MINUTES
COUNCIL OF COLUMBUS, GEORGIA
REGULAR SESSION
MAY 28, 2013

A meeting of the Council of Columbus, Georgia was called to order at 5:40 P.M., Tuesday, May 28, 2013, on the Plaza Level of the Government Center, Columbus, Georgia. Honorable Teresa Pike Tomlinson, Mayor and Honorable Evelyn Turner Pugh, Mayor Pro Tem, presiding.
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PRESENT: Present other than Mayor Tomlinson was Mayor Pro TemTurner Pugh and Councilors R. Gary Allen, , Mike Baker Glenn Davis, Berry H. Henderson, Bruce Huff ,Judy W. Thomas and Evelyn Woodson., City Attorney Clifton Fay, Clerk of Council Tiny B. Washington and Deputy Clerk Sandra Davis were also present.
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ABSENT: Councilors Jerry “Pops” Barnes and Charles E. McDaniel w as absent. City Manager Isaiah Hugley was also absent, but was represented by Deputy City Manager David Arrington.

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INVOCATION: Led by Pastor Chuck Griffith, Pastor - Trinity Temple Assembly of God.

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PLEDGE: Led by the participants in the Parks & Recreation Afterschool
Campers Program.
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MAYOR’S AGENDA:

After calling the meeting to order, Mayor Tomlinson apologized for the meeting starting late, but pointed out that the Council had been in Budget Session since 2:00 o’clock this afternoon and said there was a necessity for a short break, but said we will try to make up the time. She said she would like to congratulate everyone on a wonderful Memorial Day and the grand opening of our whitewater course and said over 900 rafters went down the river this weekend and 600 individuals participated in the Dragon Boat races.

She said she hoped everyone took time to remember those who paid the ultimate sacrifice on Memorial Day, which is what it is all about those who allow us to enjoy those freedoms.

Mayor Tomlinson also asked everyone to keep in their thoughts and prayers, the two injured firefighters, Chris Curtis and David Smith, who was injured in a fire on Friday evening in their prayers. She said we appreciate your heroism in all that you do






BRIEFING ON “NEED FOR SPEED” MOVIE FILMING IN COLUMBUS:

Deputy City Manager Arrington, at the request of Mayor Tomlinson, gave a report of the street closing of the 13th Street Bridge that will take place on next week to allow for the filing of the “Need for Speed” Movie.

Mr. Kyle "Snappy" Oliver, Assistant Location Manager for NFS Productions, LLC/Dreamworks Studios, Mr. Patrick Mignano, Supervising Location Manager for NFS Productions, LLC/Dreamworks Studios expressed their gratitude and appreciation to the City of Columbus for allowing them to be here this week and allowing them to be able to use this road to film the movie.

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CRIME PREVENTION GRANT FUNDING:

THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DIRECTOR SETH BROWN AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: ___________ _________________________________________ ___

A Resolution (173-13) – Approving the award of a $128,000 Crime Prevention Grant to the Columbus Police Department for the DARE to be GREAT Program.

Councilor Allen moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded b Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those seven members of Council present at the time, with Councilor Huff being absent for the vote and Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.
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CITY ATTORNEY'S AGENDA

THE FOLLOWING THREE ORDINANCES WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL ON SECOND READING: ____ __________

An Ordinance (13-20) – Rezoning property located at 5205 Buena Vista Road, from a GC (General Commercial) to an SFR2 (Single Family Residential 2) Zoning district. (4-A-13-Brudent) The proposed use is for a Personal Care Home. Type I.

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

An Ordinance (13-21) – Rezoning property located at southern portion of 4040 Veterans Court from a GC (General Commercial) with conditions to an RO (Residential Office) Zoning district. (3-A-13-SAAB Investment & Hospitality, LLC/Hayes) The proposed use is for Multifamily Apartments (Senior Housing Community.)

Councilor Davis moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded b Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh.

Councilor Baker pointed out that he notified the Clerk of Council on last week that he represents one of the parties involved and said he will be abstaining from the vote.

Mayor Tomlinson said we took a vote at last week’s Council meeting to allow him to abstain and then asked if we have to renew it, to which City Attorney Fay said we do not.

Councilor Henderson also pointed out that he too notified the Clerk of Council that he represents one of the petitioners and will be abstaining as well.

Mayor Tomlinson then asked if we need a motion to allow the abstention, to which City Attorney Fay said we had it on the record on last week.

