The Brandenburg City Council discussed businesses in R1 residences during their regular meeting Monday (5/10) night.
The council revisited a business license request from Cletus Evans, who is seeking to operate a real estate business from his home. He clarified to the council that he was not generating any extra traffic or signage in his neighborhood and was conducting most of business out at other property locations that he was listing. Some council members voiced concerns over allowing any business activity in a residence zoned R1. In the discussion, it was noted that the city ordinances may need to be amended to bring them in step with digital business activities. The council vote 5 to 1 in favor of the business license.
Gerry Fischer, president of the Meade County History Museum thanks city leaders for their financial assistance for the museum and provided an update on the progress at the museum. He said that the display space at the museum has expanded from 1,600 to 4,600 square feet. Fischer gave a brief summary of an upcoming visit of the LST-325 in September. The vessel is the last functioning landing ship tank which carried 59 crew members. The LST-325 was supposed to make a visit in 2020 but was rescheduled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
In other business, Mayor Ronnie Joyner updated the council on the waste water treatment plant project which is making progress as crews are working to begin pouring concrete in the oxidation ditch, which is the largest part of the new facility. He also updated council members on the Main Street sidewalk project. Currently, utilities are being relocated for ahead of the project, and state funding appears to be released in the next few weeks. Once that happens, bids for construction of the project will be sought.
Public Works Director TJ Hughes said work on the new play ground is slowly comping along as city crews are working the installation efforts among other maintenance needs of the city as time and weather permits. He reported that he believes the playground is about 80 percent complete. No completion date was provided. Hughes also reported that the new boat dock should be in place around the Memorial Day holiday, if river conditions allow for the installation work.
Police Chief Brian Hagg reported that his department is continuing to work leads in a case involving two stolen vehicles. He said that both vehicles were recovered, one locally and one in Shively. He also reported that demolition has begun on the house involved in a gas explosion last fall along Old Ekron Road. Chief Hagg said that calls are steadily increasing as things are beginning to open and come back from the COVID shut downs.
Mayor Joyner informed the council that the proposed 2021-22 city budget will be presented to the council during a special called meeting on Wednesday, May 19 at 5 pm. There will be a required public hearing for LGEA funding immediately followed by the special meeting which the first reading of the budget will be held.
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