submitted by Larry Johnson
At the January 23rd City Commissioners meeting:
The commissioners: Recognized: Jack Poland, with the Information Technology Department, as 2017’s “Strongest Link” Award recipient.
The annual “Strongest Link” Award is given to a deserving employee who embodies the City’s standards for excellence and strengthens our link on the chain philosophy, has a positive attitude toward work responsibilities, co-workers, customers, serves as a role model for others, is productive, exhibits commitment to quality in carrying out job responsibilities, and is an asset to the staff of her/his department.
The recognized employee receives two days off with pay, a $100 American Express gift card, and a “Strongest Link” plaque.
Jack Poland, Chief Information Technology Officer, has for the past ten years lead,
coordinated, guided, and evolved the City’s strategic technology initiatives. The
culmination, of which, is the City’s latest project and program to offer fiber and
broadband services to the City’s industrial and commercial customers. Setting the
foundation and framework for reliable and high efficiency networking solutions, Jack
Poland and his team planned a road-map for fiber installation throughout the City. With
Jack Poland’s vision, experience, talent, and professional team, the City gained
additional networking redundancies and back up processes with added fiber networking
solutions. With his leadership, the City finds itself with reliable technology solutions. With his persuasive negotiation skills, Jack saves the City thousands of dollars and as a result is able to make the best use of available funds. Assembling teams appropriate for the task is another of his many
specialties. He and his team have accomplished many programs and exceeded expectations.
The Commissioners Approved: to award bid and purchase 2 (two) 48 x 102 East Genesis Transfer trailers, 120-yard, to be used at the City of Griffin Transfer Station from East Manufacturing, the lowest and most responsive bid and declare as surplus unit #s 911 & 969 both of which are 1997 model trailers. The per each cost is $50,020.00 for a total of $100,040.00. This is a budgeted F/Y 18 purchase in capital funds.These units cannot be made road worthy and pass the required annual inspection required by DOT. In lieu of offering for sale to the public, the units will be scrapped to ensure there are no attempts to make them road worthy by any potential purchaser.
Approved: a resolution authorizing Doug Hollberg, the 2018 Mayor/Chairperson, and Kenny Smith, City Manager, as the two approved signatories in relation to the MEAG City of Griffin Municipal Competitive Trust. These signatures are updated annually based on Chairperson.
Approved: of Bid and Work Contract to Crawford Grading & Pipeline, Inc., in the amount of $305,231.65 for median landscape project for the Public Works Department.
These projects are funded from 2016 SPLOST and $50,000.00 Gateway Grant from GADOT.
The Projects locations are:
GA State Route and North Expressway
GA Stare route 16 and Old Macon Highway
GA State Route 92 and Ellis Road (GDOT Gateway Grant)
Experiment Street and Broad Street
The commissioners Approved: the purchase of irrigation system parts and components from Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation in the amount of $137,724.58 from the Golf Course Escrow account, for the City of Griffin Municipal Golf Course. The Escro account balance is $164,000.00.
The existing irrigation heads and controller system are over 30 years old and have out lived their useful life. The city will purchase the equipment and parts and the Golf Course staff will install over the next 2 1/2 years to keep the cost down. After reviewing all bids and equipment offered the system offered by Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation is the only equipment that allows repairs in the field at the irrigation head eliminating hours of labor digging up heads to make repairs. Jerry Pate Turf & Irrigation will also provide the technical assistance while installation takes place if necessary.
Appointed: Bonnie Moray to the Griffin Environmental Council to complete the unexpired term of Kimberly Mathews, set to expire 12/31/18. This Council meets the first Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. at City Hall, 3rd Floor Conference Room.
The commissioners tabled the appointment to the Main Street Program until the next meeting.
Appointed: Commissioner Holly Murray to the Downtown Development Authority to coincide with her term of office.