Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL
July 8, 2014
7:30 P.M.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Pearson met in Regular Session on July 8, 2014 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 and Betty Lofton, City Attorney Jerome Adams and City Clerk Nell Ford. Council members Rickey Thomas and Bobby J. Guess were absent.

Brother Carlie Lastinger gave the prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Mayor Williams called the meeting to order.

Council member Williams motioned to approve June 10, 2014 minutes. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion to approve minutes was unanimous.

Mayor’s Comments:
Reported she and council member Williams attended the 2014 GMA Convention in Savannah, very informative working classes. She encouraged council members to attend training.

Clerk reminded council that according to the Regional Plan Implementation Program for Atkinson, Willacoochee and Pearson one of the minimum standards is that all uncertified elected City and County Officials must obtain minimum certification within three years of adoption of Regional Plan by Regional Commission.

Mayor invited everyone to the launching of the City of Pearson’s new website on Thursday July 10, 2014 from 3:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. in the Council chambers.

New Business:
David Webb with McLaggan Communications presented information on a mobile LPR (License Plate Reader/ANPR camera system for police vehicles.

 

1/07-08-2014
Project Quote of $27,530.00 includes:
One Mobile LPR 4-Camera System includes software and hardware
One Vigilant Hosted/Managed Centralized LPR server via LEARN
One Year Vigilant LPR Basic Service Package for Hosted/Managed LPR Deployments
One Vigilant Start Up & Configuration of Hosted/Managed LEARN Server Account
One Vigilant System Start Up & Commissioning of “In Field” LPR System
One Vigilant End User Training for LPR Systems
One Vigilant Shipping & Handling Charges
1. All prices are quoted in USD and will remain firm and in effect for 60 days.
2. Complete system to be delivered within 30 days of AOR (After Receipt of Order)
3. All hardware components to have standard one (1) year hardware warranty.
4. All software to have standard one (1) year warranty for manufacturer defects.
5. Software is manufactured under strict Vigilant Solutions standard.
6. Annual Software Subscription fee of $500.00 per camera – Includes an account on the Vigilant LEARN Server, Unlimited users, Unlimited storage for LPR data, Unlimited technical support calls, Free updates to back office software, Free updates to the Vigilant LPR software in the patrol cars, Automated Hot-List management-capability to have all cars sync hot lists automatically from one location via our secure LEARN server.

Council member Williams motioned to accept 30 day free offer from David Webb with McLaggan Communications for use of camera system. Council member Nugent seconded. Motion passed.

Attorney Adams gave the second reading on Ordinances:
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 22-22.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Plumbing Permit Fees

Council member Williams motioned to adopt -An Ordinance to Amend Section 22-22.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Plumbing Permit Fees. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

-An Ordinance to Amend Section 13-2 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson for Mechanical Permit Fees

Council member Lofton motioned to adopt -An Ordinance to Amend Section 13-2 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson for Mechanical Permit Fees. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

-An Ordinance to Amend Section 9-7.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Electrical Permit Fees

 

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Council member Lofton motioned to adopt -An Ordinance to Amend Section 9-7.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Electrical Permit Fees. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

Council member Lofton motioned to adopt A Resolution Ordinance for Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program/Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

Council member Williams motioned to appoint Steve Soles as Administrator of the Flood Insurance Program/ Damage Prevention Ordinance. Council member Nugent seconded. Motion passed.

Mayor mentioned the possibility of getting on Municode (Municipal Code) and putting info on website for accessibility to all of the City Ordinances. She will check on cost of program and bring to council.

Old Business:
Council member Williams motioned to reappoint Cynthia Lewis to the Satilla Regional Library Board for another 3–year term. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

Council member Williams motioned to appoint Sandra Bolden to the Satilla Regional Library Board for a 3- year term. Council member Nugent seconded. Motion passed.

Chief’s Report:
June 2014 Responded to 324 calls.
Code Enforcement issues. 15 Inspections.
Continue work on bullet proof vest grant.

