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 + The work Session meeting of the Mayor and Council convened at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2022, at the Train Depot with the announcement of a quorum.
 +MEMBERS PRESENT: ​ Mayor Walter Turner, Tiffany Coker, Danny Peed, Hannah Sloan, Laticia Dixon, Hiram Couch, Timishea Price. ​ Also present was Tammy Jones acting city clerk.
 +MEMBERS NOT PRESENT: None.
 +INVOCATION: ​ Danny Peed
 +ADOPTION OF PROPOSED AGENDA
 +Tiffany Coker made a motion to adopt amended agenda to include discussing the Local Option Sales. ​ Danny Peed seconded. ​  Mayor Walter Turner, Hanna Sloan, Laticia Dixon, Hiram Couch and Timishea Price voted in favor. ​ The motion passed.
 +• Local Option Sales Tax – The mayor would like a negotiating team to negotiate the Local Options Sales Tax.  The mayor would like anyone on the team to attend the Georgia Municipal Association training that is ongoing in the next several months. ​ acting city clerk Tammy Jones will send out the schedule to let everyone know when the training is.  ​
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 +• Special Event Ordinance. ​ The special event ordinance will be placed on hold, and we will learn from the event in March to build on the ordinance. ​ Mr. Hiram Couch will call the vendor and get with Chief Holder to find out specifics on exactly what is needed for this event and bring it back to council. ​ Acting city clerk Tammy Jones will send out the proposed map to city council.
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 +• Discuss City Clerk Applications – Danny Peed made a motion to Hire Donna (Sissy) Clayton McLaughlin at Step 7 and after 90 days move her to Step 8 and after certification move her to step 10.  Also included is 2 weeks of vacation for years 1 and 2.  Tiffany Coker seconded. ​ Mayor Walter Turner, Hannah Sloan, Laticia Dixon, Timishea Price and Hiram Couch voted in favor. ​ The motion passed.
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 +Acting city clerk, Tammy Jones, called Ms. McLaughlin on speaker phone and presented City Council’s offer. ​ Ms. McLaughlin countered the offer with being hired at Step 8 and then increased to Step 9 after 90 days then Step 12 after certification. ​ Danny Peed made a motion to hire Donna (Sissy) Clayton McLaughlin at Step 8 (42,578.96) and after 90 days move her to Step 9 (43,643.44) and after certification move her to step 12 (46,​999.21). ​ This includes 2 weeks of vacation for years 1 and 2.  Tiffany Coker seconded. ​ Mayor Walter Turner, Hannah Sloan, Laticia Dixon, Timishea Price and Hiram Couch voted in favor. ​ The motion passed. ​ Ms. McLaughlin accepted.
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 +• Officer Retention – Chief Holder reported we are having a hard time retaining our qualified officers. ​   The Sheriff’s office in Butler just raised their salaries 20%.  Hiram Couch made a motion to increase all Police Department Salaries 20% including the secretary effective January 27, 2022.  Hannah Sloan seconded. Walter Turner, Tiffany Coker, Laticia Dixon, Timishea Price and Danny Peed voted in favor. ​ The motion passed
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 +• Patrol – Chief Holder is asking for 3 vehicles to be replaced in the upcoming budget. ​ Chief Holder mentioned the two 2011 Caprice vehicles need to be decommissioned. ​ Tiffany Coker made a motion to decommission the two 2011 Caprices and to sell/​auction them off.  Danny Peed seconded. ​ Mayor Walter Turner, Timishea Price, Hannah Sloan, Hiram Couch and Laticia Dixon voted in favor. ​ The motion passed.
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 +• Auditorium ½ courtroom & ½ event Center. ​ Director Scott Jones explained the 2017 plans for the Armory, to close in the middle portion and make a courtroom and either have a solid wall or a removable wall where the rest can be used for an event center. ​ If we lower the ceilings to 8-9 feet, there is potential to put storage up top.  Director Jones mentioned that he would like to close in the windows at the top.
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 +The gutters need to be replaced and there is rotten wood behind the gutters. ​ The estimated cost to replace the gutters is $6,000 to $7,000 but we won’t have an estimate on the wood until the gutters come down and we can see how much damage there is.
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 +The Director Jones has requested some quotes so we will have an idea of the costs. ​ The potential to move City Hall down to the armory was mentioned.
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 +A possible way to pay for any construction is with SPLOST as it is for buildings.
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 +• Backhoe Issue. ​ The backhoe cannot be used at this time, to repair the backhoe will cost $20,000 - $30,000 as it needs a new arm, and it has a hydraulic leak and an antifreeze leak.  A new backhoe will run approximately $120,​000. ​ Director Jones is looking at leasing a backhoe that has only 60 hours of use.  He is waiting on prices which he will send out to council once he receives them.  The company with the 60-hour backhoe is also getting photos of our backhoe to see if we could trade it in. The CASE backhoe is a very well recommended brand.
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 +• Website – The Mayor had acting clerk Tammy Jones look into a new website for City Hall as it appears we can pay for the construction and maintenance out of the ARPA funds. ​ Vicki Wainwright in Butler was contacted for the company that did the branding of Taylor County, Butler, Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development. ​ We will be receiving prices in the next week or so which will be distributed to City Council.
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 +ADJOURNMENT
 +Danny Peed made a motion to adjourn. ​ Tiffany Coker seconded. ​ Mayor Walter Turner, Timishea Price, Hannah Sloan, Hiram Couch and Laticia Dixon voted in favor. ​ The motion passed. ​ Mayor Walter Turner, Laticia Dixon, Timishea Price, Janna Sloan and Hanna Sloan voted in favor. ​ The meeting adjourned.
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 +                                                                                    ______________________________
 +  ​          ​Mayor ​
 +_______________________________
 +Acting City Clerk
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