MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
SEPTEMBER 22, 2015

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 5:32 P.M., Tuesday, September 22, 2015, on the 2nd Floor of the Citizens Service Center, located at 3111 Citizens Way, Columbus, Georgia Honorable Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor and Honorable Evelyn Turner Pugh, Mayor Pro Tem presiding.
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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh were Councilors R. Gary Allen, Mike Baker, Jerry Barnes, Tom B. Buck III, Glenn Davis, Bruce Huff, Judy W. Thomas and Evelyn Woodson. Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge, City Attorney Clifton Fay, Assistant City Attorney Lucy Sheftall, Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington and Deputy Clerk of Council Lindsey Glisson were also present. Councilor Berry H. Henderson took his seat at 5:43 p.m.

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ABSENT: City Manager Isaiah Hugley was absent, but was represented by Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge.
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INVOCATION: Reverend Sherryl Sneed, Pastor of Peters Chapel A.M.E. Church.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Students from South Columbus
Elementary After School Program.
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ZERO 2016 HOUSING INITIATIVE/FEEDING MINISTRY:

Mr. Scott Ferguson, CEO of the United Way said on last Friday, he was able to go to Washington because Congressman Sanford Bishop had nominated United Way and Home for Good in their efforts to house homeless Veterans for a Congressional Black Caucus Award; the Veterans Brain Trust Award, which was started by General Colin Powell in the 1990s to recognize service to the Veterans. He said he accepted that award on behalf of all the 16 collaborative partners of what we are doing here in Columbus.

He also pointed out that today is Christie Bevis’ last day as she will be leaving us and going to a bigger and better job in Birmingham. He said she has done a great job for us and said he wants to make sure that the Council
know that the United Way is committed; and said the Steering Committee, which Ms. Covington and others who are a part of, are present here today are also committed to keeping up this great work that has begun over these last three years. He said they have already begun a search for their new Executive Director, which has been posted on their website.
Mr. Ron King, Interim Director of Home for Good then came forward and thanked the Mayor and Council for their service, and commitment to this community. He said he think that we live in the best second tier community and said we are working to make it even better. He said Home for Good is committed to making this an even better community and is an alliance to end homelessness. He said we are implementing the City’s 10-Year Plan that he was a part of years ago under a different Mayor and said that we are now making that promise that we made back then a reality, and he feels very fortunate to be a part of that.

He said they are committed to permanent housing and linking our homeless population with rap around services to ensure that they are able to maintain housing.

Mr. King said like most great things in our community, this is a collaborative effort. He said they are committed to working with all of the collaborative partners, as well as landlords to


Chaplain Neil Richardson, of the Safe House Program came forward with a presentation on the Feeding Ministry program. Mr. Richardson stated that by having all of the resources come together as a community we have been able to meet our goals.

Councilor Thomas stated that when the 10 year plan stated our goal was to make homelessness atypical and non reoccurring.

Mr. Richardson stated that he has a new term functional zero homelessness where we can have a homeless man, woman, or family in a home within 30 days.


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OASIS System Upgrade (iasWorld) And Real Property Review Project
Status Report

Mr. John Williams, of the Tax Assessors Office and Mr. Steve Wyatt and Ms. Mary Griffin of Tyler Technology came forward and gave a presentation of the OASIS System Upgrade (iasWorld and presented the following information, as outlined below.

Project Overview

iasWorld Software Upgrade
Review Services for Taxable Real Property

Project Timeline

iasWorld Go Live Dates Real Property Review Milestones

Project Status Schedule and Activities

iasWorld

Project Status Upcoming Milestones

After the conclusion of the presentation, Mr. Steve Wyatt of Tyler Technologies and Mr. John Williams of the Tax Assessors Office then responded to questions of members of the Council.

