Fire Chief Kevin Jant spoke to the council about the department’s need for new radios. The bid Jant gave to the council was for twenty new radios and a new duplexer and repeater coming in at a little over $32,000. While the duplexer and repeater will give the department their own radio frequency, is not a necessity. With the promotional prices on the handheld and mobile radios set to expire at the end of this month, Jant noted the cost would nearly double if they were to pay full price. The council’s finance committee will get with Jant and make the final decision.
A lot on Schoolhouse Lane will be sold at the courthouse door. The city had to do a certain amount of work on the property, including tearing down a structure, which resulted in the filing of a $5000 lien. This amount owed is on top of the $7000 lien for delinquent taxes. The council approved for Mayor Dewayne Hatcher to attend the sale and make a bid on the property. Once owned by the city, they can decide how to best recoup what is owed to the city.
Robert Smith gave an update on some of the city’s financials. For the month of January, a little over $37,000 was collected in restaurant tax and a little over $9300 in transient room tax, all of which was transferred to the Tourism Commission.