Lake City Council members approved the hiring of Chris Sharp at the December meeting held on Thursday. Sharp will be joining the Lake City Police Department.
Lake City Police Chief Winred Saffell reviewed with the council his search for a new police officer for the city. He received 10 resumes and conducted several interviews before making his recommendation. He asked the council to consider Sharp for the position.
Council members voted unanimously to hire Sharp who will be on probation for one year. His starting pay is $10 per hour, to be increased to $10.60 after successful completion of the Academy.
Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan presided at the meeting with council members Harold Barker, Tommy Eakins, Ann Davis, Jeffery Wisham, Danny Dunigan, and Brenda Hutcheson present along with City Clerk, Linda Simpson.
Following the approval of the minutes, review of the financial report, and filling the police department position, Alderman Hutcheson made a motion to read Ordinance No. 257-11, amending the Budget Ordinance of 2011 for the City of Lake City. The ordinance was read by title only for the second and third reading and passed with the emergency clause with a vote of 6-0.
Alderman Hutcheson made a motion to read the third reading of Ordinance No. 256-11 by title only. The Ordinance amends Ordinance No. 158 an Ordinance re-establishing a building permit system and the office of building inspector. Motion was accepted and approved by all members present. A motion was made by Alderman Wisham to adopt Ordinance No. 256-11 and passed unanimously.
Mayor Milligan recommended Austin Davis for the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department. Alderman Eakins made a motion to accept Davis which passed with the approval of all council members.
Mayor Milligan informed the council the police department had received a grant for the purchase of new police car. A new Dodge Charger has been ordered and should arrive after the first of the year.
Mayor Milligan also said effective Jan. 1, 2012 garbage rates will increase by $1 a month residential and $5 a month commercial. This increase is due to dumping fees being raised at Legacy Landfill. The City of Lake City or Dedman's Sanitation is not responsible for the charges in dumping fees. The increase will be on the February 2012 water bills.
The next council meeting will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 16.