The Lafayette City Council meeting was held on May 6. All members of the council were present. The council began by approving minutes for the April 1 and April 8 meetings.
Danny Patterson addressed the council, informing them of the 100th anniversary celebration being held this month for the Macon County Singing Convention. He asked for support from individuals in the room, and the city itself. No movements were made.
The council adopted Ordinance 666, approving the 2014-2015 budget on first reading. This ordinance was a yes/no tie after a roll call vote; Roberts, Wilmore, and Wix each voted ‘nay’. City Mayor Richard Driver then broke the tie with his ‘yes’ vote.
The council adopted Ordinance 667, amending the utility fund for the 2013-2014 fiscal year budget on first reading. These changes simply reflect the increased gas expenditures this year from an especially cold winter. The total increase in spending on the part of the city, due to an increase in demand for gas, was about $333,800. Mayor Driver stated that this increased expenditure will be made up in increased revenue from gas sales.
The council acknowledged Patrolman Garrett Flatt’s resignation, and authorized to accept applications to fill the vacant patrolman position.
The council approved a public works job description and salary recommendation. This approval was completed in three parts: 1) the job description itself was amended 2) the salary was raised 3) Jeff Roark was approved for the new job role and salary, with a raise of $1.25 per hour.
Mayor Driver explained that this position was created after a resignation, to try and combine responsibilities in three different departments: “We created a new job, called Sewer Collections Public Works Superintendent. The second thing we did was raise the top out of Level 10, which is $26.87, that is the pay for Level 10 employees. Then we transferred Jeff Roark to this new position.”
The council authorized to hire a part-time person for the Parks Department. “During the weekend, we usually have one or two guys on call to go out and check things out and clean them up. These are employees being paid overtime, so we decided to hire somebody part time, rather than sending employees out on time and a half.”
The council heard a presentation from Pete Richardson, representative of a ministerial association that local pastor Eric Hinson is part of. They intend to organize a March for Jesus, and request the support of the city in choosing the route, organizing, etc. It is tentatively planned for Saturday, June 7. This interdenominational event, he said, is not a fundraiser and simply involves members of the community making a public show of solidarity with Jesus Christ.
Macon County High School FCCLA teacher sponsor Krystal Sallee then spoke to the council, asking for financial support for a national competition in San Antonio, Texas that 16 students will be attending in July. The students need to raise about $660 per person for travel and lodging. The city voted to donate $500 to the fundraising effort, after being informed that the county had donated $1,000 the night before.