LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The City of LaFollette has three new ordinances.

The LaFollette City Council approved the final reading of Ordinance 2021-06 amending the City of LaFollette code with respect to cutting and trimming of trees. The ordinance outlines where brush is to be placed for pick-up, the length and diameter of brush/limbs, brush/limbs taken down by a contractor or landscaper are not included in the brush collection program and will not be collected. Ordinance 2021-07 amending the zoning ordinance of the City of LaFollette. The ordinance defines a single-family dwelling. Ordinance 2021-08 adopting the City of LaFollette short-term rental policy stating all short-term rentals must be issued an operating permit and follow the guidelines for safe and reasonable operation of short-term rentals. Ordinance 2021-09 amending Title 17 adding chapters I, II and III back to refuse section had a first reading. When the city went through the codification process this section was omitted. The ordinance adds it back in to the codes.

The council agreed to participate in the PEP Risk Management Pool (Safety Partners) Loss Control Matching Grant Program; this is done annually.

The council voted on several administrative matters.  Commissioning a portrait of Harvey LaFollette by John Lemaire to put in the council chambers at the cost of $1,000. The stage behind city hall needs some repairs and currently has several codes violations. After some discussion about the liability issues the city could face, it was decided unanimously to take the stage down. The city has plans to build a new amphitheater that could serve the same purpose as the stage. Charlie Bozeman was promoted to full administrative assistant at a salary of $29,120 effective July 17, 2021. Two promotions were approved, Jason Seiber to full time Fire Fighter II/EMR at a salary of $32,105.47 effective July 17, 2021, and Zack Daugherty to full time level 1 patrol officer at a salary of $30,437.20 effective July 17, 2021.

The council voted to purchase a new excavator for the public works department for $192,000. The excavator will be used to clean up and make improvements to the wet weather conveyance on the east end of LaFollette. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 07/14/2021-6AM)