LAFOLLETTE, TN (WLAF) – Monday afternoon the LaFollette City Council met for the monthly workshop.

At the July 5 regular monthly meeting, the council will decide whether to increase court costs or leave them as is. Currently the city charges between $121 and $126 for court costs, it is the lowest rate in the county. The council discussed different amounts they could charge, ranging from a $9 increase to doubling the fee.

Comp time was discussed, City Administrator Stan Foust reported to the council that comp time has become an issue and recommended the city stop utilizing comp time.

Four promotions will be on the agenda at next week’s meeting. First up are promotions in the fire department including promoting Gage Jones to full-time fire fighter at a salary of $31,077.47 and Ernesto Rodriguez to full-time fire fighter at a salary of $31,077.47. Next are police department promotions beginning with promoting Megan McCloud to a full-time police clerk at a salary of $29,993.60, then Austin Tindell to a full-time patrol officer at a salary of $35,596.91. All promotions, if approved, would be effective July 15. The recreation department wants to hire Calan Dixon as a full-time laborer effective July 15.

The council will need to appoint two members to the E-911 board at the next meeting.

Three event permits will be on the agenda for approval. Two groups want to use the rear parking lot at city hall for a prayer meeting, Coolidge Ridge Missionary Baptist Church and Stand in the Gap. Bill Claiborne was present at the workshop to give the council the necessary insurance policy for the Tally Town Festival, so his permit could move forward. The festival is required to have an insurance policy due to serving alcohol at the event. He also requested the city close Beech Street, beginning at the library and continuing to Depot Street where the July 29 event will be held.

Bids have been received for guardrails at Sergeant Park, 12th Street and Rose Hill. Council will vote on which bid to accept at the regular meeting.

The final discussion of the night was about bringing a package store to the city as a revenue source. City Attorney Reid Troutman advised that a private citizen would need to do a petition to get the referendum on the ballot in August.

(WLAF NEWS PUBLISHED – 06/28/2023-6AM)