The City of East Bernard Board of Aldermen met at its regularly scheduled meeting on Monday, Sept. 21. to approve the 2020-21 Annual Budget and city tax rate, discuss street closures for an upcoming event and regulating the use of golf carts within the city.
Members approved the current tax rate to carry over into 2021 and the 2020-21 proposed budget, which allows for continued street repairs within the city and an increase in legal fees for the city.
“We went a little over budget last year, but this (2020-21) year we are taking into account things that could come up without warning by adding additional funds for legal fees. The tax rate that was approved is the same current tax rate as this year.” City of East Bernard City Secretary Audrey Scearce told The County Gin.
The board later discussed introduction of Ordinance 2020-008 — an ordinance regulating the use of golf carts.
“The board wanted to make a few changes to the ordinance as presented. Some of those changes include: introduction of seatbelt requirements for all ages; the permit and inspection process; and the addition of UTVs to be included with the ordinance,” Scearce said. “We will present this at the next meeting for further discussion and consideration.”
The final item on the agenda was for members to discuss and review street closures for a planned EB Back to School Bash.
The board approved closing Leveridge Street, starting at Church Street and continuing the closure one block to the intersection of Leveridge Street and Morris Street on Saturday, Sept. 26. This would allow event planners to setup a stage for live entertainment, street dance and vendor area.
“We hope it all works out and organizers and attendees continue to practice safe hygiene and social distancing practices,” Scearce told The Gin. “We want everyone to have a safe, good time.”
The EB Back to School Bash is being organized by local business owners. The band is set to take the stage at 6:30 p.m.
For meetings, agendas and minutes visit the City of East Bernard website.