MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
JANUARY 26, 2016

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 5:30 P.M., Tuesday, January 26, 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 R. Gary Allen, Mike Baker, Jerry Barnes, Tom B. Buck III, Glenn Davis, Berry H. Henderson, Bruce Huff and Judy W. Thomas. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, 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. Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh took her seat at 5:35p.m. Councilor Evelyn Woodson took her seat at 5:47 p.m.
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ABSENT: No one was absent.
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INVOCATION: Offered by Reverend Cindy Garrard, Pastor of St. Luke United Methodist Church.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Girls Inc.
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PUBLIC HEARING:

Mayor Tomlinson called forward the public hearing on the River
District Redevelopment Plan— 6th Avenue/Liberty District, Uptown, and 2nd
Avenue/City Village—Tax Allocation Districts 2, 3 and 4.

Prior to the hearing being held, Councilor Davis said it is his
understanding that each of these three requests for a Tax Allocation District,
6th Avenue District/Liberty District, Uptown, and 2nd Avenue/City Village
-Tax Allocation Districts 2, 3 and 4 are all being looked at separately and
that it would be the preference of the Council that these different requests be
voted on individually.

City Attorney Fay said right now there is a package for the Redevelopment area, which includes all three TADs, but said if any councilor wants to make a motion to vote on these separately, that’s appropriate at this time. He said these will be voted on in March.

Councilor Barnes made a motion to vote on each Tax Allocation District separately. Seconded by Councilor Thomas and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Woodson being absent for the vote.

City Attorney Fay then stated that Councilor Davis wanted to read something into the record. Councilor Davis said he would like this statement that he is about to read to be recorded into the records. He said he has been made aware of O.C.G.A. concerning conflicts of interest relative to the creation of Redevelopment Districts under the Redevelopment Powers Law. In light of the current statutory language, I am disclosing that I do not currently have a financial interest direct or indirect in any of the three proposed tax allocation districts in the River District Redevelopment Plan, which is on the Mayor’s agenda for Public Hearing today. However, out of an abundance of caution, I do wish to disclose that there is a potential that I might have what could be construed to be an indirect interest in transactions related to the proposed Columbus, Georgia Consolidated Government, Tax Allocation District #3 Uptown which is one of the three Tax Allocation Districts proposed by the plan. Accordingly, I make this written disclosure and announce that I will not participate in discussion of or vote on any resolution or other Council action which includes the area identified as the Uptown Tax Allocation District described above.

Councilor Davis’ statement was filed with Clerk of Council Washington for the record and is therefore, being filed with the records of today’s meeting.

Councilor Huff said he needs some direction, because he too is a business owner in the Liberty District; therefore, he needs to be guided by the City Attorney, as far as his participation in these matters.

Mayor Tomlinson said he has owned it for longer than two years.

City Attorney Fay said if you have owned it for longer than two years, prior to this month, then you are able to keep your ownership, but said you need to disclose it, and not participate or discuss that particular district where you have a property ownership.

City Attorney Fay then called Mr. Richard Bishop, and Mr. Bleakly to come forward to proceed with the public hearing. He also stated that in light of the action taken earlier by this Council, apparently they would like to vote separately on each of these districts. He said that can all be worked out on paper by March 8th on paper.

Mr. Richard Bishop came forward and said they would like to give an update and respond to some of the questions that had been asked at the last meeting. He said they have a representatives from each of the districts present here tonight, to include Ms. Marquette McKnight, Mr. Justin Krieg and Mr. Robert Anderson. He said that Mr. Ken Bleakly, is present tonight to address the questions or issues that has been raised and said each member of the Council should have a copy of that presentation, which he will be going on that addresses two changes in the plan. He said the issue regarding the reassessment, we hope that we have a solution for that, but they do respect your comments and do want to hear those.

Mr. Bleakly said the Council members received a copy of the updated River District Redevelopment Plan earlier this week, and said all of these changes are reflected in that document, and we just wanted to highlight them for you. He then briefly outlined the updated changes, as well as showed the proposed Boundaries on the map, which represented the three areas, as listed below.

He said the proposal for the River District Redevelopment has three
separate TADs areas included, and said TAD #2 is 6th Avenue/Liberty
District, which is highlighted in blue and the map, TAD #3 is Uptown and is
highlighted in orange on the map. TAD #4 is 2nd Avenue/City Village and
has not change; that basic boundary; however, some of the boundaries have
changed slightly.

