The first order of business at the Griffin City Commissioners meeting Tuesday January 13th
The commissioners: Elected Doug Hollberg Chairperson for year 2015.. Chairman Hollberg appointed Commissioner Dick Morrow Vice-Chairperson for year 2015.
Recognized Chairperson Ryan McLemore for his service as Mayor of the City of Griffin for calendar year 2014 and presented him with a plaque.
Recognized Nellie Parsons, Accountant with the Accounting Department, as the December 2014 “Strongest Link” award recipient. — Nellie has been with the City of Griffin since April of 2002 where she started as a temporary employee in the Accounting Department. She became the accounts payable clerk in 2005. In March of 2008 she was promoted to Accounting Technician and later to Accountant II. Nellie has taken a leadership role in this position. She handles her job duties in a professional manner and shows a positive attitude to co-workers and customers alike. Nellie has pursed and achieved the UGA/CVIOG status of Certified Government Officer Level I. She is currently studying for the Level II certification.
The commissioners made the following six appointments:
Drew Whalen to the office of City Attorney.
Bill Johnston to the office of Judge of Municipal Court.
Jessica Oconner to the Office of Municipal Court Solicitor.
Yolonda Walker to the office of Municipal Court Clerk.
Teresa Watkins to the office of Municipal Registrar.
The commissioners: Approved: Appointing Teresa Watson, Executive Secretary to the City Manager, as Assistant Secretary to the Commission and also approved accepting the resignation of Judy Flournoy as an Assistant Open Records Officer and designating Teresa Watson as an Assistant Open Records Officer.
The Commissioners tabled to a workshop: a request to amend the Unified Development Code, of the City of Griffin, “Historic Character Signs”. and approved a revision to the 2014 policy “Naming of Facilities and Erecting Plaques, Monuments and Markers” adding a section that excludes said policy’s applicability to City cemeteries. Since the adoption of this policy in March 2014, it has been recognized that it could be construed to apply to cemeteries who by their nature, include monuments, markers, etc. The City cemetery includes commemorative bricks, benches, monuments and other like tributes. The added paragraph will clarify the exception and clearly state that this policy does not apply to tributes located within, or a part of, City cemeteries.
Approved: amending the boundary to the Downtown Development Authority district. The two areas include: (A)The first area is bounded on the north by E. Solomon Street, east by 3rd Street, south by E. Taylor Street, and west by 4th Street; and (B) The second area is bounded on the north by East Central, east by 2nd Street, south by E. Broadway Street, and west by 6th Street.
Approved: on first reading, of 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: to accept a donation of $10,155.50 from the Firehouse Subs Public Safety Foundation and amend the budget accordingly for the purchase of a Thermal Imaging Camera. Thermal imaging cameras allow firefighters to locate victims in smoke-filled environments and locate ‘hot-spots’ after fires are extinguished.
Approved: directing MEAG Power to deposit 100% of the City’s Off-System sales margins into the City’s Flexible Operating Account, Short Term Portfolio for the Power Supply Year 2015.
This is consistent with what has been done in the past.
Approved: directing MEAG Power to add $209,776 per month to the MEAG bill, and deposit $136,354.40 per month to the New Generation and Capacity Funding Account/Intermediate Extended Maturity Portfolio, and $73,411.60 to the MEAG Competitive Trust, Short Term Portfolio beginning in January, 2015.
The total amount to be returned to the City from the MCT is projected to be $27,961,255. The amount to be returned in 2015 is $2,517,317 by depositing funds in the New Generation and Capacity Funding Account. This plan would restrict $20,248,000 for use in offsetting the cost of new power supply projects like the Plant Vogle expansion and future peaking units, while making $7,713,252 available for implementing Automatic Meter Reading and making future system improvements. This action would result in no additional increase of the overall MEAG bill.
Approved the Expedited Enforcement Compliance Order from GAEPD for unpermitted discharges from the City of Griffin and effluent violations. Entry into consent and pay settlement in amount of $2,195.00 for the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Works and Utilities Department. The nature of the unpermitted discharge of 2,400 gallons of wastewater from the Vineyard Ridge Drive to an unnamed tributary to Shoal Creek on October 8, 2014 was due to a grease blockage in collector line. The nature of violations in the Cabin Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant for Ammonia Nitrogen weekly average and Monthly average Concentration Permit Effluent Limits violation for the months of August and September 2014 was the Trickling filter was down and currently schedule to be repaired.
Approved: of a Resolution, in accordance with the Georgia Election Code and State Election Board, to call for a Municipal Election for Districts 2, 4 and At-Large, on Tuesday, November 3, 2015, and to establish a qualifying fee in the amount of $403.20.
The commissioners made the following appointments:
Commissioner Dick Morrow to the Board of Health and to the Griffin Spalding Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors.
Otis Blake, III, Daniel Searcy, Daa’ood Amin, and Joey Scanlon to the Downtown Development Authority.
Melissa Jober, B. Frank Harris, and Bettye Bogue Jones to the Environmental Council
Commissioner Doug Hollberg to the Griffin Downtown Council.
Ron Alexander to the Post 9 member position to Griffin-Spalding Airport Authority.
Commissioner Hollberg, Alton Knight, and Chuck Copeland to the Griffin-Spalding Development Authority.
Commissioner Cora Flowers to the Griffin-Spalding E-911 Board.
Ex-Officio Commission member Rodney McCord and Teresa Buchannan to the Griffin-Spalding Hospital Authority.
Doug Krepps and Jim Ogletree to the Historic Preservation Commission.
Commissioner Cynthia Reid Ward, Jean Miller, and Karen McIntosh to the Griffin Housing Authority.
Commissioner Cynthia Reid Ward and Christy Brooks to the Griffin Main Street Advisory Board.
The commissioners also appointed Commissioner Hollberg to the Pension Committee and Connie Hendrix employee representative and David Weldon retiree representative.
The commissioners appointed David Brock (District 4), Jim Hill (District 5) and Neal Baldwin (City at-large) to the Planning and Zoning Board and appointed Commissioner Ward, Morris Pike and Eula Redding to the Spalding County Collaborative Authority for Families and Children.
Appointed Commissioner Ward to the Three Rivers Board of Directors. This is a rotating appointment (between City and County).
The board tabled two new appointments to the Three Rivers Area Agency on Aging Advisory Council.
Appointed: Commissioners Morrow and Hollberg, Neal Bonds, Michelle Cannon, Ex-Officio Fire Chief designee Mitchell Cardell , and Ex-Officio Police Chief designee Donald Britt to the Griffin-Spalding Area Transportation Committee.
Appointed Hollberg to the Workforce Investment Council.
The commissioners went into executive session for the purpose of deliberating or discussing the acquisition of real estate.