MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING/PROCLAMATION
JANUARY 3, 2017

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 5:20 P.M., Tuesday, January 3, 2017, 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 Turner Pugh were Councilors R. Gary Allen, Glenn Davis, Bruce Huff and Walker Garrett. 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 Mike Baker took his seat at 5:25p.m. Councilors Evelyn Woodson and Berry H. Henderson took their seat at 5:26 p.m.
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ABSENT: Councilors Jerry Barnes and Judy Thomas were absent.
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INVOCATION: Offered by Pastor John Young of Greater St. Mark A.M.E. Church.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Participants of the Parks and Recreation Winter Camp.
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Mayor Tomlinson said that we are here tonight, not only for a typical Resolution and Proclamation Session, but said tonight is a very special meeting. She said we have converted it to a business meeting for purposes of swearing in officers, elected officials, both at the city and county constitutional level. She said she appreciates you being here to support those who have the courage to throw their hat in the ring and represent the citizens of this great community. She said we will also be swearing in some of our particular officers.

OATHS OF OFFICE:

Senior Judge of the Chattahoochee Circuit, Superior Court Judge Gil McBride then came forward to administer the oaths of office to the following Councilors, who were
re-elected for another term of office: Glenn Davis, Evelyn Turner Pugh, R. Gary Allen, R. Walker Garrett, and Berry Henderson.

OFFICIAL OATH OF COUNCIL MEMBER, COLUMBUS, GEORGIA

STATE OF GEORGIA
MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GEORGIA

I, (Councilor), do hereby swear (or affirm)) that I will well, truly and faithfully perform the duties of Council Member of Columbus, Georgia to the best of my ability and that I will support and defend the Charter thereof as well as the Constitution and laws of the State of Georgia and of the United States of America.

I do further solemnly swear and affirm that I am not the holder of any public money due this State unaccounted for; that I am not the holder of any office of trust under the government of the United States nor of either of the several states, or of any foreign state, and that I am otherwise qualified to hold said office, according to the Constitution of the United States and laws of Georgia, and that I will support the Constitution of the United States and of this State.

SO HELP ME GOD! /S/ R. Gary Allen Glenn Davis Berry H. Henderson
Evelyn Turner Pugh


Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of January 2017

/S/ Gil McBride, Judge
Superior Court of Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit
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Senior Judge Gil McBride then administered the following two oaths of office to Donna L. Tompkins.

OFFICIAL OATH OF SHERIFF OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA

I, Donna L. Tompkins do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute all writs, warrants, precepts, and processes directed to me as sheriff of this county, or which are directed to all sheriffs of this State, or to any other sheriff special, which I can lawfully execute, and true returns make, and in all things well and truly, without malice or partiality perform the duties of the office of Sheriff of Muscogee County, during my continuance therein, and take only my lawful fees.

I do further solemnly swear (or affirm) that I am not the holder of any unaccounted for public money due this State, or any political subdivision or authority thereof; that I am not the holder of any office of trust under the government of the United States, any other State, or any foreign State which I am prohibited from holding by the laws of the State of Georgia; and that I am otherwise qualified to hold said office, according to the Constitution of the United States and laws of Georgia; and that I will support the Constitutions of the United States and of this State.

SO HELP ME GOD! /S/ Donna L. Tompkins

Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of January 2017

/S/ Gil McBride, Judge
Superior Court of Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit


OFFICIAL LOYALTY OATH OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA

STATE OF GEORGIA
MUSCOGEE COUNTY, GEORGIA

I Donna L. Tompkins a citizen of Muscogee County, Columbus, Georgia and being an employee of Muscogee County Sheriff’s Office and the recipient of public funds for services rendered as such employee, do hereby solemnly swear and affirm that I will support the Constitution of the United States and the Constitution of Georgia.


SO HELP ME GOD! /S/ Donna L. Tompkins


Sworn to and subscribed before me, this 3rd day of January 2017

/S/ Gil McBride, Judge
Superior Court of Chattahoochee Judicial Circuit

All of these seven executed oaths were then filed with the Clerk of Council.
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ORGANIZATIONAL MEETING OF COLUMBUS COUNCIL:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND WAS ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:

A Resolution (1-17) – Appointing a Mayor Pro Tem for Columbus, Georgia for a term of two (2) years.

Councilor Henderson nominated Evelyn Turner Pugh as Mayor Pro Tem. Seconded by Councilor Huff.

Councilor Huff then moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and Thomas being absent from this meeting.

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A Resolution (2-17) – Appointing a Clerk of Council for Columbus, Georgia for a term of two (2) years.

Councilor Allen then nominated Tiny B. Washington as Clerk of Council.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Garrett and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and Thomas being absent from this meeting.
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A Resolution (3-17) – Appointing a Deputy Clerk of Council for Columbus, Georgia for a term of two (2) years.

Councilor Allen nominated Lindsey Glisson as Deputy Clerk of Council.

Councilor Davis moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and Thomas being absent from this meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND READ IN ITS ENTIRETY BY COUNCILOR HUFF AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: __ _ ___________________

A Resolution (4-17) – Honoring Mr. Darrell “Tony” Floyd, Chief Deputy Tax Commissioner, for his retirement after nineteen years of service to the City of Columbus.

Councilor Huff moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilors Barnes and Thomas being absent from this meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ALSO SUBMITTED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND READ IN ITS ENTIRETY BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: _ _

A Resolution (5-17) – Honoring Mrs. Rose Brown Sullivan, Tax Clerk in the Tax Commissioner’s Office, for her retirement after seven and one-half years of service to the City of Columbus.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilors Barnes and Thomas being absent from this meeting.

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PROCLAMATIONS:

UNITY MONTH:

With members of the Mayor’s Commission on Unity, Diversity and Prosperity standing at the Council table, Mayor Tomlinson read her proclamation, proclaiming the month of January 2017, as “Unity Month”, in Columbus, Georgia.
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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Councilor Garrett made a motion for adjournment. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilors Barnes and Thomas being absent from this meeting, with the time being 6:05 p.m.




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