MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
MAY 12, 2015

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 9:02 A.M., Tuesday, May 12, 2015, 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 and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pughwere CouncilorsMike Baker,Jerry Barnes Tom B. Buck III,Glenn Davis,Berry H. Henderson and Judy W. Thomas,Evelyn Woodson. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, City Attorney Clifton Fay, Assistant City Attorney Lucy Sheftall,Clerk of Council Tiny Washington and Deputy Clerk of Council Lindsey Glisson were also present.Councilor R. Gary Allen took his seat at 9:07 a.m. Councilor Bruce Huff took his seat at 9:07 a.m.
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ABSENT:No one was absent.
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INVOCATION:Offered by Pastor Jeff Struecker of Calvary Baptist Church.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Mayor Teresa Tomlinson.
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MAYOR’S AGENDA:

Approval of the New Deputy Warden of Muscogee County Prison:

Mayor Tomlinson said she we will start out tonight’s meeting with a happy announcement and then called Warden Dwight Hambrick to come forward to the podium. She said we have an opportunity for a new hire for the position of Deputy Warden at the Muscogee County Prison. She said we have a candidate to bring forward on this morning. She said, as you know, the Muscogee County Prison is a State Work Camp and is governed by the laws and regulations of the Department of Corrections for the appointment of Warden and Deputy Warden. She said whenever there is a vacancy; there is a process that we have to go through to appoint the new Deputy Warden.

She said we have followed that process and now we must have Council’s approval so that we can send it back to the Commissioner of the Department of Corrections for their approval.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh then made a motion to approve the nomination of Mr. Daniel King. The motion was then seconded by Councilor Barnes.

Councilor Thomas said she would like to hear from the Warden, Dwight Hambrick on this matter.
Warden Hambrick then came forward and outlined the process they went through and how they came to the conclusion to select Mr. King. He then read the many credentials and accomplishments of Mr. Daniel King.

After Warden Hambrick concluded his remarks, the question was then called on the motion, as stated above, to approve Mr. King, which carried unanimously.

Mayor Tomlinson recognized the presence of Mr. King’s wife, Mrs. Gail King.

Mr. King thanked Warden Hambrick, as well as Mayor Tomlinson and members of the Council for this confirmation of him as Deputy Warden.
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Limited Scope Audit of Cash Collections and Refunds at Civic Center John Redmond, Internal Auditor:__________________ ___

Mayor Tomlinson said Mr. John Redmond, Internal Auditor is present here this morning to request permission to do a limited scope audit of cash collections and refunds at the Civic Center.

Internal Auditor John Redmond said that Director Ross Horner of the Civic Center has had some concerns about the refund process and said since it is mixed in with their taking in of cash and disbursement banking, he said we want to look at the controls of that. He said we don’t have any real reason to believe that there is a problem at this time, but he just wanted to take a look at the process.

Councilor Davis moved approval of the request for the limited scope audit. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.

Mr. Redmond pointed out that Forensic Auditor; Ms. Joan Perrin will be leaving the City of Columbus. He said her last day with the City will be on June 19th as she will be taking a position somewhere else.

Ms. Perrin then came forward and said it has been a pleasure working with Mr. Redmond and the City of Columbus and have enjoyed meeting and working with everyone.
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MINUTES: Minutes of the March 24, March 31, April 14, and April 28, 2015 Executive Sessions of the Consolidated Governmentwere submitted and approved upon the adoption of a motion made by Councilor Woodson. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED ON SECOND READING:_ _

An Ordinance (15-13) –Rezoning properties located at 4806 & 4814 13th Avenue from an SFR4 (Single Family Residential 4) zoning districts to an RMF1 (Residential Multi-Family 1) zoning district. The proposed use is to build seniors duplexes.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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An Ordinance (15-14) – Rezoning properties located at 1617 & 1619 12th Avenue from an RMF2 (Residential Multi-Family 2) zoning district to a GC (General Commercial) zoning district.The proposed use is for an addition to Wade Linen.

Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried by a vote of six to four, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilors Allen, Buck, Huff, Thomas and Woodson voting yes and Councilors Baker, Barnes, Davis and Henderson voting no.
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An Ordinance (15-15) – Striking subsections 3-5 (c),(d) and (e) of the Columbus Code pertaining to prohibited locations for alcoholic beverage licensees in its entirety and replacing each subsection with new subsections 3-5(c),(d) and(e);and for other purposes.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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An Ordinance (15-16) – Amending Chapter 5 of the Columbus Code by permitting veterinarian members to serve on the Animal Control Advisory Board without regard to residency in Columbus; and for other purposes.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Thomas and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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THE FOLLOWING FOUR ZONING ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON EACH AS ADVERTISED:_____

An Ordinance – Rezoning property located at 976 Lake Rushin Drivefrom an NC (Neighborhood Commercial) with conditions zoning district to an NC (Neighborhood Commercial) with amended conditions zoning district.

PROPONENTS:

Mr. Edward French, 126 Lakeland Drive, Atlanta, Georgia, of Multi-Site Properties came forward and said their request is to remove the conditions
from the property at 976 Lake Rushin Drive.

City Attorney Fay said this amendment will allow access on Lake Rushin Drive.

Mr. French, in response to City Attorney Fay, as to what is the proposed use, said they will be constructing a fast food restaurant, a Popeye’s.

City Attorney Fay then said if there were any questions of the Council.

Councilor Henderson said he would like for someone from the Planning Department to explain why we had that condition in the ordinance.

Mr. Will Johnson of the Planning Department then came forward and said he went back and reviewed that case, which he believes was done in 2001. He said that condition was placed on the zoning at that time, by the staff; not PAC or the Council, and he doesn’t know why. He said there is a curb-cut directly across the street that will line up with this curb-cut. He said there were no minutes or anything, but he thinks it was because the user that actually did the rezoning in 2001 didn’t have a strong case and said he didn’t need it.

Councilor Henderson then asked Mr. Johnson, from his perspective, if there were any safety issues or access and said it’s an unnecessary condition, as it stands. Mr. Johnson stated that there were no issues, and the condition is not needed.

OPPONENTS:

There was no one present who wanted to speak in opposition to this proposed rezoning ordinance.

City Attorney Fay said we will take a vote on this matter at the meeting in two weeks.
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An Ordinance – Rezoning property located at 1211 Rose Hill Street from anNC (Neighborhood Commercial) zoning district to an SFR4 (Single Family Residential 4) zoning district.

PROPONENTS:

Mr. Brandon Berg, 1211Rose Hill Street, the petitioner came forward and said there are no plans for the property, as they are just trying to bring the zoning in line, so that they can refinance their house. He said they are not able to refinance their home without it not being residential.He said that is the only reason they are trying to change it.

OPPONENTS:

There was no one present who wanted to speak in opposition to this proposed rezoning ordinance.

City Attorney Fay said this ordinance will be voted on in two weeks at the next Council meeting.
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An Ordinance – Rezoning property located at 7042 Moon Roadfrom an RO (Residential Office) zoning district to a GC (General Commercial) zoning district.

PROPONENTS:

Mrs. Genevieve Green said she represents the Woodruff Family Limited Partnership that is purchasing this particular location and said this is a non-conforming current use and said they are just trying to get it to a conforming use. She said there are no plans except for the current use that is there.

PROPONENTS:

There was no one to speak against this proposed rezoning ordinance.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:_____________________________________________

An Ordinance – Amending Ordinance #14-25, the budget for the Fiscal
Year 2015 beginning July 1, 2014 and ending June 30, 2015, reclassifying certain positions of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia; and for other purposes.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY WITH MUCH DISCUSSION BY THE COUNCIL:______________________________

An Ordinance – Revising Columbus Code Section 16B-1-3.2., which pertains to the hiring or rehiring of felonsupon review by an executive committee, implementing a hiring policy intended to encourage the full participation of motivated and qualified persons with criminal histories in the workforce, reduce recidivism and assure public safety, authorizing the updating, revision and reissuance of certain personnel policies, and for other purposes.

