Newsletter January 2021

Announcements

Happy New Year

All City of LaFayette offices and departments will be closed on Friday, January 1, 2021 for New Year's Day. This will not effect the garbage route for this week. Everyone from the City of LaFayette would like to wish everyone in Our Community a Happy & Safe New Year!

Leaf Pickup Update

Public Works is working to get back on schedule and will continue Leaf Pickup beginning Monday, January 4, 2021. They will begin in Ward 2, followed by Wards 3 and 4.  After those areas are complete, they will begin another round through all wards.

Thank you for your understanding and patience!

LHS Junior Council bring a renovated new look to LaFayette Recreation Center with the City of LaFayette

The LaFayette High School Junior Council celebrated their first accomplishment with new renovations to the LaFayette Recreation Center.

Jr CouncilIn October 2019, the LaFayette High School Junior Council was formed as students were chosen by their teachers to be involved with the LaFayette City Council to engage in their community to make a difference.

The first item the Junior Council wanted to tackle—improvements to the LaFayette Recreation Center.

LaFayette City Manager David Hamilton said the Junior Council began to meet and discuss topics that were important to them, what they were interested in seeing accomplished in the city and what they wanted to see more of as it pertained to their concerns and even some of their complaints.

“It really started to gain some strong momentum prior to COVID-19. It was one of the biggest disappointments of COVID was when schools were shut down and it put a big damper on the progress we were making with the junior council,” Hamilton said. “We had to cancel a couple of events. We were slowly able to get it started again this fall.”

Hamilton said although the current COVID-19 pandemic had delayed the continued progressive momentum of the Junior Council, meetings continued to allow for the students to achieve their first goal of renovating the LaFayette Recreation Center with new furniture, new flooring, a revised lobby and fresh coats of paint throughout the recreation center giving modern, renewed life to one of the city’s most important assets for young people.

“I’m always excited when our kids get involved in community projects, because that’s what LaFayette High School is trying to teach is that if you’re a citizen living here, you want to value what is here,” Walker County Schools Superintendent Damon Raines said.

“So, to see our kids giving back and doing something that is going to have an impact on kids years down the path is always a good thing. I always appreciate our teachers who take the time to find these kinds of projects and let our kids turn it into their own and make it better than we’ve even thought. I’m just glad to be a part of it,” Raines said.

LaFayette High School Principal Maggie Stultz said the City of LaFayette reached out to LHS Community Crew Leader Sarah Jenkins and the project was organized with Hamilton and LaFayette City Council member Chris Davis to begin the LHS Junior Council. 

“It’s been exciting, and the kids have been involved and been a part of helping the city make decisions that best benefit students of their own age,” Stultz said.

In February 2019, LHS helped co-sponsor a Valentine’s Love Dance at the LaFayette Recreation Center where the money garnered was matched with the City of LaFayette and the students were able to afford picking out all the new decorations, furniture and flooring to spruce up the recreation center.

 

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2776 Hwy 27 By-Pass
706-639-1561

The City of LaFayette Electric Department: A service dating back to 1925

The City of LaFayette Electric Department provides 24-hour service—365 days a year—within the Queen City of the Highlands including locations in Walker County. The Electric Department diligently works to ensure that customers are provided with quality power in their respective homes and businesses.

The Electric Department maintains around 100 miles of overhead and underground power lines, 2,000 utility poles, hundreds of transformers and numerous commercial metering points to service around 3,900 meters.

Currently, the Electric Department consists of an 8 person line crew with one administrative secretary, totaling a 9 person staff.

The staff of the Electric Department is dedicated to improving service to our customers through routine maintenance, system upgrades and customer education programs. All linemen are certificated through the ECG Lineman Apprentice Program or the Southeast Lineman Training Center and receive continued training and education on maintenance and safety practices. The Electric Department maintains a fleet of bucket and derrick trucks as well as other general service vehicles.

Keeping the power on

The electric department answers all calls of power outages within the city and often works alongside with City of LaFayette Public Works and various other departments to resolve varying issues.
For example, if inclement weather knocks out power lines within the area, you’ll see the City of LaFayette Electric Department out on the scene, whether day or night, working to restore power to its customers.
This commitment correlates to immediate response involving anything from minor issues to widespread power outages reported in the area.

There are a variety of categories the Electric Department responds to which include customer related problems, equipment failures, residential fires, weather related responses (such as flooding, lightening, downed trees, ice or snow events), planned outages and theft of power.

To report a power outage Monday – Friday 7:30 AM – 4:30 PM, call (706) 639-1561 or after 4:30 PM and on weekends and holidays call Walker County 911 on the non-emergency number at (706) 375-7810. If you see downed power lines CALL-911 and stay away.

Contact Information

Auto Attendant  706.639.1500
Airport 706.639.1530
Business License 706.639.1509
City Clerk 706.639.1507
City Manager 706.639.1501
Codes, Building Inspector & Engineering      706.639.1509
Electric, Gas, Water & Sewer Dept. 706.639.1561
Fire Department & Burn Permits 706.639.1555
Golf Course 706.639.1580
Police Department & Animal Control 706.639.1540
Property Taxes 706.639.1518
Recreation Department 706.639.1590
Streets, Sanitation, Cemetery & Recycling 706.639.1509
Utility Billing  
     Automated Phone Payments 833.273.7456
     Online Bill Payments https://www.municipalonlinepayments.com/lafayettega
     Questions About Your Bill 706.639.1503
     Cashier 706.639.1518
























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Department Hours

Airport  141 Gasque Drive Monday-Friday 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.  
City Hall 207 S Duke St Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Fire (office) 208 N Main St Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Police (office) 208 N Main St Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
Utility Maintenance      2776 Hwy 27 By-Pass Monday-Friday 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. 
Recreation  638 S Main St  Monday, Tuesday, Thursday       8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m.
    Wednesday, Friday 8:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
    Saturday  12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. 
Golf Course 1 Fred Henry Dr Monday-Sunday 8:00 a.m.-7:00 p.m. 

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