Mayor Tomlinson then called the question on the motion to adopt the ordinance, which carried unanimously by those six members of Council present and voting, with Councilors Baker and Henderson abstaining and Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.

An Ordinance (13-22) – Amending Chapter 21 of the Columbus Code revising requirements pertaining to registered taxicabs in Columbus, Georgia; and for other purposes.

Councilor Davis moved the adoption of the ordinance. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present for the meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CITY ATTORNEY FAY AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: ______________ __________________________________________

A Resolution (174-13) – Granting a hardship variance request to waive the minimum street frontage requirement to create buildable lots at 7747 Layfield Road. The proposed use is for rural/ residential.

City Attorney Fay asked if there was anyone who wanted to be heard on this matter, but there were none.

Councilor Davis moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.
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CITY MANAGER'S AGENDA:

AT THE REQUEST OF THE MAYOR, THE FOLLOWING TWO
RESOLUTIONS WERE CALLED UP AS THE NEXT ORDER OF BUSINESS; EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ARRINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL: __________ _______________

A Resolution (175-13) – Authorizing the execution of an Assignment of Lease Agreement with Uptown Columbus, Inc., for management of the Chattahoochee River Park to Uptown Whitewater Management, LLC.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.

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A Resolution (176-13) –Authorizing the approval to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the Housing Authority for the redevelopment of Booker T. Washington Apartment Revitalization plan dated April 2013.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.
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NOTE: The City Manager’s Agenda is continued below.
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PUBLIC AGENDA

THE FOLLOWING INDIVIDUALS APPEARED ON THE PUBLIC AGENDA IS LISTED BELOW IS A SUMMARY OF THEIR PRESENTATION: _______ __________________________________________

MR. MANUEL WHITFIELD, RE: INMATE VISITATION:

Mr. Manuel Whitfield came forward and expressed concerns with him not being able to go and visit an inmate at the Muscogee County Jail. He said he had previously put some monies on the books for one of the inmates and after he learned that was against policy of the jail, he no longer continued to do that; however, his name was taken off of the Minister’s list for him to be able to go visit at the Muscogee County jail.

Sheriff John Darr was present in the Council Chambers and came forward and went into some details in explaining the situation and the reason Mr. Whitfield’s name was taken off the list.

Mayor Tomlinson asked Sheriff Darr if he would take the opportunity to sit down and discuss this matter with her and Mr. Whitfield to see if we can come to some kind of resolution on the matter, to which Sheriff Darr said he would be willing to do so.


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MS. KATHY EVERS, REPRESENTING HISTORIC DISTRICT PRESERVATION SOCIETY, RE: REQUESTING METRA’S PARKING ENFORCMENT BE EXPANDED:____________ ________________________

Ms. Kathy Evers, representing Historic District Preservation Society, came forward and went into some details in explaining to the Mayor & Council the problems that they have been having with parking in the Historic District. She pointed out that there were police officers who patrols the district were not familiar with the parking situation and ordinance that is to enforce the parking in the area. She requested that METRA’s authority be expanded to include the area in Historic District downtown. .

Ms. Saundra Hunter, Director of METRA was present in the Council Chambers and came forward and responded to questions and concerns of Ms. Evers with regards to parking in the Historic District. Re: A request to expand METRA Parking enforcement.

After several minutes of discussion on this matter, Mayor Tomlinson asked Ms. Evers to allow us to have Deputy City Manager Goodwin to look into these concerns and that we will get back in contact with her.

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MR. TOLLIE STRODUE, RE: BUDGET RECOMMENDATIONS:

Mr. Tollie Strode, who requested to be listed on tonight’s Agenda to speak to the subject of Budget recommendations, did not respond when given the opportunity to address the Council.

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MR. KEN BOWRON, JR., RE: REHABILITATION OF THE HISTORIC COLUMBUS SECONDARY INDUSTRIAL SCHOOL INTO AN INDEPENDENT SENIOR LIVING FACILITY: ____ ____________________

Mr. Ken Bowron, Jr., came forward and provided a detailed presentation, providing information on the rehabilitation of the Historic Columbus Secondary Industrial School, which they have plans to turn it into an independent Senior Living facility.

Mr. Bowron then responded to several questions and concerns of the Mayor and members of the Council.

