Official minutes of the February 21, 2013 Council Meeting

Approved by City Council March 7, 2013


The meeting was called to order by Mayor Tipton with Councilman Myrick giving the invocation. Councilmembers Baxter, Crosby, Griffin, Kerby, Myrick, Rawlings, Attorney Dickey, City Administrator Akridge, Police Chief Pike, Fire Chief Tyler and Asst. City Clerk Diane Proudfoot were present.  


Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the February 7, 2013 council meeting.  Councilman Baxter seconded the motion and it passed with affirmative votes from Councilmembers Baxter, Kerby, Myrick and Rawlings, Councilmembers Crosby and Griffin abstained from voting since they were not present at the February 7th meeting.  Councilman Baxter made a motion to approve the agenda of the February 21, 2013 meeting.  Councilman Crosby seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.


Administrative & Committee reports:


Councilwoman Griffin recognized the parents, coaches, cheerleaders and football players of the Bloomingdale Bears “8” & under football team and presented each player and cheerleader with a Certificate of Achievement for ending the CAA Football season in First Place.


Councilman Myrick made a plea to citizens to submit to City Hall the names, years of service and branch of service of anyone they know that live or lived in the City and are serving or served in the military so this information can be engraved on the Veterans Monument. 


Mayor Tipton reported that maintenance employee James Tyson's mother passed away and requested we remember him and his family at this time.


City Administrator Akridge reported on the following:

1.      The 2013/2014 budget proposal, budget calendar and CIP have been distributed with the first budget meeting scheduled on March 12, 2013 at 5:30pm.

2.      The LMIG resurfacing low bidder was RB Barker at $47,403. 

3.      The Chatham County Commissioners is hosting the CMA on March 6, 2013 at the Trade Center with the social at 6:00 and dinner at 6:30

4.      A special thank you to Councilman Kerby and wife Daphne and Councilman Myrick and wife Tammy for their contribution of $1,500 each to the Veterans Monument

Councilman Baxter reported on the following:

1.      Thanked Attorney Dickey for his diligent work on the L.O.S.T. negotiations.

2.      Called on Chief Tyler to give a report on the State inspection, Chief reported that the department passed the State inspection on Tuesday with very little errors or problems on reports. 

3.      Chief Tyler also reported on the calls received this month were 51% medical and 2-5% fire.

Councilman Crosby reported on the following:

1.      The History Society Annual Breakfast dinner will be held on February 25th at 6:30pm at the Community Building.  

2.      Super Museum Sunday was held on February 10th and there was approximately 50 to visit our Museum

3.      The GMA “Georgia’s Cities” magazine published an article last month about the Museum, the Veterans Monument and other projects in the City.

4.      The Christmas tree at the Museum is dead but Mr. Karl Johnson is pursuing a replacement at no charge to the City.

5.      There were six people who attended the GAZA Conference in Athens the first of the month

Councilman Kerby reported on the following:

1.       A meeting will be held next week with Hussey, Gay & Bell to address a few items prior to the expected

March completion

2.       Thanked the citizens for the patience during this project.

Councilman Myrick reported on the following:

1.      Thanked everyone for their help as the Veterans Monument is nearing com





  1.  Principal King of Bloomingdale Elementary School gave his annual report and was pleased to report that the school has been a “Title One” distinguished school for ten years in a row.  He thanked Chief Pike for the presence of officers on campus, performing a security sweep and submitting suggestions for a safer school.  GEMA, CEMA and Chief Tyler have performed security sweeps as well.  The school is dedicated to education and protection of the students.  An Eagle Scout will be working on a beautification project for the courtyard in March and the next project will be the curb appeal on Pine Street.  Very pleased that recycling has been implemented in the city and the students will be participating in that program.  Students will be making visits to the Museum in the next few weeks and will be doing all they can to support the Veterans Monument.  There will be a “Spring Fling” on March 23.

2.  Ms. Fran Plyer with WastePro presented the City with a check in the amount of $1,000 to be used for

Community projects and stated that if there was anything needed to please contact her.

3.  Consider a request by Mr. Jeffrey Duggar for a 24 x 60 carport/garage at 5 Walnut Street.   Councilman

Crosby made a motion to approve the 24 x 60 carport/garage as submitted by Mr. Duggar.  Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

4.  Consider purchase and implementation of K-9 unit for the Police Department.  Councilman Baxter made

a motion to approve the purchase and implementation of a K-9 unit to be budgeted and begin working after entering the new fiscal year 2013/2014 with any incidentals being purchased out of surplus.  Councilman Crosby seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.


Mayor Tipton reported that this concludes the items presented for consideration for inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of Wednesday, February 13, 2013.


The accounts payables were presented with Councilman Myrick making a motion to pay the bills.   Councilman Baxter seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.


There being no further business, Councilman Kerby made a motion to adjourn at 7:40pm.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.


Respectfully submitted,


Diane Proudfoot, Asst. City Clerk


Note:  Section § 50-14-1 of the Official Code of the State of Georgia Annotated requires that the minutes shall, as a minimum, include a description of each motion or other proposal made, and a record of all votes.  These minutes meet the minimum requirements.  However, in an attempt to provide as much information as possible to the citizens, the recording clerk has included additional background data and discussion on the subjects presented to council.  The statements of individuals are not verbatim and may be summary in nature.