MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
MARCH 10, 2015

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 9:03 A.M., Tuesday, March 10, 2015, on the 2nd Floor of the Citizens Service Center, located at 3111 Citizens Way, Columbus, Georgia Honorable Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor and Evelyn Turner Pugh, Mayor Pro Tem presiding.
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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh were Councilors R. Gary Allen, Mike Baker, Jerry Barnes, Tom B. Buck III, Glenn Davis, Berry H. Henderson, 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. Councilor Evelyn Woodson took her seat at 9:23a.m.
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ABSENT: No one was absent.
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INVOCATION: Offered by Chaplain Allison Kennedy Owen of Columbus Hospice

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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Students from Puddle Jumpers Child Enrichment Center

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MAYOR’S AGENDA:

PRESENTATIONS:

Ms. Betsy Covington of The Community Foundation came forward with a presentation on the Gehl Architects. She said the Community Foundation is now a $100 million public foundation geared towards helping people use the tools of philanthropy to improve their communities now and forever.
She said we do this work on behalf of hundreds of donors every year, who contribute to any of their more than 200 funds that have been established to impact various charitable interests.

She said she is here this morning to share some exciting news about one of those funds and a series of events that it is making possible here in Columbus beginning next week. She said we all want for Columbus to be a successful city where people believe that they and their children have a say in their future, where citizens are engaged in civic life, enjoy gathering together in public spaces, and can easily move around for recreation or transportation.

Ms. Covington said we want this to be a City that attract creative thinkers and entrepreneurs whose statistics show us increasingly chose where they want to live first and then find or create jobs second. She said many of us believes that this concept of establishing a doable city plays off of Columbus’s strength and is hitting our community at what may be a pivotal point in our City’s evolution.

After Ms. Covington concluded her presentation,

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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA :

THE FOLLOWING THREE ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING AND A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD AS ADVERTISED:___ ______

An Ordinance – Rezoning the property located at 1500 Hilton Avenue from RMF2 (Residential Multi-Family 2) zoning district to SFR3 (Single Family Residential 3) zoning district. The proposed use is a single family detached residential dwelling.
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An Ordinance – Amending Section 3-5(d) of the Columbus Code pertaining to alcoholic beverages.

After some discussion, referrals were made by Councilors Henderson, Thomas and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.
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An Ordinance – To adopt Personal Transportation Vehicle (PTV) Plan pursuant to state law which will allow the use of PTV’s on designated street segments in the Uptown area; and for other purposes.

After some discussion, referrals were made by Councilors Woodson, Davis and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.
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PUBLIC AGENDA

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

9) Mr. Oree Crittenden, representing Access 2 Independence,
Re: METRA proposal for short and long range transportation.
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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 (56-15) – Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a 10 year Lease/Purchase Agreement with Motorola Solutions, Inc., for critical upgrades to the City's 800 MHz radio system and maintenance of the system during the term of the agreement.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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A Resolution(57-15) – Authorizing a permanent encroachment onto the western right-of-way margin of Broadway and the southern right-of-way margin of 12th Street for the eastern and northern building faces of the Columbus State University College of Education and Health Professions located at 1127 Broadway a distance not to exceed six feet; authorizing the subsurface concrete foundation and the overhead canopy to encroach into said rights-of-way.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for this vote.
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A Resolution (58-15) – Authorizing and ratifying the execution, recording and delivery of a Quitclaim Deed for an approximately 8.41 acre tract (013-022-007) to the Muscogee County School District for purpose of clearing title to the property.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for this vote.
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A Resolution (59-15) – Authorizing the acceptance of a deed to that portion of Magazine Lane and that portion of Lexington Lake Drive located in Section Nine, Lexington Hills on behalf of Columbus, Georgia.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for this vote.
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A Resolution (60-15) – Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application to the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for a grant to fund the Muscogee County Juvenile drug court and if awarded, amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount of the grant award. There is a 10% cash match requirement and the grant period of from July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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THE FOLLOWING FOUR PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:__ __

A Resolution (61-15) Authorizing the purchase of one (1) mobility vehicle [2015 ford transit connect, short wheelbase], from Allan Vigil Ford (Morrow, Ga), in the amount of $38,008.00, via Georgia State contract #99999-spc-es40199373-0002.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present.
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A Resolution (62-15) – Authorizing the execution of Change Order 1 with River City Contracting, Inc., in the amount of $34,145.55, for the Metro Police Building Project.

Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.
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A Resolution (63-15) – Authorizing the purchase of four (4) inmate vans (2016 Ford Economize E-350, Club Wagon 15 Passenger Van, Low Emission Vehicle) from Allan Vigil Ford (Morrow, Ga), at a unit price of $39,675.00, for a total price of $158,700.00, via Georgia statewide contract #99999-spd-es40199373-002.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting.
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A Resolution (64-15) – Authorizing the execution a construction contract with Earth-Scapes, Inc. (Phenix City, AL), in the amount of $1,024,202.65, for the Riverwalk Plaza located on 14th Street between Broadway and the 14th Street Bridge.

Director of the Planning Department made a presentation prior to this resolution being discussed.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried by a vote of nine to one, with Mayor Pro Tem Tuner Pugh and Councilors Allen, Baker, Barnes, Buck, Henderson, Huff, Woodson voting yes and Councilor Thomas voting no.

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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND DEFEATED BY THE COUNCIL AFTER SOME DISUSSION:__

A Resolution – Authorizing the purchase of four (4) electric carts from Adrenalin Powersports, Inc., (Griffin, GA), in the amount of $71,495.22, by cooperative purchase, via National Joint Powers Alliance, contract #090512-PSI.

After much discussion, referrals were made by Councilor Thomas.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and after much discussion defeated by a vote five to five with Councilors Allen, Buck, Davis, Huff and Thomas voting no and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilors Baker, Barnes, Henderson and Woodson voting yes. Mayor Tomlinson broke the tie vote by voting against its adoption.
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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:__ __

A Resolution (65-15) – Authorizing the payment to Yancey Brothers Company (Atlanta, GA), in the amount of $28,173.03 for repairs performed on a sanitation truck, Vehicle #6983.

Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those ten members of Council present for this meeting
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THE FOLL0WING UPDATES WERE PROVIDED ON THE CITY
MANAGER’S AGENDA:_________ ___________________

Consultants Connetics Transportation Group provided an update on Transit Needs Assessment Update.

METRA Public Transit Needs Assessment

Study Overview


Community Engagement







Community Priorities

Results from the METRA Money Exercise

Spending Category Dollars Allocated Percentages Rank
Service to New Locations 90 27% 1
Better Bus Stop Access 68 21% 2
Later Evening Service 66 20% 3
Improved Travel Times 40 12% 4
New Sunday Service 33 10% 5
More Frequent Service 27 8% 6
Earlier Morning Service 6 2% 7

Combined Results from Steering Committee and Public Open House


Demographic and Demand Analysis

Demographic and travel pattern data was mapped to identify areas where
Transit riders are most likely to live and work.


Existing Fixed Route System Characteristics


Existing Fixed Route System Characteristics

Existing Dial-a-Ride System Characteristics
Evaluation of Existing Services

The team conducted a system-level, route-level and stop-level analysis to
determine how METRA fixed route service is being used


Evaluation of Existing Services

The consultant showed the ridership trends of the total annual fixed
routes, as well as, the numbers for the Dial-A-Ride ridership; and also said it
was important to understand where Dial-A-Ride demand is greatest. He also
showed these areas on the map.

Recommendations

Fixed Route Service Planning Approach


Dial-a-Ride Planning Approach
* METRA has already implemented these recommendations


Phased Implementation
Phase One (2015)


Phase Two (2018)


On-Going Improvements (2015-2022)

Throughout both phases, additional improvements to Dial-A-Ride and
general pedestrian needs will also be made.

