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Mayor Called meeting to order.
Present were council members, Rico Myrick, Vickie Mixon, Raymond Cole and Mayor Vicki Horne. Absent were council members Natalie Underwood and Jerry Shinholster
Motion to approve minutes as presented from the November 21, 2011 meeting was made by Myrick seconded be Mixon, no opposition, motion carried.
Mayor Horne addressed agenda and asked Beth Langford to speak. Langford said that Paws and Claws was having a hard time financially and that she knew that the city voted to cut their funding from the previous year in half and that she was here to ask if there was any emergency funds or anyway that the city could help them. Langford said that they were doing what they could and that last week they were down here picking up a puppy that had a broken jaw, and that was the most recent animal that they had picked up down here. Langford asked the city to reconsider funding. Langford presented council with copies of some of the pages of their website and said that she didn’t know if anyone had brought those before. Langford said that it showed some of the things that they do, and that they work really hard trying to raise funds, and that they were all volunteers and that there wasn’t any pay for our time, and that they sometimes work two days on their fundraiser. She said that they raised funds at the fall line festival in Gordon, and the Lick Skillet trail ride. She said that cleared about $700 in Gordon and $1200 at Lick Skillet. Langford said that the funds didn’t go very far and that they were trying to get the city and county around involved. She explained that they were the first humane society to have any success and that they started in 2007 and that they have come this far and that they didn’t want to stop. She explained that they were pretty desperate right now. Langford said that if the city couldn’t do that, then set a good example and join them. She explained that if they could get enough people in the county to join then they would have regular income every month. She said that they notify people when their year is up and if they had enough members then that would be steady income every month. She said that that they notified members and hoped that they would be diligent in paying their dues. Langford said that she would be back after the first of the year to address the new members that may be coming in. She said that people had gotten her home telephone number as well as her cell and that she didn’t mind, and knew that more and more people were finding out about them. Langford said that they have done a lot of work in McIntyre and said that they had done some work for Natalie Underwood. Langford said that she had picked up puppies and transported them to Atlanta on her and her husband’s dime, if they can get an appointment with their animal humane and transport puppies up there if they are healthy, and stated that they have done that. She said that they had transported 40-50 puppies this summer between spring, summer and fall and that you think about what 40-50 represent when they grow up and have puppies of their own and continually
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doing this and that she knew that the cities funds can’t be used for spay and neutering, but that they raise funds for that and ultimately that is what is going to be the answer to controlling the animal population.
Mayor Horne asked what the other cities were contributing.
Langford said that Gordon was contributing $300 a month and a lot of the smaller cities that do not have any industries are not able to contribute. Langford said that sometimes they will contribute $300-$500, but not all of them do and that sometimes they will pledge that much and then they can’t follow through, so they rely on the cities that do have funds. Langford also said that Gordon had a dogcatcher sometimes and knew that they were looking for someone. Horne said that she knew the city had contributed about $15,000.00 all together. Langford said that yes they have. Langford said that in May of 2010 the city contributed $5,000 then again in December and then they came back and asked, because they didn’t think to come back in June, asked in August, because they were having financial problems because they were doing more and more, and was continuing to do more with the same amount of money. Langford said in August the city contributed $5,000 and explained that they had worked 8 months on the previous $5000 before they asked for more. Langford said that she asked the city to reconsider because they work very hard and do a lot out of this, and donate their time and now had a photographer donating her time so the pictures will begin to get better of the animals they are trying to move. Langford explained that she had not been to a council meeting before because of her job, but now she was working next door, so now she would come over and wanted to tell council that she was very interested in this and that she started in 2007 and didn’t want to quit now, and said that they may have to cut back on the things that they do now, but that they would continue and reiterated that they do count on cities that have industry and do have the funds. Langford said that she has worked with Lisa in Irwinton in the office and knew how strapped some of the cities are and how they rely on the businesses that they do have to support us. Langford said that they have been working on industries because she felt that they should contribute more, because they have had situations where they have been to the minds to pick up animals. Langford said that it takes along time when they have never contributed to something like this before.
