The City of LaFollette could be expanding. Jordan Rockwell, with the East Tennessee Development District, presented annexation information yesterday afternoon in a special called council meeting. There have been several changes to the law over the past two years, he said. Annexation by ordinance is no longer allowed. Instead, it must be done by a referendum or written consent of all owners. The council discussed the possibility of annexing property on Old Jacksboro Pike and the subdivision behind CVS. Rockwell agreed to look at the areas the city was considering annexing.
After the special called meeting, the council met in its regular monthly workshop. Bobby Vann, representing the LaFollette Country Club, spoke to council on behalf of the LaFollette Country Club. Vann presented the council with an information packet about the financial status of the club.
“Currently, it has 90 members compared to 200 members about 10 years ago. We can’t afford to maintain the club, buy or fix equipment if something should break at this point,” Vann said.
Vann continued saying the country club board is just looking ahead at this point. The property can’t be sold or subdivided, it has to be leased per the restrictions of the original deed. Should the city decide to move forward and lease the property, Vann said they would like to look at the city becoming involved with the club at the first of 2019.
At next week’s council meeting, the East LaFollette property will be brought to the table again. The council had previously discussed demolishing the house that sits near the ball field. The Campbell County Football League had requested they be given the opportunity to utilize the house as a field house. Mayor Mike Stanfield said the league has now requested to put a metal building inside the fence for storage.
Mitch Loomis, with the Campbell County Kingdom Connection, spoke to the council requesting permission to close off the block from First Street to Freeman Park on Friday, Sept. 21 for a kick-off celebration of the Dream Center.
In other business:
-Fireworks could be sold in the City of LaFollette soon. The council will discuss changing the ordinance to bring in extra revenue for the city.
– Resolution 2018-16 authorizing the City of LaFollette to participate in TML Risk Management Pool (Safety Partners) Loss Control Matching Grant Program will also be discussed.
-Resolution 2018-17 amending the 2018-19 budget in the amount of $107,842.21 and Resolution 2018-19 that provides payment in lieu of taxes on the property and operations of the electric systems owned and operated by incorporated cities will also be on the agenda.
-Jordan Huskey will be promoted to full-time patrolman at the salary of $29,437.40 effective Aug. 18. He is currently employed part-time by the city. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/31/2018-6AM)