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Water bills are due on the 15th of each month, a late penalty of $5.00 applies after the 15th, Termination date is the 28th of the current month, bills will need to be paid prior to the 28th, Reconnect fee is $35.00 and is applied to terminated accounts for non-payment. Bill will have to be paid in full to have water restored.

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October 21, 2013 Minutes

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Mayor Horne called meeting to order, led in prayer by Council member Eugene Moore.  Present were Mayor Horne, Council members Eugene Moore, Katherine Scott, John Carswell, Rico Myrick, absent was Vickie Mixon, also present were City Attorney David McRee, Clerk Pamela Roberts and Chief of Police Wayne Amerson.

Motion to approve the October 7, 2013 minutes was made by Carswell, seconded by Scott, no opposition, motion carried.

Mayor Horne introduced the first order of business:

Donna Asbell presented council with financial reports from the library, noting the different sponsors the library had and explaining their contributions to the library and to answer any questions Mayor and Council may have.  Asbell explained that the Library budget year ran from October to October and that would be the reason that the city was at times unable to see where contributions had been put into the budget.   Asbell explained that the second letter of the report showed the budget in which the library worked from, and that the third page and remaining pages showed information from the accounting firm. Abell  said first she wanted to talk about happy news in which through the help of the friends of the library and a grant from Oconee EMC the library was able to obtain new computers. Asbell said that she knew the city was looking to cut the budget in 2014 but would like for the city to consider giving the library $15,000 in 2014 and not have to pay back the over pay from 2013 of $3,000.

Several questions were asked of Ms. Asbell concerning who used the library, and what cities were contributors. Asbell explained that Toomsboro has given some funds in the past, but not in the last several years, noting that she has visited the schools, Allentown and Danville without success in obtaining any funds.  Questions were asked concerning the lawn care, could they purchase their own equipment, could the training center do the work, or perhaps the City of Irwinton maintain the lawn. Asbell explained that it would not be financially feasible for the library to purchase its own equipment, noting they would not have anyone to do the work, and did not have the insurance to cover anyone who did. Asbell said that she did not know if the service center did lawn care or not, and that Irwinton did not have any one in the past who consistently cut the grass for Irwinton, but understood that they had someone now and that she would check into it, Asbell suggested that McIntyre cut the library grass, Asbell explained that the library didn’t have much option for reducing their budget without the $15,000 from McIntyre, noting  that if they had  to cut the hours of operation, making it a part-time, and loose full time status the library would not be eligible for grants, noting that it was grants that helped purchase the new computers at the library. Moore noted that he was aware of grants available for navigators for the new affordable health care act; Asbell said that she was aware of them inquiring about how many computers the library had, but did not know anything about grants for navigators. Asbell also noted that the only way they were able to keep the librarian they had before becoming part of the Pines was because she was grandfathered in, and if they cut her hours she would leave and then they would have to replace her with someone with a master’s degree, because that is what was

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required by Pines. There was no decision made at this time about funding for the library, but Moore commented that he did not have a problem with leaving the budget at $12,000 and not have the library repay the $3,000 over pay; Myrick said that he would not have an issue with it either.  Myrick noted that perhaps the Library could look at local business for donations. Moore commented that friends of the library could only help with supplies.

 

Meg Mbugua said that she had come with Brian Rindt, one of the owners of Rindt-McDuff, and that they had been working with Denise Brookins of The Regional Commission on a tentative schedule for the center. Brookins gave each member a copy of the time line and noted that with a project this size, it noted what needed to happen, and showed where the project was at now.  Mbugua said that the plans were still under view with EPD and that it had been about four months that they had them and was still waiting on a response. Mbugua said that she was in the process of setting up a meeting with the actual reviewer, to see if she could get some answers.  Mbugua noted that while they were waiting on EPD they had been working with the surveyors for easements and drawing, and would hopefully begin receiving them on Wednesday, and then they would forward them to the Attorney. 

Brookins stated that a plan needed to be in place about who would talk with the property owners, McRee said that he would review the easements, but that he would not be the one talking with them.  y Rindt explained that the easement process was critical, and done in several ways, noting first that the attorney would check titles, then you would introduce a granting document attached with a plat showing where the line would go in the ground. Rindt noted that the city would need to check with the funding agent and see what the requirements were on these easements, any stipulations, and is the uniform relocation act to be observed. Once done, the city would meet with home owners and appraiser so that the city could make an offer. Rindt noted that in a lot of cases the homeowners want to know how much they will be paid, noting the one of the city’s response could be how much the project would be helping the city and perhaps offer a free tap in. Rindt noted that the process of purchasing easements could be very involved, saying that most home owners want to know exactly where the lines would be. Rindt said that there would be stakes put up showing the exact line where abouts.

 Other items discussed with Mbgugua and Rindt, were the right-of- purchases, Railroad contracts, Power source, watershed assessments, DOT permits, and the minimization of pumping stations and the installation of individual small units.  Mbugua noted that the system would cross the railroad tracks and that they would be using the RR right of ways, saying that the force main would run parallel to railroad tracks, and that they were seeking permits to use the Railroad right-of-ways. Mbugua noted that they would submit three separate applications to the railroad, Permits of Right-ofWay, Vinson Road and the force main and crossing the tracks.

