OFFICIAL MINUTES OF THE MAY 21, 2020

COUNCIL MEETING

 

The meeting was called to order by Mayor Rozier with Councilwoman Griffin giving the Invocation.

Councilmembers Grizzard, Key, Griffin, Harley, and Otakie, Mayor Rozier, City Attorney Raymond Dickey, City Administrator Charles Akridge, and Assistant City Clerk Diamond Mixon were present.

 

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the Draft copy of the Minutes of the March 5, 2020 City Council Meeting. Councilman Harley seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the Agenda of the March 5, 2020. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Administrative and Committee Reports:

 

Councilwoman Griffin reported during the pandemic, Recreation Director, George Foley, has been working on updates and repairs at Taylor Park. She said they are hopeful to resume the co-ed adult softball season in June. She also reported refunds have been given back to those who registered for softball and baseball in the spring.

 

Mayor Rozier reported the National Senior Citizen Day luncheon is planned for August 21st. Food will be provided by the City, with Sheriff Wilcher donating Boston butts.

 

Mayor Rozier reported the Patriotic Celebration at Taylor Park is scheduled for June 27th beginning at 5:30pm. Social distancing practices will be encouraged.

 

City Administrator Charles Akridge announced the Memorial Day Celebration will be held on May 25th at 10:00am at the Veterans Monument. Ron Stephens and Doug Andrews will be the two guest speakers.

 

PUBLIC HEARING:

 

Variance Request submitted by Brandon Paul for a 1003 Square Feet Residence with the development standard being 1800 Square Feet in a RA-1 Zoning District.

Councilwoman Griffin asked if Mr. Paul and his son were the only two that would be residing at the home. Mr. Paul said it would just be him and his son.

 

NEW BUSINESS:

 

1.     Introduction - Tracy O'Connell- Candidate for Chatham County Superior Court Judge. Judge O'Connell introduced herself. Lisa Goldwire Colbert introduced herself.

 

2.     Consider Final Site Plan for Pooler Veterinary Clinic. After some discussion, Councilman Harley made a motion to approve the Final Site Plan for Pooler Veterinary Clinic. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

3.     Consider a Minor Subdivision for property located on Hiram Road submitted by Matt Anderson. Mr. Anderson explained the owners would like to split the lot into two lots and deed one lot to their son. The owners and their son hope to build a home on the lots in the future. Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the minor subdivision. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

4.     Consider a Variance Request submitted by Brandon Paul for a 1003 Square Feet Residence with the development standard being 1800 square feet in a RA-1 Zoning District. Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the Variance Request. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion. Councilman Harley and Councilman Otakie opposed. Councilwoman Griffin, Councilwoman Key, Councilman Grizzard voted to approve.

 

5.     Consider a request for a Minor Subdivision submitted by Rob Lee at 275 Osteen Road. Councilman Harley made a motion to approve the minor subdivision at 275 Osteen Road. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

6.     Consider a request for a Recombination Plat submitted by G. Phillip Morgan located at 101 and 200 S.H. Morgan Parkway. Mr. Anderson explained there were some encroachment issues from 2014 with Prologis. Mr. Morgan is trying to clean up the property lines to resolve encroachment issues. After much discussion, Councilman Harley made a motion to approve the request for a recombination plat. Councilman Otakie seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

7.     Consider a Final Site Plan for an Industrial Warehouse at Jimmy DeLoach Parkway submitted by Ray DeMott. Mr. DeMott and Mr. Maupin explained they are hoping to build a second warehouse for which they already have a tenant lined up to occupy the building. That tenant would be Home Depot, which would bring 50 jobs to Bloomingdale. After much discussion, Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the final site plan, contingent upon the following: #1 Mr. DeMott providing a Quit Claim deed for the front portion of DeMott Drive and Towles Road so Bloomingdale Police Department would be able to enforce traffic and #2 add additional landscaping to Building 1. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion. Councilman Otakie opposed. Councilman Harley, Councilman Grizzard, Councilwoman Griffin, and Councilwoman Key approved.

 

8.     Consider a Home Occupation License application submitted by Jeff Duggar for a Lawn Service at 6 Walnut Street doing business as Duggar Lawn Service. Councilman Harley made a motion to approve the Home Occupation License application and waive the Public Hearing. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

9.     Citizen to be heard- Mrs. Lujane Jones. Attorney Scott Vaughan explained Mrs. Jones is requesting the City give her the road. After much discussion of various scenarios conveyance of the subject property, Councilman Harley made a motion to table for one month so Attorney Scott Vaughan and City Attorney Raymond Dickey can meet and work out a solution. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

10.  Consider a Home Occupation License application submitted by Franklin Chase for a Roofing Business at 111 Ash Street doing business as Chase Roofing, LLC. Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the Home Occupation License application and waive the Public Hearing. Councilman Harley seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

11.  Consider the purchase of a Court Recording System in the amount of $18,604.85 (CIP/SPLOST). Councilman Harley made a motion to approve the purchase of a Court Recording System. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

12.  Consider adoption of the 2020/2021 Millage Rate at 10.00 mills and roll it back to 0.00 mills (No City Property Taxes). Councilman Grizzard made a motion to approve the adoption of the 2020/2021 Millage rate at 10.00 mills and roll it back to 0.00 mills. Councilwoman Griffin seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

13.  Consider a Home Occupation License application submitted by Marcus Patrick at 1312 West Highway 80 for a Mobile Collision Repair Business doing business as Patrick's Auto Body. Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the Home Occupation License application and waive the Public Hearing. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

14.  Consider reallocation of Monthly SPLOST Distributions. (Gym 25%, Roadway Improvements 10%, Eliminate W/S SPLOST, 65% General SPLOST). Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to approve the reallocation of monthly SPLOST distributions. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

15.  Consider First Reading of amending Code Section 70-47 of the Occupation Tax Ordinance to change purchase deadline without penalty from April 1 to Jan 31 of each calendar year and set penalty at 10% after deadline for the first month until February 28 and 20% thereafter. Councilman Otakie made a motion to approve the change. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

16.  Consider one City Council Meeting for the months of June, July, August and September on the third Thursday of each month. Councilman Otakie made a motion to approve one City Council meeting for the months of June, July, August, and September. Councilwoman Key seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

Mayor Rozier reported that this concluded the items presented for consideration for the inclusion on the Council agenda prior to the deadline of May 13, 2020.

 

The Accounts Payables were presented with Councilwoman Griffin making a motion to pay the bills. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.

 

There being no further business, Councilwoman Griffin made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Councilman Grizzard seconded the motion and it passed without opposition at 8:04pm.

 

 

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.