MAYOR AND COUNCIL MEETING
November 7, 2013
The Mayor and Council of the City of Franklin, Georgia, met in regular session Thursday, November 7, 2013 at city hall at 6:00 p.m.
Mayor Rogers began the meeting by welcoming everyone in attendance. Mayor Rogers gave the invocation followed by Councilman Almond leading in the pledge to the flag.
MINUTES OF October 3rd:
Councilman Manders made a motion, seconded by Councilman Hamil, to approve the minutes as presented. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.
ORDER OF THE AGENDA:
Mayor Rogers asked to amend the agenda to omit item number on Odell Shelnutt’s Road, under new business. Councilman Almond made a motion, seconded by Councilman Hayes, to approve the order of the agenda as amended. The vote to approve was unanimous.
Finance - City Clerk Myra Braswell submitted a written report. She also spoke briefly on the following:
1. LOST revenues were down in October by approximately $15,000.00
2. October revenues exceeded expenditures due to the once a year insurance premium check but are still down for the year by $33,826.00
Police Department – Chief Hannah spoke briefly on the following:
1. The Police Department, along with the Sheriff’s Department and a canine officer from Bremen participated in Red Ribbon Week at all of the elementary schools. This program centers around drug awareness but also touches on bicycle safety, stranger awareness and gun awareness and safety.
2. Trunk or Treat was a great success this year. Each year brings in more and more children.
Street Department – Alan Holcomb was not present.
City Attorney David Mecklin -
1. He told the council a recent Supreme Court decision had ruled baseball arbitration used in settling LOST issues unconstitutional. ACCG and GMA recommended all cities and counties sign new agreements and file them again.
2. The United States Supreme Court is currently hearing a case to decide if any government agency, including local governments and school functions, can be opened with prayer.
3. Mayor Rogers was given the authority to negotiate with BB & T to set a fee for taking care of the custodial account for the bond funds. They agreed to $1200.00 a year. This is a savings of $2300.00 from what Regions was going to charge.
Mayor Rogers told the council he had spoken with Julie Pope of the Development authority and she told him the land where Heard Elementary used to be was being held for future development. Mayor Roger told the council the city has more than $400,00.00 in the old SPLOST account and $160,000.00 in the new one. Chief Hannah said the equipment needs to be repaired. The main issue he has encountered in trying to use other suppliers is their equipment will not connect with the current equipment. Councilman Manders suggested putting the maintenance out for bids or see if the street department could do the work. The council discussed forming a committee to look into the matter. No decisions were made.
1. 2014 Budget
Mayor Rogers explained to the council without the COPS grant and the LOST being so low the city will need to increase the millage rate to balance the budget. Three mils will bring in additional revenues in the amount of $70,746.00. He would like to add the stipulation if other revenues pick back up the millage rate would be zero again. The council also discussed insurance for elected officials and training. The budget will be decided in December.
Mayor Rogers asked to have an executive session to discuss personnel and potential litigation. Councilman Hayes made the motion. It was seconded by Councilman Manders. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous.
Councilman Almond made a motion, seconded by Councilman Hamil, to reenter the regular session. The vote to approve the motion was unanimous. Mayor Rogers told the public no decisions were made.
There was no further business to conduct and Councilman Adams made a motion, seconded by Councilman Hamil, to adjourn. The vote was unanimous.