Senior Citizens Report:
No Report

Public Comments:
None

Council member Nugent motioned to adjourn. Council member Williams seconded. Motion
passed.

 

Attest: ________________________ Date: _______________________
Bettye D. Williams, Mayor

Attest: ________________________ Date: ________________________
Nell Ford, City Clerk

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August Agenda

Pearson City Council
Agenda
August 12, 2014 7:30 P.M.

INVOCATION:
Minister Carlie Lastinger
Pledge of Allegiance

Call to Order:
Mayor Bettye Drayton-Williams

Approval of Minutes:
July 8, 2014

Mayor’s Comments:

New Business:
-Set 2014 Millage Rate
-1st Reading of an Ordinance to Amend Section 5-61 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Permit Fees For Residential and Commercial Buildings.

Old Business:
Other Business:
Chief’s Report
Senior Citizens Report
Recreation Department Report

Public Comments:

Executive Session:
(If Necessary)

Adjourn:

June 2014 Minutes

REGULAR MEETING OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL
June 10, 2014
7:30 P.M.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Pearson met in Regular Session on June 10, 2014 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, Bobby J. Guess, Jr., Betty Lofton, City Attorney Jerome Adams and City Clerk Nell Ford. Council member Rickey Thomas was absent.

Council member Betty Lofton gave the prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Mayor Williams called the meeting to order.

Council member Lofton motioned to approve May 13, 2014 regular meeting minutes as written and February 3, 2014 Workshop meeting minutes, May 29, 2014 Public Hearing meeting minutes and June 2, 2014 called meeting minutes. Council member Williams seconded. Motion to approve minutes was unanimous.

Mayor’s Comments:
-Mr. Jason Holt, Council member in Fitzgerald is the GMA Training Board representative was to be here this evening, circumstance prevented him from attending.
It is very important that we have some Georgia Municipal input. You have a handout of 50 Survival Tips for newly elected officials. She highlighted several tips.

-Looking into getting an Event Coordinator to assist with planning events for the city.

Stardust Circus will be at the Civic Center July 9, 2014. They will pay the Flat Fee of $300.00, no refund.

New Business:
-Council member Guess motioned to accept Speed Zone Ordinances as established by the Department of Transportation for the City of Pearson. (Copy attached) Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

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Council member Williams motioned to adopt An Ordinance for Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program/Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

Attorney Adams gave the first reading on:
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 22-22.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Plumbing Permit Fees
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 13-2 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson for Mechanical Permit Fees
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 9-7.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Electrical Permit Fees

Old Business:
Library Board Appointments were tabled.

Chief’s Report:
-April 2014 answered 343 calls for service
-May 2014 403 calls for service.
Also worked on Code Enforcement violations with primary goal being Hwy 441 and Hwy 520. (The main areas seen by general population and visitors passing through). Continuing with work on code enforcement the city gave authorization to bulldoze a house on Edwards Avenue and began clean up to the house on West Street across from the AME church.
-Received a 50/50 match grant for bullet proof vests. Estimated cost for a good bullet proof vest averages $600-800 dollars. Five (5) officers at $800.00 cost $4000.00; grant cost to the city would be $2000.00.

Senior Citizens Report:
Served 308 participate and average of 28 per day.
May 8th Participants brought finger foods and celebrated Mothers Day
May 15th Shady Acres visited the center. Games were enjoyed by those present. Refreshments were served.
May 22nd Trip to Douglas, lunch at Ole Times.

Public Comments:
None

Council member Lofton motioned to close for Executive Session to discuss Personnel. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

Council member Williams motion to close Executive Session. Council member Nugent seconded. Motion was unanimous.

Council member Guess motioned to return to regular session. Council member Williams seconded. Motion was unanimous.

2/06-10-2014
No action taken in Executive Session.

Council member Nugent motioned to adjourn. Council member Williams seconded. Motion
was unanimous.

