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Morehead City Council passes first reading of 2023/2024 budget

Kennealy Jenkins

In a change of recent pace, Morehead City Council held a fairly brief meeting Monday night.

There were just two items on the General Business Agenda, an order to approve an agreement with CMW, Inc. for their services related to the design of a new fire department in Morehead was first. CMW is the same firm the city worked with to build the new Morehead Police Department. Council approved the contract to work with them on the new fire department.

Next was the first reading of an ordinance to adopt the 2023-2024 budget. Council member David Perkins lauded a pay raise to city employees.

“I can tell you’ve cut some places that were maybe a little heavy and shifting it around so the employees can get paid closer to what they’re worth without cutting ourselves short anywhere else. So, it seems like a good, balanced amendment,” said Perkins.

The first reading passed and a special meeting is expected before the year is out to hear the second reading.

Before the meeting started in full, Mayor Laura White-Brown applauded Council Member Edna Schack in meeting the deadline to apply for a Creating Vibrant Communities Grant, a Kentucky Transportation Cabinet program that aims to help communities plan for land use, transportation, and development in a proactive and safe way. If the grant is awarded, officials said it will help leaders create an action plan for the community.