RUNDOWN: Statesboro City Council – 02/06/24

Council meeting packet.

Only Mayor Pro Tem Shari Barr and Councilwoman Ginny Hendley were present. Boyum showed up approximately 10 minutes late. Mayor McCollar was at a meeting in Savannah, Councilwoman Chavers was at a conference, and Councilman Riggs was out sick.

Call to Order by Mayor Jonathan McCollar
Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance by Mayor Pro Tem Shari Barr
Recognitions/Public Presentations

Presentation of a Proclamation recognizing February 16, 2024 as Arbor Day in the City of Statesboro and recognition of the City’s participation in the Tree City USA program

Public Comments (Agenda Item): No one from the public was present to speak.

Consideration of a Motion to approve the Consent Agenda

  • A) Approval of Minutes
    • a) 01-16-2024 Work Session Minutes
    • b) 01-16-2024 Council Minutes
    • c) 01-16-2024 Executive Session Minutes
Public Hearing & Consideration of a Motion to approve application for an alcohol license in accordance with The City of Statesboro alcohol ordinance Sec. 6-13 (a):

a) Orchid
Fair Road
License Type: Restaurant
No one was present to speak in favor or against this application. It was approved 2-0.

b) Oak 45
East Main Street
License Type: Bar
No one was present to speak in favor or against this application. It was approved 2-0.

Consideration of a motion to approve a proximity waiver pursuant to the City of Statesboro alcohol ordinance Sec. 6-5 (o) in order to consider the issuance of a pub license to The Pour House located at 25 West Main Street.

This is a proximity establishment waiver close to a church, but the church has since closed, so no action was taken.

Public Hearing & Consideration of a Motion to approve application for an alcohol license in accordance with The City of Statesboro alcohol ordinance Sec. 6-13 (a):

The Pour House
25 West Main Street
License Type: Pub
No one was present to speak in favor or against this application. It was approved 2-0.

Consideration of a motion to approve the award of a Department owned firearm to retiring Deputy Chief Rob Bryan.

Historically, the police department has awarded a firearm to those members who have retired in good standing with more than 25 years of service. This practice is specifically authorized by Georgia Statute 35 1- 20.

Deputy Chief Rob Bryan has announced his retirement from the police department after 25 years of exemplary service to the citizens of our community. The pistol to be awarded to him is a Glock Model 17 with Serial Number #BERR254, and we would like to award him this pistol along with his retired credentials.

The police department purchased the gun for $400.

Approved 2-0 with no discussion.

Consideration of a motion to award the purchase of a new 2023 or newer Ford F-350 4×2 Crew Cab with a landscape body in an amount, not to exceed, $75,000.00. If approved, this will be purchased using funds from the GMA Lease Pool under CIP# PRK-4.

No discussion. It was approved 2-0.

Consideration of a motion to award the purchase of a new 2023 or newer Ford F-350 4×2 Crew Cab with a service body in an amount, not to exceed,$75,000.00. If approved, this will be purchased using funds from the GMA Lease Pool under CIP# STS-74.

No discussion. It was approved 2-0.

Consideration of a motion to award the purchase of a new 2023 or newer Ford F-350 4×4 Crew Cab with a service body, not to exceed, $67,000.00. If approved, this will be purchased using funds from the GMA Lease Pool under CIP# STS-80.

No discussion. It was approved 2-0.

Consideration of a motion to award a contract to Deere & Company for the purchase of a John Deere 317G Compact Track Loader per Sourcewell cooperative purchasing contract in the amount of $71,864.06. This item to be purchased with funds approved in the 2023 CIP Budget, item #WTP-23, funded by water/sewer system revenues.

The city is proposing to replace the existing 1993 Skid Steer Loader (31 years old) with a new unit, utilizing the Sourcewell cooperative purchasing contract. The existing loader is well past it useful life and is no longer reliable for daily use. The Loader will be purchased through Deere & Company and will be sold and serviced through our local distributor, Blanchard Equipment. The budget estimate was $80,000.00 however the unit came in significantly lower at $71,864.06

Funds were approved in the 2023 CIP, #WTP-23, utilizing system revenues.

No discussion. It was approved 2-0.

Other Business from City Council
City Managers Comments
Public Comments (General)

Eric Peeples addressed council about his business in commercial outfitting for emergency vehicles.

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)

There was no executive session.

Consideration of a Motion to Adjourn

The meeting adjourned at 9:31 a.m.

Jessica Szilagyi

Jessica Szilagyi is Publisher of TGV News She focuses primarily on state and local politics as well as issues in law enforcement and corrections. 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.

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