MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR SESSION
MARCH 25, 2014

The meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 5:40 P.M.,Tuesday, March 25, on the 2nd Floor of the Citizens Service Center, located at 3111 Citizens Way, Columbus, Georgia. Honorable Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor, and Honorable Evelyn Turner Pugh, Mayor Pro Tem presiding.

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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Tomlinson and Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh were Councilors, Glenn Davis, Berry Henderson, Judy W. Thomas, and Evelyn Woodson. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, Assistant City Attorney Clifton Fay, Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington and Administrative Secretary Lindsey Glisson were also present. Councilor Jerry Barnes took his seat at the Council table at 5:46 p.m. and Councilor Bruce Huff took his seat at the Council table at 6:61p.m.
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ABSENT: Councilors Mike Baker and Charles E. McDaniel, Jr. was absent, but was excused upon the adoption of Resolution Number 123-14 and 124-14. Councilor R. Gary Allen was also absent. Deputy Clerk of Council Sandra Davis was also absent.
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INVOCATION: Led by Reverend Larry Biggers- Pastor of Northside Worship Center.
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PLEDGE: Led by Girl Scout Troop 50063.
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Mayor Tomlinson said we don’t yet have a quorum of the Council, and said we are waiting for one more Council member to arrive before we can conduct official business; however, we can move forward with things that does not require votes. She said we will then have members of our Legislative Delegation to come forward and give us a report from the 2014 Session.

Mayor Tomlinson recognized the presence of Representative Calvin Smyre,
Representative Debbie Buckner, Representative Richard Smith and Senator Josh
McKoon.

State Representative Calvin Smyre, who serves as the Dean of the Delegation
then can for ward and stated that they just ended the 2013 Session on March 20th
and pointed out that there were several issues that they had to cover during this
legislative session and said he would like to bring up members of the delegation to
give you an update on each of those issues, to see if you had any questions, they
would be glad to answer those for you.

Senator Josh McKoon came forward and said one of the things that was
requested as part of the legislative package this year, was making certain
amendments to the Secondary Metal Recyclers Act. He said that was given a
significant overhaul in 2012, which he and Representative Smith both served on
the Conference Committee; which ultimately resolved this matter. He said that was
directed at primarily trying to reduce metal theft around the State, and bringing us
into compliance in what other neighboring states were doing; as we were hearing
from a lot of folks in the industry that this was a significant problem.

He said what they found in looking at trying to make this amendment to allow
cash payments up to $50.00 is that there was really no appetite from any of the
stakeholders to open this Code section back up, because as he said earlier this was
a very careful and negotiated compromise that they were able to get passed back in
2012 and said the concern is that if we try to open this back up, we will have some
issues with it.

State Representatives Richard Smith, Debbie Buckner and Carolyn Hugley also
came forward and made comments regarding several bills that were before the
General Assembly, and highlighted several of them which passed during this
session.

Members of the delegation also responded to questions of members of the
Council.
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MAYOR’S AGENDA:

MAYOR TOMLINSON CALLED FORWARD THE MEMBERS OF THE KENDRICK HIGH SCHOOL LADY CHEROKEES’, AND A RESOLUTION WAS READ IN ITS ENTIRETY BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: __________ _______

A Resolution (102-14) – Commending and congratulating the members of the Kendrick High School Lady Cherokees basketball team upon their victory in the GHSA Class AA State Championship.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Huff being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

City Manager Hugley also recognized two of the young ladies who also serve on the Youth Advisory Council.
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CITY ATTORNEY'S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND AFTER SOME DICUSSION ON THIS MATTER, RESULTED IN AN INCONCLUSIVE VOTE:__________
An Ordinance – Regulating vehicular traffic in Columbus, Georgia by amending Section 20-7.2. One-way Streets and Alleys of the City Code of Columbus to delete Tenth Street as a one-way street for westbound traffic from the westerly line of Sixth Avenue to the easterly line of Bay Avenue; to delete Twelfth Street as a one-way street for westbound traffic from the westerly line of Sixth Avenue to the easterly line of Veterans Parkway; authorizing the modification and installation of new traffic signals, traffic signs and pavement markings required to convert Tenth Street to two-way traffic from the westerly line of Sixth Avenue to the easterly line of Bay Avenue; authorizing the modification and installation of new traffic signals, traffic signs, and pavement markings required to convert Twelfth Street to two-way traffic from the westerly line of Sixth Avenue to the easterly line of Veterans Parkway; requiring certain notification by the City Manager before traffic modifications are effective; and for other purposes.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Woodson.

Councilor Davis said he has some concerns about the funding source for this project. He said he knows that the funding will be coming from the SPLOST and said there are a couple of items tonight that concerns him here. He said in thinking about the need here and is the timing right, is there an opportunity to maybe look at a different funding source at a later date. He said he thinks it’s appropriate in the light of looking at the matters of the deficit that we have been talking about; the depleting of the reserves and the financial matters of City. He said when it comes to having a reserve fund; and having a maintenance he thinks that all funding sources are very relevant in meeting the needs of the City. He said we have a lot of projects that we have invested in over the last several years and said eventually they are going to need some sort of maintenance or upkeep. He said when we start going through some of these funding sources and using them up, then we don’t have anywhere else to go except back to the general fund or reserves or the general fund.

