MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
AUGUST 12, 2014

The regular meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 9:04 A.M, Tuesday, August 12, 2014, on the 2nd Floor of the Citizens Service Center, located at 3111 Citizens Way, Columbus, Georgia. Honorable Teresa Tomlinson, Mayor, presiding.
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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh were Councilors Mike Baker, Jerry Barnes, Glenn Davis, Charles E. McDaniel, Jr. and Judy Thomas. City Manager Isaiah Hugley, City Attorney Clifton Fay, Deputy Clerk of Council Sandra Davis and Administrative Secretary Lindsey Glisson were also present. Councilor Evelyn Woodson took her seat at 9:08 a.m. and Councilor Bruce Huff took his seat at 9:15 a.m.
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ABSENT: Councilors R. Gary Allen and Berry Henderson were absent. Clerk of Council Tiny Washington was also absent.
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INVOCATION: Led by Rabbi Beth Schwartz – Temple Israel.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Dorothy Height Elementary School.

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RECOGNITION:

Mayor Tomlinson recognized the presence of Former Mayor Robert Poydasheff and Former City Councilor Jack Rodgers, who were seated in the audience.

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MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETINGS: Minutes of the July 22, 2014 Council Meeting, July 29, 2014 Council Work Session and July 8, 2014 Executive Session of the Council of the Consolidated Government of Columbus, Georgia were submitted and approved upon the adoption of a motion made by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and seconded by Councilor Woodson, which carried unanimously by those seven members of Council being present with Councilor Huff being absent for the vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from this meeting.
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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS SUBMITTED AND ITS CAPTION READ BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WAS INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING: ____ _________________

An Ordinance - Renewing the Columbus, Georgia Business Improvement Districts for a period of ten years; and for other purposes.

City Attorney Fay briefly explained that this is a renewal of the Business Improvement District with one amendment to exempt residential single family from any BID assessment.

Mr. Richard Bishop- Executive Director of Uptown Columbus, Inc., approached the rostrum and first introduced Mr. Chris Losonsky who was present and seated in the audience. He spoke of the BID being the benchmark for the revitalization of the downtown area. He then read an editorial that was printed in the Columbus Ledger-Enquirer that complimented the historical aspect and the beautification of the Uptown area. He then explained the renewal process and spoke briefly on the amendment. He read the amendment and is provided as follows: “Single Family Residential property, including property classified as condominium units, that is used exclusively as a resident would not be assessed.”
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Note: Councilor Huff arrived at 9:15 a.m.
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Councilor Thomas then made a motion to amend the ordinance to include the amendment language as stated by Mr. Bishop. Seconded by Councilor McDaniel. After some further clarification, was approved by those eight members present with Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from this meeting.

After no one came forward to make comments, City Attorney Fay announced that the public hearing has been held and would be brought back at the next meeting for a vote.

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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS SUBMITTED AND ITS CAPTION READ BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WAS INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:

An Ordinance - Amending the length of terms of members of Development Authority of Columbus, Georgia and the Downtown Development Authority of Columbus, Georgia to four years so as to be consistent with Georgia statutes; and for other purposes.

City Attorney Fay explained that this amendment is to make terms for members of Development Authority and Downtown Development Authority four years to be consistent with State Law. He then recognized Mr. Ed Sprouse- the attorney for the Development Authority.
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PUBLIC HEARINGS:

THE FOLLOWING TWO ORDINANCES AMENDING THE ZONING ATLAS OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA WERE SUBMITTED AND THEIR CAPTIONS READ BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON EACH AS ADVERTISED: __ __

An Ordinance - Rezoning properties located at 2126, 2200, 2206, 2210 and 2214 Buena Vista Road are proposed for rezoning from NC (Neighborhood Commercial) to GC (General Commercial) Zoning District. The purpose of the rezoning is for general retail (Family Dollar Store). The Planning Advisory Commission recommends approval and the Planning Department recommends conditional approval.

