Lake Sweetwater bait shop to close

The lease agreement between the City of Sweetwater and G.M. Morgan, Inc., the entity who is doing business at the city-owned property known as the Lake Sweetwater Bait Shop, was approved for bilateral termination during Tuesday's City Commission meeting.The lake currently stands at 18% capacity, and golden algae in the area has made a significant, negative impact. In addition, one month at the bait shop only reported fifty dollars' worth of sales.The city deemed it appropriate to go ahead and offer the termination agreement, and should the area receive any significant rainfall, the re-opening of the bait shop would be considered.Also during the meeting, approval was given to adopt a resolution appointing Precinct 2 Commissioner Jim McKenzie as Mayor Pro-Tem for the city. In addition, the resignation of Paul McCarthy as Civil Service Commission was approved for ratification by the commission and was accepted by City Manager Eddie Brown. McCarthy had been a longtime employee of the city and also served on the Planning & Zoning Commission and Airport Board, but he recently moved away from Sweetwater.Thus, the commissioners approved to ratify Brown's appointment of Larry Ludlum as City Service Commissioner, with his term set to expire in January 2015. Ludlum currently serves on the Municipal Auditorium Board.Furthermore, the minutes from the April 8 meeting were approved during the meeting. Approval was also given to the mid-year procedures report for the period ending March 31, 2014, which was prepared by CPA (Certified Public Accountant) Cathrine Wilks. The report examined six different areas over a three-day, extensive testing period. The city charter requires that two audits take place yearly, with the report being used as a basis for local procedures.