Members of the Lake City Council heard representatives from two companies on auto-read water meter systems at the Feb. 20 meeting.
The council voted to table discussions until the next meeting to give more time for review of the products.
Mayor Jon Milligan introduced Terry McNatt, current Craighead County Dare officer and Craighead County Treasurer candidate. Treasurer Russell Patton resigned due to health reasons and Mr. McNatt has filed as a candidate for the position.
Council members present were Harold Barker, Tommy Eakins, Ann Davis, Jeffery Wisham, Danny Dunigan and Brenda Hutcheson. City Clerk Linda Simpson was also present.
The council voted to hear the second and third readings by title only of Ordinance No. 258-11, an ordinance amending Ordinance 241-10, an ordinance establishing an employee handbook for the city of Lake City.
The council voted unanimously to approve Amendment 258-11, and emergency clause.
Alderman Harold Barker, also chairman of planning and zoning committee, brought several recommendations to the council for approval.
Following a discussion of each recommendation, motions were made and approved unanimously. The first one was a motion to allow Lee Beasley another year variance on the two year variance granted in 2011, to farm 30 plus acres on property belonging to Ms. Beasley, located adjacent to Riverpark Subdivision. Stipulations include no rice can be planted; no crop dusting by airplanes; and no burning by farmers. No farm equipment or water wagons will be allowed on city streets.
A motion made by Alderman Dunigan and seconded by Alderman Eakins included on all new construction and remodels, contractors must have portable potties on the job site if bathrooms are not accessible on the property at the beginning of jobs, and removed when the job is completed.
Also, it was approved contractors must come to City Hall to get a permit to do a change out on HVAC. Change out includes heating unit vent, A/C, etc. Vented appliances or mechanical equipment must be inspected by code officer. The cost of permit is a flat rate of $25.
Also approved was a motion that all multi-family dwellings must have a privacy fence that joins single family property. A solid fence must separate the two properties.
In other business:
*The council voted to provide the DARE program with $250 for service rendered to the City of Lake City and its residents.
*Council members voted to appoint Farm Land Partnership as a representative in the NRCS program.
*Mayor Milligan announced a rabies clinic set for 4:30-6 p.m. April 7 at the fire station.
*AN Easter Egg Hunt will be held at 10 a.m. March 31 at the ballpark. Rain-out date and time will be 2 p.m. April 1.