City of McIntyre
March 18, 2013
Mayor Horne called meeting to order, led in prayer by Council member Eugene Moore.
Present were Mayor Horne, Council members, Vickie Mixon, Katherine Scott and Eugene Moore, Council member John Carswell arrived at 5:11 and Council member Rico Myrick was absent, also present were City Attorney David McRee, Clerk Pamela Roberts and Chief Wayne Amerson.
Motion to approve the minutes from the March 4, 2013 meeting was made by Moore, seconded by Scott, no opposition, motion carried.
Mayor Horne addressed the agenda, which presented new business as Alonzo Juhan. Mr. Juhan was not present.
Mayor Horne called for reports.
Moore stated that he was still working on getting estimates for the repair work that needed to be done on Railroad Street at the bridge, and some on Old McIntyre Road. Moore said that he had received a estimate from Shepherd Paving, and was waiting on one from Reeves.
Scott, Mixon and McRee had no report.
Mayor Horne asked if the city could include in its personnel manual an age limit for employees. McRee said that you would have to change your personnel manual. Mayor asked how could the city do that, McRee said that you would write what you wanted and include it into the manual. McRee also noted that the city would probably have to grandfather any employees that were already at or past the age limit, but that he would check into it. Mayor Horne asked if McRee could do the write up McRee said that he would, but needed to know the age limit the city wanted. Scott asked if the city could set it at 65 since that was the retirement age, Mixon said that she thought the retirement age had change in the last few years. Roberts said that hers was at 67 now. Mayor asked about the length of service, could the city do that. McRee said that you could do either or both. Mayor said perhaps 30 years of service. Comments were made that several employees weren’t far from that now. Mixon suggested the age of 70, Mayor asked about the number of years, McRee said that they could retire anytime they wanted to, under the plan that they were talking about, that when they got up enough money or felt like they had enough to retire, they could retire now. Mayor said that she understood, but earlier McRee said that the city could use either option. McRee said it was whatever council wanted. Mayor Horne said that it would be 70 and council agreed.
City of McIntyre
March 18, 2013
Carswell asked clerk if Sellers had gotten back in touch with her about the dirt, Roberts said that she had not heard from anyone. Carswell explained that he had called the county road department and that they didn’t have any dirt anymore, but that they did have some we could use, and to come up there and look at it, and that he and Myrick would make a date to go up there and look at the dirt to start doing some work at the soccer fields. Carswell said that there was a guy that did the lay out for soccer fields, but that he doesn’t speak English, but that there was a guy that could interpret for them. Carswell asked what area council wanted to use for the soccer fields. Mayor Horne said that she thought initially that they were going to use the area where the two houses were removed, because there wasn’t much room by Billy Matthews for a soccer field. Carswell said that he was told that it was enough room there for a soccer field at either one of those areas. Carswell said that he and Myrick would meet with the gentlemen Wednesday evening to see what needs to be done.
Carswell informed Clerk that lights 1, 2, and 5 were out at walking track, and that the light at the picnic tables was turned upward again. Carswell also said that pole number 4 was coming on and off.
Carswell asked council if they would consider for next years budget asphalt for the basketball court that it had some tear areas that would soon become potholes.
Carswell commended the street personnel for the work that they had done at the park, saying that they had removed the old sofa and old equipment. Carswell asked Moore where they put the old seesaw. Moore said that they left it up at the park. Carswell said that eventually they wanted to put some of the old stuff that they were taking up in the area between the ball field and the pavilion. Carswell said that they took up the old seesaw and old wooden swing. Carswell said that he thought that the community worker had started getting up the leaves. Moore said no that it was the street personnel, but Coach Hagins stopped them saying that he was going to burn it. Moore said that they also cleaned up around the trash dumpster.
Carswell said that while he was at the conference at Calloway Gardens, that Denise Etheridge told him that there were never any representatives for McIntyre or Irwinton at the meetings. Mayor and several members of council said that they had attended several meetings and events.
Carswell said that last year for May Day they hosted a kids party that Friday before May Day, but this year they wanted to host a party for the graduating class and to make it an annual thing for the upcoming graduating classes. Carswell said that their plan was to have the 2014 class be a vendor at this years May Day Festival so they could raise money for next years event, and it wouldn’t cost the city anything.
City of McIntyre
March 18, 2013
Carswell noted that they had found some signs from previous May Day events that they would utilize this year.
Mixon asked if anything had been planned for the two employees that had fires last year. Mayor Horne said that we had to get a little more money, and that Pam still had the money. Horne said that Pam had looked into prices. Carswell asked what we were going to do as far as fundraisers, perhaps doing a pre-ticket sale. Roberts explained that she had spoken with Anthony Pitts and he would do the grilling but that from the cost estimates she received from him, we didn’t have enough money to cover the cost of food and supplies. Carswell said that he had some items he could donate and that he knew of a place in Macon where we might be able to get some items cheaper, if we wanted to look into it. Mayor Horne asked Mixon if she had any ideas, Mixon said no that she just hadn’t heard and wanted to know. Carswell said another inexpensive thing you could do was sell fish, maybe do a fish plate sale and a car wash, that you could probably make anywhere from $600.00 to a $1,000.00. Mayor Horne suggested getting together and discussing what could be done, but to not have Pam do it all by herself.
Mayor Horne said that her and the clerk had received an email from Rindt-McDuff concerning the marking of water lines and that they had stopped marking them, but she understood now that they had begun marking again. Horne said that she had gotten Myrick involved. Mixon asked why they stopped. Horne said that when she asked Mark and Willie they said it was because of leaks and other issues that had come up, Moore said that they were out of blue paint now. Horne asked couldn’t they have gotten some from Lowes. Horne said that she would get back with Myrick. Mixon said that they needed to know how important it was for us to get sewage, because if we didn’t then there would be some employees going back to part-time. Horne said that something had to be done, and that she had spoken with the employees about
how important it was. Moore said that they marked all last week, that the only time they didn’t work was when Antion broke a water line, and that Mark was still marking while Willie worked at City Hall. Mayor said that they were both in the truck when she talked to them that they were all standing around at city hall. Mayor Horne said that she would be talking with Meg and see what was next. Mayor asked Roberts if she had spoken with Rindt-McDuff, Roberts said only about the markings. Mayor Horne said that she would get with Myrick.
With no other business to discuss motion for adjournment was made by Mixon, seconded by Carswell, no opposition, motion carried.