MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
DECEMBER 13, 2016

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 9:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 13, 2016, 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 were Councilors Mike Baker, Glenn Davis, Walker Garrett and Judy W. Thomas. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, City Attorney Clifton Fay, and Assistant City Attorney Lucy Sheftall. Deputy Clerk of Council Lindsey Glisson was also present. Councilor Bruce Huff took his seat at 9:03 a.m. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh took her seat at 9:05 a.m. Councilor Jerry Barnes took his seat at 9:05 a.m. Councilor Evelyn Woodson took her seat at 9:07 a.m. Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington took her seat at 9:10 a.m. and Councilor R. Gary Allen took his seat at 9:12 a.m.
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ABSENT: Councilor Berry H. Henderson was absent, but was ex.
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INVOCATION: Offered by Rev. Lloyd Johnson of Gateway Church.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by students of Double Churches
Elementary School.
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STUDENT POLL WORKER’S PROGRAM:

Ms. Nancy Boren of the Elections & Registration Department came forward and presented to the Mayor and Council those students from
Carver High School who assisted with our elections process in November.

She said this is the tenth year of our Student Poll Worker’s program that we have coordinated with the Muscogee County School District with Carver High School and the Elections Office. She during that time, they have employed over 500 students from Caver High School.

Ms. Boren said the purpose of the program was to establish a feeling of civic engagement in the students, and to allow them to work the elections, as well as to defray some of their expenses as they graduate high school. She said it has been a win, win partnership for them.

Ms. Boren said she hears complaints from other counties about having to recruit poll workers, but said we never have to recruit poll workers because we have a constant pool of poll workers in our Carver High School students.

Councilor Huff thanked and congratulated the students for what they do.
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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA:

AT THE REQUEST OF COUNCILOR THOMAS, THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS CALLED UP AS THE NEXT ORDER OF BUSINESS AND WAS READ IN IT’S ENTIRETY BY COUNCILOR THOMAS AND THEN ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:

A Resolution (450-16) – Commending and congratulating Jordan Vocational High School automotive program for reaching the finals in the Quaker State Best in Class Challenge.

After making comments and reading the resolution, Councilor Thomas then made a motion to approve the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.

Several members of the Council made comments congratulating the students and thanking their teacher, Mr. Harris for what he does.
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COLUMBUS TO ATLANTA UPDATE ON THE HIGH SPEED PASSENGER RAIL:

Mayor Tomlinson pointed out a few weeks ago, we had a presentation from our Airport Director, Mr. Richard Howell and said that he brought along with him, a consultant who looks at international aviation and talked about the possibilities of enhancing our airport through high speed passenger rail connecting the Columbus Airport to the Atlanta Airport and said that we realized that there were so much more to the discussion. She said it is a national issue and no longer is it a partisan issue; and regardless of party, people are talking about these high speed passenger rail opportunities. She said the private market has entered it, because there is profit to be made, and that is making the calculations a little easier.

Mayor Tomlinson then recognized those that were present in the audience, who are on the Mayor High Speed Rail Commission.

She then called on Ms. Charlotte Weber, the Senior Historian at HNTB to come forward to provide the Mayor and Council with an update on the
High Speed Passenger Rail. There were some members of the Commission who was present in the audience.

Ms. Weber then came forward and outlined the following information, as outlined below.

Mayor’s Commission
Edward Hudson – Co-Chair
Rep. Calvin Smyre – Co-Chair
City Council
City of Columbus Staff
• METRA Transit
• Columbus Airport
• Ft. Benning
• Columbus State University
• GDOT
• State Legislators
• River Valley Regional Commission
• Georgia Power
• Development Authority
• Office of Senator Isakson
• Senator Ed Harbison
• Georgians for Passenger Rail
• Office of Rep. Bishop
• Citizen Representatives
• Georgia Municipal Association
• Office of Rep. Westmorland
• CSX
• Norfolk Southern
• Aflac
• Community Foundation
• W.C. Bradley Company
• Alabama DOT
• 2WR Architects
• Synovus

Ms. Webber pointed out that the Feasibility Study was started in 2013 and she then went into some details in provided the following information, as outlined below.