PROPONENT:

City Attorney Fay recognized the presence of the petitioner- Mr. Richard Mobley and briefly explained that the plan is to relocate the existing Family Dollar Store that is across the street.

OPPONENT:

Mr. Robert Dow- 1605 12th Avenue, came forward to express his opposition to the rezoning request due to the effort of preserving the trees in the area and the environment. He briefly spoke of the beneficial factors of having trees versus black asphalt. He also presented pictures of the huge trees that are currently in the area.

Councilor Huff suggested to include a reversionary clause. After conferring with City Attorney Fay, who advised that it could read that it would only be used for general retail not to exceed 11,000 square feet. Councilor Huff made the motion as stated by City Attorney Fay. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members present with Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from this meeting.

City Attorney Fay stated that with the amendment, this ordinance would be listed in two weeks.
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An Ordinance - Rezoning property located at 1300 5th Avenue, is proposed for rezoning from UPT (Uptown) to GC (General Commercial) Zoning District. The purpose of the rezoning is for auto/truck major repair and auto/truck sales (Conforming Uses). The Planning Advisory Commission and the Planning Department recommend conditional approval.

PROPONENTS AND OPPONENTS:

City Attorney Fay recognized the presence of the petitioner- Mr. Waldrop; however he made no presentation since no one came forward in opposition.

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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE AMENDING THE UNIFIED DEVELOPMENT ORDINANCE OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA WAS SUBMITTED AND ITS CAPTION READ BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WAS INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:

An Ordinance - Amending the text to the Unified Development Ordinance (UDO) amending the setback requirement for monopole tower structures in relation to residential structures. The Planning Advisory Commission and the Planning Department recommend approval.

Former Mayor Robert Poydasheff, came forward and immediately introduced Mr. Murray Jones, who was present with him. He requested that the height of the tower be the setback provision.

Councilor Thomas made a motion to amend the ordinance in Section 1(A) to insert the word “off-site” between the words any and residential so that it reads “A monopole tower structure shall be placed no closer than a distance equal to the height of the tower structure from any off-site residential structure.” Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members present with Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from this meeting.

City Attorney Fay stated that with the amendment, this ordinance would be listed in two weeks on second reading.
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THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND ITS CAPTION READ BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WAS INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:

An Ordinance - Authorizing “working spouse” eligibility for coverage in the Columbus Consolidated Government Employee/Retiree Self Funded Medical Benefit Plan conditioned upon payment of a monthly surcharge of $371.45; and for other purposes.

Mr. Randy Robertson, representing the Fraternal Order of Police, came forward to offer the FOP’s opposition to this ordinance. He shared that he has received a lot of questions from Pre-65 retired employees. He proceeded to ask some of the questions he has received.

Human Resources Director Reather Hollowell approached the rostrum to explain that at the time of retirement, a Pre-65 employee must elect to have their spouse on the plan and if they do choose not to have the spouse covered; then, the spouse cannot return to the plan at a later time.

She continued to respond to various scenarios with respect to Pre-65 retirees spouses’ coverage, as well as, other working spousal coverage.

As a result of the discussion on first reading, the following referrals were made by the Mayor and members of Council and are provided as follows:

During the discussion on Working Spouse eligibility for healthcare coverage with CCG, it was brought to the attention of Council that Pre-65 Retirees’ spouses are not able to join the CCG plan after they have opted out for any reason. Councilor Woodson then requested the Human Resources staff to look into changing this policy and bring forward for the Council to discuss. Also, Mayor Tomlinson requested to have staff determine why it was put in place in the beginning to make sure there would be no negative impact.

In addition to the referral made by Councilor Woodson, Councilor Thomas requested for the Retirees’ Pension Plan to be looked into also.

During the research done by Human Resources’ staff on the possibility of changing the policy for retirees’ spouse healthcare coverage, Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh requested that staff provide information on the Industry Standards concerning this issue.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh requested to have the Human Resources’ staff to provide frequently asked questions and answers on the CCG website concerning healthcare.

