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LaFollette Council tries to fill codes officer position

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By Natasha LaFayette

natasha@lafollettepress.com

 

With the temporary leave of Codes Officer Wayne Gregg, the LaFollette council discussed the structure of the codes department and the amount of work stacking up in Gregg’s absence.

Gregg has been out sick, receiving worker’s compensation, according to City Administrator David Young.

The position is being filled with Animal Control Officer Stan Foust, Fire Chief Gary Byrd and Charles Eldridge who is doing electrical codes.

“We can get by for a little while longer,” said Young. “I guess the key to it is seeing what’s going to happen to Wayne.”

The council agreed the position should not be filled until the status of Wayne’s employment is clarified.

While the council discussed filling the position with a qualified person, they also discussed the department as a whole needing to be redesigned.

“As far as codes,” said City Attorney Reid Troutman, “eventually you are going to have to increase the budget for your codes department, not only for more employees but also to set up a more formal process for violations. I think it needs to be restructured.”

Troutman said the department is under budgeted and needs to be restructured.

Councilman Hansford Hatmaker started arguing about offering the position to Foust as a full time position, without clarifying if Foust was interested.

At the workshop the council agreed a separate meeting should be held to discuss the department.

The conversation about a separate meeting led Councilman Bob Fannon to question why the meeting was at 6 p.m. instead of 7 p.m.

Mayor Mike Stanfield said he called the meeting to begin at 6 p.m. and Fannon explained he was unable to attend until 6:30 p.m. due to his work schedule.

“I can’t help that,” said Stanfield about Fannon’s inability to attend a 6 p.m. meeting.

The council finally agreed the workshops should be held at 6:30 p.m. and the meetings at 7 p.m.