Scenario Development
– Evaluate the universe of route alternatives based on connectivity between Columbus and Atlanta

– Screen representative alternatives
Developing Alternatives
– Refine and evaluate for feasibility
Ms. Webber showed a graph which outlined the Operating Plans, which included two representatives and three technologies There was also two
graphs depicting some results, which included both the results of the Ridership and Revenue Summary, as well as the Financial.

She also outlined the Corridor Implementation ‘Overview, to include the Federal Railroad Administration Process.

Preferred Alternative

I-185/I-85 Corridor
– Corridor is financially feasible
– Majority of route within existing ROW
– Minimal additional ROW needed
– Minimal RR coordination – support from Norfolk Southern
– Airport to Airport connection
– TOD opportunities for Columbus, Newnan and Atlanta Airport
– On the Georgia State Rail Plan

Funding and Financing Strategies

Funding and Financing HSR

Potential Future Federal Funding Program
– Federal Funding with new administration is Unknown

– President Elect Trump America’s Infrastructure First Initiative

– FRA intends to authorize all phases of pipeline

Private Partnerships
– Stakeholder partnerships are key to accelerate
large infrastructure projects

– Congress recognizes that large transportation projects will require innovative funding including private investment

– Similar model to highway and transit programs:

• Transportation Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act

• Railroad Rehabilitation and Improvement Financing

– Potential to leverage station and right-of-way for revenue streams

– GDOT has authority to form public/private partnerships

Private Investments
All-Aboard Florida
– Use existing Florida East Coast Railway corridor between Miami and Cocoa, and new track along State Road 528 between Cocoa and
Orlando.

ECONOMIC IMPACTS
• $6.4 billion in direct economic impact to Florida’s economy over the next eight years
• $653 million in federal, state and local government tax revenue through 2021
• Over 10,000 jobs on average per year through the rail line construction (mid-2014 through mid-
2017)
• Over 5,000 jobs on average per year after the rail line construction is completed through 2021

PROJECT FINANCING
• Privately owned and operated company—Financing through a mix of debt and equity
• No state or federal grant money requested
• No ongoing taxpayer subsidies required

Potential Economic Impacts:

Economic Impacts:
U.S. High Speed Rail Association
– Spurs the revitalization of cities
– Encourages high density and mixed-use
– Fosters economic development in cities along train routes
– Broadens labor markets and offers a
wider network of employers


Economic Development Research Group
(U.S. Conference of Mayors)
– Increase business productivity through travel efficiencies
– Expand visitor markets and generate additional spending
– Supports the growth of technology clusters


FUTURE OF HIGH SPEED RAIL

• "78% of Americans support high speed rail” US High Speed Rail Association
• “More than any time in U.S. history, there is strong, bipartisan support for public investment in expanded rail networks.”

SUPPORT FOR THE PROJECT:
Private Local Financial Support
– GA Power
– Airport Commission
– Development Authority
– TSYS
– W.C. Bradley Company

Partnerships
– Fort Benning
– Columbus Airport
– City of Newnan
– Georgia Department of Transportation
– Federal Railroad Administration

Immediate Next Steps:
– Identify funding for development of
Environmental Assessment process
– Continue education and outreach

Long-Term Steps:
– Continue building partnerships
– Identify funding/financing strategies for implementation
– Preserve corridor through
documentation in official maps and statewide plans


Summary
Route deemed feasible and profitable
• Competitive because of short distance and route
• No legislation needed. GA has a Rail Authority on the books
• Opportunity for economic growth
• On the radar
– Federal Railroad Administration
– Georgia Department of Transportation
– Fort Benning
• Columbus is well positioned for potential Federal
funding
• Partnerships with federal, state and local entities

After the conclusion of her presentation, Ms. Weber then offered to answer questions of the Council, but there were none.

Mayor Tomlinson said she would like to thank Mr. Richard Howell, Executive Director of the Columbus Airport for their letter of support from
the Airport Commission.

Mr. Howell then came forward and made some brief comments, pointing out that the Airport Commission is in favor of this project.

Colonel Haus also came forward and made comments and also pointed out that Major General Eric Wesley has also written a letter of support
for this project.

Mayor Tomlinson once again thanked Mr. Sam Wellborn for what he has done in support of this study, as well as landing the support of the
railroad.
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REQUEST FOR TRANSITION AUDITS:

Mr. John Redmond, Internal Auditor came forward and said today he is here to request authorization from the Council to do a transition audit of
the Clerk of Superior Court’s Office, as well as the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office since there will be changes in the elected officials occupying
those offices. He said this is consistent with what we do when we have changes in leadership in the Government.

