Official Minutes of the November 17, 2016 Council Meeting

Approved by City Council at the December 1, 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 November 3 council meeting and the November 7 special called council meeting.  Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.  Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the agenda of the November 17, 2016 council meeting with the removal of New Business Item #2 and replace it with Consideration of purchase for Fire Department equipment.  Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Councilwoman Griffin thanked everyone for supporting the Recreation Department Homecoming Parade and Bonfire.

 

Bloomingdale History Society President Tammy Myrick:  Presented certificates to the winners in the Fall Decorating Contest:  For the church category: Alpha Methodist Church received Best Overall; For the residential category: Kisha & Kevin Hann received Most Creative and Marty Thompson for Best Overall. 

The upcoming events:  Christmas Decorating Contest between now and Christmas and on December 3 there will be the Christmas parade, Children’s Christmas Party and Annual Tree lighting.   

 

PUBLIC HEARING: Zoning Ordinance Amendments:

1)       Councilman Otto made a motion to open the public hearing to Consider Reduction in Lot Sizes in Residential District from 15,000 square feet to 8,125 square feet; Lot Width from 100 feet to 65 feet frontage; 10 feet to 5 feet side setback.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

Comments: 

Councilman Otto does not agree with the reduction to the lot sizes.

Citizen Billy Strozier stated he is in agreement with Mr. Otto’s statement.

Planning Commission Chairman Shearouse stated with the lot sizes as they are now a developer will have to go through a PUD process and further stated that a workshop was held and the Councilmembers and Planning Commission members who attended were in agreement on reducing the lot sizes at that time.  Chairman Shearouse further stated that the proposed change was to help move the development process forward.

Councilman Myrick made a motion to close the Public Hearing.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

2)       Councilman Myrick made a motion to open the public hearing to Consider allowing truck fueling stops (No overnight stay) as a Conditional Use in a C-2 Zoning District.  Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 

Comments:  Councilman Myrick stated he agrees with a convenience store that has diesel fuel for trucks but we need to limit what would be allowed and several councilmembers agreed that this matter needs further discussion.

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to close the public nearing.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.  

3)     Councilman Myrick made a motion to open the public hearing to Consider Pool Houses – Overnight guest allowed without the availability for rental.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 

Comments:  Planning Commission Chairman Shearouse stated that pool houses are accessory structures but does not allow overnight stays and we need to clarify allowing the use for overnight guest.  The current ordinance was discussed regarding what is allowed and how a second kitchen in the accessory structure would open the door for violations to the Zoning Ordinance which only permits one principal structure per lot.  Councilman Myrick  made a motion to close the public hearing.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 

4)       Councilman Myrick made a motion to open the public hearing to Consider Amendment to the Impact Fee Ordinance.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 

Comments:  City Administrator Akridge read the proposed figures for the Impact Fee Ordinance as:

Water - $3,000; Sewer - $3,000; Parks & Recreation - $233.33; Public Safety - $233.34; Roads & Drainage, Public Works - $233.33 totaling $6,700.00 per ERU.  Councilman Kerby stated that prior to being elected he served on the committee during the implementation of the first Impact Fee Ordinance and felt the fees were too high but now understands that due to future development and no City taxes the Impact Fee Ordinance Fees are needed to generate revenue from future

development.  Councilman Myrick made a motion to close the public hearing.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.  
 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

  1. Consider Reduction in Lot Sizes in Residential District from 15,000 square feet to 8,125 square feet; Lot Width from 100 feet to 65 feet frontage; 10 feet to 5 feet side setback.  Councilman Otto made a motion to deny the reduction in Lot sizes in Residential District from 15,000 square feet to 8,125 square feet; Lot Width from 100 feet to 65 feet frontage; 10 feet to 5 feet side setback.  Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
  2. Consider purchasing fire hoses for the Fire Department.  Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the purchase of fire hoses at a cost of $4,093 with the expenditure coming from SPLOST.  Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
  3. Consider Pool Houses – Overnight guest allowed without the availability for rental.  Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to allow the City Attorney Dickey to word the amendment to the ordinance to address no rentals, extended stays, setting a time frame and the allowance of a kitchen.   Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Official minutes 11-17-16 council meeting (page 2):

 

  1. Consider the first reading of an amendment to the Impact Fee Ordinance.  Councilman Myrick made a motion to  waive the seconded reading and approve the amendment to the Impact Fee Ordinance with the new rates as follows: Water - $3,000; Sewer - $3,000; Parks & Recreation - $233.33; Public Safety - $233.34; Roads & Drainage, Public Works - $233.33 totaling $6,700.00 per ERU.  Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Councilman Myrick made a motion to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss personnel.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Councilman Myrick made a motion to return to the general session and execute the affidavit as required by the Georgia State Law.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.  Mayor Rozier stated that personnel was discussed in the executive session.

 

Mayor Rozier reported that this concluded the items presented for consideration for inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of Wednesday, November 9, 2016.

 

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

 

There being no further business, Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adjourn at 8:07pm.  Councilwoman Key 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.