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Council counts money for upcoming projects

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By Natasha Colbaugh

The City of LaFollette may have more money for projects than actual projects.

At the monthly workshop on Monday, the council discussed the funds received from the Service Transportation Program (STP). About $400,000 is being provided to the city, which the council thought would be better spent on paving.

“Since we just want to do paving it takes out all of the EPA stuff,” said Interim City Administrator Cade Sexton. “Otherwise we would have people going to environmental reviews.”

Councilman Wayne Kitts said it would be worth it to get the money in order to start paving.

With the transportation funds going toward paving, a recent capital outlay note worth $1.5 million will have extra money for paving or other projects.

Adding the capital outlay note into the budget will take place at the upcoming meeting. After the money is included in the budget, the council will have to designate the funds for projects.

Roughly $300,000 will be designated to renovate the recreation center into a library. An additional $40,000 may be needed to renovate the East LaFollette School for recreational offices and meeting space. Paving, for around $700,000, was going to be used from the capital outlay note.

“On the $1.5 million for the capital outlay note added to the budget, it was discussed earlier about paving. If you do the STP project like we just talked about there is a matching part in that,” said finance director Terry Sweat.

The matching 20- percent could be paid out of the capital note, according to Sweat.

Kitts suggested the undesignated capital outlay note money could be used for the bridge project being done together with the county.

If the council chooses to do paving with the STP funds, it would leave over $800,000 undesignated. Plans to appropriate funds will take place after the capital outlay note is added to the budget. The council will meet in regular session on Tuesday, Feb. 1, at 6 p.m.