2017-12-13 / Front Page

Main Street Millen agreement reached between City and JCDA

By Deborah Bennett
Millen News editor

The fate of Main Street Millen was a topic of discussion during a recent meeting of Millen City Council.

Under personal appearances, Sara Jo Britt of Main Street Millen inquired about future plans for the organization upon the retirement of Director Art Johnson at the end of 2017.

Mayor King Rocker explained that the City was looking into the option of signing an Intergovernmental Agreement with the Jenkins County Development Authority (JCDA) to allow the JCDA Director to also become the director of Main Street Millen. The agreement would provide for a full-time staff member to assist the director with his/her duties. Currently, the JCDA only has a part-time staff member.

Mayor Rocker noted that the agreement had not been completed at that time and had not been voted upon by Council. During a called meeting of Council that occurred at a later date, the Intergovernmental Agreement was approved by Council.

In other business, City Manager Jeff Brantley reported during a recent meeting of Millen City Council that revenues were 6.9% below budget due to sluggish gas sales. He stated that he expected that gas sales would pick up over the course of the winter. Mr. Brantley also noted that expenses were below budget with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 6 revenues about 15.8% below anticipated collections.

Council discussed and approved a change to the City’s Assigned Public Safety Vehicle Take Home Car Program. Council voted to approve a motion to allow police officers to drive vehicles home up to 30 miles from City Hall. The program previously provided a 20 mile limit.

Council approved the sole bid for the 2017 Local Maintenance and Improvement Grant (LMIG) Off-System Safety Program Handicap Sidewalk Ramps construction in the amount of $99,247.50 from Tim Lanier Construction. However, the motion included revisions to the project that provided for the cost not to exceed $54,230. Payment will come from Transportation Investment Act (TIA) grant funds in the amount of $46,000. Handicap ramps will be installed along the sidewalks in the Harvey, Stray and Hendrix Streets area.

Other actions taken by Council included: approved setting the 2017 millage rate at 8.073 mils; approved renewal of employee health insurance plan with Glenn Davis and Associates; approved motion allowing City to join GIRMA’s Firefighters’ Cancer Benefit Program; approved surplus equipment sale; and approved the purchase of a Bobcat E35 Mini Excavator from Bobcat of Augusta for $39,048.68 for the Utility Department with payment to come from SPLOST 6 funds.

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