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Call to Order by Mayor Pro Tem Paulette Chavers
Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance by Councilmember Venus Mack
Oath of Office administered by Bulloch County Probate Judge Lorna Deloach to Mayor Jonathan McCollar, Councilman Phil Boyum, Councilman John Riggs

Mayor, 2 Councilmembers Sworn in for New Terms in Statesboro


Consideration of a motion to appoint a Mayor Pro Tempore for the next two years,
per Statesboro Municipal Code, Section 2-4 of the City Charter

  • Councilman John Riggs made a motion to name Councilman Phil Boyum as mayor pro tem. The motion was not seconded and failed. Councilwoman Venus MAck nominated Councilwoman Sherri Barr. It was seconded by Councilwoman Paulette Chavers and subsequently approved.


Public Comments (Agenda Item)
Consideration of a Motion to approve the Consent Agenda

  • Approval of Minutes
    • 12-21-2021 Work Session Minutes
    • 12-21-2021 Council Minutes
    • 12-21-2021 Executive Session Minutes
  • Consideration of a motion to accept the recently awarded grant from the Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee (CJCC) in the amount of $19,500.00 for the purchase of Naloxone (Narcan)
    • On October 19, 2021, Council reviewed a police department request to apply for a grant from the CJCC for the purchase of updated Naloxone kits. Although the original application was for $41,184, the City of Statesboro was awarded $19,500.
    • There are no requirements for matching funds. This is a reimbursable grant, so funds have to be expended and then reimbursed from the grant.

Statesboro PD Lands Grant for Narcan

Approved unanimously

  • Consideration of a motion to approve Change Order 1 with McLendon Enterprises, Inc. in the amount of $57,159.55 for the Blue Mile Streetscape improvements project and authorize the Mayor to execute contract document amendments.

Approved unanimously

  • Consideration of a motion to award a contract to Yancey Brothers Co. in the amount of $258,266.00 for the purchase of a replacement excavator for the Stormwater Division in the Public Works & Engineering Department using the State of Georgia Statewide Purchasing Contract
    • Funds are approved as part of the 2022 CIP Budget, STM-30-R in the appropriated amount of $275,000.00. The purchase will use Georgia State Contract #99999-001-SPD-0000192-0024 as approved by City purchasing policy. Sale and Service will be through Yancey Brothers Company in Statesboro, GA which is the local area dealer for commercial construction equipment.
    • The primary use for this tractor will be to clean the large canal system from sediment build up and to regrade any erosion along their banks. This tractor is also essential to install precast pipes, catch basins, and curb inlets as part of the maintenance of the City’s drainage infrastructure. This item is part of a planned replacement of an existing 1997 Caterpillar 320 Excavator that has been in service for many years and it is past its useful life. The 320 Excavator will be offered to other City Departments or request for disposition to surplus at a later date.
    • Funding will be from GMA Lease Pool and paid back yearly using Stormwater Utility Fee funds. In addition, the purchase will reduce maintenance and repair costs.

Approved unanimously

  • Consideration of a motion to award a contract to Tim Lanier Construction Company in the amount of $117,146.25 and authorize the Mayor to execute contract documents for paving at the Public Works facility
    • The low bidder, Tim Lanier Construction Company, meets the requirements of the bid package, including 20% MFBE participation requirement, and submitted an acceptable bid bond.
    • The work in this contract includes, but is not limited to, asphalt paving to allow larger fleet vehicles (e.g. Fire Dept. ladder trucks) access to the fleet maintenance shop in a dust-free work environment. Grading will be performed to provide for positive drainage around the Fleet Maintenance facility that has had a history of flooding under heavy rain, and to allow for access of the Fire Departments Engines for maintenance to be performed safely on the vehicle.
    • The low bid received is in excess of the $100,000 in funds budgeted for this CIP. However, the amount over-budget will come from fund balance in the fleet maintenance fund, which has reserve funds to cover this expense due to this project being delayed several fiscal years.

Approved unanimously

  • Other Business from City Council
    • Councilman John Riggs brought up the robbery of a pizza delivery driver by five individuals before Christmas. He said all are 21 or under and will now face decades in prison. "We need help, that's all I'm going to say."
    • Councilwoman Shari Barr announced an upcoming virtual town hall on January 11 which will be broadcast to discuss COVID-19
    • Councilwoman Venus Mack said a college prep fair on January 22 at Russell Union from 11-4 for middle school and high school students
  • City Managers Comments
    • Announced upcoming vaccination clinic at City Hall on January 8 ($50 gift card for first and second time vaccinations)
  • Public Comments (General)
  • Consideration of a Motion to enter into Executive Session to discuss “Personnel Matters” “Real Estate” and/or “Potential Litigation” in accordance with O.C.G.A 50-14-3(b)
    • No need for executive session
  • Consideration of a Motion to Adjourn - Meeting adjourned at 9:31 a.m.

View complete council packet here.

Jessica Szilagyi
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Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of The Georgia Virtue. She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement. She has a background in Political Science with a focus in local government and has a Master of Public Administration from the University of Georgia. Jessica is a "Like It Or Not" contributor for Fox5 in Atlanta, a commentator on the 'Let Me Tell You Why You're Wrong Podcast,' and she has two blogs of her own: The Perspicacious Conservative and "Hair Blowers to Lawn Mowers." Sign up for her weekly newsletter: http://eepurl.com/gzYAZT

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