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On behalf of the Mayor and City Council, and all the citizens of our great little city, it is my pleasure to extend to you a warm welcome and introduction to the City of Chattahoochee. We are excited to present this hometown Web Site to you in our continuing effort to communicate effectively with the citizens of our community and to acquaint you with our city. We have what I feel is the greatest place on earth to live, even going so far as to be called the “Garden of Eden” by some. We welcome your visit and look forward to having you stop by, look us over, meet some of the worlds most friendly people, and then decide that you would like to become a part of our great little city, nestled along the Georgia border, the Apalachicola River and home of Lake Seminole, where fishing and water sports abound.

Elmon "Lee" Garner
City Manager

 

 

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City History Dates

June 9, 1921 Town of River Junction

July 8, 1941 Town of Chattahoochee

August 1, 1967 City of Chattahoochee

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Code Red

 

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 CITY OF CHATTAHOOCHEE
REGULAR COUNCIL MEETING
COUNCIL CHAMBERS
 JEFFERSON STREET
TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 4, 2014
6:30P.M.

 

OPEN MEETING

WELCOME VISITORS (The Council Welcomes Our Visitors and Anyone Not On The Agenda May Address The Council After Items On The Agenda Are Completed -- THANK YOU FOR TURNING OFF ALL CELL PHONES AND ANY OTHER DEVICE THAT WOULD INTERRUPT THIS MEETING.)

ROLL CALL(Instruct Clerk to call roll)

INVOCATION (The Invocation will be given by CITY MANAGER, LEE GARNER, followed by the Pledge of Allegiance – EVERYONE PLEASE STAND)

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE ( part of item 4)

APPROVE MINUTES FOR OCTOBER MEETING (If no changes call for a motion, second, and vote to accept minutes as presented).

APPROVE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH GADSDEN COUNTY REGARDING PUBLIC BOAT RAMP IMPROVEMENTS. (Need motion, second and vote.)

APPROVE AGREEMENT WITH CAPITOL SOLUTIONS, INC. FOR LOBBING SERVICES.-(Need motion, second and vote.)

APPROVE NATURAL GAS SUPPLY CONTRACT WITH INFINITE ENERGY. (Need motion, second and vote.)

APPROVE RESOLUTION NO. 2015-01 .SUPPORTING DESINATION OF RURAL AREA OF OPPORTUNITY (RAO).  (Need motion, second and vote.)

  RECOGNIZE VISITORS WHO DESIRE TO ADDRESS COUNCIL. (Anyone wishing to address the Council should come to the front microphone and state their name for the record.)

CITY MANAGER REPORT.

RECOGNIZE COUNCIL MEMBERS

ADJOURN –   

 

“NOTICE”
 
PURSUANT TO FLORIDA STATUTE 286.0105, ANYONE DECIDING TO APPEAL ANY DECISION MADE BY THE COUNCIL WITH RESPECT TO ANY MATTER CONSIDERED AT THIS MEETING, WILL NEED A RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS, AND THAT, FOR SUCH PURPOSE, THEY MAY NEED TO ENSURE THAT A VERBATIM RECORD OF THE PROCEEDINGS IS MADE, IN WHICH RECORD INCLUDES THE TESTIMONY UPON WHICH THE APPEAL IS MADE.  ANY PERSON REQUIRING A SPECIAL ACCOMMODATION TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PUBLIC MEETING BECAUSE OF A DISABILITY, SHOULD CONTACT MRS. MARINDA WILSON AT (850) 663-4046 OR MR. LEE GARNER AT (850) 663-4475 AT LEAST TWO (2) BUSINESS DAYS IN ADVANCE TO MAKE APPROPRIATE ARRANGEMENTS.

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The Regular Council Meeting of the Chattahoochee City Counci

l was held Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 6:30pm

in the Council Chambers, at 22 Jefferson Street, Chattahoochee, Florida.

Mayor Norman James called the meeting to order at 6:30PM.

Mayor James welcomed the visitors and told them that if they were not on the agenda but wished to address the Council they would be allowed to do so after the items on the agenda had been addressed.

Council members present upon roll call were Ken Kimrey, Jerry Wynn. Chris Moultry, Annette Bates and Mayor James.

