LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – After postponing last week’s monthly meeting, the LaFollette City Council met yesterday afternoon.

First up on the agenda were ordinances and resolutions. Ordinance 2023-03 amending the zoning ordinance had a final reading.  Ordinance 2023-04 pertaining to camping, loitering, panhandling within the City of LaFollette had a first reading. The ordinance prohibits camping or camping activities unless in a designated area. Ordinance 2023-05 pertaining to event permitting had a first reading. The ordinance states any event or gathering organized and publicized on city property has to obtain a permit for the event no later than 30 days prior to the scheduled event. The organizer of the event has to disclose the date, purpose and location of the event. There is not a charge for the permit. Resolution 2023-05 amending the 2022- 23 budget was approved.

Next up was administrative matters beginning with approving the 6/30/2022 year end audit. The council approved an environmental study and engineering on South Fifth Street tabled from February. The cost of the study is $4,750 to Geo Services and $2,500 to MacIndoe and Associates. Soliciting bids for emergency sirens was approved. City Councilman Wayne Kitts made the motion to move forward while Councilman Stephanie Solomon seconded the motion. Councilman Phillip Farmer and Councilman Chuck Queener voted no to the motion. Mayor Cliff Jennings broke the tie for the approval. A bid from Portland Utilities for $756,131.75 for storm water drainage for Beech Street was approved with a $100,000 contingency.  

The council approved declaring 54 Glock 40 caliber service weapons as surplus and trading 54 Glock 40 caliber service weapons and purchase 30 Glock 9mm service weapons from Mike’s Gunshop in Tazewell. Police canine Morris is retiring and ownership will be relinquished to former canine handler, Corey Lawson for $1.

A bid from Boshears Paving for $26,500 for paving landscape boxes and stripe removal was approved. A bid from Highway Markings for $4,975 was approved for a guardrail at Rosehill/South Thirteenth Street and Cherry Street behind Calvary Baptist Church.

In January the council decided to award a most improved clean up winner each month. On Tuesday afternoon, the winners were announced. The winner for January was Coleen Lay, February’s winner was Deanna Bailey and Lauren McKamey won for March. McKamey has cleaned up and renovated the Gingerbread Houses on Cherry Street. (WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 03/15/2023-6AM)