He said he will also incorporate the information that was previously requested from the Council that he has been working on regarding the
Sheriff’s office in with the transition audit, so that you will have a full record of that as well.

Councilor Allen then made a motion to approve the request. Seconded by Councilor Woodson.

Councilor Thomas said a few weeks ago, the Council authorized an audit of the Sheriff’s office and then asked, how does these two hook
together.

Mr. Redmond said the information that you asked to be audited previously will be incorporated, but said the transition audit involves
inventories and accounts of funds so that as we transition out, the outgoing Sheriff and Clerk, so that there will be a smooth transition and full
accountable of those funds and assets that are under their control.

Mr. Redmond responding further to Councilor Thomas, pointing out that this audit will be larger than what was previously approved by the
Council because this involves full accountability of a number of funds that the Sheriff’s office has. He said there are a number
of funds related to the jail operations, as well as some related to the investigative accounts. He said those funds needs to be accounted for.

After the conclusion of the discussion on this matter, the motion then carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with
Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.

Mr. Redmond also introduced the new Forensic auditor, Ms. Elizabeth Barfield.
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MINUTES: Minutes of the September 27, October 11 & November 15, 2016 Executive Sessions of the Consolidated Government were submitted and approved. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion to approve the minutes. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING TWO ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTEDBY THE COUNCIL ON SECOND READING: _ _

An Ordinance (16-53) – Amending the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) of the Columbus Code so as to amend Section 3.2.72.K.1(B) and add a new Section 3.2.72.O; and for other purposes.

Councilor Allen made a motion to approve the ordinance. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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An Ordinance (16-54) – 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; appropriating amounts shown in each fund; and for various other purposes.

Councilor Allen made a motion to approve the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WITH MUCH DISCUSSION INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING: ___________________________________________________________

An Ordinance – Amending the Zoning Atlas of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia; changing certain boundaries of a district located at 4540, 4550 & 4554 Reese Road & 3747 Gentian Boulevard (parcel 084-023-003, 084-023-001, 084-023-002 & 069-010-003) from NC (Neighborhood Commercial) Zoning District to GC (General Commercial) with conditions Zoning District.

City Attorney Fay said this is a public hearing again on this property on Gentian and said that Mr. George Mize, the petitioner is present.

He said he think that we may have one short amendment to Condition Number 5; however, we will wait and see if there is anyone who wants to be heard on this matter. There was no one who wanted to be heard on this rezoning.

City Attorney Fay said he believes that Councilor Thomas has a motion that she wants to make with regards to Condition Number 5.

Councilor Thomas said she would move to change Condition Number 5 to read, “no delivery date during morning and afternoon peak hours”. Seconded by Councilor Huff.

City Attorney Fay said that is the condition that should have been listed in e-cap, but said it was different from the Planning Department’s recommendation.

Councilor Thomas said she have spoken with Mr. Jones and he said that this would be acceptable to the Planning Department instead of the specific times of 9:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., to say during peak hours and they all understand what that means. She said the Planning Department has said that it would be satisfactory to them to change this language.

Mayor Tomlinson then called the question on the motion to amend the ordinance, which carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said she understands what peak hours is to us, but said her only concern is what does the public perceive as the peak hours without having a definitive time in there.

Director of the Planning Department, Mr. Rick Jones said when they first initiated it, they established it for a.m. to p.m. peak hours and said typically in the world of planning, peak hours would run from 6:30 a.m. to 9:00 a.m. and in the afternoon, it would run from 4:00 to 6:30 p.m. He said when they rewrote the language, they were trying to establish a real time for that; so that it could be understood by anybody who read the ordinance, but said it has been brought to their attention that the way they had it written, anything after 4:00 p.m.; especially for deliveries could not occur. He said they could not delivery anything after 4:00 p.m. and we thought that was unfair to the applicant to do that; so they went back to the original language of basically establishing those peak hour times which gives them that flexibility for deliveries before those peak hours and after, to handle their needs, as an operation.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said we have had issues over the years with deliver times and said that was the purpose of the ordinance originally, to try to do away with some of those issue. She said it had to do with different communities; because peak hours were different for different places.