Mayor Tomlinson said that we promised that we would have our Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell to come and give a presentation regarding this matter.
Ms. Hollowell came forward and said she wanted to talk with you about our amended hiring, and then gave the following power-point presentation, as outlined below.

CURRENT ORDINANCE:

HIRING PRACTICES AMENDED:

Anti Recidicvism Administration Policy Adopted in 2013

Governor Deal Signs Executive Order – February 23, 2015
“Ban the Box

CITY OF COLUMBUS

WHAT THE POLIC DOES NOT DO

CRIMINAL RECORDS BACKGROUND CHECK

After the conclusion of her presentation, Ms. Hollowell then responded to several questions of members of the Council.

City Manager Hugley said we have had in the City Manager’s staff meeting, a briefing for department heads on “Ban the Box” issue and said we had a Work Session provided by Ms. Hollowell related to the question of felony acts in their past. He said we have gone through this with our directors and said they know how to ask the questions and know how this works and said there were no issues from any of the department heads.

After more than twenty minutes of discussion on this subject meeting, the discussion was concluded. City Attorney Fay said we will vote on this matter in two weeks.

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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

City Attorney Fay said he will need to have an executive session after the adjournment of the meeting today, to discuss matters of litigation.
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

Mayor Tomlinson said there is an item on the Clerk of Council’s Agenda dealing with the Planning Advisory Commission that has been there for a few weeks, where we have had some difficulty in getting a vote on and said we would like to go ahead and call that item up, as Councilor Allen will have to leave the meeting shortly.

Clerk of Council Washington then said there was a vote taken at the Council meeting a few weeks ago for two nominees for a seat on the Planning Advisory Commission and said there was an inconclusive vote. She said the two nominees are for the seat of Mr. Walter Calhoun, who was not eligible to succeed himself. She said the two nominees are Mr. Robert Bollinger and Mr. Larry Derby.

After Clerk of Council Washington took a roll call vote, Mr. Robert Bollinger was elected to succeed Mr. Walter Calhoun. Voting for Mr. Bollinger were Councilors Allen, Davis, Huff, Buck, Thomas, Woodson, and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh. Voting for Mr. Derby were Councilors Baker, Henderson, and Barnes.


Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mr. Bollinger has been elected and asked for a motion for confirmation. Councilor Henderson so moved. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.
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PUBLIC AGENDA

PRESIDENT TONZA S. THOMAS, REPRESENTING NAACP COLUMBUS GEORGIA BRANCH, RE: MISCONDUCT IN THE MUSCOGEE COUNTY JAIL:_ ____

President Tonza S. Thomas, representing NAACP Columbus, Georgia Branch, came forward and addressed several concerns of the NAACP, as it relates to misconduct in the Muscogee County Jail. She stated that they are not an enemy of the City of Columbus, but they would like to work with them in resolving these matters.

During Ms. Thomas’ presentation before the Council, there were several questions she asked, all of which a referral was made for them to be addressed by the appropriate officials, and the information be provided to the Council.

Mayor Tomlinson also asked Ms. Thomas to provide a list of the items that she would like to have addressed.

Mayor Tomlinson pointed out to Ms. Thomas that Sheriff Darr, in an editorial to the Columbus Ledger has stated that he would be willing to meet with the NAACP to talk and discuss whatever issues they desired.

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MS. SHARON E. BUNN, REPRESENTING SEARS WOODS NEIGHBORHOOD, RE: ORDINANCES:_________________________ Sears Woods came forward and addressed concerns regarding one of their neighbors who have not being properly taking care of their property. She made reference to the grass being overgrown, abandoned vehicles, and one of the residents seeing a snake in the area, as well as there was a problem with barking dogs.

After Ms. Bunn’s presentation, there were several referrals that were made regarding these concerns. Mayor Tomlinson asked that the staff look into drafting proposed ordinances addressing problems with abandoned vehicles, grass height, pool water and barking dogs.

Councilor Barnes asked that once these ordinances have been drafted, that they be provided to the Council so they can go over them and have further discussion on the issue.

