City of McIntyre
March 3, 2014
Mayor Pro-tem Rico Myrick called meeting to order, led in prayer by Council Member John Carswell. Present were Mayor Pro-tem Rico Myrick, Eugene Moore, Katherine Scott and John Carswell, Mayor Horne entered the meeting at 5:08, also present were Clerk Pamela Roberts, Chief of Police Wayne Amerson, and City Attorney David McRee, absent was Council member Vickie Mixon
Motion to approve the February 17th, 2014 minutes was made by Scott, seconded by Carswell, no opposition, motion carried.
Agenda presented new business as Tamica Bolston/Elaine Sports Bar Business license.
Roberts said that she had gotten an application for Elaine Sports Bar, and that they had brought in their application, their tear sheets, the publishers affidavit, and their criminal background check. Roberts informed council that she had Wayne and Bernard look at the application and that there was only 2 misdemeanors, one was a DUI back in 1997 and a bad check back in May of 2012, but both had been disposed of. Roberts said that the owner was Tamica Bolston, saying that she was from Gordon. Ms. Martin in the Gallery asked where the business was located, Roberts said that it would be at Charlie Billue’s place on Old McIntyre Road; Ms. Martin then asked that if they were from Gordon why not locate business in Gordon, Roberts said that she had no idea why. Mayor Horne entered the meeting asking put what in Gordon, Roberts said Elaine Sports Bar also giving Mayor Horne the information on Tamica Bolston. Roberts informed council that Ms. Bolston would be the sole owner, and presented council with her application for review and informed council that she had applied for her state license. Ms. Bolston entered the meeting at this time.
Carswell asked what council had decided about the closing time for the clubs in the city, Roberts said that council did not vote to extend the hours, Myrick asked Ms. Bolston did she understand about hours of operation, and asked Wayne to explain it. Amerson said that Monday through Friday they could be open until 2:00 in the morning but on Saturday nights the club had to be closed at 12:00 and not reopen until 7:00am on Monday morning, noting that 12:00am on Saturday night officially becomes Sunday morning and has to be closed from then until Monday morning. Carswell said that when they discussed it last time, asking were they still going to enforce the part about alcohol outside the club. Amerson said that would be enforced, that patrons could not be outside the club with alcohol, that if they were outside they were considered in the public, saying they would have to stay on the inside.
Myrick asked if they had any questions, Martin said that she didn’t understand why they put it in McIntyre instead of Gordon. Myrick said they appreciated the business, Martin said not that kind.
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Moore asked if they had ever operated this type of business before, Bolston said that she had not, Moore asked if they had received a copy of the ordinance, Bolston said that she had, Moore asked if she saw anything in there that she may have a problem with. Bolston said that no she hadn’t but wanted to know that if she has any type of problem who did she need to come to talk with on how to run it, because she wanted to run it professionally as possible, saying that she was definitely going to do ID checks, saying she knew they had to be 21, and didn’t want them there if they weren’t 21, not even in the parking lot. Moore asked about security, Bolston said that she knew 3 security guards, Moore asked if they were certified, Bolston said that they were certified.
Carswell asked Officer Hughes if he would still do his part as far making sure they complied before the doors were opened. Hughes said that he had been talking with them, and explained to them all they would have to do, and that they would have to sit down and talk with Chief Amerson.
Carswell said that they weren’t trying to run anyone out of business, noting that there were some council members opposed to this kind of establishment, but that he knew that Chief Amerson’s officers would be on the spot and that Officer Hughes would make sure everything was incompliance, but wouldn’t be knocking at the door all the time and see what was going on.
Bolston asked that when the club closes, would there be patrols in the area to make sure everyone leaves like they are suppose to, Hughes said that they don’t clear parking lots that it was their responsibility, but that if they needed them, they would come.
