Elizabethtown City Council on Monday approved its 2019-20 fiscal year budget, totaling more than $70 million.

The budget includes a 4 percent wage increase for all full-time city employees — more than $200,000. When factoring in capital construction projects, the total budget comes to $74.9 million.

“It went well and we are proud of this budget,” Mayor Jeff Gregory said. “We’ve got some more things to work on in the coming years, but this was a good strong sound budget.”

The budget unanimously was approved following second reading.

City Council also had the first reading Mon­day of an ordinance to close Steel Drive to vehicular traffic. The ordinance said Steel Drive is not used past the 300 block for movement of motor vehicles, and adjoining property owners have requested the closure because of nuisance activity.

Several municipal orders also were approved including the acceptance of land transfer on Blue Heron Way to the city from OCI Group LLC. The land purchase for $25,000 is to further enhance the primary entrance to Freeman Lake Park. The property adjoins the current entrance gate.

City Events Coordinator Sarah Vaughn re­min­ded the council this year’s Eliza­beth­town Founders’ Day will in­clude a new attraction for families to enjoy — the first kids’ fishing derby.

The kids’ fishing derby is limited to the first 250 children to register. Vaughn said registration is $5 per child up to age 15.

Kentucky Fish and Wildlife will be on-site with a limited number of rods and reels if an emergency arises and the child does not have one. They also will have free bait boxes for each registrant.

The derby is from 9 to 11 a.m. July 4.

Interested parties should register at www.etownevents.com and click on the Fishing Derby logo to get to the ticketing page.

Other Founders’ Day activities kick off at 5 p.m.

Mary Alford can be reached at 270-505-1741 or malford@thenewsenterprise.com.

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