With a unanimous vote at last week’s meeting, the commission approved the release of Requests for Proposals, in regards to several city services.
Sandy Springs’ Assistant City Manager Eden Freeman, who is volunteering for the commission with the contracting and proposals committee, said the committee has all scopes of work necessary and is ready to send out the RFPs for the high level pieces. The RFPs that were approved and subsequently ready to send out during the weekend, include: finance and administration, information services, media relations, municipal court services, public works, transportation planning and parks and recreation. For services such as facilities and the Tax Anticipation Note, those RFPs require separate timelines and will go out differently.
Commissioner Todd Lantier, co-chair of the executive search committee, said they have received several responses to the solicitations for city manager, city clerk and city attorney.
“We have candidates we are comfortable with presenting immediately,” said Lantier. “We have put the job postings on GMA [Georgia Municipal Association] and have had conversations with a search firm.”
With the facilities committee, Commissioner Jed Beardsley said they have some comparable facilities available.
For the police department, they have identified three to four sites for a semi-permanent space and have made a few site visits. With the temporary office space for city hall, they are looking at as-is space, with Beardsley saying the best choices are in the Perimeter central district, due the abundance of office space in the area.
As for the permanent office space, Beardsley said they have identified a site a developer has planned, with a central Brookhaven location. Currently, the site has no permits, and the developer is looking for a tenant. “It’s spacious enough, but it does have to be built,” said Beardsley.
The commissioners agreed this was something worth exploring, as long as it is feasible. With the finance committee, Lantier said they will have a budget for the city of Brookhaven, with figures partially based on the numbers they receive from the RFPs. Beardsley has decided to rename the planning, zoning and municipal code committee to the community development group. It will be broken down into three groups — planning/zoning and development, permitting and inspections and code compliance. Each group will have their own RFPs. For the main RFP of the community development group, there will be a requirement to provide for a director of community development, who will oversee all of the functions.
The police committee will have crime stats from the past three years for its report. The contracting and proposal committee will review the possibility of hosting RFP training for mayor and council candidates. The next commission meeting will be Thursday, 8 p.m. at St. Martin’s Episcopal School.