MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 28, 2017

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 5:30 P.M., Tuesday, March 28, 2017, on the 2nd Floor of the Citizens Service Center, located at 3111 Citizens Way, Columbus, Georgia Honorable Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor and Evelyn Turner Pugh, Mayor Pro Tem presiding.
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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Teresa Tomlinson were Councilors R. Gary Allen, Walker Garrett, Berry H. Henderson, Judy W. Thomas and Evelyn Woodson. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, City Attorney Clifton Fay and Assistant City Attorney Lucy Sheftall, Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington and Deputy Clerk of Council Lindsey Glisson were also present. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh took her seat at 5:41 p.m. Councilor Woodson took her seat at 5:53 p.m.
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ABSENT: Councilors Mike Baker, Jerry Barnes and Glenn Davis were absent.
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RECOGNITION OF STUDENTS:

Mayor Tomlinson recognized the presence of students from Central Texas College, who are studying Government. She said they have come to observe us on tonight and then asked that they stand to be recognized.
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INVOCATION: Offered by Chaplain Roy Isasi of the Columbus Police Department.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by the students of Gentian Elementary
School.
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MAYOR’S AGENDA:

PROCLAMATION:

“COLUMBUS KIRYU SISTER CITY DAY”:

Mayor Tomlinson said as you may know for the last 61 years, cities across the United States of America have engaged in Sister City relationships and said that this is something that has help broaden the cultural experience, as well as the economic development opportunities of cities across the United States and said one of the cities is Kiryu, Japan.

She said they have been our Sister City since 1977 and through those many decades, there have been various delegations from Columbus that have had the opportunity to go to Kiryu under Mayor Peters and Mayor Poydasheff.

Mayor Tomlinson said we have a Special Delegation here this morning and then called Mayor Kamiyama and his delegation to come forward.

With Mayor Kamiyama of Kiryu Japan and the Kiryu Delegation Team standing at the Council table, Mayor Tomlinson read a proclamation, proclaiming March 28, 2017, as “Kiryu Sister City Day”, in Columbus, Georgia.

Mayor Tomlinson also introduced the four other individuals who were present with Mayor Kamiyana. She also presented a key to the City to Mayor Kamiyana and said she wants him to know that he is always welcome here.
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RECORDER’S COURT:

Mr. Larry Love, Interim Clerk of Recorder’s Court and said that he is
wanting to make some upgrades to be done at Recorder’s Court.

Mayor Tomlinson then asked Mr. Love if he would give us a general
overview. She said she know that these are some items that you have found
as you have come into Recorder’s Court that you believe are in immediate
need of repair in order to carry forward the mission of Recorder’s Court.

Mr. Love said that is correct and then outlined the following items, as
listed below are the things that he would like to make improvement on at
Recorder’s Court.
Uniforms - $2,617.49
Carpet Cleaning - $940.00
Banner - $30.00 (Announcing that the drive-thru window is open Painting and Patching Walls – Waiting on an estimate
Heaters 14 @ $50.00 each - $750.00
Replace Seating in lobby – obtaining estimates Add Payment window- Waiting on bids
Cubicles – 14 @$1,000 each - $14,000(estimate)
Comparison- Recorder’s Court Personnel with Municipal Court
Reorganizing Functions – Crosstrain personnel
Temporary Salary increase for Appointed Supervisor (5%)
Job Description – Working with HR on new job descriptions once
He said what he has asked for is a budget override in the amount of $9,407.05 to take care of these immediate items that needs to be addressed.

At the request of Mayor Tomlinson, Finance Director Angelica Alexander then came forward and explained to the Mayor and Council exactly what a budget overrun would mean; and also stated that Mr. Love has done an analysis of the Recorder’s Court budget and is trying to find a funding source within the existing budget to cover these budget overruns.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said she had the opportunity to go on a visit of Recorder’s Court and said it is horrible and is in dire need of fixing. She said the working conditions are pathetic and said no one should have to work like that. She said the changes that Mr. Love wants to make at the window are really needed. She said she wanted to ask the Finance Department if we could get these funds out of the LOST funds; and what he wants to do, would fall under that.

