The LaFayette City Council proceeded quickly through a called meeting on Monday night, the second of the month and the last before next Tuesday’s municipal election. The mayor and council approved a revision to the city’s water conservation plan, renewed a bank note and set the date to canvass the election results. Prior to adjourning, a brief discussion about business trash pick up took place. Mayor Matthew Hurst and council members David Ennis, Tammie Williams, Allen Tucker and Stevie Rowe were present. Councilman Cornelius Reese was absent.
In discussing business trash pick up, the council referred to photographs presented to the council of trash bags stacked next to a public trash receptacle on LaFayette Street South as proof that a problem exists with businesses using the receptacle for their trash disposal. The receptacles are designated for pedestrian use, the council noted. At last week’s meeting, City Attorney Mac Tucker was instructed to review the city’s past ordinances to determine the best course of action to prohibit the activity. And though no action was taken on Monday, Ennis noted that the issue needed to be resolved by the council’s final meeting of September.
LaFayette water and wastewater superintendent Katie Hill asked the council to approve an amendment to the city’s Emergency Water Conservation Plan. The minor change, which the council approved unanimously, states that carwash restrictions are limited to non-commercial customers; commercial carwashes are excluded.
The council approved a motion to renew a bank note with Farmers and Merchants Bank, for $134,161.44 at an interest rate of 3.29 %. City Clerk Louis Davidson noted that it was one of two paving project loans the city has left to pay. It was noted that the total amount the city now owes on paving loans is approximately $330,000. The original loan amount was approximately $1 million. Ennis reminded those in attendance that a one-percent sales tax levied to help pay the loan would be repealed once the loan was paid off.
In business relating to the election, the council set September 4, 2012 at 12 noon as the date and time to canvass the municipal election results.
Mayor Hurst read a public notice that stated a test of the electronic voting machines to be used in the election would be held on August 22 at 6 pm in the council chambers of City Hall. The test is open to the pubic.
Davidson also made note of the candidate forum that was held Tuesday night at the Farmers Federation Building.
Prior to adjourning the council agreed to pay bills in the amount of $295,675.71.