18
MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
DECEMBER 8, 2015

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 9:00 A.M., Tuesday, December 8, 2015, on the 2nd Floor of the Citizens Service Center, located at 3111 Citizens Way, Columbus, Georgia Honorable Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor and Honorable Evelyn Turner Pugh, Mayor Pro Tem presiding.
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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh were Councilors R. Gary Allen, Mike Baker, Jerry Barnes, Tom B. Buck III, Glenn Davis, Bruce Huff and Judy W. Thomas. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, City Attorney Clifton Fay, Assistant City Attorney Lucy Sheftall, Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington and Deputy Clerk of Council Lindsey Glisson were also present.

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ABSENT: Councilors Berry H. Henderson and Evelyn Woodson were absent.

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INVOCATION: Pastor Marlon D. Scott, Sr. Chaplain of Columbus Regional Health.

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by the Puddle Jumpers.

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PUBLIC HEARINGS:

Public hearings were held for the Fort Benning Technology Park Redevelopment Plan--Tax Allocation District No. 1, and the River District Redevelopment Plan--6th Avenue/Liberty District, Uptown, and 2nd Avenue/City Village--Tax Allocation Districts 2, 3 and 4.

Director of Planning, Rick Jones, explained to the Mayor and Council that there are two requests for Tax Allocation Districts (TADs) seeking their approval. He explained that the process for TADs is set by Georgia State Law.

Director Jones presented a map of the proposed Fort Benning Technology Park on the overhead projector (copy is available on file in the Clerk of Council’s Office). The proposal is for 51 parcels at a total of 298.7 acres in south Columbus. He then goes over the specifics listed in the redevelopment plan.

Director Jones then answered numerous questions asked by Councilor Thomas on the possibility of future development within and around the potential TAD.

A representative of the applicant Flournoy Development Company came forward with information regarding the Fort Benning Technology Park TAD. Mr. Ken Bleakly, of the Bleakly Advisory Group in Atlanta, Georgia gave a presentation entitled Proposed Fort Benning Technology Park, SE Columbus Redevelopment Area and TAD. The information presented is as follows:
GA Redevelopment Powers Law:
Redevelopment Area Definition
“Redevelopment area” means an urbanized area that qualifies as a:
The portion of southeast Columbus in the vicinity of the proposed Benning Tech Park meets all of these definitional characteristics—
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Proposed Boundaries: Redevelopment Area and Benning Tech Park TAD
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TAD #4: Benning Tech Park

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Benning Tech Park TAD: Potential Financing Proceeds
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Summary of Benning Tech Park TAD Benefits
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Proposed TAD Redevelopment Plan Approval Schedule
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At the end of his presentation, Mr. Bleakly explained that the developers are not able to approach the Muscogee County School District (MCSD) as of yet. He stated that he has learned from experience that it is more productive to approach school districts after there has been a commitment made by city governments.

City Attorney Fay asked if there were any citizens who wished to make comments in reference to the Fort Benning Technology Park TAD.

At that time, Mr. Owen Ditchfield, P.O. Box 3232, Columbus, Georgia, came to the podium to make a comment. He stated that the Fort Benning Technology Park TAD would be a major boom to the economy of South Columbus.

Councilor Baker asked how the projections of the financing of TAD Bonds were a certain amount what the monthly Debt Service Cost and what the collection of incremental increase would be, and what the process is. Mr. Bleakly explained that bond payments are made semi-annual and the first 24 months are taken care of by proceeds.

In response to a question asked by Mayor Tomlinson, Mr. Bleakly explained that the amount of property tax that the City and MCSD are currently receiving from the areas of the proposed TADs, that is the exact amount of money, no more, no less, that will continue to be received throughout the life of the bond issue, whether it be 20, 25 or 30 years. This only applies to the properties that are within the boundaries of the TAD.

There was further discussion on the surrounding area of the potential TAD and the possibility of developers requesting to make those areas TADs as well.
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City Attorney Fay stated that the public hearing would continue with the second portion being the River Districts Redevelopment Plan--6th Avenue/Liberty District, Uptown, and 2nd Avenue/City Village--Tax Allocation Districts 2, 3 and 4, submitted by Uptown Columbus.

