Council OKs riverboat funds for general fund use

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The Rising Sun City Council has voted to allow the Rising Sun School Endowment Funds to be used for general fund expenses.

School superintendent Branden Roeder made the request to use the 10 percent the school gets from the city’s riverboat gaming monies during the city council meeting on Thursday, Aug. 3rd.

The annual agreement is the same as past years. Roeder said the ability to use the money in the general fund the “last three years has been a difference maker in what we have been able to do.”

Council members Swede Colen, Dennis Williams and Bud Radcliff voted 3-0 in favor of Roeder. Council members Bill Marksberry and Sheena Graham abstained as employees of the school.

Roeder will go to the county council this month for similar approval.

In other business, council approved minutes of the July meeting after discussion with city attorney Andy Baudendistel. The topic was the council reconsidering getting appraisals for the former Marge Adams property after the vote failed a month earlier. However it became a mute point as the property has since been under contract by the owners to sell the property.

Ellie Ohlmansiek submitted a letter to thank council for sponsoring her reserve woodworking trophy.

Resident Mike Murray was given approval for a sidecar rally next summer on June 14, 15, and 16th. It will coincide with Music on Main.

Participants will stay at Little Farm on the River RV Park. There were 150 bikes at this year’s event in New York.

Next year will be the 40th anniversary. Murray is seeking special events funding which the city approves annually in January. Murray was not sure of the amount he would request but will fill out the proper paperwork for council to review next month.

Council heard the first reading of the annual salary ordinance also.