Inquiry amends city budget by $82,000

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By Randy Patrick

After months of drama regarding the investigation and removal of John Royalty as the city’s mayor, the Bardstown City Council got back to routine business Tuesday, but not before dealing with one final matter regarding the probe.

The current budget was amended to increase spending by $82,000, from $8,609,266 to $8,691,266 to cover the costs of lawyer Scott Crosbie’s investigation, which were over $72,000, and about $10,000 in other legal expenses.

Tracy Hudson, the city’s chief financial officer, said after the meeting that the council did not have to amend the revenue side of the ledger. There was enough money in the general fund and the fund balance from the prior year to cover it.

“It’s tight, but it’s in there,” she said.

Mayor Dick Heaton also informed the council that he had been working with department heads on the fiscal year 2018 budget, which goes into effect July 1, and that the Finance Committee would need to schedule a meeting soon to make recommendations to the council.

During the meeting, which lasted a little more than half an hour, the council also amended its water contract with the city of Bloomfield to increase the amount the town could purchase from 12 million to 15 million gallons a year at current rates.

Councilman John Kelley was appointed to the Bardstown Industrial Development Corporation to fill the rest of Heaton’s term until June 30, 2019.

Police Chief Steve Uram announced that his department would host a regional weapons training course from May 17 until June 12, and invited council members to come and observe or participate.

The council agreed to sponsor the Nelson County Community Clinic, a free service for indigent, uninsured patients, for $500 from its contingency fund, and it approved Fourth of July fireworks permits for Buttermilk Days, the Bloomfield Church of God, the New Hope Food Bank.

City Clerk Barbie Bryant announced that she would be sending out notices to liquor vendors of pro-rated license rates based on the passage of new state legislation that requires cities and counties to synchronize their renewal dates with the state law.