Councilor Thomas recalled that Major Randy Robertson, President of the FOP (Fraternal Order of Police) presented Mayor and Council with many questions that were asked by FOP members. She then requested that the Human Resources staff email the answers to these questions to Major Robertson.

A gentleman only identified as Mr. Massa approached the rostrum and asked several questions related to Pre-65 retirees. Human Resources Director Hollowell made comments to address Mr. Massa’s specific concerns as it relates to working spouses for Pre-65 retirees and Mayor Tomlinson provided some cost related to the healthcare plan. Human Resources Director also gave Mr. Massa the specific amounts as it relates to his particular situation.

Councilor Baker recalled that there was an ordinance passed in 2001 regarding employees hired after a specific date. He added that those employees were not given the same options for coverage related to retirees and the policies for their spouses concerning healthcare coverage. Councilor Baker requested that the ordinance be included in the future discussion on these matters.

City Attorney Fay advised that the public hearing has been held, and this ordinance would be brought back for a vote at the next meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING TWO VEHICULAR TRAFFIC ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND THEIR CAPTIONS READ BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WERE INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING:

An Ordinance - Regulating vehicular traffic in Columbus, Georgia by establishing a loading zone along the north curb of 10th Street between Front Avenue and Bay Avenue; is authorizing the installation of official traffic control signs indicating a loading zone; repealing conflicting ordinances; and for other purposes.
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An Ordinance - Regulating vehicular traffic in Columbus, Georgia by establishing ranked parking along the north and south curbs of 11th Street between 6th Avenue and 7th Avenue and a loading zone along the south curb of the same block; authorizing the installation of official traffic control signs indicating the ranked parking and loading zones; repealing conflicting ordinances; and for other purposes.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WAS ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:

A Resolution (252-14) - Authorizing a Special Exception Use (EXCEP-5-14-1155) for a Day Care, Type III (more than 18 clients) at 7230 Flatrock Road. The current zoning for the property is RE1 (Real Estate 1. The Planning Advisory Commission and the Planning Department recommend conditional approval.

City Attorney Fay recognized the petitioner- Mr. Perrin Nicholson, 3413 Sue Mack Drive representing the House of God. He explained that the Special Exception Use is to allow the church to build a daycare center. He recognized Pastor Jamie Saints from the House of God.

With no one coming forward in opposition, Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present for this meeting, with Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from this meeting.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

City Attorney Fay advised that there is a request for an executive session on personnel.
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PUBLIC AGENDA:

MS. CHERYL BRENEE ARLINE BAKER, RE: UNCLAIMED ACCOUNT AND ASSETS THAT WERE CLAIMED DUE TO SUBSTANCE ABUSE:_________ ________________________________

Ms. Cheryl Brenee Arline Baker did not respond when given the opportunity to speak before the members of Council.

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MS. SARAH C. ROWE, RE: COMMENTARY ON A REPORT THAT WAS REQUESTED ON THE CAT PROGRAM:_____ ________

Ms. Sarah C. Rowe came forward to discuss the TNR (Trap, Neuter, Release) Program. She passed around the table some documents related to TNR. (A copy of this document was not filed for the record.) She explained that there is no evidence to prove that TNR reduces cat population. She provided a video to show the increase of the cat population since the onset of TNR that was recorded by a Miami television station. She continued to express the unhealthy environment of the cats and its affect on people.
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NOTE: Councilor Woodson left the meeting at approximately 11:06 a.m.
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MR. MICHAEL G. BURGESS, REPRESENTING THE GENERAL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEE ASSOCIATION OF COLUMBUS GEORGIA, RE: INTRODUCTION OF GGEAC AS AN ORGANIZATION AND ITS BOARD MEMBERS AND HEALTHCARE CHANGES AND ITS EFFECTS ON EMPLOYEES:_

Mr. Michael G. Burgess, representing the General Government Employee Association of Columbus, Georgia, approached the rostrum to introduce the establishment of the new association compromised of general government employees and the organizational members are as follows: Mr. Michael G. Burgess- Chairman, Drale Short- Vice Chair, Ms. Norma Rebout- Secretary and Yvonne Ivey- Treasurer with two group representatives: Ms. Michelle Brown and Mr. Michael Jordan. He also provided a breakdown of the association into specific groups and shared the names of those members.