 
Attest: ________________________ Date: _______________________
Bettye D. Williams, Mayor

Attest: ________________________ Date: ________________________
Nell Ford, City Clerk

 

REGULAR MEETING OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL
June 10, 2014
7:30 P.M.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Pearson met in Regular Session on June 10, 2014 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, Bobby J. Guess, Jr., Betty Lofton, City Attorney Jerome Adams and City Clerk Nell Ford. Council member Rickey Thomas was absent.

Council member Betty Lofton gave the prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Mayor Williams called the meeting to order.

Council member Lofton motioned to approve May 13, 2014 regular meeting minutes as written and February 3, 2014 Workshop meeting minutes, May 29, 2014 Public Hearing meeting minutes and June 2, 2014 called meeting minutes. Council member Williams seconded. Motion to approve minutes was unanimous.

Mayor’s Comments:
-Mr. Jason Holt, Council member in Fitzgerald is the GMA Training Board representative was to be here this evening, circumstance prevented him from attending.
It is very important that we have some Georgia Municipal input. You have a handout of 50 Survival Tips for newly elected officials. She highlighted several tips.

-Looking into getting an Event Coordinator to assist with planning events for the city.

Stardust Circus will be at the Civic Center July 9, 2014. They will pay the Flat Fee of $300.00, no refund.

New Business:
-Council member Guess motioned to accept Speed Zone Ordinances as established by the Department of Transportation for the City of Pearson. (Copy attached) Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

1/06-10-2014
Council member Williams motioned to adopt An Ordinance for Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program/Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

Attorney Adams gave the first reading on:
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 22-22.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Plumbing Permit Fees
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 13-2 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson for Mechanical Permit Fees
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 9-7.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Electrical Permit Fees

Old Business:
Library Board Appointments were tabled.

Chief’s Report:
-April 2014 answered 343 calls for service
-May 2014 403 calls for service.
Also worked on Code Enforcement violations with primary goal being Hwy 441 and Hwy 520. (The main areas seen by general population and visitors passing through). Continuing with work on code enforcement the city gave authorization to bulldoze a house on Edwards Avenue and began clean up to the house on West Street across from the AME church.
-Received a 50/50 match grant for bullet proof vests. Estimated cost for a good bullet proof vest averages $600-800 dollars. Five (5) officers at $800.00 cost $4000.00; grant cost to the city would be $2000.00.

Senior Citizens Report:
Served 308 participate and average of 28 per day.
May 8th Participants brought finger foods and celebrated Mothers Day
May 15th Shady Acres visited the center. Games were enjoyed by those present. Refreshments were served.
May 22nd Trip to Douglas, lunch at Ole Times.

Public Comments:
None

Council member Lofton motioned to close for Executive Session to discuss Personnel. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

Council member Williams motion to close Executive Session. Council member Nugent seconded. Motion was unanimous.

Council member Guess motioned to return to regular session. Council member Williams seconded. Motion was unanimous.

2/06-10-2014
No action taken in Executive Session.

Council member Nugent motioned to adjourn. Council member Williams seconded. Motion
was unanimous.

 
Attest: ________________________ Date: _______________________
Bettye D. Williams, Mayor

Attest: ________________________ Date: ________________________
Nell Ford, City Clerk

 

REGULAR MEETING OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL
June 10, 2014
7:30 P.M.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Pearson met in Regular Session on June 10, 2014 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, Bobby J. Guess, Jr., Betty Lofton, City Attorney Jerome Adams and City Clerk Nell Ford. Council member Rickey Thomas was absent.

Council member Betty Lofton gave the prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Mayor Williams called the meeting to order.

Council member Lofton motioned to approve May 13, 2014 regular meeting minutes as written and February 3, 2014 Workshop meeting minutes, May 29, 2014 Public Hearing meeting minutes and June 2, 2014 called meeting minutes. Council member Williams seconded. Motion to approve minutes was unanimous.

Mayor’s Comments:
-Mr. Jason Holt, Council member in Fitzgerald is the GMA Training Board representative was to be here this evening, circumstance prevented him from attending.
It is very important that we have some Georgia Municipal input. You have a handout of 50 Survival Tips for newly elected officials. She highlighted several tips.

