MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR MEETING
APRIL 14, 2015

The regular weekly meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 9:00 A.M., Tuesday, April 14, 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 Evelyn Turner Pugh were Councilors R. Gary Allen, Jerry Barnes, Tom B. Buck III, Berry H. Henderson, Judy W. Thomas and Evelyn Woodson, City Manager Isaiah Hugley, City Attorney Clifton Fay and Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington and Deputy Clerk of Council Lindsey Glisson were also present. Councilor Glenn Davis took his seat at 9:05 a.m. Councilor Bruce Huff took his seat at 9:21 a.m.
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ABSENT: Councilor Mike Baker was absent. Assistant City Attorney Lucy Sheftall was also absent.
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INVOCATION: Offered by Reverend T.J. Davis of St. James C.M.E. Church Baptist Church.
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PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE: Led by Mayor Tomlinson.

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MAYOR’S AGENDA:

PRESENTATIONS:

Representative Calvin Smyre, Dean of the Legislative Delegation, as well as State Representatives Debbie Buckner, Carolyn Hugley and Richard Smith were present in the Council Chambers this morning, to give an update of the 2015 Legislative Session.

Representative Smyre pointed out that Senators Ed Harbison, and John McKoon, as well as State Representative John Pezold was not able to be present with us this morning.

Representatives Smyre, Buckner, Hugley and Smith each came forward and updated the Mayor and Council on the issues that was presented before the 2015 Georgia General Assembly of Georgia and outlined those which were able to be adopted during this 2015 session; to include HB 580

Representative Smith spoke to the issue of the exemption for military retirees, and responded to questions of the Council in this regard.

Representative Smyre said they looked at the request of the Council, in which you asked us to consider funding an adolescent residential treatment facility in Muscogee County; and said they discussed it with the budget writers, and said during the interim, they would ask that the Mayor and members of the Council to form some type of committee, so that you could work with members of the delegation; so that we could have some discussion and then look at it again in the 2016 Session.

Representative Buckner addressed the issue of the request to increase the 911 Fees. She said it seems that there are other communities across the State that has a similar problem with people changing from the landlines to the cell phone lines and the need for that funding for their EMS; however, it is complicated by the fact that in some of the rural areas where there are cities, their cell phone service is somewhat patchy; therefore, they are still in need of keeping the landline service fee attached there.

She said what she has done is talked with both ACCG and GMA and asked for them to put this on their agenda for their meetings that are coming up when they talk about legislative agendas; to get a consensus from cities and counties around the State, as to how can we address this in a fair and equitable way.

Representative Buckner said hopefully that will start in the summer and we will have something to work with in the Fall. She said it will have to be a bill that would have to be introduced statewide. She said we can’t just do it for Columbus, or consolidated governments. She said they felt like this was the better plan and that way we would have more widespread support, and hopefully, it be successful.

Mayor Tomlinson said the Governor had a study that was done and a Commission that he worked with, and said maybe Representative Buckner can check and see if that can be resurrected. She said she knows that it was lead by Charlie English, the GEMA Director.

Representative Buckner said one of the bills that came forward from the Senate to the House was actually, what she would refer to as a pre-exemption bill. She said both Tybee Island and Athens were interested in
talking about how they could control litter. She said on Tybee Island they were concerned about plastic bags blowing into the ocean and creating a litter problem for them on the beaches. She said the Senate Bill was going to prohibit cities from being able to pass local ordinances to handle that situation and said they were able to defeat that, because they feel that the local governments are the best place to make decisions for things that affect their local communities.

State Representative Carolyn Hugley also came forward and pointed out on the issue pertaining to decriminalizing the law that regulates the use of blue lights said that they have been in contact with Georgia Sheriff’s Association and will continue to monitor that. She said there was no action this year in that regard. She said we share your concerns of making sure that only law enforcement officials utilize that for the safety of all of our citizens.

She said she thinks that she had the most fun of the legislative session because, this year, they had a group of 1st graders from Reese Road Leadership Academy, to come to them and asked them to introduce a bill for them. She said they wanted to name a State mammal; and said they were successful. She said they introduced House Bill 70 on their behalf, and said they were successful in getting their bill through both houses. She said we are now awaiting the Governor’s signature on that bill. She said they have designated the whitetail deer as the State mammal.

State Representative Hugley said all 85 of the first grade students came and testified before members of the General Assembly. She said it was a great learning experience for them; and said they were so excited and delighted to see legislation works and how an idea turns into a law.

She said she wants to make sure that everyone in our community knows that HB 91 passed. She said that bill did away with the State Graduation test. She said that we had several young people in our community who failed one portion of the graduation test, and they don’t have high school diplomas.

State Representative Hugley said now they can go back and apply to the local Board of Education and get that high school diploma; so that they can improve their economic status within our community. She said we want to make sure that all of our citizens are aware of that.

Mayor Tomlinson thanked all members of the Legislative Delegation for
the work for the work that they do for us.

State Representative Smyre, in his conclusion said that the item as it relates to the Specialty Tier Drugs, they took no action on that at all. He said as it relates to Elections, they also want to talk with ACCG and GMA about the Elections Calendar, as we talk about the various calendar for elections for the Federal and State Elections.

State Representative Smyre said there were also two items that dealt with the hotel/motel tax; and not that any of the funds will be diverted to other non-tourism related purposes and said that is something that the delegation feels very strongly about and is monitoring as well.

