LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – The LaFollette City Council met Monday afternoon prior to the monthly workshop for a round table discussion. The discussion was about various topics and project updates for the city.

First up in the discussion was moving the amphitheater project from Liberty Park to the parking lot behind city hall. This could possibly reduce the cost of the project.

Roads and paving seem to be a recurring topic at the roundtable. LaFollette City Administrator Stan Foust updated the council about the Dossett Bridge Project that has been ongoing for the past six years. He reported that a right of way had been purchased from CSX and the project could now move forward. The multi-modal grant is still active and on schedule. This grant is for a sidewalk project that will go to Charley’s Pizza and also to Tank Springs. Next up was the Cherry Street Project. Foust reported that the city is waiting on the contractor to sign the contract. Paving rounded out the conversation. Public Works Director Casey Boshers reported there were a lot of streets that needed paved, but the first three are Bluff Rd, Myers Lane and South 14th Street. Council requested Boshears compile a list of streets in need of paving, prioritize the list and then get quotes for the paving.

Cameras have been discussed in several workshops and were discussed at yesterday’s roundtable. The council decided to put cameras in the rear parking lot of city hall, 1st Street and North and South Tennessee Avenue. Cameras could cost approximately $6,000 each but would have a 300 feet focal range with a lifetime warranty. Cheaper cameras are available but lack some of the features of the higher priced cameras.

Codes Enforcement Officer Jeff Duncan requested the council to reconsider the short term rentals in the R2 zone. Councilman Mark Hoskins requested having a town hall meeting to hear the citizens thoughts on the issue. No date was decided for a town hall.

In the final discussion of the night, Councilman Bryan St. John asked if the ATV festival would be returning. Foust stated that he felt it should be a joint venture between the other towns and the county. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 09/27/2022-6AM)