City of Porterdale

Minutes and Agenda

CITY OF PORTERDALE

CITY COUNCIL MEETING

MINUTES

FEBRUARY 6, 2017

6:30PM

Presiding over the meeting was Mayor Arline Chapman. In attendance were Council Members Terry Gray – Post 1, Linda Finger – Post 2, Timothy Savage – Post 3, Mike Harper – Post 4 and Lowell Chambers – Post 5. Also in attendance were Bob Thomson- City Manager, Tim Chambers – City Attorney and Josephine Kelly – Downtown Development Director

Agenda Item 1. Call to order
Mayor Arline Chapman called the meeting to order

 

Agenda Item 2. Invocation
The invocation was led by Mayor Arline Chapman


Agenda Item 3. Pledge of Allegiance

Mayor Chapman led the Pledge of Allegiance

 

Agenda Item 4. Awards, Recognitions, & Donations

There were no Awards, Recognitions or Donations

 

Agenda Item 5. Additional Agenda Items

Motion 1 - was made Council Member Linda Finger to add the discussion and approval of the Lease Agreement with Roth Wild Adventures for the Depot to the agenda and was seconded by Council Member Tim Savage.


Motion Passed Unanimously

Agenda Item 6. Approval of the Agenda Items


Motion 2 - was made by Council Member Linda Finger to approve the agenda and was seconded by Council Member Tim Savage.


Motion Passed Unanimously

 

Agenda Item 7. Budget Adjustments
None


Agenda Item 8.  Comprehensive Plan Update
There were no updates


Agenda Item 9. Approval of Minutes

 

Motion 3 - was made by Council Member Linda Finger to approve the minutes of January 9, 2017 and was seconded by Council member Tim Savage.


Motion Passed Unanimously

 

Agenda Item 10. Resolution for support of Annexation of Hwy 81/Washington St Property

Motion 4 – was made by Council Member Linda Finger to approve the resolution to support the Annexation of the Hwy 81/Washington St. Property and seconded by Council Member Tim Savage.

Motion Passed Unanimously

 

 

Agenda Item 11. First Reading of the Chicken and Yard Ordinance

TABLED

 

Agenda Item 12. Explorer Violator Lease - Public Finance Solutions

Motion 5
– was made Council Member Mike Harper to approve the lease with Public Finance Solutions for the Explorer Traffic Violator Explorer Vehicle and seconded by Linda Finger.


Motion Passed Unanimously

 

Agenda Item 14 Discussion and review of Roth Wild Adventure’s Lease of Porterdale Train Depot


Motion 6 – was made by Council Member Tim Savage to approve the lease for Porterdale Train Depot by Roth Wild Adventures for the amount of $250 a month, seconded by Terry Gray.


Motion Passed Unanimously

Agenda Item 15. Member Comments


City Clerk Update- Megan Reid (Absent in City Clerk Training)

Downtown Director- Josephine Kelly

  • Presented a written monthly report
  • The date of April 15, 2017 is proposed for a local Planning and Zoning Board Training
  • Requested the council’s approval to change the date of the Centennial Kick Off Ceremony to March 11


Police Chief- Jason Cripps

  • Presented written monthly report for Crimes and Incidents

City Manager- Bob Thomson

  • Discussed the possible change in schedule for the TEA Grant and the positive impact that this could have on the development of boxcar/restroom facility and the trailhead in 2018
  • Porterdale will learn in the coming weeks if it will receive the funding for the ADA Accessible Boat Ramp
  • Will begin monthly Finance Committee meetings to assess the status of the budget and the need for amendments


Mayor Arline Chapman

  • Shared with the council and staff of the importance of the next Special Local Option Sale Tax (SPLOST) Referendum but reminded the council and staff, Georgia law strictly prohibits elected officials advocating for the passage of the SPLOST. In any communication including Facebook, elected officials must preface they are speaking as a private citizen. The Covington/Newton Chamber of Commerce will be taking the lead on promoting the passing of the 2017 SPLOST.

Post 1- Terry Gray

  • Expressed her appreciation for being a part of the team to travel to Conservation Fund Workshop – Balancing Nature and Commerce in Rural Communities and Landscapes and specifically thanking Council Member Lowell Chambers and City Engineer Marty Boyd for help create a stronger understanding of the long-term plans for village

Post 2- Linda Finger

  • Nothing to report

Post 3- Tim Savage

  • Nothing to report

Post 4- Mike Harper

  • Requested a press release be created for the Explorer Traffic Violator vehicle/initiative

Post 5- Lowell Chambers

  • Noted that the Newton County Water Authority has had a strategy of implementing gradual rate increases and how this impacted the county’s rates.

 

Agenda Item 16. Public Comments not on the Agenda
None

 

The Meeting Adjourned at 7:30pm and Council went into Executive Session