AUGUSTA, GA (Anibal Ibarra) - Everybody should be allowed to do business with the city, specially elected officials, according to Commissioner Grady Smith who won't give up trying to easy ethics rules. Smith was censured last year for having his company some work with Richmond County as sitting Commissioner. He was reelected after being censured by the Commission, which is a reprimand with no punitive consequences. The issue will be revised in two weeks.
Commission Chamber (WATCH THE FULL SESSION HERE)
Rev. Gaye Ortiz, Pastor, Unitarian Universalist Church of Augusta
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG OF THE UNITED STATES OF AMERICA.
Motion to approve New Ownership Application: A. N. 14-41: request by Curtis Thompson for an on premise consumption Beer License to be used in connection with Sofia's Pizzeria located at 3706 Mike Padgett Hwy. There will be Sunday Sales. Commission District 1. Super District 9. (Approved by Public Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve New Application: A. N. 14-42: request by Dondiel Smith for an on premise consumption Liquor, Beer, Wine License to be used in connection with Red Lion Pub & Grill located at 1936 Walton Way.There will be Dance. There will be Sunday Sales. Commission District 1. Super Disrict 9. (Approved by Public Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve Bid Item 14-198, Window and Door Renovation Project for The Boathouse Community Facility, to Larry McCord Design/Build in the amount of $103,992.00. (Approved by Public Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve the appointment of Matt McKnight to the Construction Advisory Board as Super District 10 Consumer Member for a four-year term. (Approved by Public Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve revising the current 2014 Holiday Schedule to allow employees to observe December 25 and December 26 as the holiday instead of December 24 and December 25. (Approved by Administrative Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve Year 2015 – 2019 Consolidated Plan and 2015 Action Plan for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) Program, Home Investment Partnerships (HOME) Program, Emergency Solutions Grant (ESG) Program, Housing Opportunities for Persons with AIDS (HOPWA) Program. (Approved by Administrative Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve recommendation #2 of the Interim Administrator relative to the Disparity Study to consult with Attorney Colette Holt to help implement the goals to make program successful subject to costs associated with the consultation be presented to the Commission and the remainder recommendations referred back to committee. (Approved by Administrative Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve holding open enrollment for the first week in November with no increase in employee premium rates. (Approved by Administrative Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve an Ordinance to Amend the Augusta, GA Code Title One Article Four Section 1-7-51 Relating to the Adoption of Personnel Policies and Procedures of Augusta, Georgia; To approve edits to the FOLLOWING SECTIONS OF Chapter IV of THE Personnel Policies and Procedures Manual: 900.001, 900.006, 900.009, 900.011, 900.012 and 900.202; To Repeal All MANUAL PROVISIONS, Code Sections and Ordinances and Parts of Code Sections and Ordinances in Conflict Herewith; To Provide an Effective Date and For Other Purposes. (Approved by the Commission October 21, 2014-second reading
Motion to renew Stop Loss Coverage Contract with BCBS. (Approved by Administrative Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve the replacement of 4 work detail vans for Augusta Richmond County Correctional Institute. (Approved by Finance Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve the a request from Mr. Phillip Scott Hibbard regarding a refund of taxes paid on the property at 3119 Mike Padgett Highway in the amount of $756.00. (Approved by Finance Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve funds in the amount of $1,812,875.00 to reimburse GDOT for the bid amount for AUD utility relocations in the GDOT Windsor Spring Road Phase 4 project. (Approved by Engineering Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve Notice of Award of an Emergency Task Order in the Amount of $379,560.30 for the Highway 56 24" Water Main - Phase II project by Blair Construction Co. Inc. (Approved by Engineering Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve Crown Castle NG east LLC's Formal Registration Application to access the public right of way within the Augusta, Georgia for the provisions of telecommunications services as a State-Certified Utility. (Approved by Engineering Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve and accept an Easement Deed, from FTD LLC, for the Rock Creek Relief Sewer Project. (Approved by Engineering Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve amending the Cutting of Vacant Lots Policy to allow for 14-calendar day notification to property owners. (Approved by Engineering Services Committee October 27, 2014)
PETITIONS AND COMMUNICATIONS
Motion to approve the minutes of the regular meeting of the Commission held October 21, 2014 and Special Called Meeting held October 27, 2014.
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Motion to Approve Amendment to the Code Regarding Vacant Lot Clean up.
Motion to approve authorizing staff to proceed with crafting plans for locating the Administrator's Office on the second floor. (No recommendation by Public Services Committee October 27, 2014)
Motion to approve the Request for Change Order submitted by the Construction Manager at Risk (Turner Construction Company) for Municipal Building Renovations. (No recommendation by Public Services Committee October 27, 2014)
MOTION TO APPROVE AN ORDINANCE TO AMEND AUGUSTA, GA CODE SECTIONS 1-1-23 AND 1-1-27 RELATING TO EMPLOYEE OR PUBLIC OFFICIAL CONFLICTS OF INTEREST TO ALLOW FOR EXCEPTIONS TO BE APPROVED BY THE AUGUSTA, GEORGIA COMMISSION ON A CASE-BY-CASE BASIS; TO REPEAL ALL CODE SECTIONS AND ORDINANCES AND PARTS OF CODE SECTIONS AND ORDINANCES IN CONFLICT HEREWITH; TO PROVIDE AN EFFECTIVE DATE AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES. WAIVE SECOND READING (Requested by Commissioner Grady Smith)
Motion to Approve Criminal Justice Coordinating Council Supplemental Grant.
Review and approve recommended budget adjustments for departments facing projected shortfalls. (Requested by the Finance Director)
Receive comprehensive update from staff regarding the Hyde Park Relocation Project. (Requested by Commissioner Marion Williams)
Motion to determine all or a portion of the following roads. Berckmans Road (Tract “A”), Heath Drive (Tract “B”), Hillside lane (Tract “C”), Stanley Drive (“D”), Hemlock Hill Road (Tract “E”), Cherry Lane (Tract “F”), Heath Drive (Tracts “G” and “H”), as shown on the attached plat and described in the attached legal descriptions have either ceased to be used by the public to the extent that no substantial public purpose is served by it or that its removal from the county road system is otherwise in the best public interest, pursuant to O.C.G.A. §32-7-2, with the abandoned property to be quit-claimed to the appropriate party(ies), as provided by law and an easement to be retained over the entire abandoned portion for existing or future utilities as directed by Augusta Engineering Department and Augusta Utilities Department.
A. Pending and Potential Litigation.
B. Real Estate.
Motion to approve execution by the Mayor of the affidavit of compliance with Georgia's Open Meeting Act.