Lake City moves forward on new water tank

Tuesday, February 16, 2016

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan introduced Jason McDonald, civil engineer, at the Feb. 8 city council meeting. The council heard additional information on a new water tank in the city.

McDonald gave the city an estimate for a 150,000 gallon tank. Financing could be done by several different avenues including Rural Development, private bonds or a new city sales tax. Rural Development interest rate would be 2.5 percdent for 40 years.

McDonald suggested if the City chooses to go with Rural Development the application should start now, as it takes eight to 12 months to receive a letter.

Council approved McDonald submit an application to Rural Development for the construction of a 150,000 gallon water tank in the City.

Police Chief Winred Saffell presented information to the council about hiring a new police officer.

Following a short executive session, the council voted to hire Seth Nichols as a police officer. Employment is to begin Feb. 9 at an annual salary of $32,500 with a 90 day probation period. Nichols was also given 90 days to become a resident of Lake City.

City Clerk Linda Simpson read Resolution 2016-02-08, authorizing an intergovernmental agreement for sums received and costs associated with offenses and/or violations committed within the corporate limits of Lake City, between the City of Lake City and Craighead County.

The Resolution passed unanimously.

Mayor Milligan asked the council to approve the appointment of Ty Koons and Kenny Qualls to the Planning and Zoning Committee. When asked by Alderman Dunigan if the appointments were replacing others already on the board, Mayor Milligan responded he was not sure at this time.

At the next meeting an increase in the amount members of Planning and Zoning Committee would be paid per meeting will be discussed.

Council members agreed to the appointments made by the Mayor.

The next council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, March 28, at City Hall.

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