CLARKSTON CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, October 1, 2019
Mayor: Ted Terry
Council: YT Bell, Jamie Carroll, Andrea Cervone, Awet Eyasu,
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, Awet Eyasu, Ahmed Hassan
Absent: Mario Williams, Jamie Carroll
Andrea Cervone arrived 7:04p
Jamie Carroll arrived 7:16p
Mayor Terry recognized Ms. Betty Amin who discussed the American Disabilities Act and the upcoming Welcoming Community Dialogue Summit scheduled for 10-24-19. She encouraged residents to attend. Mayor Terry said the City would draft a proclamation and present it on the day of the event.
C. ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS/ PRESENTATION
C1) Approve Minutes: Council Meeting 9-3-2019 and Executive Session 9-24-19
Ahmed Hassan made a motion to approve the minutes for the Council Meeting 9-3-2019 and Executive Session 9-24-19. Awet Eyasu seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (4, 0).
C2) Introduce New Hire: Marcus Gay Jr
The City Manager introduced Clarkston new hire Public Works employee Marcus Gay.
C3) 25 Year Service Presentation – James Steedle
Chief Hudson recognized James Steedle for 25 years of service to Clarkston and presented the plaque.
C4) Recognize Clarkston Officers: Sgt. Haygood, Sgt. Bulcher, Ofc. Fountain, Sgt. Trumble, Det. Priest,
Det. Miller, Sgt. Sparks, Ofc. Brand
Clarkston Assistant Chief Hess read the citation letters and presented the certificates to Sgt. Haygood, Sgt. Bulcher, Ofc. Fountain, Sgt. Trumble, Det. Priest, Det. Miller, Sgt. Sparks, Ofc. Brand for efforts regarding two murder cases. Sgt. Trumble, Det. Priest and Det. Miller were also presented with the Investigator Award.
C5) Presentation: Urban Agriculture Consulting Update
Jamie Rosenthal gave a presentation on his current activities under urban agriculture and his proposal for service in 2020.
1) Planning & Zoning Report
Shawanna Qawiy reported a conditional use permit (CUP) has been submitted by the NAMB for 961 Rowland St and 3673 Hill St have requested a full cycle deferment until the 11-19-19 Planning & Zoning Meeting. The Planning & Zoning Committee will hear at the 10-15-19 meeting, the text amendments for NC2 zoning to permit auto dealerships with a conditional use permit request. The DeKalb Homelessness Symposium, scheduled for 10-11-19, has request Clarkston present on the Cottage Home ordinance as an alternative to housing options.
2) City Manager’s Report
Mr. Gomez discussed the importance of the census and provided an update. He provided the September 30, 2019 Financial Report. He provided an update of the streetscape project, the SPLOST program and Friendship Forest project.
3) City Attorney’s Report
4) Council Remarks
YT Bell reported on attending the Learning Between Justice Alliance.
Awet Eyasu discussed his attendance of Georgia State job fair which was well attended by job seekers and hiring companies. He enjoyed the Clarkston Library’s presentation on Gentrification and the Clarkston High School Gardening event.
Andrea Cervone spoke on the Ethiopian New Year event she attended and the full events of “Welcoming Week” and the Civic Dinner held at the Community Center. She stated that StartME application process is open for promising local small businesses for training and grant opportunities. On October 30 the City is hosting the Great Clarkston Pumpkin Patch to be held at Refuge Coffee and she discussed the planned activities.
5) Mayor’s Report
Mayor Terry spoke on his attendance at the Clarkston High School Garden Day.
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 questioned the status of the Charter Review Committees proposed updates. He requested the Urban Agricultural proposal should be handled as an RFP with a scope of service and that the proposed cost is not affordable by the city.
Susan Hood echoed that the proposed $96K for urban agricultural service should be addressed under a RFP process.
Brian Medford thanked the public works for the great job of clearing overgrowth on his street.
Pat Davis-Morris commended Public Works for their current work and she asked the Council be mindful of their current workload before considering adding to those duties under the urban agriculture proposal.
Amina Osman expressed a concern on the debris on Rogers Street.
Mayor Terry closed the public comments.
F. OLD BUSINESS
G. NEW BUSINESS
G1) Approve Application for Beer/Wine/Distilled Spirits Alcohol-Biryani Point 3647 Market Street
The Mayor stated the Beer/Wine/Distilled Spirits Alcohol application for Biryani Point had been discussed at length in the work session.
Jamie Carroll made a motion to approve the Application for Beer/Wine/Distilled Spirits Alcohol-Biryani Point 3647 Market Street. YT Bell seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (4- Yes: YT Bell, Jamie Carroll, Andrea Cervone, Awet Eyasu, 1-Abstain: Ahmed Hassan).
G2) Adopt a Resolution to Establish the Clarkston Environmental Trust and to Designate a $40,000 Contribution Owed by Oak Hall Companies, LLC, as the Initial Donation to Said Trust
The Mayor stated this item had been discussed at the work session and the item would establish the Clarkston Environmental Trust and designate a $40,000 Contribution to the Trust.
Andrea Cervone made a motion to adopt a Resolution to Establish the Clarkston Environmental Trust and to designate a $40,000 Contribution Owed by Oak Hall Companies, LLC. YT Bell seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
G3) Adopt Irrevocable Environmental Trust Agreement
Mayor Terry stated this the item to adopt the Irrevocable Trust Agreement.
YT Bell made a motion to Adopt Irrevocable Environmental Trust Agreement to designate a $40,000 Contribution Owed by Oak Hall Companies, LLC, as the Initial Donation to the Trust. Andrea Cervone seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
G4) Adopt Resolution Establishing A Health Task Force
The Mayor stated that Mr. Sayed had reported at the work session on the timeline for the program.
Awet Eyasu made a motion to Adopt Resolution Establishing a Health Task Force. Andrea Cervone seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
G5) Planning & Zoning Board Vacancy Appointment
Mayor Terry stated the City had received two applications and at the Work Session he had said he would nominate Ms. Hood, but he has since had Council members and the public request to extend the application period for another month. Ms. Hood requested that her application be withdrawn from consideration. The Mayor stated he is not taking any action on this item at this meeting.
G6) Approve a Resolution Extending the Moratorium on Demolition of Structures within the Potential Historic District of the City
Mayor Terry restated the item and that it was discussed during the work session. The Council desires to give the Historic Preservation Commission the necessary time to receive their training and to hold public meetings to discuss the potential historic c district. .
Awet Eyasu made a motion to approve a Resolution Extending the Moratorium on Demolition of Structures within the Potential Historic District of the City January 29, 2020. Jamie Carroll seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).
G7) Approve Mell St Traffic Calming Speed Humps Agreement
Mayor Terry stated there had been two bids received and he questioned if reducing the number of speed tables from three to two would affect the bids submitted. Mr. Kaiser stated the overall dollar amount would be reduced for the approved vendor and would be stipulated in the contract for the approved vendor. Discussion on placing speed tables in other locations in the city.
Jamie Carroll made a motion to approve A & S Paving bid for Speed Tables on Mell Avenue with the one amendment that instead of three (3) speed tables it will be for two (2) speed tables on the upper half of Mell, closer to East Ponce. .Awet Eyasu 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).