Official Minutes January 3, 2019 Council Meeting
Approved by City Council at the January 17, 2019 Meeting
The Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Councilman Grizzard giving the Invocation. Councilmembers Griffin, Grizzard, Harley, Kerby, Key, Otakie, Attorney Dickey, City Administrator Akridge and City Clerk Diane Proudfoot were present.
Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the December 6, 2018 council meeting. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the agenda of the January 3, 2019 council meeting with the addition of Item #6. Consider implementing a Sewer Tap fee of $3,600 per tap for 6" gravity lines. Item #7 Consider Proposal for Engineer Services for Highway 80 Waterline Upgrade to Conaway Road from 2" to 8" from Engineer Tim Baumgartner in the amount of $23,500. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
ADMINISTRATIVE AND COMMITTEE REPORTS:
City Administrator Akridge reported that there will be a Ribbon Cutting on Friday at 11:30am for the Grand Opening of the new Bloomingdale SewTech building. A Budget & Finance Committee meeting will be held on January 7th at 5:00pm and a called meeting with Council and Staff will be Wednesday, January 9th to review the updates to the Zoning Ordinances.
1. Chief Jeffcoat presented the 2019 Police Officers of the Year to Sergeant Brian Jackson and Corporal Jeff Cotter for their performance through the year. Sergeant Jackson took a small drug investigation from Cherry Street and turned it into a multi-county/multi-agency investigation culminating with the Operation Vanilla Gorilla with the US Attorney's office; Corporal Cotter was instrumental in developing a Traffic Incident Management Team for Chatham County and with his guidance led the TIM Team to reach TIM Team of the Year.
2. Consider a proposed Fire Prevention Plan Review Fee. City Administrator stated the recommended fee schedule would be
Sprinkler - Flat Fee $75.00 Under 50,000 sq.ft., $100.00 Over 50,000 sq.ft.;
Life Safety Inspection - Flat per visit - $65.00; Fire Inspection - Initial visit and one follow up - $0.00 / each additional $50.00;
Plan Review - Residential - $75.00 Commercial & Industrial - $100.00
Councilman Harley stated this is a fee that is in line with other municipalities and made a motion to approve the proposed Fire Prevention Plan Review Fee as presented. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
3. Consider the Designated Holiday for City Employees as July 5th. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approved the Designated Holiday as July 5, 2019. Councilman Otakie seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
4. Consider appointment of Municipal Court Judge and Judge Pro-Tem. City Administrator Akridge reported that Judge Edenfield serves as current Judge and Judge Pro-Tem considerations are: Judge Ed Reddick, Sneh Patel and Richard Sanders. Councilman Harley recognized Mr. Sanders who gave a brief overview of his background stating he currently practices with Doug Andrews and has been an attorney in Savannah for about ten (10) years, he previously lived in Pooler but recently moved to Wilmington Island, he was sworn in at Bloomingdale in 2011, has sat in for Judge Edenfield a few times, signed occasional warrants, serve as Pro-Tem in Garden City, serves on the Municipal Court Judges of Georgia, attended Georgia Southern for Undergrad and graduated Cooley Law School in Michigan but Savannah is his home. Councilman Harley made a motion to approve Judge Tom Edenfield as Municipal Court Judge and Judges Reddick, Patel and Sanders as Municipal Court Judge Pro-Tem. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
5. Consider Invoices for License Plate Readers and related equipment for the Police Department.
City Administrator Akridge stated this is for the licensing, user fees and maintenance for the six license plate readers we currently have and this is for $4,350 per year. Councilman Harley reported this is a valuable resource to the department and citizens to help identify unlawful vehicles and drivers. Councilman Harley made a motion to approved the invoices in the amount of $4,350. Councilman Otakie seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
6. Consider implementing a Sewer Tap Fee for 6" Gravity taps in the amount of $3,600. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the tap fee of $3,600 for 6" gravity sewer taps. Councilman Otakie seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
7. Consider proposal from Engineer Tim Baumgartner for Professional Engineering Services for the update of the Highway 80 water line extension to Conaway Road in the amount of $23,500. City Administrator Akridge stated that item #12 should be removed and should Mr. Baumgartner receive a lower quote for surveying the amount would decrease. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the proposal for Professional Services from Mr. Baumgartner for the Highway 80 water line extension to Conaway Road in the amount of $23,500 which is subject to decrease. 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 26, 2018.
Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to pay the bills. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
Prior to adjourning, Councilwoman Griffin expressed appreciation to the Fire Department for the outstanding job on the Christmas party which had a fantastic attendance, everything ran very smooth and everyone seemed to have a wonderful time.
There being no further business, Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adjourn at 7:10pm. Councilwoman Key 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.