Rising Sun City Council voted unanimously to approve the application for a ferry boat license to Gaming Entertainment (Kentucky) LLC at the Thursday, May 3 council meeting.
Steven Jimenez, general manager for Rising Star Casino, spoke for the license along with general counsel Elaine Guidroz.
It’s taken a dozen permits to get the licensing point. Operators hope for a July grand opening.
Hours of operation will be 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. Sunday through Thursday and & a.m. to 1 a.m. Friday and Saturday.
Rates for vehicles will be $5 for one way or $8 round trip. Motorcycles will be $4 one way and $7 round trip. Pedestrian can pay $2 for one way or $3 for round trip. Other charges include RVs $5 and $8. A 10 ride pass will be $40. Employees will be free for standby but pay full price when not.
The ferry will operate in compliance with U.S. Coast Guard regulations.
The ferry will provide easier access between businesses of Rising Sun and Boone County, Ky.
Dearborn County Water Rescue was given $2500 in funding safety and education programs. The rescue organization patrols two miles of the Rising Sun riverfront and helps insure safety during events on the Ohio River and riverfront.
Council discussed leasing of riverfront property presented by attorney Andy Baudendistel.
The port authority has been exploring docking systems and better ways to utilize the riverfront.
Council asked Baudendistel to bring back a resolution in June for the leasing procedure.
In other business, pool prices will remain the same. Prices for children (4-17) is $3 and $4 for adults. Seniors (55 and over) along with three and under are free. Season passes for a child is $355, $40 for adults and $95 for family of four or more.
Pool hours are noon to 6 p.m. Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday plus noon to 8 p.m. Wednesday and Sunday.
The pool opens May 26th.
Kent Paving presented the bid for striping and lines on Poplar street.
Resident Jimmy Cutter was in attendance to find out the status of complaints of his property on Margaret avenue
Council reported that the problem has been ongoing for months
City planner Mike Northcutt said the yard is not a permanent storage area.
Mayor Brent Bascom noted that when complaints are made the city has to act.
Councilmen Swede Colen bluntly told Cutter to get it done. He has until the June 7 meeting to comply or the city will take action.