Lake City Council members were all present for a meeting held on Monday, Nov. 24.
Following the approval of the minutes, Mayor Billy Anderson told the council the city had its exit interview with FEMA and ADEM on the Disaster Recovery due to recent storm damage form Ike. The estimated cost of damages was $7,500 with 75 percent returned from FEMA; 12.5 percent from the State and the city being responsible for the remaining 12.6 percent.
The council then approved the financial statement.
City Clerk Linda Simpson reported to the council the insurance rates decreased slightly for the upcoming year. Also, reviewed a new service AML is offering to assist cities with cable television franchise management.
A motion by Alderman Harold Barker passed unanimously to complete the service questionnaire to provide information to Greg Fender with Local government Services to give the city a proposal on its fee to assist with cable television franchise management which expires Sept. 4, 2009.
Mayor Anderson opened discussion on budget issues on salaries of elected officials. He said the City Clerk/Treasurer's salary was lowered to $25,000 in 2006. He suggested an increase in salary for the position to $30,000, giving the city clerk/treasurer a raise of $2,920 for the 2009 year. He also stated he was satisfied with his salary but felt the clerk's salary needed to be raised.
Alderman Doug Stone made a motion to increase the clerk's salary which was approved unanimously.
Another item in the budget discussed was a new police car.
In other business:
*Medic One no longer offers air service. The City of Lake City has decided to put its group memberships on hold for the time being.
*The Employee Christmas party will be held at 3 p.m. Dec. 6.
*The Christmas Parade will be held at 6:30 p.m. Dec. 15, with Renee Chamness serving as chairperson.
*The next city council meeting will be held Dec. 22 due to the Christmas parade being on Dec. 15.