The Red Boiling Springs City Council met on Thursday evening for a work session to discuss possible expansion of waterlines on Taurus Farm Road.

Macon County Mayor Steve Jones was present at the work session to inform the council that the county commission had voted to move the money they had agreed to give the city into a capital expenditure line so that they could match 50 percent of the cost of extending the water line. Jones told the council that residents had 15 taps they would agree to buy.

Red Boiling Springs City Mayor Joel Coe suggested the city get an engineer to look at the city's water lines and to make sure the city had the capacity to supply more citizens.

RBS Supervisor of Utilities Dale Brown told the council that he did not believe that "20-30 more people would affect (the city) in a noticeable way," but that if more homes or communities were established in the area in the future, it could cause problems for the city's water.

"If we put waterlines out there, there's going to be more homes built, more people out there," Brown said. "A subdivision on that system, a small one we could handle, but a big one … at some point, we're going to have to do something different."

Brown told the council that most of the growth that the city is seeing is on the same water tank.

"If we have a boom … we're going to have to build a new tank," Brown said.

Council member George McCrary asked Jones if the city were to need to build a new tank, if the county would agree to assist in funding as the city provides water for county residents.

"We're servicing the county people that you all are not able to service," McCrary said.

Jones told the council that he could not agree to that as the county commission would have to discuss and vote on it.

The council also discussed some grants they have received for work on the city parks, specifically Old Lake Park. McCrary told the council that he was looking at exercise pods to be installed in the park and that he would like to install a shelter over them with restrooms attached.

Council member Danielle Rufener asked about the possibility of electricity in the park. McCrary told the council that if bathrooms were built, they would have electricity and outlets available for park use.

Coe also informed the council that Red Boiling Springs Chief of Police Kevin Woodard was interested in creating a four-way stop at the intersection of Highway 52, Lafayette Road and Carthage Road.

"We need to do a resolution on that before they can put it before the state," Coe said.

Many members of the council expressed their doubt that the intersection could be made into a four-way stop. Currently traffic on Highway 52 does not stop, while traffic on Lafayette Road and Carthage Road does.

"With the flow of traffic on 52, (the state) is going to look at you and say, 'We're not going to do that,'" McCrary said.

The intersection does currently have caution lights on the corners.

The council also discussed the increase in animal control fees, which will have a second reading and vote at the next city council meeting. Rufener told the council that she did not agree with the increase.

"It is making money, because I got charged $140 for the ticket," Rufener said.

Council member Cynthia Smalling told the council that she believed if someone had dogs, they should "keep them up … if you can't, give them away."

"In a perfect world, everybody would, but that doesn't mean everybody has to be charged outrageous amounts of money in this little town," Rufener said. "It's still making money for the police department."

In February, the city passed a proposal to increase the animal control fees to a $24-per-day impoundment fee and $15-per-day boarding fee.

Those fees must be paid for dogs to be picked up from the pound.