Councilor Davis said he will not be able to support this request on tonight until we look at a different funding source. He said maybe when funds come available from the State or dealing with traffic matters; funds that are designated for these types of things, he thinks it would be more appropriate.

Mayor Tomlinson said the funds that will be used for this project are not coming from the general fund nor are they subsidized; and then asked someone to come forward to explain the funding source.

Deputy City Manager Arrington then came forward to explain the funding source for this project, as well as the need for the project. Finance Director Pam Hodge also responded to further questions and concerns of Councilor Davis with regards to the funding source.

City Manager and City Attorney Fay also explained to Councilor Davis exactly what can be used with the SPLOST funding.

After some twenty minutes of discussion on this matter, with Deputy City Manager Arrington and Traffic Engineer Hamlet responding to further questions of members of the Council, the question was then called on the motion to adopt the resolution, which resulted in an inconclusive vote of 4 to 3. Voting for the motion was Councilors Barnes, Henderson, and Woodson, and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh. Voting no was Councilors Davis, Huff and Thomas, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

Mayor Tomlinson said we will have to bring this item back at a later date when we have more of our Council members present for the meeting.
City Attorney Fay said this item will be brought back at the April 8, 2014 regular Council meeting.

City Manager Hugley said he wanted to point out that we received something from the CEO of the Chamber of Commerce and said that they support this request, and they had made a request that we do this project.

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

An Ordinance (14-12) – Amending Section 3-1 of the Columbus Code to revise requirements for a traditional restaurant by deleting subsection 3-1(ee)(10), repealing any ordinances in conflict therewith; and for other purposes.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND DELAYED BY THE COUNCIL AT THE REQUEST OF THE APPLICANT:______ ____________ An Ordinance – Rezoning property located at the north portion of 918 15th Street (1415 10th Avenue) from an LMI (Light Manufacturing Industrial) to GC (General Commercial) Zoning District. The purpose of the rezoning is for business/professional office (tax and accounting) and auto/truck wash and detailing facility.

City Attorney Fay pointed out that the applicant has asked that this ordinance be delayed for one week due to her being out of town.

Councilor Thomas moved the ordinance be delayed. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those seven members of council present, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent from the meeting.

City Attorney Fay then asked if there was anyone present in the audience who wanted to be heard on this matter tonight, but there were none. He said this item will be brought back at the April 8th Council meeting for first reading.

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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY COUNCIL AFTER SOME DISCUSSION: ___

A Resolution (103-14) – Authorizing the Mayor and the Muscogee County Coroner to execute a mutual aid agreement involving GEMA and the Georgia Coroner’s Association.
Councilor Thomas asked what does this entail with the Coroner’s office.

City Attorney Fay said this is similar to agreements that the City has entered into with other counties in Phenix City and said this one will be with the Coroner’s organization that could render assistance and said he can call in help if needed.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion to adopt the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson.

Councilor Thomas asked what would this agreement entail with the Coroner’s Office. She said she knows about our mutual aid agreement that we have with the public safety personnel and what it does, but she doesn’t know what this will entail.

City Attorney Fay said the language is nearly identical in the agreement that the City is a party to with GEMA and said this will just allow the Georgia Coroner’s Association to be affiliated with a mutual aid agreement. Councilor Thomas then asked, what they would do.

Mayor Tomlinson said whenever there is a catastrophe, such as Hurricane Katrina and people die in mass numbers that the local Coroner is overwhelmed with facilities, skills and personnel or God forbids that a tornado or other mass disasters and there are many deaths as a result, then Coroners, like firemen and others; would come from other localities with their resources and expertise and they assists.

Councilor Thomas then asked if they cannot do that now, to which City Attorney Fay said the City could, but the Coroner could not unless you approved this mutual aid agreement that is currently on the table.

Councilor Huff asked if this is going outside of Columbus or locally. City Attorney Fay said if the Coroner needed assistance, he could request it or said it could work both ways.

After some ten minutes of discussion on this matter, with City Attorney Fay and Mayor Tomlinson responding to questions of members of the Council, the question was then called on the motion to adopt the resolution, which carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said in the future whenever someone makes a request such as this one, they need to be present here at the Council meeting; and if they are not able to be present when the matter is listed on the Agenda, then, it will need to wait until they are able to be present to answer any questions that may come up at that time.
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PUBLIC AGENDA

MR. KERRY MESS, RE: “BAD APPLES”, PROBLEMS IN LAW ENFORCEMENT:_________________________________________________

Mr. Kerry Mess, came forward and read from a prepared statement
expressing some concerns regarding public safety and what he considers to be
serious problems within our law enforcement.

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Ms. Shameika Averett, representing the Area Agency on Aging came forward and outlined some of the upcoming activities that their organization will be involved in. She pointed out that May is Older Americans Month and said one of the main activities that their agency does, is the Wellness Walk, which is held every year in the month of May at Peachtree Mall from 8:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m. She said she wanted to extend an invitation to the Mayor and Council to come out for this event on May 2nd. She said they are also a member of Professionals Serving Older Adults and said they have a face book page and you can go out and see all the events that will be going on here in the community.

Councilor Barnes said he would like to encourage everyone to come out to this event because there is so much information that is given out during this time. He said what it does is to connect the seniors as to what’s happening in the community.

