By Chad Hobbs
The Brandenburg City Council met last week for their regular monthly meeting at the Meade County Fair Grounds. After opening the meeting, Mayor Joyner announced the June yard of the Month as
Whitney Ford’s. He then recognized Robert Greenwell for having the July Yard of the Month. He also praised Glenn Yarrington for his Eagle Scout project, constructing a GaGa pit at Nichol Park. GaGa is a variation of dodgeball played in an octagonal pit.
The first item of business was a presentation by Kenny Rambo of Heartland Communications. He presented a proposition for his Elizabethtown firm to redesign he city’s web page, making it more user friendly for both citizens and employees. After a discussion revolving around what the package would entail along with the time/labor investment that would be saved, as city employees would have a much more streamlined ability to accept online payments for water/sewer bills and reserving sites at the camp grounds, the council voted to unanimously accept the almost $7,000 contract for a webpage
A rezoning request review by Perry Richardson was presented by Lee Klocklow. The request was to rezone the property beside the Meade County Recycling Center which has been excavated over the last several months from Industrial (I2) to Residential (R3). After some discussion mainly by Council Member Maggie Love, it was not only revealed that Richardson plans to develop the lot for RV sites to accommodate transient workers on the Nucor Steel Mill project, but it was also pointed out that there was nothing preventing a trailer park from being constructed on the site. Klocklow insinuated that he didn’t perceive that as Richardson’s intentions but couldn’t rule that definitively out. As a result the motion passed with a 5-1 vote with Love as the voting nay.
The council then went into a closed session for some time. When the meeting was reopened to the public, a motion was made to accept the highest scoring bid to construct a new waste water treatment plant, as Nucor Steel will be taking over the current Brandenburg city waste water treatment plant as part of their land purchases from the city and the county, despite the land staying in the county’s name for the next 30-40 years as part of their IR bond tax break.
After department reports, the meeting was adjourned.