Gallatin Aldermen meet with a variety of topics on the table

Daviess County Courthouse

A committee at Gallatin is in the process of obtaining a 501-C3 tax deductible designation in order to seek grants.

It’s proposed to be known as the “Friends of Gallatin organization.

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen was told that sub-committees would be created for special projects. Grants for purchase of equipment are available to communities that have a certain median income among its residents. One example mentioned to aldermen was using grant money to purchase a bucket truck; then have it leased to the city.

The Friends of Gallatin organization is expected to take ownership of the Cupola building. It also plans to submit an application to the state for Neighborhood Assistance Program tax credits.

Aldermen, at their meeting Monday night, were asked to consider taking bids for repairs to the cupola building. This would include replacement of the windows, painting, and sealing the structure in Gallatin. An original estimate was eight thousand dollars for this type of work to be done.

City Administrator Tony Stonecypher is to contact U-S Department of Agriculture officials on possibly using sewer replacement / reserve funds to purchase an aerator. An estimate on repairs to the leaking seals in the east aerator tops $8,400.

The four-member Gallatin Board of Aldermen has voted unanimously to place a continuation sales tax on the ballot for the election next April.

An ordinance was approved at this week’s aldermen meeting to submit to Gallatin voters, the transportation sales tax of one-half of one percent. It’s noted this city sales tax at Gallatin is already being collected. The issue asks whether to renew the sales tax. That election is April 4th.

Aldermen held a discussion on the 2017 city budget at Gallatin.

Capital improvement funds are to be allocated for spending on projects at the sewer plant, LED street and security lights, and the 24 hundred electric line conversion.

A discussion was held on accounts payable regarding Gallatin Park Board expenses. Approval was given to pay $250 for monthly cleaning and $300 to Landon Corwin’s Eagle Scout project at the park.

Gallatin Mayor Barb Ballew invited the public to participate in the Halloween “trunk or treat” this Saturday on the Gallatin square.