Mr. Rick Jones said that is what they look at as being peak hours.

City Attorney Fay pointed out that Mr. George Mize is here today and has discussed it with the adjacent apartment owner and said he can tell you what their take is on this.

Mr. George Mize, came forward and stated that he is representing the developer, as well as the applicant. He said he has not specifically talked with the neighboring land owner about the delivery times, but said the land owner next door, owners of the apartment complex, known as Gentian Square Apartments and said they are in favor of the development.

He said what has happened is that this project has been conditioned and conditioned, and said they are having to deal with Dollar General. He said this morning when they got the news that they had imposed specific hour restrictions on the delivery times, we had not had an opportunity to talk with Dollar General. He said Dollar General has over 12,000 locations and when you set specific delivery hours on Dollar General, then it becomes a very difficult logistical nightmare.

Mr. Mize said they did the same thing in Statesboro; put specific hours and limitations on Dollar General. He said oftentimes, they reject those and then we are back to the drawing board.

Mr. Mize also pointed out what they have committed to on this proposed rezoning.

Mr. Jones, in responding to a question of Councilor Allen, said peak hours is not defined in the UDO.

After much discussion on this matter, with members of the Council, and City Manager Hugley expressing their views on this matter, Councilor Allen then asked that we look at putting a definition of peak hours in the Code.

Mr. Rick Jones, in response to Councilor Thomas said he thinks that we are fine with the language that has been proposed and amended. He said he agrees with Councilor Allen that they go back and take a look at defining peak hours in the Code.

City Attorney Fay said we will vote on this ordinance, as amended, at the first meeting in January.

Councilor Davis said he would like to encourage the staff, based on the discussion that was held here today, to really look into that because what you have here is concepts now that are pushing further and further out of retail areas into neighborhoods. He said he would think that our Planning Department would want to look at that more closely and examine that as we move forward.

City Manager Hugley said that they will definitely look into it.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND AFTER MUCH DISCUSSION THEN INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING: _

An Ordinance – Amending the Columbus Georgia Deferred Retirement Option Plan to provide that participants can suspend their participation in the plan for up to five years; and for other purposes.

City Attorney Fay said this amendment on the table is cost neutral, but has not been vetted by the Pension Board, and said the Finance Department has some concerns about because it increases a time period that these individuals could work for the City. He said there has been other options that have been floated that is not cost neutral.

Several members of the Council expressed their views regarding this matter, with City Manager Hugley, Mayor Tomlinson, as well as the Deputy City Manager and the Finance Director responding to questions of the Council, as well as expressing some concerns that they have regarding this matter.

City Attorney Fay also responded to questions of members of the Council.

After much discussion was held on this subject matter, with everyone expressing their views on the matter, Councilor Baker said he would like to request that this ordinance be referred to the Pension Board for them to take a look at it. He said he would also like for ACCG and GMA to take a look at this matter.

Councilor Baker made a motion that we refer this ordinance to the Pension Board. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Henderson being absent for the meeting.

Deputy City Manager Hodge pointed out that the next Pension Board meeting will be held on January 11, 2017. Councilor Thomas said she would request that the Pension Board look at this at their next meeting.
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PUBLIC AGENDA

MS. MELANIE CONNER, COMMUNITY COORDINATOR, REPRESENTING THE GOVERNOR’S OFFICE OF
TRANSITION, SUPPORT AND RE-ENTRY, RE: INTRODUCTION: __________________________________________

Ms. Melanie Conner, Community Coordinator representing the Governor’s Office of Transition, Support and Reentry, came forward and introduced herself as the new coordinator for this office. She also introduced those other individuals who were also present in the audience and a part of this program.

She gave an update of all the services that this office provide and that stated that she would need the Council’s assistance in getting the word out about the office and what they provide to the community.

*** *** *** MR. BERT COKER, RE: ATTORNEY GENERAL REPLY:

Mr. Bert Coker came forward and said he is here this morning to share with the Council the reply that he has received from the Attorney General’s Office in response to a complaint that he and Paul Olson made with regards to an open records request.

Mr. Coker read a letter from the Attorney General’s office regarding this matter.

