Lake City Council approved the second reading of an ordinance, reviewed and accepted the proposed budget, approved the purchase of equipment and discussed upcoming events at the Nov. 29 meeting.
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Jon Milligan with councilmen Harold Barker, Tommy Eakins, Ann Davis, Jeffery Wisham, Danny Dunigan and Brenda Hutcheson present. Also present was Linda Simpson, city clerk.
Following the approval of the minutes and review of the monthly finance report, Simpson read the second reading of Ordinance No. 256-11; an ordinance amending Ordinance No. 158; an ordinance re-establishing a building permit system and the office of building inspector. The reading was approved unanimously.
Mayor Milligan went over the 2012 proposed budget. He informed the council members Police Officer Toby Rand had resigned his position effective Dec. 6. Mayor Milligan also recommended to council all employees be given a 40 cent per hour raise for the year 2012, and city clerk/treasurer Simpson be given a 57 cent per hour raise for the year.
Mayor Milligan opted to not take a raise for the year. After review and discussion of the proposed budget, a motion was made by Alderman Dunigan and seconded by Alderman Davis to accept the 2012 proposed budget for the city of Lake City. The motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Milligan requested the council consider the purchase of a new backhoe for the city on a five-year lease plan. The purchase would be $15,600 per year for five years, with the payments being split between three departments, water, sewer and street, at $5,200 per year. A motion was made by Alderman Eakins and seconded by Alderman Davis to purchase a new backhoe on a five-year lease plan. The motion passed unanimously.
Mayor Milligan informed all in attendance of coming events during the month of December. On the morning of Dec. 10, Santa will be coming around on the fire truck. There will be a Lake city Museum dedication at 1 p.m. and the Lake City Christmas parade will begin at 7 p.m.
The Christmas lighting contest judging will be held Dec. 17 with first place prize $100; second place $75; and third place $50.
The council went into a short executive session and no action was taken.
The next council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Dec. 12.