REGULAR MEETING OF MAYOR AND COUNCIL
February 10, 2015
The Mayor and Council of the City of Pearson met in Regular Session on February 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, and Betty Lofton, City Attorney Jerome Adams and City Clerk Nell Ford.
Brother Carlie Lastinger gave words of inspiration followed by the Pledge of Allegiance to the flag.
Mayor Williams called the meeting to order.
Council Member Lofton motioned to approve January 20, 2015 minutes. Council Member Williams seconded. Motion to approve minutes was unanimous.
Mayor’s Comments: (Deferred until later in meeting)
-James Herring with Herring CPA Group, P.C. presented the December 31, 2013 audit.
A copy of the 2013 audit along with a letter regarding the findings has been sent to the Department of Audits, Atlanta, GA.
-School Superintendent Tim Cochran presented a power point presentation on the status of the Atkinson County School System 2014-2015.
Mr. Cochran reported the Atkinson County School system is where it should be as far as academic progress goes. He commented on teachers and staff for jobs well done.
-Council member Williams motioned to declare no conflict of interest exist on the FY 2015 CDBG because the building (being considered) is owned by the City. Council member Thomas seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
-Discussion held on zoning changes/Variances and set percentage for Mobile Home permits.
Item was tabled.
-Council member Thomas motioned to enter into an Intergovernmental Agreement with Atkinson County and the Atkinson County Tax Commissioner to collect City taxes effective with tax year 2015. Council member Lofton seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Announced “If I Were Mayor” contest info and a letter had been sent to the Middle School.
-Kira Loop Maintenance ==============
-Senior Center Building update—————
Council Member Nugent motioned to appoint Jason Joiner to fill the unexpired term of former council member Bobby J. Guess=======. Council member Lofton seconded. Discussion.
Council member Thomas motioned to appoint Defronz Minor to fill the unexpired term of former council member Bobby J. Guess. Council member Williams seconded.
Mayor Williams had to vote to break the tie. Mayor Williams voted to appoint Jason Joiner to fill the unexpired term of former council member Bobby J. Guess.
Chief’s Report: January 20, 2015-February 9, 2015
Responded to 444 calls for service.
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).
Code Enforcement issues and inspections as required. Registered for G.A.C.E. (Code Enforcement) training in Savannah February 17-20, 2015.
Senior Citizens Report:
January 2015 (11 days)
Center was closed January 1, 2015 and January 22, 2015.
January 14, 2015 trip to Tift Co. Lanes for bowling followed by lunch at Golden Corral. Recreation Director Ray Lanier was van driver.
Recreation Department Report:
Started basketball practice with first home game February 12, 2015 at 6:00 p.m./Civic Center.
-Pointed out a problem with the lined tile that was installed for basketball court. The dimension of the Free-Throw line and lane is about 3 feet to long.
Baseball/Softball sign up is February 13, 2015.
Implementing new colors of Red, White and Gray for all teams.
Applying a new Pearson Recreation Logo on all team jerseys and hats.
Fire Department Report: January 2015 Meetings and Calls
Responded to 2 fires/held monthly meeting/Loading Zone training/1 First Responder call
Council Member Nugent motioned to adjourn. Council Member Williams seconded. Motion passed unanimously.
Attest: ________________________ Date: _______________________ Bettye D. Williams, Mayor
Attest: ________________________ Date: ________________________
Nell Ford, City Clerk