Director Jones began explained the Staff Report for the 6th Avenue/Liberty District, Uptown, and 2nd Avenue/City Village TADs. He stated the total taxable real estate digest for these areas is $1.6 million. The areas also include 1,979 parcels, 846 acres and 156 structures.

In response to a question asked by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh, Director Jones stated that the money that is generated by one TAD cannot be used on another TAD.

President of Uptown Columbus, Richard Bishop came forward to answer questions asked by the Council, and Justin Krieg of Historic Columbus came forward to made comments on their support of the TAD Districts.

To answer a question asked by Councilor Allen, Mr. Bleakly asked Mr. Bishop to present a slide from a presentation that they had prepared. The information that was shown is as follows:
Significantly Under 10% Cap for All TADs
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There was a discussion on the schedule of the process, to include the public hearings and when it will be presented to Council for a vote.

Councilor Barnes expressed his concern with the schedule that the Council was given to make a decision on such a large issue, stating that it is rushed. He also stated he is concerned about what the citizens’ thoughts are on the issue.

At this time, Chairperson Reynolds Bickerstaff, of Uptown, Inc., addressed the Mayor and Council.

There was further discussion on the River District TADs, where Councilor Thomas stated that the City will be reassessing the property taxes of certain areas within these proposed TADs, but if the assessment is done after the TADs are approved, the City will not reap the benefits, if any, from the reassessment.

President/CEO Brian Anderson came forward and addressed the Mayor and Council.

After a lengthy discussion, Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion to postpone the River Districts Redevelopment Plan--6th Avenue/Liberty District, Uptown, and 2nd Avenue/City Village--Tax Allocation Districts, to have additional public hearings, and to include the language that covers the reassessment of properties in January or February of 2017. Seconded by Councilor Huff, and opened up for further discussion.

City Attorney Fay stated to follow the 45 day guideline for TADs, there will have to be additional public hearings and the item will come back before Council on the 4th Tuesday of January.

After further discussion, the motion was carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent for this meeting.

After some discussion, to conclude the public hearing, Mr. Will Burgen, 2500 Linda Lane, Columbus, Georgia, made comments to the Mayor and Council.

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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA:

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

An Ordinance (15-59)– Amending Section 3-5 of the Columbus Code pertaining to Prohibited Locations so as to remove all distance restrictions for off premises sales of alcohol by grocery stores in certain zoning districts.

Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:_______

An Ordinance – Rezoning property located at 1908, 1912, & 1916 Manchester Expressway is proposed for rezoning from NC (Neighborhood Commercial) zoning district to GC (General Commercial) zoning district. (Owner: Atif S. Iqbal) (District 8-Councilor Buck)The proposed use is Convenience Store w/Gas Sales and Restaurant.

The petitioner, Mr. Joel Womack, EMC Engineering, 3575 Macon Road, Columbus, Georgia, was present. With there being no opposition or any citizens that wished to speak on the item, and no questions by the Council, there was no discussion held.
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An Ordinance – Amending the Operating Budget for Fiscal Year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 so as to appropriate and account for the payment of legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Sheriff in the case of Darr v. Columbus; and for other purposes.

In response to a question asked by Councilor Thomas, Assistant Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge stated that each time the court sends an order for the City to pay the plaintiffs’ legal fees for the litigation cases, there must be a budget amendment presented to Council for approval to authorize the payment. The funds will come from the claims and judgment fund in the budget, not the Reserve Fund.

There were numerous questions asked by Council pertaining to the process in which the City must follow to issue payments for legal services.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY
CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WAS DELAYED BY THE COUNCIL:___________

A Resolution – Proposing a Special Exception use for properties located at 3350, 3370, & 3380 Victory Drive to operate automobile sales less than 2 acres but more than 0.5 acre. The property is located within the GC (General Commercial) zoning district and is 1.92 acres in size.

With the applicant not being present, and there being no questions of Council, there was no discussion held, and the item was further delayed.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:________________

A Resolution (332-15) Proposing a Special Exception use for property located at 2395 Whittlesey Road to allow for an 85-foot telecommunications facility. The property is located within the LMI (Light Manufacturing and Industrial) zoning district.

