Lake City Council takes first step in extending terms for city council positions

Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Lake City councilmen accepted paving bids, resignation of a council member and approved ordinances and employee bonuses at the regular meeting held Oct. 26.

Lake City Clerk Linda Simpson read Ordinance No. 2015-278, an ordinance providing for election of aldermen to four year terms. Council accepted unanimously the first reading of the ordinance.

The ordinance will need to be read and approved two more times, and then it will go to a vote of the people. Mayor Milligan said it should be ready to go on the ballot next November.

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

Mayor Jon Milligan opened the bids on paving Mead Street, from Carter Street to Lake Street, measuring 18'x1,482', with a 2" overlay. Atlas Asphalt bid of $29,600 was accepted.

Mayor Milligan recommended the Council approve an end of year bonus for all employees of $450, the same amount as the previous year, which was approved.

Mayor Milligan spoke to the council members about the needed repairs to the small water tower. He gave a cost estimate of $33,000. A grant will be applied for from Arkansas Rural Development to fund repairs.

Alderman Dunigan asked the council to be thinking about the upcoming budget and the possibility of adding another police officer, and body cameras for the police department. There was a brief discussion by those present, with no decision being made.

Alderman Stone recently moved out of her Ward in Lake City and is resigning her position on the City Council.

Council made the decision to accept written requests to occupy the position of Alderman Stone through noon, Nov. 13. Written requests only will be accepted and must be turned into the mayor or clerk/treasurer at City Hall. Council will make an appointment to fill the remaining position, Ward 1 Position 1, of Ms. Stone, which will run through 2016, at the next council meeting.

Upcoming events announced:

There will be a book signing by Linda Dunlap Hulen from 2-4 p.m. Nov. 21 at the museum. Mrs. Hulen is a native of Lake City and has a second book coming out, A Patch Of Cotton.

On Dec. 12, children may come to the museum to send their letters to Santa. For more information contact Brenda Hutcheson.

The Lake City Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 12. For more information contact Megan Clayton, this year's parade coordinator.

Next council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Nov. 16 at city hall.

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