He shared the mission and goal of the association and briefly discussed meetings, as well as, the implementation of a facebook page. He expressed the concerns of some of the general government employees that relates to the additional cost to the employees for the healthcare plan, and the lack of a subsistence pay raise in approximately six years that was not tied to the pension plan.

In conclusion, he expressed the association’s opposition to working spouses being allowed to return to the city’s healthcare plan. He said we would be bringing the voices of the employees to the Council and looking forward to being an asset in resource for our leadership team.

Councilor Davis continued to convey the aspects of the ordinance to allow working spouses to be included on the city’s healthcare plan. Mr. Burgess continued to make some additional comments regarding working spouses.
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MR. GBENGA KUFORIJI, REPRESENTING NEW LIFE ASSEMBLY, RE: 2ND ANNUAL HEAD TO TOE HEALTH FAIR:_ ___

Mr. Gbenga Kuforiji, representing New Life Assembly, came forward to announce the 2nd Annual Head to Toe Health Fair to be held Saturday, August 23, 2014 at 10:00 a.m. at 2027 Box Road; this health fair is free to the public.

Councilor Barnes recognized the pastor of New Life Assembly- Olakorede Odutola, who was seated in the audience, and asked that she make some comments on the health fair.
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MR. RICKET CARTER, RE: GOVERNMENT ACCOUNTABILITY, ABANDONING THE LAW, AND POLICE MISCONDUCT:___________ ____________________________________

Mr. Ricket Carter, came forward to recall information on previous appearances before Council, where he shared his encounter with the Police Department. He mentioned the policies and laws in place to protect the citizens. He spoke of information that would be provided at the next meeting that summarizes the investigation conducted with regards to his incident.

Mayor Tomlinson shared information on her meeting with Mr. Carter, at that time, he submitted a demand for payment of a lawsuit that was thrown out of Federal Court. She shared the process of investigating the Police Department; however, this is not the forum to discuss the judicial process.

Columbus Police Department Chief Mr. Rickey Boren, also came forward to announce that the lawsuit filed in Federal Court by Mr. Carter was thrown out, as well as, the appeal filed. Police Chief Boren advised that Mr. Carter owes the citizens of this community approximately $1,800, as a result of that lawsuit, that has not been paid. He maintained that the Police Department investigates all complaints that are filed, and those complaints are taken seriously.
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MS. ASHLEY SWEENEY, REPRESENTING LIVE HEALTHY COLUMBUS COALITION, RE: AN UPDATE ON THE LIVE HEALTHY COLUMBUS COALITION:__ _______________________

Ms. Ashley Sweeney- Director of Live Healthy Columbus Coalition, approached the rostrum to share an update on the Live Healthy Columbus Coalition, to announce the application of a major grant and to identify the services the organization provides to the public.

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CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:

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

A Resolution (253-14) - Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a supplemental agreement for the design of trailheads and the redesign of a former railroad bridge on the proposed South Columbus multi-use trail.

A Resolution (254-14) - Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a supplemental agreement for the construction of a pedestrian bridge across Victory Drive to service the proposed South Columbus multi-use trail.