During Ms. Bunn’s presentation, she pointed out that the neighbor has been cited and was to go to Environmental Court, but did not do so. Mayor Tomlinson then asked that the staff provide information to the Council, as to what occurs when an individual does not appear in court regarding these matters. She also asked that we have the City Inspectors to visit the property that was brought to the attention of the Council by Ms. Bunn, to determine whether or not there is something that can be done by the City.

Mayor Tomlinson asked City Attorney Fay to check and see what can be done by the City legally through ordinances to address the concerns expressed by Ms. Bunn and her neighbors.

As it pertains to the nuisance of barking dogs, Councilor Woodson asked that we have Special Enforcement to go out there and look into other alternatives that pet owners could do before they are required to attend court.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh requested that the situation with the snakes entering the neighbor’s yard, due to the condition of the pool be attended to immediately.

City Attorney Fay stated that he would contact the attorney for the health Department to provide them with this information and to see what assistance they could offer to resolve some of these concerns.

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MR. LORENZA WILDER & MS. GLYNNEZE RICHARDSON, RE: SPEEDING & TRAFFIC CONCERNS:_______________________

Mr. Lorenza Wilder and Ms. Glynneze Richardson, came forward and address their concerns regarding speeding on Wilder Drive, as well the side street. They said they are concerned with school getting ready to close and the children will be outside playing.
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CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:

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

A Resolution (117-15) – Transferring $1,349,104 of the FY15 Public Safety Vacancy Reserve for the Police Department to the Police Department’s General Fund Budget to fill 17 of the 37 vacant positions an utilize the remaining balance for capital and equipment.

Councilor Barnes moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Tuner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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A Resolution (118-15) – Authorizing acceptance of a deed to Atlantic Ivy Court and that portion of North Ivy Park Drive located in Section Three, Phase One, North Ivy Park on behalf of Columbus, Georgia.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by thoseten members of Council present.
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A Resolution (119-15) – Authorizing acceptance of seats and accessories, to include: 110 black seats, chair backs, legs, armrests and anchor bolts to mount to concrete floors; as well as, the instruction on the assembly and installation of the seats, donated by Mr. Fred Van Noy; and expressing thanks and appreciation to Mr. Fred Van Noy.

Councilor Barnes moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by thoseten members of Council present.

Councilor Allen said he would like to ask the City Attorney to draft a resolution thanking Mr. Van Noy for the donation of these seats for Recorder’s Court.
City Manager Hugley said he would like to thank Mr. Van Noy for the donation of these seats and Judge Cielinski for working with Mr. Van Noy on this matter.

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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL AFTER SOME DISCUSSION:

A Resolution (120-15) –Authorizing the execution of a construction contract with Alexander Contracting Company, Inc. (Fortson, GA) in the amount of $2,107,199.23 for the South Lumpkin multi-use trail project.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by
Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.

Prior to the adoption of the resolution, City Manager Hugley responded to several questions of Councilor Huff with regards to there being no restroom included in the approval of this project. Councilor Huff said there is a two-mile stretch and said there is no restroom.

City Manager Hugley said this project came in over budget and said that we had to do some value engineering so we have identified those things that we have taken out of the project at this time. He said that is not to say that those things won’t ever happen, but said we have to figure out how to grant funding and support funding to make those things happen.

Councilor Huff asked if we had any more access to the discretionary funds.

Discussion continued on this matter with City Manager Hugley and Deputy City Manager Hodge responding to further concerns expressed by Councilor Huff.
Councilor Huff said in the future whenever there is a problem; if the administration would contact that Councilor in the district in advance, so that they won’t have to find out about just a day or so prior to the Council meeting.

Mayor Tomlinson said Councilor Huff had talked about the discretionary funds, and then asked Ms. Hodge if maybe we can brief the Council on what the proposal is for the discretionary funds, for this year, and if there are any
funds available; and what they have been designated to; and if there are any funds that they might want to move around.

After some ten minutes of discussion on this matter, the question was then called on the earlier motion to adopt the resolution, which carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for the vote.
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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND DELAYED BY THE COUNCIL: __

A Resolution – Authorizing the purchase of Automatic Announcement Systems from Clever Devices Ltd for the estimated annual contract amount of $50,000.00.

