Official Minutes of the March 21, 2019 Council Meeting

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


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


Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the March 7, 2019 council meeting. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the agenda of the March 21, 2019 council meeting. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.




Councilwoman Griffin reported that all registrations are complete and there are over 280 children signed up for baseball, softball, soccer and games will begin April 4th. New Hampstead high school will be finishing up the three last soccer games. The parking lot expansion is complete and is a welcome improvement.



1. Consider a Minor Subdivision submitted by Brandon Paul consisting of two parcels with Lot B-1 being 3.68 acres and Lot B-2 being 1 acre. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the subdivision for Brandon Paul. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

2. Consider Preliminary Site Plan for Bloomingdale C-Store Center on Little Neck Road submitted by NRN Management, Inc. for a 10,990 Square Feet Retail Building. City Administrator Akridge stated that Planning Commission and Engineer recommended preliminary approval with adjustments to the landscape plans to use trees from the list of permissible trees in commercial zoning districts, trees be 2' breath height diameter, trees be planted in each parking island, requested a rendering of the facade of the building and the LDA approval be received from NRCS. Mark Boswell, Engineer for NRN Management was in attendance and presented a revised landscape plan stating that the parking islands were expanded to accommodate live oaks, the wax myrtles were replaced with live oaks, a 4' vegetative buffer was added on the Little Neck Road side and stated the LDA comments regarding the LDA from NRCS have been addressed and mailed back to them. Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the preliminary plan with the items discussed above. Councilman Kerby questioned what material will be used on the sides of the building, Owner DD Patel stated the building will be constructed of wood and finished with stucco. Councilman Otakie questioned where the wax myrtles are being removed and Mr. Boswell stated that all wax myrtles are being replaced with live oaks. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion. Councilwoman Griffin questioned if all the requirements with Savannah were completed and City Administrator Akridge confirmed and stated there would be a water/sewer agreement for review in the next week or two. Councilman Kerby stated that this is preliminary and should council decide to request any changes to the tree type we could do that at the final plan approval and Attorney Dickey confirmed. Mayor Rozier stated there was a motion and a seconded and called for the vote and the motion passed without opposition.

3. Consider a Home Occupation Application submitted by Karen D. Stewart at 90 Stagecoach Road for a Non-Profit doing business as Hoofs for Healing. Karen Stewart displayed posters to give Council a visual of their mission and program offering therapeutic horseback riding for children with disabilities, autism and other types of disabilities which horseback riding gives the same movement as if they are walking and also benefits social skills for abused children. Councilman Otakie questioned if there would be any other riding outside of this program and Ms. Stewart advised that Hoofs 4 Healing was located on Dean Forest Road but the property was sold and she offered take over the program. The program is a non-profit organization and their funds come from donations and fundraisers so they can take care of the horses and give free riding lessons for the children who have a doctor's release. The property is a large lot with the arena in the back and they may have a summer camp for children that do not have a disability but are from broken or abusive families which would only be a couple days a week from 9:00am to 12:00. Mayor Rozier questioned if the children have to pay and was advised it is completely free and funds come in from fund raisers, Easter Seals, United Way, Red Cross, Grants, banks etc. This will not be open for public riding at all. Councilman Otakie made a motion to approve the Waive the Public Hearing, waive the fee and approve the Home Occupation License. Councilwoman Key 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, March 13, 2019.


Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to pay the bills. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.


There being no further business, Councilman Grizzard made a motion to adjourn at 7:14pm. Councilwoman Key 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.