Story by JENNA BAILEY
On Tuesday, November 20, at 5:30 p.m. the Paxton City Council met for their regular monthly meeting at Paxton Town Hall. The meeting began with the reinstatement of council members Charles Cook, Travis McMillan and Ann Sexton.
Following the approval of the October 23, 2018 regular meeting minutes and bills, the council made a motion to approve a pay raise for the city employees as done once a year.
In agenda items the council discussed the adoption of Angel Tree children, referred to as “Angels,” who shall receive gifts courtesy of their adoptees for the holiday season. City staff and the city council combined will adopt seven Angels this year. Donations can be mailed or dropped off to Paxton School – Paxton Key Club at 21893 U.S. 331 North, Paxton, FL 32538.
The Angels became available for adoption on November 17 at the Paxton Post Office Christmas tree and are still available for adoption. This project is sponsored by the Paxton Key Club and very caring Paxton residents.The Paxton School Key Club will retrieve the gifts and distribute the gifts to the Angels.
The council approved to go forward with updating the lift stations at the Waste Water Treatment Plant which may cost up to $1,125.00. Wastewater lift stations are facilities designed to move wastewater from lower to higher elevation. Key elements of lift stations include a wastewater receiving well, often equipped with a screen or grinding to remove coarse materials; pumps and piping with associated valves; motors; a power supply system; an equipment control and alarm system; and an odor control system and ventilation system.
In department reports council member Sexton brought forward a topic on code enforcement. Sexton has been approached by Paxton residents who have asked if code enforcement would address a property that is seen as unkempt. City Clerk Suzan Imfeld informed Sexton that the individuals making the complaints would need to come to Paxton City Hall and fill out a complaint form which would be sent to Code Enforcement.
Regarding water cut-off dates, the council passed a motion to set the water cut-off date as the last Tuesday of the month.
In council comments there was discussion on how to increase road safety in the Paxton area such as deterring moving violations such as speeding cars. Options considered were installing speed bumps or requesting increased police patrol. The council will continue to consider options.
The Paxton City Council meets for a regular meeting every third Tuesday of the month at Paxton Town Hall at 5:30 p.m.