Mayor Horne asked McRee that if everytime some one applies for a business license whether it be a club or whatever, could council get themselves into a legal perhaps discriminatory position, by keep turning people down. McRee said that not as long as council is complying with the ordinance, and as long as the ordinance is not discriminatory, saying that if they are in compliance with the ordinance, then council should approve it. Mayor Horne said that is what she wanted to know, that she didn’t want council to get in a mess, with saying no, no, no, because she didn’t want to sit in another court room for anybody, McRee said that as long they were in compliance, then they should approve them.
Mayor Horne asked if anyone had any questions, and that everyone agreed that they were in compliance with everything as far as the requirements on behalf of the city, that she entertained a motion to approve Ms. Bolstons’s establishment. Myrick made motion to accept Tamica Bolston/Elaine Sports Bar Business license, seconding the motion was Scott, voting for the motion were Myrick and Scott, opposing the motion was Moore, abstaining from the motion was Carswell, motion carried. Mayor Horne advised Boltson to get with Amerson prior to opening. Amerson asked if Bolston if she had
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her state license yet, Bolston said that they have applied for them. Scott asked if they could open without the state license, Amerson said that they could not. Mayor Horne said that there was issues in the past where someone was not purchasing from a distributer, and advised them not to get themselves in that bind starting out.
Moore asked if the city had heard anything about the easements from Rindt-McDuff. McRee said that he had emailed Meg two weeks ago, and haven’t heard from her, and that he had met Denise in Macon at a RC meeting, and that she said that she had not heard from Meg either, and didn’t know if there was anything wrong with Meg. Mayor Horne asked if the Clerk had spoken with Meg, Clerk said that she had, she thought on Friday, and that Meg talked like she didn’t know of any email, but said that she would check on it. McRee said that he would contact her tomorrow. Mayor Horne asked if they were signed, McRee said no, that everything was okay to be signed, and that Rindt-McDuff would be getting in touch with City Hall to get them to sign. Moore asked about the letter that was suppose to be sent out. McRee said the Rindt-McDuff was suppose to get a form letter to be sent out. Roberts said that she had already been done. Moore asked about the maps and easements. Roberts said that they had copies of the plats of the property with the letter that was sent out. McRee said that he would contact Meg and see what council needed to do to get things moved along. Scott asked clerk if she had heard anything from those that received the letters, Roberts said that she heard from Tommy Brown’s wife, that the city would be using two pieces of their property, one on Dawn Drive and Rainbow Drive and that she didn’t seem like she was going to have an issue with it, and that she had spoken with another citizen, but couldn’t remember their name, but didn’t think the city would have any issue with them either. McRee said that he didn’t believe that there would be any issues, with them knowing they would be getting sewage out of it, and knowing the city desperately needed sewage. Horne said that people keep asking when the city was going to get it.
Moore asked about May Lane, asking that with what they have learned do they keep going out there with the back hoe or what. McRee said that they had check with the county and the county said that it was never a county road, and that if it wasn’t a county road when the city annexed it, then it still would not be a city road. Roberts said that with the plats that she had given it shows it being a direct driveway to the property, showing that one person owned May Lane. Myrick said that he had spoken with Alvin and that it was an agreement between his father and Skeet that when they were in the area they just scraped the road, noting that they were good friends, but the county never had anything to do with it. Mayor Horne noted that the city really didn’t have anything to do with it, and Myrick said correct.
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Scott informed Moore that she and Louise had gone down last Monday, and that Louise was going to clean the public works building every Wednesday, Scott also let Amerson know that she would be going to the Police Department also. Officer Hughes said that he had gotten supplies for all three buildings.
Mayor Horne asked Moore to make sure keys are made for the public works building.
Mayor Horne said that they haven’t heard anything from Vickie and hoped that she was doing well, Martin asked if anyone had any idea when she would be coming back, Mayor Horne said that she hadn’t heard anything lately, but the last time she had heard anything was that she was recuperating.