Attorney Jennifer Alewine, Trout Sanders, LLP, 600 Peachtree Street, #5200, Atlanta, Georgia 30308, was present representing Verizon Wireless. With there being no questions of Council, there was no discussion held.

Councilor Baker moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Thomas being absent for the vote and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (333-15) Amending Resolution No. 174-15 so as to add Hall Booth Smith, P.C. as an authorized vendor for legal services in anticipation of the upcoming merger with Hatcher, Stubbs, Land, Hollis, and Rothschild.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Buck and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Thomas being absent for the vote, and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (334-15) Authorizing the use of government purchasing or credit cards by certain designated elected officials and approving the Columbus Consolidated Government (“CCG”) purchasing/credit card program policies and procedures as revised effective January 2, 2016.

Councilor Baker Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Thomas being absent for the vote, and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (335-15) Approving Honorary Street Designation for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Outdoor Learning Trail.

Councilor Huff moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Thomas being absent for the vote, and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.

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PUBLIC AGENDA

THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUAL APPEARED BEFORE THE COUNCIL ON THE PUBLIC AGENDA TO DISCUSS THE FOLLOWING SUBJECT MATTERS, AS LISTED BELOW: _________________________________________

Commander Davis addressed the Mayor and Council regarding the success of the Veterans Day Inaugural Banquet that was held in November, where Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh spoke. He also thanked Councilor Barnes for his help with the Veterans Day Parade.

To conclude his appearance, Commander Davis presented Mayor Tomlinson a plaque to show the appreciation of the Chattahoochee Valley Veterans Organization for all of her support for the Veterans in the community.

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CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA :

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

A Resolution (336-15)– Authorizing a 1-year renewal of the Health and Wellness Center contract with Transform HealthRx of Georgia.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (337-15)– Authorizing the acquisition of property located at 6250 Warm Springs Road, Columbus, Muscogee County, Georgia.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (338-15)– Authorizing approval to enter into an inter-governmental agreement with the Georgia Forestry Commission concerning the transfer of two (2) military grade 15 KW portable generators to be utilized during emergency operations by the Columbus Fire and EMS Department.

Councilor Huff moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Buck and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (339-15)– Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application, on behalf of the Solicitor General and, if approved, to accept a new, additional VOCA Grant of $49,444 from the Prosecuting Attorneys’ Council of Georgia, to provide additional funding for a Crime Victim Advocate in the office of the Solicitor General for Muscogee County from October 1, 2015 through September 30, 2016, with a $12,372 in-kind match, and amend the multi-governmental fund by like amount.

Councilor Huff moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: ____ _____________________________________________

A Resolution (340-15)– Authorizing payment to Tyler Technologies, Inc., (Dallas, TX), in the amount of $98,795.00, for the annual OASIS Maintenance Support renewal, covering the period January 1, 2016 through December 31, 2016. Payment will be made in two installments in the amount of $49,397.50; the first payment upon approval of this resolution, and the second payment after July 1, 2016.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (341-15)– Authorizing the purchase of a new IBM DS8870 storage system, in the amount for $132,810.11, from Mainline Information Systems (Tallahassee, FL).

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.

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A Resolution (342-15)– Authorizing the purchase of six (6) recycling trailers from Pro-Tainer, Inc. (Alexandria, MN), at a unit price of $9,335.00, for a total amount of $56,010.00.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance, which was seconded by Councilor Huff, with discussion by Councilor Thomas.

In response to a question asked by Councilor Thomas, Pat Biegler, Public Works Director, stated the reason for the purchase of 6 trailers with only 4 drop-off points is to have spares on-hand for special events, if another needs repair and to drop off and pick up.