He said they also adopted a Transportation Bill; which they feel is a quality of life issue. He said they were able to generate approximately $900 million to be earmarked for transportation. He said each calendar year, there will be added to State Transportation Budget. He said they were able to do it, without affecting any of the other tiers

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GEORGIA PRISON RE-ENTRY INITITIVE:

Executive Director Jay Neal, representing the Governor’s Office of Transportation Support Re-Entry, came forward and gave a detailed presentation on the Georgia Prison Re-Entry Initiative. Mr. Neal spoke for forty-five minutes in outlining this new re-entry initiative program.

After the conclusion of his presentation, Mr. Neal responded to questions of Mayor Tomlinson and members of the Council.

Ms. Monica Echols and Ms. Melanie Conner was also present with
Mr. Neal. As requested by Councilor Barnes, Ms. Echols also went into some details in outlining the work of the local office that is located here in Columbus.

Mayor Tomlinson said we will be having a staff report on the ban the box issue that was initiated by the Governor.
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MINUTES: Minutes of the February 24 & March 10, 2015 Council Meetings and March 10, 2015 Executive Session of the Consolidated Government were submitted and approved upon the adoption of a motion made by Councilor Allen. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present for this meeting, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for the vote and Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.
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CITY ATTORNEY’S AGENDA :

THE FOLLOWING ORDINANCE THAT WAS DELAYED FROM THE MARCH 31, 2015 CONSENT AGENDA WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL ON SECOND READING:_ ___

An Ordinance (15-9) – Rezoning property located at 8223 Cooper Creek Road is proposed for rezoning from NC (Neighborhood Commercial) zoning district to RO (Residential Office) zoning district. (District 6-Councilor Allen) (Applicant Stephen Coleman) The proposed use is a secondary entrance to the Crossings located on Veterans Parkway.

City Attorney Fay said he believes that Councilor Allen has an amendment he would like to offer to this ordinance.

Councilor Allen said if the Council recalls we delayed this ordinance for a few weeks ago. He said the current property owner, who the apartments are purchasing the property from to access Cooper Creek Road, in order to be able to access Veterans Parkway has requested that we consider adding a wooden privacy fence. He said it would be 8 feet in height along the property line, to help prevent and protect the quality of life that the neighbors enjoy as much as possible.

Councilor Allen then made a motion to amend the ordinance requiring the addition of an 8 feet privacy fence to the property. Seconded by Councilor Woodson.

After some discussion on this amendment, the question was then called on the motion, which carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for the vote and Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the ordinance as amended. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for the vote and Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.
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THE FOLLOWING TWO ZONING ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND A PUBLIC HEARING WAS HELD ON EACH AS ADVERTISED:

An Ordinance Rezoning properties located at 4732, 4740 & 4744 Kolb Avenue from an RMF1 (Residential Multi-Family 1) and a GC (General Commercial) zoning districts to SFR4 (Single Family Residential 4) zoning district. (Applicant Habitat for Humanity of Columbus) The proposed uses are Single Family Detached Dwellings.

PROPONENTS & OPPONENTS:

The representative for the proponents was present, but did not make a presentation, as there was no one present to oppose this proposed rezoning ordinance.
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An Ordinance – Rezoning properties located at 3071 Williams Road from an RO (Residential Office) zoning district to a PUD (Planned Unit Development) zoning district. (District 2-Councilor Davis) (Applicant Cheyenne Partners, LLP) The proposed use is Master Planned Development.

PROPONENTS & OPPONENTS:

The petitioner, Mr. Allen, was present, but he did not make a presentation, as there was no one present to oppose this proposed rezoning ordinance.
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THE FOLLOWING ADDITIONAL ORDINANCE WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND INTRODUCED ON FIRST READING AFTER SOME DISCUSSION:_______________________________________

An Ordinance – Regulating vehicular traffic in Columbus, Georgia by establishing a No Parking Anytime Zone along the western curb of Hansen Avenue between the northern curb of Porter Street and the southern curb of 40th Street; and authorizing the installation of official traffic conflicting ordinances and for other purposes.
Councilor Thomas, said as she read the survey that was done, said the question was do you support the following parking restrictions and said the two individuals that was included, both said no; however, as she continued to read the survey, it seemed that they approved the no parking and said she just wanted to make sure that the residents along that road are in agreement with putting the no parking on that street, Hansen Avenue.

Traffic Engineer Director Dorsey said the survey gave them a choice as to which side they wanted to have the parking restrictions on and said they didn’t have any objections to the recommendations that we are proposing, but it was for the other section of the street.

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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL AFTER BEING AMENDED BY THE COUNCIL:_ _______

A Resolution (85-15) - Granting a Hardship Variance request to waive the minimum street frontage requirement to relieve landlocked lots at 7565 River Road and two adjacent lots southeast of said 7565 River Road. RE1 (Residential Estate 1) (District 2-Councilor Davis) (Applicant Ken Henson, Jr.) The proposed use is Single Family Residential.

Councilor Davis made a motion to amend the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present for this meeting, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for the vote and Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.

Councilor Henderson then moved the adoption of the resolution as amended. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present for this meeting, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for the vote and Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

City Attorney Fay said he would like to have a brief executive session after the adjournment of today’s meeting, to discuss a personnel matter.

