LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Six administration items were on the agenda last night for the LaFollette City Council Workshop.

The workshop began with Mark Cain, CEO of Tennova-La Follette Medical Center, who was present to discuss the current hospital situation. Cain requested the council return the $2.4 million to the hospital that the city has held in escrow and the city could keep the 19 acres where the hospital had previously discussed building a facility. The 19 acres in question, which is prime property, face the four lane between Bojangles and the UT Medical building. The $2.4 million would be reinvested in the current hospital for renovations. Council decided to meet in executive session to discuss the best course of action.

Discussion of the windows in the old post office building came back to the table. The windows have begun to weather due to not being properly sealed when they were installed. Councilman Wayne Kitts and Recreation Director Johnny Byrge spoke with Scott Lindsay of Lindsay’s Carpet & Paint Center who was able to recommend someone who could sand and reseal the windows. The city will furnish the supplies and pay him for labor.

Department heads were given an opportunity to discuss the items that will be bought with the capital outlay note. Council will vote on the items next week.

At last month’s meetin,g Daniel Foster was not reappointed to the position of Codes Officer/Animal Control Officer. Council has since decided to split the position, but now must set a salary for the individual positions. Council members decided it was best to look at the budget before setting the salaries for the positions. Council will approve the job description for the Codes Officer.

Kenny Baird from the LaFollette Utilities Board was present to discuss Resolution 2021-01 to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $1,025,000 and Resolution 2021-02 to issue general obligation bonds not to exceed $9,500,000. The resolutions will allow for refinancing of current debt to a lower interest rate, purchase equipment and conduct roofing work on properties previously purchased. Resolution 2021-03 adds the capital outlay note to the budget, and that will be on the agenda as well.

Council will vote on the promotion of John Davis to full time fire fighter at a salary of $30,646.72 beginning Feb. 13, 2021. He is currently employed part time.

The police policy for accreditation bringing policies up to date rounded out the agenda. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 01/26/2021-6AM)