The Griffin City Commissioners met Tuesday Night at 6 pm in the City Offices Downtown.
Recognized Carol Rainwater of the Planning & Development Services Department as the April, 2013 “Strongest Link” award recipient. Carol rainwater has exemplified a high level of dependability and knowledge for the city of Griffin. As a code enforcement officer Carol must deal with complaints as well as the complainers regarding everything from trashy yards to illegal signage. She is always willing to step in where ever needed to help or support staff. She is a stellar member of the Code Enforcement task Force.
Recognized Mr. Eddie Bogan, Certification Manager for the Griffin Police Department, on the 3rd Re certification by the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This award is the third time the City of Griffin Police Department has qualified for this prestigious certification for National Accreditation.
Recognized Jack Lee Goodman, Line Crew Supervisor (Electric), for 30 years of service, and William “Todd” Harris, Corporal (Police), for 25 years of service to the City of Griffin. The City of Griffin Service Recognition Program recognizes and shows appreciation for long-term full-time employees. Employees with 25 or 30 years of service are recognized at a Commission meeting in the month of their anniversary.
Recognized Still Branch Regional Reservoir Water Treatment Plant employees on the Plant of the Year Award for Surface Water 9.0-14.99 Million Gallons Daily, from the Georgia Association of Water Professionals (GAWP). Still Branch Regional Reservoir Water Treatment Plant was graded in 20 areas, with an overall score of 95%.
Approved: Second and Final First Reading of an amendment to the Unified Development Code of the City of Griffin with respect to Regulation of Signs by Land Use: Emerging Corridor to allow for new and existing commercial structures, five thousand square feet or larger to install signage that is comparable to the size of the structure. Also, Increase the height of ground signs from five-feet to six-feet.
Approved: Second and Final Reading of an Ordinance amending the Code of Griffin Utilities Easement Acquisition Policy by eliminating the 20% multiplier. The 20% multiplier was placed in the original policy in 2009 to compensate for the fact that the Spalding County Tax Digest was undervalued by approximately 20%. With a revised tax digest, which should approximate fair market value of the properties listed, this multiplier is no longer needed.
Approved: a request to name the City Pool complex “Zenobia Hood Kinnebrew City Pool”. Ms Rosalyn Payne-Hill, 520 E. Solomon Street presented to the city manager a request with about 400 signatures to rename the pool after the late Ms Zenobia Hood Kinnebrew. After retiring from the Griffin-Spalding School System as a teacher, Ms. Kinnebrew labored for more than thirty as the manager of the pool. She developed unusual rapport with parents an/or guardians concerning the use of the pool and the safety and development of their children. She ran the pool with leadership, passion, and dignity. The vote was unanimous to rename the pool and drew a round of applause from a large crowd of supporters in attendance.
Approved: to declare City of Griffin out of life cycle IT equipment surplus and sell through GovDeals online auction service. The sell will liquidate surplus Information Technology equipment and bring revenue to the City of Griffin.
Approved: amending the General Fund Operating Budget for FY 2013 in the amount of $12,100 in order to cover costs incurred in FY 2013 for materials and items associated with the Archivist position. The funds will come from the commission contingency fund.
Approved: awarding bid and construction contract to lowest and best bidder, Davidson Hydrant and Utility Services, for the relocation of a 12” water main at the bridge on Maple Drive in the amount of $52,742.00.
Approved: the purchase of a pre-fabricated bridge from Contect Engineered Solutions for the bridge at Maple Drive in the amount of $90,850.00. This is sole source item.
Approved: to award Brent Scarbrough & Co., Inc. work request in the amount of $19,880.00 for the connection of 260 linear feet of 8” water main on Ga. Hwy 19/41, and amend the budget accordingly. This project extends the water on the west side of GA HWY 19/41 north to Ridgewood Drive while the contractor is on site. This will eliminate construction at a later date to provide vacant commercial lots along the highway. Additionally it saves the City a significant amount of funds in mobilization and traffic control costs at a later date.
Approved; First Reading of an Ordinance establishing an Environmental Council and amending the Code of Griffin, to allow the Environmental Council to function in Lieu of the Tree Board. This council combines the functions of the Watershed Council and the Tree Board in addressing sustainability and environmental issues within the City.
