Lake City council adds three to FD

Thursday, January 7, 2010

Among the business conducted by Lake City Council members were ordinances and a resolution passed, new members were added to the fire department, the financial report reviewed, and Police Officer Steve Chamness was promoted to police sergeant. The meeting was held at 2 p.m. Monday, Dec. 28, with Mayor Billy R. Anderson presiding.

Aldermen present were Brenda Hutcheson, Harold Barker, Tommy Eakins, Ann Davis, Jeffrey Wisham and Jon Milligan. Also present were Linda Simpson, city clerk, and Toby Rand, guest.

Following the approval of the minutes and review of the monthly finance report, Simpson read the first reading of Ordinance No. 238-09, an ordinance authorizing payment for unused accumulated vacation time.

Following the votes to suspend the rules and place the Ordinance on a second and then on a third reading, the council adopted the ordinance unanimously.

A resolution was passed unanimously to allow the city to apply for General Improvement Funds through the Arkansas Department of Parks and Tourisms for improvements to the Wayne "Biscuits" Short Ballpark.

Mayor Anderson presented three candidates as volunteers for the Lake City Fire Department on the recommendation of Fire Chief Norman Eidson. They are Bradley Walling, Robert Wilbur, and Eric Gann. The council voted unanimously to accept the candidates.

Ordinance No. 239-09, an ordinance amending the budget ordinance of 2009 for the City of Lake City, adopted Jan. 19, 2009, was approved by all members.

After a brief discussion a motion was made by Alderman Milligan and seconded by Alderman Wisham to change Police Officer Steve Chamness' title to police sergeant. This did not include a salary increase.

*In other business:

The council reviewed and made the decision not to increase the privilege license for 2010.

*The Census Bureau is now hiring part-time employees and will be at the City Hall Jan. 11.

*A recent 2007-08 Legislative Audit was conducted. The reports were returned to all officials and there were no findings.

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