Mr. Steve Wyatt answered Councilor Davis question in regard to how they they will pull the market value for the property tax. Mr. Wyatt stated that they will use the current market value when they are reappraising the homes.
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MINUTES: Minutes of the July 14 & 28, and August 11, 2015 Executive Sessions and the July 28, August 11 & 25, and September 8, 2015 Council Meetings of the Consolidated Government were submitted and approved upon the adoption of a motion made by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY COUNCILOR ALLEN AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE TEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT SECOND READING:_ _

An Ordinance (15-45) – Amending the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015 so as to appropriate and account for legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Sheriff in the case of Darr v. Columbus; and for other purposes.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the Ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by the ten members of Council present at the time.
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An Ordinance (15-46) –Amending the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015 so as to appropriate and account for legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk in the case of Pierce v. Columbus; and for other purposes.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the Ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by the ten members of Council present at the time.
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An Ordinance (15-47) Amending the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 so as to appropriate and account for legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Sheriff in the case of Darr v. Columbus; and for other purposes.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the Ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by the ten members of Council present at the time.
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An Ordinance (15-48) – Amending the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 so as to appropriate and account for legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk in the case of Pierce v. Columbus; and for other purposes.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the Ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by the ten members of Council present at the time.

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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:

An Ordinance – Amending the budget for the Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016, for certain funds of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia, by striking Section 26 pertaining to COLA’s in its entirety and substituting a new Section 26; and for other purposes.



During the discussion of this ordinance, Councilor Woodson made a request pertaining to COLA’s and the DROP Plan, and then made a referral that the Council revisit the DROP Plan; and that discussion take place during a Work Session before the Council begins its next budget year.

Councilor Thomas requested that when the DROP Plan is going to be discussed, that we make sure that we have Actuary Chuck Carr is in attendance during this discussion, because when he spoke with employees about the drop plan, he stated that they would still be treated as active employees.

Mayor Pro Tem stated that in line 5 it stated that the COLA is generally not given to DROP plan employee.

Councilor Woodson stated that she would like to have a work session before the budget session next year.

City Attorney Clifton Fay stated that this issue will be brought back up in three weeks.
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An Ordinance – Amending Sec. 13-167.3 so as to amend regulations governing placement of disposable and non-disposable containers in residential zoning districts and placement of rubbish, limbs and yard waste; and for other purposes.
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THE FOLLOWING FOUR RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY COUNCILOR ALLEN AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE TEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT SECOND READING:_________________________________

A Resolution (263-15) – Authorizing the payment of legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Sheriff in the case of Darr v. Columbus for Fiscal Year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by the ten members of Council present at the time.
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A Resolution (264-15) – Authorizing the payment of legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk in the case of Pierce v. Columbus for Fiscal Year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by the ten members of Council present at the time.
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A Resolution (265-15) – Authorizing the payment of legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Sheriff in the case of Darr v. Columbus for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by the ten members of Council present at the time.
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A Resolution (266-15) – Authorizing the payment of legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Superior Court Clerk in the case of Pierce v. Columbus for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by the ten members of Council present at the time.

Councilor Henderson would like a referral for City Attorney, as to why there is not an allowance for LMI for the training facilities like Crossfit, baseball training facilities. He said he would like a change to the UDO where we can have a discussion.
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PUBLIC AGENDA

THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS APPEARED BEFORE THE COUNCIL ON THE PUBLIC AGENDA TO DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING SUBJECT MATTERS, AS LISTED BELOW: ________

ATTORNEY RAY TILLERY, REPRESENTING MS. MARIAN HOOD, RE: PROPERTY DAMAGE: __ __________________________________________

Attorney Ray Tillery, representing Ms. Marian Hood, Re: Property Damage. During the discussion on property damage caused to the Hood’s property, of 6175 Bayberry Drive, Councilor Thomas then made a referral for the staff to provide a detailed staff report on the incident.

Attorney Tillery points out on the powerpoint how a drainage system for the city has not been properly maintained and when there was a heavy rain the Hood’s property suffered extensive property damage , it took part of their fence down as well as there was a shed that moved the shed off of its foundation 15 feet away.

Councilor Henderson also asked that the City get an independent assessment of the damages done to the Hood’s property.

