Lake City Council approves variance request

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

The Lake City Council met Sept. 21 and approved a variance request that had been tabled on Aug. 17.

Homeowner Billy Rand of 300 Catfish Drive requested a variance from the seven foot city ordinance during the council meeting last month. City Code Enforcer Terry Chisnall said there was nothing in writing concerning a variance difference as to "old town or new town" description.

"The City does the variance," Chisnall said. "This information can be found in the Planning and Zoning Book, page 8."

After a short discussion the council determined the variance would be a four foot variance with a carport being built as to not obstruct the view or cause a safety hazard. The council approved the variance.

Mayor Billy Anderson reported the Verizon tower would be built south of 602 Nash Street. Connection Fee Ordinance #214-05 has been given to City Attorney Arlon Woodruff for revision.

The Police Department received two grants. One for $5,450 will be used to purchase laptop computers for each vehicle. A second grant for $3,000 will be used to purchase bulletproof vests for each officer.

The legislative audit for 2007-2008 has been completed, with the city receiving a good audit with no irregular findings reported.

Council members were asked to formulate ideas on salaries for preparation for the 2010 budget and consider the purchase of a new police car. Other meetings will be held for this discussion.

A vendor will be present at a future council meeting for a presentation on a digital sign for city and school use.

The next regularly scheduled council meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19, at city hall.

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