Official Minutes of the January 11, 2018 Council Meeting

Approved by City Council at the February 1, 2018 Council Meeting

 

The Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Reverend Darrell Bailey giving the Invocation. Councilmembers Griffin, Grizzard, Harley, Kerby, Key, Otakie, Attorney Dickey, City Administrator Akridge and City Clerk Diane Proudfoot were present.

 

Mayor Rozier introduced Bill Grainger who reported that back in 2017 he was contacted by Mrs. Griffin and Mr. Ike LaRoche about assisting with the kick-off of the Bloomingdale Gym fundraiser but at that time he was not able to get involved and he informed them he would after the first of the year so tonight he is here to donate to the City with the keys to a 2018 Honda Accord with a sunroom and the works to donate to the City to be raffled off for the Gym/Multipurpose facility. He further stated he is excited to assist and looking forward to a great outcome the raffle will bring the City. He has one request which is to put together a group of people to promote the event and make it a super success. The winner will get to choose between a Honda or a Nissan and will run between $25,000 to $30,000 and is a nice automobile.

Mayor Rozier thanked Mr. Grainger on behalf of the whole City.

 

Mayor Elect Rozier recognized Honorable Judge Tom Edenfield who administered the oath of office to Mayor Ben Rozier, Newly Elected Officials Gene Harley and David Otakie and to Incumbent Elected Officials Griffin, Grizzard, Harley, Kerby, Key.

 

Mayor Rozier called for a five minute recess. At the conclusion of the recess Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the December 7, 2017 council meeting. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed with affirmative votes from Councilmembers Griffin, Grizzard Kerby and Key, Newly elected Councilmembers Harley and Otakie abstained. Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the agenda of the January 11, 2018 council meeting with the moving of Item #7 to Item #8 and add Item #7 Consider Cancelation of January 18, 2018 Council Meeting due to no agenda items. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMITTEE REPORTS:

 

Councilwoman Griffin thanked Mr. Grainger for his support with such an awesome gesture and stated the Gym project has been in the works for a long time and some of the items that have been completed and the architect plans, the land has been surveyed, the permit for septic has been acquired and the water supply is in the works.

Recreation Director Foley also thanked Mr. Grainger and expressed their excitement for this fundraiser - signups are underway for baseball, softball, t-ball and soccer. We look forward to a great future.

 

Councilman Grizzard reminded everyone of the Quarterly Senior Citizen Luncheon on February 13 at noon at the Community Building.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

 

1. Consider a Home Occupation License application submitted by Mr. Roy Schrum at 305 Walnut Street for an Information Technology Consulting Business doing business as Chatham Technology Group, Inc. Mr. Schrum stated his business is strictly with customer and nothing is done at his home except internet and phone. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the Home Occupation license and waive the public hearing. Councilman Harley seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

1. Consider the Designated Holiday for City Employees as December 31, 2018.

Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the Designated Holiday as December 31, 2018. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed.

2. Consider appointment of Vice-Mayor and committee appointments. Councilwoman Griffin  made a motion to appoint Councilman Jimmy Kerby as Vice-Mayor.  Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed with five affirmative votes. Councilman Kerby abstained.

The Mayor presented the following appointments to the Council Committees:  Budget & Finance:  Jimmy Kerby, Chairman; Virginia Key, Gene Harley, David Otakie  General Services: David Otakie, Chairman; Jimmy Kerby, Gene Harley - Personnel: Mayor Rozier, Chairman; Barbara Griffin, Gene Harley, Jimmy Kerby, David Otakie

Planning & Licensing: Virginia Key, Chairwoman; Barbara Griffin, Ernest Grizzard, Gene Harley, David Otakie  Public Safety: Gene Harley, Chairman; Ernest Grizzard, Jimmy Kerby, David Otakie  Recreation: Barbara Griffin, Chairwoman; Gene Harley, Virginia Key  Seniors & Special Events: Ernest Grizzard, Chairman; Barbara Griffin; Virginia Key, David Otakie  Water & Sewer: David Otakie, Chairman; Gene Harley, Jimmy Kerby.

3. Consider authorization and appointment for designees to sign checks. Consider authorization and appointment for designees to sign checks.  Councilman Kerby made a motion that all councilmembers except David Otakie (at his request) be designated as check signers.  Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

4. Consider amendment to the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance as recommended by EPD and the Metropolitan Planning Commission. City Attorney Dickey advised that this is a state mandated amendment. Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the first reading of the amendment of the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control Ordinance and to dispense with the second reading and to approve the amendment. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

 

Official minutes 1-11-18 con't (page2):

 

 

5. Consider application for Alcoholic Beverage License for Retail Beer & Wine and Sunday sales for Bloomingdale Convenience LLC/Pump-N-Go at 306 E. Hwy 80. Councilman Otakie made a motion to approve the Alcoholic Beverage License for the retail sale of beer and wine. Councilman Harley seconded the motion and it passed with affirmative votes from Councilmembers Grizzard, Harley, Kerby, Key and Otakie, Councilwoman Griffin abstained. Councilman Otakie made a motion to approve the sale of beer and wine on Sunday. Councilman Harley seconded the motion and it passed with affirmative votes from Councilmembers Grizzard, Harley, Kerby, Key and Otakie, Councilwoman Griffin abstained.

6. Recombination plat submitted by Michael Ammermon of Pooler Veterinary Hospital to combine 907 & 1001 E. Hwy 80. Mr. Ammermon stated he purchased the two properties in order to relocate his current business but wishes to combine them for the development design of his practice. He also stated he will be demolishing the structures that are on the lots for the development and design of the business. Councilman Harley made a motion to approve the recombination plat. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

7. Consider cancellation of the January 18, 2018 meeting. Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the cancellation of the January 18, 2018 council meeting since there were no items presented by the deadline. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

8. Adjourn into Executive Session - Personnel. Councilman Kerby made a motion to adjourn into executive session to discuss personnel. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

At the conclusion of the executive session, Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to return to the general session and execute the affidavit as required by the Open Meetings Law.  Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.   

 

Mayor Rozier reported that this concluded the items presented for consideration for inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of Wednesday, December 27, 2017.

 

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to pay the bills. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed.

 

There being no further business, Councilman Kerby made a motion to adjourn at 8:06pm. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed.

 

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.