November 22, 2014

Franklin City Council Minutes (04/03/14)

MINUTES

MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING

April 3, 2014

 

The Mayor and Council of the City of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Thursday, April 3, 2014 at city hall at 6:00 p.m.

Mayor Rogers welcomed everyone in attendance.  He gave the invocation and Councilman Almond led in the pledge to the flag.

 

MINUTES OF March 6, 2014

Councilman Jiles made a motion, seconded by Councilman Hayes, to approve the minutes as presented. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

 

ORDER OF THE AGENDA

Councilman Jiles made a motion, seconded by Councilman Manders, to approve the order of the agenda as presented.  The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

 

DEPARTMENT REPORTS

Finance  - City Clerk Myra Braswell submitted a written report.  She also spoke briefly on the following:

  1. All accounts have been reconciled to the bank.  Revenues exceed expenditures for the year.  This is due to the franchise check from Georgia Power.  LOST revenues are still down.  

  2. The renewal for general liability insurance is down by around $3000.00 from last year.

Mayor Rogers said he is going to contact other cities and counties with power plants and see if their revenues are down significantly.

Police Department – Chief Hannah submitted a written report and spoke briefly on the following:

  1. The Teen Maze was a huge success.

  2. Officer Morgan received forty hours P.O.S.T. credit for a class on Criminal Procedures.

  3. The newest officer, Jennifer Nelms, has completed basic training in Forsyth.  She will work with officers in the city before working a shift on her own.

  4. The renovation on the playground began today.

Street Department - Alan Holcomb was not present.  Mayor Rogers told the council there was nothing to report.  The new tractor was received.

City Attorney David Mecklin – He told the council the only thing he had was on the agenda.

 

OLD BUSINESS

  1. Watershed Protection Ordinance

Mr. Mecklin told the council they were required by the state to adopt this ordinance.  Mayor Rogers said this was to help protect the public drinking water.  He recommended the council adopt the ordinance.  Councilwoman Nelms made the motion to adopt.  It was seconded by Councilman Almond. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

 

NEW BUSINESS

  1. City Court Dates

Mayor Rogers told the council the court system was not bringing in enough to support itself. He recommended having court every other month instead of once a month.  Chief Hannah could call for an extra day if the docket was sufficiently large enough.  This would save the city approximately $7800.00 a year.  Councilman Almond made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Nelms, approve the mayor=s recommendation.  The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

 

  1. City Zoning Meetings

Mayor Rogers told the council there had not been anything pertaining to zoning in the past several years.  The zoning board also makes $100.00 per meeting and the council only makes $50.00 for a called meeting.  He recommended the board meet on an Aas needed@ basis and the pay be reduced to $50.00 a meeting.  Councilman Almond said he did not think the board had enough authority.  There was a lot they could do as far as obtaining grants to repair some of the dilapidated properties in the city among other things.  The council discussed this and the proper roll of zoning.  Councilman Manders made a motion, seconded by Councilman Jiles, to dissolve the regular meetings, have the board meet on an as needed basis and reduce the compensation to $50.00 a meeting.  Councilmen Jiles, Hayes, Manders and Councilwoman Nelms voted in favor of the motion. Councilman Almond abstained.  Councilman Jiles commented that an abstention counted as going with the majority.  The motion carried by a majority vote.

 

PUBLIC COMMENTS

  1. Steve Lane introduced himself as an employee of Brush Creek P)ark and a member of an organization called Chattahoochee Projects.  They were instrumental in obtaining grants for the Greenway Trail.  They would like to see signs on the bypass advertising gas, restaurants and historic sites.  Their organization could pay for the signs.  Councilman Hayes the city had a problem with this in the past because the signs had to be3 so far off of the road.  Mayor Rogers said he would contact the D.O.T. about this.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Mayor Rogers told the council he would like to go into executive session to discuss land acquisition.   Councilman Jiles made the motion.  It was seconded by Councilman Manders.  The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

Councilman Manders made a motion, seconded by Councilman Jiles, to re-enter the regular session.  The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.

Mayor Rogers said the council discussed land acquisition and decided to proceed with trying to purchase property for city hall.

 

COUNCIL COMMENTS

None

 

MAYOR COMMENTS

The city will have a trade day on the square Saturday, April 19, 2014.

He is still working on trying to get a generator for the fire department and is hoping to be able to get a grant for it.

He has spoken with Daryl Wiggins about the paving on the square.

 

There was no further business to conduct and Councilman Jiles made a motion, seconded by Councilman Almond, to adjourn.  The vote was unanimous.

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