Columbus Council Agenda

Mayor Teresa Tomlinson and Columbus Council meet at 5:30 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the City Services Center, 3111 Citizens Way. Call 706-653-4013 for information.

PUBLIC HEARING: River District Redevelopment Plan -- Sixth Avenue/Liberty

District, Uptown, and Second Avenue/City Village --Tax

Allocation Districts 2, 3 and 4.


Second readings: Property at 7350 Blackmon Road is proposed for rezoning from RE1 (Residential Estate 1) zoning district to GC (General Commercial) zoning district. (Owner: Ben Billings) (District 6-Councilor Gary Allen) The proposed use is commercial retail stores and office. The Planning Advisory Commission and the Planning Department recommend approval.

An ordinance amending the operating budget for fiscal year 2016 beginning July 1, 2015 and ending June 30, 2016 so as to appropriate and account for the payment of legal fees and expenses provided to the Muscogee County Sheriff in the case of Darr v. Columbus; and for other purposes. (Budget Review Committee)


Commending and congratulating the 2015 Columbus State University Women's Soccer team upon recently making it to the NCAA National Championship Match in Florida. (Councilor Judy Thomas)


Dan East, representing Valley Rescue Mission: Expansion Plans.

Joshua McCarty: Homelessness in Columbus.

Tony Alford Jr.: Commentary on Legal Matters.

Lewis Clemons: Tax Assessment Purposes.

Linda Simmons: Flooding.

Johnny Borum: Injured Officers.


FISCAL YEAR 2016 GEORGIA DOT - SUPPLEMENTAL PLANNING CONTRACT: Approval is requested to execute a supplemental contract with the Georgia Department of Transportation for additional funding for the Columbus-Phenix City Transportation Study (C-PCTS). The additional Federal Funds in the amount of $156,878.72 will be added to the original contract in the amount of $174,454.82 (80 percent) is requested in the form of a supplemental contract with GDOT. The additional local match of $39,219.68 (20 percent) will be added to the original local funds of $43,613.71 and will be drawn from the Multi-Governmental Funds.

The Metropolitan Planning Organization received a contract from the Georgia DOT for the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) Section 112 Funds to perform transportation planning activities identified in the Columbus-Phenix City Unified Planning Work Program (UPWP) and said contract was approved by council on June 23, 2015. FHWA requires an annual report outlining the activities, budget, and money spent during the fiscal year. The additional funding that is being added to our fiscal 2016 budget are carry over funds from fiscal 2015 and the remaining fiscal 2016 Metropolitan Planning Funds based on the new Transportation Bill, Fixing America's Surface Transportation Act (FAST Act). Therefore, the C-PCTS presented an amendment to the MPO - Policy Coordinating Committee on November 17, 2015 to amend the 2016 Unified Planning Work Program to include the carry over funds.

UTILITIES RELOCATION FOR FOLLOW ME TRAIL- AT&T: Approval is requested to enter into an agreement with AT&T for the relocation of certain utilities as associated with the construction of the bridge over Victory Drive at a cost not to exceed $31,896.64. Funding is available under the South Lumpkin Multi-Use Facility project which is a part of the Transportation Investment Act Program. Any future maintenance work to be performed on these utilities will be the responsibility of AT&T.

The Follow Me Trail is a multi-use trail that runs from Torch Hill Road to Cusseta Road. Phase I of this project is currently under construction and is scheduled for completion in the spring of this year. Phase II is the construction of the bridge that will cross over Victory Drive. Construction documents for this phase have been completed and approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and is scheduled to go out to bid by March. In order to meet this timeline, the city must show that it has coordinated the relocation of any utility within the project area. AT&T has informed the city that it will be necessary to relocate cable and other construction conflicts on this site.

GO! TRANSIT CAPITAL PROGRAM GRANT: Approval is requested to submit an application and accept if approved a Go! Transit Capital Program Grant in the amount of $6 million, with no local match required, from the State Road and Tollway Authority for the purpose of providing the necessary funding for the environmental studies needed to develop a high-speed rail service between Columbus and Atlanta.

