CLARKSTON CITY COUNCIL
Thursday, November 7, 2019
Mayor: Ted Terry
Council: YT Bell, Jamie Carroll, Andrea Cervone, Awet Eyasu,
Ahmed Hassan, Mario Williams
City Manager: Robin I. Gomez
City Clerk: Tracy Ashby
City Attorney: Stephen Quinn
- CALL TO ORDER
Mayor Terry called the meeting to order at 7:00pm.
- ROLL CALL/ PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE
Present: YT Bell, Awet Eyasu, Ahmed Hassan, Andrea Cervone, Jamie Carroll Mario Williams
- ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS/ PRESENTATION
C1) Approve Minutes: Council Meeting 10-3-2019 and Special Call 10-16-19
Jamie Carroll made a motion to approve the minutes for the 10-3-2019 Council Meeting and Special Call 10-16-19 Special Call Meeting. Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
C2) Present Clarkston Investigator Award: Officer Ryan Koirala
Assistant Chief Harry Hess read the citation and presented the certificate for Clarkston Investigator Award to Officer Ryan Koirala.
Mayor Terry stated that several items on the new business section of the agenda had been discussed in detail in the work session and perhaps do not need additional discussion, the council would entertain a motion to add a consent agenda. Jamie Carrol made a motion to amend the agenda to add a consent agenda for item G1, G4, and G5.
YT Bells seconded the motion. The City Attorney advised that item G4 is a contract that requires a separate motion. Jamie Carrol amended his motion to be for items G1 and G5. YT Bells seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
1) Planning & Zoning Report
Shawanna Qawiy reported the next meeting is scheduled for November 19 and 3 items will likely be deferred to the December 17 meeting. She discussed the vacancy on the Planning & Zoning board and the pending vacancy for the Historic Preservation board.
2) City Manager’s Report
Mr. Gomez discussed the upcoming events around the City. He provided the October 31, 2019 Financial Report. Discussion on the status and projected completion dates for Friendship Forest and the Market Street downtown area.
3) City Attorney’s Report
4) Council Remarks
YT Bell discussed her meeting attendances specifically around mental and reproductive health issues.
Awet Eyasu discussed his meeting activities during the month.
Jamie Carroll congratulated the winners of the November election and he thanked Mario Williams and Andrea Cervone for their City service.
Andrea Cervone spoke her meeting activities during the month. She spoke on the success of the pumpkin carving event. She reported on a grant she successfully applied for under the Southeast Sustainability Directors Network. She congratulated the winner s of the election.
5) Mayor’s Report
Mayor Terry discussed the speed tables being installed on Mell Avenue and the ongoing request by other neighborhoods for additional traffic calming measures. He encouraged attendance of the Indian Creek elementary ground breaking. He congratulated Awet Eyasu, Laura Hopkins and Debra Johnson on their election win. He thanked Council Members Mario Williams and Andrea Cervone for their diligent work on the council.
- 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.
Chris Busing congratulated the election winners and he spoke on a pending legal case.
Amina Osman spoke on providing food to area neighbors.
Pat Davis-Morris questioned if the Market Street survey error will result in a change to those plans. Mr. Gomez stated there was an elevation error and the street would be level and safe to walk.
Katie Jones stated the Orpheus brewery did a presentation and Kitty Murray was awarded a prize.
Mayor Terry closed the public comments.
- OLD BUSINESS
- NEW BUSINESS
Jamie Carroll made a motion to approve the Consent Agenda which is Items G1 and G5. Awet Eyasu seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
G1) Approve Stockholder Change Request for MPC Inc DBA Strokers Club Alcohol license application
G5) Adopt Resolution to Oppose Georgia Power Company Rate Increases
G2) PUBLIC HEARING: Amend the Clarkston Zoning Ordinance to Allow Automobile Dealerships as a Conditional Use within the NC-2 Moderate Density Neighborhood Commercial District
Mayor Terry read the narrative of the item and that the Planning & Zoning Committee recommended denial of the amendment. There are no speakers in support of the amendment and there are two speakers in opposition. Mayor Terry read the rules of conduct for the public hearing.
SUPPORT: No speakers
Dean Moore spoke in opposition of the text amendment change.
Brian Medford spoke in opposition of the text amendment change.
Mayor Terry closed the public hearing.
Awet Eyasu made a recommendation to reduce the number of permitted automobiles from fifteen (15) to ten (10) cars maximum. Discussion on what would constitute conditional use permit application criteria and the City Attorney clarified any application would be a case by case basis with council approval required. Discussion if this item could be held for a zoning ordinance rewrite and the City Attorney stated yes. Discussion that the council can deny applications that are deemed inappropriate or unbeneficial to the City.
Awet Eyasu made a motion to amend the Clarkston Zoning Ordinance to Allow Automobile Dealerships as a Conditional Use within the NC-2 Moderate Density Neighborhood Commercial District with the change of a maximum of 10 motor vehicles may be stored and/or offered for sale at the location at any time and the location must meet the minimum lot size of _2,400 SF. Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (4 -Yes: YT Bell, Awet Eyasu, Ahmed Hasan, Andrea Cervone, 2 -Abstain: Jamie Carroll, Mario Williams).
G3) Amend Chapter 16 of the City Code, regarding streets, sidewalks and other public ways, to add new Article III regulating Special Events
Mr. Gomez reported that this is to codify the process for special event permits where the larger number of participants and trash, debris issues may impact the community. Stephen Quinn advised the criteria for requiring a special events permit is the number of participants, currently listed as 100 and the event is planned to at least partially occur on public property. Further discussion on how alcohol permits are addressed.
YT Bell made a motion to Amend Chapter 16 of the City Code, regarding streets, sidewalks and other public ways, to add new Article III regulating Special Events. Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
G4) Approve Clarkston Residents Speak Pilot program
Andrea Cervone detailed the proposed program for 6 council meetings, native speakers will address comments during public comments, with translation and daycare services being provided to facilitate their attendance.
Awet Eyasu made a motion to approve the Clarkston Residents Speak Pilot program and direct the City Manager to approve and sign a contract for $4,880. Andrea Cervone seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).
G6) Planning & Zoning Board Vacancy Appointment
The Mayor had no nomination for the Planning & Zoning Committee seat. The City Attorney clarified that until the Mayor had a nomination, the item should not appear on the agenda.
Awet Eyasu made a motion to adjourn the Council Meeting. Ahmed Hassan seconded the motion. A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).