LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The City of LaFollette Public Works Department has found a solution to its lack of space issues. Last night during the regular monthly meeting, the La Follette City Council agreed to purchase 4.4 acres of land on Del Rio Lane. The city has been interested in the property for a while that carries a price tag of $180,000.

Four promotions on the agenda were approved. Promoting Jesse Ellefson to full-time entry level fire fighter at a salary of $30,657.74 effective Sept. 25; April Marlow to full dispatcher at a salary of $22,464 effective Sept. 25; Gabriel Saylor to full time sanitation worker with a salary of $26,707.20 and Robert Blair to full time sanitation worker with a salary of $25,667.20 effective Sept. 25. The difference in salaries was attributed to Saylor having a commercial driver’s license and Blair not having a commercial driver’s license.

The council approved several resolutions. Resolution 2021-12 amending the 2021-22 budget for payment of the fire department’s rescue truck, message/arrow board for the public works department and adding an ARP grant for the library to purchase computers. Resolution 2021-13 authorizing the City of LaFollette to participate in the Public Entity Partners (driver safety) Loss Control Matching Grant Program, this is done annually; Resolution 2021-14 amending the 2021-22 budget to add a capital outlay note for the purchase of an excavator for the public works department and funds for the fire department to purchase a heart monitor. The council suspended the meeting rules to add an additional ordinance to the agenda. The ordinance will allow the city to apply for a multi-modal grant. This grant if approved will help to start phase two of a sidewalk project that will extend to Charley’s Pizza.

Ordinance 2021-10 amending the zoning map for the City of LaFollette, North Indiana Avenue and Ordinance 2021-11 amending the personnel policy had final readings and were approved. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/15/2021-6AM)

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