Regular Scheduled Meeting
November 10, 2015
W. Elmer George Municipal Hall

6:00 PM


Call to order by Chairperson Hollberg
Pledge of Allegiance
Approval of Agenda



Recognize Jason Crane, Lead Engineering Technician with the Electric Department, as the October 2015 "Strongest Link" award recipient. Electric Department Director, Bill Bosch will address.  

  2. Recognize the 2015 Leadership Development Institute Graduates. Human Resources Director, Miles Neville and Fire Chief Tommy Jones will address.    
  3. Consider Proclamation declaring November 2015 to be National Hospice Palliative Care Month as requested by Homestead Hospice.  Kenny Smith will address.  
  4. Recognize the City of Griffin Police Department and Mr. Eddie Bogan, Certification Manager,  for obtaining State Re-certification by the Georgia Association of Chiefs of Police State Certification Commission. Police Chief Steve Heaton will address.  

Recognize the winners of the 2015 6th Grade Model Water Tower Competition.

Joseph Johnson, Deputy Director of the Water and Wastewater Department of the Public Utilities Department, will address.

  6. Review Financials for September 2015.  Chief Financial Officer Markus Schwab will address.    
Citizen Comments


At this time, the Chairperson opens the floor to comments from the audience. Comments should relate to a specific agenda item, not listed on the agenda for a Public Hearing, or to a concern within the jurisdiction of the City. Commission meetings serve the purpose of conducting city business and are not a forum for the unlimited expression of opinion. The Chairperson reserves the right to limit comments to matters germane to city business and may refer speakers to the City Manager or other staff for resolution.


Public Hearings are conducted to allow public comment on specific advertised issues such as rezoning, ordinances, policy development, operating budgets and other legislative actions to be considered by the City Commission.


  7. Consider approval of the Minutes of the October 27, 2015 City Commission Workshop and Regular Schedule Meeting.  
  8. Consider adoption, on second reading, of an Ordinance amending the Code of Griffin, Georgia, at Chapter 58, OFFENSES & MISCELLANEOUS PROVISIONS, Art. I, IN GENERAL, by enacting a new Sec. 58-13, AGGRESSIVE PANHANDLING; defining such conduct; declaring such conduct to be an offense against the City and providing the sanctions therefor. City Attorney Drew Whalen and Police Chief Steve Heaton will address.  


The Regular Agenda includes items on which the Commission will individually consider and possibly take action.
  9. Consider approval of the holiday schedule for calendar year 2016. Director of Human Resources, Miles Neville, will address.    
  10. Request approval to retire Police K-9 "Freddy" and allow his handler, GPD Officer Colt Tolen to retain personal ownership.  Chief Steven Heaton will address.  
  11. Appoint a City Law Enforcement Representative to the Spalding County Collaborative for Families and Children to fill the vacancy created by Lt. Morris Pike's retirement.  The unexpired term of Lt. Pike is set to expire December 31, 2015.  City Manager Kenny Smith will address.  
  12. Consider approval of a Resolution and Budget Amendment to amend the City of Griffin Fiscal Year 2016 Operating and Capital budget in the amount of $4,870.00  in the Electric Utility Fund for the purchase of a portable meter testing system; and approve the transfer of cash in the amount of $4,870.00 to Electric Operating Cash account from Scrap Metal Sales Cash account.  Electric Utility Director Bill Bosch will address.  
  13. Consider the adoption of a resolution for FY2016 Application for Georgia Department of Transportation REBC Grant for Roadside Enhancement and Beautification. Director of Public Works and Utilities Department Brant D. Keller will address.  
  14. Consider approval of Griffin-Spalding County Hospital Authority grant monies to be received for:  Spalding County Board of Health (flu shots) in the amount of $15,000 and Spalding County Senior Nutrition (Means on Wheels) in the amount of $35,000.  City Manager Kenny Smith will address.  
  15. Consider Lease Agreement between Life Radio Ministries, Inc. and the City of Griffin, for 2345 rentable square feet of space, on first floor of One Griffin Center, 100 South Hill Street. City Manager Kenny Smith will address.   
  16. While the IRS and SEC do not regulate municipal issuers of tax-exempt bonds directly, both are urging issuers to adopt written post-issuance compliance policies. This was discussed with the City's bond counsel at the time of the City's last issuance, but no policies were adopted. This Resolution adopts policies recommended by our bond counsel, Jim Pannell of Gray, Pannell & Woodward. Under these policies, the City's Finance Director is designated as its Post-Issuance Compliance Officer and basic duties and responsibilities are outlined. City Attorney Drew Whalen will address.  
  17. Consider denial of claim purporting to be ante litem notice, pursuant to O.C.G.A. Sec. 36-33-5, in letter directed to City Manager Kenny Smith, dated October 27, 2015, from Sanchez Hayes & Associates, LLC, on behalf of Aveory Allen and Derek Wilder. Claim alleges damages from "derogatory press release issued by Griffin Police Department on or about April 28, 2015. City Attorney Drew Whalen will address.  
  18. Consider approval of Property Lease Agreement with the Griffin-Spalding County Airport Authority for the triangular, 156-square foot, parcel for sign placement. City Manager Kenny Smith will address.  


The City Manager will update the Commission on pending items, upcoming workshops, meetings, conferences and other pertinent issues.


Commissioners will provide updates regarding issues of interest from their respective districts and/or committee reports.