Councilor Allen said with regards to this purchase, he wanted to ask for clarification, as it states that the annual usage of the contract is estimated at $50,000 per bus. City Manager Hugley said this is an 80/10/10 grant. He said that is an announcement system, and said he thinks that is the cost per bus, but he can verify that cost.

City Manager Hugley said he would delay this matter until he can verify that is the cost per bus.
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THE FOLLOWING TWO 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 HENDERSON AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR ALLEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE NINE MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH ABSENT FOR THE VOTE:_ _

A Resolution (121-15) – Authorizing to approveannual contract for soft body armor with SRT Supply (St. Petersburg, FL).

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A Resolution (122-15) – Authorizing the purchase of Microsoft software licensing upgrade from SHI (Somerset. NJ), for the total amount of $1,036,547.18, via Georgia Statewide Contract 99999-SPD-SPD0000060-0003; and is authorized to enter into all agreements pertaining to this purchase and the maintenance/support.

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Note: When City Manager Hugley presented his items, as listed on the City Manager’s Agenda for a vote, Councilor Davis was away from the Council table; and when he returned back to his seat, he requested that his vote be added to those items.

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BROWN AVENUE BRIDGE:

Councilor Huff asked City Manager Hugley to look into his concerns as to whether or not the City can remove the tree stump located near the Brown Avenue Bridge, where GDOT cut down the tree. He said there have been concerns expressed by the citizens that this stump is attracting snakes and rats.

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PTV REGULATIONS:

Councilor Thomas said she was in Uptown on yesterday and said one of the PTV was parked in a parking space and said it didn’t look like it was road ready, as the Chief of Police explained to her. She said it had no side mirror, no rearview mirror, no turn signal, and she is wondering if we have some kind of plan in place to let those folks who regularly uses them in downtown, know that we have an ordinance in place now. She said she would like for the staff to make sure that we are publicizing the regulations pertaining to the use of these PTV’s in Uptown Columbus, and that the decals are being issued.

City Manager Hugley said we will have to use CCG-TV, as well as do a news release and hope the local media will help us to communicate that because we don’t know who has them. He said he know that there will be a limited number of people who will have them. He said the Columbus Police Department will enforce this ordinance.

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KOREAN WAR:

Councilor Woodson said she was in a Conference in Atlanta and said there was a State Representative at that breakfast and said she was told that they had gotten in contact with either the City Manager’s office or Representative Carolyn Hugley, and that it was also brought to the Mayor’s attention that some legislators who wanted to talk to Fort Benning to see if we can find a road in the Columbus area to name after the 65th (Inaudible) which were Infantrymen during the Korean War. She said they told her that the Tuskegee Airmen, that unit there were the instructors for that group. She said because of all the changes going on with the Veterans, they are looking for a place near Fort Benning, to do this. She said maybe we need to sit down and discuss it because there are different groups throughout Georgia that are talking about our community in wanting to do that.

City Manager Hugely said he is not familiar with it, and has not been told by any of his staff that they have spoken with anyone in this regard. He said he would like to get the contact information and his office can contact them regarding their interest.

Councilor Woodson said apparently there is support for this in the State Legislation, and said they are talking among each other. She said the gentleman did mention State Representative Carolyn Hugley; however, she has not spoken with her to ask her about it. She said she thinks it is important for us to be at the table to discuss this because they are talking about military and historical information that happened here in Fort Benning.

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POTHOLES:

Councilor Huff said he and Councilor Buck border each other in districts, and said he just wanted to personally thank you on behalf of both he and Councilor Buck with regards to the request that was made back in March about the potholes on Popular Avenue. He said he wanted to thank you for what was done and said they are glad to get rid of those big pot holes.

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BUS ANNOUNCEMENT SYSTEM:

Referring back to Item “B” on his list of purchases, City Manager Hugley said that the information that he received is that eight (8) units comprised of $50,0-00 at $6,500 each unit. He said that is the information that Councilor Allen wanted. He said he will bring this matter back at the next meeting.

