2016 June Regular Meeting

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TOWN OF TALLULAH FALLS

STATE OF GEORGIA

REGULAR MEETING

JUNE 9, 2016

MINUTES

 

The regular monthly meeting for June 9, 2016 of the City Council of Tallulah Falls, Georgia was called to order at 6:00 0’clock p.m. by Mayor Hayes.

PRESENT WERE:

  • Mayor Dan A. Hayes
  • Councilperson Deb Goatcher
  • Councilperson Teri Dobbs
  • Councilperson Bill Coldren Councilperson Larry Hamilton
  • Police Chief Bill Goatcher
  • Fire Chief Robbie McCutcheon
  • Town Administrator/Clerk Marcia McKean

OTHERS PRESENT:

Kimberly Brown, the Northeast Georgia; Joely Mixon; Ray and Joyce Morris; Mike Early; Barbara Rice; Mary Beth Hughes; Jimmy Yon; Judy Taylor; Larry Peevy; Willard Ferguson

 

 

A Motion was made by Councilperson Dobbs to accept the minutes of the May 5, 2016 meeting. The Motion was seconded by Councilperson Goatcher and passed unanimously.

Mayor Hayes recognized Joely Mixon of Michael E. Mixon & Associates, Certified Public Accountants who submitted the annual financial report for year ended June 30, 2015. Mixon reported that the Town is in “good shape” financially and the report has been submitted to the State. Mixon stated the Town is small with a small staff; however, suggested segregation of duties and the possibility of hiring another person in the office.

Cherie Faircloth canceled and requested to appear at the July meeting.

Mayor Hayes recognized Larry Peevy and Judy Taylor with the Habersham Partnership for Growth/EDC who submitted a request of the Town of Tallulah Falls to join the private/public enterprise as a member investor of the EDC and suggested the Town consider a $3,000.00 contribution to be paid over a three year period.

 

 

Attorney Report:

There were no sealed bids for leasing the old Georgia Power building.

In the discussion that followed, there were suggestions for additional advertising; posting signs on the building for lease and/or sale and consider hiring a real estate professional to handle the lease and/or sale. Councilperson Dobbs suggested the solicitation of several real estate agents for proposals for fees and services.

Councilperson Coldren made the Motion to solicit several real estate agents who would provide proposals for the leasing/sale of building to include fees and services; seconded by Councilperson Hamilton. The Motion passed unanimously.

Fire Report:

Attached hereto and made a part hereof. (For attachments, contact Town Clerk)

Fire Chief McCutcheon announced the department would be testing hose on Saturday, June 1 8 at 8 a.m. and requested approximately $150.00 for a BBQ for volunteers participating in the testing.

Councilperson Coldren made the Motion authorizing Fire Chief McCutcheon to spend approximately $150.00 for a BBQ for the volunteers participating in the hose testing; seconded by Councilperson Hamilton. The Motion passed unanimously. McCutcheon also stated the air packs are in and on the trucks.

Police Report:

Attached hereto and made a part hereof. (For attachments, contact Town Clerk)

Chief Goatcher stated he had received an Intergovernmental Agreement from Sheriff Joey Terrell on behalf of the Habersham County School District. Basically, it says the School District is initiating a School Bus Stop Arm Camera Enforcement Program. However, does not feel it will affect the Tallulah Falls portion of Habersham County.

Water Report:

Attached hereto and made a part hereof. (For attachments, contact Town Clerk)

Water Superintendent Goatcher stated he has received several bids for redoing the pumps going to Hickory Nut Mountain; however, it is not necessary to make a decision now.

Financial Report:

Attached hereto and made a part hereof. (For attachments, contact Town Clerk)

McKean requested an Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue.

Street Report:

Chief Goatcher reported the pot holes on Hickory Nut Mountain have been patched and ready for Rabun County Road Department to begin paving.

Public Safety Report:

None

Mayor’s Comments:

Mayor Hayes asked for an update from Mike Early on the website.

Early stated we now have a .Gov domain name and he anticipates having something live by next Council meeting.

Mayor Hayes recognized Willard Ferguson of the Habersham County Water and Sewer Authority who discussed making all Municipalities in the County draught resistant.

 

 

OPEN FLOOR:

Mary Beth Hughes asked if it would be feasible for the Tallulah Falls Business Association to team up with the Town’s website for advertising purposes. Mike Early stated he did not see a conflict.

Councilperson Dobbs stated the film crew of Anglers and Appetites had been in Tallulah Falls.

Also, Dobbs stated the building looks good and asked about purchasing new window blinds for the community room.

Resident Ray Morris extended a “thank you” to Bill, Mike and Robbie for an emergency medical call at his residence.

Mayor Hayes announced the Council would go into Executive Session to discuss a personnel issue at 7:43 p.m.

Mayor Hayes called the regular meeting back to order at 7:52 p.m. and announced no decisions were made in Executive Session.

Councilperson Dobbs stated that, regretfully, the Council is accepting the resignation of Marcia; however, she will stay until the end of the year to train her replacement and then possibly work part time, as needed.

Councilperson Goatcher made the Motion to take steps to hire a full time person as soon as possible; seconded by Councilperson Coldren. The Motion passed unanimously.

Councilperson Goatcher made the Motion to adjourn; second by Councilperson Coldren. The Motion passed unanimously.

 

The meeting adjourned at 7:57 p.m.