The following visitors were present at the meeting, L.B. Howell, Matt Chester-PRI, Lamar Kent, Rev. Barry Cottle, Diana Pickesimer, Karen Marsh, Lann Boyd and Pam Medley.  The following staff was present: City Manager: Lee Garner, City Attorney: J. David House, Police Chief: Vann Pullen, and City Clerk Marinda S. Wilson.

The invocation was given by Rev. Barry Cottle, which was followed by the pledge of allegiance.  

 

APPROVE MINUTES FOR THE SEPTEMBER 8TH MEETING

Councilmember Bates made a motion to approve the September 8th minutes.  Councilman Kimrey seconded the motion.  Vote by the Council was yea by Kimrey, Wynn, Moultry, Bates and Mayor James.

APPROVE MINUTES FOR THE SEPTEMBER 23RD MEETING

Councilman Wynn made a motion to approve the September 23rd minutes.  Councilmember Bates seconded the motion.  Vote by the Council was yea by Kimrey, Wynn, Moultry, Bates and Mayor James.

APPROVE RESOLUTION 2014-07
(RECOGNIZING CITY GOVERNMENT WEEK.)

Resolution 2014-07 was read by title only as follows: “A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF CHATTAHOOCHEE, FLORIDA RECOGNIZING CITY GOVERNMENT WEEK OCTOBER 19-25, 2014 AND ENCOURAGING ALL CITIZENS TO SUPPORT THE CELEBRATION AND CORRESPONDING ACTIVITIES.” Councilmember Bates made a motion to approve Resolution 2014-07 and Councilman Wynn seconded the motion.  Vote by the Council was yea by Kimrey, Wynn Moultry, Bates and Mayor James.

APPROVE PROCLAMATION PROCLAIMING OCTOBER 7, 2014
AS “APALACHICOLA RIVER BLUEWAY NATIONAL RECREATION TRAIL CELEBREATION DAY”

A Proclamation proclaiming October 7, 2014 as “Apalachicola River Blueway National recreation Trail Celebration Day” was approved on a motion made by Councilman Wynn, and seconded by Councilmember Bates.  Vote by the Council was yea by Kimrey, Wynn, Moultry, Bates and Mayor James. 

APPROVE INTERLOCAL AGREEMENT WITH GADSDEN COUNTY FOR PAVED/UNPAVED ROAD MAINTENANCE FOR FY 2014/2015

Councilman Kimrey made a motion to approve Interlocal Agreement with Gadsden County and Councilman Moultry seconded the motion. Vote on the council was yea by Kimrey, Wynn, Moultry, Bates and Mayor James. (The Agreement is approved on a yearly basis)

Visitors Comments:

Mr. L. H. Howell, VP, Chattahoochee Main Street Program gave report on activities involving that organization regarding working on possible grants that could lead to possible development; the successful inaugural trek of kayaker’s on the Blueway Trail which occurred today; haunted house to be held on 29-30-31 October; and thanked the city for continued support.

Pastor Barry Cottle stated that he appreciated what the council was doing but if they consider raising utility rates to please remember the large number of people in town at the poverty level and those on fixed incomes that would suffer.

Karen Marsh inquired as to what was going on with Code Enforcement and was informed that we continue to work on the cases that were opened during the summer and would continue with others as time and personnel permit.

 

Managers Report:

City Manager reported on items contained in his report to council and added that Trick or Treat would be allowed on October 31, 2014 from 5 PM to 8 PM within the city limits. He outlined grants that had been applied for with NWFWMD; pending FRDAP grant at the River Landing area; provided update on employees out on long term illness; thanked all involved for the celebration of the new Blueway Trail this morning; and stated that the main agenda item for the work session on October 21, 2015 would be discussion of lobby assistance for the city.

 

Council Comments:

Councilman Kimrey stated we needed to look at working smarter as we proceed with new budget year in view of reduced revenues to the city.

Mayor James outlined the difficulties in arriving at a balanced budget for current fiscal year and the need to look at ways to reduce expenses and possible cuts to service. He stated the population of the city has decreased and that we have approximately 60% at the poverty level, along with a large group of persons on fixed incomes. He further stated that we would be looking at ways to continue our operations but that there might have to be some cuts in service in the future. He asked that citizens become involved with the city budget process and mentioned that there were only two people who attended our recent budget discussion workshops.

