Gallatin Board of Aldermen authorizes contract for water plant

Daviess County Courthouse

The Gallatin Board of Aldermen has authorized the city to enter into a contract with David E. Ross construction company for water plant construction, pending additional funding being secured.

The board agreed to proceed with a lease- purchase arrangement through DA Davidson for about $400,000 to pay a portion of the costs for the water plant project.

Charlie Zitnik with DA Davidson presented the board with options for the $400,00 lease purchase. Zitnik offered a 20-year loan with 3.55 percent fixed interest, with no penalty for prepayment.

The board agreed to use $260,000of general sales tax funds for the water plant project.

The board approved a proposed water rate schedule prepared by Snyder and Associates which includes an estimated rate of $33.25 for the first one thousand gallons and $6.50 for each additional one thousand gallons for residents in town.

The estimated rate for the rural water supply district is $6.50 per one thousand gallons.

The board approved an ordinance authorizing a contract for services through the Daviess County Arts Council for $2,000, which is what the arts council requested, in order to spend on music for this year’s Chautauqua.

Daviess County Arts Council members Mary Hacking and Kate Chrisman earlier gave a brief summary on the use of band tax money used during last year’s Chautauqua.

Ms. Hacking also stated her opposition to beer gardens during community events, requesting the board consider her desire for events like the Chautauqua to remain family friendly rather than adult events.

Members of the Cupola Building Committee gave a presentation of a four-phase process to revitalize that structure. The south end is to include a community center with a portable stage and kitchen area. The north end is reserved for relocating city hall.

The Cupola Building Committee intends to apply for a neighborhood assistance program grant to help pay for the repair costs.

Gallatin Police Chief Mark Richards said the police department has been addressing several code violations and is considering charging fees for frequent offenders.

Mayor Barb Ballew presented Police Chief Richards with a certificate of achievement plaque from the self-insurance pool called Mirma which recognized 100% participation in police training online. This is the second year Richards has received the award.

Public Works Director Mark Morey said an Eagle Scout project of painting water hydrants is making progress.