Finance Director Alexander said that Recorder’s Court currently has two existing position within its budget that are funded from the OLOST and said if the Council desires to give an allocation to this particular court, for operations, that is at your discretion.

After some discussion regarding this matter, City Manager Hugley said if
this is something that the Council would like to do now; he can take it out of
contingency.

Mayor Pro tem Turner Pugh then made a motion that we do it now.
Seconded by Councilor Garrett.

Discussion continued on this matter, with Mr. Love responding to
questions of members of the Council as it relates to the changes that he is requesting to be made.

City Manager Hugley also responded to questions of the Mayor, as it
relates to the 5% increase. He said typically, when we have someone take on
a higher level of responsibility, we do something for them after those 90-
days.

Councilor Garrett said it is something that he would support and then
asked for clarification on the motion, as to whether it is for all three
recommendations or is it just for the override; to which it was stated that it is
just for the override.

After further discussion on this matter, with members of the Council
expressing their views, and Mr. Love responding to several questions of
members of the Council, the question was then called on Mayor Pro Tem
Turner Pugh’s motion, which carried unanimously by those seven members
of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent
for the meeting.

Larry Love then called forward Ms. Elizabeth Barfield, who is the Forensic Auditor who works with John Redmond to explain to the Mayor & Council what improvements she has come up with as it relates to the Recorder’s Court website and telephone system.

City Manager Hugley said you have approved the $9,407.05, but did not act on the 5% for the Acting Supervisor. He said he also wants Mr. Love to know that he will need architectural drawings before they can do an RFP for construction activity and before they would have any work done over there.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh asked if we needed to approve a motion today on the Acting Supervisor’s position or do, we need to wait the 90-days to do it.

City Manager Hugley said we could simply follow our guidelines that we have for that. He said we could handle that.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said one thing we need to realize is that Recorder’s Court is our responsibility.
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MINUTES: Minutes of the January 31, 2017 Council meeting of the Council of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia was 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 seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL ON SECOND READING: _ _ _

An Ordinance (17-14) – Revising the promotional procedures for the Columbus Department of Fire and Emergency Medical Services.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded By Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING THREE ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:_ _

An Ordinance – Rezoning approximately 1.89 acres located at 8186 Veterans Parkway (parcel #079-007-003). The current zoning is RO (Residential Office). The proposed zoning is GC (General Commercial). The proposed use is retail and restaurant.

PROPONENTS:

Mr. Scott Boyce, 5767 Roaring Branch Road, representing the petitioner came forward and said he is representing Kumar Development. He said also
present with him is Mr. Nixon Massey, who is the engineer on the project.
He then showed a copy of the site plan (8186 Veterans Parkway), as well as area on the sketch and said they have four retail buildings on the sketch, but believe that they can only build three. He also said the proposal is consistent with the land-use map. He went into some details in outlining the plans for his client. He said they believe that they meet all of the requirements for this proposal rezoning and that they will not have any negative impact on any city services.

Mr. Boyce then responded to a question of Councilor Garrett, as to whether or not there has been any objections to this request, to which he pointed out that there has not been, to his knowledge.

City Attorney Fay then asked if there was anyone else who wanted to be heard on this matter, for or against this proposed rezoning request, but there were none. He said this ordinance would be voted on in two weeks.
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An Ordinance – Rezoning approximately .22 acres located at 309 & 315 6th Street (parcel #020-001-001 & 020-001-002). The current zoning is HIST (Historic). The proposed zoning is GC (General Commercial). The proposed use is office.

PETITIONER:

Mr. David Fox, 902 Cooper Avenue came forward and in response to a question of Councilor Huff, as to what does the Historical Designation represent on that property said this is the corner of 6th & Veterans where they are going to build their new office. He said seven of the parcels, which they acquired from the City, five of them were already G-C and two small original home-sites of the parcels were historical.

Councilor Huff then asked if there would be a marker put there after you build your office, to which Mr. Fox said it is not that historic.

Councilor Huff said there used to be a drugstore on that corner, Dr. Bryant and said he was wondering if that property were deemed historical.

Mr. Fox said he does not believe that the drugstore was on any one of these two lots away from the corner.

The dialogue between Councilor Huff and Mr. Fox continued for several minutes as it relates to the historic piece. Councilor Huff then asked if there would be no mention of that historic piece going forward; to which Mr. Fox said not that they are aware.