Mr. Bleakly said the Liberty District boundary is identical to what was
discussed at the last meeting and then outlined the information, as outlined
below.

TAD #2: 6th Ave./Liberty District
Summary

Number of Parcels599
Total Acres296
Taxable Acres221
2015 Market Value
Fair Market Value$130,358,198
Taxable Digest$27,337,652
Total Fair Market Value/Acre$440,330
Total Taxable Value/Taxable Acre$123,770
Number of Assessed Buildings/Structures 239

He said in the Uptown area there was a change that was made to exclude a property that we had previously included. He then outlined that parcel, as listed below. He said that area is part of the River Landing project and he believes it is intended to be a parking deck. He said that property now would continue on the city’s digest and the advantage of doing that is that you will receive the immediate revenues both from the construction and from the valuation of that Parcel in part to offset your concerns about the
reassessment impacts. He said that project moves ahead, part of that project will stay on the tax rolls and will not be included in the TAD and said that is the only change in the Uptown boundary.

Revisions: TAD #3
Parcel
004 009 004 (north of 13 St. Bridge / south of 14th) divided Southern portion omitted from TAD #3





TAD #3: Uptown
Summary
Number of Parcels389
Total Acres 194
Taxable Acres 139
2015 Market Value
Fair Market Value$339,451,725
Taxable Digest$47,844,941
Total Fair Market Value/Acre$1,754,660
Total Taxable Value/Taxable Acre$345,417
Number of Assessed Buildings/Structures 222


TAD #4: 2nd Ave./City Village
Number of Parcels990
Total Acres 371
Taxable Acres 261
2015 Market Value
Fair Market Value$105,664,573
Taxable Digest$30,265,438
Total Fair Market Value/Acre$285,215
Total Taxable Value/Taxable Acre$116,065
Number of Assessed Buildings/Structures 595

Revisions: TAD #4
Three parcels added at northern boundary
183 001 009
010 004 002
010 004 003

Mr. Bleakly said as we had discussed at the last meeting, there was a request to include a couple of parcels north of Manchester Expressway.
He said the previous boundaries ended at Manchester Expressway, but said we have added two parcels to the north. He said that the only other change to the boundaries. He said at the last meeting, they also talked about these three needs that needed to happen, as listed below.

Revisions


Mr. Bleakly said given that you have approved the Benning Tech Park, TAD #1, they have renumbered these so that Liberty District is TAD #2, Uptown would be TAD#3 and City Village would be TAD #4. He said there was a request to make those boundary changes and they have made those changes.

Mr. Bleakly said the third issue was how the City could deal with the potential impact of the reassessment process that you are going through currently. He said over the last month, they have spent a considerable amount of time consulting with other cities, as well as talking to one of the State’s foremost authority on the Redevelopment Power Law, Ms. Sharon Gay, about how would be the most efficient way to deal with the potential change in value that would come from the reassessment, sometime in mid- 2017, if you made the decision to go ahead and adopt the TAD this year, which would then set the base at 2016.

He said the conclusion was that there is a provision in the law that is called a Pilot payment in lieu of taxes provision, but said the language is not totally clear as to whether or not the sponsoring jurisdiction can give itself its own pilot. He said it’s clearly one that you can do with the school district, or if you are municipality, you could do with the county.
He said it is not clear that the sponsoring jurisdiction can actually create a pilot to itself.

Mr. Bleakly said in looking at the language, the conclusion was that the best strategy was to use the amendment provision that is in the law, Section 44-36 10(b) has a provision that basically allows you to add parcels at a future time, so you could potentially add a couple of small parcels. He said what that does is, it triggers that you then have to reset the base to the year that you added those parcels. He said how that would work is, if you went through the reassessment process when you have the answer in the middle of 2017 and there was a significant difference in your opinion between 2016 and 2017 values, then what you could do is amend those districts and add a couple of small parcels and that would set the base to that 2017 number.

He said that seems to be the cleanest and simplest approach to do that, and it gives you total option to do it or not to do it depending on the results of the assessment process.

Mr. Bleakly said their recommendation would be to proceed and adopt the plan this year and set the base in 2016 and that would allow you to start marketing the properties to attract projects into the three TAD areas, and you can move ahead and if it becomes necessary to make that adjustment, we don’t anticipate there would any debt that would be issued in the previous 12 months and that means you can reset the base and make that adjustment based on what your final conclusions are about the assessment process in 2017.