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ATTORNEY O. WAYNE SPENCE, REPRESENTING MR. JUAN A. CONCEPTION, RE: REQUESTING AN EXTENSION REGARDING THE DEMOLITION OF PROPERTY LOCATED AT 4011 CALHOUN DRIVE:__

Councilor Huff said he wants to let the Council know that this house was put on our demolition list and the owner had been in contact with our Inspections & Code Department and he had done some repairs, but then a tree fell. He said he advised the owner, Mr. Juan A. Conception to get an attorney. He said he was told that if the attorney was able to represent him and get all of the monies necessary to make the necessary repairs would be the only way they could get this done.

He said what brings Attorney Spence before the Council this evening is that the house was scheduled to be demolished on yesterday. He said he is here to explain what happened. He also said that Mr. Conception is present here on tonight; and said that he wants to move back to Columbus to use his home, as a retirement home. He said we thought it would be an opportunity to have the house put back on the tax rolls instead of just having a vacant lot sitting there.

Attorney O. Wayne Spence, representing Mr. Juan A. Conception, came forward and said from what he understands that started the process with Mr. Conception ‘s house is the tree that fell on the roof. He said that Mr. Conception has gone through some medical issues, has had open heart surgery and said this has
not only slowed him down physically, but financially as well. He said he was having a little problem trying to get everything put together

He said the tree has been removed and Mr. Conception has given him a certified check for an amount that they think it will take to put the house back in the shape it should be. He said in talking with Mr. Jessie Williams, it is his understanding that the real problem was the roof and there were some problems and issues with the structure; the brick, and etc. He said Mr. Conception brought him two estimates for the repairs, as well as the money to repair it.

Attorney Spence said the City has been very patient with his client and said he realizes that, and said they would like to respectfully request an extension. He said he will hold this money in a trust account, and said Mr. Conception has told him that he has people that are ready to go and work on this house. He said he is ready to go and got the finances. He said it is a brick house and said he thinks it can be saved.

Councilor Henderson asked if this was on an ordinance where the demolition has already passed. City Attorney Fay said as far as he knows, it has already passed; however, he doesn’t have the timeline of the matter, but believes that Mr. Coates, Director of Inspections & Code has that information.

Councilor Henderson said we would have very little control over an extension and said what we will probably have to do is, is pass an ordinance to remove it from the list. City Attorney Fay said you would have to at least pass a motion to extend this for a certain amount of time, but said you couldn’t go beyond 120- days under the ordinance.

Discussion continued on this matter, with City Attorney Fay and Director of Inspections & Code Greg Coates responding to questions of the Council.

Inspection & Codes Director Greg Coates, in response to Councilor Henderson said it would take somewhere in the neighborhood of a minimum of $75,000 to bring this property up to Code.

Councilor Henderson then asked Mr . Spence if he has retained a contractor or has he done any work to try to get someone to ascertain as to what it would take to fix this property.

Attorney Spence said that he tried to talk with Mr. Coates on a couple of occasions, but that he wasn’t in; therefore, they never got a chance to communicate about this matter, but said he did speak with Mr. Jessie Williams, one of the inspectors who went out and took a look at this house; and said what he told him, the two things that needed to be repaired was the roof and the structure. He said they have some estimates and also have the money to fix those two things.

In respond to Mayor Tomlinson, Attorney Spence said the estimates that they received to repair those two things is $7,000.00.

Discussion continued on this matter, with members of the Council expressing their further views regarding this matter.

Councilor Woodson said she thinks that Mr. Conception should come back before this Council with supporting documents, as we have asked other individuals in the past to bring back to us. She said she is asking both gentlemen to go out and get those supporting documents to show us if it is worth it and let us know.

Attorney Spence says he thinks that is a reasonable request and he don’t believe that Mr. Conception would object to that. He said the contractor who he talked to today said because of where the houses are located most all of the houses have some structural issues. He said because the water is running under the house, which they should have put a French drain to divert the water into the street; and said if that is the case, he doesn’t think that will cost a lot of money.

After some forty-five minutes of discussion on this matter, Councilor Woodson then made a motion that we hold the demolition on this property until such time that we get the information and documentation as requested. Seconded by Councilor Huff.

Mayor Tomlinson pointed out that the City Manager, by executive order has already held the demolition, which was to take place on yesterday, but said the Council has to either stay it for some period of time, or do something. She then called upon City Attorney Fay to outline what are the Council’s options in this matter.

City Attorney Fay said he thinks that you need to add whatever the delay motion is on the table, to come back in two weeks with a contractor, that both
Mr. Coates and Mr. Spence can agree upon with the items necessary to bring it up to code in the contract, with a fixed estimate and whether or not this gentleman
(Mr. Conception) will be able to come up with that amount of money. He said you need to put a two-week time limit on it to come back with something formal.

Councilor Thomas then made a motion that we direct Mr. Coates to meet with Mr. Spence and/or Mr. Conception within the next two weeks and come back to us on the proper agenda with a recommendation that no action be taken on the demolition in the meantime until they can come back with a recommendation, which was Seconded by Councilor Huff.

Councilor Henderson said he would like to see the scope of the work to be performed in both recommendations.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh asked if that would also include whether or not they have a signed contract and to indicate whether or not the funds are available to do the work. She said that is the only way that she will support the request.

