City council has first reading of general budget

Jonathan Wright - [email protected]

FLEMINGSBURG — The city budget and green spaces were discussed in Flemingsburg City council this week.

City council met Monday to conduct the first reading of its general and utility budgets for the fiscal year. During the first reading of the general budget, Mayor Marty Voiers advised the council on some changes. In the summary of general funds, the cable TV franchise budget was removed from the ordinance.

“We used to do a separate budget just for the cable TV franchise program, but we have done away with that and we’re just including that operation as a line item under general government now,” Voters said after the meeting.

As for the utilities budget, there was a change to the estimated fund balance, making the new balance $3.75 million, no other changes were made. Both budgets were adopted by the council.

In other business, a bird depredation permit was received last month to tend to the buzzard nuisance in the city.

“We have a problem with buzzards in one of the areas of town and a couple years ago we applied through the US Fish and Wildlife department and got a depredation license,” Voiers said.

Crystal Ruark, executive director of the Chamber of Commerce gave her monthly report, highlighting upcoming events in the county. Some of the events mentioned were the Kentucky Staffing Solutions hosting a job fair at the extension office May 22 and the Somernights Cruise, a classic car show and cruise stopping in Goddard on May 24.

Police Chief Brian Bowling reported to the court that his department received a rural development grant, which is intended to purchase a new vehicle. Bowling also told the council of a school resource officer proposal which he put together to give to Fleming County High School at the next Board of Education meeting.

“In a nutshell, the proposal is: we’ll do it,” Bowling said, “but we won’t have any money in our budget to pay for it, so all those expenses will have to be passed on through to them if they’re willing to accept it.”

The council concluded its meeting discussing the green space by Main Street and its potential uses in the community. Voiers spoke about the possibility for the area to be made into a dog park, although no official decision has been made on it.

Jonathan Wright

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