MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
AUGUST 11, 2015

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 9:04 A.M., Tuesday, August 11, 2015, on the 2nd Floor of the Citizens Service Center, located at 3111 Citizens Way, Columbus, Georgia Honorable Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor presiding.
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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh were Councilors R. Gary Allen, Mike Baker, Judy W. Thomas and Evelyn Woodson. Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin, City Attorney Clifton Fay, Assistant City Attorney Lucy Sheftall, Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington and Deputy Clerk of Council Lindsey Glisson were also present. Councilor Bruce Huff took his seat at 9:08 a.m. Councilor Jerry Barnes took his seat at 9:09 a.m. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh took her seat at 9:11 p.m. Councilor Glenn Davis took his seat at 9:20 a.m.

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ABSENT: Councilors Tom B. Buck III and Berry H. Henderson were absent.

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INVOCATION: Reverend Corey Neal of Greater Peace Baptist Church.

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Mayor Tomlinson.

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With there not being a quorum present at this point of the meeting, Mayor Tomlinson stated the approval of minutes would be moved to the City Attorney’s agenda, and at this time a presentation from the City Manager’s agenda would be pulled forward.

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*BROUGHT FORWARD FROM THE CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:

DIRECTOR DONNA NEWMAN AND TRAFFIC ENGINEER DOC DORSEY, RE: COLUMBUS HIGH SCHOOL PARKING PRESENTATION:__ ________

Engineering Director Donna Newman came forward and gave a presentation entitled Lakebottom Parking Management to Mayor and Council in reference to the discussions had in regard to the issue expressed by citizens on Columbus High School students parking in the residential areas. The following information was given during the presentation:

History
*Slides were then shown to depict the existing conditions and traffic regulations of the area.

Lakebottom Parking Management Plan
*A slide was then shown to depict the proposed parking solutions.

Timeline explained to Mayor and Council the timeline of events, to include a meeting that he had with Dr. Lewis of the school district, who was not aware of the issue until that meeting. He further explained all of the options that were discussed between the City’s staff and the school district’s staff.

There was further discussion between Council and staff on the parking issues that the City has experienced around Columbus High School and Lakebottom Park for many years. There were also discussions on possibly providing the residents of the Lakebottom area parking permits as is done in Uptown Columbus.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a referral for the City Manager to correspond with Dr. Lewis on when would be a reasonable time for changes to be implemented for the parking.

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At this time in the meeting, there was a quorum established, and Mayor Tomlinson proceeded with the order of the meeting by bringing forward the approval of minutes.

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MINUTES: Minutes of the June 16, 2015 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 Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson 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 ON_SECOND READING: __________

An Ordinance (15-35)– Revising Columbus Code Sections 16B-15-5(a) (7) Annual Leave (vacation), and 16B-15-6(a)(4) Sick Leave to provide that such leave may be taken in minimum increments of one hour, to confirm the administrative policy implementing the Columbus Police Department Pay Reform and Restructure Plan, and for other purposes.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the ordinance, and then seconded by Councilor Barnes. With there being no discussion on this issue, Mayor Tomlinson called for a manual vote, due to the electronic system being down. The motion was then carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND AFTER A VOTE WAS TAKEN RESULTED IN AN INCONCLUSIVE VOTE:________________________ _________________________

An Ordinance – Amending the “Official Street Map, City of Columbus, Georgia,” by changing the official street name for the section of public roadway currently designated as Gunboat Drive to Chastain Drive, to be one street name consistent with the length of roadway; authorizing the replacement of existing street name signs labeled as Gunboat Drive to Chastain Drive.

With no discussion, Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Allen. There was an inconclusive vote of five to three, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilors Allen, Baker, Huff and Thomas voting yes and Councilors Barnes, Davis and Woodson voting no, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

City Attorney Fay stated this item would be brought back to Council at the next meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED ONSECOND READING: ___________

An Ordinance (15-36) – Regulating vehicular traffic in Columbus, Georgia by establishing a “No Parking Anytime” zone along the eastern and western curbs of Billings Road; authorizing the installation of official traffic control signs indicating these parking restrictions; repealing any conflicting ordinances and for other purposes.