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AT THE REQUEST OF COUNCILOR BARNES, THE FOLLOWING ADD-ON RESOLUTION WAS ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:____________________________________________ _______

Councilor Barnes said he would like to request a resolution for Ms. Minnie Winbush who will turn 100 years old and said that he sent that information to the City Attorney. He said her birthday will be on April 27, 2015. Mayor Tomlinson then said that we could vote on it now.

A Resolution (86-15) – Honoring Ms. Minnie Winbush on her birthday.

Councilor Barnes moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present for this meeting, with Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh being absent for the vote and Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.
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PUBLIC AGENDA

COMMANDER DAVID JONES, REPRESENTING THE DAV CHAPTER 7, RE: DISABLED VETERANS:

Mr. Dan Ganter, Senior Vice Commander came forward and said
Mr. David Jones, their commander is at home ill, and the doctor told him to stay home; therefore, he is here to present the presentation representing the DAV Chapter 7, Disabled Veterans. He said the Chapter 7 DAV is the second oldest chapter in the State of Georgia. He said they were formed on January 7, 1927; and said he is here to inform the Council of the activities of Chapter 7 and what they do to support our community.

He then provided the following information as outlined below.

Disabled American Veterans Mission (DAV) 2014 Claims Submitted
After the conclusion of Mr. Ganter’s presentation, Councilor Barnes then recognized the two service officers who were present in the audience with Mr. Ganter. He also made some comments regarding the assistance that the Disabled American Veterans Chapters provides to this community and thanked them for what they do.

Mayor Tomlinson also thanked Mr. Ganter for being here this morning and to thank them for what they do. Mr. Marvin Broadwater, Sr., appeared before Mayor and Council on the Public Agenda, in reference to the tax exemptions available to disabled veterans. After Mr. Broadwater’s presentation, Mayor Tomlinson requested that City Attorney Fay obtain a copy of the information slip that is provided to citizens with their annual tax bill.

The Board of Tax Assessors’ Attorney, Mr. Randy Lomax also spoke on the process involving a request for a refund on previous years for citizens who may have qualified for exemptions. He responded to several questions of members of the Council. During the discussion, Mayor Tomlinson made a request for a list of methods in which the Tax Assessors Office provides information such as this to citizens. She also requested that the Tax Assessors Office to possibly reassess the process in which the information on tax exemptions is made available to the public.

Mayor Tomlinson said if Mr. Broadwater’s request is to come before Council for consideration, she would like to have a staff report to come to the Council. She said she would also like to have the list of tax exemptions that are available to tax payers to be made available to the City Manager.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said once the information is made available to the City Manager, the information was requested to be sent to the local real estate community.

After some discussion, referrals were made by Mayor Tomlinson, Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and Councilors Henderson, Allen and Woodson, as outlined below.

In addition to the referral made by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh, Councilor Henderson requested that this same information to be sent to the civic service members in the community.

Councilor Allen said he would like for this information to be provided to citizens pertaining to the tax exemptions to be revised by the Tax Assessors Office to be better understood by the citizens.
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CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA :

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

A Resolution (87-15) – Authorizing the execution of a Supplemental Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) for $79,489.00 in additional funding for the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study (C-PCTS).

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.

A Resolution (88-15) – Authorizing the City Manager to renew the license for the continued use and operation of a temporary road to remove silt, beaver dams and debris along Tiger Creek at Fort Benning, Georgia.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (89-15) – Authorizing resurfacing of various city streets identified in the Pavement Management System to be performed by Robinson Paving Company under contract 14-0018 in the amount of $2,084,976.64.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (90-15) – Authorizing the City Manager to execute the Building and Rooftop Lease Agreement with Verizon Wireless of the East LP, for the purpose of installing, operating, and maintaining a telecommunications facility at the City’s River Center Parking Deck located at 919 Broadway.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (91-15) – Authorizing acceptance of a deed to that portion of Townes Way located in Section Three, The Townes at Sonoma Pointe on behalf of Columbus Georgia.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.
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A Resolution (92-15) – Authorizing Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept donations in the form of gift certificates, check, and cash from sponsors and individuals for the purpose of purchasing Therapeutic and Special Olympics event supplies, Special Olympics training equipment, and registration fees for area and state games. Also, to allow Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept cash and check donations before and during Special Events that occurs in city facilities. 100% of the money will spent on Special Olympics or Therapeutic programs that benefit individuals with disabilities.

Councilor Woodson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker 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 WOODSON AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR ALLEN AND CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE NINE MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILOR BAKER BEING ABSENT FROM THE MEETING:_______________________________
A Resolution (93-15) Authorizing the execution of Change Order number 2 with McMath-Turner Construction Company (Columbus, GA) in the amount of $67,869.02 for the JR Allen off-ramp widening project.
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A Resolution (94-15) – Authorizing an annual contract with AAMCO of Columbus (Columbus, GA), for the purchase, repair, and rebuilding of alternators and starters, on an “as needed” basis, for the estimated contract value of $11,163.48.
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A Resolution (95-15) – Authorizing the purchase of one (1) mid-size SUV (2016 Ford Explorer XLT), from Allan Vigil Ford (Morrow, GA), in the amount of $27,782.00, via Georgia State Contract #99999-SPD-ES40199373-0002.
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A Resolution (96-15) – Authorizing payment to IBM Corporation (Atlanta, GA), in the amount of $52,356.60, for the IBM Smartcloud Notes annual license renewal.
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A Resolution (97-15) – Authorizing payment to Correctional Healthcare Companies, Inc., (Greenwood Village, CO), in the amount of $37,643.80, for the purchase of dental equipment for the Muscogee County Jail.
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THE FOLLOWING UPDATES WERE PROVIDED ON THE CITY MANAGER’S AGENDA:_

