McDonough City Council appoints mayor pro tem

By Monroe Roark
Times Correspondent

The McDonough City Council completed a number of initiatives at its first meeting of 2017, including several bid awards and an annexation /rezoning request along with the appointment of the number-two position on the council.

Roger Pruitt will serve another year as mayor pro tem following his confirmation at the Jan. 5 meeting. He was recommended by Mayor Billy Copeland and Craig Elrod made the motion for the nomination, which Pruitt seconded.

Rufus Stewart nominated Kamali Varner for mayor pro tem, and Sandra Vincent seconded that nomination. After that there was a unanimous vote to close the nominations.

Copeland called for a vote on Varner’s nomination. Stewart, Varner and Vincent voted in favor, but the vote failed because Copeland, Pruitt, Elrod and Benjamin Pruett voted against it. The vote to confirm Pruitt went along the exact same lines and it was approved 4-3.

In other business, the council approved an annexation and rezoning request for Express Oil Change at 60 Willow Lane. The half-acre site was changed from the county’s heavy commercial designation to the city’s highway commercial zoning. The vote was postponed from a Dec. 13 public hearing to this meeting for compliance with annexation dispute procedures.

After a review of the voting process for the petition, the annexation was first approved, then the rezoning in a separate vote.

The remainder of the business conducted at the meeting was mostly under the consent agenda, which included:

Approval of a resolution authorizing and ratifying a special counsel agreement from J. Scott Key, dated Dec. 9, 2016, in the amount of $20,000 to represent the city in pending Petition for Certiorari to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Adoption of a resolution to set the qualifying fees for the Nov. 7 election for mayor at $540 and for District 1, District II and At-Large Council seats at $360 (the city clerk was also appointed as qualifying officer for the election).

Approval of a resolution authorizing and ratifying an event agreement at the Wyndham Peachtree Hotel & Conference Center for the 2017 legislative planning retreat.

Approval to award bid contract to C&C Lovejoy for the Alexander Park entrance drive, lawn and west trail in the amount of $408,020.75 which will be paid from SPLOST IV funds.

Approval to award bid contract to C&C Lovejoy for Lyman Stringer Drive/Johnson Street sidewalk improvements project in the amount of $74,300 which will be funded by the Henry County Community Development Block Grant.

Approval for the mayor to sign an agreement with the Atlanta Art Conservation Center for cleaning, repairing, and treating Jean Charlot’s painting, “Cotton Gin Mill” inside the Polk Building at a cost of $6,930 which will be paid from SPLOST IV funds.

Approval Copeland’s recommendation to appoint Jean Hanger to the Historic Preservation Commission for 2017.

Approval of Stewart’s recommendations to appoint Rufus Amis to the Planning Commission and to appoint Eddie Elliott to the Board of Zoning Appeals for 2017.