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What's on the Agenda: Feb. 4 Smyrna City Council

Smyrna's new police chief David Lee will be sworn in at tonight's City Council meeting.

1. Invocation and Pledge: Pastor Lee Delbridge, Smyrna Christian Church (910 Concord Road)

2. Agenda Changes

3. Mayoral Report:

(A) Proclamation in Recognition of Black History Month

(B) Proclamation in Recognition of Girl Scout Cookie Day

(C) Swearing in of the Chief of Police, David Lee

4. Land Issues/Zonings/Annexations:Please limit speaking time for citizens' input related to the following land issues/zonings/annexations to five minutes.

5. Privilege Licenses

6. Formal business:

(A) Public Hearing Charter Amendment Ordinance #2012 23 Amending Section 6 (c)Redistricting Plan of the Seven Wards of the City of Smyrna. Second and Final Public Hearing.

(B) Adopt a Resolution Approving the Issuance of the Hospital Authority of the City of Smyrna Revenue Anticipation Certificates (Ridgeview Institute, Inc. Project)

7. Commercial Building Permits

8. Consent Agenda:

(A) Approval of January 22, 2013 Mayor and Council Meeting Minutes

(B) Approval to use Council Chambers on February 6, 2013 from 6:45 to 9:00 pm for Williams Park Neighborhood HOA Meeting

(C) Approval of Atkins Park 2013 St. Patrick's Day Celebration in the Market Village on Saturday, March 16, 2013 from 1:00 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. and Sunday, March 17th from 1:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.

(D) Approval of 10K road race to be held November 16, 2013.

