Agenda Item # 3

Columbus Consolidated Government
Council Meeting

October 24, 2017

Agenda Report # 43


TO: Mayor and Council

SUBJECT: 2017 Legislative Agenda

INITIATED BY: City Manager’s Office


Recommendation: Approval is requested of eight (8) resolutions for the 2018 Legislative Session of the Georgia General Assembly, which the Mayor and Council deem appropriate. Background: Each year elected and appointed officials of the Columbus Consolidated Government develop a list of issues important to the citizens of Columbus that requires action by the Local Legislative Delegation. Once approved, a meeting will be held with the Delegation to explain the rationale behind these issues and to solicit their support. The Hometown Connection and Legislative Agenda meeting will be held October 30, 2017. Analysis: Staff, elected and appointed officials were asked to present issues they felt were important to the operation of city government. Research and justification for these issues were presented to the City Manager and a list was prepared for presentation to the Mayor/Council. Financial Considerations: The City is expected to receive additional revenues if many of the issues are passed by the Georgia General Assembly.

Recommendations/Actions: Approve those resolutions, which the Mayor and Council deem appropriate.

COLUMBUS CONSOLIDATED GOVERNMENT
2018 PROPOSED LEGISLATIVE AGENDA



Exempt Military Retiree Pay From Georgia Taxes. 8. REMOVAL OF JUNKED MOTORIZE VEHICLES BY TOWING:
Item # 1 (1)
A RESOLUTION
NO. ________


A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION SUPPORT GEORGIA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION LEGISLATIVE AGENDA TO PROTECT HOME RULE POWERS OF MUNICIPAL GOVERNMENTS.

WHEREAS, home rule powers and local control are of paramount importance to all communities; and,

WHEREAS, local government is the government closest and most responsive to the needs of municipal residents and businesses; and,

WHEREAS, this Council is concerned with the adverse impact of any legislation which erodes the existing principles of home rule and places restrictions its ability to enact ordinances and enforce regulations to protect the health, safety and welfare of its residents.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the local Legislative Delegation support efforts sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association or others which protect the principles of home rule and the ability of municipal governments to enact ordinances which protect the health safety and welfare of municipal residents.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 24th day of October 2017 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (2)
A RESOLUTION
NO. _____


A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION SUPPORT GEORGIA MUNICIPAL ASSOCIATION IN OPPOSING LEGISLATION WHICH PREVENTS LOCAL GOVERNMENTS FROM BEING COMPENSATED FOR USE OF PUBLIC RIGHTS OF WAY.

WHEREAS, the public should be compensated for the use of municipal rights of way by private parties; and,

WHEREAS, such private use of rights of way without due compensation to the public is a gratuity; and,

WHEREAS, the Georgia Municipal Association has stated its intention to oppose any legislation which would weaken the authority of Georgia’s municipalities to regulate the use of their public rights of way and determine appropriate compensation for the same.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the local Legislative Delegation support efforts sponsored by the Georgia Municipal Association or others which protect the ability of Columbus Consolidated Government to determine appropriate use of its public rights of way and determine appropriate compensation for the same.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 24th day of October, 2017 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (3)
A RESOLUTION
NO. ________


A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION SUPPORT LEGISLATION REQUIRING UTILITIES TO ACCEPT “ONE PAYOR PAYMENT CREDIT”.

WHEREAS, local governments are currently billed by utility companies per meter at each location they own which prevents them from receiving a discounted rate based on their total consumption; and,

WHEREAS, a “One Payor Payment Credit” system would allow a local government credit for its total use in determining its rates and result in significant savings to each local government; and,

WHEREAS, statewide legislation is necessary in order to require the utilities to implement a “one Payor Credit” system for all local governments.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the local Legislative Delegation support legislative efforts to require utilities to accept a “One Payor Credit” when billing counties, municipalities and consolidated governments.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 24th day of October, 2017 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (4)
A RESOLUTION
NO. ________


A RESOLUTION REQUESTING A LOCAL ACT OF THE GENERAL ASSEMBLY TO AUTHORIZE THE IMPOSITION AND COLLECTION OF LAW LIBRARY FEES IN THE MAGISTRATE COURT OF MUSCOGEE COUNTY.

