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Council Minutes Tuesday May 3, 2016

MINUTES
CLARKSTON CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday May 3, 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: Stephen Quinn
 
Mayor Ted Terry called the meeting to order at 7:30pm.
Roll Call: Dean Moore, Ahmed Hassan, Awet Eyasu, Beverley Burks 
Absent: Robert Hogan, Mario Williams
Pledge of Allegiance
 
PRESENTATION/ ADMINISTRIVE BUSINESS:
C1)  Approve Council Minutes for 4-5-2016 Council Meeting
Awet Eyasu made a motion to approve the Council minutes from the April 5, 2016. Beverly Burks seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (4, 0).
 
PUBLIC COMMENTS
Matt Campbell spoke on support for a new proposed safety rule requiring two (2) crew workers on all trains.
 
Seth Tepur spoke on the Friday Chattahoochee Country dancers at the CCC and encouraged the residents to attend. 
 
Jason Wells spoke in support of “vaping.”
 
Representative spoke to request allowing an End Domestic Violence Event in Clarkston.
 
Jeremy Dollar spoke on the economic benefits of vape shops.
 
John O’Connor spoke in support of vaping shops in Georgia.
 
Kim Ault spoke on issues of gangs and bullying in local schools.
 
Joe Smith spoke in support of education on vaping. 
 
OLD BUSINESS
None
 
NEW BUSINESS
F1)  Approve Retail Package Alcohol License application - Clarkston Food Mart, Brockett Rd
Mr. Barker detailed that Clarkston Food Mart, located at 1305 Brockett Road, has recently had an ownership changes and they have submitted an application to consider retail alcohol package beer/wine and malt beverages.  The location previously operated coam and due to the Georgia Supreme Court’s ruling on March 21, 2016 which preempts the City’s existing amendment to the Alcohol Ordinance restricting coam machines, application has been made for alcohol.  
 
The new owner of the Clarkston Food Mart has made application for an alcohol beverage, license for Beer/Wine/Malt beverages for retail package sales. To date: all of the required inspections have been performed and passed as well as all of the required background checks. Location meets minimum distances as defined by the Code. The ARC has performed a thorough review of the various components to this application.
 
Awet Eyasu made a motion to approve the retail alcohol package beer/wine/malt beverages license for Clarkston Food mart, 1305 Brockett Road.  Beverly Burks seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (4, 0).
 
F2)  Adoption of Section 708 Town Center (TC) Zoning District Text Amendment
Awet Eyasu made a motion to table the item until the June 7, 2016 Council Meeting.  Beverly Burks seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (4, 0). 
  
F3)  Refer Study of Benefits of Creating a Traffic Calming Policy to the Transportation Committee
Mayor Terry explained that Clarkston City Officials have periodically received requests from citizens to install traffic calming structures on residential streets. The City of Clarkston does not currently have a policy by which these requests may be vetted and addressed. Most policies include requirements to verify the need for installation of traffic calming structures.
Beverly Burks made a motion to Refer the Study of Benefits of Creating a Traffic Calming Policy to the Transportation Committee.  Dean Moore seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (4, 0).
 
REPORTS
1) Planning & Zoning Report
The Planning and Development Manager, Shawanna Qawiy reported that the Planning & Zoning Committee approved a sign permit for 1382 Brockett Rd, Chevron, to effect repairs.  She updated the Council that TSW is working on the draft on the Comprehensive Plan 2040 for the Council’s review at the June meeting.  
 
2)  City Manager’s Report
Mr. Barker reported on the current budget status thru April 30, 2016. He provided an update on the Streetscape Project and that ROW acquisition is about to commence and letters have been sent to all affected property owners.  The letters provide notice that ROW agents will be contacting them in the near future and inviting all impacted property owners to attend pre-acquisition property owners meeting on May 24th at the CCC.   The project is on track to hold the final Field Plan Review in October. Currently the City Manager anticipates the project contract to be put out for bid in May of 2017. The Milam Pool Opening will be Friday, May 27 with an event party from 11am-2pm and free admission the full first day.
 
3)  City Attorney’s Report
No Report
 
4)  Council Remarks
Dean Moore reported the AJC has advertised a cleanup event at Brannon Hills and he encouraged residents and council to participate.
Awet Eyasu reported the Intergovernmental Relations and Marketing Committee held their first meeting on April 13. He attended a meeting on April 15 with the Mayor and City Manager with a European delegation. He attended both April 22 and 26th Public Safety Committee meetings. 
 
Ahmed Hassan stated Brannon Hills is attempting to clean their location and he encouraged the City council to attend the event. 
 Beverly Burks stated she attended the Welcoming America conference with information on how to be a more welcoming location to immigrants and refugee populations. They will focus on Welcoming Week in September and the Community Committee will review how Clarkston can be a more welcoming city, not just for the refugee population, but as a whole. She reported on April 24 she along with the NAACP/DeKalb County and Asian Americans Advancing Justice hosted the Candidates forum for District 4 and District 6, the Tax Commissions and the CEO attend the event at the CCC.
 
5)  Mayor’s Report- 
Mayor Terry provided an update on the progress with making the PATH a contiguous route. 
 
Awet Eyasu made a motion to adjourn the Council Meeting.  Beverly Burks seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (4, 0). 
 
Meeting adjourned 8:34pm. 
 
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