LaFayette’s City Council met very briefly on Monday night for their first session of March. The council handled a few routine items during the meeting and offered their congratulations and praise to the LaFayette High boys’ basketball team for their outstanding season. Councilmen Stevie Rowe and Mike Ellis were absent from the meeting.
This year, LaFayette’s boys team made a surprise run through the state playoffs that culminated in a runner-up finish in Class 2A on March 1. Mayor Barry Moody, along with the rest of the council offered their congratulations to the team for the season. “They represented our city with outstanding class,” Mayor Moody said. “They may have come up a little bit short, but to make it that far, and to beat one of our rivals to get there makes it really special. The players, the cheerleaders, the band, the fans…when you see how LaFayette travels, it just makes you proud. It was something to be very proud of and I was.”
Councilwoman Tammie Williams recommended that the team be recognized with a proclamation at the next City Council meeting. “Even though they didn’t finish in first place, they are still winners,” she said.
The month of April is recognized across the United States as National Child Abuse Prevention month, and on Monday the council unanimously approved a motion to proclaim April as National Child Abuse Month in LaFayette. The proclamation noted that the Department of Human Resources along with the Tri-County Children’s Advocacy Center and local law enforcement agencies responded to 547 cases of child abuse in the tri-county area last year.
City Clerk Louis Davidson informed the council that a public hearing would be held prior to the next scheduled council meeting, on March 25, to discuss the city’s CDBG application. Davidson noted that the deadline for the grant submission is May 1, and while it may be more than a month away, the city needed to move forward with submitting their application as soon as possible.
In hearing from the council members, Williams noted that she would like to be given advance notice for the next recreation committee meeting. She said her District’s (E) recreation committee representative was not at the previous meeting because of the short notice she was given on the date.
In other business, the council agreed to pay bills in the amount of $183,298 and conveyed three cemetery deeds.