Official minutes of the February 20, 2014 Council Meeting

Approved by City Council March 6, 2014

 

The council meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Councilman Myrick giving the invocation remembering the Johnson and Stephens families during their loss. Councilmembers Griffin, Grizzard, Kerby, Key, Myrick, Otto, Attorney Raymond Dickey, City Administrator Charles Akridge and Asst. City Clerk Diane Proudfoot were present.

 

Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the February 6, 2014 council meeting. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes. Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the agenda of the February 20, 2014 meeting with the removal of item #9 and the addition of personnel to the executive session. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

 

Administrative & Committee reports:

 

Recreation Director Foley reported baseball/softball/soccer signups are underway with approximately 50 signed up so far. A project is underway at the park to convert the old bathrooms to a storage room for the pitching machines. Benches have been installed at the community building playground and additional tables have been installed at the Taylor Park pavilion.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

1.      Consider Rate Increase for base rate Sanitation Services $3.00 from $17.75 to $20.75(Res) from $23.40 to $26.40(Com).

2.      Consider Rate Increase for base rate Sanitation Services $2.00 from $17.75 to $19.75 for seniors (65 & over).

3.      Consider Rate Increase of $1.00 for Water Service base rate (Res & Com).

4.      Consider Rate Increase of $1.00 for Sewer Service base rate (Res & Com).

5.      Consider Rate Increase of $.25 for usage over base rate per category for water/sewer services (Res & Com). Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve items 1-5 with an effective date of April 1, 2014. Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

Mayor Rozier and Councilmembers informed citizens that the rate increase is a necessary step to balance the budget and generate revenue to pay the bills without imposing taxes.

6.      Consider amendment to the Ordinances to Increase Penalties on all Utility services from 15% to 20%.

Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the first reading, to dispense with the second reading and approve the amendment to the ordinances to increase penalties on all utility services from 15% to 20% with an effective date of April 15, 2014. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

7.      Consider increase for Sanitation Services to Magnolia Apartments. Councilman Otto made a motion to approve a sanitation rate increase from $600 per month to $1000 per month for the sanitation service to Magnolia Lane Apartments. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

8.      Consider increase in Fence Permits from $10 to $50. Councilman Myrick made a motion to increase the fence permits from $10 to $50. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

9.      Consider a well permit application submitted by Brian Meiners for 887 Osteen Road for household water supply. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve a well permit to Brian Meiners for his property at 887 Osteen Road. Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

10.  Consider transmission replacement for Fire Engine 84. Councilman Kerby made a motion to grant the City Administrator authority to approve the replacement of the transmission for Fire Engine 84 at a cost not to exceed $8,200. Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

 

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adjourn into executive session to discuss potential litigation and personnel matters. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

At the conclusion of the executive session, Councilman Myrick made a motion to return to regular session and approve the execution of the affidavit as required by the Open Meetings Act. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

 

Mayor Rozier reported that this concluded the items presented for consideration for inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of Wednesday, February 12, 2014.

 

The accounts payables were presented with Councilman Myrick making a motion to pay the bills. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

 

There being no further business, Councilman Otto made a motion to adjourn at 8:05pm. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

Diane Proudfoot, Asst. City Clerk

 

Note: Section 50-14-1 of the Official Code of the State of Georgia Annotated requires that the minutes shall, as a minimum, include a description of each motion or other proposal made, and a record of all votes. These minutes meet the minimum requirements. However, in an attempt to provide as much information as possible to the citizens, the recording clerk has included additional background data and discussion on the subjects presented to council. The statements of individuals are not verbatim and may be summary in nature.