REFERRALS FROM MAYOR & COUNCIL

COUNCIL MEETING OF MAY 12, 2015


TO THE CITY MANAGER:


PUBLIC AGENDA, MUSCOGEE COUNTY JAIL:

NAACP Columbus Branch President, Ms. Tonza S. Thomas appeared before Council on the Public Agenda in reference to misconduct in the Muscogee County Jail. There were multiple questions President Thomas asked during her appearance, all of which a referral was made for them to be addressed by the appropriate officials, and the information to be provided to Council. (Request of Councilor Woodson)

In regardsto Councilor Woodson’s referral, a suggestion was made for President Thomas to provide a list of items she would like to be addressed. (Request of Mayor Tomlinson)

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PUBLIC AGENDA, SEARS WOODS NEIGHBORHOOD:
Ms. Sharon E. Bunn addressed Mayor and Council on the Public Agenda in reference to ordinance violations occurring within the neighborhood of Sears Woods. A referral was made for staff to look into drafting proposed ordinances addressing the problems with abandoned vehicles, grass height, pool water, and barking dogs. (Request of Mayor Tomlinson)

Later on in the discussion, a referral was made requesting the drafted proposals been provided to Council, so they can go over them and have further discussions. (Request of Councilor Barnes)

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A referral was made requesting information on the practices of Environment Court when a citizen does not attend a court hearing, and where they are on this particular situation. (Request of Mayor Tomlinson)
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A request was made for the City Inspectors to visit the property spoken of by Ms. Bunn to see if there is anything that can be done by the City. (Request of Mayor Tomlinson)
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A referral was made requesting the City Attorney to check and see what can be done by the City legally through ordinances to address the concerns expressed. (Request of Mayor Tomlinson)
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As it pertains to the nuisance of dog barking, a referral was made requesting that Special Enforcement look into other alternatives that pet owners could do before they are required to attend court. (Request of Councilor Woodson)
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A referral was made requesting that the situation with the snakes entering neighbors’ yards due to the condition of the pool be addressed immediately. (Request of Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh)
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During the discussion, City Attorney Fay stated, he would contact the attorney for the Health Department. A referral was then made that the City Attorney provide Council with the information found. (Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh)
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RESOLUTION REQUEST:

A request was made for a resolution thanking Mr. Fred Van Noy for his donation of seats and accessories to Recorders Court. (Request of Councilor Allen)
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COUNCIL NOTIFICATION:

During the authorization of purchases on the City Manager’s Agenda, a referral was made requesting that Councilors be notified when there is any kind of issue in there respected districts. (Request of Councilor Huff)
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DISCRETIONARY FUNDS:

During a discussion pertaining to purchases, a referral was made for Deputy City Manager Hodge to provide a briefing on the FY16 proposal for Discretionary Funds, to include if there are any funds available and what they are being used for to Council. (Request of Mayor Tomlinson)
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BROWN AVENUE BRIDGE LANDSCAPE:

A referral was made requesting that the City look at removing a tree stump located by the Brown Avenue Bridge. There have been concerns expressed by citizens that the stump is attracting snakes and rats. (Request of Councilor Huff)
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PTV REGULATIONS:

A referral was made requesting that the City Manager publicize the regulations pertaining to the use of PTVs in Uptown, and that the decals start being issued. (Request of Councilor Thomas)
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RAILROAD CROSSINGS:

A referral was made requesting that the City Manager have someone look at the condition of the railroad crossings on 54th Street and the crossing on Williams Road, close to the intersection at Fortson Road. There have been concerns expressed on the condition of these railroad crossings and the damage that could be caused to citizens’ vehicles. (Request of Councilor Davis)
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Copies were submitted to the following on May 22, 2015:

Mayor Tomlinson

City Manager Hugley

City Attorney Fay

Tiny B. Washington, MMC

Clerk of Council

The Council of Columbus, Georgia