City of McIntyre
August 1, 2011
Mayor Horne called meeting to order, led in prayer by Council member Jerry Shinholster.
Present were: Mayor Vicki Horne, Council members, Rico Myrick, Vickie Mixon, Raymond Cole and Jerry Shinholster, absent was Natalie Underwood.
Mayor Horne presented a memorial plaque to the Bache family in memory of Mr. Jack Bache, who served as Mayor for 12 years.
Minutes were presented from the July 18, 2011 meeting. Motion to approve minutes as presented was made by Mixon, seconded by Myrick, voting yes for the motion was Mixon, Myrick and Cole, abstaining from vote was Shinholster motion carried.
Mayor Horne opened floor to Joe Boone with Paws and Claws. Mr. Boone presented council with reports from Paws and Claws that showed receivables and expenditures. Mr. Boone said that the city graciously agreed to appropriate $10,000 to Paws and Claws in 2 $5,000 increments and that the 2nd part of the MOU expired in June, and that July expenses have kept on running. He said that in May and June and the first part of July that they had picked up spayed and neutered over 30 dogs just from McIntyre and explained that at $150.00 a dog, you are looking at expenditures of about $4,500.00 for just those 30 dogs. Mr. Boone presented pictures of three dogs that they had received a call on from Officer Kump. He explained that the owners had moved off and left them. He said that they had provided food and that one of the dogs had to be taken to the vet which had to be put down, the other two were still there, but they are trying to get help through a bulldog rescue organization, explaining that these were located in McIntyre.
Cole commented that he felt that people put dogs out in McIntyre. Mixon asked that when he spoke of McIntyre, was he including routes or was if just for McIntyre. Boone said that he was just speaking of that within the city of McItnrye. Mixon asked how many dogs had they picked up or taken care of, Boone said thirty-three, Mixon said no, in all, the whole time. Boone said that he did not know that figure but could get it. Mixon said that she had asked several times for someone to pick up dogs on her street and no one has shown up. Boone explained that they had traps. Boone asked that the city if they could accelerate the funds or number one to use the MOU we had last year to accelerate the payments so we could continue to operate. Mixon asked what the other cities were doing. Boone said that he had a meeting with Gordon next week, but that they allocated $2500 last year. Myrick asked Boone about proof showing that they had been getting 30 dogs from the city of McIntyre. Boone said that he had his voucher forms from when the animals were picked up, that it had the name of the owner and the address. He stated that they do it on all of them they pick up. Mixon asked why didn’t the owner have to pay. Boone said that in most cases they don’t know who the owner is. He said that he just records the name of the person who calls as the owner, but technically they are not the
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owner. Cole asked the clerk how many complaints had we received. Clerk said that they had received several calls, and referred them to Paws and Claws. Cole asked clerk if they had been taken care of. Clerk said that she knew of a couple that had been trapped on Railroad Street. Myrick asked how much it cost us when the city did it. Cole said that if we hired someone, pay the salary, paid insurance, supplied the vehicle, Shinholster interjected a figure of about $80,000.00, Cole said to pay Paws and Claws and be thankful that we had someone to pick up the dogs, unless some of council wanted to pick up the dogs. Mixon said that she has called several times and nobody ever picks them up. Motion to renew the contract was made by Shinholster and seconded by Cole, in favor of the motion were Shinholster and Cole, opposing the motion was Mixon and Myrick, Horne asked for discussion. Myrick and Mixon both stated that they didn’t think the city could afford the $10,000 at this time. Conversation ensued about cost of hiring, how much the money the city donated, with Boone explaining the majority of the money did not come from McIntyre. Mayor voted in favor of Mixon and Myrick, to break the tie motion carried. Myrick made motion to contribute $5,000 to Paws and Claws, voting for the motion was Mixon, and Myrick, opposing the motion was Cole and Shinholster, Mayor voted in favor of Mixon and Myrick to break the tie, motion carried. Boone said that he would get the new MOU to David as soon as possible.
Motion was made to amend the budget to give $5,000 to Paws and Claws, seconding the motion was Mixon, no opposition, motion carried.
Cole had no report.