With no discussion, Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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An Ordinance (15-37) – Regulating vehicular traffic in Columbus, Georgia by establishing a “No Parking Anytime” zone along the western curb of Talokas Lane authorizing the installation of official traffic control signs indicating these parking restrictions; repealing any conflicting ordinances and for other purposes.

With no discussion, Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY ON FIRST READING:__________________________

An Ordinance–Rezoning properties located at 3535 Macon Road is proposed for rezoning from NC (Neighborhood Commercial) zoning district to GC (General Commercial) zoning district. (District 5-Councilor Baker) (Applicant Kennon, Parker Duncan & Davis) The proposed use is detached general retail.

The proponent, Mr. Ernie Smallman, of 6 West 7th Street, came forward to give a description of the purpose of the rezoning.
With there being no opposition present, there was no discussion had on this item. City Attorney Fay stated this item would be listed on 2nd Reading at the next Council Meeting.
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An Ordinance – Rezoning properties located at 1140, 1130, 1126, 1122 & 1100 Floyd Road as well as 4909, 4917 & 4915 Buena Vista Road is proposed for rezoning from NC (Neighborhood Commercial), RMF2 ( Residential Multi-Family 2) & SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2) zoning district to GC (General Commercial) zoning district. (District 4-Councilor Pugh) (Applicant Stephen Howle) The proposed use is grocery store/market.

The applicant, Mr. Stephen Howle, of Polestar Development, LLC, 736 Cherry Street, Chattanooga, Tennessee, came forward to give a presentation entitled Proposed Grocery Store Development – Buena Vista and Floyd Road, in regard to the request for rezoning. The information provided is as follows:

Introduction
Proposed Use
Location
Zoning
Zoning
*A slide was then shown depicting the proposed design features of the establishment.

Mr. Howle, at the request of Mayor Tomlinson, addressed the opposition that was expressed at the Planning Advisory Commission.

Bennie and Kathy Phillips, of 1216 Floyd Road, came forward in opposition to the rezoning. The concerns that the Phillips’ expressed was that there is no need for another grocery store in that area. They stated that there are numerous grocery stores currently in that area and additional ones are planned to be constructed in the near future.

Councilor Thomas stated that there is an error in the wording of the ordinance.

Councilor Thomas made a motion to amend the ordinance to state “northwest corner and run the length of the property heading east to the limits undisturbance as shown on the site plan”. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.

Councilor Allen then pointed out that the wording “undisturbed natural buffer” is not included in the ordinance as well. Mr. Stephen Howle and Mr. Jamey Flegal then answered questions asked by Councilor Allen.

Councilor Allen made a motion to add the wording “100 foot undisturbed natural buffer” to the ordinance. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.

After some discussion, Mayor Tomlinson called the question on the motion made by Councilor Thomas to correct the directional error in the ordinance. The motion was then carried unanimously by those seven members present, with Councilor Woodson being absent for the vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.

Mayor Tomlinson then called the question on the motion made by Councilor Allen pertaining to the wording of undisturbed natural buffer. The motion was then carried unanimously by those seven members present, with Councilor Woodson being absent for the vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.

There was further discussion by Council on the possible traffic impact of this rezoning in an already high traffic area.

With no further discussion, City Attorney Fay stated the ordinance as amended would be brought back at the next meeting for a vote on 2nd Reading.
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An Ordinance - Rezoning properties located at 7711 & 7701 Fortson Road and 2897 Hobbs Road is proposed for rezoning from SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2) zoning district to RMF2 (Residential Multi-Family 2) zoning district. (District 2-Councilor Davis) (Applicant Robert M. McKenna) The proposed use is apartments.

City Attorney Fay explained to Mayor and Council that this applicant has withdrawn their request for rezoning.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

City Attorney Fay requested a brief executive session after the adjournment of today’s meeting to discuss a litigation matter.

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Manners Start with Me.

Ms. Vanessa Harris was not present at this meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: _____

A Resolution (222-15) –Authorizing the approval of the master agreement with PATH Foundation, Inc., to plan, design and build greenway trails in Columbus, Georgia.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Huff, and a discussion was held on the funding for the projects that would result by the authorization of this agreement.

During the discussion, City Manager Hugley stated, each project agreement will be approved by Council, with funding identified.

