Regular Scheduled Meeting
January 26, 2016
W. Elmer George Municipal Hall

6:00 PM


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


  1. The Griffin-Spalding Honor our KIA Committee to present Certificates of Appreciation to City Commissioners.            

Recognize Rita Bagwell, with the Customer Service Department, as 2015's “Strongest Link” Award recipient. Electric Director Bill Bosch 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.



Consider approval of Minutes of the 01-12-16 Regular Schedule Meeting of the City of Griffin Board of Commissioners.


Consider on second reading an update to the City of Griffin's Sewer Use Ordinance. The ordinance has been updated to comply the City of Griffin's National Pollutant Discharge Elimination System (NPDES)  Permits. Director of Public Works and Utilities Department, Brant Keller, will address.



The Regular Agenda includes items on which the Commission will individually consider and possibly take action.
  5. Consider approval of the purchase of a Sutphen Heavy Duty SPH100 foot Mid-Mount Platform aerial fire truck from Williams Fire Apparatus for the fire department for the quoted amount of $1,098,963.00 from 2016 SPLOST funds,  authorize prepayment to allow for cost savings, and amend the budget accordingly.    Fire Chief Tommy Jones will address.   
  6. Consider for approval the purchase of a Caterpillar Olympian 50kW Natural Gas Genset and installation from Yancey Power Systems under the NJPA contract in the amount of $26,424.00 and amend the budget accordingly. Fire Chief Tommy Jones will address.  

Consider purchase of the Itron Openway meter reading infrastructure to replace the Smart Synch AMI system in the amount of $1,461,266.47, using funds from the Municipal Competitive Trust Short Term Flexible Operating account, and amend the budget accordingly. Electric Director Bill Bosch will address

  8. Consider approval to amend the FY 15-16 Electric Department budget appropriating $13,020.00 towards Tools and Small Equipment ($4,980.00 – Line Construction, $3,390.00 – System Operations, and $4,650.00 – Marketing) to be transferred from Scrap Metal Sales cash account to purchase office equipment and furniture for administration and wellness equipment for the operations center.  Electric Director Bill Bosch will address.  
  9. Consider an Ordinance amending the Code of Griffin at Chapter 2, ADMINISTRATION, and the Unified Development Code at Article 4, PROCEDURES, by clearing stating the City's intention to not discriminate on any cognizable basis in its service delivery, including the approval of licenses, permits, and other regulatory approvals. City Attorney Drew Whalen will address.  
  10. Consider an Ordinance amending the Code of Griffin, GA a Chapter 78, STREETS, SIDEWALKS & OTHER PUBLIC PLACES by enacting a new Article IV, UTILITY ACCOMODATION POLICY AND ISSUANCE OF RIGHT-OF-WAY PERMITS. City Attorney Drew Whalen will address.  
  11. Consider a Resolution to amend the City of Griffin Fiscal Year 2016 Operating and Capital budget in the amount of $60,564.41  in the General Fund for Cemetery Operations ($8,240.00 to replace the air condition and furnace at the cemetery office complex; and $20,000.00 to replace broken sidewalks and install an irrigation system at Memorial Park); and recognize a $5,000.00 donation from the Military Affairs Committee.  Public Works Director Dr. Brant Keller will address.  
  12. Consider denial of Ante Litem Notice, received December 18, 2015, from attorney LaQuetta S. Pearson, on behalf of Ms. Vaura Henley, 828 Ray Street, Griffin, Georgia, for alleged physical and mental anguish incurred on July 11, 2015 at approximately 2:30 p.m. when officers of the Griffin Police Department mistakenly served an "no knock" search warrant at her residence. City Attorney Drew Whalen will address.  

Consider denial of ante litem notice received on December 22, 2015 by Chairperson Doug Hollberg (served by statutory overnight delivery) from Attorney Jeffrey R. Neighbors on behalf of his client Rasheta Goggins. City Attorney Drew Whalen 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.