At its May 4 meeting, Milton's City Council considered and unanimously approved numerous items.
Here are summaries of each item that came up:
1. Approval of the March 20, 2020 Regular City Council Meeting Minutes.
This was to approve the "minutes" - or official written record - from the March 20 City Council meeting, formally acknowledging them as accurate. The March 20 meeting was a Special Called Meeting in which the Council vested Milton’s Mayor with certain emergency powers. The ordinance approved at that meeting can be found by clicking HERE.
2. Approval of a Contract between the City of Milton and AT&T for Network Integration Services.
This related to the possible approval of a contract between the City of Milton and AT&T for “network integration services.” AT&T workers will bury 4-inch conduits underground from the right-of-way on Highway 9 to Milton’s new Public Safety Center - making it possible to install fiber optic cables for Internet service.
3. Approval of a Janitorial Services Agreement between the City of Milton and American Facility Services, Inc.
This referred to a now approved agreement between the City of Milton and American Facility Services to provide janitorial services to clean city-owned facilities.
Presentation of the City of Milton FY 2019 Annual Audit.
Finance Director Bernadette Harvill and Adam Fraley -- the Engagement Lead Partner from Mauldin & Jenkins, LLC, an accounting firm -- discussed the City’s annual financial audit. They reviewed the City’s financial standing as of September 30, 2019 and gave a high-level overview of financial activity throughout Fiscal Year 2019 (which ran from October 1, 2018, through September 30, 2019). Those interested in learning more about the City’s financial activity and accomplishments can review the recently published Comprehensive Annual Financial Report and Popular Annual Financial Report; both can be found by clicking HERE.
Consideration of an Ordinance to Amend Chapter 34, Section 24, of the Milton City Code, to Creating Parks and Recreation Fees and Other Charges.
This vote amended parts of Milton’s City Code to allow Parks and Recreation partner programs to accept payments through the City’s website. Currently, programs like Hopewell Baseball and the Milton Mustangs have their own websites where people register to play on teams and the like. (The City then collects a 15% commission from each program, to offset its own related costs like field, court, or pool maintenance.) Passage of this ordinance means the City can register participants on its website, then give program providers 85% of the revenue collected - an especially useful option for those without a pay portal on their websites.
Consideration of a Grant Application to the US Fire Administration’s Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Response (SAFER) Grant Program.
The Council considered the Milton Fire-Rescue Department’s request to apply to the U.S. Fire Administration (a division of FEMA) for a Staffing for Adequate and Emergency Response (SAFER) grant. The SAFER grant provides funding to Cities to increase staffing with the goal of decreasing response times, improving efficiency on a fire scene, enhancing community service, and promoting firefighter safety. This grant application is timed to coincide with the completion of the new Station 44 on Highway 9 (as part of the new Public Safety Complex that should open later this year) and the reconstruction of Station 42 on Thompson Road (slated to be built in 2021).
Consideration and Presentation of an Architectural Services Agreement between the City of Milton and Jericho Design Group, LLC for Design Services at the Former Milton Country Club - Club House Building.
This referred to a now approved agreement between the City of Milton and an architectural firm, Jericho Design Group. Jericho Design will offer design services for the former Milton Country Club’s clubhouse building as it undergoes extensive renovations.