Director of Finance Pam Hodge came forward with a presentation on the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance - Distance Restrictions and Measurement Guidelines. She highlighted the following information, as outlined below.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE REVISIONS IN SECTION 3-5 OF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CODE:

Section 3-5(c) Proposed Revision - Distance Restrictions

Section 3-5(d) Proposed Revision - Distance Restrictions Between “On-Premises” Establishments

Other than their categories, the proposed amendment is to modify Section 3-5(d) to allow nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented establishments to be within 600 feet of another on-premises establishment. (The proposal will not eliminate the distance restrictions between nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented establishments; which means, nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented establishments will still be prohibited from being within 600 feet of each other.)

Section 3-5(e) Proposed Revision -Measurement Guidelines for Prohibited Location

The proposed amendment is to adopt the State’s measuring guidelines for consistency purposes; which, will now involve -

Measuring in a straight line from the front door of the proposed business to the front door of the prohibited location; but, in regards to schools, measurements will be to the nearest property line of any school or property being used for educational purposes.

(Opposed to measuring from property line to property line)

Currently , the City Code recognizes 11 prohibited/restrictive areas that are outlined in Sections 3-5(a), 3-5(b), 3-5(c) and 3-5(d).

The City of Columbus, Georgia offers two (2) types of alcoholic beverage licenses: On-Premises and Off-Premises

ON-PREMISES

Allows the licensee to offer for sale, sell and serve alcoholic beverages for consumption on the licensed premises of establishments that holds an “On-Premises” alcoholic beverage license. (i.e. restaurants, nightclubs, bars

OFF-PREMISES

Allows the licensee to sell and offer for sale at retail in the original package, alcoholic beverages for use or consumption off of and away from the licensed premises of the establishment that holds an “Off-Premises” alcoholic beverage license. (i.e. liquor store, convenience store, grocery store).

ON-PREMISES CATEGORIES

Currently , the ordinance identifies and defines 16 (sixteen) different categories in which an establishment can apply for an “On-Premises “ alcoholic beverage.

ON-PREMISES ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CATEGORIES


CATEGORIES FOR OFF-PREMISES


PROHIBITED LOCATIONS UNDER 3-5(a) ON PREMISES

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

Girl’s Club *Not allowed within 300 feet No Prohibition
Boy’s Club *Not allowed within 300 feet No Prohibition
Y.M.C.A. *Not allowed within 300 feet No Prohibition
Funeral Chapel *Not allowed within 300 feet No Prohibition
City Playground *Not allowed within 300 feet No Prohibition
**Private Residences / Residential Zones *Not allowed within 300 feet
*Distance restrictions does not apply to businesses licensed as a “Traditional Restaurant” or to businesses located within 1500 of the Columbus Airport and licensed as a Restaurant, Hotel, Bowling Center, Traditional Restaurants or Non-Alcohol Retail Establishment

**Distance restriction does not apply to businesses licensed as a Hotel/Motel, Restaurant or Non-Alcohol Retail Establishment if restrictive area is not majority residentially zoned.

PROHIBITED LOCATIONS UNDER 3-5(a) OFF PREMISES

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

Girl’s Club *Not allowed within 200 feet No Prohibition
Boy’s Club *Not allowed within 200 feet No Prohibition
Y.M.C.A. *Not allowed within 200 feet No Prohibition
Funeral Chapel *Not allowed within 200 feet No Prohibition
City Playground *Not allowed within 200 feet No Prohibition
**Private Residences / Residential Zones *Not allowed within 200 feet

*Distance restrictions shall not apply to a business categorized as an “Off Premises “ establishment, if the licensed premises is greater than 100,000 square feet and the majority of the land within 200 feet of the licensed premises is zoned UPT, NC,GC RO, or LMI

PROHIBITED LOCATIONS UNDER 3-5(b) ON PREMISES

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

Church Not allowed within 300 feet No Prohibition

*Distance restrictions does not apply to businesses licensed as a “Traditional Restaurant” or to businesses located within 1500 of the Columbus Airport and licensed as a Restaurant, Hotel, Bowling Center, Traditional Restaurants or Non-Alcohol Retail Establishment

PROHIBITED LOCATIONS UNDER 3-5(b) OFF PREMISES

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

Church Not allowed within 300 feet No Prohibition

*Distance restriction does not apply to businesses licensed as a “Broker”:

PROHIBITED LOCATIONS UNDER 3-5(c) ON PREMISES

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

Community Teen Center *Not allowed within No Prohibition
–600 feet for mixed drinks
300 feet for beer and wine

Church Nursery/Daycare *Not allowed within – No Prohibition
600 feet for mixed drinks
300 feet for beer and wine


*Distance restrictions does not apply to businesses licensed as a “Traditional Restaurant” or to businesses located within 1500 of the Columbus Airport and licensed as a Restaurant, Hotel, Bowling Center, Traditional Restaurants or Non-Alcohol Retail Establishment

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

**School/School Playground *Not allowed within – No Prohibitions
600 feet for mixed drinks;
*Distance restrictions does not apply to businesses licensed as a “Traditional Restaurant” or to businesses located within 1500 of the Columbus Airport and licensed as a Restaurant, Hotel, Bowling Center, Traditional Restaurants or Non-Alcohol Retail Establishment

**For purposes under this section, when defining the restrictive term “school”, the term does not extend to educational levels above the 12th grade; therefore, a college, university or higher learning educational building shall not be disqualifying.

