Lake City Council approves Fire Chief request

Tuesday, November 1, 2016

Lake City Mayor Jon Milligan introduced Fire Chief Chris Snyder who spoke to the city council at the Oct. 24 meeting.

Chief Snyder asked the Council to approve funding for the Lake City Volunteer Fire Department active members for the following services: Hospital Wing, Air Vac and Medic One. The cost to enroll the firefighter and family would be $110 annually. There are currently 21 active members on the Fire Department; the total would be $2,310 annually. The council approved the funding.

Council also added Frankie Maynard, Jon C. Cook and Scott Hutton to the fire department, which Chief Snyder recommended.

The Council heard an update from Jason Macdonald on the next steps needed to proceed with the water tank project. To procure an interest rate of 1.875, the city will hold a special meeting to approve a bond ordinance. He will then be able to move forward with the plans for the project.

Council accepted a contract from American Tower which will take the place of the original contract with Verizon. Lake City will receive a one-time fee of $25,000, which will include a perpetual easement to the property which is owned by the city.

Mayor Milligan had contacted the Arkansas Municipal League inquiring about any types of retirement plans available for cities. He said at present there is no plan. A committee is being formed to study various municipal retirement systems within the state pertaining to the city and county retirement plans.

In other business:

* Mayor Milligan said the city has been approached by AT&T to set a tower on city property. Contract with AT&T is currently pending to gain more information.

* Council agreed to give full time employees a year-end bonus of $450 with part-time employees receiving $250.

* An ordinance requiring residental and commercial builders to provide a waste receptable for construction and providing a penalty was read and accepted for the second reading.

* An ordinance to include Skylark and Jackson Streets into the Lake City jurisdiction passed.

* A resolution setting the 2017 millage at 1.6 mills was read. This was no change.

* Ordinance 56 was amended to change the discharging of firearms, air guns or air rifles in the city from $5 to $500.

* Council approved an agreement between the City of Lake City and the City of Caraway to sell two used radar units at a cost of $500 each.

* The Christmas Parade will be held Dec. 3. For more information people can contact City Hall or Daniel Haynes.

Next council meeting will be held at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Nov. 21, at city hall.

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