Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Columbus Council meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday in council chambers of the City Services Center at 3111 Citizens Way. Call 706-653-4013 for information.
Discussion on FOP Recommendations
Sheriff's Office Update -Sheriff John Darr
CITY ATTORNEY'S AGENDA
Second readings: An ordinance adopting a new Chapter 15A so as to regulate burglar and fire alarm sales and installation in Columbus, Georgia; and for other purposes. (Councilor Judy Thomas)
An ordinance amending Chapter 3 of the Columbus Code by revising certain definitions set forth in Section 3-1 thereof, enacting a new Section 3-5, repealing any ordinances in conflict therewith; and for other purposes. (Councilor Glenn Davis)
First readings - Property at 1030 Illges Road and 1044 Rigdon Road is proposed for rezoning from NC (Neighborhood Commercial) to RO (Residential Office) zoning district. (Jerry Jackson, owner) (District 1-Councilor Jerry "Pops" Barnes) The purpose of the rezoning is for multifamily apartments and offices. The Planning Advisory Commission and the Planning Department recommend conditional approval. (Delayed from the Feb. 11, 2014 meeting)
Property at 8451, 8461 and 8501 Fortson Road, is proposed for rezoning from RE1/GC with conditions (Residential Estate 1/General Commercial with conditions) to GC (General Commercial) zoning district. (Richard E. Catrett, owner) (District 2 -Councilor Davis) The purpose of the relocation of Flatrock Sand & Gravel. The Planning Advisory Commission recommends approval and the Planning Department recommends conditional approval. (Delayed from the Feb. 11, 2014 meeting)
Property at 8800 Veterans Parkway is proposed for rezoning from RE1 (Residential Estate 1) to PUD (Planned Unit Development) Zoning District. (Karen B. Clarke, owner) (District 6-Councilor Gary Allen) The purpose of the rezoning is for single family homes. The Planning Advisory Commission and the Planning Department recommend conditional approval.
A resolution that Columbus Council hereby requests the support of the Georgia delegation to the U.S. Congress to work with the Department of the Army leadership to request prohibition of use of PAL facilities by the general public and to prohibit the mandatory use of PAL facilities as government-provided lodging for soldiers who travel and whose per diem is centrally-funded; and for other purposes. (Councilor Evelyn "Mimi" Woodson)
Directing the Planning Department to initiate a text change in the Unified Development Ordinance so as to amend distance restriction from 300 feet to distance restriction equal to height of a wireless communication tower between towers and residential structures. (Councilor C.E. "Red" McDaniel)
Mary A. Davis: issue with the Medical Center.
Drew H. Barwick: Seeking approval of the Council for the monthly event, First Friday Art Walk.
Paul S. Olson: OLOST, Tax Abatement, Medical Center Contract and Crime Prevention Program
Alyssa Williams, representing Divine Restoration Center: First Annual Tri-City Food Drive.
Joe L. Miles, representing Soul Winners Across Town (S.W.A.T.): Teen Mentoring Program monthly update.
CITY MANAGER'S AGENDA
FY2014 GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - SUPPLEMENTAL PLANNING CONTRACT: Authorization is requested to execute a Supplemental Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation for $101,692.58 in additional funding for the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study (C-PCTS) with a 20 percent local match.
COLUMBUS - PHENIX CITY TRANSPORTATION STUDY - MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING: Authorization is requested to execute an updated Memorandum of Understanding to include Harris County as part of the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study and part of the Metropolitan Planning Organization.
Following each decennial census, federal regulations require Metropolitan Planning Organizations to examine any revised Census-designated urban areas and update its generalized transportation Urban Area Boundary as well as examine whether any changes are warranted to the MPO planning area.
2014-2018 SHORT TERM WORK PROGRAM (STWP) - 2028 COMPREHENSIVE PLAN: Authorization is requested to amend Resolution No. 345-13 of the 2028 Comprehensive Plan certifying the plan update was reviewed by the River Valley Regional Commission and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and found to be in compliance with the minimum Planning Standards and Procedures for Local Comprehensive Plans.
GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION - GATEWAY GRANT: Authorization is requested to submit an application and, if approved, accept funding in the amount of $50,000 from the Georgia Department of Transportation Gateway Grant Program and execute all documents necessary to include Mowing and Maintenance Agreement with the Georgia Department of Transportation. The Columbus Gateway Foundation Inc., has funded the design for supplemental landscaping improvements on J.R. Allen Parkway at the Chattahoochee River extending east to the Second Avenue exit. COLUMBUS PARKS AND RECREATION 20 - YEAR MASTER PLAN: Authorization is requested for the approval of the Columbus Parks & Recreation 20-Year Master Plan. The Parks & Rec Department approached the Planning Department in 2010 regarding the creation of a long-range comprehensive plan for parks and recreation facilities and programming. The Planning Department began the process in January 2011 and completed the project in December 2013. The Plan was introduced to council via a presentation on Feb. 11, 2014.
SIDEWALK VARIANCE - 7533 VETERANS PARKWAY: Authorization is requested of a variance to City Code Section 7.10.1 for sidewalk construction to allow installation of sidewalks for the 7533 Veterans Parkway development to be postponed until the development of adjacent parcels or for a period not to exceed two years, whichever occurs first.
SIDEWALK VARIANCE - 1619 BRADLEY PARK DRIVE: Authorization is requested of a variance to City Code Section 7.10.1 for the construction of sidewalks to allow installation of sidewalks for the 1619 Bradley Park development to be postponed until the development of adjacent parcels or for a period not to exceed two years, whichever occurs first.
COOPER CREEK TENNIS CENTER DONATION: Authorization is requested to accept a $5,000 donation from an anonymous donor for the Cooper Creek Tennis Center to be used for items, supplies and equipment needed at the Tennis Center. The donor has expressed a desire to put funds toward needs at the tennis center as determined by the center supervisor and the Parks and Recreation Department.
TRAILER-MOUNTED HYDRO-SEEDER -It is requested that council authorize the purchase of one trailer-mounted hydro-seeder (Finn T-60 Trailer 2013), from Flint Equipment Co., (Columbus) at a unit price of $27,422; and rescind Resolution No. 45-14 authorizing the purchase of one trailer-mounted hydro-seeder (Finn T-60 Hydroseeder), from Malcom Enterprises Inc., (Norcross, Ga.) at a unit price of $25,499.
Malcom Enterprises Inc. agreed to provide the equipment for the awarded bid price of $25,499. However, the vendor notified the city of their inability to provide a current year model as required. Purchasing contacted the next lowest bidder, Flint Equipment Co., who agreed to provide the equipment at their proposed bid price.
GREEN ISLAND FIRE ROAD AND DAM REPAIR PROJECT - It is requested that council authorize the execution of a construction contract with Landmark Grading Co. Inc. (Fort Mitchell, Ala.) in the amount of $130,671.59 for the Green Island Fire Road and Dam Repair Project. The work shall consist of grading complete, to include: clearing and grubbing, installing GAB and asphaltic concrete pavement, and dam repairs for an emergency service road in the Green Island subdivision.
J.R. ALLEN OFF RAMP WIDENING PROJECT, ADAMS FARM ROAD LANE EXTENSION AND RAMP EXTENSION ON SR 22/US 80 - It is requested that council authorize the execution of a construction contract with McMath-Turner Construction Co. (Columbus) in the amount of $906,581.29 for the widening of a J.R. Allen off ramp, and Adams Farm Road lane extension, and a ramp extension on SR 22/US 80.
CONCESSIONAIRE SERVICES FOR PARKS & RECREATION SPORTS FACILITIES (ANNUAL CONTRACT) - It is requested that council approve the annual contract with Chester's Barbecue (Columbus) for Concessionaire Services for Parks & Recreation Sports Facilities to include: South Commons, Memorial Stadium and Golden Park. The contractor shall provide all equipment, supplies, materials, merchandise, transportation, and labor necessary for the concession services.
LOTUS NOTES ANNUAL LICENSE RENEWAL -It is requested that council approve payment to IBM Corporation, in the amount of $97,076.25, for the Lotus Notes annual license renewal.
