City of Porterdale

Minutes and Agenda

Minutes of the Meeting

June 3, 2013

 

Presiding over the meeting was Mayor Arline Chapman.  In attendance were Council Members Anita Rainey – Post 1, Linda Finger- Post 2, Tim Savage – Post 3, and Lowell Chambers, Post 5.  Also in attendance were the City Attorney, Tim Chambers, City Clerk, Megan Reid, and the City Manager, Bob Thomson. Mike Harper – Post 4was absent.

 

Agenda Item 1 - Call to order

Mayor Arline Chapman called the meeting to order.

 

Agenda Item 2 – Invocation

The invocation was led by Mayor Chapman.

 

Agenda Item 3 - Pledge of Allegiance 

Mayor Chapman led the Pledge of Allegiance.

 

Agenda Item 4 – Awards, Recognitions, & Donations

 

 

Agenda Item 5- Additional Agenda Items

 

None

 

Agenda Item 6 - Approval of the Agenda

Motion 1 - made by Linda Finger to approve the agenda and seconded by Anita Rainey.

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

Agenda Item 7- Approval of minutes-

 

Motion 2 – was made by Council Member Tim Savage to approve the Regular Council Meeting Minutes from May 6, 2013 and seconded by Council Member Lowell Chambers.

 

Motion carried 3-1 and Council Member Linda Finger voting nay.

 

Agenda Item 8- Water and Sewer Rate Increase Resolution

 

Resolution read aloud by City Attorney, Tim Chambers.

 

City Clerk, Megan Reid, explained the proposed changes.

 

Motion 3- was made by Council Member Savage to approve the Resolution Increasing the Water and Sewer Rates and was seconded by Council Member Rainey.

 

Motion carried 3-0-1 and Council Member Linda Finger Abstained.

 

Agenda Item 9 – Gymnasium Special Event Ordinance

 

 

Read aloud by City Attorney, Tim Chambers.

 

Motion 4 was made by Council Member Finger to approve the 1st and 2nd Reading if the Gymnasium Special Event Ordinance and was seconded by Council Member Rainey.

 

Discussion: In Section A Paragraph 1, “Individuals attending the city-sponsored event may bring wine and/or malt beverages to event in sealed containers, to be opened only inside the Porter Memorial Gymnasium” the Council added “Individuals attending the city-sponsored event may bring wine and/or malt beverages to event in the original sealed containers, to be opened only inside the Porter Memorial Gymnasium.” In Section A Paragraph 2, the Council agreed to change the wording from “Bottles of wine must be securely resealed, and placed in an opaque container or cooler before leaving the Gymnasium.” to “Bottles of wine must be securely resealed in their original container, and placed in an opaque container or cooler before leaving the Gymnasium.”

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

Agenda Item 10- Disbanding DDA- According to City Attorney Chambers, no action is necessary as the DDA is inactive. The DDA cannot be disbanded since it is mandatory by the State of Georgia for every city to have a DDA.

 

Agenda Item 11- Member Comments:

 

  • City Clerk Update- Megan Reid- No Comment
  • Fire Chief- Ron Savage- Statistics handout distributed
  • Police Chief- Geoff Jacobs- Citizens Police Academy had a mock trial including Porterdale Municipal Court Judge, Kim Degonia as the Judge, and Newton County Magistrate Judge John Degonia as the defense attorney, and Porterdale Municipal Court Solicitor, Robert Piccarreto as the District Attorney. This week they will be touring the Covington-Newton 911 Center and next week there will be a graduation ceremony. Update on Doug Clifton’s house fire. 
  • City Manager- Reminder of the June 11, 2013 Work Session, Robert Piccarreto will be here to answer code enforcement questions. City Hall will be working on a chart of common code enforcement violations and should have it completed by the work session.
  • Mayor Arline Chapman- Wishes everyone a wonderful summer.
  • Post 1- Anita Rainey- No Comment
  • Post 2- Linda Finger- No Comment
  • Post 3- Tim Savage- No Comment
  • Post 4- Mike Harper- Absent
  • Post 5- Lowell Chambers- Would like to see some of the temporary signs that have been up for more than a year and are in need of repair to be taken down. For example, the real estate signs on Megan Court selling the basement lots are worn and tattered and there are some signs at the Shell Gas Station that need to be taken down.

Agenda Item 17– Public Comments 

 

Robert Clay, Newton County Resident-

Mr. Clay spoke on behalf of Amber and Susan Crowder of 24 Pine Street. Had a complaint regarding parking. After much discussion, City Manager, Bob Thomson agreed to meet with Ms. Amber Crowder to find a solution.

 

 

Agenda Item 13 - Executive Session- Not needed

 

 

Agenda Item 14- Adjournment

Motion 12 was made by Council Member Linda Finger to adjourn and seconded by Council Member Tim Savage. 

 

Motion carried unanimously.

 

 

Read and adopted in the regular meeting of the City Council held on this 1st day of July, 2013.