He said by including this portion of the River landing project, or by taking it out of the TAD and leaving it in the City’s tax base, we think that would generate several hundred thousands of dollars in the short term to the
City in 2017/2018; which would hopefully offset some of the impact of the reassessment process, to make sure you were covered in terms of some of those additional revenues.

After the conclusion of the presentation by Mr. Bleakly, he and City Attorney Fay then responded to questions of members of the Council.

Regarding Councilor Davis’ statement that he read earlier and filed with Clerk of Council Washington, Councilor Allen said in past requests when a Council member has expressed concern about voting on an issue, the Council has voted to allow them to abstain and then asked, if that is something we need to do in this regard based on his request.

Mayor Tomlinson said it is in our Charter, that if a Councilor requests to abstain that it must be voted on by Council and said she don’t know if the State law preempts that by forbidding it and said she would need to ask the City Attorney.

City Attorney Fay said he has made a disclosure so he is forbidden by Statue from participating in the Uptown TAD. He said you could do that in March when this matter is on the table.

Mayor Tomlinson said when this matter comes back in March, asked that Clerk of Council Washington make a note that when this comes back up in March that we will follow that procedure and remind the Council and then take a vote to allow Councilor Davis to abstain.

Further discussion continued on this matter, with several members of the Council expressing their views regarding the subject of the TADs, after which referrals was made by members of the Council, and are outlined below.

Councilor Baker said once a parcel goes into a TAD, if there is a project big enough that the developer thought that his business model was a better fit for a tax abatement than a TAD; is it not included in here that he has not forfeited that. He said once we put these parcels in a TAD, you couldn’t
give any tax abatement, because you need that tax revenue to pay the financing.

Mr. Bleakly said it is a policy question for the Council. He said legally you could do, but said it wouldn’t be practical. He said you would either do one or the other. He said there are examples where companies have taken the abatement rather than the TAD. He said if the districts is already growing, it doesn’t bring a deficit, but said the rule is generally if you are in a TAD, that’s the preferred methodically.

Councilor Baker said he agrees, and then said he would like for Mr. Rick Jones to look at that and bring us some updated information, and look at that as far as a policy question.

Councilor Davis said this pertains to the Liberty District and said there was some concerns of the Council about the South Commons area and he don’t see any changes that have been made there. He said the way he understands it, the Council can amend the TAD with a motion and the right amount of votes to remove that area. He said he will not support the Liberty District because he is not in agreement with the South Commons area being a part of it. He said he think it would be a conflict to keep it in the TAD.

Mayor Tomlinson asked if that would include the fuel station, because that is not South Commons and said it is a potential brownfield. There was a brief discussion between Councilor Davis and Mayor Tomlinson as to this matter. Councilor Davis said it would be the Softball field, Civic Center, the Golden Park area, and Skateboard Park.

Councilor Davis then made a motion for the area of the South Commons to be removed from the Liberty District TAD, to include the main Softball field, Civic Center, Golden Park and Skateboard Park. Seconded by Councilor Barnes.

Several minutes of discussion continued on this matter, with members of the Council expressing their views regarding the South Commons area.

Councilor Henderson and Woodson said they would like to see that area drawn out so that we can see what that would look like.

Mr. Bishop said we can get Mr. Bleakly to draw the lines and said he wanted to get some directions and then asked Councilor Davis, if you want us to go in the directions to maintain the tank farms in the TAD. He said he would see that as critical to the city and said he need to make the lines work and it make require coming through the South Commons in some way.
He said he is not saying he can’t be done, but said we just need some directions, as we bring you proposals back with maps if you want to keep the tank farms in the TAD, and said if you don’t, it’s pretty simple. He said if you do, Mr. Bleakly has to figure out how to make the lines work.

After much discussion, Councilor Davis then withdrew his motion.
Councilor Davis said he is totally fine with that. He said he will withdraw his motion and that is what he was hoping would happen tonight and that it wouldn’t have to come up. He said he thinks that everyone understands where his concerns are and said that his concerns are for the City.

City Attorney Fay then asked if there was anyone in the audience who wanted to be heard on this matter, but there were none.

Mr. Richard Bishop in concluding this matter said he would hope that the Council votes to approve all three of the TAD Districts. He said over the last few months they have tried to answer of the questions that the Council members have had and said that the TADs are put in place to incentivize economic development.

City Attorney Fay said this matter will be back before the Council on March 8th to be vote on by the Council.

