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Council Minutes, Tuesday July 5, 2016,

MINUTES
CLARKSTON CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday July 5, 2016 
 
Officials Present
Mayor: Ted Terry
Council: Dean Moore, Mario Williams, Awet Eyasu, Ahmed Hassan Robert Hogan, Beverley Burks, 
City Manager: Keith Barker 
City Clerk: Tracy Ashby 
City Attorney: Bryan Downs
 
Mayor Ted Terry called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
Roll Call: Dean Moore, Awet Eyasu, Beverley Burks, Ahmed Hassan, Robert Hogan, Mario Williams
 
Pledge of Allegiance
 
PRESENTATION/ ADMINISTRIVE BUSINESS:
C1)  Recognize Intern -Thomas Weldemichael
Finance Director Dan Defnall recognized Thomas Weldemichael for serving an Internship Program with the City of Clarkston. 
 
C2)  Mayor Terry opened the floor for a motion to adopt a consent agenda for items F6, F7, F8, F9 and F14. 
Beverly Burks made a motion to amend the agenda to adopt a consent agenda for items F6, F7, F8, F9 and F14. Awet Eyasu seconded the motion. A vote was called for and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
CONSENT AGENDA
F6)  Approve Georgia Department of Transportation Title VI Assurances Document
F7)  Approve Georgia Department of Transportation Nondiscrimination Agreement
F8)  Approve Contract for Acquisition of Right of Way Federal or State–Aid Project Non-Reimbursable with Georgia Department of Transportation Project: CSHPP-0007(613) 
F9)  Approve Resolution for Acquisition of Right of Way Federal or State–Aid Project Non-Reimbursable with Georgia Department of Transportation Project: CSHPP-0007(613)
F14)  Approve Resolution to Amend Professional Services Procurement Policy Manual
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS 
Tracy Bishop voiced concerns on local children harassing and killing the geese at the lake.
Representatives on Cannabis Reform provided comments on the proposed change to the Marijuana Ordinance.
 
C3) Approve Council Minutes for 7-5-2016 Council Meeting
Awet Eyasu made a motion to approve the Council minutes from the July 5, 2016 meeting. Beverly Burks seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
OLD BUSINESS
None
 
NEW BUSINESS
F1)  Millage Rate 2016 Adoption - Presentation & Public Hearing to take comment on the proposed 2016 millage rate.
The City Manager gave a power point presentation on the proposed 2016 Millage rate. 
 
Public Hearing – Mayor Terry opened the Public Hearing to take public comment on the 2016 Millage Rate.
No Public Comments.
 
Ahmed Hassan, Chair of the Finance Committee, recommended that the Council adopt the millage rate of 15.89 mills. 
Awet Eyasu made a motion to adopt 15.89 as the millage rate for 2016. Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
F2)  Resolution to raise the minimum wage for Clarkston City Government Employees to $15.00 an Hour
Awet Eyasu stated that it was important for the City to offer a “livable wage” for its employees.  He hoped that other cities would consider examining their current minimum wage and consider raising the wage to a livable standard.
 
Robert Hogan made a motion to approve the resolution raising the Clarkston Minimum Wage to $15 per hour.  Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0). 
 
F3)  Public Hearing on the Clarkston 2040 Comprehensive Plan Update
Mayor Terry opened the Public Hearing to take public comment on the proposed Clarkston 2040 Comprehensive Plan. 
No public comment. Mayor Terry closed the public hearing.
 
F4)  Adopt Section 708 Town Center (TC) Zoning District Text Amendment
The City Manager advised of the process for the Town Center Amendment.
Dean Moore made a motion to accept the Town Center Amendment Ordinance with the elimination of the grass paving systems and the impervious parking areas in the Town Center and the NC2, but to use pervious surfaces for paving. Robert Hogan seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
F5)  SPLOST IGA & Project List
Mario Williams made a motion to table the SPLOST IGA and Project list until a date for a call session is determined. Dean Moore seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
F10) Discuss “Welcoming Week” 2016
Beverly Burks discussed the City recognizing National Welcoming Week for September 16-25, 2016.
Mayor Terry read the resolution.
Beverly Burks made a motion to adopt the Welcoming resolution. Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
F11)  Adopt Resolution to Authorize a half day off for Election Day 
Beverly Burks detailed the process of reviewing the resolution and reaching a compromise to encourage voting among city staff. 
 
Dean Moore made a motion to send to Committee allowing all City residents to vote in municipal elections. Discussion.  Mario Williams clarified that Councilman Moore request to amend the agenda to add an item to request the Public Safety Committee study this item.
Mario Williams made a motion to approve the resolution authorizing a half day holiday for employees to vote.  Beverly Burks seconded the motion. 
Discussion 
 
A vote was called and the motion carried (4 – Yes, Beverly Burks, Awet Eyasu, Ahmed Hassan, Mario Williams, 2-No, Dean Moore, Robert Hogan). 
 
