During yesterday’s Council meeting the following actions were taken:
A. Conducted 1st Reading of Bill #6076, Authorizing Execution of Contract with SAEDC. The second reading will be held November 27th, but Council approved execution of the contract.
B. Council approved the renewal of the City’s Health Insurance Plan with HealthScope Benefits, LDI and QBE. There will be no insurance premium increase.
C. Council awarded the 2018 Domestic Violence Surcharge Shelter Funding to the House of Refuge for Abused and Battered Women. A $4 Domestic Violence Shelter Surcharge is placed on all municipal court convictions and these funds are retained by the City and distributed via an application process, which the House of Refuge submitted to us. Their application met all requirements and the amount awarded shall not exceed $8,000.
D. Council awarded the CDBG Demolition Bid to Ferrell Enterprises in the amount of $44,000. This project consists of the demolition of 1 residential structure with asbestos and 7 residential structures.
E. Council awarded the bid for new bleachers at the Recreation Complex for the baseball and softball fields to All Inclusive Rec in the amount of $13,640.45.
F. Council tabled the purchase of new scoreboards. This item will be discussed further at the November 27th Council meeting.
G. Bill #6073, Installation of Stop Signs on N. West St. at Wakefield Avenue, was tabled. The City Manager would like to contact Dave Alexander who made this request. The Traffic Committee did not pass this agenda item and since staff has not be able to get in touch with Mr. Alexander for him to attend this meeting or for comments, they will wait to take action on this bill.
H. Council conducted the 1st Reading of Bill #6074, Designating the DAEOC Child Care Facility location at Wakefield and North West Street as a school zone.
I. Council authorized the City to pay all year to date Tourism expenses from the Tourism Fund Balance. This will allow a clean transfer of responsibilities to the Chamber of Commerce and return to the original intent of the contract which was to transfer all Tourism Tax disbursements to the Chamber and they will pay all future related expenses, including future wayfinding sign obligations.
J. 1st & 2nd Reading, Execution of Agreement for Real Property Swap and Option to Acquire Real Property was approved by Council. This agreement calls for Unilever to swap their south plant with the City in exchange for 16 acres in the North Industrial Park.
K. Other Items:
1. Council authorized the purchase of replacement field lights and light poles for Fields #5 & #7 at the Complex from MUSCO Lighting in the amount of $176,900. These lights were part of Parks & Recreation Department’s budget for this fiscal year.
2. Housing Authority employees Patricia Willis, Joyce Grant and Lisa Loflin approached the Council in reference to their hostile work environment. They are seeking Council’s support in finding a solution to this situation.