Official Minutes of June 20, 2019 Council Meeting

Approved by City Council at the July 18, 2019 Council Meeting

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Councilwoman Griffin giving the invocation.   Councilmembers Griffin, Grizzard, Kerby, Key, Attorney Dickey, City Administrator Akridge, City Clerk Diane Proudfoot were present.

 

Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the May 16, 2019 City Council Meeting, the Special Called Meeting on June 7, 2019 and the Budget Public Hearing on June 11, 2019.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.  Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the agenda of the June 20, 2019 meeting.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC HEARING:  Rezoning Request submitted by 5 property owners on Cheyenne Road from RA-1 (Agricultural) to C-2 (General Commercial): 

Ston Yates – 32 Cheyenne Road

James and Truelove McCoy – 35 Cheyenne Road

Beth and Gordon Spivey – 44 Cheyenne Road

Susan Rogers – 53 Cheyenne Road

Susan Hoover – 56 Cheyenne Road

Councilman Grizzard made a motion to open the Public Hearing.  Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

Mayor Rozier opened with the reading of the following:  Proponents for the proposed zoning action, including the petitioner or the petitioner's agent requesting the zoning decision, shall have no less than ten (10) minutes for the presentation of data, evidence, and opinions; opponents of the proposed zoning decision shall have no less than ten (10) minutes for the presentation of data, evidence, and opinions.  So long as each side is given no less than ten (10) minutes for the presentation of data, evidence, and opinions, the Hearing Officer may limit repetitious comments in the interest of time and may call for a show of hands of those persons present in favor of or opposed to the proposed zoning decision.

Truelove McCoy – 35 Cheyenne Road stated her concern is the problems exiting with all the traffic.

Susan Hoover – 56 Cheyenne Road stated she wishes to rezone as there is another property that was rezoned and she does not want to live on a road with commercial traffic.

With no other comments Councilwoman Key made a motion to close the public hearing.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Administrative and Committee reports:

 

Councilwoman Griffin reported that registration will be held at Taylor Park for football, cheerleading and soccer until July 18th.  There is a need for coaches for the U14 football.

Councilman Grizzard reported the Patriotic Celebration will be at Taylor Park on Saturday night, June 29th at 5:30 with the fireworks around 9:00.

 

Mayor Rozier recognized Rodney West with Big Red, Inc. who has been a great asset to the City assisting in the aftermath of hurricanes and has on more than one occasion renovated and refurbished the caboose at no cost to the City.  Rodney acknowledged his appreciation to all City Officials and staff and also how proud he is to be a Bloomingdale resident.

 

OLD BUSINESS:   Remove from table and consider a Variance request submitted by Option Signs for two (2) signs to be located at the entrance to Daniel Seabrook Parkway from the maximum height standard of 20 feet to 30 feet.  Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to remove from the table a Variance request submitted by Option Signs for two (2) signs to be located at the entrance to Daniel Seabrook Parkway.  Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

Developer Ryan Hughes expressed to Council that the variance for the 30’ instead of the 20’ would enhance the visibility for the trucks coming to the development.  After discussion, Councilwoman Key made a motion to approve the 10’ height variance for two signs at Daniel Seabrook Parkway.  Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion.  Mayor Rozier polled council with Councilmembers Key and  Grizzard voting yay; Councilmembers Griffin and Kerby voting nay.  Due to a tie Mayor Rozier voted to approve the 10” height variance for two signs at Daniel Seabrook Parkway for a height of 30’ each.

 

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

1.  Consider a rezoning request from property owners; Ston Yates, Jane & Truelove McCoy, Beth & Gordon Spivey, Susan Rogers and Susan Hoover to rezone their property on Cheyenne Road from RA-1 (Agricultural) to C-2 (General Commercial).  City Administrator Akridge reported that Planning Commission recommends approval with a 60’ access be a requirement upon development.  Susan Rogers reported that in 2004 a 60’ right-of-way was approved by City Council and the County but Attorney Dickey stated that the 60’ would be required at the time of development.  Councilwoman Griffin questioned the standing of the other three property owners and City Administrator Akridge advised that Mrs. Yates did not want to rezone but have not heard from the other two.  Susan Hoover stated that she did not recall the 60’ right-of-way being an issue and was advised by Attorney Dickey that it is not an issue to rezone but would be during development.  After discussion, Councilwoman Key made a motion to approve the rezoning petition from RA-1 to C-2.  Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 

2.  Consider a Minor Subdivision request submitted by Leonard Ledlie to divide his property located at 103 Church Street into two tracts. City Administrator Akridge reported that Planning Commission recommended approval.  Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approved the subdivision request.  Councilman Rawlings seconded the motion and it passed with six affirmative votes.

3.  Consider a Minor Subdivision request submitted by Paul Otto, Agent for Ken Morgan to divide his property located on Bloomingdale Road into two tracts.  City Administrator Akridge reported that Planning Commission recommended approval.  Councilman Key made a motion to approve the subdivision.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

4. Consider Investment Proposal submitted by Raymond James for the Defined Benefit Pension Plan - Mr. Ben PriceCouncilwoman Griffin made a motion to table this matter.  Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

5.  Consider a $50 fee for a Conditional Use Application – Residential.

6. Consider an increase in Regulatory Fees for Mobile Home Park Owners to $50/40 plus $15/10 for each space in the park with a maximum fee of $1,250/750.

7. Consider an increase in Sign Fees from $50 to $75 plus seventy five cents per square foot of sign face for each sign or other advertising.

8. Consider an increase in Movie Production Fees for all categories.

Mayor Rozier read items 5, 6, 7 and 8 for consideration as recommended by the Budget & Finance Committee.  Prior to a vote Citizen Paul Otto questioned the increase in the Mobile Home Park Regulatory fee requesting that it be proven that the increase is in the legal rights to incur said increase.

Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the increases as described in items 5,6,7 and 8.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

9. Consider adoption of the Fiscal Year 2019/2020 General Fund and Water/Sewer Budgets.

10. Consider adoption of the proposed 2019/2020 SPLOST Budget, Fire Department Fund and Police Forfeiture Account Fund.

11. Consider adoption of the 2019/2020 Capital Improvement Plan (CIP).

Mayor Rozier read items 9, 10 and 11 for consideration as recommended by the Budget & Finance Committee.  Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approved items 9, 10 and 11 as read.  Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

12. Consider an amendment to the Personnel Policy – Random Drug Testing.  City Administrator Akridge reported this would be on a quarterly basis at around $800 per year.  Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the amendment to the Personnel Policy for Random Drug Testing.  Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. 

13. Consider adoption of a Vehicle Policy.  Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the adoption of a Vehicle Policy.  Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

14. Consider changing monthly SPLOST allocations for Water/Sewer from 35% to 25% and Recreation Gym/Multi-Purpose Facility from 15% to 25%.  Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the SPLOST allocations Water/Sewer from 35% to 24% and the Recreation Gym/Multi-Purpose Facility from 15% to 25%.  Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

15. Consider the purchase of Tyler Technologies Software for City Hall in the amount of $72,170 dollars.  (CIP/SPLOST)  Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the purchase of Tyler Technologies Software for City Hall in the amount of $72,170 from CIP/SPLOST.  Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Mayor Rozier reminded citizens that the SPLOST referendum will be coming up on the November ballot. 

Mayor Rozier reported that this concluded the items presented for consideration for inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of Wednesday, June 12, 2019.

 

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

 

There being no further business, Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adjourn at 7:49pm.  Councilman Kerby 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.