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Council Minutes Tuesday, January 3, 2017

MINUTES
CLARKSTON CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday January 3, 2017
Officials Present
Mayor: Ted Terry
Council: Dean Moore, Mario Williams, Ahmed Hassan, Awet Eyasu, 
City Manager: Keith Barker 
City Clerk: Tracy Ashby 
City Attorney: Stephen Quinn
 
Mayor Terry called the meeting to order at 8:09pm.
 
Roll Call: Dean Moore, Mario Williams, Awet Eyasu, Ahmed Hassan, Beverly Burks
Pledge of Allegiance
 
C.  ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS/ PRESENTATION
C1) Amend the Agenda
Beverly Burks made a motion to amend the agenda to add item F2 (a) Public Hearing to Receive Public Comments on the proposed rezoning and move the rezoning to item F2 (b) and to add item F3 Approve Contract Municipal Court Solicitor with Christopher Diwan.  Awet Eyasu seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0). 
 
C2) Approve Minutes for 11/29/16 Special Session & 12/6/16 Council Meeting
Awet Eyasu made a motion to approve the minutes for the Special Session held 11/29/2016 and the Council Meeting held on December 6, 2016.  Dean Moore seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
 
C3) Council Elect Vice-Mayor 
Awet Eyasu made a motion to nominate Dean Moore to serve as Vice Mayor for 2017.  Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion.  No Discussion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
 
C4) Confirm City Attorney
Ahmed Hassan made a motion to confirm Stephen Quinn as the City Attorney.  Beverly Burks seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0). 
 
C5)  Confirm Auditor
Ahmed Hassan made a motion to confirm Mauldin & Jenkins as the City Auditor. Dean Moore seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the emotion carried (5. 0).
 
C6)  Confirm Planning & Zoning Committee Members
Mayor Terry advised he spoke with Planning & Zoning Committee member Jamie Carroll during the break and he gave a whole hearted endorsement of Felecia Weinert ad so the Mayor was happy to enter into nomination for the Planning and Zoning Board members Mr. Jaime Carroll, Mr. Birendra Dhakal and Ms. Felecia Weinert to serve a four (4) year term from January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2020.
Dean Moore made a motion to accept the recommendation.  Awet Eyasu seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
 
D. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Steven Kerry, Carole Park stated he was a new resident and had limited knowledge of the Charter issue, but felt it was a significant change that would affect future Mayor and he felt it might need more time to be reviewed and for the residents to understand the proposed changes.
Martha Brock, stated she did not feel the proposed change to alter the Mayor’s ability to call a special call meeting was necessary to be consistent with the City Manager form of government and she requested that change be removed.  She did not have issues with the other proposed changes. 
The Mayor closed the public comments.
 
E. OLD BUSINESS
E1)  Adopt Ordinance by the City of Clarkston to Amend the City Charter to be Consistent with the Council –Manager Form of Government and with State General Law
Mayor Terry stated there had been a lengthy discussion on this item in the work session.  Ahmed Hassan made a motion to adopt the Ordinance by the City of Clarkston to Amend the City Charter to be Consistent with the Council –Manager Form of Government and with State General Law.  Dean Moore seconded the motion.  Discussion. Mayor Terry supported the statement by Ms. Brock regarding the ability to call a special call meeting.  Awet Eyasu advised the change was due to the requirement for two council members to provide a motion and to second on an issue in order for any action to proceed.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
F.NEW BUSINESS
F1)  Approve City Manager Employment Contract Amendment
Dean Moore made a motion to approve the City Manager’s contract as amended.  Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion. Mario Williams discussed the overall extraordinary work performance of the City Managers in 2016. Awet Eyasu echoed similar sentiments on Mr. Barker’s performance and the tremendous workload that he manages and the expected increase with the streetscapes project.  Ahmed Hassan said he closely examines the financial aspects of the City and every penny is spent as prescribed and he appreciated his continuing to work for the City.  Beverly Burks stated Mr. Barker has done a great job including his outreach and networking with other government agencies. Mayor Terry discussed the evaluation process and requested copies of the council’s completed evaluations. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0). 
 