WHEREAS, the Magistrate Court of Muscogee County is the only local court of record which does not impose a fee for the support of the Muscogee County Law Library; and,

WHEREAS, Magistrate Court patrons are consistently referred to the Muscogee County Law Library and by virtue of State Law, its Chief Judge serves on the Board of Trustees for the library; and,

WHEREAS, O.C.G.A. 15-10-86 requires a local act of the General Assembly before a magistrate court may be authorized to charge a law library fee.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the local Legislative Delegation introduce local legislation in the General Assembly which will authorize the Municipal Court of Muscogee County to charge and collect a fee of $5.00 per action or case filed as an additional revenue source for the Muscogee County Law Library.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 24th day of October, 2017 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (5)
A RESOLUTION
NO.________

WHEREAS, this Council desires to facilitate the provision of Hope Scholarships to college bound students to insure that a lack of funding does not prevent them from going to college; and,

WHEREAS, additional funding sources are necessary to be able to fully implement the Hope Scholarship program.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA, HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

We hereby respectfully request that the local legislative delegation to the Georgia General Assembly introduce or support legislation to authorize a referendum to allow Georgia citizens to vote as to whether casino gaming should be allowed in Georgia for the purpose of Hope Scholarship funding. Let a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia held on the 24th day of October 2017, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______ members of Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor

Item # 1 (6)
A RESOLUTION

NO._____


WHEREAS, there is legislation pending in the General Assembly which would amend Title 8 of the Georgia Code reduce the timeline for local governments to act on building, plumbing and electrical permit requests from thirty days to fifteen days and to permit the use of private inspectors if the fifteen- day timeline is not met; and,

WHEREAS, the Department of Inspections and Codes has advised that such a reduction of the time allowed for processing permit applications would be difficult to comply with and would interfere with the current practice of concurrent plan review.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES:

We hereby request that the local delegation to the General Assembly oppose Senate Bill 437 or any similar proposal, which shortens the time available to local plans examiners to act on permit requests or expands the ability for applicants to seek a private inspection in lieu of one performed by the local government’s plan examiners. Let a copy of this Resolution be forwarded by the Clerk of Council to each member of the local delegation to the Georgia General Assembly.


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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 24th day of October, 2017 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor



Item # 1 (7)
A RESOLUTION

No._____


A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION INTRODUCE LEGISLATION THAT WOULD ALLOW AN EXEMPTION SIMILAR TO THAT IN ALABAMA FROM STATE INCOME TAX FOR MILITARY RETIREES.

WHEREAS, this legislation will allow Columbus, Georgia to remain a competitive economic hub that continues to attract military families and retirees to our community; and,

WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council have discussed issues important to the efficient operation of the Columbus Consolidated Government and the quality of life for its citizens; and,

WHEREAS, this issues requires action in the 2018 General Assembly Session.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

We hereby respectfully request that the local delegation to the Georgia General Assemble introduce legislation at the 2018 General Assembly that would allow an exemption similar to that in Alabama from state income tax for military retirees to maintain Columbus, Georgia as a competitive economic hub that continues to attract military families and retirees to our community.


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Introduce at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 24th day of October 2017, and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of _______ members of Council.

Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.



_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor


Item # 1 (8)
A RESOLUTION
NO. ________


A RESOLUTION REQUESTING THAT THE LOCAL LEGISLATIVE DELEGATION SUPPORT LEGISLATION AMENDING STATE LAW TO AUTHORIZE TOWING COMPANIES TO TOW DERELICT VEHICLES FROM PRIVATE PROPERTY AT THE REQUEST OF THE LOCAL GOVERNING AUTHORITY.

WHEREAS, Columbus has an ordinance which makes it a misdemeanor to keep a derelict “junked” car on private property except where zoning and screening provisions are complied with; and,

WHEREAS, the enforcement mechanisms for this ordinance are not meaningful without the threat of towing the vehicle; and,

WHEREAS, state law clarification is necessary to assure that towing companies, which tow a vehicle from an owner’s occupied private property in order to enforce a local ordinance, are protected from liability.

NOW, THEREFORE, THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA HEREBY RESOLVES AS FOLLOWS:

That the local Legislative Delegation support legislation which clarifies the legal ability of towing companies to remove a derelict vehicle at the request of local authorities for ordinance violations even when the vehicle is on owner occupied private property.
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Introduced at a regular meeting of the council of Columbus, Georgia, held the 24th day of October 2017 and adopted at said meeting by the affirmative vote of ______members of said Council.


Councilor Allen voting _____________.
Councilor Baker voting _____________.
Councilor Barnes voting _____________.
Councilor Davis voting _____________.
Councilor Garrett voting _____________.
Councilor Henderson voting _____________.
Councilor Huff voting _____________.
Councilor Thomas voting _____________.
Councilor Turner Pugh voting _____________.
Councilor Woodson voting _____________.




_______________________________ __________________________
Tiny B. Washington, Clerk of Council Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor