Americus Times-Recorder, Americus, Georgia

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February 18, 2012

Public works projects discussed in City committee

AMERICUS — The City of Americus committees met Thursday with the majority of discussion involving Public Works items. Director of the public works department, Bernard Kendrick is recommending the City Council approve the purchase of centrifugal pumps and suction bells for the wastewater treatment facility. Kendrick said the pumps at both Mill Creek and Muckalee have never been replaced. The proposal was to purchase eight immersible pumps, two for the Mill Creek site, six for the Muckalee site, for $160,266. The proposal also includes electrical upgrades to the pump stations. Kendrick’s recommendation was to go with a bid Cook Industrial Electric Co. of Cordele for the upgrades at a cost of $16,944.

Kendrick discussed to speed control device requests. He said requests for speed humps have been requested on Tom Hall Circle and Rose Avenue.

Kendrick said there was also a request for additional work regarding the Bayhill Street Waterline Improvements project. He said the committee is asking the Mayor and Council to approve the public works department to fill a portion of the area with gravel and install a concrete cap due to the swampy terrain of the site. He said he didn’t want to jeopardize the useful life of the newly installed pipe by not removing the unsuitable soil. To add the six-inch concrete trench costs $9,500 plus $9,000 for the removal of the soil, according to the recommended proposal from Zane Grace Construction of Leesburg.

An amendment to solid waste rates was discussed Thursday. Chief Administrative Officer Charlotte Cotton said the increase is due to a rate adjustment in accordance with the Crisp County Solid Waste Authority’s McMath Mill Road transfer station. Cotton said the tipping fee is increasing from $50.04 to $52.19 per ton for solid waste and $28.34 to $29.46 for yard waste, reflecting a 4.3 percent fee increase for the City. For customers of the City, residential hobo fees will increase form $23.02 to $24.01, $26.95 to $28.11 for commercial hobos, $6.06 to $6.11 for dumpster rates and $10.44 to $10.89 for additional hobos.

The City Council will consider approving a resolution requesting the local legislative delegation to introduce legislation during the 2012 legislative session to establish a City of Americus Utility Authority. If the Council approves the resolution it will lay the groundwork to establish such an authority, but does not mean the Council will decide to move forward with establishing a utility authority.

On Thursday Mandy Young, director of the City’s Economic and Community Development department, discussed items for the Council’s consideration involving her department.

The Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard Overlay district ordinance will be considered for a second and final reading. The ordinance involves requirements for development that are compatible with the City of Americus in that guidelines must be followed in new construction, as well as other design standards, in the commercial corridor district.

Young discussed a Community Development Block Grant application for public facility building improvements and water infrastructure-type improvements for the Americus-Sumter Boys and Girls Club.

Young reported that eight new businesses opened in January and there was one business closure.

Cotton briefed Council and staff on an amendment Thursday that, if passed, will change the time limit a speaker who has requested to address the Mayor and Council will be allowed to speak. If passed speakers will get five minutes instead of three. Another resolution proposes a change of the City’s regularly monthly Council meeting, which will be discussed further at Monday’s agenda setting.

Americus Fire Chief Allen Erkhart introduced a resolution to authorize certain City employees to perform certain functions regarding the fire department issuing of citations for illegal burning within the City limits.

Police Chief Mark Gerbino discussed a bid from Motorola of Albany for narrow band radios. The City has $10,000 budgeted for the item. The bid is around $10,500. Cotton said when the department gets the new narrow band equipment the City will be compliant with State regulations. Gerbino also discussed bids for new body armor and briefly discussed a search warrant that was executed Thursday involving H and L Business Center  in which computers and gambling machines were seized to obtain further information in an alleged illegal gambling network.

The Mayor and City Council will hold its agenda setting at 4:30 p.,. Monday  in the meeting room on the third floor of the Municipal Building. The meeting is open to the public.

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