Lake City Council OKs siren purchase

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

The Lake City Council met Monday evening, Aug. 17, and reviewed the 2009 city audit, purchased storm sirens, and confirmed the Employee Handbook.

The 2009 Lake City Water and Sewer Audit Report was received from Auditor Scott Despain. On recommendation from the auditor, aldermen voted to review Ordinance 214-05, pertaining to connection fees, for wording clarification and possible necessity of amendment.

The council voted to purchase two storm sirens, at $500 each, from the City of Jonesboro. The sirens are already mounted on poles and Craighead Electric has agreed to mount them free of charge. The city will have to wire the sirens and pay for an activation system. One of the new sirens will be placed at the ballpark and the other on the Roy Pack property, on Highway 18 west of town. With the addition of the two new sirens, and the existing ones, the city will have complete storm warning coverage.

After reviewing a section of the Lake City Employee Handbook pertaining to city employees residential requirements, the council voted to not make any new changes. The handbook currently says all city employees must live within the city limits.

The council gave Mayor Billy Anderson the discretion to set the timeframe to determine date an employee would have to leave employment position if this was necessary.

Anderson reported receipt of lease payment from Verizon wireless for a term of 20 years for the tower to be built south on 602 Nash Street.

The council tabled a decision to allow a seven inch variance for a carport addition to a home on Catfish and Johnson, in order to determine legal boundaries.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Sept. 21, at city hall.

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