Official Minutes of the January 5, 2017 Council Meeting

Approved by City Council at the January 17, 2017 Council Meeting

 

The council meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Recreation Director George Foley 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 December 15 council meeting. Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the agenda of the January 5, 2017 council meeting. Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Councilwoman Griffin thanked Recreation Director George Foley and all the workers for all the hard work in making all aspects of the recreation department great and encouraged those in attendance to take an interest in the recreation department and welcomed anyone to come out and volunteer. Mrs. Griffin requested Recreation Director Foley to give a report of which he reported on the following:

Fall season ended with two first place soccer teams

We are getting ready for a big baseball/softball season

We are preparing to add a 15-17 year old baseball division in order to continue to serve our youth as they get older

About three years ago we started a 2-3 soccer division and we had two teams and they love it

Signups will begin on January 19th

The New Hampstead soccer will be hosted at Taylor Park again

 

History Society President Tammy Myrick presented certificates to the winners in the Christmas Decorating contest and thanked everyone that participated the winners were: Terry & Darlene Godbee for the Best Light Display; and Patricia Rowland for Best Overall.

 

Councilman Grizzard reminded everyone of the Senior Luncheon on February 14 and encouraged everyone to attend.

 

PUBLIC HEARING: Consider proposal submitted by the Savannah Exchange Club to hold the Coastal Empire Fair at 702 Bloomingdale Road at Ottawa Farms on November 2, 2017 thru November 12, 2017. Councilman Myrick made a motion to open the public hearing. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

Mayor Rozier stated that everyone will be given a chance to speak with a three minute time limit and encouraged everyone to state their name and address, he further stated he would appreciate that concerns not be repeated.

Exchange club members in attendance were Chris Hafer, Secretary; Bob Cornwell, President; Hugh Futrell, Vice President; Michael Lariscy, Treasurer who informed citizens that the fair has been held at the Coastal Empire Fair grounds for sixty-seven years at 4801 Meding Street but due to the deterioration of the area and undesired foot traffic has led them to seek another location for the fair. The Exchange Club has over 100 business people who make up the membership. The number one goal of the club is child abuse prevention and support of many non-profit organizations. They are looking for a new home and have talked with Mr. Pete Waller and they feel with their experience over the years and the experience of Mr. Waller they could make this a great wholesome family event for the area. President Cornwell expressed that their desire is to be a good neighbor and will bring revenue to the city. Security will be an extremely priority and they will work closely with Chief Jeffcoat. Vice President Futrell stated he has researched how fairs are surviving and that is to coordinate the fair with recreation being the fair only takes up one month the other eleven months could be used for recreation. Their intent is to be good partners in the community and feel the agricultural portion of the fair will be enhanced by this location.

Citizens that expressed concerns and opposition to the fair location due to traffic, crowds, parking, excess traffic through residential streets, people wondering through neighborhoods, crime, security in the neighborhood, theft, traffic plan, emergency 911 calls, closing time, number of attendees, noise, etc. were:

Willene Stone 804 Bloomingdale Road

Lorraine Phillips owns property at 701 Bloomingdale Road and Highway 80

Darlene Godbee Cypress Street

Linda Purvis 205 Lynn Street questioned if there was any other option and was advised that Scott Stell Park is an option

Phyllis Hathcock 2893 Bloomingdale Road

Michael Ray 106 Chestnut Street

Joey Jones Aerotech Machine 803 Bloomingdale Road

Ray Jones 54 Stagecoach Road

John Bennett 304 Cherry Street

Jeremy Miles 418 Pine Street

Dennis Baxter 501 Cherry Street

Donna Duke E. Hwy 80

Alton Griffin - 1111 E. Hwy 80

Michael Jordan 410 Chestnut Street

Zach Saxon 316 Pine Street

 

Citizens that expressed support for the fair were:

David Otakie 20 Perry Road

Gene Hartley 35 Perry Road

Wayne Latrell 361 Adams Road

 

Concerns as to how it will benefit Bloomingdale

Debra Brune 201 Cherry Street

 

Points brought up:

Councilman Myrick pointed out that during a meeting it was brought up that by members of the Exchange Club that the attendance would increase if the fair was moved to Bloomingdale.

Questioned how many officers were at Savannah and was informed there were between 35-40 but not as many during the week.

Is the parking lot going to be well lite and was advised it would be.

Will there be fencing and was advised it is a requirement to have fencing.

Mr. Waller was ask how many attended the rodeo on the largest night and was advised 10,000

Mr. Waller advised council that when the Exchange Club came to him with their request he informed them that they would need to go to the Mayor, Council and the people of Bloomingdale and if they wanted the fair then the details would be worked out. He informed there were approximately 15,000 people for the Strawberry festival and he is going to bring the traffic in at a different location. He also stated he expressed his desire for a Country Fair with 4H, FFA, equipment dealers and agriculture.

 

Councilman Otto thanked citizens for attending the meeting and encouraged citizens to get involved even when they are in favor and not just when they oppose something. He also asked for a show of hands of the citizens for and against and there was approximately 2/3 against, 1/3 in favor and 1/4 that did not give an opinion.

 

With no other comments, Councilman Myrick made a motion to close the public hearing. Councilman Grizzard seconded it and it passed without opposition.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

1)      Consider Gym/Multi-Purpose Facility. Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to enter into a professional services agreement for engineering services with Construction Managers & Builders, Inc. in the amount of $46,000 pending approval of the contract by Attorney Dickey. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion. Councilman Kerby questioned if this is just for the plans and was informed that it was. The motion passed without opposition.

2)      Consider Resolution to adopt 2016/2036 Comprehensive Plan. Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the 2016/2036 Comprehensive Plan. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

1)      Consider accepting am Annexation Petition submitted by D.K. Morgan for property identified as PIN 1-1041-01-021 (Exhibit A) and PIN 8-1040-01-005 (Exhibit B). Councilman Otto stated that the property abuts existing property within the city and made a motion to approve the annexation petition. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

2)      Consider establishing Qualifying Fees for 2017 City Council Election as $90 Dollars for Mayor and $54 for City Council. Councilman Myrick made a motion to establish the qualifying fees for the 2017 election as $90 Mayor and $54 Council. Councilman Otto seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

3)      Consider 2017 Designated Holiday for City Employees as July 3, 2017. Councilman Kerby made a motion to set the 2017 designated holiday as July 3, 2017. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

4)      Consider increase in sewer service call rates. Councilman Otto stated that the city is losing money on after hour service calls and made a motion to increase the sewer service call to $60.00. Councilman Myrick seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

5)      Consider addition to the Maple Street Lift Station plans in the amount of $15,183. Councilman Otto made a motion to approve a change order to the Maple Street Lift Station for a 8 sewer main and manhole at a cost of $15,183.

 

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, Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business, Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adjourn at 8:16pm. Councilman Otto 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.