OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE JULY 18, 2013 COUNCIL MEETING
APPROVED BY COUNCIL AUGUST 15, 2013
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Tipton with Councilwoman Griffin giving the invocation. Councilmembers Baxter, Crosby, Griffin, Myrick and Rawlings were present. Also present were Attorney Dickey, City Administrator Akridge, and Asst. City Clerk Diane Proudfoot. Councilman Kerby was on vacation.
Councilman Baxter made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the June 20, 2013 meeting. Councilman Crosby seconded the motion and it passed with five affirmative votes. Councilman Myrick made a motion to approve the draft copy of the minutes of the Budget Public hearing of June 11, 2013. Councilman Baxter seconded the motion and it passed with five affirmative votes.
Councilman Crosby made a motion to approve the agenda of the July 18, 2013. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed with five affirmative votes.
Administrative and Committee reports:
Councilwoman Griffin introduced the city’s new Recreation Director, George Foley, and his family, who began employment with the city on July 1, 2013. George expressed his appreciation for the opportunity to serve the City of Bloomingdale; he reported that football and cheerleading signups began on July 10th. The football RAMA will be held on September 7.
Councilman Baxter reported that the city will be hosting our first “National Night Out” on Tuesday, August 6th at the Community Building.
Councilman Myrick reported that the “National Senior Citizen Day” is August 21, 2013 and the city will be honoring the senior citizens of Bloomingdale with a luncheon at noon at the Community Building and will also be providing History Museum tours.
City Administrator Akridge reported we have recycled 57.19 tons of materials since January
Mayor Tipton opened the public hearing to received citizen input on two variance requests.
1. A variance request to allow a Solar Field in a C-2 zoning district submitted by Mr. Pete Waller at 753 Bloomingdale Road. Mr. Pete Waller stated the proposed solar field will be the largest in the south. There were no citizen comments.
2. A variance to allow a RV Park in an R-A1 zoning district submitted by Mr. Pete Waller at 702 Bloomingdale Road. Mr. Waller informed council & citizens he is seeking to provide the convenience of an RV park to vendors coming for the agritourism events and festivals, he will be proposing 25 sites, with a stay limit of no more than 30 days, will be located in the back wooded area and will have buffers of 100’ buffer next to the ball field and a 25’ buffer next to the adjacent property. The following citizen comments were heard:
Anthony Wirth expressed concern as he heard it was going to be a trailer park
Willene Stone had concern with the sewerage and drainage issues and people driving on her property, Mr. Waller advised he would install a fence and would seek a dump station
Betty Tucker had concerns over the number of sites and Mr. Waller informed he was only seeking 25
Joey Jones questioned if it would be visible from Cherry Street. Councilman Crosby informed that it would be in the wooded back area and there would be no advertising of the park
Councilman Baxter informed that during the permitting process a site plan would be submitted for approval which would address drainage, fencing, road and sewerage issues
Michael Hargroves stated that the farm provides a valuable contribution to education and would be an addition to the education
Mayor Tipton closed the public hearing.
Mayor Tipton reported that this concludes the items presented for consideration for inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of Wednesday, July 10, 2013.
The accounts payables were presented with Councilman Myrick making a motion to pay the bills. Councilman Baxter seconded the motion and it passed with five affirmative votes.
There being no further business, Councilman Baxter made a motion to adjourn at 8:30pm. Councilman Crosby seconded the motion and it passed with five affirmative votes.
Diane Proudfoot, Asst. 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.