City Manager Hugley said he hear the request, but said he wants to make clear that the burden to bring forward the scope of work and estimates and/or bids from contractors is in the hand of Mr. Spence and his client, and not Inspections & Code. He said he want to make clear that it has to be provided to them in time so that we can have our internal inspectors and architects review the scope of work and said we are going to tell you exactly what we require from Inspections & Code of that structure and of course, we will get that back to you with our comments and then you and your contractor will determine if you have the money to do the work. He said then you would have to share with us some documentation that you have cash in hand that you can move forward with the work. He said that is a lot of be down within two weeks.

He said if we want to give four weeks and prolong it further, then that’s an issue the neighbors would have to deal with it. He said he don’t want them to bring it a day before the Council meeting.

After further discussion on this subject, Councilor Thomas said whatever needs to be done, she would like for these guys to get together and have a conversation and Mr. Coates tell Mr. Spence what it is they need to do to get a permit and whatever else they need to do to resolve this issue. He said allow Mr. Spence to look at to determine if that can be done and if it can’t then we can move on.

Mayor Tomlinson asked Councilor Thomas to restate her motion, which she stated that the motion is that this matter will come back on the proper agenda in two weeks with a recommendation for disposition.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said she thinks that we need to have a signed contract from a contractor and something from a financial institution telling us that funds are available.
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NOTE: Councilor Barnes left at this point in the proceedings, with the time being 7:45 p.m.
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City Manager Hugley said he wants to make it clear that our inspectors will not go out and inspect the house and tell them what needs to be done, but said they need to get their contractor to go out there and walk through the house and give you the list of all the things that needs to be done to get this house up to code.

Mr. Coates said that is normally what happens is that the contractor goes out and then presents them with the scope of work that they will be performing.

After further discussion, the question was then called on the motion, which carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Barnes being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.
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CITY MANAGER'S AGENDA:

AT THE REQUEST OF THE MAYOR, THE FOLLOWING
RESOLUTION, WHICH WAS DELAYED FROM THE MARCH 11, 2014 COUNCIL MEETING WAS CALLED UP AS THE NEXT ORDER OF BUSINESS AND AFTER SOME DISCUSSION, A VOTE WAS TAKEN, WHICH RESULTED IN AN INCONCLUSIVE VOTE:_____ ______________

A Resolution – Authorizing the approval to enter into an agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation to accept a High Priority Project (HPP) grant for $195,088.80 with a 20% local match of $48,772.80 for total grant amount of $243,861.60 for construction of restrooms on the River Walk under the Martin Memorial Bridge.

City Manager Hugley said we had this item on his agenda at the last Council meeting. He said he would ask Director of the Planning Department, Rick Jones to come forward and provide some additional information that we promised you on this particular project. He said we do have a representative from Scott Bridge Construction, who is the contractor on this project, present in the audience; Mr. Steven Summers.

Using a power-point presentation, Mr. Rick Jones then came forward and provided the additional information to the Mayor and Council regarding this matter and also pointed out that we have been given the opportunity that they have been given to put these restrooms in place.

After the conclusion of his presentation, Mr. Jones called forward Mr. Steve Summers with Scott Bridge Construction Company, who outlined the breakdown of the cost for this proposed project of the restrooms.

He then responded to questions of members of the Council, after which Councilor Henderson made a motion to adopt the resolution, as detailed above. Seconded by Councilor Woodson, which resulted in a 5 to 2 inconclusive vote of the Council. Voting for the motion was Councilors Davis, Henderson, Huff, Woodson and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh. Voting against the motion was Councilors Barnes and Henderson, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

Mayor Tomlinson said it will have to be postponed and brought back when there are enough Council members present. Councilor Thomas then asked at what point does the matter fails; and said this is the second time we have voted on this matter and it didn’t pass. She asked if we keep brining it back until it passes.

Mayor Tomlinson said we have to have at least six votes in order to pass any item; therefore, we will have to bring it back.

Director of the Department of Planning Rick Jones then responded to further questions of the members of the Council with regards to funding.

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THE FOLOWING TWO RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:________________________________________________________

A Resolution (104-14) – Authorizing the renewal of a lease agreement with
the Department of the Navy for use of the Naval Reserve Center, located at 414 4th Street. Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.

Councilor Davis said in looking at this agreement said twenty-five years is a long time and then asked, if there is any kind of tangible benefit that we receive by having the Naval Reserve Center here.

City Manager Hugley said he can’t necessarily speak to the benefit, and said he don’t think it’s a benefit like what we get from Ft. Benning, where they have a $250 million a month payroll and $250 million that they pa out and contracts, but said it’s the Naval Reserve Center and they have been meeting there since 1947 in support of the military. He said we have had a $1 a year lease agreement and what we are proposing is a 25 year agreement and said either parties can exit the agreement with a 60-day notice. He said beyond supporting the military, he can’t give you an economic impact benefit. He said it is our land and they constructed the building on our land.

Councilor Davis asked if we have explored how other cities work their contracts with regards to Reserve Center, to which City Manager Hugley said we have not.
After discussion on this matter, the question was then called on the motion to adopt the resolution, which carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

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A Resolution (105-14) – Authorizing the declaration of surplus property located at 1133 35th Street, 2418 North Lumpkin Road, and approximately .75 acres of property located at 315 Andrews Road and sell said property in accordance with Section 7-501 of the City Code in Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia.

