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What: (Meeting Name): Regular Meeting of the Valdosta City Council

When: (Meeting Date / Time):  5:30 PM Thursday, September 10, 2009

Where: (Location of meeting)
	Council Chambers, City Hall
	216 East Central Ave, Valdosta, GA.

Who: 	(Who were officials there)
		Mayor: John Fretti
		District 1: 
		District 2: Willie T. Head
		District 3: Sonny Vickers
		District 4: Alvin Payton Jr.
		District 5: Tim Carroll
		District 6: Robert Yost
		At Large: John Eunice

	(Who were other staff / speakers there)

		City Manager: Larry Hanson
		City Attorney: George Talley
		City Engineer: Von Shipman


>1. Opening Ceremonies
>	a. Call to Order
>	b. Invocation
>	c. Pledge of Allegiance to the American Flag
>2. Awards and Presentations
>	a) Consideration of the September, 2009 Employee of the Month Award 
>		(Officer Brian Becton, Police Department).

Name on plaque in foyer. Framed Certificate for Display. $200.
Officer was shot in line of duty in December 2008 and 
returned to work July 2009.


>3. Minutes Approval
>	a. Thursday, August 06, 2009

No changes.

>4. Citizens to be Heard

	Ariana Sanders - Atlanta IRS - Asset Building Coalition
		Partnering with Georgia Legal Services and United Way
		Recovery and Reinvestment Act - Home buyers credit

	George Rhynes
		Several previous issues have not yet been addressed
		(Mayor Fretti says city will get back to him)
		School Superintendent made history in denying students
		access to speech by POTUS.

		Sonny Vickers agreed with GR.

>5. Public Hearings
>	a) Consideration of a request to close a portion of Garden Street.
		Presented by Von Shipman
		Bill Nijem spoke for
		No speakers against
			Payton/Carroll unanimous

>	b) Consideration of a request to close an alley off Brevity Lane.
		Presented by Von Shipman - for church expansion
		No speakers for either side
			Vickers/?	unanimous

>	c) Consideration of an Ordinance to rezone multiple 
>	properties to the new Multi-Family Residential zoning 
>	district (R-M) as requested by City of Valdosta (File No. VA-2009- 16). 
>	The Planning Commission reviewed this request at their August 
>	regular meeting and recommended approval (8-0 vote).

		Presented by Mr. Martin? from Zoning/Planning 
		in Ann Marie Wolff's absence.
		No spekers.
			Carroll/?	unanimous

>	d) Consideration of an ordinance to rezone 0.175 acres 
>	from Planned Development (P-D) County to Single-Family 
>	Residential (R-6) City as requested by Habitat for Humanity
>	(File No. VA-2009-18). The parcel is located at 
>	421 Green Acres Street. The Planning Commission reviewed this 
>	request at their August regular meeting and recommended
>	approval (8-0 vote).

		Presented by Mr. Martin? 
		One speaker from Habitat in favor of rezoning
		No speakers against
			unanimous

>	e) Consideration of an Ordinance to annex 0.175 acres 
>	as requested by Habitat for Humanity (File No. VA-2009-19). 
>	The property is located at 421 Green Acres Street.
>	The Planning Commission reviewed this request at their 
>	August regular meeting and recommended approval (8-0 vote) 
>	with the condition that when sewer is available at this
>	property, the property must connect.

		Presented by Mr. Martin
		No speakers for either side
			unanimous


>	f) Consideration of an Ordinance to rezone 178.83 
>	acres from Heavy Manufacturing and Conservation (M-2 & CON) 
>	County to Manufacturing and Distribution and Environmental-Resource 
>	(M-2 & E-R) City as requested by Walter Walker Carroll, II
>	(File No. VA-2009-20). The property is located between I-75 
>	and Madison Highway.
>	The Planning Commission reviewed this request at 
>	their August regular meeting and recommended approval (8-0 vote).

		Mr. Walter Carroll presented a long story beginning from
		1990 with the acquisition of the property and the delivery
		of water from the county in phase 1 of 1000 gal per min and
		phase 2 of 3000 gal/min and for a short time the higher 
		pressure was available but there was a problem and the
		county removed the tank and wells. Property can only
		be used for industrial purposes because of its location
		near the airport.  Several Councilmen asked questions.

