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City Council meets 3 hours in closed executive session

By Bev Barr BCC Editor

Before excusing themselves into a 3-hour closed executive session during its regular meeting on Oct. 2, city council members adopted a resolution establishing the 2017-18 fee schedule, including a parade fee of $100 — which council has the option to waive. Council also established solid waste collection rates that reflect a 5 percent increase in commercial fees.
The council also approved the EDC resolution to buy a 0.318 acre lot across from the City Park for $14,000. Art Crawford, president of the EDC, said that the EDC has no specific plans for the property at this time. Crawford said that the property couldn’t be built on because it’s in the flood zone, and they (the EDC) will probably give it to the city.
The mayor asked that people attending the council meeting leave the building during the closed executive session, which reconvened in open session nearly three hours later at 10:05 p.m.
During executive session, council members consulted with the city attorney about pending litigation and the legal aspects of personnel matters involving council appointees and city employees.
Council also deliberated the employee evaluations, duties and salaries of city administrator, Linda Coones, and city secretary, Jill Shelton. The salary for the city administrator was established at $60,000 plus car allowance and the remainder of relocation expenses. The city secretary is paid $23 per hour.
The next regular city council meeting will be at 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16.