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 +The regular meeting of the Mayor and Council convened at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, February 28, 2022, at the Train Depot with the announcement of a quorum.
 +MEMBERS PRESENT: ​ Mayor Walter Turner, Danny Peed, Hannah Sloan, Laticia Dixon, and Timishea Price. Also present was acting city clerk Tammy Jones.
 +MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: Hiram Couch and Tiffany Coker.
 +INVOCATION: Hannah Sloan
 +ADOPTION OF PROPOSED AGENDA
 +Danny Peed made a motion to approve the agenda with the additional topics of yards and firepit. Laticia Dixon seconded. Mayor Walter Turner, Timishea Price and Hannah Sloan voted in favor. The motion passed.
 +• April Lester and Donna “Sissy” McLaughlin
 +Danny Peed made a motion to remove the authorization to submit the offer to April Lester for further consideration. Laticia Dixon seconded. Mayor Walter Turner, Timishea Price and Hannah Sloan voted in favor. The motion passed.
 +Danny Peed made a motion to review both candidates April Lester and Donna McLaughlin again. Laticia Dixon seconded. Mayor Walter Turner, Timishea Price and Hannah Sloan voted in favor. The motion passed.
 +Acting City Clerk Tammy Jones briefed on the background check that was performed on April Lester and Donna McLaughlin. Timishea Price said we should list the job on the GMA website because we are already paying GMA and they are going to get people who are already certified. ​
 +Discussion began regarding Donna McLaughlin. Hannah Sloan made a motion to hire Donna “Sissy” McLaughlin for $46,400 with the stipulations of that every other week she can pick up her daughter and arrive at 8:30 am and receive 2 weeks of vacation starting out and salary increase would be considered after certification and 2 years. Danny Perkins seconded. Timishea Price and Laticia Price voted against. Mayor Walter Turner made the deciding vote in favor of hiring Sissy.
 +• Police Vehicles. Chief Holder briefed he had received the quotes from Brannen Motor Co. With all equipment, lights, and cameras, the vehicles are $57,800 for both patrol vehicles. Chief briefed his vehicle is seven years old and the quote for his Ford F150 is $47,400. Questions were asked regarding SPLOST and SOLAR funding. Chief said the quote he had from Brannen was good for 60 days and he received the quote on Jan 15, 2022. Director Scott Jones mentioned USDA is a possibility to use for police vehicles, but it takes up to a year before we find out if it is approved. USDA pays 25 to 50% but you have to have the money ready when the decision is made. Brannen just needs a decision made on purchasing the vehicles as it takes a month or so before we would receive delivery. Chief will call Brannen Motor Co. on March 1, 2022, regarding purchasing the three vehicles. ​
 +Danny Peed made a motion to purchase the vehicles from Brannen Motor Co, (2) for $57,800 each and (1) for $47,400 paying for out of SOLAR with financing two vehicles and paying for one outright. Hannah Sloan seconded. Mayor Walter Turner, Laticia Dixon and Timishea Price voted in favor. The motion passed.
 +Acting City Clerk was tasked with checking with GMA and the local bank regarding loans and terms.
 +Timishea Price requested the auditors come out and brief city council regarding the audit. Laticia Dixon said they are to brief the whole council. Hannah Sloan tasked Acting City Clerk with calling Maudlin and Jenkins and set up a time and date for them to come and brief City Council.
 +Chief Holder briefed City Council that his technology fee is high and would like to make sure that everyone is paying their fair share. An example used was NEOS technology, Xerox, and Verizon. Acting City Clerk Tammy Jones is working on breaking up the payments to the departments that are using the services. ​ Chief Holder mentioned he needs to know how much gas he is spending. He would like to know monthly how much he is spending. Director Jones said he would have to take the handwritten fuel sheets and break down the costs. Chief Holder briefed the Governor of Highway safety was purchasing two stationary speed detectors and donating them to Reynolds Police Department.
