Fund raising in Dixon will look a bit different after the city commission Monday passed an ordinance placing restrictions on bucket brigades and other fund raisers within city limits.

The commission heard and approved second reading of the new law that requires groups to follow specific guidelines in the operation of fund raisers. The new rules mostly cover where bucket brigades can be held and how groups are to conduct them.

Before a fund raising event can take place, the group must obtain a permit from the City of Dixon at the city offices on the corner of US Hwy. 41-A and Leiper Street. The permits also contain a waiver of damages that must be signed by an individual 18 years of age or older.

The ordinance place a number of restrictions on bucket brigades, including:

•All bucket brigades must be conducted at the intersection of US Hwy. 41-A and Leiper Street, also called State Route 132.

•The permit must include the names of all individuals participating, and each one must sign the waiver.

•The permit must include the purpose of the fund raiser, and the name of the individual or group receiving the funds.

•Any child under the age of 16 must have an adult standing with them when they are collecting at the intersection.

•All participants in the bucket brigade must wear a reflective safety vest while participating.

•All participants must wear a badge or other marking clearly identifying the group and cause of the fund raiser.

•No bucket brigades will be allowed on Sundays or holidays.

•Bucket brigades are limited to one per year.

•Bucket brigades are limited to one four-hour time period anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m., and no activities are allowed after dark.

In other business, the commission heard first reading of the 2018-19 budget. The new proposal does not change much from last year’s, with the initial operating figure coming in at $1.125 million.

While some expenditures have gone up through normal cost increases, the city will see a decrease in money available through Local Government Economic Assistance (LGEA) funds. That loss of income is a result of cuts made to coal severance payouts by the Kentucky General Assembly in the state’s budget.

Despite that, Mayor Carolyn Townsend said the city should be fine.

“We are fortunate to be in good fiscal shape, and we want to keep it that way,” she said.

Townsend added that the city would be responsible for matching grants on the spray park to be built at Baker Park, and that money would come from the general fund.

The second reading of the budget proposal will be conducted at the June 11 regular meeting of the commission.

In related business, the commission discussed two road projects that could be part of the expenses for the coming fiscal year. Proposed are the widening of Colin Todd Lane, and leveling of Wayne Willson Loop.


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