		No speakers in opposition

		There was mention that having the property developed
		would add to the tax digest.
			unanimous


>	g) Consideration of an Ordinance to annex 178.83 acres 
>	as requested by Walter Walker Carroll, II (File No. VA-2009-21). 
>	The property is located between I-75 and Madison Highway. 
>	The Planning Commission reviewed this request at their August regular
>	meeting and recommended approval (8-0).

		No speakers for either side

		City Manager said the county has the right to object to
		annexations but in this case did not.

		unanimous

>6. Ordinances and Resolutions
>	a) Consideration of an Ordinance to establish the 
>	Valdosta Small Emerging Business (VSEB) Program. (First Reading)

	This was presented at work session and was not re-read.
	Second Reading will be September 24th.

>	b) Consideration of a Resolution to accept the proposal 
>	between the Boys and Girls Club of Valdosta, Inc. and 
>	the Downtown Development Authority (DDA) of the City of
>	Valdosta to allow the issuance of $3 million dollars in 
>	bond funding through the DDA and for approval of an 
>	Intergovernmental Agreement between the City of Valdosta and
>	the DDA.

	Investment by Boys and Girls Clubs is expected to be significant
	over the lifetime of the project.

		Carroll/Payton - unanimous

>	c) Consideration of a resolution to adopt the 
>	National Incident Management System and Unified Command System (NIMS).

		1.6M in grants have been received from Homeland Security.
		Must have this system in place in order to apply for grants.
>	
>7. Bids, Contracts, Agreements and Expenditures
>
>	a) Consideration of a bid for the purchase of a 6,000 pound 
>	forklift for the Public Works Warehouse.

		Only one bid was received from Toyota for $30,036
			unanimous

>	b) Consideration of a bid to purchase a regenerative street 
>	sweeper for the Public Works Department.

		$149,000 SPLOST funds
			unanimous

>	c) Consideration of a request to approve a contract with 
>	CDM Constructors, Inc. for the Water Main Extension Phase 1A Project.

		I didn't really get wat this was and it was something
		about $4M.
			Yost/Eunice - unanimous


>	d) Consideration of a request to award the Construction 
>	Manager At Risk (CMAR) contract and amend the current 
>	CDM contract for design services for the Mud Creek Water 
>	Pollution Control Plant expansion and upgrade.

		This is a 34.9M project and 10M of funds come from AARA
		and of that 4M is a grant (does not need to be repaid)
		AARA funds must begin drawing by November 1.

		Increase capacity of Mud Creek facility from 2.3? to 5.2

			unanimous

>8. Local Funding and Requests
>	a) Consideration of a request for a parking variance 
>	by Wilson Eye Center.

			tabled until 24September meeting

>	b) Consideration of a request for the City of Valdosta 
>	to act as the financial agent for the Judicial Circuit Byrne 
>	JAG Grant administered through the state Criminal Justice
>	Coordinating Council (CJCC).

		Sheriff will get 25K, City will get 25K
		balance (100+K will go to crime lab)

			unanimous

		Crime lab will have ribbon cutting some time in the near
		future 

>	c) Consideration of a request for a Change Order for the 
>	Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive utility improvements.

		Project exceeded allocated amount by $34,166.67.
			unanimous
>9. Boards, Commissions, Authorities and Advisory Committees
>
>	a) Consideration of an appointment to the 
>	Hospital Authority of Valdosta and Lowndes County.

		Greg Powell reappointed 

>10. City Manager’s Report
		9/11 rembrance at 8:45 at Oak and Savannah fire station

		st augustine/river intersection will be completed next week
		north side and bemiss rd striping nearly completed
		both projects were 100% DOT funded

		chic-fli-a will be at perimeter and country club

		local option sales tax 
			june - fy2009 - 5% reduction from previous year
				447K less
		city continues to monitor expenditures

>11. Council Comments
		Councilman Yost asked about storm water master plan
			Von Shipman said a report was forthcoming
		Councilman Yost asked abotu sidewalks and bike paths
		Councilman Yost asked about FEMA rembursements
	
	Executive Session for Realestate.

>12. Adjournment


Scribe: Gretchen Quarterman - these are not official minutes - just notes from an observer

At the end of the meeting, most in attendance appeared to be city employees.
Most citizens left the meeting after the item of interest to them.