 

There being no further being business, Mayor Norman James adjourned the meeting.

Approved____________________________

_________________________________ ATTEST_______________________________
Mayor:  Norman S. James                                                  City Clerk:  Marinda S. Wilson

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FAIR HOUSING NOTICE

The City of Chattahoochee is dedicated to fair housing principles.  Fair housing is a concept that everyone has the right to obtain without discrimination.  The City of Chattahoochee officially adopted a Fair Housing Ordinance which prohibits discrimination in housing because of race, color, national origin, religion, age, sex, handicap, and familial status.  This ordinance covers most housing related activities such as real estate sale, advertising, bank transactions, mortgages, rentals and any similar activity which may deal with persons seeking housing.

Anyone with questions or concerns about the Fair Housing Ordinance or anyone who feels that they have been discriminated against is urged to contact Elmon “Lee”, City Manager at City Hall, 115 Lincoln Drive, Chattahoochee, FL  32424 at (850) 663-4475.

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NOTICE OF BUDGET SUMMARY
City of Chattahoochee – Fiscal Year 2014-2015
PROPOSED MILLAGE RATE 0.8423
SUMMARY STATEMENT OF 2014-2015 BUDGET
GENERAL FUND                                                                                                                                     TOTAL
ESTIMATED REVENUES:
                TAXES                                                     MILLAGE PER $1000.
                                Ad Valorem Taxes      0.8423                     28,000.
                                Sales and Use Taxes                                  471,555.
                License and Permits:                                                         700.
                Intergovernmental Revenue:                               1,270,110.
                Charges for Services:                                                 347,000.
                Fines and Forfeitures:                                                    8,000.
                Miscellaneous Revenue:                                             91,000.
                Other Sources:                                                           762,800.
TOTAL REVENUES AND OTHER
   FINANCES SOURCES:                                                          $ 2,979,165.
TOTAL ESTIMATED REVENUES AND BALANCES:                                                                                $2,979,165.

EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES:
                General Governmental Services:                             451,833.
                Public Safety:                                                               752,344.
                Sanitation:                                                                    239,308.
                Transportation:                                                        1,296,026.
                Human Services:                                                           16,291.
                Culture and Recreation:                                            223,363.
TOTAL EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES:                                    $   2,979,165.

TOTAL GENERAL FUND APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES:                                                                 $2,979,165.

UTILITY FUND                                                                                                                                         TOTAL
ESTIMATED REVENUES:                                             
      Cash Balance Brought Forward                                          310,000.
       Utilities:
                                                Electric:                                     3,735,000.
                                                Water:                                          230,000.
                                                Gas:                                              290,000.
                Charges for Services:                                                 470,600.
                Intergovernmental Services:                                    264,200.
                Miscellaneous Revenue:                                           160,000.
TOTAL REVENUES AND OTHER
FINANCING SOURCES:                                                           $5,459,800.

TOTAL ESTIMATED UTILITY FUND
REVENUES AND BALANCES:                                                                                                      $5,459,800.

Expenditures/expenses
                General Governmental Services:                      1,626,263.
                Electric Department:                                           2,955,305
                Gas Department:                                                       315,206
                Sewer Department:                                               439,418.
                Water Department:                                                 123,608.
TOTAL EXPENDITURES/EXPENSES;                                     $5,459,800.

TOTAL UTILITY FUND APPROPRIATED EXPENDITURES:                                       $5,459,800.
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THE TENTATIVE, ADOPTED AND/OR FINAL BUDGETS ARE ON FILE IN THE OFFICE OF THE ABOVE MENTIONED
TAXING AUTHORITY AS A PUBLIC RECORD.

 

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The names of your contacts for Fair Housing, Section 3, and EEO are.

 

Lee Garner

P.O. Box 188

Chattahoochee, FL 32324

PHONE: 850.663.4475   FAX: 850.663.4233

citymgr@fairpoint.net

 

 

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For More Information Click Below:


www.nwfwmd.state.fl.us



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