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By Suzanna Brabant Contributing Reporter

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His Honorable Kelly Keisling, State Representative, District 38, attended the regular meeting of the Red Boiling Springs City Council on Thursday, August 14, 2014. He said he dropped in to say “hi,” and see what was going on. He sat through the entire meeting, took notes, addressed the council briefly and then went on his way with kind words for the city and councilmen. Mayor Willie Brown conducted the meeting. Legal representative for the council Christi Dalton, Secretary Coby Knight, Vice Mayor Tom Fultz and council members Billy Joe Carver, Terry Newberry, Steve Newberry and George McCrary were present. Council member Joe Hill was absent.

After approving the Minutes of the July 10th meeting, the council heard from Darla Kearce, who asked if she and Doug Kearce could perform a free puppet show at the Palace Park in October. “We’re a Christian ministry,” Kearce said. “Our goal is entertainment, but the program teaches good moral lessons that I think all parents want their children to know about being honest, being kind and loving one another. We play music from the 50’s, 60’s and 70’s with new lyrics, in particular, faith-based lyrics that parody the original lyrics.” The puppets lip sync the new lyrics to the old familiar songs. The council approved and the puppet show will be held at the Palace Park in Red Boiling Springs on October 19th, 2014.

In further business, the council voted to adopt Ordinance #14-7 on final reading and Ordinance #14-9 on first reading. Ordinance #14.7 sets the property tax levy rate for the 2014 fiscal year for the city of Red Boiling Springs at $1.2425 per one hundred dollars ($100) of assessed value. Ordinance #14-9 fixes penalties and interest on delinquent property taxes “at one half of 1% and 1% for interest and shall be added on the first day of March, following the tax due date and on the first day of each succeeding month.” Property taxes are due October 1st in the year in which they are assessed and become delinquent on March 1st of the following year.

Based on a proposal by County Mayor Shelvy Linville to share the expense and services of the county’s Animal Control Officer Corey Lawrence, the council voted to hire Lawrence as the city’s new Animal Control Officer. They agreed to pay Lawrence $7,874.61 per year for ten hours of work per week. Lawrence will patrol and enforce the city’s animal regulations. He will be checking for proof of rabies vaccinations on dogs and cats and transporting stray animals to the county shelter. “Dogs in the city must wear their rabies tags,” Lawrence said. “Cats are a little harder to check, but are required to have rabies vaccinations the same as dogs.”

Chad Owens, who supervisors the city’s utilities: water, sewer and gas, was next on the Agenda. He’d asked the council In June to send a letter to Clay County asking if they would allow Red Boiling Springs to run a gas line 1.7 miles into Clay County for a chicken farmer whom Owens said promised to buy enough gas to make worthwhile the approximately $100,000 cost of extending the line into Clay County. Legal representative for the council Christi Dalton told the council she sent a letter to the Clay County Gas Board and received a reply in the affirmative with the stipulation that the gas line or customer or both revert to Clay County within sixty days of the customer’s first use. Dalton told the council she’d replied with a counterproposal, asking to extend the sixty days to five years and would report on the outcome at the next meeting.

Matthew Tucker, Engineer and spokesman for James C. Hailey & Company, who are overseeing construction by Invision General Contractors of the city’s new six-bay Fire Hall, told the council that an extra $300.000 had surfaced and was available to the project as an addition to the original million dollar, disaster relief Community Development Block Grant which the city received in the wake of the 2010 flood. Tucker said the additional money would be applied to the sewer system of the new Fire Hall which was scheduled for completion on August 1st, 2014 and is now expected to be complete on October 1st, 2014. According to the contract between the city and the contractors, Red Boiling Springs is supposed to receive $600 per day from August 1st on until the project is finished. Tucker explained that the $600 owed per day would likely be used up in surcharges for the ongoing work but that “at least the city wouldn’t be charged for overruns.”

Gravesite parking in Whitley Cemetery was on the agenda again. Chief of Police Terry Tuck said parking, especially in the fall and during football season, is an ongoing problem. He asked the council to consider using posts and chains to block the cemetery. Council members agreed to look into it.

On Chad Owens’ recommendation, the council agreed to hire Jerry Mason as a replacement for Matt Sutton in the Sanitation Department. Additionally, they approved on second and final reading Ordinance #14-8, amending the pay scale to start at $9.00 per hour for Level 1 employees. Finally, they agreed to advertise for bids for a new roof on City Hall and name the covered bridge on Valley View Drive the Tommy Bush Memorial Bridge.

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