City Manager Hugley said we can do some research to see what was located there.

City Attorney Fay said this ordinance would be voted on in two weeks.
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An Ordinance – Amending Article IV of the Columbus Code by deleting references to the Double Churches Pool from the scope of the Columbus Aquatics Commission; and for other purposes.
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THE FOLLOWING TWO RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY
THE COUNCIL:_ _

A Resolution (87-17) – Authorizing a special exception to operate a Day Care Center (Type III) located at 8350 Veterans Parkway. The Planning Advisory Commission and the Planning Department recommend approval.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded By Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (88-17) – Providing for the levy and collection of an annual ad valorem tax to provide funds for the payment of the principal of and interest on the $33,310,000 in principal amount of Muscogee County School District (Georgia) General Obligation Sales Tax Bonds, Series 2017.
Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded By Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND AMENDED AND THEN INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:_ ___________________

An Ordinance - Amending Chapter 13 of the Columbus Code by striking Article I, Division 1 and adding a new Article I, Division 1 to Prohibit Smoking in All Workplaces and Public Places; and for other purposes.

City Attorney Fay said this is the continued first reading of the Smoke Free provisions for Chapter 13 of the Columbus Code. He said that Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh is asking that the substitute ordinance be place on the table for first reading. He said they had previously sent it to all of the Council members.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion to place the substitute on the table for first reading. Seconded by Councilor Woodson.

Councilor Thomas said she has some recommendations for changes in the ordinance, as well as some questions about some of the things that are in the ordinance.
Councilor Thomas moved that the ordinance be amended by deleting beginning with the first “Whereas” on Page One and delete the next five pages, which consist of statements about smoking and all of those kind of things and said this is something that we typically have in our ordinances and not sure that it serve any purpose in this one.

City Attorney Fay said this will not be codified, all of these findings. He said they are just here as a preamble for the Council and public to see before you act on it. He said they are not going to be in the code itself, but these are findings based on different studies.

Mayor Tomlinson said it would be used as legislative history.

After the comments made by City Attorney Fay and Mayor Tomlinson,
Councilor Thomas said she still makes her motion. Seconded by Councilor Garrett. Councilor Allen said it states that it will be a part of the ordinance.

City Attorney Fay said he would like to offer the suggestion that we leave it in the record, as part of the Council’s proceedings, but said he will make sure that it is not codified as part of the ordinance.

Councilor Thomas said she is not sure why there is this need to have it
anywhere. City Attorney Fay said that it is legislative history and said routinely with health measures or other type of regulations, you do have
some sort of findings that is in the record. He said it is not going to be codified in the Code, if that is the desire of the Council. He said we could just keep it in the records at the Clerk’s Office.

Mayor Tomlinson said if it is causing the Council some trouble and it would not be in the ordinance, could it then just be removed, and cut and paste, and then submitted to the Clerk, as part of the records. City Attorney Fay said that it is going to be attached as history. He said this will be in the records, but it just will not be put in the Code in Chapter 13.

After much discussion regarding this matter, the question was finally called on Councilor Thomas’s motion, which carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.

Additional discussion continued on this matter, with several members of the Council expressing their further views. In response to a question of Councilor Thomas, as it relates to signs, City Attorney Fay pointed out that this ordinance has been modeled after the model ordinance in Savannah, but said we do know that the State Health Department has gotten word to the local Health Department lawyer that they are willing to pay for stickers and signage.

City Attorney Fay responded to further questions of the Mayor and members of the Council.



Dr. Beverly Townsend, Director of the Columbus Health Department, who was seated in the audience listening to this discussion; then came forward, at the request of Mayor Tomlinson, to respond to questions of the Council.

There were several other amendments, as made by the Council, after much discussion, as listed below

Councilor Thomas made a motion to delete Section 13-14 Items F and G. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.

Councilor Allen made a motion to change the year in Section 13-14.1(c) from June 1, 2017 to June 1, 2019 as it relates to air-handling systems to be installed. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.

Councilor Thomas said she knows that there is 31 businesses that are classified as bar-pub, nightclubs, and said she would like our staff to see if we can found out how many businesses that is currently licensed in Columbus has this air-handling systems in place.

