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Bolinger appointed vice mayor, dept. heads reappointed

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By PETER SAWYER

At Tuesday night’s meeting, the LaFollette City Council elected council member Joe Bolinger to serve as vice mayor. Council member Bob Fannon nominated Bolinger. Council members Hansford Hatmaker, Bolinger and Fannon voted yes. Council Member Stephanie Grimm was absent.
Hatmaker made a motion “that we approve all department heads.”
The present council member unanimously approved his motion.
Drug Policy
The council passed the first reading of an ordinance that will amend the city’s drug testing policy.
There are city employees who are scheduled to work at times not addressed by the current policy. The policy addresses employees who are on vacation, but it doesn’t provide guidelines for those who are off the clock from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The new ordinance will require such employees to come in for a drug test without compensation.
Big Al’s Portable Toilets
The council approved paying $3,000 to get an appraisal for Big Al’s Portable Toilets. The drainage structure the building sits on is washing away, Public Works Department Head Jim Mullins said in January. The problem is with the drainage system, not the building, Mullins said.
“I don’t think doing nothing is an option,” Mullins said.
At January’s workshop, the council discussed several options, such as taking the building down so the problem could be fixed, buying a new location for business and purchasing the property.
Mullins asked to get an appraisal on the property and bring it to the council before further action would be decided.
Short term and long term disability insurance
The council approved providing long-term and short-term disability for city employees.
Long-term and short-term disability costs $25,145.
Police Department
The council approved promoting Rick Ford to staff sergeant. His salary will be increased to $35,500.
Michael Brady, Inc.
The council approved paying Michael Brady, Inc. $9,000. Last year, Mike Malicote, owner of Dixie Roofing, helped the city of LaFollette obtain specifications from Michael Brady, Inc. for the roofs of four city buildings. The city owed Michael Brady, Inc. $9,000 for the service.