These improvements include:
compliant curb cuts/ramps)
stops including community mini-hubs


Transit Mini-Hubs and Park-and-Ride Lots


Associated Service Statistics

Current Phase 1 Phase 2
Annual Fixed Route Revenue Hours 61,716 84,837 107,028
Annual Fixed Route Revenue Miles 908,637 1,174,645 1,410,137
Peak Fixed Route Buses 16 19 24
Peak Dial-a-Ride Buses 7 9 11
Total Peak Buses 23 28 35

Associated Costs and T-SPLOST Revenue

Total Projected Revenue $22,400,000
Projected New Fixed Route Operating Expenses $13,612,922
Projected New Dial-a-Ride Operating Expenses $951,808
Projected New Fixed Route Capital Expenses $5,450,000
Projected New Dial-a-Ride Capital Expenses $540,000
Projected New Infrastructure Capital Expenses $1,600,000
Total Projected Expenses $22,154,730

After the conclusion of the presentation, the Mayor and members of the
Council asked questions of the consultant.

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Ms. Reather Hollowell, Human Resource Director came forward and
provided an update on the Health Care Plan for 2016, and outlined the
following information and detailed below.

HEALTHCARE 2016

Healthcare Summary
Prescription Drug Plan

Healthcare Plan Design

Post-65 Retiree Private Healthcare Exchange

Health and Wellness Center

Cost Sharing Ratio

Medical Plan RFP

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

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David Arrington, Deputy City Manager came forward with an update on the current Transportation Projects.
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA :

CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS AS INFORMATION FOR THE MAYOR & COUNCIL: ________________________________________________

1. Memorandum from Clerk of Council Washington, Re: Building Authority of Columbus.

2. Memorandum from Clerk of Council Washington, Re: Columbus Board of Zoning Appeals.

3. Memorandum from Clerk of Council Washington, Re: Planning Advisory Board.

4. Biographical sketch of Mr. Danny Arencibia, Councilor Barnes’ nominee for the Commission on International Relations and Cultural Liaison Encounters (C.I.R.C.L.E.).

5. Biographical sketch of Mr. Larry Campbell, Retiree Association President, Re: Retirees’ Health Benefits Committee.

6. Biographical sketch of Mr. Jason C. Connally, Councilor Barnes’ nominee for the Hospital Authority of Columbus.

7. Biographical sketch of Ms. Vanessa Lewis, Councilor Barnes’ nominee for the Cooperative Extension Advisory Board.

8. Biographical sketch of Mr. Jim Martin, Councilor Davis’ nominee for the Valley Partnership Joint Development Authority.

9. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, every Tuesday from March 10, 2015 to October 27, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in connection with the “Group Bike Ride”.

10. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close Bay Avenue, from 10th Street to 11th Street, on Saturday, April 4, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., in connection with the “MCSO Easter Egg Scramble”.*** *** ***

11. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close Bay Avenue, from the Synovus Building to 11th Street, and 11th Street, from Front Avenue to Bay Avenue, from 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Saturday’s Songwriter Series”, on the following dates:


12. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close 14th Street, from Broadway to the 14th Street Bridge, on Thursday, April 9, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., in connection with the “Uptown Creative South Mixer”.

13. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Spring Concert Series, on the following dates:
14. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 4:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Beer Run and Concert”.

15. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1100 block of Broadway, on Saturday, April 11, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Drum Circle”.

16. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 900 block of
Broadway (northbound lane only), every Saturday from April 11, 2015
to November 28, 2015, from 7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m., in connection with
the “Uptown Market Days on Broadway”.

17. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close 10th Street, from Front Avenue to Bay Avenue, and Bay Avenue to 11th Street, from Friday, April 17, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, April 19, 2015 at 12:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Frogtown Hollow Music Jam”.

18. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close 11th Street, from Broadway to 1st Avenue, on Friday, April 24, 2015, from 3:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Children’s Miracle Network Fish Fry”.

19. Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close 14th Street, from Broadway to the 14th Street Bridge, on Saturday, April 25, 2015, from 6:00 p.m. to 12:00 a.m., in connection with the “Three Union Reunion”.
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TAXICAB OWNER'S BUSINESS LICENSE:

Application of Mr. Ricardo Figueroa for a taxicab owner’s business
license to operate Bi-City Taxi to be located at 1415 10th Avenue, A-1,
Columbus, Georgia 31901.