After the discussion was concluded, the motion was then carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (223-15) – Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for a grant to fund the Muscogee County Juvenile Court and if awarded, amended the Multi-Governmental fund by the amount of the grant award. There is no local match requirement and the grant period is from October 1, 2015 to September 30, 2016.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting, with no discussion.

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THE FOLLOWING TWO PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:

A Resolution (224-15) – Authorizing the approval of a contract with Geographic Technologies Group, Inc., to upgrade the GIS tax parcel map database.

Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (225-15) – Authorizing payment to Tyler Technologies (Dallas, TX) in the amount of $62,944.56 for annual software license maintenance for the Energov Software Permitting System utilized by Inspections and Code; and the Energov Software Business License System utilized by the Finance Department’s Revenue Division. This maintenance payment will cover ongoing support for both systems from July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.

Councilor Huff moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING 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 WOODSON AND SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE EIGHT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS BUCK AND HENDERSON BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING:_____________________
A Resolution (226-15) – Authorizing the purchase of transit enhancement equipment from Swartz Associates, Inc. (Naples, FL) and Innocom Corporation (Columbus, OH). METRA has budgeted $45,000, per year, for the purchase of transit enhancements.
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A Resolution (227-15) – Authorizing the annual contract for the purchase of playground mulch from Lainer Plans, Inc. /dba/ KorKat (Carrolton, GA) for the estimated contract value of $53,190.00.
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A Resolution (228-15) – Authorizing payment to the State Board of Workers’ Compensation, in the amount of $36,380.24, for annual assessment dues.
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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:
A Resolution (229-15) – Authorizing the purchase of Twenty-Five (25) High Performance Mobile Data Computers/with Automatic Vehicle Location (AVL), Model Number MW8100, from Motorola (Columbus, GA), in the amount of $233,087.50.

Councilor Huff moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, after a brief discussion, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING 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 COUNCILOR WOODSON AND SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE EIGHT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS BUCK AND HENDERSON BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING: ___________

A Resolution (230-15) – Authorizing the declaration of the following equipment at the Civic Center, as surplus, in accordance with Section 7-501 of the Charter of Columbus Consolidated: Two Daktronics Scoreboards, 2008 John Deer Gator, Two Refrigerated Display Cases, Beer Tower, Sephra Chocolate Fountain, Douwe Coffee Maker, Hot Dog Roller, J & J Snack Food Oven (small), Hot Dog Warmer, Chef Mate Meat Grinder, Berkel Mixer, Merco Pizza Warmer, Univex Food Shredder, and Berkel Slicer.
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A Resolution (231-15) – Authorizing the purchase of various supplies from Georgia Correctional Industries (GCI), via Georgia State Contract, GCI-INTRGOVT. The various supplies will be purchased by City departments on an “as needed basis”.
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A Resolution (232-15) – Authorizing payment to Columbus Fire & Safety (Columbus, GA), in the amount of $69,683.00, for the upgrade and interface of fire alarm control systems at the Jail. The vendor will also provide maintenance and support (hardware and software), on an “as needed basis”, as well as, monthly monitoring services.
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A Resolution (233-15) – Authorizing the execution of Change Order 1 with Alexander Contracting Company, Inc. (Fortson, GA) in the amount of $35,758.10 for the Valencia Drive Culvert Replacement project.
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A Resolution (234-15) – Authorizing payment to the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA) in the amount of $35,505.16 for 2015 - 2016 membership dues for the City of Columbus, Georgia.
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Councilor Davis made several comments on the audit of the Hospital Authority that was approved at the last meeting. During his comments he spoke on the relationship between the City and the Authority.

