LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Last night was the last City of LaFollette Council Workshop for outgoing Council members Bill Archer and Lonnie “Hot Rod” Wilson. Watch the workshop HERE on demand.

Bill Archer has served on city council since 2016.

Councilman Bill Archer thanked the citizens of LaFollette for allowing him to serve them. Archer expressed his gratitude and his hope the city will continue moving forward. He was defeated in the Nov. 3rd election.

Incoming Councilmen Wayne Kitts and Phillip Farmer attended the meeting and will be sworn in on Tue., Dec. 1 at 5 pm prior to the monthly meeting.

Council will appoint a 911 board member, a vice mayor and beer board chairman at next week’s meeting. Outgoing Councilman Lonnie “Hot Rod” Wilson has served as vice mayor and beer board chairman. Like Archer, Wilson was not re-elected in the Nov. 3rd election.

With the resignation of Council member Ann Thompson, council will need to vote on her replacement. A resolution will need to be voted on declaring the seat vacant before a replacement can be named.

Other items on the agenda are promotions of Firemen Jessica Claiborne and Shane Seidner. They have been with the fire department since June. Promotion of the pair will be effective Dec. 5, each with a salary of $30,646.72.

Recreation Department Director Johnny Byrge has requested to hire Michael Medley full time at a salary of $21,638.24.

Resolution 2020-22 authorizing issuance of interest-bearing general obligation capital outlay notes, series 2020, in an amount not to exceed $1,500,00 was discussed. The purpose of the note is to finance all of the city’s portion of the costs of street and road improvements, including paving, the costs of ADA upgrades within the city, the acquisition of equipment for various departments of the city, including but not limited to computer upgrades for the administrative office, tornado sirens, police vehicles and other motor vehicles. That also includes the construction of a multi-purpose building for the recreation center, the construction of an amphitheater, the acquisition of all other property real and personal appurtenant to and connected with the work and pay all legal, fiscal administrative, planning and engineering costs.

Resolution 2020-23 amending the 2020-21 budget to add $4,782 grant revenue from the Cares Act for the library was talked about.

Mayor Mike Stanfield spoke to the council about allowing employees to donate sick time to a police officer who is battling cancer. Council will need to discuss procedures for this at next week’s meeting.

Lighting of the Christmas Tree at the Nevada Ave. and N. 5th St. split will be held Mon., Nov. 30 at 6:30 pm. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/24/2020-6AM)