9. Committee Reports

10. Show Cause Hearings

11. Citizen Input: Please limit speaking time for public comment to three minutes.

12. Adjournment

MS February 04, 2013 at 02:40 PM
How many members of the city council does it take to screw in a light bulb? Members of the council never change light bulbs. They prefer to keep the public in the dark.
226 February 04, 2013 at 08:17 PM
I assume you'll be sitting front row at this meeting and that you attend all the meetings that are open to the public?
Sylvia Beach February 04, 2013 at 11:01 PM
If Smyrna were a transparent city it would have been streaming its council and other meetings online years ago. The capability has been available and other cities the size of Smyrna have been doing it. It chooses not to so that says something about the mindset of the city's leadership. Also cities have Town Hall Meetings. Choosing not to have these meetings is more proof of the lack of transparency. What is the city hiding is the # 1 question its residents needs answers to. And no mayor in the state of Georgia should be able to serve more than two terms. The state rates high for corruption and a mayor in office for over 20 years will be guilty of dishonest activities.
Ashley D. February 04, 2013 at 11:21 PM
People who live in Smyrna long enough know those City Council meetings are NOT comfortable to sit through...it's not all about the City, though I agree there's room for improvement just like any other city. But A LOT of drama happen at those meetings (or crazy people who cause drama), and I personally just don't want to run into any of them... I heard they were supposed to start the live streaming last year...but nothing happened obviously. It'd be nice if that service is available.
226 February 04, 2013 at 11:34 PM
Every council meeting is broadcast on local cable and has been for years. All you have to do is turn on your television. if they had it in your front yard would that be satisfactory? Also, there has been several town hall meetings to discuss different issues.
Observer February 05, 2013 at 12:28 AM
Not everyone has access to the cable channel and not everyone has access to the internet, however using both methods would ensure that only the most isolated of residents would be able to watch the proceedings. The cost of streaming is not an issue as every Tom; Dick; Harry including their teenaged children are able to do so from the comfort of their homes.
226 February 05, 2013 at 01:35 AM
You people are ridiculous. You're right because the city doesn't provide everyone with Internet service so they can view the council meetings they aren't being transparent. I think they should give everyone iPads to watch it on. Also, they should engrave the minutes onto gold tablets and lay them at the foot of every citizens bed.
Observer February 05, 2013 at 01:52 AM
Nobody's asking the city to provide them with internet service, I can barely get my trash picked up on a weekly basis. The city could stream the proceedings, like a huge number of other municipalities do and which they said they would do in the past, at almost zero cost. Welcome to the 21st century.
MS February 05, 2013 at 02:03 AM
Not everyone has Charter. There has been ONE town hall meeting in 20+ years and a citizen was arrested for speaking out. Nice try.
MS February 05, 2013 at 02:04 AM
No one is saying the city must provide everyone with internet service. But the city MUST be open and transparent. They are public servants. And the operative word is servant.
226 February 05, 2013 at 03:57 AM
Thank you for proving my point. The city does hold town hall meetings. And the "citizen" that was arrested is the same crazy people that Ashley says keeps her from going to the meetings. She wasn't arrested for speaking out she was arrested for yelling profanities and resisting officers when they tried to get her to leave.
Brian February 05, 2013 at 06:32 AM
Observer: Professional recording and live streaming is a lot more difficult than silly teenage webcams. I am in the industry, so I know. Archived streams would be a lot easier. Yet, it's still doable. For live streaming, people will complain about the $10,000-$100,000 yearly price tag, I imagine.
Brian February 05, 2013 at 06:34 AM
Observer, trash pickup comes out for me every week without a problem, and the only change is that on holiday weeks they come out a different day. Perhaps you are not putting your trash out early enough and are missing pickup on some weeks because they came before you put it out?
Neal Dow February 05, 2013 at 02:07 PM
Your point was proven......wrong. Some of the council members hold meetings for some of the homeowners' associations. So a small percentage of a small percentage of Smyrnans get to meet with their council representative. Mary Kirkendoll's suit was settled so that city officals wouldn't have to testify under oath. So the city was in the wrong. You can't use that false argument any longer. She was walking out of the town hall meeting and stated the meeting was bull which is correct. Belmont Hills and Jonquil Plaza are still empty lots. A plainclothes officer came up from behind and grabbed her. She was pinched so that she would move and speak out. It's a common ploy used by police to say someone was resisting arrest. If you want to be an asset to Smyrna thomas question the city's government and hold it accountable. That's what it needs.
Observer February 05, 2013 at 03:00 PM
Brian, Nope, I put out my trash before 7:00 a.m. and the truck doesn't typically come down my street until the afternoon. The men on the truck empty my neighbor's trashcan, which is directly opposite mine, but doesn't empty mine. This isn't related to holidays as it happens every couple of weeks. My only recourse seems to be to set up a webcam and capture what is going on and then stream it on the net.
Observer February 05, 2013 at 04:43 PM
Brian, The same video feed that is put out on the cable channel can be put out on the net. No need for "professional production".
226 February 05, 2013 at 07:31 PM
Neal you are quite the MK apologist. No one made her take that settlement. If she was such a crusader to justice she could have continued to press the case civily. Her saying that she was pinched is what is bull as well as you saying that it is a common tactic used by police. Thank you for confirming that she resisted officers. I appreciate that.
Neal Dow February 06, 2013 at 01:44 PM
I appologize for no one. You're entitled to your own opinion but not your own facts.
Brian February 08, 2013 at 05:20 AM
Observer: You oversimplify things. "Just on the internet". Perhaps I have that capability, but I told you I'm in the industry. I have been doing this stuff for seven years. Hosting is expensive. Live streaming or archives? Should the archives be served progressive or using a streaming service such as Windows streaming or FMS? Which CDN provider to use? What software and hardware should be used for the conversion from camera recording to digital format? Is the camera using digital already, or is it betamax, Hi-8, or something else? Is the city going to do it themselves homebrewed? What resolution to use? Hire a contractor? Try to have someone in IT handle it? Or use a service provided by the cable provider (at substantial cost)? Or just stick it on Youtube? How many views per month? Now, about cost. If you don't do something like stick it on Youtube, ignoring all the stuff above, you are talking about maybe 20-30 cents per gigabyte served progressive (unless they can get a cheaper deal) or close to a dollar for gigabyte served streaming. Then there are file hosting costs, server costs, etc. Or if you have the cable provider handle everything, you're probably talking thousands per month.
Brian February 08, 2013 at 05:23 AM
Observer: Now, I'm not saying it shouldn't be done. We should just be realistic about the costs and the taxpayers should know it before a decision should be made. I doubt they are going to settle for some homebrewed solution where everything looks like garbage, or using something like Youtube. This is a city government and has a reputation to uphold. Also, the studio doing the recording may have objections to the media being shown in a way that downgrades the quality of their recorded video, since it'd badly reflect upon them. So we're probably looking at costs when said and done of anywhere from $1k-$10k per month depending on who they use.
Brian February 08, 2013 at 05:26 AM
I've never had that issue. In my experience, the trash is even more reliable than the recycling. I've had a couple cases where they started being very irregular about timing and therefore I put my can out too late, but I called the main number and found out that I was never putting my can out early enough. I suggest you call the number and complain and they'll tell you what to do.
Brian February 08, 2013 at 05:27 AM
It was paid out by insurance. Usually when an insurance company settles, it's to save money. If the city was a risk to insure, they would have been dropped. MK's actions will send a message that there are consequences to the council for being too overbearing. But she's no angel either.
Brian February 08, 2013 at 05:31 AM
Now, I may also add that the council runs a little too much like a courtroom. I come from a city up North where the council is set up so that people speaking actually have a podium to the side of the council so they face the audience. A little more nerve-racking to speak to the entire audience but it does give people the feeling of equality. The way that the Smyrna council is set up makes it like you are testifying in a courtroom. I think if there's anything people should complain about, it's the layout of the council room.
MA Evans February 08, 2013 at 10:53 PM
A suggestion to Chief of Police David Lee. Computerize your police department. To get a police report you have to go to the PD between 8 to 5 Mon - Fri. In Cobb Co. you download it. PS To SPD: there are people who have to work for a living 8-5, Mon-Fri.

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