City of Kingsland, Georgia

City Council

Minutes ● December 11, 2017

              Regular Meeting              City Council Chamber              6:00 PM

                            107 South Lee Street - City Hall, Kingsland, GA 31548

             

I.

Public Hearing - Starts at 6:00PM

Mayor Smith called the Public Hearing to order at 6:00 PM.

1.              Public Hearing for the Retail Sale of Beer/Wine at Fred's Store #2103 Located at 925 East King Avenue, Kingsland, Georgia -

No one came forward to speak.

 

Mayor Smith closed the Public Hearing at 6:01 PM.

             

II.

Call to Order and Welcome Guests

Mayor Smith called the meeting to order at 6:01 PM.

             

III.

Invocation and Pledge to the Flag

1.              Sr. Pastor Donald Belcher, Sr., Crooked River Baptist Church -

2.              Pledge to the Flag by Girl Scout Troop 30123 -

Reverend Donald Belcher, Sr gave the Invocation and the Girl Scout Troop 30123 led the audience in the Pledge to the Flag.

             

IV.

Roll Call

 

 

              Kenneth E Smith Sr              Mayor              

              Charles Grayson Day Jr.              Mayor Pro Tem             

              James Ham              City Councilman             

              Jim McClain              City Councilman             

              Richard A. Winters              City Councilman             

 

             

V.

Consent Docket

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

SECONDER:              James Ham, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

A.              Approve the Council Minutes of the last regular Council Meeting             

1.              City Council - Regular Meeting - Nov 27, 2017 6:00 PM -

B.              Approve the Agenda as Presented             

C.              Approve the Payments of Accounts Payable as Due and Funds Available             

1.              Approval Of: Agreement to Settle Disputed Claims -

             

VI.

Recognition

1.              Councilman James Ham and Councilman Rick Winters -

Mayor Smith recognized Councilman Ham and Councilman Winters for their leadership and dedication to the city.  They were presented with a quilt from the City of Kingsland.

2.              Service Awards for City Employees -

5 Years - Mandy Sapp, Douglas Wellner, Brendan Burns, Christopher Bray, James Johnson, Andrew Woolard

10 Years - Linda O'Shaughnessy, Trish Jared, Devika Mohammed, Brian Aligood, Christopher King, Anthony McGrew, John Walker, Jr., Duane Hatzke, Kenneth Peterson, Joshua Sopha, Robbie Hairston, Janelle Kjensmo, Stephen Joiner, Paul Speich, James George, Francis Amari,  Sarah Beard, Rhonda McCurry, Christopher Bartek

15 Years - Selina Bell, Sandra Brown, Aldonia Waye, Drexel Morris, Claude Waye

25 Years - Morris Wayne Peeples

Mayor Smith and Mayor Pro Tem Day awarded the city employees with Certificates of Appreciation for their years of service.

             

VII.

Presentation

1.              Ms. Sheila McNeill, Report on Camden Partnership -

Ms. Sheila McNeill, Camden Partnership updated the Mayor and City Council of the economic impact to Camden County from the Kings Bay Naval Base and Ms. McNeill shared the successes of the Camden Partnership for the past year. 

(Sheila McNeill's notes attached to hard copy in Clerk's Office)

             

VIII.

Granting Audience to the Public

No one came forward to speak.

             

IX.

Old Business

None

             

X.

Planning and Zoning

1.              Application for Home Occupation Permit -

Melinda Acoff is requesting a Home Occupation Permit at 803 Edmond Avenue, Kingsland, Georgia for "Pitter Patter Designs" which specializes in custom craft creations, Zoning is R-1. Sales will be via local markets, fairs and telephone.  Planning Commission Recommends Approval.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jim McClain, City Councilman

SECONDER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

2.              Application for Home Office Permit -

Mr. Brian Kimmell is requesting a Home Occupation Permit at 198 Redwood Street, Kingsland, Georgia for "Without Compare Lawn and Tree Care".  Zoning is R-3.  This is a landscaping company that has one truck and an open trailer, equipment is stored on the truck and open trailer.  The truck is parked at their residence at night.  Mr. Brian Kimmell stated that he has obtained a storage facility to store all of his equipment and the only requirement will be his wife doing paper work out of home.  Planning and Zoning accepted the change to a Home Office Permit and recommended approval with the agreement that nothing could be stored at his home.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

SECONDER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

3.              Application for Annexation for Chunlan Zhao and Woodbine Fresh Farms LLC Located at 1890 Harrietts Bluff Road, Woodbine, Georgia.  Map and Parcel 093 017C, 2.1924 Acres. -

Planning Commission Recommends Approval.

Mr. Paul Speich, Manager, Planning and Zoning addressed Mayor and City Council.  Mr. Speich stated there was one correction to the annexation, the zoning needs to remain commercial C4.  Approved with correction.

