City of Nelson Council Meeting -January 7, 2013
1985 Kennesaw Ave. ~ Nelson, GA 30151


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  1.     Call to Order
  2.     Pledge of Allegiance
  3.     Appoint Mayor Pro-tem
  4.     Agenda Approval
  5.     Approval of Minutes from December 3, 2012 & December 20, 2012
  6.     Invited / Recognized Guest
    1. Welch, Walker & Associates, PCs, CPAs - (Edgar Land)
  7.     Reports from Committees and Departments
    1. City Manager Report (Brandy) - Public Safety (Duane)
  8.     Old Business
    1. Surplus Assets: (Edwards)
      1. Review sealed bids. Motion to accept or reject.
      2. Motion to have Joey Smith & Jackie Jarrett take scrap metal to scrap yard.
  9.     New Business
    1. Council Appointments: (yearly)
      Brandy Edwards - City Clerk / Manager
      Heath Mitchell - Chief of Police
      Jeff Rusbridge - City Attorney
      Richard Jones - Municipal Judge
      Jeff Rusbridge - City Solicitor
      Mike Haviland - Zoning Administrator
    2. Rental of Backhoe: (Edwards)
      Motion to rent a backhoe from Ellijay Tool Rental for $650 for a week. To start kiddie park project and to clean culvert's.
    3. Motion to adopt the current park plan as is with no further changes from Nelson to Cherokee County and allocation of $50,000 to the Parks Bond Project . City Manager will be contact person for Nelson as Cherokee works through the park:(Cronic & Portillo) After our work session with Mr. Echols, I believe the Council has come to a final compromise on the City Park. As stated in the work session by Mr. Echols, any further changes to the park by Nelson would include additional costs, and we are already over budget. Therefore, I would like to propose a formal halt to any further changes. We appreciate Mr. Kellett's efforts on making sure our Park is something we all can be proud of. However, Mrs. Edwards will now be the contact person for any tweaks from Cherokee. She will be responsible to notify the Council in a timely manner on all contact from Cherokee to Nelson.
    4. Motion to reject the Local Maintenance & Improvement Grant (LMIG): (Cronic) Because our vote to "postpone" the grant apparently did not work, I would like to officially ask the council to reject the LMIG grant. I do not have any factual evidence that this money is needed at this time; therefore I cannot accept this money without documented reasoning as to why we need it. We currently have approx. $420,000 in SPLOST funds to be used for Roads and Streets, with an additional $720,000 coming in over a 6-year period. The public may inquire as to why we would turn away money to help the city of Nelson. However, they SHOULD inquire as to why we have waited for a $10,000 grant (2% of our funds) when we had over $400,000 already allocated for these projects for years, and why have we not begun work on these projects before now since the money has been there. I feel if we accept this money then we are telling our citizens that we (the government) know better how to spend their money than they do.
    5. November Election: (Edwards)
      Motion to hold the election for the Mayor and 2 council members on November 5, 2013,set qualifying dates to Monday, August 26th at 8:30 a.m. and ends Friday, August 30th at 4:30 p.m. and fee to $25 for.
    6. Reserve Fund: (Edwards)
      Motion to have the bank signers move $30000 from General Fund to a Certificate of Deposit (CD) to replace reserve funds.
  10.     Public Appearance
  11.     Executive Session - Personnel & Real Estate
  12.     Adjourn




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