Town of Bourbon NewsThe Bourbon Town Council addressed a number of items on Tuesday, December 8 at their regular meeting.

The council unanimously approved a resolution that will allow full-time town employees to receive 80 hours of sick leave due to COVID related illness. The resolution will be in effect from December 1, 2020 to June 30, 2021. Employees would receive their regular rate of pay.

Additionally, the council approved an increase in the salary ordinance of 1% for all town employees for 2021.

The Town of Bourbon will enter into a contract with Heather Chupp, and independent contractor for custodial services for the Town Hall, Matchette Center, and park rest rooms. Currently the services have been provided by three different providers. The contract will be with one individual at a cost of $9,000 per year.

The Bourbon Town Council approved a transfer of $50,000 from the General Fund to the Rainy Day Fund. The Rainy Day Fund will now be a little over $200,000 according to town Clerk/Treasurer Kim Berger. The town’s budget for 2021 was approved by the State Board of Accounts at $1,529, 470.

During the November meeting, the council considered raising the golf cart fees to $20 per year. The fees cover the purchase of registration stickers for the carts. The council voted 3-0 in approval at the December meeting.

A public hearing was held concerning submitting an application to the federal government by the end of this month for a Sanitary Sewer Improvement Project. The project will include two new lift stations and some minor improvements to sanitary sewer lines. The project is expected to cost $1,083,000 with $840,000 coming from a grant. The town’s contribution would then be $243,000. There should not be any rate increase imposed on patrons. There were no audience comments.

Due to the altered holiday schedule, the large trash pickup will be on Friday, December 18, one week earlier than usual.

Tim Harmon was approved to be the town’s representative to the Marshall County Economic Development Corporation. It was noted that he is a business owner and would be a valuable member as the MCEC strives to promote business in the county.

Carol Anders Correspondent