RUNDOWN: Statesboro City Council – 11/02/21

Here’s what happened at the November 2, 2021 Statesboro City Council meeting:

Call to Order – Councilwoman Venus Mack was not present but was attending via Zoom.
Invocation & Pledge

Public Comments (Agenda Item) -None
Consideration of a Motion to approve the Consent Agenda

Public Hearing & Consideration of a motion to approve an application for an alcohol
license in accordance with the City of Statesboro Alcohol Ordinance Sec. 6-13(a)

3 Brothers 2021 LLC DBA Two Guys Beverage
520 Fair Rd Ste 410
Statesboro, Ga 30458
Owner: Niranjan Patel
Unanimous approval.

Consideration of a Motion to approve an application for temporary special event permit in accordance with the City of Statesboro Alcohol Ordinance Sec.6-8 (d)(3)(c)(3):
Adam Tsang
Bids & BBQ Benefitting Oliver Mathis
19 E Vine St
11/9/2021, 6pm-9pm
Serving beer, wine, liquor
This is a temporary event permit.
Unanmious approval.

Consideration of a motion approve Resolution 2021-39: A Resolution to accept the
recently awarded grant from the Bureau of Justice Assistance (BJA) in the amount of $10,014.00.

Mayor and Council already authorized application for grant earlier this year, this is just formal approval process to accept funding.
Unanimous approval.

Consideration of a motion to approve Resolution 2021-40: A Resolution to accept the “Law Enforcement Mental Health and Wellness Act (LEMHWA) Grant” funds in the amount of $104,046.00.

Unanimous approval.

Consideration of a motion to approve Resolution 2021-41: A Resolution to adopt the first amendment to the Fiscal Year 2022 budget for each fund of the City of Statesboro, Georgia, appropriating the amounts shown in each budget as expenditures/expenses, adopting the several items of revenue anticipations, and prohibiting expenditures or expenses from exceeding the actual funding appropriated.

Unanimous approval.

Consideration of a motion to award a contract to Allan Vigil Ford for the purchase of four (4) Police Pursuit F-150 trucks in the total amount of $150,100.00 per State Purchasing Contract.

Due to the current vehicle shortage and the long lead times for delivery, these trucks will fill a need for additional patrol vehicles that were scheduled for purchase later this fiscal year. Since the vehicle shortage is expected for some time, it is recommended to purchase these patrol vehicles to eliminate future shortages for patrol units. (to be paid from 2019 SPLOST)

Staff recommends the purchase of four (4) police pursuit F-150 Crew Cab trucks from Allan Vigil Ford per the State of Georgia Purchasing Contract (SWC#99999 SPD-ES40199373-002) in the amount of $150,100.00. Each vehicle is priced at $37,525.00 and includes a 7 year / 100,000 mile bumper to bumper warranty. The remaining funds, if approved, will be utilized for the upfitting of lights, radio, technology, etc. in each vehicle. Since $260,000.00 is budgeted for this purchase, it is also recommended the remaining funds ($109,900.00) be allocated for upfitting these four vehicles.

Unanimous approval.

Consideration of award of contract to purchase a new tractor for the Streets Division in the Public Works & Engineering Department using Sourcewell contract, Contract 110719-JDC, in the amount of $39,633.33. This item will be purchased with 2019 SPLOST funds.

This will be a purchase of a new John Deere Small Cab Tractor to replace an existing tractor that is at the end of its life cycle. The John Deere tractor was selected because of the better 12-speed Transmission with a power reverser as well as 17 gpm hydraulics as compared to the Case model which has an 8-speed transmission and only pumps 12 gpm hydraulics. This Tractor will be utilized in the Streets Division of the Public Works Department for cutting grass and maintaining the city’s right of ways.

Staff recommends and request the Consideration of a Motion to purchase a new John Deere Tractor for the Public works Streets Division in the amount of $39,633.33 from Deere and Company using Sourcewell Ag Tractors, Contract #110719-JDC (PG 1P CG 70) with funds from 2019 SPLOST Fund. The equipment is listed as FY2022 CIP Budget item STS-111-R and the cost is within budget. The delivering dealer is Blanchard Equipment Co, Inc. of Statesboro.

Unanimous approval.

Other Business from City Council

Councilman Phil Boyum asked that if alcohol referendum was approved by voters Tuesday that city attorney Cain Smith immediately begin gathering information from other cities on how they have implemented the same referendum.

City Managers Comments

City Manager Charles Penny said the city will host another vaccination clinic on November 13 and the city has 91 gift cards remaining. He also said 56% of the city’s employees are vaccinated.

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)

There was no executive session.

Consideration of a Motion to Adjourn – meeting adjourned at 9:21 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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