City Council Meeting – February 2, 2012
Approved February 16, 2012
Mayor Tipton called the meeting to order and led the Pledge of Allegiance. Councilman Baxter gave the Invocation.
Councilmembers Baxter, Griffin, Kerby, Myrick and Rawlings were present, Councilman Crosby was absent in order to attend training. City Administrator Akridge and Finance Clerk Missy Ridley were also present
Councilman Baxter made a motion to approve the minutes. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Councilman Baxter made a motion to approve the Agenda. Councilman Myrick seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Mayor Tipton recognized Mr. Martin Collins who came forward and stated that it was the Ethics Committee’s recommendation to appoint Mrs. Betty Taylor to the Ethics Committee. It was noted that Council would consider the appointment at the next meeting.
City Administrator Akridge gave the following report:
1. The Special Local Options Sales Tax funding for the month of December was $41,460
2. The City received its first ever franchise fee submittal from Canooche EMC in the amount of $3,299
3. The City has received $4,600 in delinquent fees for sanitation from the certified letters that went out about a month ago.
4. GMA Spring Training Conference will be held in Valdosta in April.
5. Congressman Kingston sent a thank you letter to the City in appreciation for its role in assisting in the BBQ at Ottawa Farms in January.
Councilwoman Griffin gave the following report:
1. Recognized Recreation Director Joe Young who provided an update on the basketball program and reported that baseball and softball registration were about to begin.
Councilman Rawlings gave the following report:
1. Bingo will be held again on Friday night, the 3rd of February and has been very successful in raising funds for the Historical Museum.
2. On February 10, 2012, the Historical Society will hold its Annual Meeting and a Chili Cook Off at 7:00 p.m. at the Community Center. Two notable citizens will be honored, Mr. Pete Waller and Mr. Randy Woods.
V. OLD BUSINESS:
1. Declaration of Surplus Property and set minimum bids
After discussion, Councilman Myrick made a motion to declare those items on the submitted list as surplus property with the minimum bids as announced by City Administrator Akridge. They are as follows:
1) 1979 Ford Boardman Fire Truck - $1,000
2) 72 Sections of 3’ fire hose – Minimum Bid - $50.00 per section
3) 2000 Chevrolet S-10 Blazer – Minimum Bid $500
4) 1987 Fiat Allis Motor Grader Model 6513 – Minimum Bid - $4,500
Councilman Baxter seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adopt a Resolution authorizing submittal of a pre-application for a LWCF grant for potential funding for a parking lot at Taylor Park. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
After discussion, Councilman Rawlings made a motion to approve the first reading of an Ordinance to annex the property located at 240 John Carter Road. Councilman Myrick seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
3. Consideration of Bid Award for Field Lighting at Taylor Park
After discussion, Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the fiield lighting bid submitted by Sandling Electric Company in the amount of $121,993 for the new ballfield at Taylor Park and that the funding come from the General Fund Emergency Account for the purchase for the lights and that the General Fund Emergency Account be repaid by SPLOST as a priority after the Fire Station has been paid for. Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and provided an explanation that funding the project in this way by the outright purchase would save the City approximately $8,000 in lieu of leasing the lights. The motion passed unanimously with Councilman Baxter requesting that the City Attorney review the contracts with the vendor before execution of the same.by the Mayor or City Administrator.
VII. Accounts payable
Councilman Myrick made a motion to pay all accounts payable. Councilman Baxter seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
With there being no further business on the Agenda to discuss, Councilman Kerby made a motion to adjourn. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion, and it passed unanimously.
Charles D. Akridge,