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June 2, 2014 Minutes

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Mayor Horne called meeting to order, led in prayer by Council member Eugene Moore.


Present were: Mayor Vicki Horne, Council members, Eugene Moore, Katherine Scott, John Carswell and Rico Myrick, also present were Clerk Pamela Roberts, Chief of Police Wayne Amerson and City Attorney David McRee.


Motion to approve May 19, 2014 council minutes was made by Scott, seconded by Moore, no opposition, motion carried.


Agenda presented new business as:


a.         Notice of Probable Violation

b.         Signature Card for 2013 SPLOST Account

C.         Personnel Issue – Executive Session


Agenda presented no old business.


Mayor Horne addressed the agenda:


Clerk Roberts stated that she had received notification from the Georgia Public Service Commission that back in January the City of McIntyre may have violated the Gerogia 811 laws as far as locates, stating that the city did get the locate, but didn’t know if that was going to make a difference but that she had turned the information over to McRee for research.


McRee reported that the clerk did turn over the information and that he has looked it over and it seemed to appear that the city did call, and that the lines were marked, but still hit the line anyway, and that is what the commission alleged. McRee said that there are a couple of ways the law can be violated, one is to go out and just dig without calling and if something is hit the city is liable for the cost of the repairs and the city is liable for the cost of what the state will levy. The second being that the city calls and goes out and hit a line, the city is liable for the cost of the repairs plus any fines the state will levy, noting that the only way the city would not be liable is that if the line had been marked in the wrong place.


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McRee said that the commission has given two options; one is a fine of $5,000 or send 5 employees off to training with a reduced fine to $1,000.  McRee said that the commission has sent a consent agreement, saying that if the city was willing to go along with it, sign it and return it, noting that if the  city don’t agree with it or the city thinks they are wrong or if the city thinks they marked the lines wrong, saying the city has a right to oppose, having up to thirty days to file a response to the case, saying there would be a hearing and the hearing officer would make a ruling on that, but saying that he didn’t believe the city had a reason to oppose. Mayor Horne asked who was on the back hoe; Roberts said that Mark was on the back hoe.  Scott asked if that is what he tore up the line with, Roberts said yes. Myrick asked where the incident was, Roberts said that it was on Vinson Road. Mayor Horne asked if the clerk knew why he hit it, Roberts said that she didn’t know, that he had pinched it, but didn’t know if they were digging to close to the line or what. Mayor Horne indicated that she would like to talk with Mark and see what happened and what was the deadline for response, Roberts said that it was thirty days from May 22nd. Mayor Horne asked if they do have safety training, Roberts said that they did, and that the workers had been to this class in Loganville. Roberts said that she believed that they set up the training. McRee noted the training information in the packet. Moore said that it would probably be cheaper to pay the fine.  Mayor Horne said that she didn’t believe that. Mayor Horne asked Clerk to see how much the class was and where the closes one was located. Saying she wanted to find out from Mark on what happened. Moore said that he believed that Atlanta Gas Light had one in Macon a couple of years ago. Mayor Horne asked to see how close the city could get it to McIntyre. McRee asked about the last time the city had a violation. Roberts said that she believed it was 4-5 years ago. McRee said that he wanted to make sure that it wasn’t multiple violations. Myrick commented that perhaps the water line is too close to the gas line.  Scott said that the city has to send five employees to class; Carswell said you had five, two in the water department and three in the street department.


Mayor Horne addressed the signature cards, Roberts said that council had already taken care of that.




Moore and Scott had no reports.

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Mayor will come back to Carswell.


Myrick said that one thing he had was land acquisition, but needed to be discussed in executive session.

Myrick said that he had received complaints about the grass not being cut. Moore said that they had lost a couple of days because of the storms, but that they were working. Ms. Martin from the gallery said that the grass needed to be cut at the church where you come out into the road, noting that the city has said in the past that it wasn’t theirs but that it was a safety issue. Mayor Horne asked if that was the main highway and if the city could get in trouble going up there and cutting, Myrick said yes. Moore said that he has called DOT about that, but they haven’t done anything about it yet, Mayor Horne said that the city would call again. McRee said that the city could not cut on the right-of-way.


McRee had no report.