 

Councilman McClain inquired as to the future use of the property.  Mr. Mark Knoblauch, Woodbine Fresh Farms LLC stated that they are going to build an RV Park with at least 50 sites, a pool, clubhouse, general store and green area.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              James Ham, City Councilman

SECONDER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

4.              Adoption Of:  Ordinance #2017-11  an Ordinance to Annex 1890 Harrietts Bluff Road -

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

SECONDER:              James Ham, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

5.              Approval Of:  Amendments to Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance -

Amendments to the city's flood damage prevention ordinance as required by 44 CFR Section 60.3(e) of the National Flood Insurance Program regulations.  Planning Commission Recommends Approval, after discussion about raising the freeboard to 3 feet, made recommendation to leave it at 1 foot.

Councilman McClain made a motion for discussion.  Councilman Day seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

 

Mr. Paul Speich, Manager, Planning and Zoning addressed the Mayor and City Council.  Mr. Speich stated he would recommend the 3 foot freeboard, the county is also recommending it and the city should try to stay consistent.  Mr. Speich stated this would only affect the new build in flood affected areas; and recovering the cost to the homeowner would be offset by homeowners insurance.

 

Councilman Day stated he would like to protect homeowners.

 

Councilman McClain stated he wanted to take the advice of the Planning and Zoning Board and felt he needed more information.

 

Mayor Smith stated the city needs to look out for the welfare of homeowners.  He stated that he attended a meeting recently with experts regarding the storm and they stated it was not a drainage issue simply too much water fell in a short period of time and nothing could have prevented the flooding.

 

Councilman Winters made a motion to approve the Ordinance with the 3 foot freeboard.  Councilman Day seconded the motion. 

The vote was:  Winters -yes, McClain -no, Ham - yes, Day - yes.  The motion carried.

RESULT:              ADOPTED AS AMENDED [3 TO 1]

MOVER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

SECONDER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, Winters

NAYS:              McClain

             

XI.

New Business

1.              Alcohol Beverage License -

Application for the sale of retail beer/wine from Fred's Store #2103. Location 925 East King Avenue

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

SECONDER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

2.              2018 Alcohol Beverage Renewals -

Renewal for 2018 Alcohol Beverage Licenses

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

SECONDER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

3.              Approval Of: Employee Performance Incentives - Mayor Pro Tem Charles Grayson Day Jr.

Councilman Day made a motion to pay the city employees (except for public safety) a bonus of $750.00. 

 

Councilman McClain stated he had concerns with the terminology (performance incentive).  Councilman McClain stated he would like to see something in return and is against awarding incentives to everyone.  Councilman McClain stated that calling it a performance incentive is not going to get the city where it needs to go.  He felt that many employees should be paid more, especially the Public Works department.  Councilman McClain made the suggestion that the city come up with some type of employee evaluation that would be used more than once a year.

 

Councilman Winters seconded the motion.  The motion carried unanimously.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

SECONDER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

4.              Approval Of: Principal Online Benefit Administration Agreement -

Agreement for online benefit administration between Principal Life Insurance Company and the City of Kingsland.  Fee's to be paid by Partners Benefit Group per the agreement. Staff recommends approval.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

SECONDER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

5.              Ordinance: 2017 - to Amend Water/Sewer Ordinance to Update Solid Waste Fees -

An Ordinance to amend the Water and Sewer Ordinance to Update Solid Waste Fees as approved in the FY 2017-18 Budget establishing a new rate structure.  Staff recommends approval.

RESULT:              ADOPTED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Jim McClain, City Councilman

SECONDER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

6.              Resolution #2017-18: FY2016-17 Year End Budget Revisions -

Staff recommends approval.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

SECONDER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

7.              Bid Award: 36 Inch Multifunction Plotter/Printer Machine -

This item is budgeted in the Planning & Zoning department capital outlays.  Staff recommends low bid for the HP Designjet T830 from Best Buy for Business @$5,318.99.

The motion to approve was for the low bid, HP Designjet T830.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

SECONDER:              James Ham, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

8.              Bid Award: Firefighter Physical Examinations -

Staffs recommends low bid, Urgent Care of Coastal Georgia.

The bid was awarded to low bid, Urgent Care of Coastal Georgia.

 

Councilman McClain asked if the Clinic could do these physicals; and was advised they never submitted a bid.

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Richard A. Winters, City Councilman

SECONDER:              James Ham, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

9.              Cancellation of December 25, 2017 City Council Meeting -

RESULT:              APPROVED [UNANIMOUS]

MOVER:              Charles Grayson Day Jr., Mayor Pro Tem

SECONDER:              James Ham, City Councilman

AYES:              Day Jr., Ham, McClain, Winters

             

XII.

Mayor and Council Announcement

The Mayor and City Council members wished everyone a Merry Christmas.

 

Councilman McClain thanked Mayor Smith for the Mayor's motorcade in Savannah and for all that he attends on behalf of the city.

             

XIII.

Adjourned

Councilman Winters made a motion to adjourn  Councilman Ham seconded the motion.  The motion carried.

 

The Council Meeting adjourned at 7:23 PM.

 

 

 

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Kenneth E. Smith, Sr., Mayor

 

 

ATTEST:

 

 

 

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Linda M. O'Shaughnessy, City Clerk