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MS. LAKESHA STRINGER, REPRESENING THE COLUMBUS BLACK HISTORY MUSEUM & ARCHIEVES, RE: REQUESTING A MEMORIAL MARKER BE PLACED DOWNTOWN:_________ __________

Ms. Lakesha Stringer, representing The Columbus Black History Museum & Archives, appeared before the Council requesting that a memorial marker be placed downtown. She also read a clipping from a newspaper article of an incident that occurred sometime back in May of 1940. She said she would like to ask the Mayor and Council to make a public apology for the way these two individuals was treated during that time

There was an exchange of discussion between the Mayor and Ms. Stringer.

Ms. Stringer also responded to several questions of the members of Council with regards to raising the funding for the placement of the historic marker.


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MR. JEROME LAWSON, RE: MEMORIAL MARKER:

Mr. Jerome Lawson, also came forward and expressed his strong comments and concerns regarding this incident and gave encouraging words that we should all come together and work for a greater cause and not allow this to happen again. .

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MR. NATHANIEL SANDERSON, RE: COLUMBUS POLICE DEPARTMENT:__________________________________________________ _

Mr. Nathaniel Sanderson, came forward and expressed his concerns regarding the Columbus Police Department and several issues that have been occurring with the department. He asked Mayor Tomlinson to possible look at launching an investigation regarding this matter.
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CITY MANAGER'S AGENDA CONTINUED:

THE FOLLOWING TWO RESOLUTIONS WERE ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ARRINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR WOODSON, WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE SEVEN MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT AT THE TIME, WITH COUNCILOR DAVIS BEING ABSENT FOR THIS VOTE AND COUNCILORS BARNES AND MCDANIEL BEING ABSENT FOR THE MEETING:______________ _______________________

A Resolution (177-13) – Authorizing the approval of the resolution and the filing of the FY 2014 Annual Action Plan and applications requesting Entitlement funding from the Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) and HOME Investment Partnership (HOME).

A Resolution (178-13) – Authorizing the acceptance of deeds to portions of Midtown Drive and parcel for designating as a perpetual driveway to serve Muscogee County School District Administrative Building, Library and the City Services Center.

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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ARRINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL AFTER SEVERAL MINUTES OF DISCUSSION:_

A Resolution (179-13) –Authorizing the submission of an application and, if approved, accept the 2013 Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development and authorize to enter into an agreement with Columbus Housing Authority to be a co-applicant and partner in the implementation of the grant. Choice Neighborhoods is a highly competitive grant that awards up to $500,000 to eligible applicants to produce a "Transformation Plan" for blighted neighborhood. Historic Columbus has committed to the $10,000 match to assist in leveraging the grant.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh then moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson.

Councilor Thomas said she read the information that was given to the Council regarding this grant application and she had some concerns about some of the information that was included. She said as she understands it; we are talking about applying for a grant that would enable us to product a transformation plan for the area from 18th Street.

Ms. Amy Carbajal, the Director of the Department of Community Development said it is from Chase Homes, the public housing development, which is located on 2nd Avenue, north to just south of Bibb City. She said it is that section between Uptown and Bibb City, First and Second Avenue. She said id it known as City Village. She said that was original subdivision plat, called City Valley; however, very few people refer to it as that. She said they are not sure when the name got lost.

Ms. Carbajal responded to further questions of Councilor Thomas. Mayor Tomlinson also pointed out that this is part of the Second Avenue Revitalization area that has been studied twice, once in the 1980s and then again in the 1990s; but nothing ever was going there. She said now there is some interest because of the improvement of Bibb City, as well as the interest along the river and the City owning property there; seeing if there is any viability to a revitalization effort.

Councilor Thomas said as she understands it, in order for the plan to be acceptable, it must address a distressed public housing community, and said that is Chase Homes, to which Ms. Carbajal said that is correct.

After further discussion on this matter, with Ms. Carbajal responding to further questions of Councilor Thomas, Mayor Tomlinson then called the question on the earlier motion made by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and seconded by Councilor Woodson, which carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING THREE RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ARRINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND SECONDED BY COUNCILOR WOODSON, WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE EIGHT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS BARNES AND MCDANIEL BEING ABSENT FOR THE MEETING:_____ ________________________________

A Resolution (180-13) – Authorizing the approval to purchase a strip of property off McKee Road adjacent to the City's radio tower for $10,000 from Columbus Bank & Trust for ownership access to the tower.

A Resolution (181-13) – Authorizing the submission of an application and if approved, accept $368,535 from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council for operation of Muscogee County Adult Felony Drug Court from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014. The local match will be handled through in-kind service.

A Resolution (182-13) – Authorizing the approval to accept a 2011 State Homeland Security Grant for terrorism prevention and protection for $25,000 for the Police Department. This grant is administered by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency with no local match.