Myrick asked Moore if council had talked about the guys cutting so far and coming back and weed eat. Moore said yes they had, and Myrick said it wasn’t working. Moore noted that the bush hog had been out of commission with two flat tires, but they had been repaired, and then the storm hit and they had cleaned up that, and that they had to read water meters, saying that took up the four days last week. Myrick said concerning meter reading, noting that council had talked about cross training, but when the guys that cut grass has something to do then why the other two aren’t handling it. Mayor Horne said that they are suppose to be cross training and that she knew the water department was helping with grass, saying that she has spoken with water personnel about helping the street department catch up, because she knew Lamont was on vacation and then there was the new guy, who didn’t know as much as the council thought they did, when they hired him, being trained, so Antion has been doing the majority of the work since Lamont has been on vacation, plus it has rained a lot lately. Moore said yes that it had rained every day last week.


Myrick asked Mayor Horne if she had spoken with Ronnie Odum, Mayor Horne said that she had to call him back that she had spoken with him briefly.



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Myrick asked about the situation with Ronnie Curry and his mobile home. Mayor Horne said that she had talked with the family and that they had already been to the county and paid some on it, noting that she had received a phone call from the people in Atlanta saying again that the family had already been to the courthouse to pay, and will finish paying in July. Horne said that the county sells the mobile home, all the money would go to DCA. Mayor said that she had called Mr. Tom Spynx  and informed him of the family paying and that he was happy about that because DCA didn’t really want to deal with that.


Myrick asked about the signatures for the easements. Clerk said that they were working on them, that she had gotten a couple more, noting that Martin Allen had come in to sign, but didn’t believe that the city needed his anymore that it had been decided to move that line. Scott asked if we only needed two more, Roberts said no that they needed more than that. Moore asked if the Shaughers had come in, Roberts said that they had not. Myrick asked about Arneely Dukes, Roberts said that she had not heard anything, but that Mr. Moore was going to talk with Ms. Mary Whipple. Mayor Horne asked if there was anyone living that was over that property. Myrick said that Ms. Mary had told him that she was over it. Roberts said that was what they were telling her too, but that Mr. Dukes had a wife that lived in Summerville SC. Mayor Horne asked if there was anyone who could get in touch with her. Roberts said that she had spoken with Ms. Mary, and had someone call her and had her call the office, but that no one had given her a number. Mayor Horne asked if Roberts could try it again. Myrick asked if we could send a certified letter to have someone notarize the paper, Roberts said that yes you could mail it. Scott asked about Gotell, Roberts said yes you could do her too because both ladies were in the same place.  Moore asked if they had an easement for Southern Natural Gas yet, Roberts said that they didn’t. Moore noted that the property on Pine Circle for Ed Shaugher and Joann Willis depended on Southern Natural easement.


Scott asked if the clerk had gotten in touch with the engineers about the plat. Roberts said that she had spoken with Richard Aiken, who had contacted Joe McKenzie about the plat.


Moore noted that on Pine Circle the line was coming down the road to the gas line then it goes down the gas line and cuts across the Shaugher and the Willis property and then across BASF property before it crosses the railroad.  Mayor Horne said that we still needed to get them to sign. Roberts said that she has gotten the Willis’ signature. Moore said that Shaugher had said

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they would call Roberts to make sure she was here so they could sign it. McRee said that some of these people were going to forget or isn’t important to them, saying that some of them you were just going to have to go to their house with a notary and a witness so you could do it right

there in their house.  Moore noted that while he was visiting with Shaugher he went over to Jimmy and Shirley Fountain, but no one came to the door.


Ms. Martin from the Gallery asked council what they did if people didn’t agree to sign, McRee said that the city would have to condemn it, but didn’t want to go that route. Mayor Horne said that the city was doing all they could to not have to do that.


Amerson had no report.


Mayor Horne asked if anyone had heard anything from the fire department, Roberts said that she had not; Moore noted their meetings were the first and third Tuesday of the month.


Gallery Comments:


Gaynell Shinholster approached council concerning the street crew not cutting the ditches at Dexter Austin, James Todd, and Robin Mapp.  Shinholster said that she did not understand why they weren’t cutting the ditches, noting that snakes are beginning to crawl and people needed to see them.  Shinholster said that she didn’t know about the whole road, but knew those three places haven’t been touched.


Mayor Horne said that Moore was to be addressing the issue with the street personnel, that she had already addressed the issue, and that they should be getting to it soon.


Moore asked Shinholster that when she said clean the ditches out, did she mean that she wanted the crew to take the back hoe up there and clean the ditches out. Shinsholster said that she didn’t know how they did it. Moore said that they had gone up to her house and picked up trash in her ditch, Shinholster said that she knew that, and didn’t understand how they didn’t see the other places. Moore said that the stuff from the ditch comes from your grass that grew into the ditch, and that they could go there with the back hoe and dig a ditch, but when they did that in the past people get mad with them and wanted them to fill the ditch back up.