After continued discussion on this matter, Councilor Allen said he would
like for the Council to consider keeping this ordinance on first reading for 60-days to give us an opportunity to vet through some of the questions, which will give us time to receive some additional information on the State law so that we can do some side by side comparison to see which way we want to go. He said if the State is already doing certain things; then we do not need to add that to the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.

Councilor Garrett said on Page 9, Section 13-04.1, there are two options that he can be in support of; and, said he would like to make an exception to except bars, bingo facilities and gambling facilities; and if the building is built after whatever date we want to set, that they would have to be required to install ventilation system. He said if the building were built after the implementation of this statute, then they would have to put in the system; but said he would not want to put that burden on current business.

Councilor Garrett also said on Page 11, he does not know if those exceptions would be in conflict with Section 13-05; and said if they are, we may have to remove Section 13-05. He said he would also like to propose the deletion of Section 13-06, as well as change the distance from 25 feet to 10-feet in Section 13-08(A) and delete Paragraph C all together.

Councilor Garrett said on Page 12, he would also like to propose the complete deletion of Section 13-09.

Councilor Garrett then made a motion to amend the section of the ordinance as outlined above. Seconded by Councilor Allen.
Councilor Henderson said on the surface, he is in favor of almost all of these amendments, but said he has not had a chance to talk to any of these people so they can walk him through for the justification of some of this. .. He said ultimately, he would probably support most of these. He said he would have a hard time supporting amending the ordinance right now since we have a 60-day window, and said he would suggest that we put these on the table, as an option so that we can review this as we get closer to come up with something on middle ground.

He said he recognizes that there is another story on the other side and said if he wants on this now, he will vote no. He said he want to let the people know that they have an opportunity to bring to us why they are pushing this.

After further discussion, Councilor Garrett then withdrew his motion for those sections that he outlined be amended.

After the conclusion of the discussion, Mayor Tomlinson asked if there were any further questions for amendments. Councilor Thomas said she does have another one. Section 13-07, Item “K:, said she wants to insert larger than a duplex. She said she would also like to insert this in Section 13-4.1(L).

The following individuals also appeared and offered their support of this ordinance: Mr. Perry Alexander, Ms. Anjure Smith, Mr. Buddy Nelms,
Ms. Jessica Long, Ms. Nicole Lett, Ms. Amber Bratton, and Ms. Jean O’Conner.

City Attorney Fay asked if anyone else wanted to be heard on this matter; and pointed out that this ordinance will be delayed and will be back at the last Council meeting in May.

He said they will distribute another substitute ordinance to the Council and said they can do whatever they want to within the next 60-days.
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THE FOLLOWING ADD-ON RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:_ _

A Resolution (89-17) – Authorizing the City Attorney and the Finance Director to make payment of $50,000 to settle all damage claims of Jonathan L. Bryant stemming from the incident, which occurred on May 23, 2006.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for the vote and Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

City Attorney Fay said he would like to go into an executive session at the end of the meeting to discuss a real estate matter.
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PUBLIC AGENDA

MS. LINDA SIMMONS, RE: FOLLOW-UP TO PREVIOUS APPEARANCE: ______________________________________________

Ms. Linda Simmons, 941 Fairwell Drive came forward said she brought some pictures of some previous houses that have flooded in the area in which she lives in 2011 and 2013. She said she has a list of all the homes that have flooded and there was one within 100 feet of her home. She said she was hoping that the Council would reconsider the decision that they had made not to assist her in fixing her home. She said she has a petition that she has signed.

Mayor Tomlinson said the last time that you were here, our engineers and Risk Managers personnel talked about this particular flood and the fact that there were so many inches of rain that day, as well as the fact that it overwhelmed the storm water system is what we call an Act of God. She said under the law, the City’s position is that the City is immune from damages. She said we all understand and has been expressed by this Council and members of the Administrative staff.

She said it is a horrible thing and said we wish that we could do something. She said we could not do one thing for one citizen that we could not do for all citizens. She said that has been the City’s position.

Mayor Tomlinson encouraged Ms. Simmons to try to find someone who she trusts, to try to assist her and make referrals on her before to assist her in her particular case. She said the City has not changed their position.

