RUNDOWN: Statesboro City Council 03/01/22 Meeting

Here’s what happened at the Statesboro City Council 03/01/22 meeting:

Call to Order by Mayor Jonathan McCollar
Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance by Councilmember Paulette Chavers
Councilmembers Venus Mack + Councilman John Riggs appeared via zoom.
Recognitions/Public Presentations

  • Presentation to the Finance Department for receiving the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) Distinguished Budget Award for the City of Statesboro FY 2021 Budget
  • Presentation to the Finance Department for receiving the Government Finance Officers Association Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 2020 Annual Comprehensive Financial Report.

Public Comments – No comments
Consideration of a Motion to approve the Consent Agenda
Approval of Minutes
a) 02-15-2022 Work Session Minutes
b) 02-15-2022 Council Minutes
c) 02-17-2022 Special Called Council Meeting Minutes

Consideration of a motion to award a contract to Everside Health for an onsite employee health clinic in the amount of $286,123.00.

Budget Impact: $51,123

In 2021, City staff members and NFP collaborated to prepare a Solicitation for Proposal for an onsite employee health clinic. The proposal was submitted to numerous vendors and placed on the City’s purchasing website.

The five responding vendors were:

  • Everside Health,
  • Premise Health,
  • MCR Health,
  • Statesboro Urgent Care, and
  • Target Care.

All vendors were interviewed virtually by two interview teams. Feedback from the interview teams was compiled, references were contacted, and Everside Health was identified as the finalist. On December 16, 2021, Everside Health visited Statesboro and discussed their services with City Administration, Department Heads, and various employees.

Per City Manager Charles Penny: “Everside Health brings a wealth of experience and resources to our city including existing partnerships with municipal governments in Georgia. During conversations, they articulated a comprehensive plan to improve the health and wellness of our employees and their dependents. Lastly, the contract outlines performance guarantees with cost savings in the event the guarantees are not met.”

Councilman John Riggs asked that this matter be tabled because he had not received any employee feedback as of the meeting time. He asked for 2 more weeks. Councilwoman Barr asked City Manager if there was an issue waiting, to which Penny said no, but the other contract is ending in May.
Council voted unanimously to table the item until 3/15/22.

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 Station of Statesboro, LLC DBA The Station
    • 441 S Main St Unit 2B
      Statesboro, Ga 30458
    • License Type: Restaurant

Present to speak in favor: None.
Present to speak against: None.
Council comments: None.
Approved 4-0.

Consideration of a motion to approve an increase of the monthly limit for the City of
Statesboro’s Purchasing Card Program with Synovus from $300,000 to $500,000.

City Finance Director Cindy West said this change is necessary to avoid any disruption in service or accounting when the cards are used.

Approved 4-0.

Consideration of a motion to adopt the following resolutions, plans, policies, and resolves that they be utilized during the administration of its Housing Rehabilitation Program and authorizes the Mayor to execute all enumerated documents.

The funds for this program will come from the City’s grant allocation of the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). $2.5 million dollars will be allocated from each of the two allotments received by the City for a total of $5 Million dollars.

  1. Project Budget Resolution
  2. Financial Management Resolution
  3. Housing Assistance Policy & Housing Forms (HSG. 01 – HSG. 25)
  4. Housing Construction Contract Award Policy
  5. Citizen Participation Plan
  6. Residential Anti-displacement and Relocation Assistance Plan
  7. Local Jobs Initiative (Section 3) Plan
  8. Code of Conduct
  9. Fair Housing Policy
  10. Procurement Standards
  11. Equal Opportunity Plan

Approved 4-0.

Consideration of a motion to approve funding for the development and maintenance of a community garden.

Keep Statesboro-Bulloch Beautiful (KSBB) is proposing a community garden within the city limits of Statesboro. The property recommended as a potential location is 3.26-acre lot on Parker St adjacent to Renaissance Park.

The cost estimate for the initial start-up is $24,000 and the annual maintenance cost estimate is approximately $5,000. Funding will be from the General Fund with a dedicated account # in Parks Budget.

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Second reading and consideration of a motion to approve Ordinance 2022-01: an Ordinance amending the Statesboro Code of Ordinances Chapter 6 Section 6-23 to regulate the licensure and operation of Package Stores.

