1. The council voted to cease paying housing authority board members for attending board meetings. Board Chairman Cecil Dunn had been receiving $100 per meeting and three board members had each been receiving $10. Mayor Rinthen suggested ending the payments because no other city he knows of pays its housing authority board, and federal housing authority officials were even surprised that Lancaster did. Read more about recent issues at the housing authority here (April 20) and here (April 28).
2. The council voted to allow Don to access the sewer fund CD account to pay for sewage damage that happened during the flooding when raw sewage got into a local creek. The cleanup is costing about $33,000.
3. Chris Thomason and the Lincoln/Garrard Solid Waste District will not be getting the $10,000 they expected from Lancaster, at least not yet. The council voted to contribute only $2,500, and that is contingent on Lincoln County’s cities coming up with $7,500 for the bi-county solid waste organization.