The City of Lafayette Council meeting was held on December 3 at City Hall. Among other business, the council voted that city employees be allowed to donate sick leave to city employee Annette Looper, who recently lost her son. This vote was passed unanimously, and the Mayor spoke on behalf of the council, offering “prayers and condolences” to the Looper family.
The following business was also conducted:
Matt Polston’s request to get an easement on the city’s Technology Park, Lot 12, to access property owned by Tony Polston and Dale Hix was tabled after some discussion. The council voted to place the matter before the Industrial, Public Works, and Planning Committees for consideration. (This request was later withdrawn, so it will not go before these committees. Polston will hold that request for another time.)
John Poole, licensed CPA and city auditor, presented the city’s 2012-2013 financial report. “The ladies in the office do a terrific job,” said Poole. “The books are always in great shape.” Poole further stated that Lafayette appears to be doing well in all the major areas that he and his colleagues inspect, especially under the major headings of spending habits, good business practices, and overall funds. He said, “we spent a lot of time on [these things], and didn’t find anything to concern us.”
The city currently has about $11 million in its general fund, with about $9 million in debt, to be paid over the next 30-40 years. Poole said that this puts the city in a better position financially than most cities of its size in TN.
The council authorized to give city employees their regular Christmas bonus.
The council confirmed Stacy Gann as a full time employee, following a one year probationary period.
Ordinance #653 was passed on first reading, allotting new utility charges for properties owners of apartment buildings with five or more units. It was passed on roll call vote, with one ‘no’ vote coming from Marcus Smith. City Mayor Richard Driver said “The wording of the ordinance now is it’s $750 per tap fee if you have 1-4 units, and if you have five or more units, you pay a flat $500, plus $150 per unit. We want to change it to say that no matter how many units you build, whether two or twenty, you’ll pay the $750 per unit.”
The council voted to instate a 10-day moratorium on tap fees, until the council can take a second vote on this new ordinance in a special called meeting on Tuesday, December 10. During the special called meeting, the council will likely add an addendum to the tap fee vote for its second reading, requiring that a water tap be purchased before building permits are issued.
Two annexation requests will also be attended during this meeting, one from Tracey Tuck (property off of Sneed Blvd), and one from Tony Polston/Dale Hix (Harris property off Hwy 52).