Approved 4-0

Consideration of a motion to approve Resolution 2022-06: A Resolution reclassify the GIS Administrator position to Facilities Manager and to reclassify the Telecommunications Specialist to Purchasing Coordinator.

Supporting documents
Approved 4-0.

Consideration of a motion to approve Resolution 2022-07: A Resolution to reclassify the Senior Human Resources Coordinator and Human Resources/Safety Coordinator positions in the Department of Human Resources to the position of Human Resources Generalist.

Supporting documents
Approved 4-0.

Consideration of a motion to approve Resolution 2022-08: A resolution approving an application for funding from the Georgia EPD Nonpoint Source Implementation Grant, Section 319(h) of the Clean Water Act.

Under the ongoing Stormwater Master Planning contract, Goodwyn, Mills, & Cawood, Inc. (GMC) prepared a Watershed Management Plan titled Summary of Nine Elements for the Little Lott’s Creek Watershed. These are the nine key elements identified by the EPA that are essential to a Watershed Management Plan.

One of those key elements is education and outreach. The City identified stakeholder organizations and individuals that will be important to engage with regarding implementation of the Plan. Once identified, the City facilitated a meeting with the stakeholders to present and discuss the Summary of Nine Elements document to solicit additional feedback and interest. The stream restoration of the tributary to Little Lotts Creek that parallels the McTell trail between E. Jones Ave. and E. Grady Street was identified as the first project to be performed.

Staff recommends submission of 319(h) grant application to support ongoing stormwater watershed best management practices and to perform stream bank restoration of the Little Lott’s Creek tributary.

The grant requires a cost-share ratio of maximum 60% Federal funds and 40% minimum non-federal (local) match toward the total project cost. If awarded, the project will be paid from Stormwater Fund revenues. The FY2023 CIP includes an amount of $500,000.00 for this project, including engineering and construction.

Consideration of a motion to approve Resolution 2022-09: A resolution approving grant application for the Georgia Department of Community Affairs Employment Incentive Program.

Staff recommends approval of application to DCA for funding from the Employment Incentive Program to support utility installation for the Aspen Aerogels, Inc project.

Approved 4-0

Consideration of a motion to approve Resolution 2022-10: A Resolution to put into effect a six month moratorium on issuance of variances from Article XV of Appendix A of the Statesboro Code of Ordinances.

Mayor and Council imposed a six month moratorium on consideration of variances regarding freestanding signs on November 16, 2021due to City’s ongoing efforts to rewrite the sign ordinance. This moratorium would apply to all variances regarding all signs and would run to September 1, 2022.

Approved 4-0

Consideration of a motion to approve an Agreement with Georgia Power Company Lighting Services in the amount of $224,900 for the Blue Mile Streetscape Improvements project.

Staff recommends approval of the Lighting Services Agreement with Georgia Power Company (GPC) for a pre-payment of ornamental street lighting in the not to exceed amount of $224,900 and authorize the Mayor to execute Lighting Services Agreement to proceed with ordering of materials listed in the agreement for the Blue Mile Streetscape project:

The cost of the proposed work is within the budget for this project. The project is funded from 2018 TSPLOST and the lighting pre-purchase will be reimbursed by Georgia Southern University.

Approved 4-0

Consideration of a motion to amend award of contract to National Auto Fleet Group in the amount of $60,000 for the purchase of a MAC 30′ dump trailer for the Public Utilities Department per updated Sourcewell contract pricing

At the June 15, 2021 meeting Council approved the purchase of a sludge trailer in the amount of $55,318.00. The purchase recommendation was based on pricing obtained May 25, 2021 from National Auto Fleet Group and Mac Trailers using Sourcewell Cooperative Purchasing Contract 060920-NAF.

After the quote was obtained Mac Trailers increased their contract pricing with Sourcewell due to the rising cost of aluminum and supply chain issues. This results in a pricing increase in the amount of $5,406.00 for a total cost of $60,724.00.

The vendor agreed to absorb $724.00 of the increase to keep the purchase under budget. This results in a net increase of $4682.00 for a total price of $60,000 for the city.

The total price, including the increase, is within the budget of $60,000.00 approved in the FY2021 CIP item #WTP-1. Funds approved from 2013 SPLOST funds.

Approved 4-0

Other Business from City Council
City Manager Comments
Public Comments – None

Council recessed to go into a city workshop at 10:00 a.m.
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)


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