Minutes of the

REGULAR MEETING

of the

City Council of Lookout Mountain, Georgia

Thursday, October 21, 2010

 

PRESIDING:  William P. Glascock, Mayor

 

PRESENT:  Council Members David Bennett, Sandy Gothard, Catherine Kelley, David Fussell, and Blair Ramey; City Attorney Bill Pickering; and City Clerk Cindy Roberts.

 

ABSENT:  Sandy Gothard

 

CALL TO ORDER:  Mayor Glascock called the meeting of the City Council to order at 5:30 p.m. October 21, 2010, at City Hall, 1214 Lula Lake Road, Lookout Mountain, Georgia.  Catherine Kelley opened the meeting with a prayer.

 

APPROVAL OF MINUTES:  The minutes of the regular meeting held September 16, 2010, were approved as submitted. 

 

SECOND READING OF ORDINANCE TO SET MILLAGE RATE:  City Attorney Pickering read in its entirety an ordinance to set the millage rate for the 2010 tax year.  The net millage rate will remain the same.  Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously passed, the ordinance was approved and adopted on second reading.

 

CITY HALL PLAN DISCUSSION:  Mayor Glascock had a meeting with Don Oliver, the Walker County attorney, who expressed a willingness to assist the City with the financing of the Town Center.  Mr. Oliver discussed two possible approaches, Industrial Revenue Bonds and General Obligation Bonds.   The General Obligation Bonds would require a referendum.  The Mayor offered this project to Attorney Pickering.  Mr. Pickering stated that he would be glad to discuss the project with attorneys in his firm and to report back to the Mayor.  Mayor Glascock also reported to the council about the first meeting with the Architectural Design Committee which had taken place on Monday, October 18.  All committee members were in attendance as were in attendance as were the Mayor and Scott Maclellan. The main issue at this point is the size of the buildings proposed as compared to the size of the site. The committee requested the council supply the committee with funds in order to select two from the committee by qualification to put a design together and then submit it to the council.   Mayor Glascock would like for the design committee have a few more meetings before this is considered by the council.  Attorney Pickering recommended that the committee’s meetings be public meetings.  Councilman David Fussell noted that it was necessary to have completed plans in order to apply for bond financing. 

 

MONTHLY STORMWATER & SEWER REPORT – Mayor Glascock complimented Covenant College for its active role reading and maintaining aqueous sulfide levels.  Mayor Glascock said the city’s levels have gone down. David Fussell expressed appreciation for Covenant College students performing community services on Saturday, cleaning out the city’s storm water drains.

 

MAYOR’S REPORT Mayor Glasscock advised the council that Councilman David Bennett and BB&T had assisted the city with its health, disability and life insurance plans. The insurance business was bid, and BB&T has been selected as the agent.  The Mayor requested the council's ratification of the BB&T to act as the city's insurance agent, recognizing that Councilman Bennett worked for BB&T but would receive no compensation for the city's business.  Upon motion duly made, seconded and unanimously passed, BB&T was approved to act as the city's insurance agent. Councilman Bennett abstained from the vote. 

 

Mayor Glascock reported that he had purchased a new copier for the City. 

 

The city has received $5,000 in grant money for the sidewalks.  Mayor Glascock requested approval for an additional $5,000 in order to extend the side walk to Pied Piper Trail.  Upon motion duly made, and seconded and unanimously passed, the Mayor’s request was approved.

 

Mayor Glascock asked for an update from Blair Ramey on the Joint Recreation Board.  Mr. Ramey reported that the Board met with the previous Thursday night and discussed the wrestling and basketball programs.  One of the Recreation Board members has shown some interest in starting a Lacrosse team. 

 

Councilman David Fussell made mention how great Fleetwood Drive looks and how much safer it is for pedestrians walking.  Councilman Fussell also mentioned some over growth of trees and bushes blocking visibility on street signs.  The Mayor asked that if any one notices this to please send an email and the City employees will take care of the over growth.  

 

Councilman David Bennett advised that the Volunteer Firemen Boot drive will take place November 13 & 14, 2010, from 8:00 to 4:00.

 

The city is accepting bids on building a new station for the sewer system. 

 

 
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.     

 

 

Respectfully submitted,

           

           

 

                                                            Cindy Roberts

                                                            City Clerk

 

  
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