OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE MARCH 5, 2020

COUNCIL MEETING

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Councilman Harley giving the Invocation. Councilmember's Griffin, Grizzard, Harley, Kerby, Key, Otakie, Mayor Rozier, Attorney Dickey, City Administrator Akridge, Assistant City Clerk Danielle Bucher were present.

 

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the February 20, 2020 City Council Meeting. Councilman Harley seconded the motion and it was carried.

 

Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the agenda of the March 5, 2020 meeting with the addition of item #6 Consider the purchase of recreation vehicle for the Recreation Department in the amount of $11,391.24 dollars. (CIP/SPLOST). Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it was carried.

 

Mayor asked if there was no objection he would go off the Agenda and move to New Business: Item #1. Consider appointment of the Municipal Court Judge.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

1. Consider appointment of the Municipal Court Judge.

Mayor Rozier stated for the last twenty-five years Judge Edenfield has served our community as our Judge and we have had a few Judges filling in after our sudden lost of Judge Edenfield last October. The City Council interviewed about four candidates this week that were highly recommended. Council came to a decision to appoint Judge Sanders as the permanent Judge for the City of Bloomingdale and Craig Call and Sneh Patel as Pro Tem's. Councilman Harey made a motion appointment of the Municipal Court Judge Richard Sanders and Pro Tem's Craig Call and Sneh Patel. Councilman Otakie seconded the motion and it was passed.

 

The newly appointed Richard Sanders took the floor to introduced and thank his wife, two children, law partner Doug Andrews, and City Council. He acknowledged that this opportunity means a lot to him and he wishes to carry on the legacy of the late Judge Edenfield and make Bloomingdale proud.

 

Pro Tem Craig Call also addressed Council, thanking them for the opportunity that they have forwarded him as this will be his first call to serve as Judge.

 

Administrative & Committee Reports

Councilwoman Griffin announced that the Recreation Director George Foley could not attend this meeting; however, reported Co-Ed softball season has ended with BCP coming in first and No Smoke coming in second. There are currently well over 200 children and 21 teams registered for the Spring season at Taylor Park for soccer, softball, and baseball. She invites everyone to come on out and support the children of Bloomingdale.

 

Councilman Harley announced that he was proud to recognize the Fire Department and Public Works for their efforts at Bloomingdale Elementary School with the flooding due to heavy rain in the area. These departments teamed with faculty, teachers and staff at Bloomingdale Elementary School to fight this flooding. Mr. Harley thanked everyone for their part in working together as a community.

 

Councilwoman Griffin also recognized the Police Department for hosting an active shooter class for the local churches. Councilwoman Griffin was also grateful the Fire Department and Public Works in their efforts to help with the flooding at the elementary school. She acknowledged office staff, Danielle Bucher and Geri Saxon, expressing her appreciation with their assistance at the CMA dinner the City hosted Wednesday evening at the Community Center.

 

Councilman Harley recognized Lieutenant Daniels and asked him to stand for leading the noted Active Shooter Class.

 

OLD BUSINESS:

1. Consider the First Reading of an Ordinance for a proposed Text Amendment to add Section 52-714 (L) to the Unified Development Code for the rezoning of 590.43 acres from RA-1 to PUD/PID submitted by McCraney Properties/Pete Waller/Ottawa Farms.

Mayor Rozier noted that the attorney amended to read limited to I1.

City Administrator stated that Mayor and Council had worked on this for a long time and it was for their consideration tonight.

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the First Reading of an Ordinance for a proposed Text Amendment to add Section 52-714 (L) to the Unified Development Code for the rezoning of 590.43 acres from RA-1 to PUD/PID submitted by McCraney Properties/Pete Waller/Ottawa Farms and limit to I1. Attorney Raymond Dickey distinguished that based on what was submitted the PID does not go to an I2 and that the text amendment stays in I1. Councilwoman Griffin amended her motion to note that. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion. Councilmember's Griffin, Grizzard and Key voted to approve the motion and Councilmen Harley, Kerby, and Otakie voted to oppose the motion. Mayor Rozier broke the tie with the approval of the motion to approve the first reading of an ordinance for a proposed Text Amendment to add Section 52-714 (L) to the Unified Development Code for the rezoning of 590.43 acres from RA-1 to PUD/PID submitted by McCraney Properties/Pete Waller/Ottawa Farms and limit to I1 and it was carried.

2.Consider the First Reading of an Ordinance for a rezoning request of 590.43 acres from RA-1 to PID/PUD submitted by McCraney Properties/Pete Waller/Ottawa Farms

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the First Reading of an Ordinance for a rezoning request of 590.43 acres from RA-1 to PID/PUD submitted by McCraney Properties/Pete Waller/Ottawa Farms, wave the second reading, and limit to I1. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion. Councilmember's Griffin, Grizzard and Key voted to approve the motion and Councilmen Harley, Kerby, and Otakie voted to oppose the motion. Mayor Rozier broke the tie with the approval of the motion to approve the First Reading of an Ordinance for a rezoning request of 590.43 acres from RA-1 to PID/PUD submitted by McCraney Properties/Pete Waller/Ottawa Farms limited to I1 and it was passed.

3.Consider Development Agreement between McCraney Property Company and the City of Bloomingdale. Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve Development Agreement between McCraney Property Company and the City of Bloomingdale. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion Councilmember's Griffin, Grizzard and Key voted to approve the motion and Councilmen Harley, Kerby, and Otakie voted to oppose the motion. Mayor Rozier broke the tie with the approval of the motion to approve the Development Agreement between McCraney Property Company and the City of Bloomingdale and it passed.

