City of Buchanan

Minutes

CITY OF BUCHANAN

MINUTES OF COUNCIL MEETING

January 10, 2012

Attendance:  Mayor:  Benjamin Biggers.

Council Members:  Patricia Warren, Kenny Hughes, Jarred Taylor, Patty Hutcheson.

Department Heads: City Clerk Karen King, Public Works Director Dean Tanner, Police Chief Tracy Lambert.

Mayor Biggers: called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m.

Mayor Biggers welcomed everyone.

Mayor Biggers asks Henry Bedford to lead Pledge of Allegiance.

Mayor Biggers gives invocation.

Mayor Biggers asks Judge Richard Sutton to come forward to begin oath of office ceremony.   Judge Richard Sutton swears in Mayor Benjamin Biggers.

Mayor Biggers asks Jarred Taylor to come forward to begin oath of office ceremony.  Mayor Biggers swears in Council Member Jarred Taylor.  

Mayor Biggers asks to accept the agenda for tonight.  Patricia Warren made a motion to accept the agenda.   Kenny Hughes seconded the motion.  Motion carried 4-0.

Mayor Biggers asks to accept the minutes from Called and Council meeting and December 13, 2011 meeting.  Patricia Warren made a motion to accept the minutes from Called and Council meeting and December 13, 2011 meeting.   Kenny Hughes seconded the motion.  Motion carried 4-0.

Public Participation:

Mayor Biggers asks Jennie English from the Haralson County Chamber of Commerce to come forward.  Jennie English states that she is here on behalf of Leadership Haralson who has been around for a long time and several people who have graduated are in attendance.  Jennie English explains that the Leadership Class of 2009 did an online survey about growth in business.  Jennie English presents mayor and council with printout of the survey.

Mayor Biggers asks Jana Gentry to come forward.  Explains library software is being upgraded.  Explains library story time has moved to Monday.  

Mayor Biggers presents Jana Gentry with check for money that the city budgeted for the fiscal year, explaining that all departments had worked had to present the library with the full amount mentioned instead of half here and the other half there.  

Mayor Biggers asks Better Hometown Manager Janie Holder to come forward.  Presents mayor and council with documentation of recent Better Hometown meetings and explained she has heard glowing compliments about the beauty of the square also explains events to new council members.  

Old Business:

Survey of Alcohol (Liquor) Pouring License Fees:

City Clerk Karen King explains that she received license fee information from towns with population less than two thousand.  Mayor Biggers opens discussion of surveyed towns and fee City of Buchanan is charging. 

Mayor Biggers asks for motion to reduce alcohol (liquor) pouring license to $2500.00.  Patricia Warren made a motion to reduce alcohol pouring license to $2500.00 and refund Alex Melendez $500.00 (the difference in the $3000.00 alcohol (liquor) pouring license fee).   Jarred Taylor seconded the motion.  Motion carried 4-0.

Department Updates:

Mayor Biggers asks for the department updates:

Public Works Director Dean Tanner: 

(1.) Presents mayor and council with options as quoted from Donny Rainey for replacing the trees that were cut around the square.  Council requests more quotes.  (2.) Explains Christmas decorations have been taken down and stored properly. 

Police Chief Tracy Lambert 

(1.) Explains programs he is going to implement to mayor and council.  (2.) Explains he is applying for the Carroll EMC grant.  (3.) Explains to mayor and council how his department stands on trying to become State Certified.  (4.) Explains where his department stands on budget.  

City Clerk Karen King:  

(1.) Presents mayor and council with documents to keep them updated on money transfers.  (2.) Presents mayor and council update on taxes collected in 2011 pointing out in the digest numbers that a huge portion of tax base is tax exempt.  (3.) Explains that her department is trying as always to be careful with money.

City Inspector Terry Floyd requests use of card to place on construction sites and homeowner affidavits.  

Mayor Biggers asks for motion to adopt card to place on construction sites and homeowner affidavits as presented by City Inspector Terry Floyd.  Kenny Hughes makes motion to adopt card to place on construction sites and homeowner affidavits as presented by City Inspector Terry Floyd.  Patricia Warren seconded motion. Motion carried 4-0.

Mayor Biggers asks to elect Mayor Pro Tem.  Patricia Warren made a motion to elect Kenny Hughes as Mayor Pro Tem.  Patty Hutcheson seconded the motion.  Motion carried 4-0.

Mayor Biggers asks for a motion to adjourn.  Patricia Warren makes motion to adjourn.  Jarred Taylor seconded motion.  Motion carried 4-0.