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THE FOLLOWING ADD-ON RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ARRINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:__________ ___________________________ A Resolution (183-13) – Authorizing the execution of a Memorandum of Understanding with the Georgia Department of Transportation to allow the City to bid and build a Quick Response project funded by the Department. The project will construct a travel lane along the eastbound off ramp to Veterans Parkway in the amount of $310,632.

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, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.

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BTW REDEVELOPMENT PLAN:

Referring back to Resolution Number, 176-13, which was listed as Item Number Two on the City Manager’s agenda, but was called up during the City Attorney’s Agenda, Deputy City Manager Arrington said there was some language in the final resolution that was posted online but the Council members did not receive a copy of it, and it basically clarified the pro-rata share of the proceeds that would come from either a sale or the lease of commercial property at the BTW site. He said that Councilor Davis had previously asked for clarification on this matter and said this language was to provide that clarification.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh then made a motion to amend the resolution, as adopted. Seconded by Councilor Baker.

Mayor Tomlinson then asked City Attorney Fay if he has any questions on the amendment, to which he said he does not. He said that’s appropriate and he would advise that Council vote on the amendment and then take a revote on the adopted resolution.

Mayor Tomlinson then called the question on the amendment to the resolution, which carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh then made a motion to adopt the amended resolution relating to the Housing Authority’s redevelopment of BTW. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.
THE FOLLOWING SIX PURCHASING RESOLUTIONS WERE
SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ARRINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL PURSUANT TO THE ADOPTION OF A SINGLE MOTION MADE BY MAYOR PRO TEM TURNER PUGH AND SECONDED BY COUNCLOR WOODSON, WHICH CARRIED UNANIMOUSLY BY THOSE EIGHT MEMBERS OF COUNCIL PRESENT, WITH COUNCILORS BARNES AND ABSENT FOR THIS MEETING:___________________

A Resolution (184-13) – Authorizing the approval of a contract for Legal Services for Real Estate Closings with The Beil Law Firm and Nicolson, Ray & Turner, LLC. Council is also requested to approve a contract for Legal Services for HOME Program with Posey, Moye & Cartledge, LLP. The City is administering programs and various projects involving land acquisition and disposition. The legal services are required on an “as needed basis”, and will be performed in accordance with all applicable Georgia Laws.

Two qualified attorneys will be utilized on a rotation basis for legal services for real estate closings, governed by cost and availability. One attorney will be utilized for Legal Services for HOME Program Residential and Commercial Loans. The contractors shall provide the following services at various locations:

The term of the contract shall be for two years, with an option to renew for three additional twelve-month periods. Contract renewal will be contingent upon the mutual agreement of the City and the Contractors. A Resolution (185-13) – Authorizing the approval to purchase eight (8) Recycle Garbage Trucks (2013 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 per unit, for a total of $1,510,288.00. Each 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 per unit, for a total additional cost of $139,784.00. The cost of each Garbage Recycle Truck outfitted with recycle glass bin and flipper arms is $206,259.00 each, for a grand total of $1,650,072.00.

These vehicles were approved via the FY12 Midyear and FY13 Integrated Waste Capital Purchases. The Waste/Recycling Collection Division will use these replacement vehicles.

The purchase will be accomplished by cooperative purchasing, utilizing an IFB awarded by the Harris County Board of Commissioners. The IFB was released for bid on May 18, 2012, with a deadline to receive bids of June 7, 2012. Consolidated Disposal Systems, Inc., was deemed the most responsive bidder, and was awarded the bid on June 19, 2012. The bid process utilized by Harris County meets the requirements of the City’s Procurement Ordinance; additionally, cooperative purchasing is authorized per Article 9-101 of the Procurement Ordinance

A Resolution (186-13) – Authorizing the approval for the execution of a Supplement Lease under the GMA Direct Lease Program for the purchase of the eight (8) Recycle Garbage Trucks, cited above in item B-1, in the amount of $206,259.00 each, for a grand total of $1,650,072.00

A Resolution (187-13) – Authorizing the approval to purchase seven (7) pairs of Rotary Flippers, furnished and installed, from Consolidated Disposal Systems, Inc., (Smyrna, GA) in the amount of $6,975 per unit, for a total of $48,825. Installation will be performed on existing 25-yd garbage trucks.