4. Consider Water/Sewer Agreement between the City of Bloomingdale and McCraney Property Company. Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the Water/Sewer Agreement between the City of Bloomingdale and McCraney Property Company. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion. Councilmember's Griffin, Grizzard, Harley, Key, and Otakie voted to approve the motion. Councilman Kerby opposed the motion. The motion to approve the Water/Sewer Agreement between the City of Bloomingdale and McCraney Property Company was carried.

5. Consider Water/Sewer Agreement between the City of Bloomingdale and the City of Savannah.

City Administrator noted that this would bring a million gallons of water to the City of Bloomingdale under I16 to the north side of the railroad tracks for future use of the City.

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the Water/Sewer Agreement between the City of Bloomingdale and the City of Savannah. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion. Councilmember's Griffin, Grizzard, Harley, Kerby, Key, and Otakie all voted to for the approval of the motion to enter into the Water/Sewer Agreement between the City of Bloomingdale and the City of Savannah and it was carried.

NEW BUSINESS:

2. Consider adoption of a Model Illicit Discharge Ordinance as an amendment to the Storm water Management Ordinance. City Administrator noted that this was recommended by the Storm Water Consultant as an amendment to the current Storm Water Ordinance. Mr. Akridge recommended approval. Attorney Dickey added that it was a mandate requirement. Councilman Otakie made a motion to adopt a Model Illicit Discharge Ordinance as an amendment to the Storm water Management Ordinance. Councilman Harley seconded the motion it was carried.

3. Consider entering into a Contract for Professional Services with the Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) in the amount not to exceed $7,200 for a Comprehensive Plan Update as required by Georgia law. (Community Development Contractual Services) City Administrator noted that this was another unfunded mandate by the State of Georgia. The law had been changed and an update of the Comprehensive Plan must be completed every five years. Councilwoman Key made a motion to enter into a Contract for Professional Services with the Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) in the amount not to exceed $7,200 for a Comprehensive Plan Update as required by Georgia law. (Community Development Contractual Services) Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it carried .

4. Consider a Home Occupation License application submitted by Erasto Lagunes at 27 Hiram Road for a Landscaping Business.

Mr. Lagunes and Mr. Charles Webb approached Council requesting the approval of a home occupational license. Mr. Charles Webb owns and lives at the property located at 27 Hiram Road as the Office Manager; however, is not the owner of the Landscaping Company, nor the one on the application submitted. Mr. Webb states there will be no equipment or trucks located at this property. Councilman Harley asked to table this request until Mr. Webb comes back and puts the application in his name to comply with Cities ordinance. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion to table and it was tabled.

5. Consider a Home Occupation License application submitted by Susan Mathis at 8 Ray Street for a Remodeling Business. Ms. Susan Mathis approached Council with her request to approve her Home Occupation License application for a Remodeling Business at 8 Ray Street. She will be using her home for office work only such as payroll, accounts payable, and bids. There will be no equipment at this property. Councilman Harley made a motion to approve the application for a Home Occupation License submitted by Susan Mathis at 8 Ray Street for a Remodeling Business and wave the Public Hearing. Councilman Otakie seconded the motion and it was passed.

6. Consider the purchase of recreation vehicle for the Recreation Department in the amount of $11,391.24 dollars. (CIP/SPLOST). City Administrator recommended this purchase as a replacement to the old one that was no longer working for the upkeep of the Recreation fields in time for the busy baseball season. Councilwoman Griffin noted that the old one served its purpose for 16 years and made a motion to approve the purchase of a recreation vehicle for the Recreation Department and award the low bid of $11,391.24 dollars to Low Country. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it was passed.

 

COMMENTS:

Councilman Kerby thanked everyone for coming out and apologized that it did not go their way on the rezoning proposal.

 

Councilman Harley thanked all the citizens that where a part of this long process. He expressed his appreciation for McCraney Properties noting that although he voted against this project they are a Five Star Development and hopes for the least amount of impact to the citizens. He hopes that McCraney properties, Mr. Richard Marlow, and Susan Anderson can come to a private agreement.

 

Councilwoman Griffin thanked everyone and noted that their concerns were taken into consideration as well as the numerous people that came to her personally that were in favor. Councilwoman Griffin stated that it is a tough job and hard seat to sit in; however, she believes that everyone voted as to what their hearts and conscious told them to do as they all care about the future of the City. She was pleased with the turnout of these meetings and invited everyone to come to each and every Council meeting. Lastly, she thanked McCraney Properties for everything.

 

Councilman Grizzard thanked everyone for coming out in spite of the current weather. Councilman Grizzard believes Mr. McCraney will keep to his promise that this property will be a prize project and something both he and Bloomingdale can be proud of. He thanked McCraney properties and everyone for coming out.

 

Councilwoman Key noted that it was a hard decision and certainly not a spontaneous one. She directed to the McCraney Group that she respected all the time they spent answering questions and working together to come to an agreement. She wants to continue that relationship. She admitted that she took this home and prayed about her decision. She thanked the EMS and Fire Department for the help with her fallen husband at the early departure from the last Council meeting.

 

Councilman Otakie had no comments.

 

Mayor Rozier stated that they spent numerous hours meeting with Mr. Coleman and Co, McCraney group, Mr. Wallers representatives, and the lawyers. He feels that they made the best decision in order to manage the development. He researched Mr. McCraney's properties before coming to his decision and noted that they are first rate and 5 Star Developments.

 

Mayor Rozier reported that this concluded the items presented for consideration for inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of Wednesday, February 26, 2020.

 

The Accounts Payables were presented with Councilman Grizzard 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 7:34pm. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Respectfully submitted,

 

 

 

Charles D. Akridge

 

 

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.