Official Minutes of the June 16, 2016 Council  Meeting

Approved at the July 21, 2016 Council Meeting

 

The council meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Councilman Myrick giving the invocation.   Councilmembers Griffin, Grizzard, Kerby, Key, Myrick, Otto, Attorney Raymond Dickey, City Administrator Charles Akridge and City Clerk Diane Proudfoot were present. 

 

Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the May 19th council meeting and the June 7th called council meeting.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.  Councilman Otto made a motion to approve the agenda of the June 16, 2016 council meeting.  Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

City Administrator Akridge reported and thanked Citizen Michael Jordan who made a $1,500 donation to be distributed to the Police, Fire and Gym Fund. 

On Tuesday, June 21st there will be a public information meeting to introduce a proposed development called “The Meadows” which is a 44.15 acre development consisting of 320 apartment units and 15 single family houses located on the east side of Pooler Veterinary and will tie in at the end of Douglas Court. 

Mr. Akridge thanked the Police, Fire, Public Works and City staff for their assistance and response in assisting our citizens during the recent storm.

 

Councilwoman Griffin reported the Fireball Tournament was held last week and it was a tremendous turnout.  The Recreation Department has been in the process of a raffle for a 43” Flat Screen Smart HD TV to be awarded at tonight’s meeting.  The ticket was drawn by Councilwoman Key’s grandson Caden, and the winner is Aaron Hatfield from Richmond Hill. 

 

Councilman Grizzard reported the Patriotic Celebration will be on June 25th at Taylor Park beginning at 6:00pm.  Eternal Vision will be singing, there will be activities for the kids and we will end the night with fireworks. Councilman Myrick stated that the Alliance Church will be the alternate location should there be a rainout.

 

Mayor Rozier opened the Public Hearing to receive citizen input regarding Zoning Map Amendments submitted by James and Truelove McCoy of 35 Cheyenne Road; Susan and Charles Rogers of 53 Cheyenne Road and Michael Wedincamp of 90 Cheyenne Road.  The petitioners are requesting to rezone their property from RA-1 (Agriculture Single Family Residence) to I-2 (Extensive Industry). 

Comments were received from:

Michael Wedincamp spoke for the three petitioners stating that they are asking for a rezoning of their property due to the extension of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and from what he has heard the Parkway will be used for Heavy Commercial/Industrial traffic for port related business.  They also feel this would be a good location for a truck stop for the truck traffic that will be increasing due to the port activity. 

Ray Jones-Stagecoach Road - stated he is opposed to the rezoning to an Industrial Zone which will open up to any development allowed in an Industrial Zone and definitely opposed to a truck stop in a designated residential neighborhood.

Gordon Spivey-Cheyenne Road - stated he is not opposed to them changing their property but he does not want to change his property it is his home. 

Susan Hoover-Cheyenne Road – is not interested in rezoning her property at this time but may have an interest if a developer were to approach her.

Derrell Joyner-Cheyenne Road – who is purchasing home from Greg Caudell and he is speaking on behalf of both they are not wishing for any change in the zoning of their property.

 

Councilman Myrick stated that based on the Comprehensive Future Growth Master Plan this area under review has been deemed for a future use as C-1 and if the property was to be rezoned to I-2 it would open it up for anything on the list of permissible uses and he felt it is not a good idea to change the zoning in this area to I-2.

Mayor Rozier closed the Public Hearing.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

  1. Consider Budget Amendments for the FY 2015/2016 Budget.  City Administrator Akridge recommended approval of the budget amendments to close out the Fiscal Year on June 30th which includes showing the Wild Cat Dam Road/Hwy 80 project.  Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the recommended budget amendments.  Council Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
  2. Consider increase in Fire Protection Fees for all categories.  City Administrator Akridge stated this recommendation is to accommodate the hiring of Fire Department personnel.  Councilman Kerby made a motion to increase the Fire Protection Fees in all categories.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
  3. Consider adoption of the proposed FY 2016/17 General Fund, Water and Sewer Enterprise Fund and Special Revenue Account Budgets.  Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the adoption of the proposed FY 2016/17 budget.  Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 
  4. Consider Bid Award of approximately 1.20 acres of City owned property on Pine Barren Road.  City Administrator Akridge stated that the sale of the property was advertised and the only bid was from Gateway Community Church in the amount of $18,632.50.  Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to accept the bid for the 1.20 acre City owned property on Pine Barren Road for the bid amount of $18,632.50.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
  5. Consider Zoning Map Amendment request from RA-1 to I-2 submitted by petitioners on Cheyenne Road:  James and Truelove McCoy – 35 Cheyenne Road;  Susan and Charles Rogers – 53 Cheyenne Road;  Michael Wedincamp – 90 Cheyenne Road.  Councilman Grizzard made a motion to table this matter.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

Mayor Rozier stated that as the owner of the property involved in the next item he will recuse himself.   

  1. Consider a Home Occupation License application submitted by Patricia Newbaum for a Graphic Design business located at 135 Towles Road.   Vice Mayor Kerby recognized Patricia Newbaum who stated this is a website, mail based business only.  Councilman Myrick made a motion to waive the public hearing and approve the issuance of the license.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

Mayor Rozier returned to the podium.

 

The accounts payables were presented with Councilman Myrick making a motion to pay the bills, Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business, Councilman Otto made a motion to adjourn at 7:38pm.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

                                                                        Diane Proudfoot, City Clerk

 

Note:  Section § 50-14-1 of the Official Code of the State of Georgia Annotated requires that the minutes shall, as a minimum, include a description of each motion or other proposal made, and a record of all votes.  These minutes meet the minimum requirements.  However, in an attempt to provide as much information as possible to the citizens, the recording clerk has included additional background data and discussion on the subjects presented to council.  The statements of individuals are not verbatim and may be summary in nature.