The flippers were approved via the FY12 Midyear and FY13 Integrated Waste Capital Purchases. Equipment to be installed includes: dual lifter diverter valve, hand valve, hoses, fittings; two (2) Barker rotary flippers Model HB14-45; double hydraulic valve, hoses and handles; includes installation of units, as well as, fabrication of flipper protection stops from commercial rear load containers. The equipment will be used by the Waste/Recycling Collection Division. The flippers are needed on the garbage trucks to allow the trucks to also be used for the new recycling program. The flippers will enable the trucks to pick up and empty the 96-gallon recycling carts that will be used in the City’s eight pilot areas, and in other areas of the City as the program expands. New trucks are being ordered with flippers installed and the existing fleet is being retrofitted as funding allows. This is new equipment. The existing garbage trucks were purchased from Consolidated Disposal Systems, Inc., and modifications to the trucks are proprietary in nature. Therefore, the vendor is considered an Only Known Source, per Section 3-114 of the Procurement Ordinance. A Resolution (188-13) – Authorizing the approval to trade of six (6) surplus sedans in exchange for four (4) surplus school buses from the Muscogee County School District. The Public Works Department currently uses three (3) old school buses received from the School District via a previously approved trade, per Resolutions #462-08 and #331-04. These buses were converted to transport inmates to and from the Muscogee County Prison to the Solid Waste Collection Division and the Fleet Shop. These buses have now become too costly to maintain and need major mechanical repairs. They meet the requirements for salvage in both miles and years. Therefore, it would not be cost effective to repair these vehicles.

A Resolution (189-13) – Authorizing the approval of payment to Georgia Department of Natural Resources, for the state mandated solid waste disposal fees in the amount of $54,933.88. A total of 74,739.98 tons of solid waste was disposed, at Pine Grove Landfill, between January 1, 2012 and December 31, 2013.

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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS WITHDRAWN FROM THE AGENDA AT THE REQUEST OF DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ARRINGTON: _ A Resolution – Authorizing the approval to negotiate and execute a contract with Amerisys/USIS and Public Risk Underwriters (Oviedo, FL) to provide Workers Compensation Managed Care Services. The cost projections are as follows: (1) Estimated first year administrative cost for medical management and adjusting services in the amount of $385,000; (2) Loss control services, which would include some services not currently available, would be an additional $24,000 the first year, decreasing thereafter.

This contract will be accomplished by cooperative purchasing using Georgia State Wide Contract #40300-222-DAS0000030. The contract term will begin September 1, 2013. Additionally, the contract term will continue in accordance with the Georgia State Contract and any forthcoming contract renewals/extensions.

The 51% increase in workers compensation claims expense over the last five years, combined with the changing face of healthcare nationally, has made it necessary for the City to look at switching its program from a panel system of doctors to a Managed Care Organization (MCO) system. The additional considerations of providing better service to our employees while managing claims in a more directed manner to reduce overall costs support this change to our program. Our current provider’s administrative charges for FY13 are greater than $451,000. Some services available to the City through the change are not offered by our current provider. It is anticipated that workers compensation claims costs for FY13 will approach $3.5 million. Dramatic reductions in costs cannot be achieved overnight, but without this change in the City’s direction the dramatic rise in claims costs will continue. The best interests of CCG, its taxpayers and its employees will be served by making this change. *** *** *** THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY DEPUTY CITY MANAGER ARRINGTON AND WAS DELAYED AGAIN DUE TO AN INCONCLUSIVE VOTE: ______ _________

A Resolution – Authorizing the approval to purchase furniture for the Recycling Center from Malone Office Environments (Columbus, GA) in the amount of $42,583.88 (which equates to the actual bid amount of $45,892.73 minus the $3,308.85 savings shown below). The furniture consists of a desk, a credenza, various types of chairs, various types of tables to be used in the education/training area, lobby, break rooms and contractor’s office at the facility.

The furniture required at the Recycling Center. Furniture currently being utilized has been identified to replace some of the furniture requested to be purchased for the Recycling Center. This furniture will become available after departments move to the Citizens Service Center. The potential savings amount to $3,308.85.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded
by Councilor Woodson and resulted in an inconclusive vote of 5 to 3, with
Councilors Baker, Henderson, Huff, Woodson and Mayor Pro Tem Turner
Pugh voting yes and Councilors Allen, Davis and Thomas voting no, with
Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for the meeting.