After Councilor Davis’ comments, there was a brief discussion by Council on the explanation of bonds involved with the hospital projects.
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PRESENTATIONS AND UPDATES

DIRECTOR REATHER HOLLOWELL,_DROP PLAN PRESENTATION:

Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell came forward to provide an update
entitled DROP Update, CCG Pension Plan. The information provided is as follows:

DROP Summary
DROP- For Long Term Employees
AgeYears of Service
5830
5535

DROP Participants
General GovernmentPublic SafetyTotal Count
122537

DROP Participants- Pay Increases
Council Approves COLAs DROP Participant
Example .50% COLA
ActiveDROP Participant
.50%.25%
$60,000 Annual Pay$3,000.00 Monthly Benefit
Year 1$60,300 Annual Pay$3,007.50 Monthly Benefit
Year 2$60,602 Annual Pay$3,015.00 Monthly Benefit
Year 3$60,905$3,023.00 Monthly Benefit
Difference$905$23
Vacation/Holiday Pay Impacted
DROP Participant
Example 3% COLA
ActiveDROP Participant
3%1.5%
$60,000 Annual Pay$3,000.00 Monthly Benefit
Year 1 $61,800 Annual Pay$3,045.00 Monthly Benefit
Year 2$63,654 Annual Pay$3,091.00 Monthly Benefit
Year 3$65,564 Annual Pay$3,137.00 Monthly Benefit
Difference$5,564$137
Vacation/Holiday Pay Impacted
Other Cities & States with DROP Programs
Pay Increases
DROP Options
During the discussion, Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge stated in order for the active employees to receive the COLAs in their active pay from January 1, 2016 to June 30, 2016 would require a $14,000 budget amendment. In response to a question asked by Councilor Woodson, she stated that this expense would have to come from Fund Balance.

Assistant Police Chief Lem Miller took to the podium to make comments regarding a meeting that was held at the Trade Center where Actuary Chuck Carr explained the DROP Plan to employees.

Major Stan Swiney, of the Columbus Police Department took to the podium to give his thoughts on how he understood the DROP Plan to operate. He stated that as an employee that participates in the DROP Plan, he is considered an active employee, but his grievance is that he has been denied the COLAs given to active employees.

During the discussion, Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh stated she does not think that the Ordinance is specific enough as it refers to the DROP Plan. She further stated that she believes that the City owes these employees who are participating in the DROP Plan the active employee COLAs that were given due to the Ordinance not specifically state otherwise.

Councilor Thomas requested that Deputy City Manager Hodge provide Council with a total amount that it would cost for the City to payout the COLAs that these employees that are participating in the DROP Plan have missed.

In addition to the referral made by Councilor Thomas, Mayor Tomlinson made a referral requesting that Deputy City Manager Hodge provide information on how much this expense would be retroactively, a proposed change to the DROP Plan, the proposed budget amendment, and to contact Actuary Carr to see if this impacts whether or not this option being available to employees will continue to be cost neutral for the City.
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At the conclusion of the discussion, Councilor Thomas recognized the presence of Corporal Bruce Robinson, of the Columbus Police Department. She stated that this issue directly affects Corporal Robinson since he will be retiring from the Columbus Police Department in the near future after 47 years of service.
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DIRECTOR RICK JONES, NAMING OF SOUTH LUMPKIN TRAIL:

Planning Director Rick Jones came forward to provide a presentation entitled South
Lumpkin Multi Use Trail Naming Poll. The information provided is as follows:

* A slide was shown depicting the South Lumpkin Trail and the surrounding features.

Initial Poll
~There were 135 responses received between May 20- June 18, 2015 (30 days).

Help Name Columbus’ Newest Multi-Use Trail
The Columbus Planning Department is reaching out to the community to help name our newest multi-use. Currently under construction, the trail, will run from Eagle Trace Apartments on Torch Hill Road to Cusseta Road and will be available to pedestrians and bicyclists. When completed, the trail will link 7 schools, a park, restaurants, residential area and carious community organizations. This trail is proposed to link with the Riverwalk and Columbus’ overall trail network in the future. Vote by going online to:
https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/X9T2LRM
For more information call, email, or visit the Planning Department at:
Facebook: Columbus.Plans
www.columbus.org/planning
706-653-4421
lkip@columbusga.org

~Ad ran in the Ledger-Enquirer, The Bayonet, and on social media.

Final Poll Results
~There were a total of 192 responses received between the dates of June 29 to August 7, 2015 (40days).

Recommendation for Name
At the conclusion of the presentation, Councilor Thomas requested that Director Jones look into the possibility of an honorary naming of some sort to incorporate “Wounded Warrior” be done along the trail.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh requested that the Secretary of the Army be invited to the naming ceremony.
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DEPUTY CITY MANAGER LISA GOODWIN, TAKE HOME CAR/CAR ALLOWANCE
UPDATE:_ _

Before the presentation had begun, City Manager Hugley stated that during the budget
process Council requested numerous updates, which are all scheduled to come before
Council on his agenda within the next few months. He also stated that Councilor Allen
had requested that the Car Committee reconvene, which this presentation will give
Council the information needed to go forward with that request.

Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin came forward to provide a presentation
entitled Take Home Car Report. A full report was provided for the members of Council.
*A copy is on file in the Clerk’s office. The information provided is as follows:

The Report
Take Home Vehicles
Take Home Vehicle Values
General Government
Public Safety
12 Vehicles
206 Vehicles
$71,841.75
$1,494,219.20

Car Allowances

During the presentation, Councilor Allen asked Deputy City Manager Goodwin what the lowest and highest amount of car allowance that is distributed. In response, Deputy City Manager Goodwin stated the lowest is $632.50 is the monthly allowance, with the exception of one employee, who receives $650 a month.

In response to Councilor Allen, City Manager Hugley stated that the one employee, who receives $650 a month in car allowance, receives this amount because it was agreed upon during his recruitment. He further stated that he was unaware of the exact amount of car allowance during the recruitment, and this is the reason that employee receives more.

There was a brief discussion at the end of the presentation regarding the cost effectiveness of giving a set car allowance each month to employees versus paying mileage.
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At the conclusion of the City Manager’s Agenda, Councilor Huff inquired on the progress of the lighting issue at the Brown Avenue Bridge. In response, Director Newman stated that the existing lights would fall under the responsibility of Georgia Power and the reasons behind the delay.

Councilor Huff also made a comment about the snakes in this area. In response, Mayor Tomlinson asked for the staff to provide Council with information on what is the most effective way to eliminate snakes, and if it is directly attributed to high grass.
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Councilor Huff also inquired on the property located between Holly Hills and Robin Avenue on St. Mary’s Road, and how often that area is cleaned. City Manager Hugley, in response stated that the City is having difficulties keeping up with property on right-of-way.
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Councilor Woodson inquired on a complaint that she made months prior, where there is a path located behind some residents and the Oakland Park Shopping Center. She stated that the path is overgrown and still needs to be cutback.
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At this time during the meeting, City Manager Hugley explained to Mayor and Council that Director Newman wished to give a quick update on the conversion of 10th Street to a two-way street in order to add bike lanes.

Director Newman approached the podium and presented a picture that depicted the best way to incorporate bike lanes in the area of 10th Street. She also stated that if they were to get the go-ahead from Council, the Engineering Department would be able to go forward with the hanging of traffic signals.
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE SUBMITTED BY DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL GLISSON AS INFORMATION TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL:________ __________

1. Biographical sketch of Dr. Keri Lynn Riddick, Veterinary Association’s nominee for the Animal Control Advisory Board.

(2) Biographical sketch of Ms. Cynthia Smith, Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh’s nominee for the Region Six Regional Planning Advisory Council.

(3) Application of Rebecca Zajac to temporarily close the 1100 block of Broadway, on Wednesday, August 19, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m., in connection with the Uptown Big Dog Urban Track Meet.

(4) Application of Curtis Marshall to temporarily close 49th Street and 50th Street, from 11th Avenue to 12th Avenue, on Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 7:30 a.m. to 9:00 p.m., in connection with a Neighborhood Reunion.

(5) Application of Courtney Ellis to temporarily close Peachtree Drive, from Elmwood Drive to Crest Drive, to include its intersection with Park Drive, on Thursday, October 8, 2015, from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m., in connection with the Midtown Mingle Party and Fundraiser.

(6) Memorandum from Clerk of Council Washington, Re: Board of Honor.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL GLISSON AND APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL:_

A Resolution (235-15) - Authorizing the honorary designation of Branton Woods Drive as Reverend Dr. J. Harold Carter Drive, in honor of Reverend Dr. J. Harold Carter of Canaan Baptist Church.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Davis being absent for this vote and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL GLISSON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:_

A Resolution (236-15) – Excusing Councilor Tom Buck from the August 11, 2015
Council Meeting.

A Resolution (237-15) – Excusing Councilor Tom Buck from the August 11, 2015
Council Meeting.

