9/11/2017—The Hardinsburg City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance adopting tax rates for the current year at their regular meeting Monday evening. The real and personal property tax rate is 32.1 cents per $100 assessed valuation. The motor vehicle tax rate is 28 cents, and the Fire Department tax rate is 3 cents. A public hearing was held at Monday at noon, but no one spoke at the hearing.
In other business, the Council adopted a resolution separating the County Employment Retirement System from the Kentucky Retirement System. The resolution advocates the creation of a nine-member board whose sole responsibility would be the management of the County Employees Retirement System. The City of Hardinsburg is invested in the County Employees Retirement System.
Bob Taylor, with the Kentucky Engineer Group, updated the Council on the Wastewater Treatment Plant construction project. He said work on piping and valves is on-going. New sidewalks and stairs have been installed. The Council approved payment of two invoices totaling $132,543.60 on the project.
The Council awarded a bid of $166,950.00 by Fire Department Service and Supply for 26 sets of self-contained breathing apparatus for the Volunteer Fire Department. The Department had budgeted $184,000 for the gear.
Police Chief Mike Robinson said all officers passed firearms qualifications on August 17, 2017. The Department raised $1,937.00 from the sale of police calendars.
Volunteer Fire Department Chief Raleigh Shelton said the department made 66 runs in August. A new brush truck has been ordered, and delivery should be made within 4-6 weeks.
Veolia Project manager Mike Masterson said his staff read 6,060 water meters in August, and added nineteen new customers. He stated that the downtown sidewalk project should be completed by Hoe Down Day, which is October 14. The Council approved three vehicles-a 1999 Ford F150, a 2000 GMC Pick Up, and a 2005 Chevy Impala Police Cruiser-as surplus property.