Mayor Horne addressed council for any comments.
Mayor Horne addressed the next line of business the swearing in of the new council. McRee said that you couldn’t do anything after January the 1st. Mayor Horne said that they would probably have to have a called meeting next week to finalize the budget.
Mayor Horne addressed the gallery. Ms. Joyce Martin said that she had told the clerk about a light out on Pine Circle but that there was another one out to.
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Eugene Moore said that he would like to thank Raymond Cole, Jerry Shinholster and Natalie Underwood for serving the last 4 years on council and the job they have done, and should be commended for that and they he appreciated what they have done.
Cole had no report.
Mixon had no report
Myrick said that he would like to address the citizens that live at the top of the hill at Asbell road. Myrick said that he had received a telephone call from Ms. Vickie Mathis a couple of weeks ago concerning the water. Myrick said that he was sorry in the delay in water. He explained the pump went out but they had it repaired now and appreciated their appreciation. Myrick also said that a lot of you didn’t have his phone number, but to get in touch with Pam and she would get in touch with him if there were any problems with the water. Walls volunteered too help if they needed someone to switch on the weekends.
Horne asked Wayne if he had anything. Wayne responded that he didn’t have anything.
Clerk said that she had a couple of things. First was that she received an application from Terrance Shinholster for application of Beer and Wine license, and explained that it would be the C&C lounge located at 1120 Gordon-McIntyre Road, previously VIP Club. The type of business will be sports bar and lounge. Clerk said that he has advertised in the paper and that he had is affidavit of publisher. Amerson said that he did have something to say about this. Amerson said that he didn’t know the guy and didn’t know if anyone around the table knew him but that he was the same one that run the club in Gordon where the murder was committed a few months back. Amerson said that as Chief, he hoped that the council would reject the application. Amerson said that they had had a lot of trouble in Gordon. Jonathan Snow said that they had been run out of Gordon, that Gordon had pulled their license and run them out of Gordon and now they are coming here. Myrick asked if the murder happened on the premises. Snow said right outside the door. Tommy Brown said not just outside the club but also up the whole street. Horne asked if there was something they could put in place for people that wanted to have that kind of business about having security. McRee said that you could modify the ordinance. Horne said that if they do something like that, and explained that there were other businesses like that around here. Amerson agreed, and said that he was going to be tough; Mayor asked if there was something that he could work with to get some
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kind of ordinance in place to make them compliance. Horne said that we couldn’t look like were discriminating. Amerson said no, that he knew from the past what this place has
been in Gordon and that it was the same people running it and that he didn’t want it here. Amerson explained that it had been time after time the police had been out there for fights and everything else and that a couple of months ago there was a murder and he didn’t want that here. Horne said that she understood. Amerson said that we have enough trouble here and didn’t need anymore. Horne asked if there was something they could do and asked if we could just postpone it. McRee said that you could table. Horne said that she didn’t have a vote, but understood Wayne’s concern and that she had some information herself, and wanted to know if there was something we could do. McRee said that you could table it pending further investigation. Martin asked why couldn’t we just turn it down. Horne said that council could, but still there were other businesses like that here. Martin asked if they had the same reputation, Horne said that the police have been called out there before. Myrick asked if they had the 21-year age thing in Gordon. Amerson said that he didn’t know what Gordon had, but that if they were going to approve this thing, then he was going to ask them to back him anytime he brings them in here. Amerson said that he has already spoken to all the businesses here, that the first time he goes out there and finds them in violation, he was bringing them to council. Myrick said that was not a problem, but just going on something that happened in Gordon on the outside, is the same thing that has happened here. Amerson said that it started on the inside, and that was the problem, that they let it start before they call someone and then it gets out of hand, and then it puddles into the street and the next thing you know you’ve