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 for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.
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THE FOLLOWING SEVEN RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR WOODSON AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT FOR THIS MEETING, WITH COUNCILORS ALLEN, BAKER AND MCDANIEL BEING ABSENT: __________________________________ _
A Resolution (106-14) – Authorizing the acquisition of Parcel 80, 6980 Forrest Road (map attached) for the Forrest Road Improvement, Muscogee County totaling 0.01 acres +/- of Right of Way, plus a Drive Way Easement for County Road and/or Municipal Street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said land under the authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et.seq for the referenced project.

A Resolution (107-14) – Authorizing the acquisition of Parcel 90, 6832 Forrest Road (map attached) for the Forrest Road Improvement Project, Muscogee County totaling 0.01 acres +/- of Right of Way, plus a Drive Way Easement for County Road and/or Municipal Street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said land under the authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et.seq for the references project.

A Resolution (108-14) – Authorizing the acquisition of Parcel 91, 92, 93; 6828, 6824, 6820 Forrest Road (map attached) for the Forrest Road Improvement Project, Muscogee County totaling 0.03 acres +/- of Right of Way, Temporary Construction Easement totaling 0.02 acres +/- on Parcels 91 and 93, plus a Drive Way Easements on all said parcels and lands for County Road and/or Municipal Street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney on his representatives for the acquisition of said land under the authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et.seq for the referenced project.

A Resolution (109-14) – Authorizing the acquisition of Parcel 109, 6524 Forrest Road (map attached) for the Forrest Road Improvement Project, Muscogee County totaling 0.01 acres +/- of Right of Way, Temporary Construction Easement totaling 0.002 acres+/-, plus a Drive Way Easement for County Road and/or Municipal Street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said land under the authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et.seq for the referenced project. A Resolution (110-14) – Authorizing the acquisition of Parcel 117, 6224 Forrest Road (map attached) for the Forrest Road Improvement Project, Muscogee County totaling 0.03 acres +/- of Right of Way, Temporary Construction Easement totaling 0.005 acres+/-, plus a Drive Way Easement for County Road and/or Municipal Street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said land under the authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et.seq for the referenced project.

A Resolution (111-14) – Authorizing the acquisition of Parcel 136, 5768 Forrest Road (map attached) for the Forrest Road Improvement Project, Muscogee County totaling 0.038 acres +/- of Right of Way, Temporary Construction Easement totaling 0.01 acres+/-, plus a Drive Way Easement for County Road and/or Municipal Street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said land under the authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et.seq for the referenced project. A Resolution (112-14) – Authorizing the acquisition of Parcel 165, 5448 Forrest Road (map attached) for the Forrest Road Improvement Project, Muscogee County totaling 0.02 acres +/- of Right of Way, Temporary Construction Easement totaling 0.02 acres+/-, plus a Drive Way Easement for County Road and/or Municipal Street purposes, and authorizing the filing of a Declaration of Taking by the City Attorney or his representatives for the acquisition of said land under the authority of the official code of Georgia annotated, Section 32-3-1 et.seq for the referenced project.

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THE FOLLOWING TWO RESOLUTIONS WERE ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:
A Resolution (113-14) – Authorizing the approval to submit an application and, if approved, accept $200,000, or amount awarded, from the US Department of Justice for the operation of the Muscogee County Adult Drug Court from July 1, 2014 to June 30, 2016 with a 25% cash/in-kind match and amend the Muti-governmental Grant Fund by the amount of the award.

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 for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

A Resolution (114-14) – Authorizing the approval to submit an application and, if approved, accept $224,109, or amount awarded, from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for operation of the Muscogee County Adult Felony Drug Court from July 1, 2014 - June 30, 2015 and amend the Muti-governmental Fund by the amount awarded.

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 for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

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THE FOLLOWING TWO ADDITIONAL RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HUFF, WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT FOR THIS MEETING, WITH COUNCILORS ALLEN, BAKER AND MCDANIEL BEING ABSENT: _____________ ____________

A Resolution (115-14) – Authorizing the acceptance of a deed to Townes Way located in Section Two, The Townes at Sonoma Pointe. The Department of Engineering has inspected this street and recommends the acceptance.

A Resolution (116-14) – Authorizing the acceptance of a deed to Thicket Court, Coppice Court and that portion of Coppice Drive located in Lakes Phase Thirteen of Garrett Creek. The Department of Engineering has inspected these streets and recommends the acceptance.

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THE FOLLOWING THREE 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 MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR WOODSON, WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT FOR THIS MEETING, WITH COUNCILORS ALLEN, BAKER AND MCDANIEL BEING ABSENT:___________

A Resolution (117-14) – Authorizing the approval to procure Landscaping and Walking Trail Development services, for the Resting Gardens Cemetery project, from A Cut Above (Fortson, GA) in the amount of $57,500.00. The services will include: Provision and installation of plant material and pine straw, Site/Bed preparation, Metal edging, Gravel Walking Trail and Irrigation system.

A Cut Above is one of three vendors already under annual contract providing Landscape Maintenance for the various gateways throughout the City. Since one of these vendors would be required to perform the periodic maintenance of the site, all three contractors were requested, by the Planning Department, to provide a quote for these services. A Cut Above was the only vendor to submit a quote.

A Resolution (118-14) – Authorizing the It is requested that Council consent to the recommendation from the Pension Board for the procurement of investment consultant services from Raymond James (Columbus, GA), to include: Consulting, Custodial and Fiduciary services, for the retirement system, while optimizing the return on investments for the benefit of the Pension fund. The term of this contract shall be for a period of five (5) years, beginning April 1, 2014 through March 31, 2018. It should be noted that multi-year contracts might be continued each fiscal year with approval from the Board.

