The Griffin City Commissioners met Tuesday night in the meeting room at 100 South Hill Street.
During the meeting the commissioners recognized Amanda Carmichael, with the Finance Department, as the April 2015 “Strongest Link” award recipient. The “Strongest Link” Award is given monthly to a deserving employee who has demonstrated excellent performance and productivity, loyalty, professional pride, and other noteworthy accomplishments.
The Commissioners recognition of Officers of the Griffin Police Department for the awards received at the Annual District Attorney’s Banquet held on May 5, 2015.
Lt. Mike Richardson – Officer of the Year;
Sgt. Joe Hudson – Heart of a Hero;
Officer Emily Blackmon – Rookie of the Year;
Sgt. Richards Phillips, Officer Pete Spahn and Officer Chardannay Hurst – the Team Work Award; and The Griffin Police Department was awarded the Agency of the Year.
The Commissioners approved a Proclamation for May 10 through May 16, 2015 as City of Griffin Police Week to coincide with National Police Week, and the day of May 15, 2015 as Peace Officers Memorial Day. The Griffin Police Department is sending a two-person delegation to Washington D.C. to escort the Kevin Jordan Family during the week. Officer Kevin Jordan will be recognized for his service and death in the line of duty, during the National Memorial Ceremony. Additionally, flags in the City of Griffin shall be flown at half-staff on May 15.
The Commissioners also approved a Proclamation declaring the week of May 17-23, 2015 to be National Public Works week and Public Works Week in the City of Griffin.
During the Citizen Comments portion of the meeting Ralph Jones of the Kiwanis Club addressed the board in relation to the Purchase of the Fair Grounds property. The plan will be reviewed with both City and County Officials and the FAA to see if the plan is within the requirements of the FAA for the sale of FAA Government Property.
After much discussion and by a 4/3 vote the commissioners denied a request for a Special Use Permit to allow an Adult Day Care Center to operate at 127 West Solomon Street, submitted by Cambridge House Enrichment Center. The property is zoned Central Business District (CBD) which requires a special use permit to allow a daycare to operate at this location.
The Commissioners aapproved lifting from the table and dismissal of a request for a variance from Section 708, Medium Density Residential (MDR), of the City of Griffin Unified Development Code to subdivide a lot creating two non-conforming lots, for property located at 728 East Tinsley Street/228 Morris Street, it was discovered that the two lots are already zoned as two separate locations.
The Board approved a contract with PKF Consulting USA to conduct a feasibility study for a downtown hotel & convention center development. The cost of the study will be shared between the City of Griffin, Spalding County and the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority as approved in the memorandum of understanding on April 14, 2015. The accepted proposal cost $31,000 and the City of Griffin will be responsible for 1/3 of the contract amount or $10,333.
The Board also approved a contract with Preservation South, LLC to conduct an existing conditions report for the old City Hall, which is on the historical buildings list of Griffin. The recommendations of the report will be used to estimate rehabilitation cost for this facility. The cost of the study will be $5,000, which will give an estimated rehabilitation cost. Funds were not budgeted for this line item in FY 15. The funds will be taken from Commissioners’ Professional Services.
The Board approved tiered Distribution Generation Tariff for customers in all areas served by the City of Griffin. Recent State Legislation has mandated utilities allow a minimum of 177 kW distributed energy plants on their systems. The tiered tariff, as discussed at a recent Board of Commissioners’ workshop, will prepare the City for the growth of distributed energy systems for many years to come. Approximately 77% of the City’s purchased power costs are fixed plant costs. The tariff will ensure that the City’s energy plant commitments are met.
The Commissioners appointed Commissioner Joann Todd and Electric Director Bill Bosch as an alternate to represent the City of Griffin at the Annual MEAG meeting and board election, July 14, 2015.
The Board approved a budget amendment resolution reallocating funds for the settlement of Rights of Way for the Still Branch Regional Reservoir in the amount of $20,400.00. The reallocation of funds is necessary to pay for legal fees and payments to the claimants for the acquisition of right-of-way on the transmission pipeline coming from the Still Branch Regional Reservoir back to Griffin.