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

A Resolution (255-14) - Authorizing the City Manager to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for a landscape maintenance grant for the I-185 and Victory Drive interchange. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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I-185 BEAUTIFICATION:

Councilor Huff recalled that with the expansion of I-185 between St. Mary’s Road and Victory Drive, there was some landscaping that was done on the side of the road by Willis Plaza. He then requested that staff check into beautify the area because the neighbors have expressed that beautification was done up and down I-185 with the exception of this one area.
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A Resolution (256-14) - Authorizing to enter into an overhead and underground right of way easement agreement with Flint Electric Members Corporation (Flint EMC) Work Order # 164139 for the purpose of hooking electrical service to the new building at the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) location. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Thomas and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

A Resolution (257-14) - Authorizing to enter into an agreement for Indigent Defense Services between Circuit Public Defender's Office of the Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit and Muscogee County in the amount of $1,378,444 from July 2014 to June 2015 and authorize payment to the Georgia Public Defender Standards Council (GPDSC) in the amount of $871,917 and for $43,596, 5% administrative fee (GPDSC) payment is included in the total amount of $1,278,444); authorize the Mayor and/or City Manager to have signature authority. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

A Resolution (258-14) - Authorizing the City Manager to apply for and accept grant funds from the Governor’s Office for Children and Families of $297,000, or as otherwise awarded, with no local match required, to fund evidence based, home visitation programs to educate the parents of young children and to amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount of the award. Councilor McDaniel moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

A Resolution (259-14) - Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application and if approved accept a grant with no local match required for $491,000 (or amount awarded) from the Governor’s Office for Children and Families to renew and continue home visitation programs to educate the parents of young children and amend the multi-governmental grant fund by the award amount. Councilor Barnes moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

A Resolution (260-14) - Authorizing the City Manager to submit an application, and if awarded, accept a grant from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for the Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office in the amount of $17,480, or as otherwise awarded, to fund the purchase of software systems, hardware, services and interfaces for the Sheriff’s Office Identification Unit with a cash match required of $6,770 and amend the multi-governmental fund by the amount awarded. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.


A Resolution (261-14) - Authorizing the acceptance of a deed to that portion of Foxhall Court located in Section Four, Bridgemill on behalf of Columbus, Georgia. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor McDaniel and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING SIX PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO A SINGLE
MOTION MADE BY COUNCILOR MCDANIEL AND SECONDED BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT AT THE TIME, WITH COUNCILOR WOODSON BEING ABSENT FOR THIS VOTE AND COUNCILORS ALLEN AND
HENDERSON BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING:_ ____

A Resolution (262-14) - Authorizing the sale of two (2) 20' backhoe trailers from Felling Trailers, Inc., (Sauk Centre, Mn.), in the amount of $27,894.88, by cooperative purchase via National Joint Powers Alliance (NJPA) contract #031014-fts.

A Resolution (263-14) - Authorizing the sale of specified lots of confiscated firearms to the following vendors: handgun lots 1-5 and 7-9, totaling $75,642.00, and long gun lots 1, 3 and 4, totaling $10,001.00, to Gulf States Distributors, Inc., (Montgomery, Al), for a grand total of $85,643.00; handgun lots 6 and 10 to Smyrna Police Distributors, Inc. (Smyrna, Ga.) for a total of $7,735.00; long gun lot 2 to Money Mizer of Macon (Macon, Ga.) for $2,801.99.

A Resolution (264-14) - Authorizing payment to the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA), in the amount of $35,836.34, for 2014- 2015 membership dues.

A Resolution (265-14) - Amending Resolution No. 268-13 (approved August 13, 2013) to change the name of the awarded vendor from Global Connect to Emergency Communication Network, LLC (ECN) to continue providing emergency notification to households in Columbus, Georgia.

A Resolution (266-14) - Authorizing payment to AT&T, at a cost of $8,699.53 per month, which equates to $104,394.36 per year, for the Metro E Connectivity Solution for thirteen (13) remote fire station locations.

A Resolution (267-14) - Authorizing the purchase of one (1) recycle garbage truck (2015 Peterbilt 320 cab and chassis/new way 25-yd King Cobra rear loader body), from Consolidated Disposal Systems, Inc., (Smyrna, Ga) in the amount of $188,786.00. The truck will be outfitted with a 4.0 yd glass, high dump, split compartment recycle glass bin and two (2) rotary cart flippers, for the additional cost of $17,473.00. The total cost of the garbage recycling truck outfitted with recycle glass bin and flipper arms is $206,259.00.