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Shinholster said that she didn’t know about all that, but that it was dangerous up there. Moore said that if they take the back hoe up there and dig a ditch between Shinholsters driveways, noting that she had two pipes, and that the street department had gone and picked all the

trash between those pipes and cleaned out the ends of the pipes, Shinholster said that she wasn’t just talking about hers, Moore said that after hers, they went down to James Todd’s and cleaned out the ends of the pipes at Todd’s driveway. Myrick said that she wasn’t talking about cleaning pipes, she was talking about cutting grass, Moore said that Shinholster said clean out the ditches, Shinholster said that she may have said that but was talking about cutting the grass, Myrick asked wasn’t cutting grass the same as cleaning the ditches, Moore said no, not to him. Shinholster noted that Moore wasn’t up there with the guys, and that she wasn’t trying get the guys in trouble, even though she could, but that she was bringing the issue to council so they would be aware of it. Mayor Horne said that it has been documented and Mr. Moore will be talking with them, saying that they had things lined up today, but that they are suppose to be getting to it.  Mayor Horne said that Antion assured her that the work would be done.  Shinholster said that Antion had assured her also, but the grass hasn’t been touched in a while, asking Mayor Horne if she knew how long Rob had been dead. Mayor Horne questioned about the grass not being cut since Robs demise, Myrick said maybe not that long but it has been a while, Mayor Horne asked Myrick how come he never said anything, Myrick said because it hadn’t been that high, but it’s been steady growing ,  Carswell said because of all the rain that’s been here making is it grow.  Mayor Horne said that she was not getting in a debate but that Ms. Shinholster is saying the grass hasn’t been cut since Rob’s death, and that had been a awhile, Myrick said he wasn’t saying that, Mayor Horne said that she didn’t want it to seem like the street guys aren’t doing what they are suppose to be doing, and that she didn’t want it to seem like anyone was singling out one citizen and that shehoped not, because that is not what the city is in the business to do. Moore said that the street personnel don’t do that. Mayor Horne said that when she spoke with Antion, he seemed to become upset and stated that he does his best, and that she told him that he couldn’t please everybody, noting that someone was going to fuss about something.  Myrick said that they have been cutting grass, but not weed eating and then they get put on something else and that is what throws them behind. Shinholster said that they told her they didn’t do weed eating any more. Moore said that wasn’t right, Mayor Horne said that he shouldn’t have told her that. Mayor Horne said that wasn’t what he told her today, that she would have to find out where that statement come from, because that wasn’t a true statement. Shinholster said




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that the last time she talked with Antion, he had said something was tore up. Myrick said that doesn’t cut the ditches, that week eaters cut the ditches. Mayor Horne said they must have been talking about something else, Carswell said that they have been using the bush cutter to cut ditches; Moore said in some places, Myrick said not down in his neighborhood. Carswell said that he was asking in general if they used it. Myrick said that they use the bush cutter to cut the banks; Mayor Horne said that must be what Antion was talking about being torn up. Mayor Horne said that it wasn’t the weed eaters torn up, because they had plenty of them.


Ms. Martin from the gallery said that Mr. Moore had paving in the works, but wanted to know about the section on Railroad Street that intersects with Main Street. Moore said that the city was putting LMIG money into an escrow account for that purpose, and also waiting on the sewer line because it would be going straight down the middle of the street, so the street personnel was just patching while waiting on the sewer line to get run. Martin asked how long was it going to be before the sewer line would be run, Mayor Horne said that the city could not answer that question, noting that if the city puts a lot of money into it, then have to tear it up, noting that would be wasted money. Moore said that the city was looking at over $30,000 just to re-do that and that they were trying to keep it patch until sewer.


Shinholster from the gallery said that she had one more thing, asking council where the water department had dug out to repair a water leak on Vinson Road, were they going to do anything about that. Mayor Horne asked Moore if he was working on that. Moore said that when they fixed it they left it to high, and has since gone back with the back hoe to smooth it down, but that it was just a little too high.


Motion to enter into executive session for land acquisition and personnel issues was made by Myrick, seconded by Scott, no opposition, motion carried.


Mayor Horne called meeting back into order at 6:10p.m., noting that no motion was made, nor any vote taken while in executive session.


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Mayor Horne asked if the trees on the property the city had purchased were too small to cut; Moore said that they were still very young, but that it did need thinning. Mayor Horne said that it does, and asked if the city would have to pay to do that. Moore said no that the timber company would buy the trees to thin it. Mayor Horne asked could the city do that, Moore said that he would check with someone.


Motion to adjourn was made by Myrick, seconded by Scott, no opposition, motion carried.



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