The City of Lafayette voted in their August meeting to submit a bid to purchase the Red Boiling Springs gas system.
The owner of the gas company is currently in bankruptcy and the business will be sold, Mayor Bill Wells informed the council Tuesday night. The City of RBS decided not to purchase the system, leaving the way open for the city of Lafayette. Mayor Wells did not want to submit a bid if RBS was going to.
RBS has approximately 240 gas customers and Lafayette has evaluated the cost and revenue of the program. The mayor informed the council that with the exception of a new position and a vehicle for operation, the city has the ability to handle the customers.
All bids must be submitted by August 16th at 4 p.m. The council voted to meet in a special called meeting Wednesday, August 16, at 3 p.m. to set a figure for their bid.
Troy Brawner was named the new Lafayette Fire Department Assistant Chief, at the recommendation of Chief Keith Scruggs and the personnel committee. Brawner will fill the position left vacant by Robert Hodges, who retired last month.
Billy King and Kyle Turner will also see level changes in the fire department. They will go from Fire Fighter I to Fire Fighter II.
Robert Hodges, who is now considered a non-employee, was confirmed as a member of the Aeronautics Commission Committee.
In other business before the council a motion was made by Jerry Wilmore to not charge the fair board dumpster fees during the week of the fair. Because the fair board takes all profits and places them back into the fair, he felt that it would be best for the city to not charge them the fee.
During fair week, the sanitation department picks up the trash in three dumpsters approximately 20 times. The city has to pay for fuel for the sanitation trucks use to travel to the fairgrounds and and also to haul the garbage to Smith County, said Mayor Wells.
The motion for the fair board to be exempt from the ...
dumpster... fees during fair week beginning this year, which passed, was made by Wilmore and seconded by Council member Ruby Flowers.
Bids were opened for a backhoe in the streets and parks departments and also for city street paving. The low bid for the backhoe went to Thompson Caterpillar and the low bid for the paving went to LoJac. A list of streets that will be paved has not been released.
The council approved several grant money requests including the money for the GPS survey for the runway extension project. This is a grant request from TDOT with 90% funding and a 10% match from the city. The council also authorized the mayor to sign the contract for land acquisition on temporary construction easement on the airport expansion, 90% funding and 10% match from the city.
The council approved grant money for the airport hanger roof replacement with 50% funding and 50% city match. The money is in the current budget.
The council will seek bids for an upgrade of the chlorinating system at the Water Treatment Plant and to repair the drain line leak at the city pool.
The next regular meeting of the Lafayette City Council is scheduled for Tuesday, September 5, at 7 p.m. at city hall.