Carrollton City Council members approved the first reading of an amendment to the city's home occupation ordinance during a meeting Monday night.

The city's Board of Adjustments recommended the change of allowing only people that reside at the premises to engage in the home occupation to allowing up to two non-resident members to be employed in the home occupation. The council will hear the second reading at its December meeting.

Carrollton Code Enforcement Officer John Welsh said the board didn't want to change any other parts of the ordinance, but research showed the additional employees for a home occupation shouldn't cause issues for the city.

Council members said they didn't have a problem with the change, but they questioned why it had been limited in the first place.

"I know sometimes ordinances get outdated," councilman Robb Adams said.

Mayor Gene McMurry said the amendment could help with employment within the city.

"We want to encourage jobs in this area," McMurry said.

The service-sector home occupancy businesses are not allowed to sell retail items, Welsh said.

Each location will continue to be inspected to make sure each business is in compliance with the city's ordinance.

Also during the meeting, council members approved three resolutions and an interlocal agreement between the city, Carrollton Utilities and area water districts. The resolutions with the Carroll County Water District, Henry County Water District and West Carroll Water District allow the sharing of proceeds of a loan through the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for upgrades to facilities.

The interlocal agreement allows the public water systems to use the funds from the Kentucky Infrastructure Authority for improvements to the water systems.

McMurry said after the meeting that Carrollton Utilities expects to expand or upgrade the three water systems with the loans.

In other business:

• The council opened three bids for the paving of the Fourth Street parking lot.

Ohio Valley Asphalt submitted a bid of $34,250. Kemper Construction Company and J.K. Meurer Corporation both submitted bids of $35,000. Council members decided to table the issue until officials can compare the three bids.

"They are very close," city attorney G. Edward James said of the bids.

• Council members approved an amendment to an ordinance for the E-911 dispatch.

Membership of the dispatch commission will include the county judge, Carrollton mayor, county sheriff, county emergency management director, Carrollton police chief and 911 dispatch supervisor, county coroner and a rotation of one of the county's fire chiefs.

"It's making it reflect what it is and should be," McMurry said of the amendment.