A Resolution (119-14) – Authorizing the execution of a contract with Vickery Grinding, Inc. (Columbus, GA) for large tree trunk and stump splitting services, which will be used on an “as needed basis ”, in exchange for residual ground material.

Vickery Grinding, Inc. will provide the following services:
The term of the contract shall be for two (2) years with the option to renew for three (3) additional twelve-month periods. Contract renewal will be contingent upon the mutual agreement of the City and Contractor.

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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTION WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND THEN DELAYED BY THE COUNCIL AT THE REQUEST OF COUNCILOR DAVIS: __ ______

A Resolution – Authorizing the approval of payment to Brasfield and Gorrie in the amount of $48,212.00 for the rehabilitation of the Ma Rainey House Balcony.
In October 2011, the Engineering Department received a call from the Ma Rainey House notifying that the balcony was sagging and wooden pillars were being utilized to hold up the corner. The Parks and Recreation Department requested that the Engineering Department obtain estimates for the repair of the balcony. The highest estimate was approximately $33,000. At the time neither the Ma Rainey Foundation nor Parks & Recreation had the money to fund the work.

In October 2013 the Ma Rainey Foundation met with the City Manager’s Office, Parks and Recreation and Engineering Departments to request funding for the rehabilitation of the balcony due to its further deterioration. The estimate from 2011 was presented, as well as an estimate from the original architect, Ken Levy, who gave a rough estimate of $75,000 - $150,000. Since there was a significant range in the cost estimates, the Engineering Department looked for other options.

At the time, Brasfield & Gorrie was working on the Cusseta Road Pedestrian Bridge and the Engineering Department asked the vendor to look at project. Brasfield and Gorrie had done similar work in column stabilization at the River & Phenix condos and could provide a more accurate estimate of the cost for the rehabilitation. In November 2013, the vendor provided a quote in the amount of $48,212 to perform the work.

City staff decided the estimate was feasible; it was further decided to utilize funding from the Liberty District since the building is located in the Liberty District.

Councilor Davis asked that this matter be pulled from the agenda for further discussion and brought back at a latter time.

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MONTHLY FINANCE UPDATE:

Ms. Pam Hodge, Director of Finance came forward and gave the monthly finance update for the month of February 2014.
through the month of January. It is up 1.87 % compared to the same period
of time last year. Finance Director Hodge said we have seen a little increase in
the other local option sales tax, but said the original one is going in the other direction, which is an interesting trend. Finance Director Hodge pointed out that she has provided the Council with the expenditures by department and how those are spent on personnel related to public safety. She said on the infrastructure, the project list is provided for each one of the different categories on the infrastructure side. Councilor Thomas said on the positions filed for the police department, asked how, are we up to 105 officers, as she thought it was the 100 officers’ slot. Director of Finance Hodge said there was a 110 authorized positions, there was the 100 original positions as part of the OLOST and said during the past budget year, the police department made a request and it was approved in the budget for FY-14 to move ten police officers from the general fund over to the OLOST when the discussions was happening with making the reductions in the police department. She said it was the same thing with the fire department, there were ten positions that was moved from the police department to the OLOST that was voted on and approved by the Council on the add/delete list; as well as fourteen positions in the fire department that was moved from the general fund to the OLOST. She said that was part of the FY-14 budget process. She said of the 110 that was approved, at the end of February there were 105 that was filled; therefore, they had five vacancies in the OLOST. Councilor Henderson said for clarification in the variance on the original LOST and the OLOST, which is actually doing better than the original LOST. He said he thought the only difference was an exemption for a new car sale in the new LOST.

Director of Finance Hodge said there are exemptions for the new one that doesn’t apply to the old one. Councilor Henderson then asked if we are collecting the same on both sales taxes, except that we are waiving new cars on the one that is
outpacing the original one.

Director of Finance Hodge said that is part of the confusion that we have with the LOST and the need to get that information from the Department of Revenue
because it is really hard for us to reconcile that the original LOST is down 5.18% through the same period of time and yet we are seeing an increase in the OLOST.
She said we have made a request to the Department of Revenue regarding this concern.

After some discussion on this matter, Mayor Tomlinson said she would like to make a referral to the City Attorney and said she would like for us to continue pursuing all of the avenues that we have pursued. She said she would like for the City Attorney to look into a Quantum Action of Accounting. She said it doesn’t have to be adversarial, but it’s just an equity; which is basically a demand of the court where someone stands and give an accounting of money that they are holding in trust for you. She said it may or may not apply, but she thinks that we can do it,
as a matter of public trust; that we just simply want an accounting of our money.

Mayor Tomlinson said if we can’t agree to it on a bigger political surface that applies to all the counties in the State, then maybe we can get one court to decree that we get an accounting. She said if there has to be confidentiality orders associated with it; then courts are well equipped to deal with that. She said let’s see if that is an avenue. Ms. Hodge then continued on in presenting the monthly finance report, and outlined the following information.

TSPLOST discretionary fund allocation was $180,000. She said for 2013, we collected $2,422,000, and January’s collection was $163,000. She said last January was the first month of collections and said in comparison with January 2014 we were at $180,000, and said we did see an increase from January to January.