F2)  Rezoning (REZ-16-01) from I- Light Industrial to NR-CD Neighborhood Residential Community Development 
(a) Public Hearing to Receive Public Comments 
Beverly Burks made a motion to open the rezoning public hearing.  Awet Eyasu seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0). The Planning and Development Manager, Shawanna Qawiy provided an overview of the request. Applicant David J. Searles further discussed the request and explained that the election may affect the financing but that he was committed to gain the financing and build the project. Dean Moore addressed question on FOG. 
Mayor Terry asked for any public comment for or against the rezoning and variance request.
No Public comment.
Dean Moore stated this is the second public hearing and he was disappointed that residents are not participating in the process.
Martha Brock voiced a concern about spot zoning being permitted in the city. Mrs. Qawiy reported that both the adjacent apartment complex and business across the street are zoned the same. 
 
Awet Eyasu made a motion to close the public hearing.  Beverly Burks seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).  Public Hearing closed.
 
Mario Williams requested Mr. Searles speak further on the hardship piece for the variance requests. 
 
(b) Approve Rezoning (REZ-16-01) from I- Light Industrial to NR-CD Neighborhood Residential Community Development, Zoning Map Amendment and numerous variances (VAR-16-01) of property located at 3543 Clarkston Industrial Boulevard.
 
Mrs. Qawiy reported the three items the council would address are the rezoning request, to update the Zoning Map and approve the variances.
Dean Moore made a motion to approve the rezoning and to approve the zoning map change. Awet Eyasu seconded.  Dean Moore said he felt the council should wait to address the variance requests until there is more information about the driveway.  Mr. Searle said that they could not move forward with the project, if they did not have approval on the rezoning and the variances; that the project would effectively be dead. The Council agreed to discuss the variances.  Dean Moore withdrew the motion to approve the rezoning and to approve the zoning map change.
Beverly Burks made a motion approve to approve the rezoning and the zoning map and the various variances for 3543 Clarkston Industrial Boulevard.
Dean Moore asked for further information on the requested variances. Mario Williams clarified that the council wanted verification of the purpose for the requested variances to demonstrate a hardship. The requested variances from the requirements, as outlined in the NR-CD zoning district on the property located at 3543 Clarkston Industrial Boulevard (if applicable), are to increase the minimum building height, to reduce the minimum floor area, to reduce the minimum parking spaces, to reduce the unit sizes, and a reduction in the open space requirements. Mr. Searles discussed the need for approval of those variances. Further discussion on the variances as they relate to securing the project financing.
 
A vote was called for and the motion carried (5, 0).  
 
F3) Approve Contract for Municipal Court Solicitor Services with Christopher Diwan
The City Manager reported that the Solicitor approved by the Council at the December meeting has accepted a position as Assistant District Attorney that will preclude her from being able to serve in Clarkston.  Mr. Diwan was an applicant during the initial process and has been approved by the Public Safety Committee.  
Awet Eyasu made a motion to approve the contract for Municipal Court Solicitor Services with Christopher Diwan.  Dean Moore seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0). 
 
G.  REPORTS:  
1)  Planning & Zoning Report 
Shawanna Qawiy reported the Planning & Zoning Committee approved two sign applications for PS Asian Restaurant (926 Montreal Rd) and Amina Halal Pizza (3647 Market St), at their December Meeting.  
 
2) City Manager’s Report
The City Manager provide the Financial Report thru December 31, 2016. Mr. Barker reported that the City has been successful in receiving another Urban Land Institute Technical Assistance Grant to work on the Clarkston Town Center Redevelopment Plan. The PATH Foundation has gotten approval for the bicycle and pedestrian bridge over 285 and the City Manager will be working with Ed McBrayer on some of the right-of-way acquisitions in Clarkston. The City is set to begin Phase III of the Sidewalk Project to widen and improve the sidewalk on E Ponce from Market St to Montreal Rd and from W Smith St to Cobble Mill in January.  Mr. Barker provided an update of the streetscape project and the landscape project and monument sign installation at I-285. 
 
3)  City Attorney’s Report
Stephen Quinn stated that he would be preparing for a trial at the end of January and partner Bryan Downs would attend the February 2017 meeting. 
 
4)  Council Remarks
Dean Moore gave New Year good wishes and stated he looked forward to working with the Council in 2017.
Awet Eyasu wished everyone a Happy New Year and spoke on the success of the Clarkston Speaks survey conducted December 14th.
Ahmed Hassan wished Happy New Year.
Beverly Burks wished a Happy New Year. She provided the qualifying period dates for the Special Election and she encouraged anyone interested in civic engagement to qualify. 
 
5)  Mayor’s Report
Mayor Terry thanked the members of the public that attended the meeting. He discussed some of the successes and community outreach for 2016. 
 
Dean Moore made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Awet Eyasu seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
Meeting adjourned 9:43pm.
 
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