City Manager Hugley said he would ask the Council to look at the TAD policy and if you see something else that needs to be changed to let us know before it comes back to this Council.
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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA:

WITH THE 2015 COLUMBUS STATE UNIVERSITY WOMEN’S SOCCER TEAM STANDING AT THE COUNCIL TABLE, THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS READ IN ITS ENTIRETY BY COUNCILOR THOMAS AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:

A Resolution (15-16) Commending and congratulating the 2015 Columbus State University Women’s Soccer team upon recently making it to the NCAA National Championship Match in Florida.

Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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MINUTES: Minutes of the January 12, 2016 Council Meeting of the Consolidated Government were submitted and approved upon the adoption of a motion made by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA CONTINUED:

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

An Ordinance (16-1) – Rezoning property located at 7350 Blackmon Road from RE1 (Residential Estate 1) zoning district to GC (General Commercial) zoning district.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

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

At 6:37 p.m., the Council adjourned its regular meeting to go into executive session. At 7:05 p.m., the meeting was reconvened.

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An Ordinance (16-2) – Amending the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 so as to appropriate and account for the payment of legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Sheriff in the case of Darr v. Columbus; and for other purposes.

Councilor Allen made a motion to amend the ordinance to add the protest language. Seconded by Councilor Buck and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilor Woodson being absent for the vote.

Councilor Allen moved to adopt the ordinance as amended. Seconded by Councilor Buck and carried by a vote of nine to one with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilors Allen, Barnes, Buck, Davis, Henderson, Huff, Thomas and Woodson voting yes and Councilor Baker voting no.
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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: ________

MR. DAN EAST, REPRESENTING VALLEY RESCUE MISSION, RE: EXPANION PLANS:_______________________________________

Mr. Dan East, representing Valley Rescue Mission, came forward and went into details and explained to the Council their plans for expanding the Valley Rescue Mission. *** *** ***

MR. JOSHUA MCCARTY, RE: HOMELESSNESS IN COLUMBUS:_________________________________________________ Mr. Joshua McCarty, who requested to be listed on the Council’s Public Agenda, to speak to the subject of Homelessness in Columbus, cancelled his scheduled appearance prior to the meeting this evening.

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MR. TONY ALFORD, JR., RE: COMMENTARY ON LEGAL MATTERS:___________________________________________________

Mr. Tony Alford, Jr., who requested to be listed on tonight’s Public Agenda, to speak to the Council regarding a Legal matter, did not respond when given the opportunity to speak to address the Council.

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MR. LEWIS CLEMONS, RE: TAX ASSESSMENT PURPOSES:

Mr. Lewis Clemons, came forward and went in details in explaining his situation with regards to purchasing church property from another church, and him having to pay property taxes on this property, which should be exempted, as they are operating as a church.

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MS. LINDA SIMMONS, RE: FLOODING:

Ms. Linda Simmons, came forward and addressed an issue of flooding that caused property damage to her home during the recently extremely hard rain which occurred a few weeks ago.

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MR. JOHNNY BORUM, RE: INJURED OFFICERS:

Mr. Johnny Borum, a former police officer came forward, as he has done on another occasion and made comments regarding the unfair treatment that he feels our police officers are given after they have been injured on the job.

Mr. Borum went into much details in what he said happened to him when he was injured on the job.

Councilor Woodson said Mr. Borum made a comment in his presentation that concerns her and said she would like for the City Manager to go back and research that matter. She said he mentioned that fact that one of our staff members told him that he shouldn’t get long term disability. She said she found that very strange because no one should be telling you what benefits you should or shouldn’t get. She said she would like to know if we are telling people what type of coverages they should take out. She said she want to know what are we doing or what are we saying because no one should ever give our own personal opinion on a situation like that.

City Manager Hugley said, yes, he can understand that and what he thought he heard him say, was that many years ago when he started, he did ask a question, if he should get long term disability and someone said no, that the City is going to take care of you. He said if that occurred that person is probably long gone, because it was probably 20 years ago. He said he will certainly make sure that HR understands and he know that we don’t try to sell policies, or not sell policies for other agencies that sell long term/short term disability; that would be typically an insurance agency that we allow payroll deduction on that we currently have with the City. He said that is a personal decision, and we shouldn’t be encouraging, one way or the other. He said he will make sure that we continue that practice of not recommending, and let that person make their own personal decision based on their family needs, or what they think they need.
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CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING FIVE RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:___________________________________________

A Resolution (16-16) – Authorizing the City Manager of Columbus, Georgia to execute a Supplemental Contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for additional funding for the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study (C-PCTS).