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MOVE TO THE NEW CITIZENS SERVICE CENTER: Packet, he provided a memorandum through the City Manager to the Council concerning our anticipated move into the new Citizens Service Center, which is scheduled to begin a week from Friday. He said they will begin moving the Tax Commissioner, Tax Assessors, Revenue, Elections & Registration, Parks & Recreation, Deputy City Manager for Operations, and the 311 Center to move to the new Citizen Service Center to be operational effective June 10th.

He said the only exception to that will be the Tax Commissioner’s Office. He said as Ms. Huff explained in her budget comments earlier on today, the first of the month and the end of the month, as well as the first of the week and the end of the week are all busy times for her and said out of a concern for customer service, she asked to have the schedule adjusted to where she didn’t have to move at that time. He said she selected to June 25th, which is closer to the middle of the month and middle of the week, which will two weeks after the rest of the departments move into the facility.

Deputy City Manager Arrington said the first scheduled Council meeting to be held in the new Council Chambers will be on July 9th , which will be the first business meeting in July. He said between the moving day of June 10th and the first Council meeting on July 9th, we will be holding several orientation sessions for the Mayor, Council and other boards/commissions that utilize the Council Chambers for meetings to familiarize you with the technology and the new surroundings.
He said that schedule will be published in a few weeks after they get the rest o the people moved in over there. He said the Natatorium will come on line shortly thereafter.

Councilor Thomas said she would hope that we will make an aggressive effort to let the public know when these departments are going to move, and which ones are going to move. She said she don’t think that we can just rely on just putting out a press release, but said she thinks it may take us actually contacting the media and encouraging them to put this out so that our citizens will know as much as possible when these department and which ones are going to move so that they won’t come down to the Government Center when they should have gone to the new building.

Deputy City Manager Arrington said that has been the topic of a lot of their
discussions and coordination meetings with the departments over the last several weeks. He said one of the benchmarks that they wanted to try to reach before they went public with these dates was reaching substantial completion of the building and said they are supposed to reach substantial completion with the contractor this week. He said the majority of the furniture is either in route or has already been delivered. He said all of the things that needs to come tighter in order for us to have the confidence that we will be ready to open up on June 10th is taking place and said we will be doing exactly what Councilor Thomas has just indicated with regards to being a little more aggressive in notifying the public because it is a Citizens Service building and it is there to improve citizen access to government services and said we want to get that right from the start.

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ACCEPTANCE OF MIDTOWN DRIVE:

Deputy City Manager Arrington said the Council authorized us to accept an extension of Midtown Drive that will run behind the Library and the new Natatorium . He said that road is an extension of the existing Midtown Drive and goes all the way over to Rigdon Road, but it also authorizes us to accept from the School District, the driveway that comes from Macon Road down to a new round-a-bout that will intersect there at Midtown Drive. He said for some time now, we have struggled as to whether or not this should be a named street, a flag lot. He said a number of other different ideas have been brought forth; however, we finally decided to make it a named street and by doing so it will give us a unique address and said we will be the only one that will have an address off of that street.

He said the School District’s Administration building, as well as the Library both have addresses off of Macon Road. He said the address for the new Citizens Service Center will be 3111 Citizens Way. He said the Natatorium will have a Midtown Drive address; 1601 Midtown Drive.

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MLK JR BOULEVARD ROAD PROJECT:

Councilor Huff said he would like to ask for a delay on the MLK Jr. subject matter that was scheduled to come before the Council at it’s next Council meeting. He said there was a nice article in the newspaper this morning and said he agreed with everything except for the scaling down of the street from four lanes to two lanes. He said when this came up originally, it was stated that we would have more meetings. He said there were meetings concerning transportation, but said there were no meetings dedicated to the MLK Jr. Boulevard project. He said there has been a lot of talk around town, in the district, as well as outside the district. He said his personal thought is that there is truck traffic through the area and said we are talking about possibly redevelopment powers in the future, as well as revitalization
of blighted areas and said in order for economic development to flourish once we finish with the Spider web project, we need access to MLK Jr. Boulevard to move traffic, and move trucks to get into Districts 1, 3, and 4. He said there has been a lot of talk; there has been some conversations held, whereby 200 – 300 people are saying that they are in favor of moving it to one lane, but said he can find 500 or more people who are not in favor of it. He said he would request that we have a meeting open to the public to discuss the issue one last time before it comes to the Council.

