Lake City Council hears from veterans service officer

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan introduced Vermaline Smith, Veterans Administration representative for the area, to the May 16 city council meeting.

Smith advised the council on restrictions that should be implemented on the sale of the city property for an approved veteran. Some of the restrictions named included: if the buyer (veteran) sells property within a six to 10 year time frame, the city will be reimbursed for 60 to 75 percent of the profit of the sale. Over 10 years reimbursement would be 25 percent and after 15 years the veteran owns the home. If said veteran divorces, the house will go to the applying veteran. If the buyer dies, decision must be made by the council.

Smith suggested strict guidelines with a contract by an attorney.

The city was recently given possession of a repossessed house by a mortgage company. The city has made needed repairs and plans to offer a veteran the opportunity to purchase the house at a low cost. For more information on the house contact City Hall.

The council voted unanimously to allow Mayor Milligan to purchase 100 auto read meters from L&J Supply. The cost of each meter is $178 for a total of $17,800.

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

The council voted unanimously to hire Civil Engineering as the city's engineer for the water tank project.

Mayor Milligan informed the council he met with Jerry Cobb of Cobb Enterprises about the annexation of property into the City of Lake City. After a discussion, the council voted to table the annexation decision until the next meeting when more information will be available.

The council adopted Resolution No. 2016-0516, a conflict of interest policy for the city.

Mayor Milligan informed the council construction had started on the Stone Street park project.

Alderman Wisham requested the council go into executive session to talk about a disciplinary action of an employee. Voting yes were Wisham, Dunigan, Davis, and Hutcheson with Eakins and Barker voting no.

Following the short meeting no action was taken.

Alderman Wisham asked that a log be presented to him of the employees. Mayor Milligan questioned what kind of log and what employees he was referring to. Mayor Milligan said he was not aware of any such log, but he would check into it.

The next council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, June 20, at city hall.

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