Councilor Allen made a motion to approve the application. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Baker being absent for this vote.
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THE FOLLOWING ITEM WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL:______________________________________________

Email correspondence from Director Ross Horner, requesting
that the seat of Mr. Abdur Hassan be declared vacant on the Civic
Center Advisory Board.

Councilor Woodson made a motion that this seat be declared vacant. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Baker being absent for this vote.
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AIRPORT COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington submitted a letter from Ms. Sherry
Goodrum resigning from her seat on the Airport Commission.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion that these items be received. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Baker being absent for this vote.
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KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington submitted an email correspondence from Ms. Chris Henson, resigning from her seat on the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion that these items be received. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Baker being absent for this vote.
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MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL:________ _____ Housing Authority of Columbus, January 20, 2015.
Land Bank Authority, February 4, 2015.
Personnel Review Board, February 18, 2015.
Public Safety Advisory Board, October 16, 2014.
Recreation Advisory Board, February 25, 2015.
Region 6 Planning Board, January 14, 2015.

Councilor Allen made a motion that these minutes be received. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Baker being absent for this vote.
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NOMINATIONS AND/OR CONFIRMATION OF BOARD MEMBERS WERE MADE TO THE FOLLOWING BOARDS BY THE COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA:______ __

BOARD APPOINTMENTS:


CIVIC CENTER ADVISORY BOARD:


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(Roger Granger) SD-29
Columbus Hockey Association Rep.
Eligible to succeed himself
(Mayor’s Apptmt.)


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(William “Bill” Logan) SD-29
Columbus Hockey Association Rep.
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)

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


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(Neal McCrillis) SD-15
Post 7
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Mayor’s Apptmt.)


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(John Kuforiji) SD-29
Post 8
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)


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(Jong Yoon) SD-29
Post 9
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.)
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL:


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(Chuck H. McDaniel, III) SD-15
District 5
Not eligible to succeed himself
(Council’s Apptmt.
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COOPERATIVE EXTENSION ADVISORY BOARD:

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(Rafael Rose) SD-15
Seat declared vacant
(Council’s Apptmt.)

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(Dr. Xavier McCaskey) SD-15
Seat declared vacant
(Council’s Apptmt.)
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HISTORIC & ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD:


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Rebecca Antrobius (Councilor Woodson’s nominee)
(Matt McDaniel) SD-15
Historic District Resident
Resigned


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(John Sheftall) SD-15
Historic District Resident
Not eligible to succeed himself
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HOSPITAL AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Jason C.Connally (CouncilorBarnes’ nominee)__


James Webster (Councilor Thomas’ nominee)___


Sarah Banks-Lang (Councilor Thomas’ nominee)
(Sarah Banks-Lang) SD-15
Eligible to succeed herself
(Council/Authority Apptmt.)

Jason C. Connally (Councilor Barnes’ nominee)


James Webster (Councilor Thomas’ nominee)___


Sarah Banks-Lang (Councilor Thomas’ nominee)
(Jim Laycock) SD-29
Resigned
(Council/Authority Apptmt.)


Jason C. Connally (Councilor Barnes’ nominee)


James Webster (Councilor Thomas’ nominee)___


Sarah Banks-Lang (Councilor Thomas’ nominee)
(James Webster) SD-29
Eligible to succeed himself
(Council/Authority Apptmt.)
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RETIREES’ HEALTH BENEFIT COMMITTEE:


Larry Campbell_____________
(William “Billy” Watson) SD-29
Retiree Association President
(Council’s Apptmt.)

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VALLEY PARTNERSHIP JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY:


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(Jacki Lowe) SD-15
Resigned
(Council’s Apptmt.)
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Mayor Tomlinson entertained a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation matter. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation matter. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Allen being absent for this vote.

At 1:33 p.m., the Council adjourned its meeting to go into executive session. At 1:56 a.m., the meeting was reconvened.
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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Councilor Barnes made a motion for adjournment. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Baker being absent for this vote, with the time being 1:56 p.m.


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