Carswell presented Mayor with contracts, saying that there was two contracts, one was for a local band, but wanted to sit on that one a while and the other one was for the fireworks for the May Day festival, noting that the dates were May 3rd and May 4th being the rain out date.
Carswell said that they had worked on some dates for registration for May Day, noting that the early registration date would be April 1st saying the early registration fee for non-food vendors would be $35.00 and food vendors would be $50.00, noting that last year t-shirts were included in the price of registration, but this year t-shirts would be separate and cost $10.00, the late registration rates would be non-food $45.00 and $60.00 for food.
Carswell said that they had some to reply for being on the May Day Committee, Julia Faye Emory, Mary Kitchens and Lulu Jacobs, noting that Lulu Jacobs has always served on the committee. Carswell said that he hadn’t talked to Annie Mullins or Janie Thomas but believe they would be back this year, and that some others had shown some interest but haven’t been confirmed.
Carswell said that the people that would be providing the rides needed an area of 150X150 square feet for space, saying that there would be no cost to the city, and that they would give back 15% of the proceeds, noting they would set up Wednesday morning until Sunday. Carswell said the people from the state would come out Wednesday morning and inspect all the rides and check all their insurance information.
Carswell said that he wanted to get a survey done of the park area for the soccer fields that he had no idea where the boundary lines were, noting that the park needed to be bushed hogged again and understood that the city’s bush hog was not functional. Carswell said that he had talked with Wayne Smith, but didn’t have anything in writing from him, but had one in writing from Philip Shinholster for $400.00, to bushhog that at the very last of the track, and asked it that was the last property the city had purchased. Mayor Horne said that there was a plat, but had no idea where the pins were. Myrick said
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that the property lines run along the fence and at the creek had a marker, to the right, and that the property went toward an angle up to the Engelhard fence, and was suppose to be a marker there. Moore asked if Carswell and Roberts had gotten one from the clerk’s office. Roberts said that she had her send the city what she had, but that it was confusing because it was three different pieces, noting that one showed one piece of property, the other showed two and the third showed all three. Scott asked if the markers were still there, Myrick said that they should be.
Carswell asked if they found out what was wrong with the tractor and bush hog, Moore said that all they did was wired the fuel shutoff valve, so that it wouldn’t shut off. Carswell said that Antion said something about it being out of balance or wobbling, but wouldn’t stay stable. Mayor Horne asked why not ask the county for help in clearing off, giving it enough room for the equipment, asking how many pieces would there be, Carswell said that this wasn’t for that, but what he was talking about was the area for the soccer field, and that he was trying to get everything together and turned in, because he was working with a deadline to Denise so she can have it for the grant. Mayor Horne said that there should be a separate plat for the last piece that the city bought from the Halls. Myrick asked if the survey was done by Brooks, McRee said the he was reasonably sure that a survey had been done, noting that the last two or three pieces of property bought had surveys. Mayor Horne said that she didn’t believe that they owned where the ball park was, that she believe that Engelhard just let the city use that, and didn’t believe there were any deeds to it. Roberts said that there was a little over 12 acres the city owned.
Carswell spoke about the grants for the lights, saying that the city was suppose to get up to $50,000 for the lights and if everything goes as planned the $50,000 would be used toward the lights but probably wouldn’t have to use the entire $50,000 because they already have poles in place and could use those to put the lights, and that Denise is researching the possibility of using any funds left of the $50,000 on the sprinkler system, saying that they were also putting a sprinkling system and that it was part of the grant, if the city was able to get the grant.
Carswell asked the Clerk to check on getting the lights looked at on the walking track. Roberts asked if it was Georgia Power, noting that if they were on the walking track, then they were Georgia Power.
Carswell also informed Moore that when Sheppard did the paving up on Vinson Road at the Church, they left some chunks of asphalt in the parking lot, and wanted to know if he could get the street guys to clear them up. Moore said that they would get them up.
