The City of Hapeville’s Code Enforcement operates primarily through the standards within the International Property Maintenance Code (IPMC), adopted by the city in 2003. In order to remain current and relevant, the police department is recommending changes to City Code 84-3-3, ADOPTION OF THE INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE, to provide approval for the latest version of the IPMC, rather than a specified year. If approved, Ordinance 2017-13 will replace the current adoption of the 2003 version IPMC to adopt and utilize the most current version available, as published by The International Code Council.
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In order to provide additional relief for the city’s ability to enforce outside storage standards, a problem that brings blight and the deterioration to neighborhoods, the police department is recommending Ordinance 2017-14. This action will amend City Code 84-3-4, AMENDING THE LOCAL REVISION TO INTERNATIONAL PROPERTY MAINTENANCE CODE by adding SUB-SECTION 302.1. If approved, Sub-Section 302.1 will make it unlawful to keep interior furniture, such as couches, armchairs, and gym equipment outside. Staff believes making this change/update to our Code will help expedite clean-up of the City and provide a useful tool in achieving greater Code compliance.
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On May 24, 2017, the City Manager presented a budget proposal for the 2017-2018 fiscal year for the City of Hapeville, a copy of which has been posted to the City Website, along with a copy of the detailed line items supporting the then presented budget proposal. Pursuant to the meeting, Council provided recommendations for certain additions, deletions and clarifications.
On June 2, 2017, the City Manager presented a budget proposal for Fiscal Year 2017-2018 for Public Hearing and First Reading held on June 6, 2017. There were no recommendations from City Council for adjustments to the budget as proposed nor has staffed included any further adjustments from the 6/2 proposal and City staff is still awaiting a preliminary Tax Digest from Fulton County.
As such, the City Manager presents for Public Hearing and Second Reading and final reading the proposed Fiscal 2017-2018 City of Hapeville Budget. The proposed budget is balanced and projects Revenues and Expenditures for all funds of approximately $31.1M. In addition, staff is well aware of the recent discussions being held by the Fulton County Property Appraiser regarding the Tax Digest. The City Manager and Staff recommends that the City Council adopt the proposed Budget as is. Once we receive the Tax Digest from Fulton County (Anticipated in early July) we can amend the Budget should property tax revenues show an increase above the current projected amounts.
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In January 2017, the Georgia Dept. of Community Affairs (DCA) issued a ruling providing final direction to the City regarding compliance with the provisions of O.C.G.A. § 48-13-51 (Hotel-Motel Tax). DCA has stated regarding City facilities, the City must only expend hotel-motel tax funds for the support of certain City facilities deemed to compromise a “conference center” pursuant to § 48-13-51(a)(4.5). In its ruling, DCA stated that the Hoyt Smith Center and Scout Hut, combined, would comprise such a conference center. Along with paying for capital costs, utilities, and other expenses associated with the conference center facilities, DCA recognized that certain hotel-motel tax funds could be used to pay for staff that support the facilities. DCA further acknowledged that certain City employees’ duties could overlap between conference center duties and other duties not related to those facilities. In such cases, it is important to maintain delineation of time and functions of those employees duties solely devoted to conference center activities (versus their other duties) in order to ensure hotel-motel tax money is not expended improperly.
In an effort to ensure complete transparency and compliance with the DCA and Georgia law and to provide for delineation of time and functions by City employees whose duties overlap between conference center duties and non-conference center duties, the City proposed to enter into contracts with City employees Tod Nichols, Wayne Stephens, and Holli Stephens which will establish certain amounts of compensation in relation to the time the employees will spend on their respective conference center duties. It will require such employees to keep track of their time to ensure hotel-motel tax revenues are spent properly.
The contracts are for one year, and the value for the contracts are as follows:
Tod Nichols - $15,600.00
Wayne Stephens - $9,970.00.
Hollis Stephens - $8,600.00
These amounts are not in excess of the employee’s current salaries, the contracts merely delineate which portions of the employee’s salaries come from hotel-motel tax funds in relation to time they spend on conference center duties.
City staff will be in attendance at the Council meeting should you have any additional questions. Staff recommends approval.
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.