-Looking into getting an Event Coordinator to assist with planning events for the city.

Stardust Circus will be at the Civic Center July 9, 2014. They will pay the Flat Fee of $300.00, no refund.

New Business:
-Council member Guess motioned to accept Speed Zone Ordinances as established by the Department of Transportation for the City of Pearson. (Copy attached) Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

1/06-10-2014
Council member Williams motioned to adopt An Ordinance for Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program/Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

Attorney Adams gave the first reading on:
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 22-22.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Plumbing Permit Fees
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 13-2 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson for Mechanical Permit Fees
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 9-7.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Electrical Permit Fees

Old Business:
Library Board Appointments were tabled.

Chief’s Report:
-April 2014 answered 343 calls for service
-May 2014 403 calls for service.
Also worked on Code Enforcement violations with primary goal being Hwy 441 and Hwy 520. (The main areas seen by general population and visitors passing through). Continuing with work on code enforcement the city gave authorization to bulldoze a house on Edwards Avenue and began clean up to the house on West Street across from the AME church.
-Received a 50/50 match grant for bullet proof vests. Estimated cost for a good bullet proof vest averages $600-800 dollars. Five (5) officers at $800.00 cost $4000.00; grant cost to the city would be $2000.00.

Senior Citizens Report:
Served 308 participate and average of 28 per day.
May 8th Participants brought finger foods and celebrated Mothers Day
May 15th Shady Acres visited the center. Games were enjoyed by those present. Refreshments were served.
May 22nd Trip to Douglas, lunch at Ole Times.

Public Comments:
None

Council member Lofton motioned to close for Executive Session to discuss Personnel. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

Council member Williams motion to close Executive Session. Council member Nugent seconded. Motion was unanimous.

Council member Guess motioned to return to regular session. Council member Williams seconded. Motion was unanimous.

2/06-10-2014
No action taken in Executive Session.

Council member Nugent motioned to adjourn. Council member Williams seconded. Motion
was unanimous.

 
Attest: ________________________ Date: _______________________
Bettye D. Williams, Mayor

Attest: ________________________ Date: ________________________
Nell Ford, City Clerk

 

REGULAR MEETING OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL
June 10, 2014
7:30 P.M.

The Mayor and Council of the City of Pearson met in Regular Session on June 10, 2014 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, Bobby J. Guess, Jr., Betty Lofton, City Attorney Jerome Adams and City Clerk Nell Ford. Council member Rickey Thomas was absent.

Council member Betty Lofton gave the prayer followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

Mayor Williams called the meeting to order.

Council member Lofton motioned to approve May 13, 2014 regular meeting minutes as written and February 3, 2014 Workshop meeting minutes, May 29, 2014 Public Hearing meeting minutes and June 2, 2014 called meeting minutes. Council member Williams seconded. Motion to approve minutes was unanimous.

Mayor’s Comments:
-Mr. Jason Holt, Council member in Fitzgerald is the GMA Training Board representative was to be here this evening, circumstance prevented him from attending.
It is very important that we have some Georgia Municipal input. You have a handout of 50 Survival Tips for newly elected officials. She highlighted several tips.

-Looking into getting an Event Coordinator to assist with planning events for the city.

Stardust Circus will be at the Civic Center July 9, 2014. They will pay the Flat Fee of $300.00, no refund.

New Business:
-Council member Guess motioned to accept Speed Zone Ordinances as established by the Department of Transportation for the City of Pearson. (Copy attached) Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

1/06-10-2014
Council member Williams motioned to adopt An Ordinance for Participation in the National Flood Insurance Program/Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

Attorney Adams gave the first reading on:
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 22-22.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Plumbing Permit Fees
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 13-2 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson for Mechanical Permit Fees
-An Ordinance to Amend Section 9-7.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Electrical Permit Fees

Old Business:
Library Board Appointments were tabled.

