SADIEVILLE — Sadieville’s budget, city ordinances and projects in the works were discussed by the Sadieville City Commission Monday. A special meeting will likely be called in the next week to tie up some loose ends from the meeting.
All departments will see an increase in their allotted budget for the new fiscal year, said Mayor Rob Wagoner. The police department’s spending was $45,000 under budget in the last fiscal year, which allows for more flexibility in the upcoming budget. The commission voted to adopt the budget.
The police department is looking to hire new personnel and possibly purchase a new vehicle in the new fiscal year. The police department is looking into grants to apply for, said Public Safety Commissioner Brian Reese.
The commissioners discussed what to do with six pieces of property, the deeds to which are in the name of the dissolved Sadieville Urban Renewal and Community Development Agency. In order to transfer the deeds, the commissioners passed a resolution to reform the commission and appointed five members of the community to it.
The newly reformed agency will be able to transfer the property back to the city. The commission plans to give three pieces of property to Habitat for Humanity and to sell the other three.
The commissioners discussed a proposed ordinance that would restrict the use of fireworks. The ordinance would require that fireworks must be a permissible distance from structures before being fired.
Those who used the fireworks would be responsible of disposing of trash or debris. Fireworks would only be allowed to be used between the hours of 10 a.m. and 10 p.m. with exceptions for July 3, July 4 and New Years, when they may be used 10 a.m. to midnight. The commissioners tabled the ordinance and will revisit it in the special meeting.
Reese is working on making brochures to inform the community about local ordinances, including animal leash laws and the noise ordinance.
“We want to encourage good community,” said Reese.
The government will need to set a fee to rent the pavilion at Pike Street Park, Parks and Recreation Commissioner Debra Stamper said. Stamper did not want to do this, she said, but she grew concerned after finding broken glass from Ale-8 bottles in the pavilion.
The commission discussed putting lights in the pavilion to deter crime at night. They also decided to replace the park’s broken water fountain, approving up to $600 for its replacement.
Public Works Commissioner April Cannon said the construction of restrooms in the park is nearing completion and it should be open within the next few weeks. The bathrooms will be closed at dusk, said Cannon.
Wagoner discussed a project to paint a mural on the side of a church. He has been in touch with several artists to paint the mural.
Bids to paint the mural will close June 11.
The estimated cost of the mural will be $3,000 to $6,000, said Wagoner. Some members of the community have expressed interest in helping to fund this project, he said.
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