Mayor Tomlinson asked Mr. Arrington to please talk to his staff because there is no suggestion that this road would ever be a two-lane road. She said she doesn’t know where that came from; whether the staff said it, or the newspaper got it wrong. She said there was a suggestion of a three-lane, which is a 30,000 car a day capacity or a four-lane, but there has never been a suggestion for a two-lane road.
She said she thinks that is causing lot of concern in the community and said that is just misinformation. She said we will look at scheduling that meeting.
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CLERK OF COUNCIL’S AGENDA:

THE FOLLOWING ITEMS WERE SUBMITTED AS INFORMATON TO THE MAYOR & COUNCIL BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON:_____________ ______________________________________ (1) Application of Michael Willey to temporarily close the southbound lane of South Lumpkin Road from South Columbus Water Resource Road to National Infantry Museum and Oxbow Meadows Riverwalk intersection, on Saturday, June 8, 2013 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in connection with “Walk With Me Fundraising Event for Easter Seals”.

(2) Application of Kyle “Snappy” Oliver to temporarily close 13th Street from Broadway to Phenix City, Alabama, on Tuesday, June 4, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. to Saturday, June 8, 2013 at 12:00 p.m. in connection with the “Motion Picture Filming”.

(3) Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, on Saturday, June 15, 2013 from 6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m. in connection with the “Uptown Miss Georgia Pageant Concert”.

(4) Biographical Sketch of Mr. Gregory A. Wagner, Councilor Allen’s nominee to replace Mr. Alfred Hayes, Jr. on the Crime Prevention Board.

(5) Biographical Sketch of Ms. Jackie Barnes, Councilor Huff’s nominee to replace Ms. Ann Davis on the Keep Columbus Beautiful Commission.

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THE FOLLOWING TWO RESOLUTIONS WERE SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCI:__________________ ______________________

A Resolution (190-13) – Excusing Councilor Bruce Huff from the May 14, 2013 Council Meeting.

A Resolution (191-13) – Excusing Councilor Evelyn Woodson from the May
14, 2013 Council Meeting.

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved the adoption of the resolutions. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING RESOLUTION WAS ALSO SUBMITTED AND EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND ADOPTED BY THE COUNCIL:__________________________________ ______________

A Resolution (192-13) –approving and receiving the report of the Finance
Director of those alcoholic beverage licenses that were approved and/or denied
during the month of April.
Councilor Thomas moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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TAXICAB OWNERS BUSINESS LICENSE:

Clerk of Council Washington submitted an application of Urguens Sajous for a taxicab owner’s business license to operate Armour Cab Company, located at 1415 10th Avenue E-1, Columbus, Georgia 31901.

Councilor Allen moved the approval of the application. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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MINUTES OF THE FOLLOWING BOARDS WERE SUBMITTED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND OFFICIALLY RECEIVED BY THE COUNCIL: ________________________________________________

Board of Health, April 24, 2013.
Board of Tax Assessors, Nos. 17-13 & 18-13.
Civic Center Advisory Board, April 18, 2013.
Family & Children Services, January 9, 2013.
Family & Children Services, February 13, 2013.
Family & Children Services, March 13, 2013.
Family & Children Services, April 10, 2013.
Historic & Architectural Review Board, January 14, 2013.
Historic & Architectural Review Board, February 11, 2013.
Historic & Architectural Review Board, March 11, 2013.
Historic & Architectural Review Board, April 8, 2013.
Housing Authority of Columbus, April 17, 2013.
Region Six Regional Planning Board, March 13, 2013.
Uptown Facade Board, April 15, 2013.

Councilor Allen made a motion that these minutes be received Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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THE FOLLOWING ADD-ON RESOLUTION WAS SUBMITTED AND
EXPLAINED BY CLERK OF COUNCIL WASHINGTON AND ADOPTED
BY THE COUNCIL:______________________________________ __________

A Resolution (193-13) – Excusing Councilor “Jerry “Pops” Barnes from the May 28, 2013 Council Meeting.

Councilor Henderson moved the adoption of the resolution. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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BUILDING AUTHORITY OF COLUMBUS:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that we still need a nominee for
Mr. Tyler Townsend’s position, as he does not wish to be reappointed for another term of office. There were no nominations made.

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CIVIC CENTER ADVISORY BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the terms of office of
Mr. Jim Irwin, Council District Seven representative expired back in March and advised that he is eligible to succeed himself for another term of office and that he would like to serve again. Councilor Woodson then nominated Mr. Irwin for another term of office. Councilor Henderson moved confirmation. Seconded by Councilor Baker and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

Clerk of Council Washington also pointed out that Ms. Sharon Pierce, Council District Eight representative and Mr. Robert Wetzel, Council District Two representative terms of office also expired on March 1, 2013, but they are not eligible to succeed themselves for another term of office.