Ms. Hodge said she will add to this report and provide the prior fiscal year information so that you can see trend over time to that report.

Ms. Hodge also pointed out that they have outlined those departments that are on watch, those who have reached 33% of their budget. She said the budget analysts work with those departments to make sure that they don’t go over their budgets.

After the conclusion of her presentation, Ms. Hodge then responded to questions of members of the Council regarding the monthly finance report.

Councilor Davis said he would like to have a hard copy of the finance presentation that was made on today. He said there were number of questions that were asked from the analyst and said he would like to request that the staff provide the City’s responses to the financial questions that were asked by the Financial Analyst to the members of the Council.

He also said with regards to the reserve fund that there was an Ordinance that was adopted by Council pertaining to the chance CCG would reach below 60 days in the Reserve Fund Balance, the City Manager is then authorized to take action in bringing the fund back to 60 days.

Councilor Davis said he would like to know if we already have that plan in place if we do go below the 60 days in our Reserve Fund ; and, if so, he would like for the staff to provide a copy of the plan that would take place in that instance.

Some discussion developed on this matter, with City Attorney Fay and Mayor Tomlinson responding to some questions of Councilor Davis regarding this matter.

Mayor Tomlinson said we will have a Special Called Council meeting on March 28th, at 9:00 a.m., in which she will present her FY-2015 proposed budget; and said in that budget, she will not only lay out quiet extensively the plan to not only stay at the 60-days, but to begin the reverse the course of the drawdown that has been occurring since 2008. She said in going into the next year, which will be after July1 ,2015, we will have to start looking in the summer, like we did this year; looking at some of the systemic deficit issues and having five to six months worth of debates, we will have to start looking at even broader reforms; whether they are revenue reforms or expenditure reforms.

Finance Director Hodge, in response to some earlier comments of Councilor Davis, said that on the Standard & Poor’s questions, said the responses were done through a conference call; however, she does have her notes of things she wanted to make sure was outlined during that conference call that she can provide to you, but said we will not submit written responses to the questions, but it was done through a conference call with our financial advisors.

Councilor Davis said there was some very interesting questions and said he didn’t understand a lot of them, but he would like to have those responses to those questions.
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UPDATE OF GOVERNMENT CENTER SPACE NEEDS ASSESSMEMT: __

Deputy City Manager Arrington came forward at the request of City Manager Hugley and outlined the results of the space assessment and provided the following information, as detailed below.

Background


Additional Needs Identified
Reallocation Strategy
Implementation
Deputy City Manager Arrington then responded to questions of members of the Council.

Councilor Thomas said when we did some restructuring of some of the spaces within the Government Center within the last few years, particularly the entrance of the Government Center we were able to use some labor from the Department of Corrections and then said, as we get into the longer term projects, she would ask the City Manager to check that source, as well as other sources. She said as she recalls, the major expense of using the Department of Corrections, was the material, but said the labor was at a much reduced rate.

City Manager Hugley said we will, but said he thinks they have actually stopped during that. He said we had a special relationship at that time, and said he don’t know if they are continuing to do that, but he will look into it

Deputy City Manager Arrington said the process of implementing these strategies and recommendations made by our consultants we will begin briefing the departments on the specifics of the plan on tomorrow afternoon and said in doing so, the City Manager wanted to make sure that the Council knew in a broad view what we were doing and what our plans are. He said Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin will coordinate the moves of the offices in the short term recommendations based on the staff’s ability to support the moves. He also said medium and long term will be programmed as funding is available.
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ROAD CONDITIONS

Councilor Woodson said we need to have the Traffic Engineer to go out and look at and inspect the road conditions of Torch Hill and Ticknor Drive in South Columbus.
She said there are three potholes in the road at the 2600 block of Dorothy Avenue and Blan Street that needs to be looked at.
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AS INFORMATION FOR THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL:________________________________________________________

(1) Memorandum from Clerk of Council Washington, Re: Development Authority of Columbus.

(2) Certificate of Need Application filed by Columbus Regional Health, Northside Medical Center, Re: Development of Emergency Department and Expansion of Intensive Care Unit. The complete Certificate of Need Application is on file in the Clerk of Council’s Office.

(3) Biographical Sketch of Reverend Willie Phillips, Re: Public Safety Advisory Commission.

(4) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1100 Block of Broadway, on Friday, March 21, 2014, Friday, April 12, 2014 and Friday May 10, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Drum Circle”.

(5) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close 10th Street (from Front Avenue to Bay Avenue) and Bay Avenue to 11th Street, on Friday, April 11, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. to Sunday, April 13, 2014 at 12:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Frogtown Hollow Music Jam”.

(6) Application of Mitch Watts to temporarily close 3rd Avenue (from 10th Street to 11th Street), on Sunday, April 12, 2014, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in connection with the “Touch a Truck Fundraiser”.

(7) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close 11th Street (from Front Avenue to 1st Avenue), on Friday, April 18, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Light Up Columbus 5K and 10K”.

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THE FOLLOWING FOUR 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 COUNCLOR HENDERSON AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR WOODSON, WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS ALLEN, BAKER AND MCDANIEL ABSENT FOR THIS MEETING:________________________________________________________

A Resolution (120-14) – Excusing Councilor Charles E. McDaniel, Jr. from the March 11, 2014 Council Meeting.

A Resolution (121-14) – Excusing R. Gary Allen from the March 18, 2014 Special Called Council Meeting.

