in attendance that they were in the process of getting a grant for new playground equipment downtown. He estimated that a new playground would cost between $50,000 and $60,000, and this would be a 50/50 grant. He said that he would return with information when an update was available.
Additionally, Joyner said that there will be a preview of the Main Street sidewalk project this Friday from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. at The Daily Grind in downtown Brandenburg. He said they will be answering questions about the project. They will also be doing a presentation at the Feb. 20 Chamber Luncheon.
The council also voted to approve three business licenses: Culinary Lighthouse, Whiskey Bravo Barrels, and TransFURmations Pet Spa & Boarding.