Lake City Council approves wage increase
Salary increases were discussed and approved at the Lake City Council meeting held Dec. 22. Mayor Jon Milligan asked the council to review the salary recommendations he made for 2015. Council approved a 40 cent per hour raise across the board for all employees. Also approved was $832 annual wage increase for Mayor Milligan and City clerk/treasurer Linda Simpson.
Council members present were Jeffery Wisham, Brenda Hutcheson, Tommy Eakins, Harold Barker and Danny Dunigan. Linda Stone was absent.
The council authorized Mayor Milligan to purchase 32 used dumpsters from Dedman's Sanitation Service at the cost of $23,253. The dumpsters will be financed with Focus Bank by using General Fund CD in the amount of $30,273.21 with an interest rate of 0.20 percent as collateral.
Toby Rand and Garrett George were approved to be added to the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department.
The council discussed future paving projects. Mayor Milligan said the State Highway Street Program will be taking bids for the near year. Paving Fourth Street from Highway 18 and Rebel Drive to Catfish when funds become available was in agreement with all present.
Councilman Barker, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee, reviewed the finds of its Dec. 11 meeting with Mike Burnside. Mr. Burnside asked for more time on the property located on Nash Street. The city had notified him on condemnation plans. The committee recommended giving the owner until May 11, 2015, to finish the outside of the building including paint, new roof and underpinning. The council approved the recommendation.
City Clerk Simpson read Ordinance 270-14 for the third and final reading. The ordinance amends ordinance 227-07 providing for regulations of portable metal storage buildings and providing for penalties. The Ordinance was approved unanimously.
The Council approved giving Mayor Milligan the authority to enter into an agreement with Legacy Landfill to request to sell, trade or transfer the city's recycle trucks and to re-buy said trucks at auction.
The next regular council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 19, at City Hall.