The mayor and city council of Columbus held their first meeting of 2013 last evening, Wednesday, January 2nd. The council usually schedules meetings on Tuesday but obviously backed this one up a day because of the New Years holiday Tuesday.
The meeting was a short one. Mayor Robert Smith presented plaques of recognition to three former city employee’s for their dedicated years of service to the city of Columbus. Mike Bernsen (who just left as city CFO to take a job with Columbus Light & Water), Tim Hudson (who had served as city prosecutor) and Tjajuan Boswell (who was a major force in the beautification of Columbus over the past few years along with Mayor Smith. Boswell praised the mayor’s role in beautification.)
In Other Council Action:
The council voted unanimously to refund 3 years of garbage payments to Bob Oaks, who had paid a garbage fee for 32 years at his business.Attorney Jeff Turnage had previously researched that the city, by law, could only go back 3 years on any type of refund. Columbus Light & Water, who had actually collected the fee, could only go back a year. The council voted to refund Oaks, but Columbus Chief Operations Officer David Armstrong said there won’t actually be a check cut, rather Oaks will receive his refund through a credit from Light & Water. The total 3-year amount was $519.00, broke down to $182.00 a year. Mayor Robert Smith recommended the $519.00 refund in which the council approved.
The next Columbus City Council meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, January 15th at 5 p.m. inside the courtroom of the Municipal Complex.0