Lookout Mountain, Ga., Budget On Track; City Hall Getting Spiffed Up

Thursday, January 16, 2014 - by Matthew D. Smisson
The budget for Lookout Mountain, Ga., is on track halfway through the fiscal year, members of the City Council were told Thursday evening. 
 
Councilman David Fussell reported that annual taxes were coming in as scheduled.  He also reported that the use of LOST and SPLOST funds is on track with the current budget.  The city will also receive over the next 10 years an additional $703,000 in LOST (Local Option Sales Tax) funds in increments.  This comes with a recent redistribution settlement with Walker County and the four municipalities within Walker County
 
Councilwoman Taylor Watson reported that recent upgrades to the existing city hall building have had positive results.  New paint and replaced fascia board are visible on the exterior.  Some more repairs will be coming to the building to eliminate mold behind sheet rock and leaks in the roof.  Mrs. Watson also stated that some of the local garden clubs intend to do some gardening work in the spring on the front lawn of city hall. 
 
The planning commission has made a recommendation to the council to fill two vacant seats.  Recommended for the two seats are Cindy Whitaker and Jimmy Campbell.  The council has deferred approval of the two candidates until it receives some more information from the planning commission.  

Brad Haven, city manager, reported that with the cold weather last week his staff has had to thaw out several sewer tanks throughout the city.  None were permanently damaged.  

Mr. Haven has also completed all the stormwater reports the Environmental Protection Agency requires.  With the help of Katherine Fox, the city’s stormwater consultant, all of the mapping is complete and a new packet of development requirements has been completed.  This packet will provide guidance and outline state and city requirements for any new development. 

The council is also considering revising an ordinance that dictates the amount of money that the city has to advertise and bid out.  In the mid-1990s the council raised the amount to $3,000 from $500.  With the value of the dollar changing the council is considering raising it again to $7,500.  While this revision will not require a bid process, bidding can still be advertised to make sure the city is getting the best price.  In order to make this revision the city will have a public hearing in the future before making the revision to the ordinance. 

Mayor Sandy Gothard reported that a city market will take place the first Saturday and Sunday in February on the lawn in front of city hall. The market will continue the first weekend of every month as an annual event.    



2 Hit While Walking On Birmingham Highway; James Ankrom, 63, Dies At The Hospital

Two pedestrians were struck by a single vehicle on Highway 11 (Birmingham Highway) in Lookout Valley on Tuesday night. One of those who was struck, 63-year-old James David Ankrom, died after being taken to a local hospital. Police said the other person who was hit was responsive. She was identified as Maria Martinez, 52. The incident happened shortly after 7 p.m. at ... (click for more)

Crime Stoppers: Robbery At Hixson Pike Tiger Mart

Crime Stoppers and the Chattanooga Police Department are seeking information on a robbery from a business that occurred at the Tiger Mart at 3504 Hixson Pike on July 13, 2014.   A black male entered the business with a towel covering his face and a bag covering his right hand, implying he had a weapon, and demanded money from the clerk. The clerk complied and the suspect ... (click for more)

Women Don't Ask For Rape, They Ask For Justice

The stereotypical irrationality that women typically lie about rape has brought an enormous amount of social stigma to this population. Many like to think that rape is not a huge issue in the United States, and that the media blows it out of proportion. The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) reported that approximately 17.7 million females in America have been raped, with 108,612 ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Happy Birthday, Mr. Berg

This past Monday we should have closed the Post Office, let kids out of school, and lowered our flags to half-mast. March 2 is the anniversary of Moe Berg’s birthday and the legendary Casey Stengel once said Moe was “the strangest man ever to play baseball.” Moe played major league baseball for 16 years, finishing with the Boston Red Sox in 1939 and a lifetime batting average of ... (click for more)

Vols Stop 5-Game Skid With Upset Of LSU

BATON ROUGE, La. – Senior Josh Richardson  scored 20 points and junior  Armani Moore  finished with 19 to lead the Vols to a 78-63 victory over LSU on Wednesday at Pete Maravich Assembly Center. After being tied at halftime, the Vols (15-14, 7-10 SEC) shot 69.2 percent from the floor and outscored LSU 45-30 in the second half on their way to snapping ... (click for more)

Chattanooga To Host National Amateur Soccer Championships

US Soccer and US Adult Soccer announced this week that Chattanooga's Finley Stadium will host the 2015 National Amateur Championships on May 29-30. There will be one team each from the four top amateur leagues; the National Premier Soccer League, the United Soccer League's Premier Development League and the US Amateur Soccer Association's Open and Amateur Champions.  ... (click for more)