CITY OF GRIFFIN BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS MET TUESDAY NIGHT, JANUARY 27, 2015 6:00 P.M.
The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners meeting Tuesday January 27 th was to recognized Butch Richardson, with the Water Department, as 2014′s “Strongest Link” Award recipient.
On October 20 th, 2014 Butch was working at Simmons WTP by himself. A chlorine delivery was being made. The Delivery driver started to unload the ton cylinder of chlorine, when the STOP device placed on the tailgate of the truck failed. The cylinder and the delivery man both came off the back of the trailer. Butch tried to catch the man and managed to cushion his fall and prevent him from hitting the nearby brick wall. The ton cylinder of chlorine fell on the man’s legs pinning him to the ground. Butch had to move the truck in order to get the cylinder off the man’s legs. He then quickly called 911 to get medical assistance for him. The EMT’s responded quickly and the man was Life-flighted to Atlanta. Doctors say he will keep his legs due to Butch’s quick thinking and reaction to the situation. The city recognized Butch Richardson as the City of Griffins 2014’s “Strongest Link” Award recipient.
The commissioners approved a Proclamation declaring January 21, 2015 to be Kiwanis International Day. This proclamation recognized the Centennial Anniversary of Kiwanis International and the many local contributions that the Kiwanis Club of Griffin makes to improve community life. Johnny McDaniel accepted the plaque. He and a host of other Kiwanis members were present. Pancake Day is Saturday February 7th at the fairgrounds.
The commissioners approved an ordinance amending the Unified Development Code to allow for manufacturing of alcoholic beverages as a Permitted Use in the Central Business District (CBD). This amendment changes the Use from Special Use to Permitted Use.
Approved a change order to the contract with Renfroe Construction in the amount of $188,324.01 for the construction of the new Electric Operations facilities. This is required to cover the cost to remove rock required by the relocation of the detention pond and to install the water line, and for other minor revisions to the project. The approved budget for this project was $2.645 million with an $50,000 contingency. With this change order, the Renfroe contract will come in $2,485,442.01, and furnishings are approved at $70,859.03, bringing the total project cost in at $2,556,301.04, which is $143,698.96 under budget.
Approved a timber sales agreement with Murdock Forest Management, Inc. for the procurement of timber harvesting at the Still Branch Regional Reservoir spray field. This agreement will allow Murdock Forest Management, Inc. to pursue the thinning of the timber. They will solicit numerous firms for pricing in return for 7% of the timber sales income.
Approved the Tree Trimming and Removal Services to Southern Pride Tree Care & Removal as primary and JTH Coleman Group dba Tatum Tree Care as secondary service for the Public Works and Utilities Department. The city of Griffin bids out its tree service contract every 4 years. It has a one year life with an option for renewal annually for 3 more years. This is done to keep the cost of the life of the agreement confirmed for 4 years. Southern Pride Tree Care & Removal was the lowest and responsive bid with Tatum Tree Care as second.
Approved the purchase an F250 Pick Up Truck from Speedway Ford in the amount of $24,822.00 to replace and surplus a 1999 Dodge 1500, with 123,689 miles on the odometer, for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. $33,060.00 was budgeted. Purchase price is $24,822.00.
Approved the purchase an F150 Pick Up Truck from Speedway Ford in the amount of $22,040.88 to replace and surplus a 1995 Ford 150 Pick Up Truck with 137,418 miles on the odometer, for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. $24,000.00 was budgeted. Purchase price is $22,040.88.
Approved a contract with Duffield Aquatics, Inc. in the amount of $14,847.30 to rebuild the City Pool backwash system for the Public Works and Utilities Department and amend the FY 2015 Budget accordingly.
Approved the Downtown LCI Concept of one travel lane Northbound and one travel lane Southbound on GA SR155 as presented in the Downtown LCI road diet. Both sides of downtown GA SR 155 will have extended parking stalls, bulb outs at intersections and travel lanes will be shared bike lanes. The City of Griffin will be working with ARC to move the “Removal of GA SR 155 from downtown Griffin” out of the long range planning projections into the active project list in the STIP. The Project is funded in the 2008 SPLOST.
Approved a request from the Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee to make improvements and additions to the Veterans Memorial Park located inside the Oak Hill Cemetery. The Military Affairs committee is requesting permission to erect a monument dedicated to the Global War on Terror to be placed inside the Veterans Memorial Park Cemetery. In addition, they wish to make maintenance improvements to the existing monuments, erect a granite podium to be used at ceremonies, replace 8 concrete benches and replace the eagle atop the WWII monument. There will be no cost to City. Improvements will be made as funds are available and allocated by the Military Affairs Committee.
Approved on second reading, an amendment to the Alcohol Ordinance to include the requirements for the installation of security cameras at those businesses licensed to sell alcohol by the package for off premises consumption. The requirement of the security systems will assist in the resolution of crimes committed at businesses that are licensed to sell alcohol by the package. The camera system will also assist businesses with internal theft and be a deterrent to would be criminals. On December 16, 2014, a meeting was held with 19 business owners/operators who would be affected by the proposed changes in the ordinance. After a brief presentation, staff asked owners about any concerns they might have with the ordinance. There were very few questions about the required technology. None of the attendees indicated a dissatisfaction or objection with the proposed ordinance.
Approved a Memorandum of Understanding between the City of Griffin, Spalding County Board of Commissioners, Griffin/Spalding Board of Education, and the UGA Partners, agreeing to participate in the development and implementation of the Spalding County Archway Partnership.
UGA has moved the local entities to the top of the waiting list due to Griffin/Spalding being a “community of institutional significance”. This MOU is effective July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016, and may be terminated by any party with 90 days advanced notice. The Board of Education has approved the MOU and Spalding County Commissioners will consider on February 2. The three local entities will agree to expend $20,000 each for a total of $60,000 in FY 2016. UGA agrees to expend $121,000.
The Commissioners took no action to Appoint one (1) member to the Historic Preservation Commission. The term of Matthew Rahn expired on 12/31/14
The Commissioners also appointed Commissioner Joann Todd and James Johnson to the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging (AAA) Advisory Council. These are new appointments requested by the Three Rivers Regional Commission.
Commissioner Dick Morrow, Chairman of the Airport Authority, reported to the Commissioners that at Monday night’s Authority meeting all legal documents were approved and signed to move forward with the revenue bonds. March 18th is the targeted date to sell the bonds. Shortly thereafter land acquisition can begin.