Councilor Thomas would like a referral request to have a staff report, and a recommendation .



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MR. BERT COKER, RE: GARBAGE SCHEDULE AND THAW
THE TAX FREEZE:___________________________________________

Mr. Bert Coker, Re: Garbage Schedule and Thaw the Tax Freeze.
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CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:
(Presented by Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge)

THE FOLLOWING THREE RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER HODGE AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: _

A Resolution (267-15) – Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a facility license agreement with Trimble Navigation Limited (Trimble) for installation and operation of a Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) for a five year period.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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A Resolution (268-15) – Declaring that there is a need and necessity to immediately acquire easements to lands under the provision of the Official Code of Georgia annotated, authorizing the Mayor to order the acquisition of said easements and lands for county road and/or municipal street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said easements under the authority of the Official Code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1, et. Seq.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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A Resolution (269-15) – Authorizing the City Manager’s signature on an Emergency Management Performance grant application to the Georgia Emergency Management Agency.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Buck and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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THE FOLLOWING THREE PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER HODGE AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY COUNCILOR WOODSON AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BUCK WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE TEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT: _

A Resolution (270-15) – Authorizing the purchase of one (1) 444K Articulated Loader at a unit price of $108,332.97, and one (1) 644K Wheel Loader at a unit price of $212,876.58, from Nortrax, Inc. (Fort Myers, FL) [c/o selling dealer: Flint Equipment Co., Columbus, GA], for a total cost of $321,209.55, by cooperative purchase, via Florida Sheriffs Association Contract #14-22-0904.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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A Resolution (271-15) – Authorizing the purchase of one (1) 60 ft bucket truck with chip body (Ford XTPro 60 ft Forestry) from Forestry Equipment of VA (FEVA) (Forest, VA) in the amount of $137,672.00, by cooperative purchase via National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) Contract #042815-TER.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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A Resolution (272-15) – Authorizing the purchase of an aggressive back-up plan for the RMS project from CDW (Vernon Hills, IL) in the amount of $80,936.28, utilizing State of Georgia WSCA Contract Number: B2717099999-SPD-T20130221, awarded to NetAPP, for whom CDW is an authorized partner.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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CELL PHONE UPDATE:

Dr. Forrest Toelle, Information Technology Director came forward and provided the cell phone update, and provided the following information as outlined below.

Helpful Information

Dr. Toelle showed a chart which depicts the distribution of devices by function, as well as by distribution of phone type, which

CCG Cost with U.S. Comparisons

CCG’s Averages Aug 2015

U.S. National Averages


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COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL PARKING UPDATE:

Ms. Donna Newman, Engineering Director came forward and provided the following information as outlined below regarding Columbus High School Parking.

HISTORY
NEIGHBORHOOD CONCERNS
OPTIONS

LAKEBOTTOM PARKING MANAGEMENT PLAN

Lakebottom Residential Parking Areas

Ms. Newman showed a map outlining the Lakebottom Residential parking areas.

ALTERNATIVE PARKING LOCATIONS (approx 10 new spaces) along Cherokee Ave (74 spaces) and 18th Ave (81 spaces)




ADDITIONAL PARKING CHEROKEE AVENUE
Showed an area where there could be additional parking
Additional Parking Troop Street
Additional Parking Wildwood Park


PUBLIC SURVERY RESULTS
HISTORY
Existing Conditions
Showed photos of the following




After the conclusion of the presentation, several members of the Council made comments regarding this matter, with Director Newman and City Manager Hugley responding to those questions and concerns of the Council.

Also during the discussion, referrals were made by members of the Council. Councilor Allen requested that the City Manager draft an ordinance that would allow towing of students’ vehicles that are parked in the residential areas of Lakebottom.

Councilor Henderson also asked that informational material be distributed to the students of Columbus High School, before the ordinance is put into place that would allow for their vehicles to be towed.
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COLUMBUS AQUATIC CENTER UDPATE:

Dr. James Worsley, Parks and Recreation Director came forward with an
update on swimming pools.

