LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – After this afternoon’s City of La Follette regular monthly meeting, the city should have its codes officer and animal control officer positions filled.  The one-time one position, now split into two jobs, was vacated three months ago with the firing of Daniel Foster. Watch the meeting live HERE beginning at 5:30 pm over WLAF.

At its March workshop, the council discussed the hiring of Jeff Duncan as codes enforcement officer with a salary of $33,000 and current part- time LPD patrol officer Jami Hall will be promoted to full- time animal control/level II patrol officer effective April 10, 2021 at a salary of $32,457.40.  Approval for each is expected later today.

On Jan. 11, Stan Foust was appointed interim city administrator taking over for Jimmy Jeffries, who was terminated.  City officials voted to pay Foust $1,000 a month in compensation for his extra duties on top of already being city recorder and human resource director/risk manager. In March, the council agreed Foust will receive the city administrator salary until the end of the fiscal year. At today’s meeting, council is expected to ratify Foust’s salary of interim city administrator effective Feb. 27, 2021.

The council is expected to approve purchasing an animal control truck and equipment for just under $42,000.

Also under administration, the council has several items up for a vote. Declaring April as fix up clean up month as well as approving to pay $3,700 for the Celebrate Campbell County fireworks show, consisting of two seven-minute shows on different ends of the city, are on the agenda along with approving the Campbell County Lions Club carnival the first week of May. The back canopy of the post office building needs to be scraped and painted at a cost of $1,500. That and proceeding with repairing wet weather conveyance on the east end of town need approval, too. Core drilling at a cost of $2,500 for exploration of rock on the 19 acres of property on Jacksboro Pike along with a $2,500 topographic survey, by Crutchfield Surveys on that property are expected to be approved.  This is the prime property that faces the four lane between Bojangles and the UT Medical building.

Approval of hiring Cannon and Cannon and Studio Four Designs at a cost of $10,000 for architectural and engineering services for the indoor recreation facility is on the agenda. The city borrowed the money for the building in the recent capital outlay note, the funds for the architectural and engineering services will come from those proceeds as well.

Two ordinances will have a first reading, Ordinance 2021-01 abandoning a portion of an unopened street located within the North Fourteenth Street of the city. Ordinance 2021-02 adopting and enacting a comprehensive codification and revision of the ordinance of the City of La Follette.

The meeting will be Tuesday at 5:30 pm at city hall. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 04/06/2021-6AM)