Chief’s Report:
-April 2014 answered 343 calls for service
-May 2014 403 calls for service.
Also worked on Code Enforcement violations with primary goal being Hwy 441 and Hwy 520. (The main areas seen by general population and visitors passing through). Continuing with work on code enforcement the city gave authorization to bulldoze a house on Edwards Avenue and began clean up to the house on West Street across from the AME church.
-Received a 50/50 match grant for bullet proof vests. Estimated cost for a good bullet proof vest averages $600-800 dollars. Five (5) officers at $800.00 cost $4000.00; grant cost to the city would be $2000.00.

Senior Citizens Report:
Served 308 participate and average of 28 per day.
May 8th Participants brought finger foods and celebrated Mothers Day
May 15th Shady Acres visited the center. Games were enjoyed by those present. Refreshments were served.
May 22nd Trip to Douglas, lunch at Ole Times.

Public Comments:
None

Council member Lofton motioned to close for Executive Session to discuss Personnel. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

Council member Williams motion to close Executive Session. Council member Nugent seconded. Motion was unanimous.

Council member Guess motioned to return to regular session. Council member Williams seconded. Motion was unanimous.

2/06-10-2014
No action taken in Executive Session.

Council member Nugent motioned to adjourn. Council member Williams seconded. Motion
was unanimous.

 
Attest: ________________________ Date: _______________________
Bettye D. Williams, Mayor

Attest: ________________________ Date: ________________________
Nell Ford, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Website Launch Event

Today between 3:00 and 4:30 PM at the  City Hall, The City of Pearson will be hosting it’s official Website Launch Event.  Stop by to test out our website, hear greetings from the mayor, enjoy tasty refreshments,  take pictures, and a chance to win some City of Pearson gear.  We Can’t wait to see you!

Let us know what you think of our site by filling out the poll below.

Website Launch Event Poll
Do you like the new website?

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MAY MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL

May 13, 2014

7:30 P.M.

 

The Mayor and Council of the City of Pearson met in Regular Session on May 13, 2014 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, Bobby J. Guess, Jr., Betty Lofton, City Attorney Jerome Adams and City Clerk Nell Ford. Council member Rickey Thomas arrived late.

 

Devotional was given by Bro. Carlie Lastinger followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.

 

Mayor Williams called the meeting to order.

 

Council member Williams motioned to approve April 8, 2014 regular meeting minutes as written. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion to approve minutes was unanimous.

 

Mayor’s Comments were conducted in New Business.

 

New Business:

-Alcohol Business Applications for Samson Merger Sub, LLC (Harvey’s Supermarket)

 

Council member Williams motioned to approve Alcohol Business License for Samson Merger Sub, LLC (Harvey’s Supermarket #1622). Council Member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

 

-Appoint Member to the Nashville Housing Authority.

Letter received from Housing Authority of the City of Nashville that a request for the reappointment of Mary Sizemore to the Authority (to represent the City of Pearson) at the end of 2012 has not been approved and ask that she be reappointed.

 

Council member Lofton motioned to reappoint Mary Sizemore to the Housing Authority of the City of Nashville to represent the City of Pearson retroactive to January 8, 2013 for a five (5) year term. Council member Guess seconded. Motion passed.

 

 

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WEB-SITE design proposal from James Hall, Ashburn, Georgia:

Website Design                                  5 hours @$40.00 =   $ 200.00

Website Pages                                     28 Pages @$40.00 =   $1,120.00

Hosting & Domain                              Free for First Year

Interactive Video Productions                        10 @$50.00 =           $  500.00     (10 one minute videos)

Brand Identity and Collateral Design 8 hours @$25.00 =  $    200.00

Yearly Maintenance Hours Inc.          10 hours @$25.00 =  $ 250.00

Total Proposal                                                                      $2,270.00

 

Fee Schedule

50% Due upon acceptance of proposal before work commences.

25% due upon delivering the completed design with the content management system in place.