Operations
Request for Bidding (RFB)
What is the current budget for the CAC?
What is needed to operate within the budget as it relates to the vendor’s proposal?
What is needed to operate within the budget as it relates to the city maintaining operations of the CAC?
After the conclusion of his presentation, Dr. Worsley then responded to several questions of members of the Council, with referrals being made by Council members, which are outlined below.

Councilor Allen made a request for Director Worsley to look at ways that the Parks and Recreation Department could host more swim meets in the facility for next year. The information was asked to be brought before the Council within 60 days.

Councilor Henderson asked Director Worsley to work with the Sports Council, and allow them to have an active role in assisting with coming up with a plan to host more swim meets.
Councilor Davis asked the Parks and Recreation Department to conduct an in depth study and do some research on how other facilities compare to the Aquatics Center within the southeast are doing.
Councilor Barnes asked Dr. Worsley to provide a conservative estimate on the cost associated with Parks and Recreation managing the facility, compared to putting it out for contract.
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PUBLIC AGENDA PROCESS:

Ms. Lisa Goodwin, Deputy City Manager came forward with a presentation on Public
Agenda Recommendations, which is outlined below.

PUBLIC AGENDA CRITERIA:

Current Process
Survey of other Cities

Municipality Information Time Limit
Savannah, GA Speak at end of Council Meeting Time etermined by City Manager

Atlanta, GA Sign up 30 minutes before Council to speak 3 Minutes

Augusta, GA Speak at Council or Committee Meeting 5 Minutes

Athens, GA Citizens heard on the 1st Tuesday 3 Minutes

Birmingham, AL Sign up 30 minutes before Council 3 Minutes

Charlotte, NC Sign up 30 minutes before Council 3 Minutes

2014 PUBLIC AGENDA APPEARANCES

Attendees Percentage
TOTAL 125

PROPOSED PUBLIC AGENDA CRITERIA
They will be placed on the Public Agenda for the 2nd or 4th Tuesday of the Month during a regular Business Session of their choice.

V. Allow 5 Minutes to be heard on Public Agenda

After the conclusion of her presentation, members of the Council expressed their views regarding the proposal and Ms. Goodwin responded to several questions of members of the Council.

Councilor

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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AS INFORMATION TO THE MAY AND COUNCIL CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:___________________

1. Correspondence from Director Gloria Weston-Smart, recommending the nomination of Dr. William “Billy” Kendall for the vacant seat of the District 7 Representative on the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission.

2. Biographical sketch of Mr. Timothy “Matt” Butts, Councilor Barnes’ nominee, Re: Animal Control Advisory Board.

3. Biographical sketch of Ms. Evyan “Lacy” Harden, Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee, Re: Convention & Visitors Board of Commissioners.

4. Biographical sketch of Ms. Cynthia Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh’s nominee, Re: Region Six Advisory Council.

5. Application of Kathy Hollon to temporarily close Leonard Street, from Wildwood Avenue to Forest Avenue, on Sunday, October 18, 2015, from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in connection with the St. Paul Methodist Church’s Fall Festival.

6. Application of John and Pam Thayer to temporarily close Carter Avenue, from 17th Street to 19th Street, on Saturday, October 24, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., in connection with a wedding reception.

7. Application of Michael Willey to temporarily close the southbound lane of South Lumpkin Road, from South Columbus Water Resource Road to the National Infantry Museum, and the Oxbow Meadows Riverwalk intersection, on Saturday, June 4, 2016, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m., in connection with the Easter Seals West Georgia, Inc. Walk With Me Fundraiser.
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CONVENTION & VISITORS BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS:

Clerk of Council Washington submitted a correspondence from Mr. John T. Miller, IV, resigning from his seat on the Convention & Visitors Board of Commissioners.

Councilor Allen moved the letter be received with regrets and thanks for his service. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.