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THE FOLLOWING PURCHASING RESOLUTION WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY MANAGER HUGLEY AND DELAYED AT THE REQUEST OF CITY MANAGER HUGLEY:

A Resolution - Authorizing the execution of a contract with Zyscovich Architects (Miami, Fl) for the master plan for City Village, and for additional services outside the scope of the RFP, but related to the project, due to their familiarity with the project.

Councilor Thomas expressed concerns with the payment for the master plan coming from the LOST infrastructure fund. She explained that the types of work involved in the RFP are not what the citizens were told this funding would be used for. She added that she supports the City Village project but not the funding source.

Deputy City Manager Arrington explained that Finance Director Hodge looked at the FY14 reallocated funding through the LOST (Local Option Sales Tax) and identified funding through the FY14 excess proceeds as being a possible funding source. He added that the funds were put into the 30% because it was part of the LOST for the 30%. Finance Director Hodge further explained how she determined this master plan could be funded with the LOST infrastructure.

City Manager Hugley suggested delaying this matter to further review the funding source and bring it back at a later date.

Mayor Tomlinson suggested that staff check to determine if the LOST Infrastructure Fund could be used for planning. Also, identify where the funds were to be reallocated into the LOST Infrastructure Fund for this project was specifically originated from.
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NOTE: Councilor McDaniel left the meeting at approximately 12:28 p.m.
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Councilor Davis said there was mention of additional costs to this project, which may end up costing more than the original contract bid. He then requested to have staff determine what these costs may be and the reason they would not be included in the original plan.

Councilor Thomas also requested that Deputy City Manager David Arrington provide an update to Council on all projects in the plans for the future.
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OLD CUSSETA ROAD & ALLIED DRIVE:

Councilor Huff requested the Public Works Department to check the intersection of Old Cusseta Road and Allied Drive to have trees and shrubbery cut back for drivers to be able to see while entering that intersection.

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CRIME IN DISTRICT THREE:

Councilor Huff requested to have staff to schedule a meeting to include himself, Mayor Tomlinson, City Manager Hugley, and Police Chief Boren on the crime that is occurring in his district.
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RFP FOR BODY ARMOR:

Councilor Huff called attention to the RFP for body armor that does not include the Muscogee County Prison. Mayor Tomlinson advised that MCP is currently using the Columbus Police Department’s vests; however, MCP could be added.

Councilor Huff asked questions regarding the age of the body armor vest that the Columbus Police Department is allowing MCP to use, at which time, City Manager Hugley explained that if the city has an RFP (Request for Proposals); then, any city agency could make a purchase off of an RFP.
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PRESENTATIONS:

-- Buena Vista Road -- Improvements

Planning Department Director Rick Jones, came forward to offer a presentation on two projects that staff is ready to move forward with. (A copy of the presentation was filed for the record.) He provided alternatives to include the benefits and drawbacks of each.

He shared the cost of each alternative to include some project statistics with the cost being provided below:
Alternative 1 - $603,000
Alternative 2 - $4,768,000
Alternative 3 - $4,429,000
Alternative A - $1,251,000

Mayor Tomlinson requested that staff schedule a meeting with Wynnton Hill Baptist Church representatives as it relates to acquiring right-of-way for the plans of a roundabout at the intersection of Lawyers Lane / Baldwin Street and Buena Vista Road.

He also shared the cost of each alternative with the Buena Vista Road Spiderweb Project to include some project statistics with the cost being provided below:

Alternative 1 - $46.5 million
Alternative 2 - $31.8 million
Alternative 3 - $27.3 million
Alternative A - $1.0 million

He advised that staff is proposing Alternative #1 for this project. He said it is time to move forward with the engineering. He suggested coming back to Council with an agreement for approval to move forward to bring consultants on board to start the projects. He said these two projects need to be simultaneous in terms of working.
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-- Dillingham Street Bridge - Improvements

Deputy City Manager David Arrington came forward to offer a power point presentation on the improvements for Dillingham Street Bridge. (A copy of the presentation was not filed for the record.)