For the past four years the Mayor's Commission for Passenger Rail has explored the possibility of establishing high-speed rail between Columbus and Atlanta. From these efforts, a feasibility study was conducted in 2014 to show that intercity rail between the two cities was not only doable, but would be profitable as well. To make this project a reality would require an environmental study of the project. The State Road & Tollway Authority announced last year that funding for transit related projects would be available through the sale of bonds ($75 million) at the end of January 2016. Discussions have been held with this agency and it has been determined that these environmental studies would eligible for these funds.

COLUMBUS UMPIRES ASSOCIATION: Approval is requested to authorize the use of Columbus Umpires Association as a vendor for officiating games with the Columbus Parks and Recreation Department at a current cost of $23 per umpire per game for adult league softball and $24 per game for senior league softball.

The Parks and Recreation Department needs approval to utilize Columbus Umpires Association for all athletic events held within the department.

DONATIONS FOR THE EMPTY BOWL FUNDRAISER: Approval is requested to authorize the Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept donations in the form of gift certificates, check and cash from sponsors and individuals for the purpose of purchasing supplies each year for the Empty Bowl event. Also, to allow Columbus Parks and Recreation to accept cash, check, and credit card donations before and during the event for tickets to the event, auction pieces, and money donations. 100 percent of the money will go to Feeding the Valley for the Kid's Café program. Bowls will be sold after the event for donations as well.


REMOVAL & RECYCLING/REUSE, SCRAP METAL, BULKY ITEMS & SIMILAR MATERIAL FROM THE COLUMBUS LANDFILL (ANNUAL CONTRACT): It is requested that council approve the contract from Newell South LLC (East Point, Ga.), for the removal, recycling/reuse of scrap metal, bulky items and similar material from the Columbus Landfill, and other City locations of Columbus Consolidated Government, at a percentage rate of 40 percent based on the American Metal Market Scrap Iron and Steel Price. A percentage price will be paid by the contractor to the city, and will be deposited into the Government Wide Revenue Account.

Public Services estimates approximately 50 tons of scrap metal is received monthly. Typical items are refrigerators, stoves, washers, dryers, furnaces, air conditioners, heat pumps, hot water heaters and large metal auto parts. The vendor shall also remove, on an "as needed basis" other miscellaneous scrap metal items from various departments.

NETWORK CONSULTING SERVICES: It is requested that council approve the purchase of Network Consulting Services from CPAK (Lagrange), in the amount of $45,000. The vender will provide three hundred 300 hours of consulting services for the Information Technology Department.

On July 14, 2015, per Resolution No. 203-15, council approved consulting services from the vendor for the installation of a new Core Switch System in the Data Center. However, the consulting hours approved for the new core switch had to be utilized for the City's old core switch, which failed and had to be remediated quickly to get the city's computer system up and running.


Aquatic Center Update, James Worsley, Parks and Recreation Director

Integrated Waste/Fleet Replacement Update, Pat Biegler, Director of Public Works

Fiscal 2015 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report/CAFR, Pam Hodge, Deputy City Manager

Bid Advertisements (Schedule opening bid dates)

Feb. 5, 2016

Juvenile Drug Court Treatment Providers (Annual Contract) - The Columbus Consolidated Government, Juvenile Drug Court, is seeking proposals from qualified providers to partner with to provide treatment to Drug Court participants in the following areas: Anger Management, Crisis Intervention, Individual and Family Counseling, Psychological Evaluator and In Home Counselor. The term of the contract will be for one year with the option to renew for four additional 12-month periods.


Memorandum from Iris Jessie, Assistant Human Resources Director/Affirmative Action Administrator: Fiscal Year 2015 Affirmative Action Annual Report.

Certificate of Need submitted by the Columbus Diagnostic Imaging Center LLC for a MRI scanner.