After a brief discussion, the motion was then carried by a vote of seven to one with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilors Allen, Baker, Barnes, Buck, Davis, and Huff voting yes and Councilor Thomas voting no, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING FIVE 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 ALLEN AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR HUFF WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE EIGHT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS HENDERSON AND WOODSON BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING:_____ ________________________

A Resolution (343-15)– Authorizing the annual contract with AdaptToSolve (LaGrange, GA) to provide security surveillance equipment for the Department of Transportation/METRA. The contract requires the Contractor to provide new equipment, replacement equipment and maintenance as needed.
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A Resolution (344-15)– Authorizing the execution of a construction contract with Graddy Construction, Inc. (Columbus, GA) in the amount of $246,650.00 for trail head buildings on the South Lumpkin Multi-use Trail. The building locations are Torch Hill Road and Cusseta Road.
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A Resolution (345-15)– Authorizing the purchase of uniform dress shoes & boots from Maneuver Center Supply (Columbus, GA) for the estimated contract value of $610,881.05. The shoes & boots will be purchased on an “as needed basis” and worn by employees in various departments.
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A Resolution (346-15)– Authorizing the purchase of assorted paper and plastic products from COPACO, Inc. (Columbus, GA) and Interboro Packing Corporation (Montgomery, NY) for the annual estimated contract value of $177,864.40.
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A Resolution (347-15)– Authorizing the purchase of emergency medical supplies for the estimated annual contract value of $366,899.74 from Southeastern Emergency Equipment (Youngsville, NC).
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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: ____ ______________________________________________

A Resolution (348-15)– Authorizing the execution of a construction contract with Columbus Roofing, Inc. (Columbus, GA), for additional roofing services at the Comer Recreation Center, in the amount of $55,000.00.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance and seconded by Councilor Buck, with discussion.

City Manager Hugley explained the authorization is for the replacement of the roof on the backside of the facility that was not previously damaged and replaced as the other portions of the roof were in the past.

After discussion, the motion was carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (349-15)– Authorizing Amendment One of the contract for the Upgrade of the City’s 800 MHz Radio System and Maintenance Contract, with Motorola Solutions, in the amount of $2,800,042.13. The additional cost for Amendment One will be paid over a 10-year period, in the amount of $311,159.79, annually.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the ordinance and seconded by Councilor Huff, then opened up for discussion.

City Manager Hugley further explained the specifics of the resolution.

Engineering Director Donna Newman and Deputy City Manager Hodge addressed the Mayor and Council on the positions and costs that this agreement would eliminate.

After further discussion, the motion was carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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Before the beginning of the updates on the City Manager’s Agenda, Councilor Allen stated he received a call from a concerned business owner regarding a notice that was sent out by the City. The notice was to inform business owners that they will soon be responsible for having an assessor come out to check the drainage around their property and absorb the cost.

Director Newman clarified the issue by stating that the requirements do not mandate the business owner to hire someone outside to check the drainage. Business owners are only responsible for providing proof that the drainage has been checked, whether it be done by an outside person or one of the business owner’s employees.

Councilor Allen made a referral, requesting that the City look into the timeline that was set for this switch, and when another similar issue is coming before Council, to have a presentation to explain the specifics.

In addition to the referral made by Councilor Allen, Councilor Davis also made a referral, requesting that a presentation be made to Council pertaining to this issue.
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THE FOLLOWING UPDATES WERE PROVIDED ON THE CITY
MANAGER’S AGENDA:__ ___ ___

CLAFLIN UPDATE:

Ms. Laura McCool, Community Reinvestment Division Manager came forward to provide the Mayor and Council with an update on the Claflin building.

The following information was provided in a presentation entitled Claflin School Restoration Update:
History
Terms of Agreement
Lease vs. Sale
Property Restrictions
City Charter – Sale and Disposition of Property

After the presentation, City Manager Hugley stated that the City has had their attorneys look over the lease that would be signed by December 31, 2015, but the Friends of Claflin did have an issue with the lease as far as subleasing.

Reverend Richard Jessie of Friends of Historic Claflin addressed the Mayor and Council regarding some of the issues that the organization has had with the lease. One of the issues was who would control the uses of the building.

City Manager Hugley stated that if a lease is not signed by December 31, 2015, he will be coming back to Council with recommendations for the building.
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TRANSPORTATION PROJECT UPDATE:

Deputy City Manager Pam Hodge came forward to provide the Mayor and Council with an update on the Transportation Project.