He shared the short-term recommendation and is provided as follows: Include in the current project, thermoplastic marking that is wider than the present marker and also a delineator pie line that would offer a visual separation. He provided pictures of different cycle tracks. He shared the cost above and beyond the budgeted project amount would include: 44 bollards and thermoplastic and hatched marking for an additional cost of $3,470. The current project funding source has the funds still available due to savings in the original project.

Mayor Tomlinson called attention to the counterflow bicycle lanes that are not dangerous and are purposefully designed in a lot of circumstances. She explained that the counterflow bicycle lanes would be on the outside and would be a protected bike lane with the bollards.

Councilor Thomas recalled the comments from some bicyclist in the community who were concerned about safety and the counterblow bicycle lanes are contrary to typical bicycle traffic.

Mayor Tomlinson advised that communication would continue with the bicycle groups and the community with staff sharing the plan that was provided today.
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL DAVIS SUBMITTED THE FOLLOWING ITEMS AS INFORMATION FOR THE MAYOR & COUNCIL: ______ __________________________________________

(1) Biographical Sketch and resume for Mr. B. Dayton Preston, Councilor McDaniel’s nominee for the Columbus Golf Course Authority.

(2) Biographical Sketch for Dr. William Earl Roundtree, Councilor Davis’ nominee for the Columbus Golf Course Authority.

(3) Biographical Sketch for Ms. Stephanie Callahan, Councilor Henderson’s nominee for the Columbus Golf Course Authority.

(4) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1100 block of Broadway, on the following dates, from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m., connection with the “Uptown Fall Drum Circle”: (5) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1100 block of Broadway, on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown HOG Rally Bike Parking”.

(6) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the Dillingham Street Bridge, Bay Avenue from Dillingham Street to behind the Trade Center, and the Riverwalk from grand stairs to railroad, on Friday, September 19, 2014, from 6:00 p.m. to midnight, in connection with a Fireworks Show.

(7) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close Bay Avenue, from 10th Street to 11th Street, from Wednesday, September 17, 2014, at 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, September 21, 2014, at 12:00 p.m., in connection with the “Hog Rally Vendor Village”.

(8) Application of Marcus Mosby to temporarily close 11th Avenue, from 12th Street to 13th Street, from Saturday, September 20, 2014 at 8:00 p.m. to Sunday, September 21, 2014 at 3:00 a.m., in connection with motorcycle parking for a Fundraiser.


(9) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close Bay Avenue, from 10th Street to 11th Street, on Friday, October 3, 2014, from 3:00 p.m. to midnight, in connection with “Paint the Town Pink”.

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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL DAVIS AND APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL: ______________

A Resolution (268-14) - Excusing Councilor Berry Henderson from the July 29, 2014 Council Meeting. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING ITEM WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL DAVIS AND APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL:_____ ___ ___

Official Appointment Form submitted by New Horizons Community Services Board requesting appointment of Mr. Ed Harbison, Georgia State Senator, 15th District, as the Muscogee County elected official representative.

Councilor Thomas moved approval of the appointment. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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DEPUTY CLERK OF COUNCIL DAVIS SUBMITTED MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS, WHICH WERE OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL: _ ____________ _

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved that these minutes be received. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

BOARD APPOINTMENTS:

BOARD OF WATER COMMISSIONERS:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis advised that Councilor McDaniel had nominated Mr. Sanders Griffith to replace Mr. Billy Blanchard. Councilor Davis moved confirmation. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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CIVIC CENTER ADVISORY BOARD:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis advised that Ms. Laura A. Mann has resigned; this is the Council District Eight appointment.
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COLUMBUS GOLF AUTHORITY:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis pointed out Mr. Rudolph Allen, Mr. Daniel Blankenship, Mr. Dan Culpepper, Mr. Ralph Huling and Mr. Gerald Miley are all eligible to serve another term of Office and were renominated by Councilor Barnes at the last meeting. Councilor Barnes moved confirmation. Seconded by Councilor Davis and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis also advised that Mr. Aubry Burt is not eligible to serve another term of office and we have three nominees. Councilor Davis has nominated Dr. William Roundtree; Councilor McDaniel has nominated Mr. B. Dayton Preston and Councilor Henderson has nominated Ms. Stephanie Callahan. She advised that this vote would be deferred until the next Council Meeting.