F12)  Adopt Smoking Ordinance
Mario Williams stated this is an ordinance to prohibit indoor smoking with prohibition for vaping.  The ordinance proposes a two year sunset for all hookah lounges and a consideration to provide the same two year sunset for adult entertainment establishments.  Councilman Williams stated the need to table this item to allow for additional discussions with the City Attorney and to provide an opportunity for the potential affected businesses to speak on this matter.
 
Mario Williams made a motion to table this item until the August Council Meeting.  Beverly Burks seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
F13)  Adopt Marijuana Ordinance
Mario Williams stated the issue was raised to the council by residents who had received citations and had received varying fine rates. After several meetings on this issue the Public Safety Committee determined they could regulate the fine amount to $75.00.  Council Williams reported that under Georgia Law, Police officers have discretion to arrest on this charge but that the City will encourage it’s officers not to arrest on this offense. Dean Moore read the ordinance. 
 
Awet Eyasu made a motion to adopt the ordinance.  Mario Williams seconded motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0). 
 
F15)  Approve Memorandum of Agreement with Georgia Dept. of Transportation for Roadway Enhancement & Beautification Grant
Mr. Barker detailed that the City submitted a grant proposal to the GDOT Roadside Enhancement and Beautification Council in November 2015. The grant amount requested was $50,000. The City received notification that our grant proposal had been funded for the maximum amount. 
 
In order to accept the grant, the City must approve the MOA and agree to the stipulations contained therein. If approved by the City Council, the City has 90 days to submit final plans to the GDOT District Office for a Special Encroachment Permit. Copies of the Landscape Plan must be submitted for review and approval. Additionally, the City will be required to execute a Right Of Way Mowing and Maintenance Agreement with GDOT, which will transfer all maintenance of the off ramp to Clarkston.  
 
$25,000 has been included in the FY 2016 budget to cover expenses related to plan development, engineering services and permitting fees. $75,000 will be appropriated in the FY 2017 budget to complete the landscaping and construct the monument. 
 
Beverly Burks made a motion to approve the Memorandum of Agreement with Georgia Dept. of Transportation for Roadway Enhancement & Beautification Grant.  Dean Moore seconded the motion.
A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
F16)  Approve Moratorium on New Retail Package Alcohol Applications  
Mario Williams stated that the Council has concerns on the number of retail package stores within the small geographical boundaries of Clarkston.  The Public Safety and Legal committee wishes to review and consider distance and zoning requirements for future retail package alcohol applications and a moratorium until October 6, 2016 is proposed to allow time to study this issue. 
Ahmed Hassan made a motion to approve the setting of a moratorium on alcohol package applications until October 6, 2016.  Dean Moore seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
F17) Approve Resolution to send to Legal Committee a Study for all city residents’ ability to vote in municipal elections
Dean Moore made a motion to send the question of all residents voting in municipal elections to the Legal Committee.  Mario Williams seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
Attorney Bryan Downs noted that there was a resolution for the Council to approve for the moratorium on Alcohol Retail Package moratorium. Dean Moore read the resolution.
Dean Moore made a motion to adopt the resolution.  Awet Eyasu seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
 
REPORTS
1) Planning & Zoning Report
No Report  
 
2)  City Manager’s Report
Mr. Barker reported on the financial status for end of June 2016. He advised that the Police Department will hold its second Coffee with a Cop event at Maraki Coffee on July 12.  The tree and shrub installation on Church Street is complete and there will be hydroseed placed on the bare areas. 
 
3)  City Attorney’s Report
No Report
 
4)  Council Remarks
Beverly Burks reported on the first Coffees with Charities and they intend to meet bi-monthly as a networking and educational process. She enjoyed the GMA Conference and appreciated the education that the program provided.  Councilwoman Burks asked the Council to recognize Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority by Proclamation.  
 
Robert Hogan reported on the benefits of the GMA Conference training for the City. Councilman Hogan presented a Commemorative Letter Opener that was presented by the Portuguese Delegation that visited Clarkston. He recognized that today is the last day of Ramadan. 
 
Awet Eyasu discussed the training opportunity provided at the GMA Convention.
 
Dean Moore reported on his training at the convention and that he was honored with a plaque at the convention for completion of 42 training hours.  
 
Beverly Burks read the Proclamation honoring Alpha Kappa Alpha.
 
5)  Mayor’s Report- 
Due to the lengthy meeting Mayor Terry held his report.
 
ADJOURNMENT: 
Awet Eyasu made a motion to adjourn the Council Meeting.  Robert Hogan seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0). 
Meeting adjourned. 
 
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