LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Yesterday afternoon the discussion of removing a section of South 5th Street appeared to have come to an end. Robert Henson, with Dixie Concrete, spoke to the LaFollette City Council and mayor about his opposition to the project. Henson pointed out the cost of the project had risen for the design and core drilling from $10,000 to $15,000 since the January workshop. Henson referenced the WLAF poll numbers, which opposed removing the street. After some discussion, the council decided to table the 5th Street project, but agreed to spend up to $9,000 for design and core drilling at the 18.5 acres on Jacksboro Pike, which had been included in the original amount with 5th Street.

Edward Housley with the Campbell County Vietnam Veterans spoke at the meeting about the placement of pictures at city hall on the Wall of Honor for veterans who attended LaFollette High School.

The public works department had three items on the agenda. Promoting Clifford Gerrish to a full-time sanitation worker at a salary of $28,601.04 effective Feb. 11. Approval to submit bids for paving of landscaping boxes and stripe removal and a guardrail at Rosehill/South Thirteenth Street and Cherry Street behind Calvary Baptist Church. All three items were approved.

Three ordinances and two resolutions were approved. Ordinance 2023-01 abandoning a portion of an unopened street located within West Elm Street will have a final reading. Ordinance 2023-02 amending section 11 of the zoning ordinance for the City of LaFollette to address storage buildings in Zone C-1 and C-2. The ordinance clarifies that storage buildings and individual rental units are not permitted structures within the zones. The ordinance also outlines there are specific regulations contained in the City of LaFollette Zoning Regulations; and prohibiting such construction.  Ordinance 2023-03 amending the zoning ordinance pertaining to zone C-1 and C-2. Resolution 2023-03 and 2023-04 amending the 2022-23 budget.

The police department received approval to apply for the Violent Crimes Grant in the amount of $93,000. The grant will span three years.

The council approved opening a new bank account at Peoples Bank of the South for tourism and allocating an additional $5,000 for computer software upgrades from the capital outlay fund. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 02/08/2023-6AM)