The proposed amendment is to change the distance restriction from 335 feet to 300 for uniformity of measurements.

PROHIBITED LOCATIONS UNDER 3-5(c) OFF PREMISES

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

Community Teen Center Not allowed within – No Prohibitions
600 feet for liquor
300 feet for beer and wine


Church Nursery/Daycare Not allowed within – No Prohibitions
600 feet for mixed drinks
300 feet for beer and wine


RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

School/School Playground Not allowed within – Not allowed within
600 feet for liquor 600 feet for liquor
300 feet for beer and wine 300 feet for beer
and wine

Contingent upon the passing of HB 85, proposed amendment is to remove the distance restrictions on grocery stores , as defined by State law, that are located within 300 feet of any school building, school grounds or college campuses.


PROHIBITED LOCATIONS UNDER 3-5(d) ON PREMISES ONLY

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

On-Premises Establishments *Not allowed within No Prohibitions
600 feet

Distance restrictions does not apply to businesses licensed as a Traditional Restaurant, Restaurant, Hotel-Motel, Private Club, Non-Alcohol Retail Establishment, businesses located in CRD, MROD or PMUD, or to businesses located within 1500 of the Columbus Airport and licensed as a Restaurant, Hotel, Bowling Center, Traditional Restaurants or Non-Alcohol Retail Establishment

Other than their categories, the proposed amendment is to modify 3-5(d) to allow nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented establishments to be within 600 feet of another on-premises establishment (The proposal will not eliminate the distance restrictions between nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented; which means, nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented will still be prohibited from being within 600 feet of each other.)

OTHER PROHIBITED LOCATIONS AS RECOGNIZED BY THE STATE

RESTRICTIVE AREAS CITY STATE

Alcoholic Treatment Center No Prohibitions Not allowed
owned and operated by the within 300 feet
State of Georgia or any county
or municipal government.


Liquor Stores No Prohibitions Not allowed
Within 1500 feet
of another liquor
store

PROHIBITED LOCATIONS UNDER 3-5(e)
Measuring Guidelines

City Guidelines

State Guidelines

The proposed change is to adopt the State’s measuring guidelines for consistency purposes.

PROPOSED ORDINANCE REVISIONS IN SECTION 3-5 OF THE ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE CODE:

Section 3-5(c) Proposed Revision -Distance Restrictions

Section 3-5(d) Proposed Revision -Distance Restrictions Between “On-Premises” Establishments

Other than their categories, the proposed amendment is to modify Section 3-5(d) to allow nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented establishments to be within 600 feet of another on-premises establishment. (The proposal will not eliminate the distance restrictions between nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented establishments; which means, nightclubs, bar/pubs and adult-oriented establishments will still be prohibited from being within 600 feet of each other.)

Section 3-5(e) Proposed Revision -Measurement Guidelines for Prohibited Location

The proposed amendment is to adopt the State’s measuring guidelines for consistency purposes; which, will now involve -

Measuring in a straight line from the front door of the proposed business to the front door of the prohibited location; but, in regards to schools, measurements will be to the nearest property line of any school or property being used For educational purposes.
(Opposed to measuring from property line to property line)

After the conclusion of the presentation, Director of Finance Hodge and Ms. Yvonne Ivey responded to questions of the Mayor and members of the Council. During the discussion regarding the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance, referrals were made by City Manager Hugley and Councilors Henderson and Davis, as outlined below.

Mayor Tomlinson made a request for the City Manager to contact the Congress for New Urbanism to obtain information on other cities who had an economic downturn with a saturation of adult entertainment establishments in a main thoroughfare and the other economic development that later came in.

In addition to the previous referral, Councilor Thomas made a request for a representative to attend a Council Work Session to give a presentation on restrictive laws versus permissive laws was made.
Councilor Henderson said with the past problems with the unintended use of the multi-purpose theatres, he made a referral for information regarding what can be done legally to prevent the misuse of these facilities be provided to the Council.
With the topic of religious congregations coming into General Commercial areas was brought up during the discussion. With the number of members of a congregation making an impact on the surrounding local businesses where alcohol may be sold, Councilor Davis asked that information on possibly changing the ordinance and the specifics of the impact that it makes be provided to the Council.

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FY-15 SUPPLEMENTAL BUDGET REQUEST:

City Manager Hugley said he has one final update on his agenda, which is the supplemental budget request of the Clerk of Superior Court.

Director Hodge also provided Council with an update on the Clerk of Superior Court’s FY15 Supplemental Budget Request and highlighted the following details, as outlined below.

Director of Finance Pam Hodge then came forward and said this is a carry-over from a prior Council meeting, which was presented, or the motion that was made was for $22,776; which was an inconclusive vote of 5 to 2.