City Attorney Fay also provided a copy of a letter that he received from the Attorney General’s Office in this regard and read that letter into the record, pointing out that we have been advised that we did nothing wrong as it relates to Executive Session minutes that were provided to the public.

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MS. THERESA E;-AMIN, REPRESENTING SOUTHERN ANTI-RACISM NETWORK, RE: SEPTEMBER 13, 2016 PUBLIC COMMENT FOLLOW-UP:______________________ _____________

Ms. Theresa El-Amin came forward and stated that she is here today regarding a previous appearance before the Council where she made some comments regarding a law that is on the books in Atlanta.

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MR. PAUL OLSON, RE: TAD/REDEVELOPMENT POWERS, PROPERTY TAX REFERENDUM, AND ATTORNEY GENERAL’S LETTER TO THE MAYOR & COUNCIL:______ _______

Mr. Paul Olson left the meeting prior to his name being called up on the agenda to be heard by the Council.

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MS. TOLUA PUAILOA, REPRESENTATING SAMOAN CHRISTIAN CHURCH, RE: GIVING BACK FOR THE HOLIDAYS:_______ _____

Ms. Tolua Puailoa came forward and pointed out that they are here representing Samoan Christian Church, and that the young children in their church wanted to do something for the individuals who had their apartment burned down. She said they will giving back for the Holidays. She said if there is anyone who wanted to also give, to please give her a call.

The Pastor also came forward and pointed out that they feel that this is what the Lord would have them to do during this time.
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CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: ___ ___

A Resolution (451-16) – Authorizing the changing of the official street and tax maps of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia by declaring a remnant section of Old Reese Road right-of-way surplus; the segment of right-of-way beginning at the south right-of-way line of Gentian Boulevard and running south along the east right-of-way line of Reese Road as depicted on a copy of the survey drawing prepared by EMC Engineering Services, Inc. Entitled "Right of Way to be acquired- Old Reese Rd-retail store" and dated October 26,2016; said drawing highlighting said right-of-way being made part of this resolution by reference; providing that all existing utility easements of record shall remain in effect; providing appropriate width of easements shall be reserved as required by the utility companies serving adjoining streets and properties by the utility companies for unknown utilities; authorizing the disposal of said right-of-way in accordance with Columbus Charter ; and for other purposes.

Councilor Huff made a motion to approve the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Davis and Garrett being absent for the vote and Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY COUNCILOR WOODSON AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HUFF WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS DAVIS AND GARRETT BEING ABSENT FOR THE VOTE AND COUNCILOR HENDERSON BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING: _____ ___ ____
A Resolution (452-16) – Executing an Intergovernmental Agreement between Columbus, Georgia, a consolidated government and the Muscogee County School District with respect to the TAD in substantially the same form as attached as Exhibit A.
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A Resolution (453-16) – Executing an Intergovernmental Agreement between Columbus, Georgia, a consolidated government and the Muscogee County School District with respect to the TAD in substantially the same form as attached as Exhibit A.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: _____ __

A Resolution (454-16) – Authorizing the acceptance of a deed to part of land lot 82, 8th District 0.038 acres along Old Double Churches Road as right-of-way for future road improvements.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion to approve the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Davis and Garrett being absent for the vote and Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (455-16) – Authorizing the City Manager to execute an easement with W.C. Bradley Co. for access of the property formerly known as "Front Avenue" between 13th Street and 14th Street for ingress, egress and regress for the general public with respect to vehicular and pedestrian traffic.

Councilor Huff made a motion to approve the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilor Garrett being absent for the vote and Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING EIGHT PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HUFF WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE EIGHT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILOR GARRETT BEING ABSENT FOR THE VOTE AND COUNCILOR HENDERSON BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING: ___