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MR. CHRISTOPHER REYES, RE: EASEMENT:

Mr. Christopher Reyes, 7200 Springbrook Drive came forward and went into some details in outlining a problem that he has had with water running onto his property. He asked several questions to the City Attorney, as well as City Manager, in which the Mayor asked that he direct his questions to the Council.

City Attorney Fay pointed out that the Director of Engineer is present and that she is here to explain the matter. Mayor Tomlinson also explained the process to Mr. Reyes.



Mr. Reyes continued with his presentation and referred to the notebook that he provided to the Mayor and Council. A copy of the information was also given to the Clerk of Council, for the Council’s records and is made a part of the Council meeting file.

After the conclusion of his presentation, Ms. Donna Newman, Director of Engineering came forward and explained this matter and how they have tried to assist Mr. Reyes in resolving the matter. She also pointed out that the Columbus Water Works also has a representative present to explain the process that they were involved in dealing with this matter.

Mr. White of the Columbus Water Works also came forward and explained their position in this matter.

Councilor Allen also made comments and pointed out that he and Councilor Barnes also agreed to meet with Mr. Reyes on his property to look at the matter. He said we have already given Mr. Reyes numerous documents that he has asked for trying to assist him with this matter.

He said he just want the Council to know the length that we have gone through to try to assist him with this matter, and said he do not know what else we can do to him. He said we could not direct the water to go anywhere else; and once again, he would ask that Mr. Reyes give him a call and make an appointment with him and he and City Attorney Fay will go over everything with him to make sure that he had been properly notified.

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DR. EDDIE POWELL, RE: REACH PROGRAM:

Dr. Melvin Blackwell and Dr. Eddie Powell came forward to recognize the students of the Reach Program.

Dr. Powell went into some details in explaining to the Mayor and Council exactly what all the Reach Program entails. He said last year was the start of the program and said that they selected eight students. He said once these students graduate from high school and enter into college; they are given a $7,000 scholarship. He said they are here to promote this program and encourage the Council to be mentors, as well as academic advisors. He said every year they would be getting eight new students in the program.
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CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING NINE RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND WAS ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:

A Resolution (90-17) – Authorizing the City Manager, City Attorney, Finance Director and their representatives to make payment of $25,000.00 to settle all damage claims of Cody Graves stemming from a motor vehicle accident, which occurred on August 17, 2015, and to execute all appropriate settlement documents to this effect.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (91-17) – Authorizing the City Manager to execute a lease agreement with Take the City for use of a vacant city owned property at 2802 Bradley Circle for a community garden project for $1 per year for a period of one (1) year.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING FOUR PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY COUNCILOR HUFF. SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS BAKER, BARNES AND DAVIS BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING:__ __

A Resolution (92-17) Authorizing the execution of construction contracts with Southeastern Site Development, Inc. (Newnan, GA) in the amount of $996,852.75 for the Boxwood Boulevard Bridge Replacement and with Kiewit Infrastructure South Co. (Peachtree City, GA) in the amount of $152,960.00 for the Waterford Road Bridge Retrofit.
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A Resolution (93-17) – Authorizing the purchase of new ammunition from Golf States Distributors (Montgomery, Al), in the amount of, $21,327.60. This will be a cooperative purchase via Georgia Statewide Contract #99999-SPD-ES40199379-0005.
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A Resolution (94-17) – Authorizing the trade-in/exchange of Smith and Wesson weapons with Smyrna Police Distributors (Smyrna, GA) for the Public Works and Muscogee County Prison Departments. Both departments will exchange weapons to comply with the Georgia Statewide Department of Corrections transition from the old 38 revolvers to the 9mm semi-automatic pistols. There will be no cost to the City for the exchange.
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A Resolution (95-17) – Authorizing payment to Lightspeed Datalinks (Columbus, GA), in the amount of $21,183.00, for ongoing maintenance of the Video Visitation System and Judicial Arraignment System utilized at the Muscogee County Jail and for security equipment. This payment will cover services provided in January, February and March.
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THE FOLLOWING ADD-ON RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:_ _

A Resolution (96-17) – Authorizing the execution of a CDBG agreement with Keep Columbus Beautiful to utilize the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) funds in an amount up to $5,000 for a clean-up event within the Winterfield Community.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING UPDATES WERE PROVIDED ON THE CITY
MANAGER’S AGENDA: _________ __________________ Laura Johnson, Community Reinvestment Director came forward with a presentation on the Liberty District Surplus Properties.

