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Sneak Peek: Sept. 4 City Council Agenda

Council votes tonight to award several contracts and approve an amendment to the general fund budget.

 

Smyrna City Council meetings are held on the first and third Monday of each month. Because of the Labor Day holiday, this month's first Monday meeting was rescheduled to the first Tuesday. Meetings are televised live on Charter Channel 19. Replays of Council meetings air the second and fourth Thursday of the month on Channel 23 at 7 p.m. See the TV23 section at www.cobbcounty.org for a complete rebroadcast schedule. 

1. INVOCATION - Mr. Lee Royer (Elder) - IGO Church

2. AGENDA CHANGES:

3. MAYOR'S REPORT:

4. LAND ISSUES/ZONINGS/ANNEXATIONS: Please limit speaking time for citizens’ input related to the following land issues/zonings/annexations to five minutes.

(A) Public Hearing- Name Change for Subdivision - The Park at Oakley Downs HOA is requesting to change the name of the homeowners association and subdivision to The Park at Poplar Creek - Land Lots 808 and 809 - The Park at Oakley Downs - The Park at Oakley Downs HOA (AB)

5. PRIVILEGE LICENSES:

(A) Public Hearing-new ownership and new agent-retail pouring of beer, wine, and liquor-Scoreboard Sports Lounge dba Scoreboard Bar & Grill-Mario Charles Johnson-2997 Cumberland Blvd (MP)

(B) Public Hearing-new owner and agent-retail pouring sales of beer and wine-Zone Holding LLC dba Wing Zone-Dion Dobbins-4490 South Cobb Dr (WL)

6. FORMAL BUSINESS:

(A) Appointment to Tree Board for Ward 3 (TA)

7. COMMERCIAL BUILDING PERMITS:

8. CONSENT AGENDA:

(A) Approval of Aug 20, 2012 Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes

(B) Award of RFP 13-001 Benefits Consulting & Brokerage Services to Strategic Benefit Solutions and authorize Mayor to execute related documents

(C) Award RFP 13 - 005 Sanitary Sewer Main Rehabilitation to the lowest bidder, Southeast Pipe Survey for $135,356.00 and authorize the Mayor to execute any related documents

(D) Approval of FY2012 Budget Amendment for General Fund

(E) Approval for Market Village merchants Atkins Park Tavern and Vintage Tavern/Zucca to host Market Village Octoberfest September 29-30, 2012

(F) Award of RFQ 13-006 to Allan Vigil Ford, at $22,460, the lowest bidder, for purchase of 2013 Ford Explorer for Fire Station 5

(G) Award RFQ13-007 City Arborist to B + C Studio, sole bidder, for arborist and landscape plan review services and authorize the Mayor to sign documents related to this service

9. COMMITTEE REPORTS:

10. SHOW CAUSE HEARINGS:

11. CITIZEN INPUT: Please limit speaking time for public comment to three minutes.

12. ADJOURNMENT

MS September 04, 2012 at 06:37 PM
(G) Award RFQ13-007 City Arborist to B + C Studio, sole bidder, for arborist and landscape plan review services and authorize the Mayor to sign documents related to this service Congratulations to Sean Murphy (Smyrna Heights Citizen) for being the sole bidder for city arborist & landscape plan review services . Your actions have been suspect for a long time. Now they're paying off.
Freya Stark September 04, 2012 at 07:34 PM
Congratulations Sean! Your hard work is beginning to pay off.
Chris Long September 04, 2012 at 08:54 PM
MS, why didn't your landscape design firm put in a bid for this opportunity?
30080 September 04, 2012 at 09:20 PM
Smyrna has it's own unique bidding process. Only the supplier who will win the bid gets to apply. Seriously this is one of the biggest complaints about Smyrna. Closed door bidding. They deny it but it's what they do. Cronyism makes the world go 'round.
Jonquil Gardener September 04, 2012 at 09:57 PM
That bid was publicized as all city bids of that nature are. Looks like this firm won because no one else turned in a bid. Don't see how that can be construed to be any kind of "Cronyism." Looks like dumb luck to me. Congratulations B+C.
Smyrnan September 04, 2012 at 10:27 PM
The only thing that's transparent in Smyrna is Sean Murphy. All of his sanctimonious "I'm such a good citizen" "I care about Smyrna". He cares but it's about what he can get. He thinks no one sees through it. It's easier to fool people than it is to convince them they have been fooled.
R. Anderson September 05, 2012 at 01:33 AM
It will be interesting when we find out if the other suppliers were notified about the bid.
Jonquil Gardener September 05, 2012 at 02:02 AM
Information for those who want to make an informed comment: The bid being discussed above is posted on the City website where it has been posted for weeks. Here: http://www.smyrnacity.com/index.aspx?page=418 The specifically invited bidders list based, which is likely based on pre-registered vendors, taken right off the public website is here: http://www.smyrnacity.com/Modules/ShowDocument.aspx?documentid=2395 In addition, there are a number of professional bid services (just search bid service providers on the net) that employ hundreds of people to check community websites every day or every week to pull down bids, RFQs, RFPs and get that information out to contractors and consultants who pay them for their services.
R. Anderson September 05, 2012 at 02:38 AM
There are suppliers in Smyrna who will tell you that the bidding IS NOT open. And what luck for Sean Murphy that he gets a contract for his employer. He's appointed himself the leader of the Smyrna Heights Neighborhood Assoc., spokesperson for the city of Smyrna, silencer of people who question the city, leader of all of these yet to be civic groups, and expert extraordinaire. And now with an innocent look on his face will tell you "they just won the bid by sheer luck". How are we to believe a guy who didn't even have one representative from HIS neighborhood to fight against the Concord Rd. median at the city council meeting. People from other neighborhoods were standing in line to voice their objection. Not one person from his neighborhood was there.
Oscar G. September 05, 2012 at 06:58 AM
Well if this man's firm were the "only" ones to submit a bid, that in and of itself appears suspicious. And it would seem that way regardless of whomever it was. In these hard pressed economic times, I can't imagine only ONE company putting a bid in on a job for any municipality so close to Atlanta itself. Again, we're back to the appearance of impropriety and people's perceptions. When are our ELECTED officials going to grasp this simple concept?
Sydney Busby (Editor) September 05, 2012 at 11:35 AM
Hi all, Let's stick to discussing the facts in this forum and leave personal attacks out of it. I've attached some documents that list the five other businesses who were contacted about bids. Also, Sean Murphy hasn't been awarded the contract yet as last night Council moved to table the vote till the next meeting. I'll have a post about this later. Thanks for reading Smyrna-Vinings Patch, Sydney Busby
Smyrnan September 06, 2012 at 11:38 AM
Sean Murphy you don't have to refer to yourself in the third person. We know Smyrna Heights Citizen is you. You are a part of the city government so of course you have more information and can influence the city but other neighborhood associations don't have that power. They're intentionally left out of the loop. The city has a proven history of not providing information to the citizens it actions will effect.

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