The Brandenburg City Council appointed a new member during their regular monthly meeting Monday (3/9) night.
Mayor Ronnie Joyner told the council that two citizens were interested in the position and were there to explain why they wanted to fill the remainder of the term vacant seat of Patsy Lusk who recently resigned from the council.
Donna Brown and Charlotte Ford each addressed the council regarding the background qualifications and why they wanted to use those skills to represent the city. After each addressed the council, council members voted 3 to 1 in favor of Ford, who was immediately sworn to her appointed position by Mayor Joyner.
During the business session, the council heard form a concerned property owner who voiced concern regard water and sewer tap fees especially for multi family dwellings. He said that he has buildings along School Side Drive and the fees rates have increased over the last several years since he built the buildings. The council discussed some avenues to look at in the ordinance, which may not help the current situation but possibly help future connections to the city’s system. The council took no action in the issue but expects to review ordinances to see what could be done.
The council approved two zoning change requests from the City Planning Zoning Commission. The first zoning change from R-3 to C-2 was on property which has had a daycare business for several years within the city along Bland Street. The second change was for property along Burnett Drive which the zoning would change from R-2 to R-3 for a building containing three condos to be constructed. Planning and Zoning Chairman Lee Klocklow also discussed amendments to the Planning and Zoning ordinance. He said that the amendments would bring additional supplemental and newer ordinances into one complete ordinance to allow everything to be in one complete and encompassing ordinance. The council heard and approved the first reading of a summary of the changes with a second reading to be held during their April regular meeting.
Council members also heard and approved the second reading of a sign ordinance which sets restrictions on outdoor signs and billboards along with inflatable marketing devices. The ordinance also sets construction permit time limits and a yearly registration fee for off site outdoor signs within city limits.
Police Chief Brian Hagg reported to the council that his department will gaining a familiar face in the wake of a sudden resignation. Cole Bevill will return to the city police department by the end of the month to fill the vacancy made by Billy Richardson, who accepted an appointment to serve as Breckinridge County Sheriff. Chief Hagg congratulated Richardson on his appointment and wished him the best in his new endeavors.
Mayor Joyner reported to the council that Main Street Project is still in the hands of the State Transportation Cabinet awaiting final approval before bidding and work can proceed on the project.
The next regular monthly meeting of the Brandenburg City Council is scheduled for 7 pm Monday, April 13 at Brandenburg City Hall.