LAKE CITY, S.C. – The Lake City City council was recognized Tuesday for being named to the Municipal Association of South Carolina’s honor roll.

Charlie Barrineau, field services manager for the association, attended the meeting Tuesday and presented the council with an award. Being named to the honor roll means that each council member has graduated from the association’s elected officials institute program.

“You are one of only 11 communities in our state, of the 271, that can say that. So I commend you,” Barrineau said. “That program is to give elected officials the tools that they need to operate the city most efficiently for its citizens. So we want to thank you.”

At Tuesday’s council meeting, the council approved the final reading of its budget for fiscal year 2019-20. The budget is more than $7 million.

According to a budget review provided to the Morning News last month, the budget:

>> Requires all departments to absorb a two percent reduction.

>> Reduces capital funding to $70,000. Deputy administrator Daniel Driggers said it was $200,000 the previous year.

>> Includes a two percent salary increase for employees. Employees did not receive a salary increase the previous year.

>> Continues employee holiday pay program, which is like a Christmas bonus.

>> Funds the required state mandates.

>> Adjust budget based on current spending for police, technology, facility maintenance and insurance.

>> Reclassifies $25,000 from water and sewer fund to Pee Dee Regional Transportation Authority.

The council also approved the following ordinances and resolution at Tuesday’s meeting:

>> The first reading of an ordinance was approved authorizing the Lake City Police Department to enter into a Law Enforcement Assistance and Support Agreement with the Olanta Police Department.

>> A resolution was approved authorizing the sale of surplus equipment from city-owned property at 127 Rodgers St. City Administrator Stephany Snowden said the equipment to be sold is a heating and air ventilation system.

>> The first reading of an ordinance was passed to authorize a grant, not to exceed $12,000, to the Lake City Development Corporation in order to allow for the dissolution of the corporation.

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