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May 22, 2014

City looks at revamping plan

TIFTON —

The City Council went over several topics at last week's workshop.

Bert Crowe, director of the environmental management department, said they received a request to look at the city's Urban Redevelopment Area and their plan. 

The proposal is to re-designate the Urban Redevelopment Area to include one or more slum, blighted or underdeveloped areas within the city of Tifton, pursuant to the provisions of the Urban Redevelopment Law; to promote the public health, safety and welfare and for other purposes. Crowe showed the council a map to explain the areas they're looking at addressing.

City attorney Rob Wilmot briefly went over the issue with some city retirees receiving a 3 percent COLA who are ineligible, because they didn't retire under normal terms. He noted they discussed this matter at a retreat held in January. He said this has been going on for a number of years, which is a violation of their plan and likely the gratuities clause. He told the council his suggestion is that the city cannot continue to give the retirees a 3 percent COLA increase.

Wilmot suggested that they inform the employees they will continue to pay them their current rate  for retirement, but they will no longer receive the 3 percent COLA. 

Also, they will be required to execute a sign of release to the city for any claims they may have against the city.

Wilmot was also asked to take a look at revising their noise ordinance due to local man Leo Soto contemplating opening up an establishment downtown to play music. However, the way the ordinance is currently drafted, it doesn't allow for a business of that type. Soto attended a recent meeting to discuss this issue and his passion for opening up a type of establishment in the downtown area that allows for him to play music, such as jazz.

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