A Resolution (456-16) Authorizing the purchase of ready mix cement on an “as needed basis” from Argos Ready Mix, LLC. (Columbus, GA) for the estimated annual contract value of $150,000.00. The Public Works Department will use the ready mix cement for spot repairs on City roads. Last year the Public Services Department spent over $125,000.00 for ready mix cement.
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A Resolution (457-16) – Authorizing the purchase of two (2) John Deere Z915B commercial ZTrak mowers and one (1) 14 bushel 3-bag material collection system, from Deere & Company (Cary, NC), at a unit price of $6,775.23 for the mowers, and $2,309.23 for the material collection system, for a grand total amount of $15,859.69, via Georgia State Contract #99999-001-SPD0000102-0027.
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A Resolution (458-16) – Authorizing the execution of a contract with Barge, Waggoner, Sumner & Cannon, Inc. (Columbus, GA) for Engineering Services for slope failure repairs.
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A Resolution (459-16) – Authorizing the purchase of 1,200 Taser Training Cartridges from Taser International (Scottsdale, AZ) for the amount of $29,667.79.
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A Resolution (460-16) – Authorizing payment for fuel purchases awarded to the vendor submitting the lowest, responsive, responsible quote, via the daily fuel quote process.
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A Resolution(461-16) – Authorizing payments to AT&T (Atlanta, GA) for recurring costs for E911 services, for the approximate monthly amount of $10,000 - $12,000.
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A Resolution (462-16) – Authorizing the execution of Change Order 1 with Earth-Scapes, Inc. (Phenix City, AL) in the amount of $33,337.10 for the Front Avenue Striping project.
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A Resolution (463-16) – Authoring payment to Ledger Enquirer (Macon, GA) for legal advertising expenses, required for tax sales, in the amount of $15,990.00.
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THE FOLLOWING UPDATE WAS PROVIDED ON THE CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:

Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell came forward with an update on Healthcare/Open Enrollment Overview.
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: ___

A Resolution (464-16) – Excusing the absence of Councilor Evelyn “Mimi” Woodson, from the December 6, 2016 Council Meeting.

Councilor Allen made a motion to approve the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilor Garrett being absent for the vote and Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING ADD-ON RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: _____ _ ____________

A Resolution (465-16) – Excusing the absence of Councilor Berry Henderson from the December 13, 2016 Council Meeting.

Councilor Allen made a motion to approve the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilor Garrett being absent for the vote and Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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BOARD APPOINTMENTS:

BOARD OF FAMILY & CHILDREN SERVICES:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Ms. Tolua Puailoa was nominated to succeed Ms. Judith Lopez on the Board of Family and Children Services and that she may now be confirmed. Councilor Barnes so moved. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilor Huff being absent for the vote and Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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BOARD OF HONOR:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Ms. Barbara Pierce has been nominated to succeed Mr. Billy Watson on the Board of Honor and that she may now be confirmed.

Councilor Barnes so moved. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilor Huff being absent for the vote and Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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CIVIC CENTER ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Ms. Shondwella Ellis’s seat on the Civic Center Advisory Board has been declared vacant and that Councilor Baker is working on a replacement from his district.

She further pointed out that Councilor Woodson is working on a replacement for Mr. Jim Irwin’s seat, who is not eligible to succeed himself.

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COOPERATIVE EXTENSION ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Ms. Mattie Washington on the Cooperative Extension Advisory Board will expire on December 31, 2016 and that she is eligible to succeed herself for another term of office, but does not wish to serve again.
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PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Councilor Huff is working on a replacement for someone to fill the unexpired term of Ms. Laverne Brown on the Public Safety Advisory Commission.
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RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that that Mr. Gary O. Bruce has resigned from his District 2 seat on the Recreation Advisory Board and that Councilor Davis is working on his replacement.
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ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that we will need to have an organizational meeting on January 3, 2017.

She asked the Council if they wanted to have this organizational meeting in conjunction with the Proclamation Session.

After brief discussion on the matter, a motion was made by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh to hold the meeting at 5:00 p.m., January 3, 2017. Second by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Counc9ilor Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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TAX FREEZE:

Councilor Davis said he previously received a letter from the Citizens to Keep the Freeze Committee dated November 21, 2016, and was addressed to the members of the Legislative Delegation, as well as all members of the Council.

He said he meant to file it with the Clerk of Council at the last Council meeting; and said this morning he is filing it with the Clerk of Council, for the Council’s records.
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CHRISTMAS SPIRIT:

Councilor Barnes said there is a family on Dunhill Drive. He said he appreciates them for taking that effort

Mayor Tomlinson said she would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday.

Councilor Allen said he had been out of town for several days and forget to bring the Aflac ducks that he normally gives to everyone for Christmas and then said he will make sure he get them to Teasha to get to everyone.

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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Councilor Barnes made a motion for adjournment. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Henderson being absent from the meeting, with the time being 1:24p.m.



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