By Leila Dycus staff writer

The City of Rutledge held its third and final public hearing to discuss the Millage Rate on Monday. “This being the third meeting I don’t think there is a lot to discuss at this point,” said Rutledge City Council Member Timothy Smith. The final public hearing was held Monday July 21, at 6:30 p.m. The council members did not have a lot to say about the millage rate and quickly turned the meeting over to the public. The proposed millage rate for Rutledge is 3.734 mills. Joellen Artz said that she doesn’t want taxes to go up but she understands that they need it more than her. John Artz asked the council why they set a budget first and then set the millage rate. Mayor James Bratcher said that it’s standard procedure. The public hearing was then adjourned. The Rutledge City Council moved into their regular meeting at 7 p.m.

The council presented the fact that they had had the required three public hearings about the millage rate. Council members then presented the purposed millage rate of 3.734 mills. The council members then voted and unanimously adopted the new millage rate. The meeting then transitioned to updates and other business. Molly Lesnikowski reported on the progress in the park stating that the curb had been installed and the first phase of the beautification was done. The next phase will be naming the park, which will begin in the fall. The hope is a name and dedication event will happen in the spring. The council held first readings of multiple ordinances. The first was the ordinance to amend Article III Chapter 36, which deals with special events. The council adopted the first reading. The council then read the ordinance to amend Article 1 Chapter 26, which deals with prohibiting excessive weeds and vegetation. Mayor Pro Tem Brenda Thompson asked Chuck Jarrell, planning commission representative, if he knew how they would enforce this. Jarrell responded that it would be a learning experience. The council adopted the reading and moved on to the next article.

The council then had the first reading of the ordinance to amend Chapter 8 Animal Ordinance, which they adopted. The council then approved the Text Amendments to Article 2, 11 and 12 on Rutledge Zoning Ordinance regarding Personal Care. The Zoning Ordinance on Personal Care deals with elderly homes and was needed after the state changed its regulations on these facilities. The council approved the Text Amendments to Article 2 and 11 of the Rutledge Zoning Ordinance regarding Inns. The Text Amendments to Articles 2, 11 and 12 of the Rutledge Zoning Ordinance was also approved. The council approved the Business License for Allen Smith with a stipulation that there would be no outdoor storage. Smith’s business will be housed in the old airtight building. Debbie Kilgore, City Clerk, presented the change to cost of the bid for the paving of Fairplay Street. The street will need patching, which increases the cost by $89,000. The council members agreed that the change was okay because of the detailed description of the work that would be done. The council approved the change in a vote.