A Resolution (122-14) – Excusing Councilor Bruce Huff from the March 18, 2014 Special Called Council Meeting.

A Resolution (123-14) – Excusing Councilor Baker from the March 25, 2014 Council Meeting.

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THE MEDICAL CENTER HOSPITAL AUTHORITY:

Clerk of Council Washington submitted a letter of resignation from Dr. Ron Hudson resigning from his seat on The Medical Center Hospital Authority. Councilor Woodson made a motion that the letter be received with regrets and thanks for his service. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

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MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL: ___________ ______ __________

Airport Commission, October 30, 2013.
Airport Commission, January 22, 2014.
Board of Elections & Registration, December 5, 2013.
Board of Elections & Registration, January & February 6, 2014.
Board of Tax Assessors, 07-14.
Board of Tax Assessors, 08-14.
Cooperative Extension, February 26, 2014.
Family & Children Services, January 8, 2014.
Historic & Architectural Review, September 9 & October 15, 2013.
Historic & Architectural Review, November 12 & December 9, 2013.
Historic & Architectural Review, January 13 & February 10, 2014.
Personnel Review Board, February 19, 2014.
Planning Advisory Commission, February 19, 2014.
Recreation Advisory Board, February 26, 2014.
Uptown Fašade Board, February 17, 2014.

Councilor Henderson made a motion to approve these minutes. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING ADD-ON RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND
EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND ADOPTED
BY THE COUNCIL: _______________________________________________

A Resolution (123-14) – Excusing Councilor Charles E. McDaniel, Jr., from the
March 25, 2014 Council Meeting.

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 Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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BOARD APPOINTMENTS:

BOARD OF HONOR:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that she is still working to try to find someone to fill the expired term of former Councilor Jack Rodgers on the Board of Honor.

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COMMISSION ON INTERNATIONAL RELATIONS AND CULTURAL LIASISON ENCOUNTERS (C.I.R.C.L.E):______________________________

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Ms. Catherine Ross, Post 4 on the Commission on International Relations and Cultural Liaison Encounters, (C.I.R.C.L.E) expired on March 1, 2014 and that she is not eligible to succeed herself.

She further pointed out that Mr. Yuri Peter Totskiy has been nominated for another term of office and that he may be confirmed. Councilor so moved. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Ms. Sally Haskins has resigned
From her seat on the Community Development Advisory Board and advises that this is Councilor McDaniel’s appointment. With Councilor McDaniel being absent from this meeting, there was no nomination made.

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EMPLOYEES’ PENSION BOARD OF TRUSTEES

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Ms. Elizabeth R. James, who represented the Business Community on the Employees’ Pension Board of Trustees has resigned from her position, and advises that this is the Mayor’s appointment.

Mayor Tomlinson said she is working on a replacement for this board.

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HISTORIC & ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Ms. Stacy Fahrenburch, who served in an at-large position on the Historic & Architectural review Board has expired and that she is not eligible to succeed herself. She said Council needs to nominate someone to fill this expired term.

She also pointed out that the term of office of Ms. Saundra Green, who represents that Columbus Board of Realtors has also expired and that we are waiting to hear back from them to determine if they would like to nominate Ms. Green for another term of office.

Clerk of Council Washington further advised that Mr. David Mitchell has been nominated for another term of office and that he may now be confirmed. Councilor Woodson so moved. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

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KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mr. John Loomis has resigned from his seat on the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission and said that Council needs to nominate someone for this at-large position. There were no nominations made.

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PUBLIC SAFETY ADVISORY COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Councilor Baker is nominating Mr. Paul Voorhees to fill the expired term of Mr. Andrew Holloman as his District Five representative. Councilor Henderson moved he be confirmed. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

She further point out that Councilor Woodson has nominated Reverend Willie Phillips to fill the expired term of Ms. Margaret Shafer as her District Seven representative and advised that he may be confirmed. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh so moved. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent.

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TAXICAB COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that we are working with the taxicab industry for someone to fill the unexpired term of Mr. Matthew Probst, who has resigned from the Taxicab Commission.

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50TH ANNIVERSARY OF RANGER JOE’S:

Councilor Henderson said believes this is the 50th Anniversary of Ranger Joe’s and said he would like to request a resolution on behalf of the entire Council, recognizing Mr. Voorhees and his family, not only what they have contributed to this community, but to Fort Benning, as well.

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BOARD OF HONOR:

Councilor Davis said we keep dealing with this one particular matter dealing with the Board of Honor and says he knows that it is a very important board and what they do and how they conduct business there. He then asked if we need to have a conversation regarding this matter, and possibly look at expanding the requirements for persons to serve on the Board of Honors; maybe a former City Manager or someone at the executive or administrative level, either a former Deputy City Manager.

Mayor Tomlinson then said we can do a referral to amend the ordinance, and have the staff to come up with a recommendation of individuals that they suggest Council add to the ordinance.

Councilor Davis said it has been on his mind for awhile and said he don’t know how his colleagues feels about this matter. Councilor Barnes said yes, we need to expand the board.

Mayor Tomlinson said we can come up with a list of suggestions and said that the Council can debate them.

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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Mayor Tomlinson then entertained a motion for adjournment. Councilor Barnes so moved. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilors Allen, Baker and McDaniel being absent for this meeting, with the time of adjournment being 9:00 p.m.


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