Beth Soloff took the oath of office as a member of the Lookout Mountain, Ga.,City Council on Thursday night, filling the vacated seat of Blair Ramey. Mr. Ramey steps down after many years of service because he is moving to Lookout Mountain, Tn.
Ms. Soloff is no stranger to city service; she has been a long time member of the Lookout Mountain, Ga., Planning Commission and left her post there to assume the vacated seat left by Mr. Ramey. She is also a real estate developer and resident of Gnome Trail. Judge Ricky Taliaferro swore Ms. Soloff in and the beginning of the meeting.
In efforts to enhance the desirability of both towns of Lookout Mountain there have been discussions about creating a joint website to promote the mountain, its residents, tourism, and activities. To build this site both towns of Lookout Mountain will have to give an initial contribution of $15,000 to begin construction. The council approved this money be allocated from their revenues received by the hotel taxes they collect.
Councilman Jim Sabourin has been researching the concept of establishing a sewer advisory committee that would oversee the operations and logistics of the city’s sewer system and make recommendations to the city and the council as to what is needed. He would like to see this committee made up of two or three residents, a representative from Covenant College and Krupski Loop as well as the city manager. This committee would report to the council and offer recommendations as to what is needed. The council would retain the right to make all final decisions regarding the operations and repairs. The council approved the motion to begin the formation of the committee.
Town Center developer Jimmy Chapin was present at the meeting and addressed the council and the mayor about his concerns regarding the progress of the development. Mr. Chapin gave the council a few options on how he would like to proceed.
The council has chosen to meet in a special meeting on Thursday, April 4, at 5:30 to compile all needs and requirements needed to proceed with a contract to begin the actual site building. Mr. Chapin in turn will also work to provide the city and planning commission with all the necessary documents and paperwork it will need before they can complete the contract. Both parties will be working on a timeline and cost so that the plan may proceed efficiently.
City vehicle decals are on sale. They are mandatory on all resident’s vehicles. They can be purchased at city hall for $5 or by mail. A letter will come soon to this affect. The deadline for purchasing the decals is June 1st.
The city is also retailing t-shirts and hoodies with the city’s logo on it. They are available for purchase at city hall during operating hours.