Tax break, lower golf rates on council agenda

Friday, March 4, 2011

From the cost of playing golf at Lewisburg's course to considering a property tax break for a local printer, city councilmen have a full agenda for their monthly meeting on Tuesday night.

The Recreation Board is recommending a reduction in green fees and golf cart rental rates, so Recreation Department Director Guy Chambers is scheduled to speak to the council when it meets at 6 p.m. in City Hall.

Meanwhile, Hale Hawkins, president of Lewisburg printing, will probably attend that night, nearly a day after he and the Industrial Development Board could reach an agreement with regard to a PILOT program. A payment in lieu of taxes schedule allows lower payments during the first years an employer makes an investment that results in new jobs.

Council meetings have rarely lasted more than an hour and they've typically attracted an audience of more than a dozen, although that number may swell to several more Tuesday as the city is to recognize retiring firefighters Phil May, Larry Baxter and Phillip Edde.

City Treasurer Connie Edde is also retiring, so the council will discuss how to word a help wanted ad.

Councilman Robin Minor has requested time during the meeting for a discussion regarding rules governing the citizen input part of the meetings, as well as circumstances at the city-county animal shelter.

The county has recently hired a new animal control officer to work with the city police employee at the shelter and it's been recognized as being more successful with adoptions and fewer injections.