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Posted: Wednesday, 06 November 2013 5:00AM

Council Discusses EDC And Alcohol Ordinance

Cadiz City Council will continue discussing funding for the City-County EDC and repayment of a $304,000 loan after they receive more information. Issues raised by Council at the October meeting include who is responsible for repaying a 304-thousand dollar Bank of Cadiz loan that was taken out by the EDC to pay for removal of a large dirt pile behind the Transcraft Factory and to help pay their portion of construction of the current trailer parking lot. City Attorney Allan Wilson says there are still some unanswered questions.

Council voted 4 to nothing to table the issue following a motion by Councilman Manuel Brown after more than 40 minutes of discussion during Tuesday's Council meeting.

The motion came after several members of the public continued to interject comments and ask questions during the discussion between council members, EDC Chairman Don Liebe and Director Sharon Butts, with Mayor Lynn Bailey regaining control of the meeting.

EDC Chairman Don Liebe says the bottom line is the work completed with the loan funds, helped keep Transcraft in the community.

During the discussion, council also requested more detailed monthly expense and activity reports from the EDC.

In other business Council heard first reading of an amended alcohol ordinance that will bring the city in compliance with Senate Bill 13, which made some changes to state regulations. Council approved contracting with C & S Design to draw up plans for a new 12,000-square foot city public works building that will be constructed in place of the 8-thousand square foot facility located on Nunn Boulevard. Public Works director Kerry Fowler the city could seek bids in February, with construction to start in April. Fowler says rough estimates indicate the building could cost around 500-thousand dollars.

City Council member Frankie Phillips asked if the old Trigg County Tourism Log Cabin be sold as surplus property, with Mayor Lynn Bailey asking City Attorney Allan Wilson to find the answer and report back to council.

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