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.
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A Resolution (17-16) – Authorizing the City Manager to enter into an agreement with AT&T for needed utility relocation for the construction of the Follow Me Trail Bridge across Victory Drive.

Councilor Huff moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.
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A Resolution (18-16) – Authorizing the Mayor to submit an application for and to accept, if approved, a State Road & Tollway Authority Go! Transit Capital Program Grant with no local match required for funding of the Columbus to Atlanta Inter-city Passenger Rail Environmental Study.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried by a vote of eight to one with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilors Allen, Baker, Barnes, Davis, Henderson, Huff and Woodson voting yes and Councilor Thomas voting no, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.
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A Resolution (19-16) – Authorizing the City to approve use of Columbus Umpires Association as a vendor for officiating games with the Parks and Recreation Department.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.
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A Resolution (20-16) – Authorizing the Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept donations in the form of gift certificates, check, and cash from sponsors and individuals for the purpose of purchasing supplies each year for the Empty Bowl event. Also, to allow Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept cash, check, and credit card donations before and during the event each year for tickets to the event, auction pieces, and money donations. 100% of the money will go to Feeding the Valley for the Kid’s Café program. Bowls will be sold after the event for donations as well. This is an ongoing yearly program and requires donations each year to put on the event. Approval is requested for each year that the Empty Bowl is held.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.
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THE FOLLOWING ADD-ON RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: ____ _____________

A Resolution (21-16) – Authorizing the City Manager, in partnership with the Friends of Historic Claflin, to submit and accept, if awarded a grant application, to the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Historic Preservation Division, in the amount of up to $35,000 for the development of a preservation plan for the Claflin School Restoration Project, with a 40% cash and in-kind match to be provided in total by Friends of Historic Claflin, and to amend the Multi-Governmental Fund by the amount of the award.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.
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THE FOLLOWING TWO PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: ____ _____________

A Resolution (22-16) – Authorizing a contract with Newell South, LLC (East Point, GA), for the removal, recycling/reuse of scrap metal, bulky items and similar material from the Columbus Landfill, and other City locations of Columbus Consolidated Government, at a percentage rate of 40% based on the American Metal Market Scrap Iron and Steel Price.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.
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LANDFILL:

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said on the landfill issue, there was something on television, where she saw one of the guys saying that we would be able to drill the holes to use the methane gas. City Manager Hugley said he saw that story on television last night and said the individual was talking about methane gas and how we are moving in the direction of being able to extracting methane gas, not only from the Schatulga Road Landfill that is closed, but Pine Grove Landfill as well. He then called Director of Public Works Pat Biegler to come forward and make some comments regarding this matter.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said she just want to make sure that we don’t have the same problem as before.

City Manager Hugley said we don’t have a contract with any methane gas company and said when we do this, it will have to come back to the Council; but said it will be something that we are working on internally. He said we will have to put the infrastructure in place.

Ms. Biegler then came forward and made some comments regarding this matter.

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A Resolution (23-16) – Authorizing the purchase of Network Consulting Services from CPAK (Lagrange, GA), in the amount of $45,000.00. The vender will provide three hundred (300) hours of consulting services for the Information Technology Department.

Councilor Huff moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried by a vote of eight to one with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilors Allen, Baker, Barnes, Henderson, Huff, Thomas and Woodson voting yes and Councilor Davis voting no, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.
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THE FOLL0WING UPDATES WERE PROVIDED ON THE CITY
MANAGER’S AGENDA:_________ ___________________

Dr. James Worsley, Director of Parks and Recreation came forward with an update on the Aquatic Center.

Ms. Pat Biegler, Director of Public Works came forward with an update the Integrated Waste/Fleet replacement.

Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge came forward with an update on the FY15 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report/CAFR.

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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AS INFORMATION TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL:___ ____ ______

(1) Email correspondence from Corey Jones, Re: Personnel Review Board.

(2) Memorandum from Iris Jessie, Assistant Human Resources Director/Affirmative Action Administrator, Re: Fiscal Year 2015 Affirmative Action Annual Report.

(3) Certificate of Need application submitted by the Columbus Diagnostic Imaging Center, LLC for a MRI scanner.
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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 Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote.

