“Let me extend, at least, the city’s appreciation for all your years of service to the city,” said Lafayette Mayor J.Y. Carter.
Dallas will leave his post as police chief at the end of the month.
“I have been employed with the city for 37 years. I did the best I could, and, now, it’s going to be handed over to Chief Amalfitano. He’s a good man, and he’ll do a good job for the city. I’m looking forward to my retirement and spoiling my grandson,” said Dallas.
Lafayette council members then voted to appoint Captain Ray Amalfitano as Lafayette’s new police chief.
“The police committee met last Friday and offered up a recommendation to the personnel committee. The personnel committee met this afternoon and, out of that meeting, came a recommendation to employ as chief of police Ray Amalfitano,” said Mayor Carter.
Amalfitano says following Dallas will make taking the reins much easier.
“He’s laid a good foundation for the police department and the city,” said Amalfitano.
“He’s been like a father figure to us both on the job and off the job. We’ve been like his kids, and he will be highly, highly missed.
Amalfitano has been with the Lafayette Police Department for eleven years. He began his law enforcement career with the Sumner County Sheriff’s Department in 1994. He will begin his duties as chief of police on July 1.
Animal control officer, J.H. Dallas also submitted a letter of retirement, which the council voted to accept.
Sewer rates will increase, effective in July, per ordinance 597, which council members passed on third and final reading. The new rates will be as follows:
Within the corporate limits of the City of Lafayette:
First 1,000 gallons of water usage (minimum bill) shall be $14.11; over 1,000 gallons of water usage shall be $9.65 per 1,000 gallons. Beginning Jan. 2012, the first 1,000 gallons of water usage (minimum bill) shall be $16.93; over 1,000 gallons water usage shall be $11.58 per 1,000 gallons.
Outside of the corporate boundaries of the City of Lafayette:
First 1,000 gallons of water usage (minimum bill) shall be $28.21; over 1,000 gallons of water usage shall be $19.29 per 1,000 gallons of water usage. Beginning Jan. 2012: First 1,000 gallons water usage (minimum bill) shall be $33.85. Over 1,000 gallons water usage shall be $23.15 per 1,000 gallons of water usage.
The property tax for the 2011 fiscal year is set at 71 cents per 100 dollars assessed with the passage of the third and final reading of ordinance 588.
Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator
Public Works Director Phillip Brawner recommended to council members that they hire Rocky Hudson as a Waste Water Treatment Plant Operator.
“Our goal was to find someone licensed first, and then with some experience. We didn’t accomplish our goal. Rocky’s got some college education, and it will be a lot quicker for him to get his license with that education,” said Brawner.
Board members approved to employ Hudson at the Waste Water Treatment Plant.
Council members also voted to:
Adopt Private Acts of 2011, Private Chapter No. 27, House Bill No. 2150
Adopt ordinance 600 to amend the official zoning map of Lafayette to rezone property which belongs to Dewayne Cothron located at 606 Days Road on second and final reading.
Authorized an amendment to ordinance 601 to include $71,000 to a budget amendment for 2010/2011 for paving the industrial park.
Adopt ordinance 601 on second and final reading
Approve annual utility customers’ bad debt write offs totaling $10,340.03. This total is from uncollected utility bills over seven years old.