The Brandenburg City Council met during their regular monthly meeting Monday (8/12) night and moved forward to complete an ongoing project in the River Front Park.
Council members heard an update from Bill Corum related to the remodeling project at the old sewer plant across from the amphitheater. He said that the project had over ran the original estimate of $30,000 due to a unexpected issue with the retaining wall along the embankment. He said the remaining work includes adding safety rails, guardrail and privacy fencing along with new windows and safety signage. The project has converted the old waste water facility to an overlook terrace, when completed that will allow a scenic over view of the riverfront and dining deck that a food truck could park at and provide concessions for many activities in the park. Corum said the remaining work would add an additional $10,000 to the cost of the project. Councilman Bill Basham made a motion and the council approved the additional funds to finish the project which is underway and will enhance the use of the park for the community. The work could possibly be completed before the planned Riverfest in October.
Smoke Free Meade County representative Melissa Phillips presented information to the council related to exploring a possible Clean Indoor Air Policy across the county. Philips said the policy is not a smoking ban and is based upon recent research of air quality at least five establishments that allow smoking. The research data showed higher than normal allowed levels of smoke in the air. The policy would restrict smoking or vaping within a set distance from the public areas and doors of a public space. Phillips said the group’s effort is focused at the moment to education and awareness in the community and explore possible combined support between county and city governments to make the efforts united policy county wide. The council took no action on the materials submitted.
Industrial Authority Chairman David Pace, provided a brief update to the council on the NUCOR project. Pace said that Johnny Jacobs has been named as General Manager of Nucor Brandenburg and was in town last week to meet with local leaders. Jacobs toured the community and answered various questions about the new facility which will built upon 900 acres in the Ronnie Greenwell Industrial Park. Pace reported that continued progress is being made and study findings are expected back within 60 to 90 days which could lead to a possible ground breaking by the end of the year. Pace said that Jacobs stated during his recent visit that the new facility would be staffed with 75 to 80 percent local and regional employees.
The council discussed and took no action on the sidewalk near the mural along the Riverfront. During the brief discussion, City Clerk Amy Haynes said that no exact estimates had been obtained to know the cost of adding the sidewalk. The topic will be discussed at a future meeting. The council recognized Walter and Star Jenks as the August recipients of the Yard of The Month.
The next regular meeting of the Brandenburg City Council Meeting will be held at 7 pm on Monday, September 9 at Brandenburg City Hall.