Gaming revenue up from 2015

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The Thursday, Dec. 1st Rising Sun City Council Meeting got a late start as they had to wait for councilman Swede Colen to make a quorum. Councilmen Bill Marksberry and John Rumsey were unable to attend as they battle cancer. Dennis Williams and Bud Radcliff made up the three man quorum.

Clerk treasurer Rae Gipson presented a report of wagering and admission taxes received from Rising Star Casino. While gaming monies were $2 million less than 2013, the 2016 funding showed an increase of 5 percent in wagering tax plus an 8 percent increase in admission tax over 2015.

Total wagering was reported at just over 1.2 million dollars (1,205,037.97). The city received a 12 percent increase in supplemental monies ($1,677,595.47). Total admission was up 10 percent at $2,440,386.47. Total wagering and admission was a combined 8 percent increase ($3, 645,424.44).

Council approved carrying a week vacation over to 2017 for city planner Mike Northcutt. He has been working with the street department which had been working shorthanded.

Mayor Brent Bascom handed out information about UTVs for council to review as a result of a request to add them to the city’s golf cart ordinance.

Ordinance 2016-28 was approved to set up a Local Roads and Bridge Matching Grant Fund for community crossing matching grant funds.

The city improved its health insurance renewal at four percent.

Karrah Miller gave a report on the Navy Bean Festival . Ninety students volunteered over 100 hours to help them earn community service hours that go toward scholarship opportunities.

Council approved the continuance of the Newsletter for the Rising Sun Main Street. The cost will be $11,842 with an additional $5000 received through a grant from the Ohio County Community Foundation.

Employees who have worked 500 hours or 13 pay periods were approved to receive Christmas compensation.

Mayor Bascom announced the appointment of Clayton Lamkin to the Utility Service Board in place of Joanne Hamilton who passed away.

Jason Babcock was appointed to the Main Street Board to replace Matt Phillips who no longer works in the city. Bascom will represent the city on the Southeastern Indiana Regional Planning Commission.

Additional information was handed out regarding the city’s spay and neuter program. The city is looking at increasing the discount for the service from $25 to $35.

The city received reimbursement of $6390.19 from Ohio County officials for their part in the monthly dumpster service.

Clerk treasurer Gipson reported a check to the county from riverboat gaming monies was issued after payment was missed in June.

Council approved a more efficient way of handling Port Authority funds. Checks will now come through the clerk-treasurer’s office.

Council will have its annual closeout meeting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, Dec. 20th. In addition to final transfers, council will hear the second reading to approve a Planned Unit Development proposed by Britt Minks. It was to occur at this month’s meeting but was left off the agenda.