Gallatin Board of Aldermen busy at Monday meeting

Daviess County Courthouse

Gallatin Boy Scout Justice Fry presented seven color-coded fire hydrant maps to Mayor Barb Ballew and the Board of Aldermen.

Fry created the maps for an Eagle Scout project. His work also included painting 125 fire hydrants within the city limits.

Tops of the fire hydrants have been painted red, orange, green, or blue based on the amount of water pressure they use. Mayor Ballew reported she has received several compliments and thanked Justice Fry for his time, talent, and service to the community.

Daviess County Country Club Maintenance Superintendent Darren Gibson requested the Gallatin council amend an ordinance for use of firearms within the city limits to help control an issue with skunks. Gibson estimated 30 to 40 skunks are destroying property at the golf course. City attorney Robert Cowherd stated the ordinance could be amended allowing police chief Mark Richards to have authority to issue a permit for a specific number of days; and a specific firearm and ammunition.

Police Chief Richards said grants are sought to replace cameras as well as to replace radar units and to fix the radar trailer.

Public Works Director Mark Morey reported crews are hanging flags and setting up electrical drops for this weekend’s Daviess County Chautauqua in Gallatin.

Morey requested the council consider replacing the utility bucket truck in the future. He noted a 15 hundred cost to make electrical repairs. Morey provided figures on a five-year lease for a new bucket truck versus the cost of a used one.

A portion of Monday night’s meeting at Gallatin also was attended by representatives of the Daviess County Public Water Supply District Number Two. Discussion was held on what action is needed from the rural water district board in order to allow the city to move forward with the water plant.

Pending a decision from the water district number two board, the aldermen chose to have an ordinance prepared for discussion at the next city council meeting.

That proposed ordinance reads, in part, to amend a previous ordinance on setting new water rates because they reportedly contained an error and it needs correcting.

City Administrator Tony Stonecypher and Attorney Robert Cowherd also went to the rural water district board meeting that same evening; and reported they re-emphasized the city of Gallatin faces a deadline regarding the water plant project. City officials, as of late yesterday, were awaiting a response from the rural water districts’ attorney.

Among actions taken at the Gallatin meeting, aldermen adopted an ordinances to contract with certified public accountant John Gillum for 2016 auditing services. The board voted to accept Gillum’s 2015 audit report.

During a closed session for personnel, aldermen voted to offer a utility lineman position to Chris Plant starting at $22.00 per hour.