Official Minutes of the November 16, 2017 Council Meeting

Approved by City Council at the December 7, 2017 Council Meeting


The Council meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Councilwoman Griffin giving the Invocation. Councilmembers Griffin, Grizzard, Kerby, Key, City 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 November 2, 2017 council meeting. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition. Councilwoman Key made a motion to approve the agenda of the November 16, 2017 council meeting with the addition of Item #3 Paula Knox citizen complaint. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.




Councilwoman Griffin reported that our U12 Bears football team were undefeated this season and won the CAA Championship and also the Tri-county Bowl, they will be attending the Super Bowl in Brunswick on Saturday. Congratulations to the team, cheerleaders and coaches for a great season.

Chief Jeffcoat presented Lieutenant Alan Elliott's children, Katie & Jay Elliott, a shadow box containing their father Lieutenant Alan Elliott's issued badge, ID and Department patch and also presented them with a box containing their father's service weapon which he carried every day.




Conditional Use Permit request submitted by Michael Ammermon of Pooler Veterinary for an Animal Hospital, Veterinary Clinic or Animal Boarding Place (Small Animals/Short Term).  The subject property is located at 907 E. Hwy 80 and identified as PIN #8-0010F-06-004.

Councilwoman Key made a motion to open the public hearing. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed.

Citizen comments:

Christopher Brune - 1006 E. Hwy 80 concerned over excessive barking, shelter and stray cats

Sue Kennedy - 905 E. Hwy 80 concerned over drainage, noise, traffic, construction time frame

Councilman Grizzard stated it is a quiet operation with very little noise on outside

Mr. Ammermon addressed the issues advising:

There will not be any animals off leash - the animals are walked by personnel and brought back in

There will be 10-15 feet buffer between property

There is nothing he can do regarding stray cats

The drainage will be addressed by the engineer to meet all local & state requirements with draining all runoff into the detention area

There will be a two way entrance/exit

The traffic will probably be between 7:30 to 5:30 with an average of 40 clients a day and should not be any more than what they have at the current location

The business will be located well off highway 80 toward the middle of the property

Demolition of the existing structures should begin before the end of January, site clearing & construction by February

Councilwoman Griffin wanted to clarify that this Conditional Use request is for the property owned by Jean Futch but the adjoining property has already received approval for the Conditional Use. She also reminded that a site plan will be submitted at a later date and the property owners will be notified.

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to close the public hearing and it passed.




1.      Consider minor subdivision plat submitted by Ray DeMott at Towles Road & Jimmy DeLoach.

Engineer Terry Coleman reported the concerns and issues that had been previously discussed with council have been completed which included a berm in the back between the adjacent property owners and to build an entrance that has been approved by the City Engineer. There were issues previously brought up by Mr. Landing regarding lighting. A letter has been submitted between Mr. DeMott and Mr. Landing regarding the DeMott Development for trucking & warehouse operations. Mr. Coleman stated that since this agreement has been worked out between them being they are requesting approval of the subdivision plat.

Councilman Kerby stated that it was discussed in a previous meeting that the time schedule was to be 7:00am to 5:00pm.

Robert McCorkle, Attorney for the DeMott Development stated it is their belief/position that although there was discussion regarding the hours of operation being 7:00am to 5:00pm in the minutes for the previous site plan approval, the motion was approved without any restriction on the hours of operation being included and he stated the matter to be approved tonight was for the minor subdivision only.

Councilman Kerby further wished to clarified that they were not asking for hours of operation only the subdivision approval.

Attorney McCorkle stated that they are requesting subdivision approval and they are not asking to change the business operation on the back tract but to be able to move forward with site plan approval and action on future warehouses on the front parcels.

Councilman Kerby ask for direction from Attorney Dickey who stated tonight is for a subdivision approval and the site plan for the development would be presented at a later time and that would be the time that any conditions council would want would be placed on the approval during that process.

There was further discussion regarding the previous site plan approval and Councilman Kerby reiterated that during that approval there were items listed on the bottom of the site plan that had been discussed and was to be changed and questioned Engineer Coleman of his recollection that the plan was to be changed and returned to the City and Mr. Coleman acknowledge that information.




After further discussion, Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the subdivision of the DeMott property into three lots noting that hours of operation and not being addressed. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed.



1. Consider a Conditional Use Permit submitted by Michael Ammermon for an Animal Hospital, etc at 907 E. Hwy 80. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the Conditional Use Permit to Michael Ammermon for 907 E. Hwy 80 with the condition this property be recombined with 1001 E. Hwy 80 which was previously approved for an Animal Hospital as a Conditional Use in R-1. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed.

2. Consider a Resolution entering into an agreement with GMA/GIRMA for Firefighter Cancer Insurance Policy to comply with HB 146. City Administrator Akridge stated this is a requirement of HB 146 to cover the paid/stipend firefighters. Councilman Kerby made a motion to approve the Resolution to entering into an agreement with GMA/GIRMA. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed.

3. Citizen Paula Knox wishing to address council. Mrs. Knox addressed concerns regarding the City owned rental property at 8 Pine Street - tenant has not been living there in a couple years, broken down vehicles, stray cats. Council advised Mrs. Knox that they would review the lease and report back in a month.


Mayor Rozier reported that this concluded the items presented for consideration for inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of Wednesday, November 8, 2017.


Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to pay the bills. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed.


There being no further business, Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adjourn at 7:46pm. Councilman Kerby seconded the motion and it passed.


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.