CLARKSTON CITY COUNCIL
Thursday, August 8, 2019
Mayor: Ted Terry
Council: YT Bell, Jamie Carroll, Andrea Cervone, Awet Eyasu, Ahmed Hassan,
City Manager: Robin I. Gomez
City Clerk: Tracy Ashby
City Attorney: Stephen Quinn
A. CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Terry called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
B. ROLL CALL/ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Present: YT Bell, Ahmed Hassan, Jamie Carroll
Absent: Awet Eyasu, Andrea Cervone, Mario Williams
C. ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS/ PRESENTATION
C1) Approve Minutes: Council Meeting 7-2-19 and Executive Session 7-30-19
Ahmed Hassan made a motion to approve the minutes for the Council Meeting on 7-2-19 and the Executive Session on 7-30-19. YT Bell seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (3, 0).
Awet Eyasu arrive 7:03pm.
C2) Introduce Clarkston New Hires: William Miller
The City Manager introduced and welcomed Detective William Miller
C3) 25 Year Service Presentation – James Steedle
LT Steedle was not able to attend due to a family emergency
C4) 20 Year Service Presentation – Corey Ford
The City Manager recognized Corey Ford for 20 years of service to Clarkston and presented the plaque.
C5) 10 Year Service Presentation – Criss Hudson
The City Manager recognized Chief Criss Hudson for 10 years of service to Clarkston and presented the plaque.
Andrea Cervone arrive 7:14 pm.
1) Planning & Zoning Report
Shawanna Qawiy reported the Planning & Zoning, along with the City Council, is in discussions to amend of section 707 NC2 moderate density neighborhood commercial to permit car dealerships under a conditional use permit application process. When the amending ordinance is ready, the City will advertise for required public hearings. The Cottages on Vaughan Street have scheduled a free informational session for August 17 from 10a-12p at Southface, 241 Pine Street in Atlanta. Ms. Qawiy advised interested attendees must register in advance and she provided the website. She reported the NAMB has submitted a conditional use permit 961 Rowland and 3673 Hill Street for construction of athletics fields and other athletic activities. This item will be hard at the 9-17-19 Planning & Zoning meeting and the 10-1-19 Council Meeting.
2) City Manager’s Report
Mr. Gomez commended Corey Ford for his dedicated employment in the time Mr. Gomez had been City Manager.
He provided the current financial report through July 31, 2019. Mr. Gomez discussed the status of Friendship Forest project. He reported that he looking to schedule another code enforcement town hall meeting in September. He provided information for the upcoming general election including the candidate qualifying dates and time as well as notification of a second polling site for 2019 due to increased registered voters.
He discussed the progress on the traffic islands on Norman road and the need for drivers to adhere to the 15 MPH speed limit.
3) City Attorney’s Report
The City Attorney reported on a prior inquiry that if a candidate had been a resident for more than a year, but had become a US citizen less than a year ago, they can qualify to run for council.
4) Council Remarks
YT Bell spoke on two conferences she recently attended.
Awet Eyasu discussed the events he attended in July.
Jamie Carroll encouraged residents to contact their Senators to permit keeping immigration above “zero.”
Andrea Cervone spoke on the success of the Tax and Arabic language seminars that was recently held.
5) Mayor’s Report
E. PUBLIC COMMENTS
Any member of the public may address the Council, during the time allotted for public comment. Each attendee will be allowed 3 minutes for comments at the discretion of the Presiding Officer. The public comment period will be limited to 40 minutes and it is not a time for dialogue. If your public comment contains a series of questions, please submit those to the City Clerk in writing. This will facilitate follow-up by the council or staff. The City Council desires to allow an opportunity for public comment; however, the business of the City must proceed in an orderly, timely manner.
Warren Hadlock addressed comments on recommendations by the CRC.
Debbie Gathman discussed issues with code enforcement/eggs sales.
Jamie Rosenthal reported on the urban agriculture activities.
Amy Medford spoke on the success of the NNO event and she voiced concerns with crosswalk safety, automobiles not stopping.
Amina Osman spoke on problems with crosswalk safety near the Dollar General.
Susan Hood spoke on the success of the NNO event and the status of the zoning rewrite.
Chris Busing expressed his support of edible landscapes and he discussed code issues.
Dean Moore spoke on code issues and the Historic Preservation Commission.
Mayor Terry closed the public comments.
F. CONSENT AGENDA
F1) Reschedule the November 5, 2019 Council Meeting and December 31, 2019 Work Session
F2) Amend Ordinance to allow for Increased Insurance Company annual license fee due to increased population base
Andrea Cervone made a motion to adopt/approve the Consent Agenda Items. YT Bell seconded the motion.
A vote was called and the motion failed/Not Unanimous (4- Yes: Andrea Cervone, YT Bell, Ahmed Hassan, Jamie Carroll, 1- ABSTAIN: Awet Eyasu). The City Attorney verified if the vote is not unanimous, the items would be taken separately.
Awet Eyasu made a motion to Reschedule rescheduling the November 5th Council Meeting to Thursday, November 7th and to reschedule the Tuesday, December 31 work session to Monday, December 30th. Andrea Cervone seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
Jamie Carroll made a motion to adopt the Ordinance to amend Chapter 11 of the City Code to adjust the annual license fee amount to be paid by insurance companies to $75. Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (4 -Yes: YT Bell, Ahmed Hassan, Jamie Carroll, Andrea Cervone, 1 -Abstain: Awet Eyasu).
G. OLD BUSINESS
H. NEW BUSINESS
H1) Approve the Redspeed Services Agreement
Mayor Terry stated the agreement had been discussed at the work session and that the system would be located at the Atlanta Area School for the Dead.
YT Bell made a motion to approve the Redspeed Services Agreement. Andrea Cervone seconded the motion.
Council dissuasion on the improvement to safety in the school area. The Mayor requested consideration of a traffic lottery to reward drivers who adhered to the speed limit. The City Attorney advised any “reward” must be ‘de minimis,’ (i.e. a small gift card or certificate).
A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
H2) Adopt revision to Chapter 18 (Traffic) to create Section 18-7 ‘Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety System’ for the Purpose of Authorizing the Use of Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety Device in School Zones
The City Attorney stated this ordinance mirrors the new state law that permits these types of cameras. It provides for an administrative review by the Code Officer and the Council can choose another staff member, such as the City Manager, to administer.
Jamie Carrol made a motion to adopt the revision to Chapter 18 (Traffic) to create Section 18-7 ‘Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety System’ for the Purpose of Authorizing the Use of Automated Traffic Enforcement Safety Device in School Zones. YT Bell seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
I. EXECUITVE SESSION
Andrea Cervone made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss a legal matter. Awet Eyasu seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
Andrea Cervone made a motion to adjourn the executive Session and to go into Open Session. Jamie Carroll seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
Awet Eyasu made a motion to adjourn the Council Meeting. YT Bell seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).