Lake City council votes to proceed with final process of condemning property

Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan informed the city council at the Jan. 27 meeting that all work had been completed on the condemnation of 300 N. Main property and said it is now time to proceed with the final process if the council is in agreement.

The council approved unanimously to allow the city attorney to proceed with the final process involved in the condemnation of the property.

Council members present included Jeffery Wisham, Brenda Hutcheson, Tommy Eakins, Harold Barker, Danny Dunigan and Linda Stone.

City Clerk Linda Simpson read the first reading of Ordinance No. 272-15, an ordinance regulating the use of tobacco products at municipally owned parks Or recreation centers and providing for a penalty. The Council unanimously accepted the first reading of the ordinance.

Harold Barker, chairman of the Planning and Zoning Committee, told council members the Committee met Jan. 21, to discuss two parcels of property, 79 Skylark and 78 Skylark. The recommendation from the Planning and Zoning Committee on 79 Skylark is that the city start proceedings to condemn said property which is currently owned by U.S. Bank. Motion was approved to condemn the property.

The property located at 78 Skylark is in bankruptcy proceedings and more information will be needed before condemnation procedures can continue.

Mayor Milligan asked the Council for approval to purchase a state bid Ford pick-up truck from Cavenaugh Ford at a purchase price $19,885 with an interest rate of 2.39 percent. Lake City has received funding from Craighead County Regional Solid Waste Management District (CCRSWMD) in the amount of $7,200 to be used towards its Recycle Program. Funds will be applied toward the purchase of a new truck for the City. He went on to say $3,000 will be used as a down payment with the remaining portion to be used to make the monthly payments as required by Ford Motor Credit. Council voted unanimously to purchase the truck as requested.

Council members approved the 2014 Legislative audit.

The council unanimously passed a resolution amending the 2014 budget and passed the 2015 City of Lake City budget.

Mayor Milligan and City Clerk Linda Simpson spoke to Council about rules for those wishing to have the final resting place for their loved ones who are cremated and interred in the new Lake City Memorial Cemetery. Rules will be added to those already in existence and the ordinance amended at next month's meeting.

Rules for crematory style burial include:

*Limit of four per burial plot.

*Concrete vault required -- urn style.

*Must be 30 inches below ground level.

*Open and closing cost will apply for each burial at a cost of $50 each.

Council adopted the rules to add to the existing cemetery rules, making special note that next month the cemetery ordinance will be amended to reflect changes as well.

In other business:

*Toby Rand will be the president of the Lake City Little League Board.

*Work on the Parks Grant should begin in March or April.

*Mayor reviewed the February newsletter and encouraged all citizens to read February's newsletter in the water bill, as it will have a lot of information for residents of the City.

The next council meeting will be 5:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 23, at city hall.

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