The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners Meeting 07/28/15:
Recognized Will Stevens, with the Municipal Airport, as the June 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 recognized employee receives one day off with pay, a gift certificate from a local restaurant, a “Strongest Link” plaque, and the symbolic “chain”, which he will be the custodian of until a subsequent employee is recognized. Will was recognized for his professionalism and dedication resulting in a (zero) no deficiencies on the latest bi-annual fuel quality and fuel system inspection.
Recognized Sherry Thaxton with the Cemetery Department, for 30 years of dedicated service to the City of Griffin.
Recognized the retirement of Public Safety Director Frank Strickland July 31 st after thirteen (13) years of service to the city of Griffin. Chief Strickland will move to Tifton where he will teach and be Assistant Police Chief at the ABAC Campus Police Department with about 3500 hundred students.
Recognized and presented certificates to the graduates from the third annual Citizen Police Academy.
Willie C. Lemons; Teresa Watson; Terri Shurley; Diane Ball; William Ball; Dean Wern; Melinda Nicholson; Robin Mitchell; Donna Gibson; Corey Pitts; Gwen Dallas; and Jennifer Romes.
Approved: to amend the Prohibited Signs Section of the Unified Development Code to offer clarity to what sign-age is not permitted and may cause distractions and provide clutter within the city limits.
Approved: to amend the Mixed Use/Transient Overlay Development (TOD) District to add Arts & Entertainment Overlay District – Tier (4) for the Griffin Downtown area. The overlay would include uses for art, cultural and entertainment, educational, retail, office and residential, but have a restrictive focus in the Hill Street and Solomon Street corridors.
Approved: to amend the Unified Development Code to comply with the Department of Justice requirements to allow group homes for persons with disabilities to operate in all zoning districts. Occupancy will be based on the requirements set forth in International Building Code, International Residential Code and the Fire Department’s Life Safety Codes.
Approved: a motion to DENY Notice of Claim from Law Offices of LaQuetta S. Pearson, P.C. given on behalf of Jemarko Parker. Mr. Parker contends personal injury arising from an incident on June 11, 2015, as Griffin Police Officer James Waddell was backing his police car at Griffin Crossings, 1597 W. McIntosh Road, out of a parking space. Officer Waddell’s police car collided with the driver’s side of a vehicle driven by Mr. Parker and owned by Roy Lee Harrell, Jr. Minor damage was done to the police car’s right rear bumper, but the contact scraped the driver’s side of the other vehicle. Mr. Parker reported no physical injury at the scene, but now reports a contusion to his left shoulder. The claim has been filed with GIRMA which is investigating.
Approved: an Ordinance repealing regulations pertaining to taxicabs in the City Code of Griffin. (HB 225) of the 2015-2016 Regular Session of the General Assembly preempts all local administration and regulation of vehicles for hire, including taxicabs, and places regulation exclusively in the Department of Public Safety, effective July 1, 2015. The City loses the right to regulate taxicabs and the regulatory fees and charges imposed thereon.
Approved: the engagement letters for audit services with Mauldin & Jenkins, Certified Public Accountants (independent auditors) for the City of Griffin to begin work on the annual audit for the fiscal year ended June 30, 2015.
Approved: a Service Agreement with Manley Acquisition Services, LLC for the acquisition of City easements and properties on Intersection #2 Hill Street at Northside Drive & Tuskegee Avenue Improvement Project for Public Works and Utilities Department. This project is jointly sponsored by the City of Griffin and Spalding County. Each will pay for their respective land acquisitiion easements costs but the construction costs will be split 50/50.
Approved: a Task Order to Paragon Consulting Group for the Construction Management of Intersection #2 Northside Drive and Tuskegee Avenue SPLOST project in the amount of $138,085.00. Griffin is the lead project manager of construction on this joint project. Spalding County is responsible for 50% of the cost of construction.
Approved: to purchase Hach 900 Flow Logger from Water Resource Technologies in the amount of $18,637.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department. Includes rain gauge, antennae, cellular option, permanent structure and installation.
Approved: the purchase of 2 (two) Dodge Chargers in the amount of $25,105.75 each from Akin’s Ford Dodge Government Sales, a State-wide Contract Dealer; and additional equipment and installation by TransComm Services in the amount of $1,845.00 per vehicle; and amend the budget for Criminal Investigations Division accordingly with appropriations from the Confiscated Assets Fund.