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RAILROAD CROSSING:

Councilor Davis said the railroad crossing on 54th Street is in disarray
and very bad shape. He said at one time, he believes that Councilor McDaniel had asked about the possibility of getting those concrete crossing pads that they put down. He said we had to go out and clean out the pile of asphalt that they had put down in a hole, and said now those holes are back. He said he would like to have someone to go and look at the condition of that railroad crossing on 54th Street and the crossing on Williams Road, close to the intersection at Fortson Road. He said there have been concerns expressed on the condition of these railroad crossings and the damage that could be caused to citizens’ vehicles.

City Manager Hugley said he had a meeting with Norfolk Southern on last week with the staff and said they are working with them on some things that we will be coming to the Council on at a later date.
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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: Board of Family & Children Services.

2. Memorandum from Clerk of Council Washington, Re: Employees Pension Board of Trustees.

3. Memorandum from Clerk of Council Washington, Re: Retirees Health Benefits Committee.

4. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close 11th Street, from Broadway to Front Avenue, on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m., in connection with the Uptown Teen Challenge 5K.

5. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, on Sunday, May 24, 2015, from 11:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., in connection with the Uptown Run Across Georgia finish line and concert.

6. Application of Rebecca Zajac to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, on Friday, June 5, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, in connection with the Uptown First Friday Art Walk and concert.

7. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close Bay Avenue, from Synovus to 11th Street, and 11th Street, from Front Avenue to Bay Avenue, on Saturday, June 6, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., in connection with the Uptown Budweiser and Burger Cook-off.
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THE FOLLOWING TWO 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 AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR BAKER AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE EIGHT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS ALLEN AND THOMAS BEING ABSENT FOR THE VOTE:_______ ______________

A Resolution(123-15) – Excusing the absence of Councilor R. Gary Allen from the April 28, 2015 Council Meeting.

A Resolution(124-15) – Excusing the absence of Councilor Jerry Barnes from the April 28, 2015 Council Meeting.
MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL:______ __ _____
Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion that these minutes be received. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by eight members of Council present, with Councilors Allen and Thomas being absent for the vote.
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BOARD APPOINTMENTS:

AIRPORT COMMISSION OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington said we are waiting to hear back from the Airport Commission, with nominations for someone to fill the unexpired of Mr. Don Cook and Ms. Sherry Goodrum, who have resigned.
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CIVIC CENTER ADVISORY BOARD

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh is working on a replacement for someone to succeed Mr. Abdur Hassan, whose seat was declared vacant.
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COLUMBUS BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mr. Gerald Saunders had originally been appointed and confirmed to serve on this board, but has since stated that he will be unable to serve due to him moving to another county. Councilor Huff then moved that Mr. Ty Harrison be confirmed for this seat. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilors Allen and Barnes being absent for this vote.
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Councilor Baker is still working on a replacement for someone to succeed Mr. Chuck H. McDaniel, III, who is not eligible to succeed himself

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HOSPITAL AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mr. Paul Todd has resigned from his seat on the Hospital Authority of Columbus and that Council needs to nominate three individuals from which the authority will select someone to succeed Mr. Todd. She further pointed out that Mr. Mike Welch has been nominated and that we need two additional nominees.

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KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Councilor Davis is nominating Ms. Brenda Pawloski, to fill the unexpired term of Ms. Chris Henson, who has resigned from her seat on the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission.

Councilor Huff made a motion that she be confirmed. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilors Allen and Barnes being absent for this vote.

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TAXICAB COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington said that we still need someone to fill the expired term of Ms. Jodi Sears, whose seat was declared vacant on the Taxicab Commission. She said we are working with Mr. Peter Bowden to get someone to represent the Hotel/Motel Industry.
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mayor Tomlinson is nominating Mr. John Greenman to succeed Mr. Edgar Chancellor on the Housing Authority of Columbus.

Councilor Woodson made a motion that he be confirmed. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilors Allen and Barnes being absent for this vote.

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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Mayor Tomlinson entertained a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation matter. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh 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 Allen and Barnes being absent for the vote.

At 11:17 a.m., the Council adjourned its meeting to go into executive session. At 11:43 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 Huff and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilors Allen and Barnes having already left the meeting, and with the time being 11:44 a.m.



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