Official Minutes of the December 15, 2016
Approved by City Council at the January 5, 2017 Council Meeting
The council meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Councilman Myrick giving the invocation. Councilmembers Griffin, Grizzard, Kerby, Myrick, Otto, Attorney Raymond Dickey, City Administrator Charles Akridge and City Clerk Diane Proudfoot were present.
Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the December 1st council meeting. Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the agenda of the December 15, 2016 council meeting with the addition of Item #3 Consider purchase of a bucket truck in the amount of $6,000. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMITTEE REPORTS:
Councilwoman Griffin stated that recreation events will resume after the first of the year.
Councilman Grizzard and History Society President Tammy Myrick presented certificates to the winners in the Christmas Parade and thanked everyone for their participation. The certificates were presented for: Best Float - Marty Thompson; Best Business - Savannah Auction Exchange; Best Antique Vehicle - Dennis Baxter; Best Classic Vehicle - Buddy Wellmaker; Best Golf Cart was a tie between Emma Myrick and Riley Proudfoot.
City Administrator Akridge reported that the restriping on Little Neck Road from John Carter to the city limits is scheduled to begin Friday if weather permits.
PUBLIC HEARING: Zoning Map Amendment request submitted by Michael Ammermon, Owner of Pooler Veterinary, who is petitioning to rezone property located at 1001 E. Hwy. 80 from R-1 (Single Family Residence) to C-1 (Central Business) to allow for the relocation of the Pooler Veterinary Hospital currently located at 608 East Highway 80. Councilman Myrick made a motion to open the public hearing. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
Michael Ammermon stated he and his wife are veterinarians and has been in Bloomingdale for three years which has proved to be very successful. Their desire is to continue serving in Bloomingdale so they began searching for property to purchase and build a facility that would offer the same “home” type environment which has worked well for the pets. The property being discussed offers a convenient access while providing the desired depth so the facility can be set back off Highway 80. They are planning for the front area to be used for signage and provide a better entrance/exit than where they are currently. They are aware of the adjoining property owners and will be neighbor friendly by maintaining a low noise and a clean environment. They are very proactive on keeping a clean environment and any outside deposits are cleaned several times a day. The facility will be designed to include soundproofing for all kennel areas which are inside. Mayor Rozier questioned what animals they service currently and are there kennels, Mr. Ammermon stated they only treat household pets – cats and dogs and they have seven kennels for the hospital care and occasional overnight. Mayor Rozier also questioned if they make house calls and was informed they do not. Councilwoman Griffin questioned if they have a walking area and was informed they do have a walking area for the dogs. Councilman Myrick questioned how far back the hospital will be on the property and Mr. Ammermon stated the facility will be located toward the middle of the property and would leave plenty of area for green space and buffers. If approved he would move forward with an engineer to get the actual site plan ready for review and approval.
Holly Young speaking as a property owner and also on behalf of adjoining property owner, Paul Lovezzola stated they are concerned with the boarding of animals but more important the rezoning of the property to C-1 and the uses that could be established on the property should Mr. Ammermon decide to sell or leave. Mrs. Young expressed a desire that City Council look over the list and maybe come up with an option to make this use as conditional in R-1. Councilman Otto ask Mr. Lovezzola if he had a problem with the Animal Hospital being on the property next to him and Mr. Lovezzola stated he did not but he did not want the full property in front of him to become C-1. There was additional discussion regarding the list of permissible uses and several councilmembers stated an amendment to the ordinance could be done to set Animal hospital, veterinary clinic or animal boarding place (small animals/short term) as Conditional in R-1 on the List of Permissible and Conditional Uses which would require the applicant to come before City Council for the Conditional Use Permit. City Attorney Dickey advised that if action is taken on this request and it was denied the applicant would not be permitted to pursue any other action for six months but he could make application if he withdraws his current request. There being no other discussion Councilman Myrick made a motion to close the public hearing. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
City Administrator Akridge reminded councilmembers that the Comprehensive Plan has to be in place by February 2017 and requested that all members read it. Councilman Myrick made a motion to table action on the Resolution to adopt the Comprehensive Plan. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss Litigation. Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
Councilman Otto made a motion to return to the general session and execute the affidavit as required by the Georgia State Law. Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. Mayor Rozier stated that litigation 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, December 7, 2016.
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 8:36pm. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
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.