The Council also unanimously approved the closing of a section of Conyers Street, while city crews remove existing train tracks and resurface the road. The work is expected to take three or four days and begin approximately Nov. 17. Deputy City Manager Billy Bouchillon said a detour for Elizabeth and Mill Streets would temporarily divert traffic.
A bid from Mid-State Construction and Striping for $338,212.85 was accepted by the Council. Signs throughout the city will be replaced with high intensity, high visibility signs, in accordance with the Georgia State Department of Transportation Safety Enhancement Project [http://safety.fhwa.dot.gov/hsip/reports/pdf/ga.pdf]. The cost of the project is covered by a grant from the state.
Human resources changes
The Council approved proposed changes to the city’s human resources policies on risk management and loss prevention, safety and accident reporting and vehicle operation and safety. A fourth proposed change, making police and fire officers subject to immediate termination if caught with or using illegal drugs, was tabled after council members expressed concern that all city employees should be held to the same standard. City Manager Leigh Ann Knight said the committee would make the requested changes and bring the policy back to the council at the next meeting.
Fire Safety Educator of the Year
Council Member Chris Smith presented a certificate to Jonathon Fuqua, recognizing him as the “Fire Safety Educator of the Year.” Fuqua had been honored for his work in educating community and business members about fire safety by the State of Georgia in October at a ceremony held in Versailles.
The Council approved the assignment of a sublease of property on Sagl Parkway, currently used by Piedmont Technical College to the State of Georgia, per the state’s request.
CRA board member
Michael Syphoe was named to the Community Redevelopment Authority board.
New PR manager
Knight announced that Tre Sanders had been hired as the city’s Public Relations Manager and began work in late November.