Mayor’s Minutes: City Council Recap for Aug. 6

Mayor’s Minutes: City Council Recap for Aug. 6


This is Mayor Ron Anders with the
mayor’s minutes from the August 6 2019 Auburn City Council meeting we began
during the Committee of the Whole by appointing Mike Martin to the Greenspace
advisory board we appreciate Mike willing to make this service on behalf
of all of our citizens and we thank again all the people who had applied for
that position and we look forward to Mike’s good service and on behalf of the
Greenspace committee as we got into the council meeting we honored the Employee
of the Month which was Renee Nettles from our community services department
Renee was nominated by Al Davis who’s the director community services director
and I’ll read a few things about Renee’s service Renee manages administrative
responsibilities well she embodies a warm and helpful spirit to all of her
fellow staff and guests she’s motivated in her new roles including coordinating
activities and working with projects with other city departments Renee has
exhibited great customer service on behalf of all the citizens and the staff
at the Boykin Community Center and we were proud to award her as the Auburn
City Employee of the month our service awards I’ll go through these quickly
Nick Czerkawski from the public safety fire division five years
Chelsea Williams from public safety police division five years Renee Delaney
from the Public Safety Department administrative division ten years Greg
Nelson from our IT department 15 years and Jody Hillyer from a Public Safety
Department police 20 years and congratulations to all five of those
members of our staff here at the city and thank you for your continued good
work we also awarded had an employee Achievement Award for Thom Weintraut who
is a member of our planning staff and read you a paragraph here about Thom
during the past two years he’s been enrolled in the master of Public
Administration program at the University of Illinois Springfield this program
curriculum included coursework in public policy organizational dynamics capital
budgeting and programming community planning and policy human resource
management and statistical applications for public administrators in addition
Thom’s academic excellence earned him a place in the Pi Alpha Alpha Honor
Society for Master administration students so we thank Thom Weintraut for all of his good work on behalf of you the citizens of our city
and we’re also very proud of him for continuing his education and getting
this degree a master’s of Public Administration so congratulations Thom
and thank you for everything you do on behalf of us we also recognized Mr. Harry
Foster who is retiring from our Environmental Services Department after
25 years Thank You Harry for getting up each and every morning working hard on
our behalf each and every day and making our city a more beautiful place hope
everything goes well in retirement in the consent agenda we approved a number
of alcohol license I would point to a number of those involved the Jordan Hare stadium and football season the suite areas and special areas of the
stadium we approved those license with proof of the pudding we also approved
street closings for the historic pine lantern tour Pine Hill lantern tour
excuse me on October 17th and 18th of this year this is a great event I
encourage you to put this on your calendar you get to really learn the
great history of Auburn and all the streets and all the buildings that we
see in our town you can understand who those people really were and what they
did to earn those credits in our community we approved a tax payer waiver
for Shorelight Auburn Global we also authorized the reimbursement of
expenditures for the future borrowings for the Wright Street parking deck and we
look forward to getting that deck started really soon
and provide almost 400 parking spaces for the community in downtown Auburn
under contracts and agreements we approved a contract with Machen
McChesney to perform the audit of the city’s finances which will be done after
September 30 at the end of our fiscal year we approved a contract of $80,000
with signature tennis courts to resurface all the hard courts at the
Yarbrough Tennis Center and that does include the courts at the auburn
university tennis team plays on we approved a contract with Veolia Water
north america Veolia operates our wastewater treatment facilities in our
pumping station we approved a contract with cutting edge lawn services to
help us get through the rest of the summer with some median and landscape
services throughout the city and this was a sixteen thousand dollar contract
and finally we approved a contract with auburn university Auburn research
technology foundation and EAMC for infrastructure to help prepare for the
critical care hospital that will be built on campus there will be an
outpatient emergency room hospital that would be built on behalf of all the
citizens here in Auburn and the City of Auburn has agreed to help provide the
infrastructure mainly the roads to access this hospital this is two hundred
thousand dollars that we will be taking from our budget and paying Auburn
University over a 10-year period of time for a two million dollar total Auburn
university is going to be covering three million dollars of a five million dollar
bill to get the infrastructure built to allow the hospital to be accessed by the
public in the future this is going to be a great amenity for all of us here in
Auburn and we’re very excited and look forward to East Alabama Medical Center
having a campus here on our campus at Auburn University that will benefit all
of the citizens of Auburn as we looked into ordinances we approved an
annexation of 2042 Bonny Glen Road for the Talmage’s it was 14.5 acres we
also approved some traffic control signs which basically we established some no
parking zones on Frazier Street Grant Avenue Talbert Drive Williams Avenue
Canton Avenue in white Street and we hope to have that marked before Auburn
University begins classes on August the 19th the last ordinance we took up on
August 6 as we amended our biannual budget this is a great opportunity for
us midway through our two-year budget cycle to look at what our actual budget
is what our actual expenditures have been what projects have been done what
projects have been delayed what our income levels are what our expenses are
and we can amend the budget to show what it actually is and so we went through a
process of a meeting and some studying and some question and answering and then
we finally approved that the other night all that information is available to you
on the city’s website if you are interested at the very end of our
meeting we had a very rich discussion with many members of our community about
the new water line that will be installed through Chewacla State Park as
many of you know Chewacla State Park has had a rebirth over
the last decade with many members of our community led by the central Alabama
mountain Pedalers have created a real destination spot for people who enjoy
mountain biking people of all ages are coming from all places to Auburn to
participate in the mountain biking competitions and just enjoy the trails
out there it’s also important to understand that we have a vital water
source nearby Chewacla State Park and the easiest and most inexpensive and most
practical way for us to access that water source is to build a mind through
part of Chewacla State Park it’s the water board’s intention and it’s our
desire as a City Council to make sure that that is done as efficiently and as
effectively as possible it’ll be everyone’s intention to deliver
those trails back to the users as best we can as we found them we will not
interrupt the big competition in the spring and we hope with some cooperation
from everybody that we can get this project done allow our citizens to have
more resources of good clean water and to allow the great people who have made
Chewacla State Park a wonderful place their trails back and hopefully maybe
even better this is Ron Anders with the mayors minutes for the August 6th City
Council meeting have a great week

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