Lake City Council hears from fire chief and school superintendent

Tuesday, April 2, 2013

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan introduced Fire Chief Chris Snyder, with the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department at the March 25 city council meeting.

Chief Snyder addressed the council with the need for updated equipment for the Fire Department. He reviewed the condition of the fire trucks the city now has at both the Lake City facility and the rural department at Dixie.

Chief Snyder requested acquiring funds from the Act 833 account to purchase a more reliable truck. In doing so a truck could be moved to the Dixie Station giving a better vehicle at that location and providing more protection in each location for citizens in both areas.

A motion was made by Alderman Danny Dunigan and seconded by Alderman Jeffery Wisham to allow Chief Snyder to advertise for bids for a pumper/tanker for the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department. Motion was approved and accepted by all members present (5/0).

Other council members present included Harold Barker, Tommy Eakins and Brenda Hutcheson. Also present was City Clerk Linda Simpson. Councilman Bill Snyder was not present for the meeting.

Chief Snyder also requested that the Mayor review the possibility of getting a generator for the Fire Department. Mayor agreed, and several options were discussed.

Chief Snyder also recommended to the Mayor that Dustin Davis be enrolled as a volunteer fireman to the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department. A motion was made by Alderman Dunigan and seconded by Alderman Wisham to accept Dustin Davis as a volunteer fireman to the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department. Motion was accepted and approved by all members present. (5/0).

Guests attending the meeting included Ty Koons, Doug Stone, Police Chief Winred Saffell, Officer Toby Rand, Fire Chief Chris Snyder, members of the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department, Riverside School Superintendent Tommy Knight, and KAIT8 reporter Allison Munn.

Mayor Milligan read a letter of resignation from Alderman Bill Snyder. Alderman Snyder resigned his position as alderman effective Feb. 18. Council accepted his resignation.

Mayor Milligan told those present he would accept a letter of request for Alderman Snyder's vacant position in Ward 1 Position 1. Letters would be accepted from March 26 through noon April 12. The Council will appoint a new alderman to hold this position for the remainder of the term. Appointment will be made at the next Council meeting on April 15.

Mayor Milligan introduced Riverside School Superintendent Tommy Knight. A discussion began on the Cops Fast Grant.

Mayor Milligan explained this is a Federal grant that the City and the school partner together to "share" a police officer.

"It benefits our citizens and the safety of our children," he said.

The grant would partially fund the position for three years. The first year it pays 100 percent of the police officer's salary, retirement and insurance. The second year, 50 percent would be paid, and the next year 25 percent. The fourth year the school and the city would spilt the officer's pay. For the city it would mean 100 percent (no cost) the first year, 50 percent the second year, and 75 percent the third year. The fourth, the pay split. The city consumes the expenses of the officer, uniforms, car, radar, overtime pay.

It was agreed that city and school attorneys would look over contracts. After some discussion a motion was made by Alderman Dunigan and seconded by Alderman Wisham to move forward with the process of the Cops Fast Grant. Motion was accepted and approved by all members present.

Mayor Milligan opened the bids taken on several items. The existing street paving -- pave Lake Street beginning at Nash Street, running south to the end of the City of Lake City city limits. This bid went to Atlas Asphalt, $52,540.00. The 2004 Ford Crown Victoria Police Car -- VIN#2FAFP71W04X134182 bid went to Stan Hardin for $2,550. The 1988 Dodge DSD Pick-Up VIN#JB7FL25E6JP068992 went to Jerry Dees for $476.76.

Mayor Milligan gave his State of the City Address stating he is pleased with the growth in finances in the last year.

"The departments and the employees of the city work well together and are running to capacity. The City had purchased new equipment, and with the sales tax we have been able to add improvements to our City such as paving streets, and adding new auto-read water meters," Mayor Milligan said.

Mayor Milligan also stated that working with the school and being involved with the community has been a beneficial part of the city's growth and commitment to each other. The mayor specifically wants citizens to feel well served by all employees and is committed to doing so. In closing, the Mayor felt very confident about the future of Lake City and said he looks forward to another prosperous year.

In other business:

*Mayor Milligan presented the council with the monthly financial report for review.

*City Clerk Simpson read Resolution #2013-3-25, a Resolution Establishing A City Depository And For Other Purposes.

*Mayor Milligan presented a copy of The City of Lake City Racial Profiling for Review to the council members. The copy is kept on file in Chief Saffell's office for review at any time when necessary.

*Mayor Milligan discussed water rates briefly, but due to the length of the meeting told members he would have more information on that at next month's meeting.

*Dates to remember in May included City Wide Yard Sales, May 2-4; and Clean up Week May 5-10.

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