Mayor Tomlinson then asked Director of Finance Hodge if she wanted to do a recap.

Director Hodge, in response to Mayor Tomlinson said, the total supplemental budget request was a little over a million dollars; $1,364,000. She said the motion that was made was for specific items, as outlined below.

Postage- $10,000
Copier $ 3,000
Lease $ 3,600
Office Supplies $6,176
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Total $22,776

Councilor Henderson said just a way of explaining the matter; he knows that we have tried to be consistent; and I know we rescheduled a couple of times when the Tax Commission couldn’t appear, but that was due to a scheduling issue; but this is an official that has said they are not going to appear and that keeps us from asking questions.
He said the bulk of her request was for personnel, which I personally think is inappropriate; a supplemental budget is just a couple of months from wrapping up, so those are items that can be brought back for the Fy-16 budget. He said we picked these because there were some questions about a Wi-Fi fee that the office was paying and we received no explanation and the Clerk wasn’t here to answer any questions; so, we pulled that out of the office supplies too; and that is why it has such an odd number.

Councilor Henderson said he thinks that part of our responsibility even if an official refuses to appear, is to try to make sure that they can function until the end of the year; and left to our own devices, this is the closest I can come. He said he thinks that the recommendation of the Finance Director was to honor anything that we are contractually obligated to, and anything that appears on the surface to be necessary to wrap up the end of the year. He then renewed his motion to approve the $22,776 for the FY-2015 supplemental budget for the Clerk of Superior Court’s office. Seconded by Councilor Allen.

Councilor Davis said he would like for the Finance Department to explain what we are talking about. He said he understands and thinks that we are trying to be somewhat benevolent here, but he thinks that what we are talking about here sets a very dangerous precedent of where you are opening it up for every office in this government now to come in and ask for these requests that are being presented to us. He said in light of the overall request and how it is being put together; there is no documentation or regards to the need that we are discussing or trying to approve here.

He said he even talked about the point of transparency and he will continue to talk about the point of transparency and the openness of these departments. He said we have what is essentially, an Inspector General’s Department right here in our City Government. He said he talked about it with our Auditor and our Forensic Auditor and certainly in light of these requests and what has been presented; he thinks it is very, very appropriate to have them confirm all requests and needs and that there is an open door; not only for the public to see the transparency, but for all of us to have a better understanding of what we are approving.

Councilor Davis said keep in mind that if you approve this, it will open the door for any department to come back and you look at the line items we are talking about, he doesn’t see how he could tell another department that we don’t have the funds to support you in this effort.

He said when you think about it, anybody can make that request and somewhat justify it. He said he can’t support the request for supplement funding, in light of the fact that the FY-2016 budget is now being presented, as well as, we know what we are going to be dealing with from that standpoint.

Director of Finance Hodge, in response to Councilor Thomas’s question to give the Council the exact items that were included in Councilor Henderson’s motion and the amount for each one of those; then outlined once again the following items, as listed below:

Postage- $10,000 ____________
Total $22,776

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said she understands the Budget Chairman’s concerns, but said the same thing that we told the Tax Commissioner, and her request was for postage; which would bring in over $3 million dollars into the City’s funds. She said we did not act until she appeared before us; therefore, she doesn’t think it is fair for one to do it and the other ones not to have to do it also.

Mayor Tomlinson said the only difference is that she refuses to appear. She then asked should we hold it in abeyance indefinitely.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said we didn’t act on the Tax Commissioner’s request until she appeared before us; and she was sick.

Mayor Tomlinson said she was trying to get here, but her schedule wouldn’t work; but in this instance, the elected official said she will not appear; therefore, we would be rocking on. She said in essence it would be a non-approval.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh said the thing that bothers her is that we made rules and regulations as to how the budget would be handled and this went to all department heads and elected officials; and said if we are going to bend that rule for one person; then why have the rule? She said she really believes in treating everybody the same way; if you make rules and regulations for people to adhere to.

Mayor Tomlinson then stated that this ends the discussion and then asked the members of the Council to electronically cast their votes. She said the motion is to amend the Clerk of Superior Court’s budget, for the amount of $22,776 for the rest for FY-2015.

After the votes were cast, it resulted in another inconclusive vote of 5 to 3. Voting for the motion was Councilors Allen, Henderson and Huff. Voting against the motion was Councilors Buck, Davis, Thomas, Woodson and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.

City Attorney Fay then said normally you would bring that back at the next regular business meeting since it was an inconclusive vote.

City Manager Hugley said we still have a City Councilor present here. It was then pointed out that we can call the question on the motion again.

Once Councilor Barnes returned back to his seat at the Council table, Mayor Tomlinson pointed out that we had a vote on the request of the Clerk of Superior Court for a supplemental budget, which was in the amount of $1,364,000; and Councilor Henderson has made a motion to grant a portion of that in the amount of $22,776, which consists of some items.

Finance Director Hodge again reiterated what those items were, to include postage in the amount of $10,000, Lease Agreement - $3,600, Copier - $3,000 and Office Supplies - $6,176.

Mayor Tomlinson then asked the Council to once again cast their votes. The vote once again resulted in another inconclusive vote of 5 to 4. Voting for the motion was Councilors Allen, Barnes, Henderson and Huff.

