Bardstown amends city budget

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By Randy Patrick

Bardstown’s city budget must be amended by $40,000 to pay the city’s settlement to Councilwoman Kecia Copeland.

Last month the council agreed to pay her that amount to avoid a lawsuit against the city over actions against her by the former mayor, John Royalty, and members of his staff under his direction. Her allegations included defamation, violation of her privacy and civil rights, infliction of emotional distress and conspiracy.

The payment releases the city from any liability.

Because the council has to amend the budget, Mayor Dick Heaton asked department heads to include other needed amendments. Some of the changes reflected in the spending plan include $63,000 in grants to the Fire Department, $19,200 the city is saving by canceling a cleaning contract and doing the work in-house, a $75,000 increase in property tax revenue even though the city kept its rates the same this year and a $100,000 revenue increase in the cable television service from new customers signing up for service.

In the general fund, unanticipated increases in revenues are going from $10,585,030 to $10,733,530, and increases in expenditures from $10,478,730 to $10,542,730.

In the combined utilities fund, revenues are going up from $42,959,500 to $43,059,500, and spending is increasing from $42,674,641 to $42,704,641.

The council had the first reading of the budget amendment Tuesday and will vote on it at its second reading, probably on Oct. 24.

Christmas Parade request approved

City officials gave their approval for requested street closures for the Bardstown Kiwanis Club and WBRT Christmas Parade, to be from 6 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Dec. 8, downtown.

The parade will begin at Tiger Alley beside Bardstown High School, proceed along North Fifth Street to West Broadway, then on North Third Street to Court Square and finally west onto Stephen Foster Avenue.

Council approves personnel changes

The City Council voted unanimously in favor of two changes to its classification and compensation plan Tuesday when it held the second reading of an ordinance amendment.

One replaces the Bardstown Police Department’s lieutenant position with a second captain to serve as assistant chief for operations. Capt. Charles David Marksbury will also remain an assistant chief for operations.

The other creates a full-time marketing and communications position. Hannah Bowman, who has been working part-time, will become a full-time employee with benefits.

Council accepts money for streets

The council approved the annual agreement to accept Municipal Road Aid funds to maintain city streets and roads. The amount this year is $231,161.86.