December 4, 2017 @ 4:00 p.m.
City Council Chambers
December 4, 2017 - 4:00 P.M.
City Council Chambers
1. Call to order by Mayor Andrews
2. Recognitions: None
3. Department Reports:
Victor Cuyler, Police Chief
Russell Riner, Fire Chief
Wayne Poole, Electric Director
Robert Eubanks, Public Works Director
Dave Larson, Building Official
Karrie Brown, City Clerk
4. City Administrator Report
5. City Attorney Report
6. Council Reports:
Mayor Pro Tem Smith
Council Member Dennis
Council Member Watts
Council Member Brown
Council Member Davis
7. Other Reports
Sandersville City Council
Working Session Minutes
December 4, 2017 – 4:00 P.M.
Mayor Jimmy Andrews Judy McCorkle, City Administrator
Mayor Pro Tem Jeffery Smith Victor Cuyler, Chief SPD
Council Member Mayme Dennis Russell Riner, Chief SFD
Council Member Henry Watts Wayne Poole, Electric Department Director
Council Member Danny Brown Robert Eubanks, Public Works Director
Council Member Jason Davis Brianna Wiley, Finance Officer
Robert Wynne, City Attorney Karrie Brown, City Clerk
Mayor Andrews called the working session to order at 4:00 p.m.
Police Chief Cuyler gave the activity report for the Police Department for November 2017. He then reported on a Community Policing seminar that he, along with Council Member Dennis and City Administrator McCorkle attended on November 14th in Thompson, Georgia. A few of the topics covered in the seminar included use of force (both lethal and non-lethal), having a good relationship with the media, what it means to protect and serve, a ride along program with the elected officials, a cadet academy, allowing community leaders to attend training, and being supportive of the police officers. Chief Cuyler stated that because the Police Department is a state certified agency it makes the department accountable and transparent. Council Member Dennis added that at the seminar they also discussed the importance of recruiting a work force to look like your community make up including gender and race. The Council Members further discussed recruiting police officers.
Fire Chief Riner invited everyone to the Fire Department’s Christmas party on December 14th at 7:00 p.m. He stated that they will have a meal, give out awards, and then Santa will make a visit. Fire Chief Riner stated that in light of the recent church shootings, the Sheriff’s Department will hold a seminar on December 14th at Oconee Fall Line Technical College.
Electric Director Poole stated he met with Holly Bisig and Shen Ting, both with Municipal Electric Authority of Georgia, to go over the annual participants’ transmission report. Electric Director Poole added his crews have started on inventory to close out the year.
Public Works Director Eubanks stated he received a notice that the City has been awarded a grant from GEMA in the amount of $278,500 to purchase a generator for the Ferncrest Water Plant. The grant will require a 15% match from the City. He then invited everyone to attend a pre-construction meeting on January 3rd at 10:00 a.m. for the East Haynes Street project. Public Works Director Eubanks passed out a monthly report and briefly went over projects that he and his staff are currently working on. One item noted is the M. Friedman Drive sidewalk which is estimated at $344,674 to install the sidewalk from Hunter’s Run Apartments to East McCarty Street. The Council Members then discussed the foot and wheel chair traffic on M. Friedman Drive and crossing both Highway 15 and 24. City Administrator McCorkle will send a letter to GA DOT to make sure they are aware of this traffic and the safety concerns and ask for solutions and/or funding.
Public Works Director Eubanks stated that he and City Attorney Wynne are working on an agreement with the City of Tennille to haul sludge temporarily with permission from the land owner (application) and the EPD.
City Clerk Brown reminded everyone about the Christmas event on the square Thursday and the movie night at the Disk Golf Park on Saturday.
City Administrator Report
City Administrator McCorkle briefly went over the regular agenda items. She asked that two power sell agreements be added to the regular agenda under other business for the cities of Evergreen and Hartsford.
Council Member Dennis asked when the Thiele Park will be opening and City Administrator McCorkle replied hopefully in January 2018.
Mayor Andrews stated that 34 States have proposed term limits on Congress and he advised the Council Members to let our Representatives know their thoughts and opinions on this subject.
City Attorney Wynne stated the speed limit on the Fall Line Freeway headed east is 65 mph and headed west is 55 mph which can cause confusion with motorists. City Administrator McCorkle will write a letter to the DOT to request this been changed to be uniform in both directions.
Mayor Andrews noted the City has received the Distinguished Budget Award for the 7th year in a row and he congratulated and thanked the Finance Department for their hard work.
Mayor Andrews adjourned the Working Session at 4:52 p.m.