TOP PHOTO:  Masks were worn during the City of LaFollette workshop on Monday.

LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Salaries will top the agenda at next week’s LaFollette City Council meeting.  WATCH HERE.

Last night at the monthly workshop, LaFollette City Administrator Jimmy Jeffries explained to the council that during previous meetings they had agreed to position changes but needed to vote on salaries. Those changes are an additional $1,800 to Stan Foust’s salary for the extra duties of Infectious Disease Officer, Fire Chief Jimmy Pack’s salary of $47,069.78 effective 02/01/2020, Assistant Fire Chief Eddie Hatmaker’s salary of $39,529.88 effective 07/18/2020, Fire Captain Johnny Seal’s salary of $37,498.96 effective 07/18/2020 and Public Works Director Casey Boshears’ salary of $48,719.84 effective 07/18/2020.

(Left to right)  Janie Wilson, Charles Duff, Daniel Foster (blue shirt) and Joe Bolinger were masked and socially distanced during the Monday workshop at La Follette City Hall.

Resolution 2020-12 amending the 2020-21 budget will be discussed and Resolution 2020-13 providing for in lieu of tax payments from LaFollette Utilities.

Jeffries told council that a house located at 122 Nevada Avenue is scheduled to be torn down on Monday. The house is currently vacant and has become a safety hazard. The property owner will be billed for the demolition by the city.

Jeffries requested permission from council to look at adding a walk-up window at city hall.  Members of the audience suggested the city look at the cost of a drive thru as an added convenience.

Council member Ann Thompson shared her unhappiness with the newly constructed flower beds in downtown LaFollette.  She continued that the beds were not correct according to the plan drawings and citizens were unhappy about the project.  She then began to discuss city vehicles being marked correctly, not with magnetic signs.  Jeffries said they were addressing the issues.  At this point, Katie Goins said the city needed to be concerned about its police force. One officer has already left, and four others are leaving, she alleged. Police Chief Bill Roehl was not in attendance at the meeting to discuss the issue.

The city’s regular monthly meeting for August is Tuesday, August 4, at 5:30 pm.  WLAF will have the live telecast here.  (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/28/2020-6AM)