The Piedmont City Council failed to formally enact the new 1-cent sales tax on Tuesday. The tax, which was passed two weeks ago, now requires the council to amend the city’s sales tax and use ordinance. In order to proceed with a vote on the ordinance during Tuesday’s meeting, the council had to first vote unanimously to suspend its rules, which it was unable to do with Council Member Frank Cobb voting “No.” The vote was 5 to 1 with Council Member Brenda Spears absent. Mayor Bill Baker said the council will reconsider the measure at the next meeting, which at that time will not require a suspension of the rules.
Following a motion by Council Member Terry Kiser, the council formally accepted the resignation of former Police Chief Steven Tidwell. Tidwell resigned earlier this month due to personal and health issues amid an investigation into complaints against the chief officer.
Council Member Cobb questioned the Mayor as to why the council has yet to bill the city schools for trash collection after voting to do so more than three months ago. Baker said that the delay was due the fact that officials were unsure how many cans the schools had. City employee Carl Hinton also noted that there was some confusion about the rate at which the schools would be charged. Hinton said that city policy dictates that commercial customers pay $25 for their first can and just $12.50 for the second. After the council agreed that the schools would pay the $25 for half of the cans and $12.50 for the other half, Mayor Baker assured Cobb that getting an exact count on the cans and then billing the schools for those cans would be a priority.
Bills for payment were approved in the amount of $379,782.77 in addition to a payroll amount of $114,786.73 for a total of $494,569.50. As of September 30th, there was a total balance of $1,511,513.67 remaining in bond accounts.
The council also voted to declare a residence on 5th Avenue as a public nuisance as the next step toward abatement of the property.
The next regular Piedmont City Council Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, November 4th, at 6 pm.