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City Council approves LEDC budget, board

By ANGELA GUILLORY casscountysun@valornet.com
Sept. 21, 2011 at 11 p.m.

Linden Economic Development Corporation's 4A and 4B budgets and board of directors were approved as presented to city councilmen during a meeting held Sept. 12.

LEDC Director Russell Wright said the 4A's projected income, including cash on hand, is $112,684. Budgeted expenses are $89,498.

The 4B's projected income, including cash on hand, is $150,274. Budgeted expenses are $126,750.

Wright noted the projected sales and use tax revenue for FY2011-2012 for each corporation is $80,570. The balance of "income" is cash on hand.

LEDC board of directors was approved as presented to city councilmen. They are Richard Bowden, president; Chris Spencer, first vice president; Larry Wells, second vice president; Ann Marie Simmons, secretary/treasurer; and directors Frank Lanier, John Rountree and Malthus Northcutt.

Wright said he has accepted office manager Kayla Williams' resignation. She has accepted a position with Atlanta State Park.

Nathan Trammell was appointed to the Linden Area Parks Board. He is the president of the Linden Youth Athletic Association.

Mayor Clarence Burns commended the police and the fire departments for their support during the Bear Creek Fire, which affected a large portion of Cass County.

"I am real proud of all the county agencies working so good together," Burns said.

While fighting area fires , City Clerk Buddy Erwin said one fire truck went down because of problems with the brakes and pump. It will need to be fixed.

"I personally am proud of the fire department," Erwin said.

Erwin gave councilmen an update on the Linden City Park project. Playground equipment is being installed now and most of the trail is paved.

Erwin said the exercise equipment area has been laid out and the soccer field is intact but will have to wait to seed grass until there is moisture in the ground.

Erwin said they need to install electrical service to the RV park before work there can progress.

The city clerk noted the courthouse sidewalks are coming along. Once curbs are installed the city will begin to repave Kaufman and Rush streets and then strip parking spots. The roads should be the same width as before.

In new business, a rate increase request from SWEPCO was denied by city council.

Council members will choose a nominee at their October meeting for an appraisal board member to the Cass County Appraisal District. Forms need to be returned by entities to the appraisal office by Oct. 17. Appraisal board member elections are held every two years.



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