Moore asked how much were the fireworks, Mayor Horne gave Moore the contract, and asked Carswell if everything was in the budget. Carswell said that yes it was, it would be split like last year, half from
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May Day and half from Events. Moore said that the figure was $3,580.00, Carswell said yes. Mayor Horne said that she hoped that there was enough advertisement, so that people, could get some people to come in, saying that a lot of people don’t want to come in the neighborhood that they live in, didn’t know what they were scared of, saying that she hoped people would come so that any profit could be put back into the recreation budget. Carswell said that he was going to speak with some of the businesses to see if they would donate toward the fireworks, saying that he knows of some that did last year, and that they would be sending out letters to the businesses.
Myrick said the he had finally gotten in touch with Ronnie Odum of HUD housing and that he was going to try to make our second meeting. Scott asked with what housing, Myrick said HUD and that it concerned what they had talked about doing at the land on 441, noting that he was over the HUD housing.
Roberts said that she had given everyone a copy of the email sent from the Tax Commissioner office, noting that 264 Vinson Road was one of the houses replaced during the CDBG grant and the owner has not paid the taxes and the Commissioner was asking if the City would be interested in purchasing the mobile home, saying that she thought the trailer was on his mother and fathers land. Mayor Horne said that she believed that there was an agreement written out back then that gave Curry permission to put the trailer on there, but that Curry was responsible for his own taxes. Roberts asked did that mean the city would have to move the trailer if it was purchased by the city. Mayor Horne said that they could sell it. Officer Hughes said that if the city was interested in purchasing it, that it wasn’t worth it; Scott said that is what she was going to ask. Mayor Horne asked Hughes if he had been in there, Hughes said that he had, that there was no power and no running water. Amerson said that they had taken out all the appliances also; Scott asked if they had torn it up, Hughes said that it was pretty much destroyed. Scott asked if it was a single wide, and Hughes said that it was. Mayor Horne said that she was going to take a look at it. Scott asked where it was located, Carswell explained the location, Hughes said that they had a drop cord run to his parents house, but the father disconnected it and that the door was standing wide open.
Roberts said that she would be on Vacation starting Monday through Monday of the following week.
Mayor Horne said that she had spoken with Bruce Billue and Ms. Browher and they were both willing to help with the housing, and asked if anyone had any suggestions or knew of anybody with some type of background with a project like that, just let everyone know. Scott asked if Bruce would have to be paid, Mayor Horne said that no, nothing was based on a salary, but that later on the city may have to add a line item, but for now nothing. Mayor said that she had contacted RC, but they didn’t have a lot of dealing with that, but would get us in contact with people and that she had talked with Mr. Robinson
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who said there were funds available for things like that. Scott asked if DDA would help, Mayor Horne said that the city would have to put in for that, and it would be better if you could partner with USDA. Scott said that if you automatically get DDA that they would back it up whatever DDA gave, similar to a partnership. Mayor Horne said that there was a need and had even asked about supplemental rental, but the reason USDA didn’t do a whole lot of those in this area was because there wasn’t a lot of sound rental housing to help people out with paying rental fees, that houses was not up to their standards. Mayor Horne said that if the city needed a line item for it then we should that we give other people money to do things around here and that we needed some good rental houses.
Myrick questioned the deal with the railroad, Moore said that it was reduced to $33,000 but they were going to counteroffer for $25,000. Mayor Horne said that from what she had heard the city was lucky to get them down that low. Carswell said that they were asking a lot more than that in the beginning, Moore said yes $151,000.00. Mayor Horne said that Meg was turning it back in, to try to get it lower.
Mayor Horne said that the city had received the franchise tax, Roberts said that it was $13,000 less than last year, but that she had reduced it in this year’s budget, but not by $13,000. Moore asked if we received more than we were suppose to last year, Roberts said yes, Moore said but it was still more than we had in the budget.
Motion to adjourn was made by Myrick, seconded by Carswell, no opposition, motion carried.