25% due plus any incurred additional hourly fees no later than 30 days from when completed design was delivered to City. Web site will be launched when requested providing there is no balance due.

 

Council member Williams motioned to accept proposal from James Hall, Ashburn, Georgia to design a new web page for the City of Pearson at a cost of $2,270.00 with first year of hosting and domain free. Council member Guess seconded. Motion passed.

 

-2011 invoice from Coffee County Sheriff’s Office for Prisoner Housing was discussed. Mayor Williams reported that in the April 12, 2011 and June 14, 2011 minutes the Council discussed the bill.

EXCERPTS FROM 2011 MINUTES:

April 11, 2011 –“Mayor Morris reported to the Council of two invoices the city has received from Coffee County for housing inmates that Atkinson County had sent to them. The city pays Jail Fees to Atkinson County therefore the payment of these invoices is not our responsibility. The invoices will be returned to Coffee County and they will be directed to contact the Atkinson County Commissioners.:

June 12, 2011 –“The next item on the agenda was the Coffee County Jail Invoices the city had received. The City of Pearson has been paying the Atkinson County Commissioners Office 10 % of all fines collected, whether or not the offenders ever saw the inside of the jail. This amount has been paid for jail services. No agreement has been made with either the Atkinson County Sheriff’s office, the County Commissioners or the Coffee County Jail to house City of Pearson inmates outside of the Atkinson County jail. In April we received Invoices from the Coffee County Jail for the months of Jan., Feb., and March of 2011. On April 15, 2011 a letter was sent to the Coffee County Jail stating the enclosed invoices do not belong to the City of Pearson. You might want to contact the Atkinson County Commissioners. We have since been billed for inmates for April and May of 2011. One inmate was billed at 31 days when neither the Pearson Police Chief nor Probation Officer, Charlie Baker knew she was in jail. Once the City of Pearson takes a warrant for an offender those persons become County Prisoners. At the time the Atkinson County Sheriff’s Office failed to accept City of Pearson prisoners the City Police Chief contacted restaurants where prisoner meals had been being charged to the city and informed them no more meals for prisoners should be charged.”

2/05-13-2014

Council member Williams motioned to table 2011 bill from Coffee County Sheriff’s Office for prisoner housing. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

 

Brian Hahn with Advanced Disposal met to discuss issues with city garbage disposal.

The Cities concern is that all city garbage collected by Advanced Disposal is not being taken to the Solid Waste Management Authority local landfill.

 

Mr. Hahn stated that the majority is taken to the local landfill as well as some commercial loads of garbage. There are times when household garbage collections are taken to the SWMA landfill but they are closed. SWMA hours of operation are 7:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Monday-Friday.

 

He commented in order to compensate for some household garbage loads not making it to the landfill, a commercial vehicle comes this way and the commercial garbage is taken to SWMA landfill to balance it out.

 

Mr. Hahn was instructed to set up a meeting with Steve Corbitt at Solid Waste Management Authority to discuss the issue and try to reach an amicable solution.

 

Roosevelt Rowles resigned from the Industrial Authority:

According to IA President Phil Liles the Industrial Authority is recommending James (Jake) Minor to fill the unexpired term of Roosevelt Rowles on the Industrial Authority.

 

Council member Williams motioned to accept recommendation of the Industrial Authority Board to appoint James (Jake) Minor to the Pearson Industrial Authority to fill the unexpired term of Roosevelt Rowles. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

 

-Genie Lee with G. C. Lee LLC presented information on a Revolving Loan Fund (RLF) Application from Union Gym, owner Christopher Eason.

 

Ms. Lee stated current RLF Policies and Procedures are from 1987. She said the Policies and Procedures need to be updated and told the Mayor she will be glad to assist with updates.

 

Industrial Authority recommends a $40,000.00 loan at 3% for 7 years.   City has to make loans.

Applicant will put up $4,000.00 and equipment for collateral.

Attorney mentioned an UCC1form must be signed and filed to secure debt.