The following information was provided in a presentation entitled Transportation Update:
Local Transportation Projects
Project
Description
Status
Schedule
Forrest Road Phase I (Schatulga Road to Woodruff Farm Road)WideningDesign substantially complete. Utility relocation underway. TBD
Forrest Road BridgesBridge ReplacementUnder Construction2 Q 2016
Victory DriveIntersection ImprovementsUnder ConstructionJanuary 2016
Double Churches & Veterans ParkwayWidening/Intersection ImprovementsUnder ConstructionJuly 2016
14th Street Bridge PlazaStreet ImprovementsUnder ConstructionMarch 2016
Moon Road (Wilbur to Whittlesey)Widening/Intersection ImprovementsUnder ConstructionNovember 2015
Forrest Road Phase II (Macon to Woodruff Farm Road)WideningUnder DesignTBD
River Road/Bradley ParkRoundaboutUnder DesignTBD
Front AvenueRoad ImprovementsUnder DesignTBD
Bridge Replacements- Decatur Street, Boxwood Blvd., Waterford Road, Edgewood RoadReplace existing bridgeUnder DesignTBD
Ft. Benning Road/Brennan RoadRoundaboutROWTBD
Wynnton Road StreetscapesStreetscapesROWTBD
Local Drainage Projects
Project
Description
Status
Schedule
Oakland Park Phase IIADrainage ImprovementsBid ProcessTBD
Joy Road/Cusseta RoadDrainage ImprovementsUnder ConstructionTBD
Bull Creek Golf CourseDrainage ImprovementsConcept TBD

Georgia DOT Projects
Project
Description
Status
Schedule
Whittlesey RoadWidening 2 lanes to 4 lanesUnder Construction4 Q 2016
Talbotton RoadWidening 2 lanes to 4 lanesROW underway by GDOT. Construction to begin March 2016.TBD
Technology ParkwayNew construction 4 lanesUnder Construction1 Q 2016
Veterans Parkway – North (Moon Road to Hancock Drive)Widening 2 lanes to 4 lanesUnder Construction2017

TSPLOST Projects
Project
Description
Status
Schedule
Bibb Mill/City Mill RiverwalkBeautification and ConnectivityBID ProcessTBD
Follow Me TrailPedestrian/ Bike trailUnder ConstructionApril 2016
Intercity Bus ExpansionExpanded servicesIn ProcessOngoing
Buena Vista Road/Spiderweb ImprovementsRoad and Intersection Improvements ConceptTBD
US 27/Custer Road ImprovementsRoad and Intersection ImprovementsUnder DesignTBD – Managed by GDOT

Future Projects Under Consideration

There was a lengthy discussion between the Council, Mayor, City Manager Hugley and Deputy City Manager Hodge on the specifics regarding TSPLOST money and projects that were voted on by the citizens.
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STATUS OF WASTE COLLECTION EQUIPMENT:

Pat Biegler, Public Works Director came forward to provide the Mayor and Council with an update on the status of waste collection equipment.

The following information was provided in a presentation entitled Status of Waste Collection Equipment:
Last Year
Now:
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HOLIDAY SCHEDULE TRASH COLLECTION:

Deputy City Manager Lisa Goodwin came forward to provide the Mayor and Council with the Holiday Schedule Trash Collection.

The following information was provided in a presentation entitled Holiday Trash Collection Schedule:

Two Week Holiday Trash Collection Schedule
Christmas Holiday Trash Pick Up Schedule
New Year’s Holidays Trash Pick Up Schedule
Resume Normal Service
Citizen Service Center/311
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AS INFORMATION TO THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL:_______

1. Biographical sketch of Dr. Deepali S. Agarwal, Councilor Barnes’ nominee for the Hospital Authority of Columbus.

2. Biographical sketch of Ms. Toni Nelson Huff, Councilor Barnes’ nominee for the Family & Children Services Board.

3. Biographical sketch of Ms. Barbara Story Jones, Councilor Barnes’ nominee for the Family & Children Services Board.

4. Biographical sketch of Ms. Erin Widick, Uptown Columbus’ nominee for the Uptown Façade Board.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:_____________________________________________________________

A Resolution (350-15)– Excusing the absence of Councilor Bruce Huff from the November 17, 2015 Council Meeting.

Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (351-15)– Appointing Chester Randolph to the Board of Tax Assessors.

Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL:__

Honorary Designation Application from Ms. Terri Edwards, requesting signage to be placed at the beginning of the Heath Park Trail in honor of Mr. Art Osborne.
Councilor Buck made a motion that this item be sent to the Board of Honor for consideration. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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Honorary Designation Application from Mr. Maury Klumok, requesting signage to be placed on the Lakebottom Park Trail in honor of Mr. Jack B. Key, Jr.

Councilor Buck made a motion that this item be sent to the Board of Honor for consideration. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.

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Email correspondence from Ms. Jennifer Collins, resigning from her seat on the Recreation Advisory Board as the District 8 Representative.
Councilor Thomas made a motion that this item be received. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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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 Huff and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote, and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.

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

AIRPORT COMMISSION:

Councilor Thomas made a motion to confirm the appointment of Mr. Thomas Forsberg to succeed himself for another term on the Airport Commission. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote, and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent from the meeting.
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ANIMAL CONTROL ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington explained to the Mayor and Council that Dr. Scott McDermott is eligible to succeed himself, and she is currently working on making contact with the Veterinary Association on this appointment of their representative on the Animal Control Advisory Board.

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

Clerk of Council Washington explained to the Mayor and Council that the seats of Jon Yoon (Post 9), Pedro Diaz-Agosto (Post 11) and Mary Renteria (Post 12) have been declared vacant on the C.I.R.C.L.E. Commission.
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FAMILY AND CHILDREN SERVICES:

Clerk of Council Washington stated that Tamika N. Luttrell and Samuel C. Rumer have resigned from their seats on the Family and Children Services Board. Councilor Barnes then nominated Ms. Toni Nelson Huff for the seat of Tamika Luttrell, and nominated Ms. Barbara Story Jones for the seat of Samuel Rumer.

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HOSPITAL AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington stated that the names of Dr. Deepali S. Agarwal (Councilor Barnes’ nominee), Edward Gaffney, III (Councilor Henderson’s nominee) and Ernest Smallman, IV (Councilor Henderson’s nominee) were submitted for consideration for the seats of Ernest Smallman, IV and Edward Gaffney, III, both of which are eligible to succeed themselves on the Hospital Authority.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion to send these nominees to the Hospital Authority for consideration. Seconded by Councilor Buck and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote, and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent for the meeting.

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PERSONNEL REVIEW BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington explained to the Mayor and Council that Charles Harp (Regular Member), Charles Little, Jr. (Alternate Member) and Ron Mahoney (Regular Member) are all eligible to succeed themselves and have been nominated to serve another term on the Personnel Review Board.

Councilor Huff made a single motion to confirm the appointment of these three members. Seconded by Councilor Buck and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote, and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent for the meeting.

After the vote, Clerk of Council Washington stated that Gerald Wyatt (Alternate Member) is not eligible to succeed himself on the Personnel Review Board.
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RECREATION ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington stated that the seats of Dr. Robert S. Johnson (District 2) and Tracy Belt (District 7), both of which resigned, are still vacant awaiting nominees.
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TAXICAB COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington explained that the seat of the late Billy Craft, Taxicab Driver Representative, is still awaiting a nominee.
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TREE BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington stated that contact is being made with William Consoletti, who is eligible to succeed himself, regarding his interest in serving another term, and Chris Coakley and Steve Smith are not eligible to succeed themselves.
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UPTOWN FAÇADE BOARD:

Councilor Baker made a motion to confirm the appointment of Erin Widick (Uptown’s nominee) to succeed Scott H. Allen as the Uptown Business Association Representative on the Uptown Façade Board. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote, and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent for the meeting.

Clerk of Council Washington stated that Fred Greene, who is an Uptown Columbus’ Representative on the Uptown Façade Board, is not eligible to succeed himself and her office is in contact for a replacement.
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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 Davis and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present, with Councilor Allen being absent for the vote and Councilors Henderson and Woodson being absent for the meeting, with the time being 2:08 p.m.



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