REGULAR MEETING OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL
March 10, 2015
City Attorney Jerome Adams swore in newly appointed City Council member Jason Joyner. Mr. Joyner took his oath according to Section3.05 Oath of Office of the City Charter.
The Mayor and Council of the City of Pearson met in Regular Session on March 10, 2015 at 7:30 p.m. in Council Chambers of City Hall. Present: Mayor Bettye D. Williams, Mayor Pro-Tem Tony Williams, Council Members, Cliff Nugent, Rickey Thomas, Betty Lofton and newly sworn in Council member Jason Joyner, City Attorney Jerome Adams and City Clerk Nell Ford.
Brother Carlie Lastinger gave the invocation followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Mayor Williams called the meeting to order.
Council Member Lofton motioned to approve February 10, 2015 Work Session minutes and February 10, 2015 regular session minutes. Council Member Thomas seconded. Motion to approve Work Session and Regular Session minutes was unanimous.
Guardian Dental and Vision insurance currently City pays 100 per cent of premium.
Council member Joyner motioned to continue paying 100% premium of Guardian for Dental and Vision supplement insurance through policy term April 30, 2015. Council member Williams seconded. Motioned passed.
City has received fuel tickets from Aden’s and Lewis & Raulerson as far back as 2011 indicating they had not been paid. City had fuel lock cards from Lewis & Raulerson that employees were to be using in order to save on fuel and taxes.
Attorney Adams reported he is working with Aden’s on resolving the issue with fuel tickets.
Hotel/Motel Tax Ordinance:
Council members received copy of proposed Hotel/Motel Tax Ordinance for review. Hotel/Motel tax is used to promote tourism. Ordinance will be presented in April meeting.
Intergovernmental Agreements with County: Collecting City Taxes and Mobile Home Permits.
Attorney Adams reported he had a conversation with Tax Commissioner and she is to get back with him on a fee for collecting city taxes.
Mobile Home Permits-Attorney needs to know what to charge before drawing up an agreement.
Council member Williams motioned to adopt a Resolution to Submit an Application to Obtain FY CDBG Funds for Public Facility Improvements (Senior Center). Council member Joyner seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Tabled Appointment to Housing Authority of the City of Nashville.
A lengthy discussion was held on Economic Development and the need for a Downtown Development Authority and a Director.
Contracted with Pat Ballard for Clerical Duties. Audit recommendation to better segregate duties
And she will be learning QS/1 software.
Eric will be contacting AccuFund for training on getting financial reports and budget comparison reports.
Chief’s Report: February 1, 2015-February 28, 2015
Responded to 338 calls for service. Code Enforcement issues and inspections as required.
Recommend selling K9 dog “Champ” to Paul LeBlanc for $750.00.
Atkinson County and the City of Willacoochee Police Department have upgraded communications systems to digital. The City of Pearson is still on VHF communications. Looking into cost of upgrading police department to digital. (Attached several quotes for upgrading police department communications system).
.Checking on a USDA grant/loan to replace older police vehicles.
Invited Mayor and Council members to Governor’s Office of Highway Safety meeting, Pearson Police Department sponsoring Friday 3-13-2015 at ATCO Hi School, 6:30 p.m.
Senior Citizens Report:
February 2015 (10 days)
February 10th Matthew Gunnel with the Georgia Council for the Hearing Impaired met and discussed how the GACHI and Georgia Telecommunications Equipment Distribution Program provides specialized equipment to residents in Georgia who, because of hearing or speech impairments, cannot otherwise communicate over the telephone.
February 11th trip to Tift Co. Lanes for bowling followed by lunch at Golden Corral. Recreation Director Raye Lanier was van driver.
Recreation Department Report:
-Winding down Baseball/Softball sign-ups for spring season. Accepting T-Ball and 14 under Boys sign-up for couple more weeks.
-Ordering uniforms March 6, 2015. New Jersey’s and hats with Pearson Recreation logo.
Also plan on selling hats to the public for $12.00 each.
-12 Teams for Baseball/Softball/T-Ball, about 150 kids.
-Need a couple more coaches.
-Wrapping up Basketball season.
Fire Department Report: February 2015 Meetings and Calls
Responded to 10 calls. Held 2 meetings.
Other Business continued:
Discussed maintenance of Kira Loop road. Frances Fountain has requested if City will purchase pipe for Kira Loop he will install at no cost to city. Council members Joyner and Williams will visit Kira Loop and talk with Mr. Fountain.
Council member Lofton motion to sell K9 dog “Champ” to Paul LeBlanc for $750.00 with a signed agreement that Mr. LeBlanc accepts all responsibility and liability. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Jerry Williams spoke in favor of downtown redevelopment.
Mr. Williams commented – no more dirt roads in Pearson.
Council Member Nugent motioned to adjourn. Council Member Joyner seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Attest: ________________________ Date: _______________________
Bettye D. Williams, Mayor
Attest: ________________________ Date: ________________________
Nell Ford, City Clerk