City council confirms business from workshop

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By Natasha Colbaugh

The main item of discussion at the LaFollette City Council meeting Monday night was a salary raise for animal control officer Stan Foust.

Foust has undertaken the responsibilities as codes enforcement officer for the last two years and recently requested additional money for the added work. The council agreed that Foust should be paid an additional $5,000 for being the codes officer and made the request official at the council meeting.

The total sum of $5,891 will be paid to Foust annually, and includes the cost of retirement and taxes, raising his annual salary to over $32,000 a year.

Interim city administrator Cade Sexton recommended the additional money be paid to Foust, but on a short-term basis pending his certification this year.

Councilman Wayne Kitts questioned whether Foust could do both jobs effectively; Foust was confident when he said there has been no problem doing both jobs for the past two years.

Discussion on codes enforcement also prompted the council to approve the 2009 International Energy Codes. The city has been previously operating from the 2006 manual.

“Somewhere in the near future we would like to say we have a certified building inspector, electrical codes officer and fire inspector,” said Sexton.

In other business the council approved a resolution to apply for a recreation grant. The grant is matching with a cap of $250,000, and will be used for a pool if it is granted to the city.

The council also approved an application to apply for a capital outlay note. The city previously discussed obtaining the note for $1.5 million for general improvements.

Sexton did not want to specify the amounts that will be used for paving, roofing and library fund, but named those three items as the main objectives for the loan.

In administrative business, the council approved a motion to have the same contract with the auditors Pugh and Company for the coming year.

Also Sexton discussed multiple part-time positions in the police and street department. Sexton is now discussing the hiring of all part-time positions with the council to avoid any misunderstandings, he said.

Sexton also requested, in an addition to the agenda that the council reimburse him for his cell phone use. The city provided Sexton with a city paid cell phone, which he chose not to use. He requested the council pay him $50 a month to pay for his cell phone, which is used for city business. The council approved to reimburse Sexton $50 a month.

The council further voted to hire Bradley Young as a full time firefighter starting on Aug. 14.

A paving project on West Central Avenue from about Cross Funeral Home to Food Lion was also up for a vote. The project will take place mostly at night, starting today. Some delays are expected.