City of Hapeville currently collects Hotel Motel Tax at a 7% rate under O.C.G.A 48-13-51(a)(4.5). The General Assembly of Georgia enacted Senate Bill 412, allowing the City to levy an excise tax under O.C.G.A 48-13-51(b) of up to 8%. This following ordinance amends the current city ordinance and details the distribution of funds.
A copy of the ordinance will be emailed to Mayor and Council and added to the meeting packet on the city website on Monday.
The ordinance has been modified to include all recommended changes.
The cost of the Police Department's radio service with the City of Atlanta has increased significantly by 77%, billing the City $101,587.00 for 2017-18; therefore, the Police Department is looking for other radio service options. Currently, the options include either migrating from City of Atlanta to Fulton County, or Clayton County's system.
Staff has met with Fulton County and Clayton County to discuss and review their proposals. After considering all of the options, staff recommends that we accept Fulton County’s offer and sign their M.O.U. for radio services at a cost of $350 per radio and $1850 per console, with a total of $23,960. Annually.
Staff recommends Fulton County rather than the Clayton bid of $15,660 for the following reasons;
Generation Infocus is requesting to hang a 24x80" banner along the S. Central Avenue side of Jess Lucas Park gate from May 16-19 to advertise for their grand reveal/ribbon cutting ceremony. The event is scheduled for Saturday, May 19 from 12-3PM.
Generation Infocus are excited to open their doors to Hapeville and surrounding communities.
They are inviting everyone to attend their Grand Reveal where they'll give tours of their new space as well as giveaways, live music and snacks.
Mauldin & Jenkins has completed the City of Hapeville Audit for Fiscal 2017. The audit firm claims experience of costs well in excess of the $35,000 bid amount for the first year of the audit. Included in the packet is an explanation by the Audit Partner of the costs. In the FY 2017 budget the City anticipated audit costs of $55,000 as the prior year audits from J.K Boatwright were $50,000 and $55,000 for the FY 2015 and 2016 audits, respectively. Staff suggests the final requested bill is in line with Hapeville cost expectations.
Summary and Background
The Fulton County Arts Council (FCAC) is in place to enhance the quality of life of Fulton County Residents. FCAC serves as the funding agency to support cultural programs. The agency provides services to Fulton County based nonprofit arts organizations and Fulton County residents.
Originally, staff requested a grant amount of $75,000 to fund the transformation of the Pedestrian Bridge. FCAC granted the City of Hapeville $6,000. This is a 1:1 match. Staff has changed the scope of the project so that it is completed in phases. The grant will help fund Phase I of the project.
At this time, the Mayor opens the floor to comments from the audience. Comments should relate to a specific agenda item, not listed on the agenda for a Public Hearing, or to a concern within the jurisdiction of the City. Mayor and Council meetings serve the purpose of conducting city business and are not a forum for the unlimited expression of opinion. The Mayor reserves the right to limit comments to matters germane to city business and may refer speakers to the City Manager or other staff for resolution.