 

Council member Lofton motioned to approve a Revolving Loan to Christopher Eason for $36,000 at 3% interest for 7 years with first payment beginning as stated in promissory note. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

 

Mayor Williams reported Per Diem Rates being paid were reviewed and a survey showed most cities in our population range were paying $50.00 per day for out of town overnight travel.

 

 

3/05-13-2014

Council member Guess motioned to amend Per Diem from $35.00 per day to $50.00 per day. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed.

 

After discussion, Civic Center Rate for Profit events $300.00 flat fee.

 

Budget Workshop needs to be held to review 2014 Proposed Budget. Public Hearing will be held before Budget is adopted.

 

-Lease/rent for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, North Peterson Street in Pearson.

 

Council member Lofton motioned to continue lease/rental agreement with Wiregrass Technical College at $7,000.00 for year 2014. Council member Williams seconded. Motion passed.

 

Council member Rickey Thomas arrived.

 

Mayor asked Attorney Adams for the Intergovernmental Agreement between the City and County for Building Inspector services. She reported she had talked with Chairman Terry Morris and Mr. Morris advised he had no problem with the Building Inspector assisting the City with a major project. Mr. Morris asked the Mayor to speak to Building Inspector Mark Ausley.

 

Library Board Appointments were tabled.

 

Mayor reported some parents have asked about a city park. She asked council members to think about suggestions and bring back to council.

 

Minnie Corbitt House: A representative from Historical Preservation visited the city last week and toured the Minnie Corbitt House. We hope to get some financial assistance on restoration.

 

Senior Citizens Report:

-Served 308 participants with an average of 28.

-Took trip to Valdosta on April 7, 2014 to the mall, lunch at Mama June’s.

-April 15, 2014 everyone brought their favorite finger food for the Easter Party. Egg hunt canceled due to rain.

-Seniors stuffed over 500 eggs for the Pre-K and Kindergarten Easter Egg hunt, also made “Goodie Bags” for 179 students.

Upcoming activities: May 8, 2014 Mothers Day Party, Finger food.

May 15, 2014 Shady Acres will be visiting the Center.

May 22, 2014 Lunch at Ole Times Buffet in Douglas.\

 

Chief’s Report:

None

 

Council member Williams commented that people are bragging on the Senior Center and glad the program is thriving.

 

4/05-13-2014

Mayor welcomed the Volunteer Firemen to the meeting.

 

Spokesman Don Murray said it is getting summer time and asked council to approve buying drinking water to keep available for volunteers when on fire calls. There are currently four volunteers that do not have walkie-talkies.

 

Mayor and Council advised Mr. Murray to take concerns to Fire Chief; the Chief will bring concerns to Mayor and Council if necessary. She said the City appreciates what the volunteers do.

 

Brian Hahn advised he had 10 cases of water he would personally donate to the Fire Department.

Firemen and Council thanked Mr. Hahn for his donation.

 

Public Comments:

Barbara Douglas commented on the Senior Center. There is an average of 25-30 people a day attending the center. The center is one big room and there is too much going on for the area. Some may be playing bingo, checkers, or watching TV and the kitchen is being cleaned, pots and pans rattling. Need a bigger place with rooms for different activities.

 

Attorney Adams spoke briefly regarding HB 60 Gun Control. He reported he is working with other local governments and will keep officials informed.

 

Portion of HB 60 follows:

HB 60 is also a comprehensive firearms bill, after amendments made by the House, which has four areas directly related to the operations of a municipality:
1.   The legislation would allow persons with valid firearms licenses to enter government buildings if those structures are not restricted or screened by security.
2.   The preemptions currently in place restricting city ordinances regulating firearms would be extended to preempt city’s from regulating weapons, including knives, bats, nun chucks, throwing stars, stun guns, and tasers.
3.   The power of city governing authorities to regulate the transport, carrying, or possession of firearms by employees of the city in the course of their employment would be limited by providing that the chief of police would have such authority over employees under his or her supervision.
4.   Any “aggrieved” person will be entitled to bring an action against a city if such person feels that the city has regulated firearms or weapons beyond the scope allowed under state law. The person would be entitled to attorneys’ fees and expenses of litigation.