Approved: to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal year 2012-2013 Capital and Operating Budget for the purchase of a K-9 Training Suit. Cash from the K-9 donation cash account will be used to purchase from ALL K-9 Company a K-9 Training Suit in the amount of $1,664.99. This includes $25 shipping and handling cost.
Approved: the Timber Management Contract between Spalding County, City of Griffin and Joel Vinson & Associates. This agreement will permit harvesting of timber at the Shoal Creek landfill. Proceeds from harvesting the timber will be used to construct the firing range.
Approved: an Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Griffin and Spalding County for the construction and operation of the Griffin-Spalding Law Enforcement Firing Range. The agreement has been approved by the City Attorney and will allow for construction, operation and financing of the Firing Range facility. The facility will establish a permanent location for the training of Law Enforcement personnel in required firearms training.
Approved: to award bid for a new fire suppression system to be installed in the IT Server Room to Georgia Independent Sprinklers, Inc. in the amount of $28,000.00. This will permit safeguarding of all city servers and data systems in the event of a fire. This is a budgeted FY 12/13 expense.
Approved: of Work Authorization between the City of Griffin and Michael Baker, Jr., Inc. Consulting (formerly LPA Group) to provide administrative services for the acquisition via Federal Land Acquisition Regulations of a parcel of land adjacent to the Griffin-Spalding County Airport. This is an AIP reimbursement eligible cost (90% Federal, 10% Local) Match. GSA 5-year Capital Improvement Plan has been amended and approved by GDOT to include this expense.
Approved: acceptance of a grant agreement between the City of Griffin and the Georgia Dept. of Transportation to conduct Airport Improvement Project AIP-29, for the purpose of improving the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Infrastructure. AIP-29 provides for the replacement of the Airport Beacon Tower & Light, tree removal off approach end of runway 14, and updates to Airport Layout Plan property map.
Approved: to amend the City of Griffin’s Fiscal Year 2012-2013 Operating and Capital budget in the amount of $225,600.00 for the Griffin-Spalding County Airport. The airport experienced unanticipated fuel sales. Which is a good thing. Therefore, the city must purchase more fuel to meet current operation needs to maintain adequate supply and budget fuel sales purchases, accordingly.
Approved: a Resolution of Support endorsing the application by Meriwether Redevelopment 1, LLC to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs for low income housing tax credits and/or HOME funds for the redevelopment of the property currently known as Meriwether Homes. The first phase of the redevelopment will be an 84 unit apartment complex located at 426 S. 15th Street. City of Griffin Housing Authority plans are for demolition of the current 120 unit housing project commonly referred to as Meriwether Homes, and redevelopment of a new affordable housing unit. The new units in Phase 1 will consist of 84 – 2 and 3 bedroom units, 40 of which will serve low-income households.
Approved: a Water Sales Agreement with Spalding County and the Spalding County Water & Sewerage Authority to provide treated drinking water for the Spalding County Water System. Once signed this is a 25 year contract.
Approved: a revised Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Griffin, Spalding County and the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority for joint funding of general aviation operations. Currently the airport is funded by both the City and the county based on each fiscal years budget. The agreement formalizes that funding split agreement. Additional funds will be required to fund the operations of the Authority.
Approved: to authorize Chairperson Joanne Todd acknowledge service of petition from Cedric West, and waive further service regarding 2008 offense of shoplifting. Cedric West entered a plea in the Municipal Court of the city of Griffin on December 2, 2008 to the offense of Shoplifting. His sentence was probated upon payment of a fine of $687 which was paid. No appeal was taken. At the time, Mr. West was not represented by counsel and did not allege he was entitled to appointment of the indigent public defender.
On February 25, 2013 Mr. West filed in the Superior Court of Spalding County a Petition for Habeas corpus. Solicitor Reid Turner executed a Waiver of Service for Petitioner’s attorney; however, the Solicitor has not been expressly empowered to waive service on behalf of the City of Griffin, who is named as respondent in this action.
This matter is being defended by the City Attorney’s office. At this time, Petitioner either needs to personally serve the Chairperson, or the Board needs to enact a resolution authorizing the Chairperson to acknowledge service and waiving all further service. That is what the board did. If the Court sets aside the conviction, the City will be asked to refund Mr. West the sum of $687. The stature of limitations has now expired to retry the case.