LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – At yesterday afternoons LaFollette City Council Workshop, administration matters were heavy on the agenda.

At next Tuesday’s regular monthly meeting council will appointment a vice mayor and a E911 board member. Council discussed hiring a community planner for the LaFollette Regional Planning Commission, the planner must be certified. City Administrator Stan Foust said that Community Development Partners can fill the position for $8,000.

The discussion on the six year Bert Loupe Bridge project on Dossett Road project. Foust told the council that CSX is requesting $389,000 for construction costs. The construction costs are for railroad safety.

Council discussed the amphitheater project; costs have risen on the project from $250,000 to approximately $1.2 million. Councilman Bryan St. John stated that the project could be done behind city hall for around $400,000 since there is no excavation work needed. The previous site required excavation.

The 2023 beer license renewals will be on the agenda for approval on Tuesday.

The police department has three items on the agenda, beginning with the promotion of Vickie Comer to a full-time dispatcher at a salary of $29,120 effective Dec. 17. Also will be the approval of Frankie Dople to a full-time animal control officer as he is transferring from the public works department and acceptance of the bid for the police canine. The only bid received was from Integrity K9 in Morristown. The dog will cost $8,500, and training will be $5,000.

Promoting Quinton Busher to a full-time sanitation worker at a salary of $28,601.04 effective Dec. 17 will be on next week’s agenda as will the accepting a bid of $6,500 for labor on a new building for the recreation department. A metal building has already been purchased and is slated for delivery this week. The new building will be built on the tennis courts behind the library.

Council will have one ordinance and one resolution on the agenda for approval. Resolution 2022-25 amending the 2022-23 budget and Ordinance 2022-14 amending the 2022-23 fiscal budget for the electric fund and water/sewer fund for the LaFollette Utility Board are up for a vote from council.

Foust announced roundtable meetings would be postponed until January.

The Christmas Parade will be held on Sat., Dec. 3 at 2 pm, and the first Christmas in the Park will be held Fri., Dec. 16 from 6-8 pm in Sergeants Park. 

The city will host a swearing in ceremony on Dec. 1 at noon at city hall for the newly elected mayor and two council members. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 11/29/2022-6AM)