The jury's decision to award attorney's fees, along with an order to remove the 10-foot-by-30-foot cement slab, is being appealed by the city.
According to Hamm, "This (the appeal) is the right path to follow. The legal system allows for it and that's the right thing for us to do."
Hamm said the entire council is in agreement with this measure.
Prior to the meeting a public hearing was held regarding the city's 2013 budget, which was given its second reading during the council meeting. There were no citizens present who wanted to discuss the budget, and the hearing was adjourned after a matter of minutes. The budget will receive its third and final reading at the Oct. 8 council meeting.
The 2013 budget is set at $13,559,394, with $4,425,701 included from water and sewer.
In other business:
· Council members heard from Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe High School student Logan Brown, a member of the school's Student Government Association. He spoke to the council regarding the school's 2012 homecoming activities.
· During his scheduled time, mayor Lynn Long reminded all in attendance that early voting would take place from Oct. 15 through Nov. 3.
· The council approved a zoning request on second reading involving property owned by Randy and Lisa Bailey at 1475 Cross St. It was rezoned from residential-3 to commercial-2.
· An annual contract with the Catoosa County tax commissioner to process city property taxes was approved. This contract is in the amount of $9,750.
· City maintenance requested $3,000 for an excavator rental from Mashburn Equipment, along with a not-to-exceed amount of $9,000 for dirt removal by Wright Construction at the new city shop site. Both amounts were approved unanimously.