Regular Scheduled Meeting
September 23, 2014
6:00 PM


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


  1. Recognize Police Department retirees Lieutenant Sam Parks and Sergeant Larry Martin.  Public Safety Director Strickland will address.  No action required.  
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.

Receive comments regarding a resolution to adopt the 2014 Tax Millage Rate proposed at 8.611.  Chief Financial Officer Markus Schwab will address.   No action required



  3. Consider approval of Minutes of the Regular Scheduled Meeting on September 9, 2014.   Approved  


The Regular Agenda includes items on which the Commission will individually consider and possibly take action.
  4. Consider for approval a resolution adopting the 2014 Property Tax Millage Rate of 8.611.  Chief Financial Officer Markus Schwab will address.   Approved millage rate of 8.4  
  5. Consider for approval to remain and participate in the Pooled Method for Collateralization.  Chief Financial Officer, Markus Schwab will present.  Approved  
  6. Consider Resolution and support for Paragon Consulting Group to apply for Downtown Development Revolving Loan Fund (DDRLF) from Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and Revolving Loan Fund from Georgia Cities Foundation (GCF).  Downtown Development Authority Director Kenwin M. Hayes, Sr. will address.   Approved  
  7. Consider for approval to amend the City of Griffin's Fiscal Year 2015 Operating and Capital Budget in the amount of $103,100 for the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) as per the September 4, 2014 request from the DDA, and approve the transfer of $3,000 to First National Bank c/o DDA Façade Grant account and use towards the façade grant program.  DDA Director, Kenwin Hayes will address.  Approved  
  8. Consider the purchase of four (4) Dodge Durangos in the amount of 27,602.91 each from Akins Ford Government Sales off state contract, and add emergency equipment from Transcom in the amount of $3,985 each, with graphics for $375.00 each: and the purchase of two (2) Dodge Chargers in the amount of 23,780.73 each from Akins Ford Government Sales off state contract, with emergency equipment from Transcom in the amount of $3,190.00 and graphics from Fire House Graphics in the amount of $375.00 each; and delcare six (6) police department vehicles to be placed on GovDeals.  Director of Public Safety Frank Strickland will address.   Approved  
  9. Consider approval to purchase a 60-foot material handler bucket truck from the only responsive bidder, Altec Industries, in the amount of $216,039.00, declare surplus unit 770 (VIN# 1FDPK84A6JVA117119E), transfer $16,039.00 from Electric Capital Improvement (Scrap Metal Sales) Cash Account to Electric Operating account, and amend the budget accordingly.  Electric Director Bill Bosch will address.  Approved  
  10. Consider approval to purchase five hundred (500) 65-gallon recycling carts from OTTO Environmental Systems at a per unit cost of $49.65 each, plus $975.00 freight, for a total of $24,300.00, for use in the residential division of the Solid Waste Dept.   Director of Central Services Phill Francis will address.   Approved  
  11. Consider the reassignment of an agreement with Crescent Systems to GolfNow for the Public Works & Utilities Department. Dr. Brant D. Keller will address.     Approved   
  12. Consider for approval a change order to Match Point Tennis in the amount of $36,143.00 in order to modify the slope of the tennis courts to comply with United States Tennis Association (USTA) standards, and amend the budget accordingly. Dr. Brant D. Keller will addressApproved  
  13. Consider approval for Commissioner Dick Morrow to attend the GMA Legislative Policy Council Meeting on October 8 & 9, 2014, at the Legacy Lodge and Conference Center at Lake Lanier in Buford, Georgia.   Approved  
  14. Consider a request from the University of Georgia College of Agricultural & Environmental Sciences for annual support of the Griffin Campus Office of Continuing Education in the amount of $17,500.00.  City Manager Kenny Smith will address.   Approved  


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.