Mbugua said that she had brought a set of plans showing exactly where the lines were going to go.

 

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Mbugua also informed council that she was waiting on the review on erosion control and that they had obtained all of the DOT permits and that they were completed.

Joyce Martin from the gallery asked if there were any estimates at what the cost would be to citizens, Mbugua noted that from the last cost estimate it would be around 35-40 per house.

 

Wesley Dunn with the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force introduced himself and presented council with information about the task force. Dunn explained that in the CJCC quarterly meeting that Wayne was approved, and if the city did agree to join the task force that the task force would share in intelligence, would have a call in for drug activity or report drug activity agent 24 hours a day, and that any seizures work through McIntyre would be sold through the court according to seizure procedures.  Dunn informed council that if the City signed the MOU, by Oct 31st, that no monies would be due until after January 1, 2014. Dunn explained that it would be $3,000 per year, and the reasoning that the force was out reaching to the cities was for two reasons, the first being that the governors dollars have dwindled down due to that most money now as going for drug cost, meaning that there was an epidemic on prescription drugs and that is where focus was now, second reason was to show the governor’s office that they were interested in expanding.

McRee noted that Amerson had asked him to look over the MOU and advise, and that he had done so, and noted that it was pretty much your standard MOU.

Carswell asked Amerson if it was vital to his control, Amerson said that yes, noting that it was not feasible for the McIntyre PD to do it without help, that they didn’t have the man power.

Motion to accept MOU with the Ocmulgee Drug Task Force was made by Myrick, seconded by Moore, no opposition, motion carried.

Mayor Horne addressed the issue with Melissa Thomas, whose windshield had been broken by a rock thrown from one of the street lawnmowers. Mayor Horne noted the two estimates, one from Cut-Right Glass for $245.00 and one from McIntyre Collision for $677.87. Motion to accept Cut-Right Glass was made by Myrick, seconded by Scott, no opposition, motion carried.

Mayor Horne said that Mark Fountain had some concerns with animal control.  Mark said that said that things had changed and wanted council to layout what they wanted.  Mayor Horne wanted McRee to explain to Mark about the state issue with pay. McRee said that basically since he was already an employee with the city any extra work he did beyond the 40 hours would be considered overtime, instead of his contracted work. Mark noted that he had spoken with Pam about this and there was way

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to work a second job with the city without violating. Roberts noted that the way would be that if you worked for the city at two different rates, you could do an average at how many hours he had work at a rate and then you take that average hour rate and subtract to get the overtime rate, noting that the rate per hour would change. Mayor Horne noted that he would be doing it after hours and weekends. Mark said that at first it would be heavy, but later taper off, saying that there was a need for it now, that people were calling him, and Bernard, and that he has seen people dumping animals. Mark said that there was a lot involved with animal control including the state, noting that there are guide lines that must be followed, and paper work that will be needed to be done for each animal that must be kept. Mayor Horne asked what his concern was with the pay. Mark said that that it was his understanding that this was going to be a second job, but now he had heard that it was going to be part of the job description, saying that he didn’t want it in the job description, that he may get to old, or not want to do it anymore, that he wanted to be able to quit the animal control and keep his water job, that he couldn’t lay down hours to do this, that there was other things during the weekend that he has to do, noting that he was very through with his job and that he wanted it to be a second job. McRee said that you could set it up like Pam was talking about, as a second job and averaging out the pay; Mark said that is what he wanted.  Roberts went on to discuss how average wage pay would work, noting that after speaking with legal at GIRMA, this was their recommended way. 

 

Motion to hire Mark to do 2nd job as animal control was made by Scott, seconded by Myrick, voting for the motion was Myrick, and Scott, opposing was Moore, abstaining was Carswell, motion carried.

Carswell noted that in the last minutes that every employee would be receiving a $450.00 Christmas bonus, but believed that there should be certain standards for bonus, noting that he did not believe that bonus should be for the recreational department, because he didn’t believe that he has gotten the kind of work from the recreation department deserving of that bonus. Mayor Horne said that he needed to bring before council the issues.

Scott asked the clerk about her attendance in the performance evaluation class, if it was for rate increases. Roberts explained that you could do evaluations just for performance or rate, that it would be up to council.

Mayor Horne asked about changing the time for public works, because it is dark now when they come in at 7:00 asking if they could change it to 7:30. McRee said that it would be lighter when the time changed.

Mayor Horne suggested closing the park due to the time change. Motion to have park close at 7:00pm for the winter was made by Carswell, seconding the motion was Moore, no opposition, motion carried.

 

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Mayor Horne asked about budget information, Clerk said that she had the administrative, street and park, but still needed the Police Department, Fire and Water.

Mayor Horne thanked Denise Brookins for her work.

Motion for adjournment was made by Moore, seconded by Carwell, no opposition, motion carried. 

 

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