March 27, 2013 —
Council member Jerry Callihan, who was openly critical of the original design and the engineer that drafted it, Paul Amburgey, expressed satisfaction with the revised plan and believes it will correct the errors in the system.
“This is what we should have done in the first place. The two filtration lagoons will hold 85,000 gallons each, which is double the amount that the first plan called for,” Callihan said.
The Council then took up the issue of examining the electric rate ordinance for any errors or items overlooked originally that they feel should be corrected.
After lengthy discussion regarding the demand metering threshold for residential customers, the Council decided to table the issue and hold a working session before the next regular Council meeting regarding average residential kilowatt usage.
Mayor Kenny Fankell was then empowered by the Council to assign general labor duties to the city’s Code Enforcement Office, Taylor Duncan, in lieu of creating a new position of Civil Enforcement Officer/General Laborer.
The move will ease the budgetary burden on the city and require Duncan to work a standard 40-hour week, which the Council hopes will give him more opportunity to address structural issues within the city while also performing other needed tasks.
Meade then moved for a second reading of an ordinance that would require all city-appointed boards and commissions to make monthly reports to the City Council or face being dissolved.
While all Council members agreed that these reports need to be filed, some feared the language of the ordinance might be too strong and could be interpreted as forcing the Council to dissolve committees that might have a legitimate reason for missing a monthly report.
“I agree that we need the ability to dissolve them if necessary, but I think we need to hear their side of the story before we make that decision,” said Council member Angie Johnson Fultz.