BI-DIRECTIONAL AMPLIFICATION (BDA) SYSTEMS FOR CITY SERVICES CENTER AND NATATORIUM -It is requested that council approve the purchase of two Bi-Directional Amplification systems from Motorola Solutions Inc. in the amount of $64,700. One BDA system will be utilized at the City Services Center and the other at the Natatorium.
DECLARATION OF SURPLUS EQUIPMENT AT THE CIVIC CENTER -It is requested that council declare the following Civic Center equipment as surplus: Polar Deck Flooring, Carpet/ Turf and Dashers, in accordance with Section 7-501 of the Charter of Columbus Consolidated Government, and approve the sale of these items to the highest bidder.
UPGRADE TO E911 CENTER -It is requested that council approve the purchase of an upgrade to the current E-911 System from Motorola Inc., in the amount of $1,762,387 to be financed over a five-year term beginning in FY2016.
AMBULANCE COMPUTERS -It is requested that council approve the purchase of 10 GETAC V200 Fully Rugged laptop computers from PortableOne Inc., (Pleasanton, Calif.), in the amount of $43,765.82, via Federal GSA. The equipment will be utilized by the Fire & EMS Department and installed in city ambulances.
LGFS/GHRS ANNUAL SOFTWARE MAINTENANCE AGREEMENT - It is requested that council authorize payment to CGI Technologies and Solutions Inc., (Fairfax, Va.), in the amount of $330,218.26 for annual software maintenance support of the Advantage LGFS/GHRS systems.
UNASSIGNED ENGINEERING CONSULTING SERVICES FOR EXISTING PROJECTS -It is requested that council approve a contract with Barge Waggoner Sumner & Cannon Inc., (BWSC) (Columbus) to provide unassigned Engineering Consulting Services, on an as needed basis, to assist the Engineering Department with completing the construction of the following existing projects: 19th Street Flood Abatement, South Lumpkin Roundabout, Riverwalk from 13th Street to 14th Street, Bay Avenue CSO relocation, Standing Boy Creek Park Fire Lane, CIPP and Stormwater Inventory Program and on-call for Storm Sewer /CSO emergency sinkholes.
PRESENTATIONS - TSPLOST AND COMPLETE STREETS: Planning Director Rick Jones will present an update on TSPLOST Projects and Complete Streets.
FINANCE MONTHLY REPORT: Finance Director Pam Hodge will provide the monthly Finance Report.
Bid Advertisements (Schedule opening bid dates)
Feb. 26 -Generator Set - Provide and install a generator set at the Government Center. The system shall include a Caterpillar or Olympian (or equivalent) electric generator set.
Feb. 28 - Lease of Ice Rink Pro Shop (Annual Contract) - The Columbus Consolidated Government seeks qualified firms or individuals to operate the Pro Shop located in the ice skating facility.
March 14 - Wade Street Redevelopment - Columbus Consolidated Government is seeking proposals for the development of 1.35 acres of vacant land located on Wade Street in South Columbus. The property is located within the city of Columbus Enterprise Zone.
CLERK OF COUNCIL'S AGENDA
Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close Bay Avenue from 10th Street to 11th Street, from 7 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 1, 2014, in connection with the "Uptown Mardi Gras Madness 5K."
Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close Bay Avenue from 11th Street to 12th Street and 11th Street at Front Avenue, from 7 a.m. to 1 p.m Saturday, March 8, 2014, in connection with the "Open Door Community Run."
Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, from 6-10 p.m. Saturday, March 8, 2014, in connection with the "Uptown Time Change Party."
Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close Bay Avenue from 10th Street to 11th Street, from 3-8 p.m. Thursday, March 13, 2014, in connection with the "Artbeat Kickoff Event."
Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the southbound lane of First Avenue from 10th Street to 11th Street Saturday, March 15, 2014, in connection with the "St. Patty's Day 5k Finish Line."
Application of Elizabeth Hurst to temporarily close the 1000 block of Broadway, from 6-9 p.m. Saturday, March 15, 2014 in connection with the "St. Patty's Day 5K Post Race Event".