Voting against the motion was Councilors Buck, Davis, Thomas, Woodson and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.

Councilor Henderson said in support of what Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh’s position is, he agrees with her completely that the rules are made for everybody; however, as we all know, when we deal with elected officials, we can set the rules, but our only control is to deny them any funding; which in his opinion, we all work for the same people and if we are working in conjunction with someone who refuses to come and explain certain items, he thinks that part of our role as a budgetary authority in this community, is to try to identify items that have to be expended in order to serve the citizens throughout FY-2015.

After further discussion on this matter, with additional comments being made by Mayor Tomlinson and members of the Council, with Director of Finance Hodge responding to those questions and comments, this matter was then concluded.
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA :

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

1. Biographical sketch of Dr. Deepali S. Agarwal, Councilor Barnes’ nominee for the Planning Advisory Commission. Provide

2. Biographical sketch of Mr. Robert Bollinger, Councilor Davis’ nominee for the Planning Advisory Commission.

3. Biographical sketch of Ms. Janet Crane, Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee for the Commission on International Relations and Cultural Liaison Encounters (C.I.R.C.L.E.).

4. Biographical sketch of Mr. Larry Derby, Councilor Henderson’s nominee for the Planning Advisory Commission.

5. Biographical sketch of Mr. Clyde Glenn, Columbus Hockey Association President for the Civic Center Advisory Board.

6. Biographical sketch of Mr. Norman E. Hardman, Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee for the Building Authority of Columbus.
7. Biographical sketch of Ms. Leslie Heard Jones, Councilor Davis’ nominee for the Historic & Architectural Review Board.

8. Biographical sketch of Mr. Chris Miller, Mayor Tomlinson’s nominee for the Civic Center Advisory Board for the seat of the Columbus Hockey Association Representative.

9. Biographical sketch of Ms. Paige Swift, Councilor Davis’ nominee for the Planning Advisory Commission.

10. Application from Letita Copeland-Bailey to temporarily close Forsyth Avenue, from Ewart Avenue to Fulton Avenue, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m., in connection with the Birthday/Life Celebration for Marvine Bailey.

11. Application from Mitch Watts to temporarily close 3rd Avenue, from 11th Street south to the end of the St. Luke property, on Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 8:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., in connection with the Touch A Truck Fundraiser.

12. Application from Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close 10th Street, from Front Avenue to Bay Avenue, Bay Avenue to 10th Street, and the Dillingham Street Bridge, from Friday, May 8, 2015 at 8:00 a.m. to Sunday, May 10, 2015 at 12:00 p.m., in connection with the “Uptown Riverfest”.
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THE FOLLOWING FIVE RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND APPROVED BY THE COUNCIL:_______________________________

A Resolution (98-15) – Excusing Councilor Jerry Barnes’ absence at the March 24, 2015 Council Meeting.

A Resolution (99-15) – Excusing Councilor Mike Baker’s absence at the March 31, 2015 Business Meeting/Consent Agenda/Work Session.

A Resolution (100-15) – Excusing Councilor Bruce Huff’s absence at the March 31, 2015 Business Meeting/Consent Agenda/Work Session.

A Resolution (101-15) – Excusing Mayor Pro Tem Evelyn Turner Pugh’s absence at the March 31, 2015 Business Meeting/Consent Agenda/Work Session.

A Resolution (90-15) – Excusing Councilor Mike Baker's absence at the April 14, 2015 Council Meeting.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolutions. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent from this meeting.

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MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL:________ _____
Councilor Allen made a motion that these minutes be received. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent from this meeting.
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BOARD APPOINTMENTS:

AIRPORT COMMISSION OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mr. Don Cook and
Ms. Sherry Goodrum has both resigned from eh Airport Commission and that we are waiting to receive nominations from the Commission for Council to select someone to fill these unexpired terms of office.

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ANIMAL CONTROL ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington said that we are still waiting on a recommendation from the Veterinary Association for someone to fill the expired term of Dr. Carol Houston.

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BUILDING AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the terms of office of
Ms. Shonalee Gamble on the Building Authority has expired and that the Mayor is nominating Mr. Norman Hardmon to fill this seat. Councilor Allen made a motion that Mr. Hardmon be confirmed. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for the meeting.

Clerk of Council Washington also pointed out that Pastor Vincent Allen and Ms. Leila Carr has been nominated to serve another term of office and that they may also be confirmed. Councilor Woodson so moved. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for the meeting.
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CIVIC CENTER ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the seat of Mr. Abdur Hassan, who represents Council District 4 has been declared vacant and that Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh is working on a replacement. She also pointed out that the Mayor is nominating Mr. Chris Miller to succeed Mr. Roger Granger as the Columbus Hockey Association representative. Councilor Woodson moved that he be confirmed. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.

She also pointed out that the Columbus Hockey Association is recommending Mr. Clyde Glenn to succeed Mr. William “Bill” Logan and that he may be confirmed. Councilor Woodson so moved. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.

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COLUMBUS BOARD OF ZONING APPEALS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mr. Ed Adams, III has been nominated to succeed himself for another term of office and that he may now be confirmed. Councilor Huff so moved. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.

For the seat of Mr. Ray Brinegar, III, Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that there were two nominees, Mr. Terry “Gene” Fields, and
Mr. Ralph King. After a roll call vote, Mr. Fields received six votes and
Mr. King received three votes. Clerk of Council Washington then asked for a motion for confirmation. Councilor Woodson so moved. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.