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EMPLOYEES’ BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Clerk of Council Washington submitted correspondence from Mr. Joseph Smith, Jr., resigning from his seat on the Pension Fund, Employees’ Board of Trustees.

Councilor Allen moved the letter be received with regrets and thanks for his service. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.
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MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL:________ __________________________________ Councilor Allen made a motion that these minutes be received. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.

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BOARD APPOINTMENTS:

ANIMAL CONTROL ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Ms. Becky Carter and Ms. Jo McDaniel on the Animal Control Advisory Board will expire on October 15, 2015. She further pointed out that Ms. Carter is eligible to succeed herself for another term of office, but Ms. McDaniel cannot succeed herself.

Councilor Woodson nominated Ms. Carter for another term of office. Councilor Barnes nominated Mr. Timothy “Matt” Butts to succeed Ms. Jo McDaniel.

Clerk of Council Washington said we are waiting to hear back from the Veterinary Association as to whether or not they want to nominate Dr. Scott McDermott, to represent the Veterinary Association as their representative on the board.
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BOARD OF HONOR:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Mr. Milton Hirsch on the Board of Honor will expire on October 31, 2015 and that he is eligible to succeed himself for another term of office.
Councilor Huff then nominated Mr. Hirsch for another term of office.
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COLUMBUS IRONWORKS CONVENTION & TRADE CENTER:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Mr. Sean Michael Knox on the Columbus Ironworks Convention & Trade Center will expire on October 24, 2015 and that Mayor Tomlinson is nominating him for another term of office and advises that he may be confirmed.

Councilor Allen so moved. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.
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HOSPITAL AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the terms of office of Mr. Ernest Smallman, IV and Mr. Edward Gaffney, III on the Hospital Authority will expire on November 14, 2015. She said they are both eligible to succeed themselves for another term of office; however, we need to send three nominees from which the authority will select someone for these two positions.
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Ms. Ruhnell Bankston on the Housing Authority will expire on November 16, 2015 and that the Mayor is nominating her for another term of office and said that she may be confirmed.

Councilor Allen so moved. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.
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LAND BANK AUTHORITY:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Mr. Lance Hemmings on the Land Bank Authority will expire on October 31, 2015, but that he is eligible to succeed himself for another term of office.
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KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Ms. Nicole de Vries has resigned from her District 7 seat on the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission and that Councilor Woodson is working on a replacement.

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REGION SIX REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR THE DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND DEVELOP- MENTAL DISABILITIES:________ ____________________________________________

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh is nominating Ms. Cynthia Smith to fill the unexpired term of Ms. Simi Barnes, who has resigned from her seat on the Region Six Advisory Council for the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities.
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PENSION FUND, EMPLOYEES’ BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the Mayor is nominating
Ms. Elizabeth Raines Cook to fill the unexpired term of the late Mr. Morton Harris and said that she may be confirmed. Councilor Allen so moved. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.
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TAXICAB COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that we are still working on replacements for the seat of Mr. Jodi Sears, who represents the Hotel/Motel industry, whose seat was declared vacant, as well as a replacement for the late Mr. Billy Craft, who served as a taxicab drive.
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UPTOWN FAÇADE BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the terms of office of
Mr. Rick Johnson, Mr. Doug Jeffcoat, Mr. Steve Morse, Mr. Scott Allen, and Mr. Fred Greene who represents the Uptown Business Association, as well as Uptown Columbus on the Uptown Façade Board will expire at the end of October.

She further pointed out that Mr. Johnson, Mr. Jeffcoat and Mr. Morse are all eligible to succeed themselves for another term of office; however Mr. Allen and Mr. Green cannot succeed themselves.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Mayor Tomlinson entertained a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation matter. Councilor Henderson made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation matter. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.

At 8:37 p.m., the Council adjourned its meeting to go into executive session. At 9:06 p.m., the meeting was reconvened.
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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Councilor Woodson made a motion for adjournment. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote, with the time being 9:06 p.m.



Tiny B. Washington, MMC
Clerk of Council
The Council of Columbus, Georgia