Chief Amerson said that he would be out of town until Wednesday, for training.
Mixon had no report.
Myrick said that he had not heard from Spence Basinger on the pump house that he had tried to contact him but had not heard back. Clerk told Myrick that the last time she had spoken with Spence, he said that he was getting with an engineer friend of his and get the lay out of building and also that he had sent the report to EPD. Mayor said that she would call him. Mayor said that if we didn’t hear from him, then we would have to get somebody or contract it out. Mr. Moore from the gallery gave the names of two engineers, Bobby Mixon and Bill Carr.
Myrick said that he had another issue, but wanted to go into closed session to discuss.
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Clerk said that she had received a revised contract for elections from Tracey Strange, indicating two changes that had been made. Contract was given to David for review. McRee explained that the changes were that the contract would not expire and that if either party wanted to terminate the contract they would give 60 days notice. Myrick made motion to accept changes and sign new contract, seconded by Shinholster, no opposition, motion carried.
Mayor Horne commented on the stakeholders meeting. She said that we did get some information from some attendees. Horne said that we are suppose to be drafting a letter asking the other cities to sign, also they talked about going to Atlanta and talking to the Governor and other people who may influence our ability to get the funds for the wastewater center.
Mayor also informed council that she would be attending the August 9th council meeting in Irwinton to discuss with them the use of their water lines down Railroad Street for hydrants.
Mayor Horne also notified council that all the drug screens from the last test were back and that everyone passed. She said the results were filed into everyone’s personnel folder and could be viewed if council wanted to see.
Horne also informed council that the September 5th meeting would be the labor day holiday. Shinholster made motion to cancel the first meeting in September, seconded by Myrick, no opposition, motion carried.
There were no questions or comments from gallery.
Mixon made motion to enter into executive session for personnel issues seconded by Myrick, no opposition, motion carried.
Mayor called meeting back to order at 6:07, Mayor Horne stated that there were no motions made nor any votes taken while in executive session and that the issue discussed was personnel.
Horne said that she felt Pam should have a say so in the decisions for her department, concerning the matter with Leslie. Cole said then you were putting Pam on the spot. Horne said then they are put on the spot. Cole said yes but that they had the authority to make the decision. Horne said ok, and that council needed to decide. Motion was made by Mixon that Leslie not attend the water class in September, seconded by Mryick.
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Voting for the motion was, Mixon, Myrick and Cole, opposing the motion was Shinholster, motion carried.
Mayor Horne asked if there was going to be any discussion on Leslie attending Athens in September. Shinholster asked what there was to discuss since she had already took the classes all she was going to be was awarded the certificate. Horne said that she just wanted everybody to get the full understanding; Shinholster said that he already had the understanding. Cole asked if she could pay the city back and pay her own way, Shinholster spoke to David informing him that she was full time when she took the classes. Mixon said that Leslie was supposed to be here when Pam was gone, and that Pam had to go for re-certification. McRee said that he understood that, she took some of the classes while full time, Shinholster said, all the classes. David asked did she earn the credits to graduate. Shinholster responded that yes she had, David then asked wouldn’t they send to her in the mail. Shinholster asked the clerk if she had to go this time, clerk said that she had to go, because she let Leslie go in February to finish up, and that she had to go once a year. McRee wanted to clarify that if she did not attend that it wouldn’t keep her from receiving her certificate. Cole asked when she became certified. Mixon responded in February. Conversation ensued among members discussing options. Cole said that she was part-time and did not get the full time benefits. Mixon made motion for Leslie to go the morning of presentation of certificates, seconded by Myrick, voting for the motion were Mixon, Cole and Myrick, abstaining from vote was Shinholster, motion carried.
Shinholster asked Mayor to make sure that he got financial statements. Clerk asked could she speak on record. Clerk asked Shinhoster had she given him everything he had asked for and he said yes all except the overtime, and she said that she had given him that also, and that she had a copy of it in her box and that he had all the financial reports up to June 30th and that July 31st fell on Sunday and that she did not work on Sunday, but that she would have the information in his box in the morning.
Cole made motion for adjournment, seconded by Mixon, no opposition, motion carried.