She also pointed out for the seat of Mr. Tom Moore, the nominees are
Mr. Ty Harrison, and Mr. Gerald B. Saunders, III. After a roll call vote,
Mr. Gerald B. Saunders, III was elected receiving six votes and Mr. Harrison receiving three. Councilor Barnes then made a motion that he be confirmed. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.






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

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mayor Tomlinson is nominating Ms. Janet Crane to succeed Dr. Neal McCrillis, who is not eligible to succeed himself and asked for a motion for confirmation. Councilor Woodson so moved. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.
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COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY COUNCIL:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Councilor Baker is still working on a replacement for someone to succeed Mr. Chuck H. McDaniel, III who is not eligible to succeed himself.
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EMPLOYEE BENEFITS COMMITTEE:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Captain Clinton Woods, who served as the Fire & EMS Department representative has indicated that he doesn’t want to serve again on the Employee Benefits Committee.

Mayor Tomlinson said she has spoken with the Fire Chief and said that he is looking for someone to serve. She said there is someone who is very interested in serving and then asked Clerk of Council Washington to contact Fire Chief Meyers to see if they have selected someone as their representative.

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the Columbus Police Department is recommending Captain James Pope as their representative to succeed Mayor Freddie Blackmon on this board. Councilor Allen then made a motion for confirmation. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.
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HISTORIC & ARCHITECTURAL REVIEW BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Councilor Davis has
nominated Ms. Leslie Heard Jones to succeed Mr. John Sheftall, who is not eligible to succeed himself for the Historic District Resident’s position on the Historic & Architectural Review Board. Councilor Woodson made a motion that she be confirmed. Seconded by Councilor Barnes and carried
unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.
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HOSPITAL AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington submitted an email correspondence from Mr. George Mize, advising that the Hospital Authority Board has selected
Ms. Sarah Banks-Lang, and Mr. James Webster to succeed themselves for another term of office and Mr. Jason Connally to succeed Mr. Jim Laycock to serve on the Hospital Authority of Columbus.

Councilor Allen made a motion that they be confirmed. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.
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HOUSING AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of
Mr. Edgar Chancellor on the Housing Authority will soon be expiring and that he is eligible to succeed himself for another of office. She said this is the Mayor’s appointment and that she is working on it.
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KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Ms. Chris Henson, who represents Council District Two has resigned from her seat on the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission and that Councilor Davis is working on a nominee for this position.

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PLANNING ADVISORY COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mr. Joseph C. Brannan has been nominated to succeed himself for another term of office and that he may now be confirmed. Councilor Woodson so moved. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.

She further pointed out for the seat of Mr. Walter Calhoun there are two nominees, Mr. Robert Bollinger and Mr. Larry Derby. After a roll call vote, which resulted in an inconclusive vote of 5 to 4, Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that this matter will have to come back before the Council at its next regular meeting. Voting for Mr. Bollinger was Councilors Allen, Buck, Davis, Huff and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh. Voting for Mr. Derby was Councilors Barnes, Henderson, Thomas and Woodson.

For the seat of Mr. Ralph King, who was not eligible to succeed himself for another term of office, there were two nominees, Dr. Deepali S. Agarwal and Ms. Paige Swift. After a roll call vote, Ms. Paige Swift was elected with six votes. Voting for Ms. Swift were Councilors Allen, Buck, Davis, Huff, Thomas and Woodson. Voting for Dr. Agarwal were Councilors Barnes, Henderson and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh. Councilor Woodson then made a motion that Ms. Swift be confirmed. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.
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TAXICAB COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that we are still working trying to find a replacement for someone to succeed Ms. Jodi Sears, who represents the Hotel/Motel Industry on the Taxicab Commission.
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EMPLOYEES BENEFITS COMMITEEE:

Mayor Tomlinson said she just received a text from Fire Chief Jeff Meyer and said that the Fire & EMS representative for the Employees Benefits Committee is Ms. Marie Harrell. Councilor Henderson then nominated Ms. Harrell and moved she be confirmed. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those nine members of Council present, with Councilor Baker being absent for this meeting.
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EXECUTIVE SESSION:

Mayor Tomlinson entertained a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation and personnel matter. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh made a motion to go into executive session to discuss a litigation and personnel matter. Seconded by Councilor Woodson.

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DOUBLE CHURCHES PARK PARKING CONCERNS:

With numerous concerns having been expressed by citizens from the American Little League, in regards to the parking at Double Churches Park being unsafe for the children and parents, Councilor Davis said he would like for someone to make contact with these individuals.

Mayor Tomlinson said she would suggest that we make contact with
Columbus Police Chief Boren on the strategies being made to improve these issues.
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ST. MARY’S ROAD ROUND-A-BOUT:

Councilor Huff said he was like to have some additional lighting to be placed at the entrance of Bunker Hill Subdivision.
The question was then called on Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh’s motion to allow the Council to go into and executive session, which carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Henderson being absent for the vote and Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting.

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At 12:35 p.m., the Council adjourned its meeting to go into executive session. At 1:02 p.m., the meeting was reconvened.
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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 Barnes and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Buck being absent for the vote and Councilor Baker being absent from the meeting, with the time being 1:03 p.m.



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