Official Minutes of Council Meeting May 21, 2009
approved by City Council 6-18-09-09
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Tipton with Councilman Ray leading in prayer. Mayor Tipton presented the draft copy of the minutes of the May 7, 2009 meeting for council’s consideration. Councilwoman Winn made a motion to approve the minutes with no changes, Councilman Rawlings seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes. The Mayor presented the agenda for the May 21, 2009 meeting and Councilman Ray made a motion to approve the agenda. Councilman Waller seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.
Under new business, Councilman Rawlings reported that the Bloomingdale History Society would be placing wreaths at area cemeteries in honor of the veterans on Memorial Day with the event to start at 10:00am at the Elkins Cemetery. Councilman Rawlings extended an invitation to everyone to attend.
Mayor Tipton reported that the Planning Commission would be conducting a public hearing on June 9, 2009 at 7:00pm. The purpose of the hearing is to receive citizen input on proposed changes to the Walls and Fence Ordinance. It was noted that a copy of the proposed changes were submitted to Attorney Dickey for his review and comments and copies were distributed to councilmembers.
The Mayor submitted a request from Tammy Gillespie for a home occupation license to operate the office only of an acoustical ceiling installation business from her residence located at #1401 Bloomingdale Road, Lot #4. Council was advised that Ms. Gillespie has obtained permission from D. K. Morgan, the owner of the property, to operate the business from this location. Ms. Gillespie stated that there would be no deliveries to the residence as all materials would be delivered to the job sites and there would be no outside traffic related to the business coming to the residence. Councilman Myrick made a motion to waive the public hearing and issue the home occupation license as requested. Councilman Ray seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.
Council reviewed a request from Tom Terry to enlarge the off-premise sign located on Highway 80 that advertises his saw shop at #410 Adams Road. The proposed addition to the existing sign is 4’ wide by 15’ high. The addition advertises John Deere repairs. After a brief discussion, Councilman Rawlings made a motion to approve the enlargement of the sign as outlined in Mr. Terry’s request. Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.
Mayor Tipton reported that the City had received a recommendation from Tim Baumgartner with EMC Engineering on behalf of OCS, Inc. for payment of Pay Request #5 for $31,420.15, which includes retainage, for work at Bloomingdale Park. Council was advised that a summary change order and a final pay request would be submitted at the completion of the job. Councilman Myrick made a motion to make the payment of $31,420.15 to OCS, Inc. Councilman Waller seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.
Council discussed setting a date for an Open House at the Bloomingdale Park for citizens to tour the facilities and to provide hot dogs, chips, and drinks for those who attended. After a brief discussion, the Open House was scheduled for Sunday, June 28, 2009 from 4:00pm until 6:00pm.
The accounts payable were presented for approval. Councilman Ray made a motion to pay the bills, Councilwoman Winn seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.
Just prior to the adjourning the meeting, council discussed scheduling a meeting of the General Services Committee and Attorney Dickey to discuss how to proceed with the collection of outstanding fees owed to the City. The meeting was scheduled for Wednesday, May 27, 2009 at 10:00am at the City Hall and it was noted that the committee meeting would be open to all elected officials and citizens who may want to attend.
Being no further business, Councilwoman Waller made a motion to adjourn at 7:15pm. Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.
Mayor Tipton and all councilmembers were present at the meeting.
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.