got one dead out there, its happened here before, started on the inside, then moved outside and somebody ended up shot, and they’ve got to understand that’s one reason we changed if from 18 to 21, to keep some of the kids from being in there. Amerson said again that he didn’t want it here, that if he couldn’t run his business in Gordon then he can’t run it any better here. Snow asked if you changed the closing time, from 12:00 to maybe 10:00 to 10:30. Myrick said come on now. Snow said that he was just saying a lot of that is coming from Macon, not local. Myrick said that Danville was local. Snow said that he was talking about Gordon and McIntyre local, but Danville is about 20 miles away just like Macon or Milledgeville. Myrick said to give the man a chance and if you see it’s not working then pull his license. Amerson said that he didn’t have a problem giving him a chance, but said that if he messes up he’s bringing him to council and that he wanted their support and that he didn’t want what happened in Gordon to happen here, and its coming if we don’t keep it under control. Mayor Horne asked if the city could put something in place saying that they have to have some type of security office. McRee said you could change the ordinance. Myrick said they needed to be licensed. Mayor said that was the next thing she wanted to say, is it possible to have it where they have some type of certification, again McRee said you can put it in your ordinance. Mayor asked Amerson if they could do that would he be okay with that, Amerson said that yes, and realized that there would be problems, Mixon said that Amerson just wanted our support.
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Horne said that she thought the subject should be tabled until they got the proper people in place. Moore asked about adding in the ordinance that if the police had to go out there a certain number of times, then their license would be suspended. Mayor Horne said that Amerson can bring them to the table anytime, and thought it was subject to the severity, but that he could bring them back anytime. Mayor Horne said that she was with Amerson, and thought there should be something in place, to make persons more responsible when they run a place like that.
Motion to table the issue of issuing Terrance Shinholster a license until further investigation was made by Myrick, seconded by Mixon, no opposition, motion carried.
Clerk said that she had given each member a notification about the Title VI funds from the Ga. Department of Transportation. Clerk explained what the Title VI funds were used to help counties/cities with programs such as the T-Grant, side walk programs and LARP, but it wasn’t called LARP anymore and in order for GA. DOT, to receive those funds they have to have in place a non-discrimination policy and that is what those forms were that she had given council. Clerk explained that she needed a motion to have Mayor sign those forms, so that we can keep our eligibility in the programs.
Motion to have Mayor sign Title VI funds for DOT was made by Mixon, seconded by Myrick, no opposition, motion carried.
Mayor Horne said that she wanted to thank everyone for the phone calls and for all the food that was brought during the death of her Aunt, and just wanted to thank everyone for all they had done.
Clerk said that she has given everyone a copy of the Alcohol Ordinance that David had returned to the City. Clerk asked if everyone had read it, or would they like to have more time to read over it. McRee said that he needed to make a change to include the securities to the ordinance and Clerk said that there were two other places that needed changing. McRee asked clerk to email him the changes and he would bring it back to council at a later date.
Mayor Horne said that the city did hold the public hearing for the wastewater treatment center today and that they also held a docket conference with Kathy Ross with USDA.
Mayor Horne addressed the Gallery for questions, Meg with Rindt-McDuff reiterated that they had met with Ross of USDA and said that there were a couple of things that the City needed to submit, but that she believe we could have those items done within a couple of
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weeks. Meg said that possibly in January USDA would give the City a letter of condition. Meg said as far as funds go, Ross reported that they had been given a small amount of
funding, but they anticipate the whole funding would be available by January, so that they can give a letter of condition. Meg said that she had contacted EPD and they should return the design plan back to Rindt-McDuff by the end of the year and the only thing left after that with the EPD is the final design. Meg said that hopefully the time line will line up with the USDA and the letter of condition.
Mayor said that she wished everyone a Merry Christmas and a safe holiday.
Motion to adjourn was made by Mixon, seconded by Myrick, no opposition, motion carried.