 

HB 60 would also lift the prohibitions on carrying weapons, including firearms, into public housing by permitted individuals and eliminate the prohibition of persons convicted of pointing a firearm at another person from obtaining a weapons carry license. Additionally, the legislation would allow boards of education to authorize school personnel to carry firearms at schools, define the training required, and set rules on how such firearms must be stored while on school grounds.

 

5/05-13-2014

Council member Nugent motioned to adjourn. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion was unanimous.

 

 

Attest: ________________________                                                Date: _______________________
Bettye D. Williams, Mayor

 

Attest: ________________________                                                Date: ________________________

Nell Ford, City Clerk

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6/05-13-2014

June Agenda

INVOCATION:
Minister Carlie Lastinger
Pledge of Allegiance

Call to Order:
Mayor Bettye Drayton-Williams

Approval of Minutes:
May 13, 2014 – May 29, 2014 – June 02, 2014 Minutes/Feb. 3, 2014 Workshop

Mayor’s Comments:

New Business:
-Speed Zone Ordinance
-1st Reading of an Ordinance to Amend Section 22-22.1 of the Code of Ordinances, City of Pearson, Providing for Plumbing Permit Fees
-1st Reading of an Ordinance to Amend Section 13-2 of the Code of Ordinances,
City of Pearson for Mechanical Permit Fees
-1st Reading of an Ordinance to Amend Section 9-7.1 of the Code of Ordinances,
City of Pearson, Providing For Electrical Permit Fees
-1st Reading of an Ordinance for Participation the National Flood Insurance Program/Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance
-Resolution of Intent to Participate in the National Flood Insurance Program

Old Business:
Library Board Appointments

Other Business:
Chief’s Report
Senior Citizens Report

Public Comments:

Executive Session:
(If Necessary)

Adjourn:

MAY | AGENDA

Pearson City Council

May 13, 2014 7:30 P.M.

INVOCATION:

Minister Carlie Lastinger

Pledge of Allegiance

Call to Order

Mayor Bettye Drayton-Williams

Approval of Minutes

April 08, 2014 Minutes

Mayor’s Comments

New Business

-Business License & Alcohol Business Applications

For Samson Merger Sub, LLC (Harvey’s Supermarket)

-Appoint Member to the Nashville Housing Authority

Ms. Mary Sizemore was never reappointed in 2012.

Her appointment needs to be retroactive to January 8, 2013.

Her appointment expired January 7, 2013.

-2011 Invoice from Coffee County Sheriff’s Office/Prisoner Housing

-Sent lease/rent for Wiregrass Georgia Technical College, North Peterson Street

Old Business

Civic Center Rates/Non-Profit and Profit

Other Business

Chief’s Report

Senior Citizens Report

Public Comments

Executive Session

(If Necessary)

APRIL | AGENDA

Pearson City Council

Agenda

April 8, 2014    7:30 P.M.

INVOCATION:

Minister Carlie Lastinger

Call to Order

Mayor Bettye Drayton-Williams

 

Approval of Minutes

March 11, 2014 Minutes

 

Mayor’s Comments

A & B Construction/Clean upstairs of old City Hall Building

Update on LMIG Project (5 streets)

Zoning/Rezoning cannot start until Code Enforcement Officer becomes certified

 

New Business

Update on CDBG/Kira Loop Phase II-Genie Lee

DOT-Farmers Market

Library Board Members

Hwy 441 and Railroad Street/According to DOT; Resurface area for safety measures.

Old Business

Proposal from Roosevelt Rowles/Upkeep West Park

Concession Stand-Recreation Dept.

Appoint Member to the Housing Authority of the City of Nashville

Community Center & Civic Center Rates/Non-Profit and Profit

Other Business

Chief’s Report

Senior Citizens Report

Public Comments

Executive Session

(If Necessary)

Adjourn

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