Councilor Woodson made a single motion for the adoption of the resolutions. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Davis being absent for this vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL GLISSON AND APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL:_

Letter correspondence from George W. Mize, Jr., advising that the Hospital Authority of Columbus has selected Mr. Mike Welch to fill the seat of Paul Todd.

Councilor Allen made a motion to receive the letter. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Davis being absent for this vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.
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Letter correspondence from Ms. Gail D. Kent, resigning from her seat on the Board of Tax Assessors.

A motion was made by Councilor Allen that the letter be received with regrets. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Davis being absent for this vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.
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MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS WERE SUBMITTED BY DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL GLISSON AND OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL:________ Columbus Golf Course Authority, June 23 & July 28, 2015.

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 Councilor Davis being absent for this vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.

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NOMINATIONS AND/OR CONFIRMATION OF BOARD MEMBERS WERE MADE TO THE FOLLOWING BOARDS BY THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA:______


ANIMAL CONTROL ADVISORY BOARD:

A motion was made to confirm the appointment of Dr. Keri Lynn Riddick, as the Veterinary Association’s Representative to succeed Dr. Carol Houston on the Animal Control Advisory Board by Councilor Woodson. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Davis being absent for the vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.
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BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS:

A motion was made to confirm the appointment of Ms. Rebecca Rumer, Councilor Thomas’ nominee, to succeed Carol Rutland on the Board of Water Commissioners by Councilor Woodson. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Davis being absent for the vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.
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KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION:

Deputy Clerk of Council Glisson explained to the Mayor and Council that the seat of Ms. Nicole de Vries, District 7 Representative, on the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission was still vacant and in need of a nominee.

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REGION SIX REGIONAL ADVISORY COUNCIL FOR DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH AND DEVELOPMENTAL DISABILITIES:____ ______

Deputy Clerk of Council Glisson explained to the Mayor and Council that Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh had nominated Ms. Cynthia Smith to succeed Mr. Frank Dunford on the Region Six Regional Advisory Council.

Councilor Thomas then submitted the name of Ms. Annie Davis as an additional nominee for the seat of Mr. Frank Dunford on the Region Six Advisory Council. Deputy Clerk of Council Glisson explained that this appointment would be brought back at the next meeting for a vote.
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TAXICAB COMMISSION:

A motion was made to confirm the reappointment of Ms. Gloria Brown, Councilor Barnes’, nominee for the Taxicab Commission by Councilor Barnes. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Davis being absent for the vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.

Deputy Clerk of Council Glisson explained to the Mayor and Council that the seats of Ms. Jodi Sears, the Hotel/Motel Industry Representative and the late Billy Craft, the Taxicab Driver Representative, are still vacant on the Taxicab Commission.
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YOUTH ADVISORY COUNCIL:

Deputy Clerk of Council Glisson explained to the Mayor and Council that the representatives for Districts 9 and 10 are still needed for the Youth Advisory Council.

Councilor Thomas submitted the name of Natasha Bennefield as her nominee for the District Nine Representative on the Youth Advisory Council.

A motion was then made for confirmation by Councilor Woodson. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Davis being absent for the vote, and Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent for this meeting.

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At the conclusion of the Clerk’s Agenda, Councilor Barnes made a request for a resolution for Retired Sergeant First Class Vincent Melillo, who was a member of Merrill’s Marauders Army Rangers. He further stated that SFC Melillo is ninety-seven years old, and is a true American hero.

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Councilor Huff made a statement to the Mayor and Council that during the meeting Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington lost her aunt, this being the reason she had to depart from the meeting. He asked that the Council reach out to Clerk of Council Washington to give their condolences.

With this news, City Manager Hugley stated that Valerie Streeter, employee of the Citizen Services Center, who is currently working in his office, lost her mother the day before. He asked that everyone keep her and her family in their thoughts and prayers.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Mayor Tomlinson entertained a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation matter. Councilor Allen made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation matter. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

At 12:51 p.m., the Council adjourned its meeting to go into executive session. At 12:59 p.m., the meeting was reconvened.
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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion for adjournment. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Buck and Henderson being absent from the meeting, with the time being 1:00 p.m.




Lindsey A. Glisson
Deputy Clerk of Council
The Council of Columbus, Georgia