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

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Mr. Sudhir Patel does not want to serve another term of office; therefore, the Council will need to nominate someone to fill this term, which expired on March 1, 2013. There were no nominations.

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CRIME PREVENTION BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the terms of office of Ms. Nancy Rinn and Mr. Alfred Hayes on the Crime Prevention Board expired on March 31, 2013. She further pointed out that we have three nominees for the seat of Mr. Alfred Hayes who does not want to serve again. The nominees are Ms. Jeanette Davis, Mr. Seth Harp and Mr. Gregory Wagner.

She then took a roll call vote, which resulted in three votes for Ms. Davis, one vote for Mr. Harp and four votes for Mr. Wagner. Voting for Ms. Davis was Councilors Huff, Woodson and Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh. Voting for Mr. Harp was Councilor Davis. Voting for Mr. Wagner was Councilors Allen, Baker, Henderson, and Thomas.

With Mr. Harp now being eliminated, Clerk of Council Washington then took a second roll call vote, which resulted in Ms. Davis receiving three votes and Mr. Wagner receiving five votes. With there not being enough votes for confirmation, Clerk of Council Washington advised that she would bring this back at the next meeting.

Councilor Thomas asked whether or not we have nominated and confirmed Ms. Nancy Rinn for another term of office, to which Clerk of Council Washington said she would have to check and see and would let the Council know.


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FAMILY & CHILDREN SERVICES BOARD:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the term of office of Mr. Samuel Rumer will expire on June 30, 2013 and that he is eligible to serve again and would like to serve another term. Councilor Woodson nominated Mr. Rumer for a second term of office.

Clerk of Council Washington said she would bring this back at the next meeting of Council.

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KEEP COLUMBUS BEAUTIFUL COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that Councilor Huff has nominated Ms. Jackie Barnes to fill the unexpired term of Ms. Ann Davis who has resigned from the board and that she may now be confirmed. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh so moved. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those
eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

She further pointed out that Ms. Shondalee Gamble, who represents Council District Five has also resigned from the board.

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that the following individuals as outlined below have been nominated for either a second term of office and/or a new term and may now be confirmed. Ms. Stacy Poydasheff, Ms. Adele Lindsey, Ms. Elaine Tarpley, Ms. Christine Pratt-Consoletti , Mr. Terry Fike to succeed Ms. Jo Fike, and Mr. Nathan Rogers to succeed Ms. Karon Henderson, Ms. Marsha Collins to succeed Ms. Eva Smith. Dale Williams to succeed Ms. Kat Cannella, and Mr. John K. Loomis to succeed Ms. Brenda Storey.

Councilor Baker also asked about the recommendation for Council District Five and said that he doesn’t have any objection to this nominee and then asked that it be included in the motion for confirmation. Mr. Robbie Monfort to replace Ms. Shondalee Gamble. .

Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh moved confirmation. Seconded by Councilor Henderson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

Mayor Tomlinson then asked about Mr. Robert Nobles, pointing out that he currently serves on the Trade Center Authority and asked if this is the same one. Clerk of Council Washington said she would have to check and see and let the Mayor & Council know at the next meeting.

Councilor Woodson also asked about Ms. Jane Holcombe’s seat, to which Clerk of Council Washington pointed out that they are recommending Ms. Nicole DeVries if she doesn’t have any objections. Councilor Woodson then nominated Ms. DeVries. Councilor Allen moved confirmation. Seconded by Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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VALLEY PARTNERSHIP JOINT DEVELOPMENT COMMISSION:

Clerk of Council Washington pointed out a the last Council meeting that Councilor Henderson nominated Mr. Tyler Townsend to fill the unexpir3d term of Mr. Rick Alexander, who has resigned from the board and further pointed out that he may now be confirmed. Councilor Allen so moved. Seconded by Councilor Woodson and carried unanimously by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel being absent for this meeting.

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REQUEST FOR PROCLAMATION:

Councilor Henderson requested a proclamation or resolution to honor the Columbus High Tennis Team, who recently won a championship.

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With there being no other business to come before the Council, Mayor Tomlinson then entertained a motion for adjournment. Mayor Pro Tem Turner Pugh so moved. Seconded by Councilor Allen and carried unanimously
by those eight members of Council present, with Councilors Barnes and McDaniel
being absent for this meeting, with the time of adjournment being 8:07 p.m.



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