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City Council Recap: Election Agreement with County, SPLOST Update, Solid Waste Implementation

City News & Notes from Jeanne Aulbach.

City Council Meeting Recap, Feb. 18 meeting

Excerpt from Councilperson Jeanne Aulbach's City News & Notes email:

You can see a recap of the action items here. It was a very productive meeting and work session! You can see information about working session items in the packet here.

There were two action items. 1) Approval of the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) with the county to provide voting machines to the city for city elections and 2) approval of a Certificate for Development within the Chattahoochee River Corridor. Both were approved.

There were two resolutions to authorize GDOT GATEway Grant applications. One for landscaping at the sign at the 141 Peachtree Industrial split and the other for the Gwinnett Village CID application for landscaping along Buford Highway. You can read more about the GATEway program here. Both resolutions were approved.

Working session.

Communications: Pam Ledbetter presented a preliminary plan for improving communications based on best practices of other cities. Some options include the use of social media, an electronic and/or print newsletter, e-mail blasts and improvements in the web site. Pam is also putting together a job description for a person to work with the city to handle all aspects of communications. Watch for a survey on communication preferences. Once it is released, I will send you the link.

Solid Waste Implementation: Bob Wolk of Waste Pro updated us. He acknowledged there were some “bumps” but feels we are moving forward. The bills for the ancillary services are in the mail. I did receive my bill for my wheeled recycling bill. The total, $14.40 was correct. However, the monthly fee had a typo. We also discussed how to handle accounts that have not yet paid their trash bills. We will revisit this in March.

On a side note, we raised concerns about the property that Waste Pro leases for a transfer station on South Old Peachtree next to the entrance to the Pinckneyville softball complex. We have been working on improving conditions there. There are still serious issues with that site. Mr. Wolk is aware of the issues and is working with the city to resolve them.

City of Ethics: This certification is issued by the Georgia Municipal Association (GMA). You can read more about this here. The resolution we will pass defines 5 key principals: 1. Serve Others, Not Ourselves; 2. Use Resources With Efficiency and Economy; 3. Treat All People Fairly; 4. Use The Power of Our Position For The Well Being Of Our Constituents; 5. Create An Environment Of Honesty, Openness And Integrity.

There is a corresponding ordinance that defines penalties for those who violate these principals. There are some options for this. Mayor Mason asked staff to contact our sister cities to see which options were implemented and why. We will continue this discussion in March.

ARC Certified Green Community: This is a voluntary program. You can read more about this here. After discussion, it was decided to form a citizen committee to assist staff with identifying and prioritizing the tasks we can implement to achieve certification.

Town Center Livable Centers Initiative (LCI) Request for Proposals: The RFP was released this week. The DDA will evaluate the responses and make a recommendation to the council.

SPLOST: Julian Jackson presented a brief recap of the status of the projects identified that we propose working with county on. This is in progress. Also, some of the streets identified as candidates for resurfacing have already been done under the county’s authority. That will move some additional projects to the list I distributed. We should have an update on that in March.

Automated Reporting System: Brandon Branham presented two proposals for systems that can be used on-line or through smart phones. These systems allow our citizens to report issues like pot holes or code violations through their computer or smart phone. It allows the city to consolidate requests in a single location to allow status tracking and follow-up and will also be useful for analysis. The system will free up resources through more efficient data collection and reporting. We hope to have this implemented in the next few months.

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