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BOARD APPOINTMENTS:

BOARD OF ELECTIONS AND REGISTRATION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that she has received notification from the Muscogee County Democratic Party that they are recommending
Ms. Linda Parker, as their nominee to be reappointed for another term of office.

BUILDING AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:


Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Mr. Kel Jackson on the Building Authority will expire on March 30, 2016 and that he is eligible to succeed himself. She further pointed out that he is eligible to succeed himself and would like to serve another term. Councilor Allen then nominated him for another term of office.

Clerk of Council Washington said she would bring this back at the next meeting for the Council’s confirmation.
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CIVIC CENTER ADVISORY BOARD:


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(Roeaster Coles) SD-15
Eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


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(Olivia Pennington) SD-15
Eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


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(Stan Stovall) SD-15
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


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(James Wilkoff) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


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(Jim Irwin) SD-15
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)


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(Walter Lewis, Sr.) SD-15
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
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COLUMBUS BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS:


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(Ann H. Davis) SD-15
Eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.
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COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CULTURAL LIAISON ENCOUNTERS (C.I.R.C.L.E.):


Merlina Salamanca (Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee)
(Merlina Salamanca) SD-29
Eligible to succeed herself
(Mayor’s Apptmt.)


Mattie Hall (Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee)
(Mattie Hall) SD-15
Eligible to succeed herself
(Mayor’s Apptmt.)


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(Jong Yoon) SD-29
Post 9
Seat declared vacant.
(Council’s Apptmt.)


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(Pedro Diaz-Agosto) SD-15
Post 11
Seat declared vacant.
(Council’s Apptmt.)


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(Mary Renteria) SD-15
Post 12
Seat declared vacant.
(Council’s Apptmt.)

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL:


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(Zaki Shahid) SD-15
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Not interested in serving another term.



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(Colin Martin) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Not interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Olive Vidal-Kendall) SD-15
Eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Joseph “Tripp”Blankenship) SD-15
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Don Cook) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Gregory Smith) SD-15
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Teddy Reese) SD-15
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Adrian Chester) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Not interested in serving another term.






_______________________
(Christy Lemieux) SD-15
Eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


_______________________
(Gladys Ford) SD-15
Not eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)


________________________
(Carla Thomas) SD-15
Not eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)


________________________
(Jack Hayes) SD-29
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)


________________________
(Kim Jenkins) SD-29
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*** *** ***

CRIME PREVENTION BOARD:


LaRae Moore (Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee)
(LaRae Moore) SD-29
Eligible to succeed herself
(Mayor’s Apptmt.)


Capt. Gordon Griswould (Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee)
(Capt. Gordon Griswould) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Mayor’s Apptmt.)


Melvin Blackwell (Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee)
(Melvin Blackwell) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Mayor’s Apptmt.)


________________________
(Winston Bailey) SD-15
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Gregory Wagner) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Sharon Cox Belvy) SD-15
Not eligible to succeed herself
(Mayor’s Apptmt.)


_______________________
(Nancy Rinn) SD-29
Not eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*** *** ***

PERSONNEL REVIEW BOARD:


________________________
(Ron Mahoney) SD-15
Regular Member
Deceased
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*** *** ***

PLANNING ADVISORY COMMISSION:


________________________
(Frank Etheridge) SD-15
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Edward Kinner) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.


________________________
(Kathleen Mason) SD-29
Eligible to succeed herself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Interested in serving another term.
*** *** ***
RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD:


________________________
(Tracy Belt) SD-15
District 7
Resigned
(Council’s Apptmt.)


________________________
(Jennifer Collins) SD-15
District 8
Resigned
(Council’s Apptmt.)


________________________
(Todd Stanfill) SD-29
MCSD Representative
Vacant Seat
(Council’s Apptmt.)

*** *** ***

TAXICAB COMMISSION:


___________________________
(Billy Craft) SD-29
Deceased
Taxicab Driver Representative
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*** *** ***


TREE BOARD:


William Consoletti (Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh’s nominee)
(William Consoletti) SD-29
At-Large
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*Mr. Consoletti is interested in serving another term.


_________________________
(Chris Coakley) SD-15
At-Large
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)


_________________________
(Steve Smith) SD-29
At-Large
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)

*** *** ***

UPTOWN FAÇADE BOARD:


____________________________
(Fred Greene) SD-15
Not eligible to succeed himself
Uptown Columbus
(Council’s Apptmt.)
*** *** ***

With there being no other business to come before the Council, Councilor Allen 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 11:05 p.m.



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