Vehicle purchases are scheduled as part of the City’s Fleet Services lifecycle management program. To purchase vehicles from State Contract the vehicles must be ordered from the factory. To receive 2015 pricing, orders must be placed before July 31st. Orders placed after July 31st will be at 2016 prices. About $3000 to $4000 increase per vehicle.
The commissioners aapproved submitting agreements to purchase from state contract with Speedway Ford the following: Purchases will be scheduled throughout the year as cash flow allows.
The purchase two Ford F150 Transport Vans in the amount of $58,848.00 to Speedway Ford for Solid Waste Utility inmate transportation needs at the Transfer Station and Landfill.
Three (3) Ford F350′s in the amount of $111,690.00 from Speedway Ford. The vehicles will replace high mileage vehicles in the departments of Public Works-Streets; Solid Waste-Residential; and Water-Distribution Division. A 1992 Ford F350; a 1999 Dodge 1500; and a 2003 Dodge 3500 will be declared surplus.
Approved: to purchase of one Ford F750 with 10′ dump body in the amount of $68,489.00 from Speedway Ford and declare surplus a 1986 Ford F700. Vehicle will be assigned to Public Works – Streets Department.
Approved: to purchase of four (4) Ford F250s in the amount of $100,820.00 from Speedway Ford. Vehicles will be assigned to the following departments:
*Animal Control 2 units and declare surplus a 2004 Dodge Ram 1500 and a 2008 Dodge Ram 1500.
*Facilities Maintenance 1 unit transfer a 2001 Ford F250 to Solid Waste Residential Collection for continued service.
* Water-Distribution Division 1 unit and declare surplus a 2001 Dodge 2500.
Approved: to purchase seven (7) Ford F150s in the amount of $161,716.00 to Speedway Ford. The vehicles will be assigned to the following departments:
*Code Enforcement 1 unit and declare surplus a 2001 Chevrolet 1500.
* Golf Course 1 unit and declare surplus a 1987 GMC 1500.
*Electric – Technical Services (2) units and declare surplus a 2003 F250 Super Duty and a 2001 Dodge 1500.
*Stormwater 1 unit and declare surplus a 1991 Ford F150.
* Water-Distribution Division 1 unit and declare surplus a 1995 Ford F150.
*Water-Meter Division 1 new unit needed for the Meter Division.
Approved: to purchase one E350 Cube Van in the amount of $31,306.00 from Speedway Ford and declare surplus a 1998 Chevy 3500 Cube Van. The new Van will be assigned to Public Works – Sign Shop.
Approved: to purchase of two (2) Ford Expedition SUVs from Speedway Ford in the amount of $54,505.42 for Police Department Crime Scene Unit. Approve additional equipment and installation by TransComm Services in the amount of $8,000.00 and declare surplus two old vans: a 2003 Dodge Ram van, and a 2005 Dodge Sprinter van.
Approved: The renewal of a one year Contract for the provision of Indigent Defense for the Municipal Court of Griffin with the law firm of Sullivan & Ogletree, PC. who has provided the Indigent Defense legal services to the Municipal Court of the City of Griffin since 2005.
Approved: a request from Honor our KIA to mount two (2) plaques on the exterior of One Griffin Center and two (2) plaques on the Imperial Theater facade.
Approved: the renewal of Standard Office Lease between the City of Griffin and Tru-Check, Inc. for Suite 114, One Griffin Center, in the amount of $6,837.48 per year.
Approved: an Amendment to the 1996 Intergovernmental Contract between the City of Griffin and Three Rivers Regional Commission to provide for early termination of the rental of property located at 120 North Hill Street.
Said amended agreement was for thirty (30) years, with a termination date and $1 buyout on June 30, 2017. Due to necessary repairs needed to the structure and the cost of those repairs, this amendment allows for a one year earlier termination and buyout so that the $30,000 annual rent payment for 2016 – 2017 can be put toward structural repairs by TRRC.
Approved: a Resolution of the Board of Commissioners of the City of Griffin authorizing the execution of an Intergovernmental Contract between the City of Griffin, Spalding County and other qualified municipalities in Spalding County, requesting that the Board of Commissioners of Spalding County include in its resolution imposing a special one percent sales and use tax within Spalding County subject to referendum approval, provisions for the issuance of bonds by the City of Griffin, declaring Griffin’s official intent to issue bonds, and for other purposes.
If the SPLOST referendum is approved, City projects are estimated at $22,344,000. The City intends to bond an amount not to exceed $10,570,000 in eligible projects, with a bond issuance likely in January 2016. Repayment will come from the City’s share of SPLOST proceeds.