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The Lee Town Council met for their monthly meeting on Tuesday, Feb. 3 at 7 p.m., at Kinsey Hall. The agenda only had a few items for discussion. The major changes that came at the meeting were within the Public Works Department, which only has two people. Public Works Director Leonard Miller is retiring on March 6 and Hakili Washington was hired to replace him. Washington started Monday, Feb. 2. He is also the Fire Chief for the Greenville Volunteer Fire Department. Washington has experience in the Public Works Department, as he was Field Operational Chief for the City of Madison’s Wastewater Department for six years before resigning in July of 2014. Washington is excited to be working with the Town of Lee and is learning as much as possible about his new job before Miller leaves. The second Public Works Department employee, Kerry Gardiner, turned in his resignation and his last day will be Friday, Feb. 6. The council voted unanimously to start advertising for a replacement with a pay rate between $9-$9.50 an hour. In other items discussed at the meeting, the council voted unanimously to appoint Audrey Land and Eva Merton to the Code Enforcement Board. Quickly moving on, the council discussed rental rates for Everything Pecan and Fastpack Packing in the Lee Business Complex. Due to the use of electricity, the council voted to raise Everything Pecan’s rent to $350 from $195. Fastpack Packing was paying $1151.93 (including taxes) and the council voted to increase the base rate to $1175 plus taxes. The last item of discussion was the probation of Town Manager John Anderson. The council approved unanimously to end Anderson’s probation at the end of the month and increase his salary to $26,000. Anderson will also now have insurance and a retirement plan through the Town of Lee. The next Lee Town Council meeting will be March 3 at 7 p.m., at Kinsey Hall.

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