 +• Recreation Costs – Director Jones was able to talk with Jerry the Assistant County Manager who was able to talk with Chris the Recreation Director and he said there was no contract of any sort. Director Jones was told the costs goes to salaries, fields, and uniforms. When Director Jones referenced Butler, the comment was made that there are no recreation facilities in Butler only in the county and they pay for other things other than recreation and it balances out. Chief Holder said that the recreation department does not pay for uniforms. Mayor Turner asked who was cutting the grass at Louisiana Court. Dillon Gillispie did the prior week. Hannah Sloan said we need a contract, so we enforce it when they do not provide services. Mr. Latimore sent the mayor a letter stating that as there was so much trash on Louisiana Court, they were going to stop cutting it. Director Scott stated to get to the property on Louisiana Court you have to cross Mr. Gooch’s property. They pavement is the property of Mr. Gooch. ​
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 +Danny Peed made a motion to table Recreation costs. Hannah Sloan seconded. Mayor Walter Turner, Laticia Dixon, Timishea Price voted in favor. The motion passed.
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 +• Discuss whether to sell the old service station or what to do with it. A question was asked on what the zoning was at that corner. If the property is zoned C1 or C2 you can use the property for anything you wanted. Hannah Sloan said she was going to try and find a grant to fix up that corner. Director Jones mentioned the lot was a lot smaller than people knew, the size was .14 acres. ​
 +Director Jones did say there was water at that location the meter was at Papa’s place. Mayor Turner said if the property were sold it would have to be via an auction. Hannah Sloan made a motion that we do not sell or lease the old service station property at this time, and we come up with a plan to make Reynolds look better. Laticia Dixon seconded. Danny Peed disagreed. Mayor Walter Turner and Timishea Price voted in favor. The motion passed.
 +Mayor Turner wanted to know if anyone wanted to get involved in correcting the addresses in Qpublic as some addresses are prior to 911 addresses
 +• Remove the only one in lobby at a time sign. Danny Peed made a motion to remove one person in lobby at time sign. Hannah Sloan seconded the motion. Mayor Walter Turner, Timishea Price and Laticia Dixon voted in favor. The motion passed.
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 +• Yards. City has received three complaints. One was for Dunn’s on the corner and Mayor Turner has spoken to them and they have cleaned up significantly. The other complaint is a damaged travel trailer on Mr. Gooch’s property on 203 S. Collins Street. Mayor Turner would like the property committee to study up on the Municode before the Mayor writes them a letter. The other property is the Josh Swain property at 47 S Macon St. Mr. Swain is going into the tree cutting business and there are complaints on his tree cutting equipment in the front yard. Mayor Turner requested Property Committee to look into it.
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 +• Fire pit. Concerns were raised on whether people would throw trash in the firepit. The additional concern raised was that the city built the fire pit for a business. Mayor Turner asked Director Jones to explain how it came about, did anyone know about it. Director Jones said Tim brought it up and the materials were there so Director Jones put it together to see what it would look like. When he heard some words regarding it on Saturday, he sent out an email to city council explaining it all. Director Scott said it can be removed or stay. Hannah Sloan made a motion to remove the fire pit. Timishea Price seconded. Danny Peed disagreed. Mayor Walter Turner and Laticia Dixon voted in favor. The motion passed.
 +Danny Peed made a comment that a month ago a lady from Warner Robins going to the drug store did not make the step up and planted face first on the pavement. Laticia Dixon made a comment that Jonathan Knight told her mother to park sideways and hold on her car to get up there. Chief Holder stated during the strawberry festival last year stated an older lady from Warner Robins fell in that same area. Danny Peed said that was an area that needs a ramp. Danny Peed said we are supposed to be spending the taxpayer’s money and not spending it where it is not necessary.
 + ​ADJOURNMENT
 +- Timishea Price made a motion to adjourn. Hannah Sloan seconded. Mayor Walter Turner, Laticia Dixon, and Timishea Price voted in favor. The meeting adjourned.
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 +                                                                                    ______________________________
 +  ​          ​Mayor ​
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 +Acting City Clerk
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