Angelica Alexander, Finance Director came forward with the Finance Monthly Update.

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THE FOLLOWING TWO UPDATES WERE DELAYED AT THE REQUEST OF CITY MANAGER HUGLEY:______________________

-- Backyard Chickens, Drale Short, Special Enforcement Manager

--Transportation Update, Pam Hodge, Deputy City Manager
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS AS INFORMATION FOR THE MAYOR & COUNCIL: ________________________________________________

(1) Memorandum from Clerk of Council Washington, Re: Personnel Review Board.

(2) Application from Darrel Wright to temporarily close 11th Avenue, from the south curb of Apple Avenue to 14th Street, Cherry Avenue, from the south curb of Apple Avenue to 14th Street, and 14th Street, from the west curb of 11th Avenue to the east curb of Cherry Avenue, on Saturday, April 1, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in connection with Wrightway Fitness, LLC’s Fitness Event. (3) Application from Rebecca Zajac to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in connection with the Uptown Friday Night Concert Series, on the following dates:
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY COUNCILOR HENDERSON. SECONDED BY COUNCILOR WOODSON AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS BAKER, BARNES AND DAVIS BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING:_ _____

A Resolution (97-17) – Excusing the absence of Councilor Mike Baker, from the March 28, 2017 Council Meeting.

A Resolution (98-17) – Excusing the absence of Councilor Jerry Barnes, from the March 28, 2017 Council Meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEM WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA: ____ __

Honorary Designation Application from Lori Horton, requesting a designation in honor of Johnny Valero, at Majors Field in Britt David Park.

Clerk of Council Washington said she would like to withdraw this item from her agenda. Councilor Henderson then asked if it was at the request of the petitioner, to which stated it was not. She said she had to do some additional research on the matter.

Councilor Henderson then asked Clerk of Council Washington to contact the President of Pioneer Little League to

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MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL:________ _____
Civic Center Advisory Board, March 16, 2017.

Councilor Allen made a motion that these minutes be received. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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BOARD APPOINTMENTS:


BOARD OF TAX ASSESSORS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Council need to nominate someone for the seat that was formerly held by Mr. James Dixon, who is now deceased.
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COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CULTURAL LIAISON ENCOUNTERS (C.I.R.C.L.E.):_____________

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that we are still waiting to hear back from Ms. Indira Nino, who currently serves on the CIRCLE Commission to see if she wants to continue to serve on this board.

She further pointed out that Mr. Totskiy is not eligible to serve and Council will need to nominate someone else for this seat. There was no nomination made.
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EMPLOYEE BENFITS COMMITTEE:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Captain James Pope have been selected to serve again as the Public Safety-Sworn Officer and advises that he may now be confirmed. Councilor Henderson so moved. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.
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LAND BANK AUTHORITY:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the terms of office of Mr. Stephen Anthony, Mr. Bradford C. Dobbs and Ms. Anne Hanna Merritt on the Land Bank Authority expired on March 11, 2017. She further pointed out that Mr. Stephen Anthony and Ms. Anne Hanna Merritt is eligible to serve another term of office. She said Mr. Bradford C. Dobbs is eligible to serve again; however, he does not want to serve again.

Councilor Henderson said he would have a name to place in nomination at our next regular meeting. He said that he knows that these are the Authority’s nomination, but we have not heard from them.
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PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Councilor Huff is still working on a replacement for someone to fill the seat of Ms. Laverne Brown, who resigned from the board.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Mayor Tomlinson entertained a motion to go into executive session to discuss a real estate matter. Councilor Henderson made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a real estate matter. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting.

At 9:16 p.m., the Council adjourned its meeting to go into executive session. At 9:45 p.m., the meeting was reconvened.
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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Councilor Allen made a motion for adjournment. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Baker, Barnes and Davis being absent from the meeting, with the time being 2:15 p.m.



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