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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis advised that we still need nominees for Mr. Chuck H. McDaniel, III- Council District Five, Ms. Gloria Enfinger- Council District Six and Ms. Clementine Cochran- Council District Ten. There were no nominations.
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DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis advised Council that there are two nominees for the seat of Dick Ellis, who is not eligible to succeed himself on the Development Authority of Columbus. She stated that Councilor Davis has nominated Ms. Jacki Lowe and Councilor Woodson has nominated Ms. Becca Hardin. She further advised that this matter would be deferred and brought back at the next meeting.
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FAMILY & CHILDREN SERVICES:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis pointed out Ms. Mattie Wright is eligible to serve another term of Office; she is interested in serving another term and Councilor Thomas re-nominated Ms. Wright at the last meeting. Councilor Thomas moved confirmation. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis pointed out that Vanessa Lewis is not eligible to serve another term of Office. Councilor Barnes had nominated Ms. Shameika Averett to replace Ms. Lewis as the Council District One representative; however, she does not live in his district.

She further advised that the following three individuals are eligible to succeed themselves: Ms. Sue Dalelio, Dr. Cleo Griswould and Mr. Herman E. Lewis and were re-nominated at the last meeting, as well as, Ms. Karon Henderson for the seat of Mr. Elliot Waddell, III.; Ms. Kim Bell for the seat of Ms. Beverly Kinner; Ms. Sandra Okomoto for the seat of Ms. Darlene Hughes-Kittrell; Ms. Brinkley Pound for the seat of Ms. Rebecca Basset. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved confirmation of all of the nominations. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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PENSION FUND, EMPLOYEES’ BOARD OF TRUSTEES:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis advised that Mayor Tomlinson has nominated Mr. George “Roy” Plummer for another term of office.

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


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REGION SIX – REGIONAL PLANNING BOARD FOR DEPARTMENT OF BEHAVIORAL HEALTH & DEVELOPMENT DISABILITIES:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis advised that Councilor Baker nominated Ms. Beverly Garland to replace Ms. Tiffani Stacy. Councilor Barnes moved confirmation. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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RETIREES’ HEALTH BENEFITS COMMITTEE:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis advised that the following seats were re-nominated at the last meeting and are listed as follows: Ms. Janice Beebe, Mr. Jack Kinsman, Mr. Lester Massey and Mr. William Watson; these are the Council’s appointment. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved confirmation. Seconded by Councilor Thomas and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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VALLEY PARTNERSHIP JOINT DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY:

Deputy Clerk of Council Davis advised that Mr. Tyler Townsend was re-nominated to serve another term of office. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved confirmation. Seconded by Councilor Thomas and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.

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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Mayor Tomlinson called attention to the earlier request for an executive session to discuss personnel.



Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved that the Council go into executive session. Seconded by Councilor Huff and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting.
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At 1:38 p.m. the regular session was adjourned to allow the Council to go into an executive session to discuss personnel.
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At 2:13 p.m. the meeting was called back to order, at which time, Mayor Tomlinson announced that the Council met in an executive session to discuss personnel, but no votes were taken.
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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Mayor Tomlinson then entertained a motion for adjournment. Councilor Huff so moved. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those six members of Council present at the time, with Councilors McDaniel and Woodson being absent for this vote and Councilors Allen and Henderson being absent from the meeting with the time being 2:13 p.m.


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Sandra T. Davis, DCMC
Deputy Clerk of Council

The Council of Columbus, Georgia