City Council Meeting Minutes 3-27-2020



Friday, March 27, 2020

Officials Present by Teleconference

Vice- Mayor:               Awet Eyasu   
Council:                       YT Bell,
Jamie Carroll, Laura Hopkins, Debra Johnson,
City Manager:             Robin I. Gomez
City Clerk:                  Tracy Ashby
City Attorney:             Stephen Quinn


Vice Mayor Awet Eyasu called the meeting to order.

Awet Eyasu, YT Bell, Jamie Carroll, Laura Hopkins, Debra Johnson



Laura Hopkins made a motion to amend the agenda to add activating the Clarkston Health Task Force and appoint a City Council Member to the Task Force.  Jamie Carroll seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).

D1) Amend and extend the Clarkston Resolution 2020-009 Emergency Measures to Prevent the Spread Of the Novel Corona Virus by Prohibiting Gatherings of 10 or More People, Prohibiting Dining at Restaurants and Establishing Regulations for Take-Out Or Delivery of Food.

Awet Eyasu read the purpose to consider amending and extending the previously adopted resolution. The resolution would be to declare an emergency in connection with the COVID-19 Pandemic; to enact emergency measures to prevent the spread of the novel corona virus by requiring that residents shall stay at home or place of residence and that non-essential businesses shall temporarily cease activities; prohibiting gatherings; and providing for related matters.

The City Attorney provided a summary of the provisions of each section of the resolution. Discussion on the businesses that would be defined as essential and the requirements for their operations during the time period for this order, April 13. 2020.  The resolution prohibited any gatherings of people, for the city’s parks residents are prohibited from touching surface/playground equipment, etc. Discussion on including when the order would become effective, essential activities including exercise, the public health risks associated with amusement machine operations and adding a curfew for the order.

Public Comment via teleconference:

(Public Comment) Owner for Dawit Tax questioned what activities are permitted by businesses and the City Attorney provided details for operations.  

(Public Comment) Charlene Thompson commented on daycare operations.

(Public Comment) Linda Powell questioned the number of COVID cases in DeKalb County.  Chief Hudson advised there were 217 confirmed cases and information on testing.

Jamie Carroll made a motion to approve the emergency order with adjusting the effective date to 12:01 on 3-29-2020 and to remain effective until 12:01am 4-13-2020, clarify essential business would include food and beverage for takeout and delivery, and part of the prohibition would include public games for amusement that are touched by members of the public include a curfew starting 10pm with exceptions for emergencies.  YT Bell seconded the motion.  Discussion on the curfew and what would constitute an emergency. Chief Hudson and the City Attorney discussed that enforcing a curfew would be challenging as DeKalb County has gone to shelter in place and travelers going into, or through the City would not be aware of the curfew.

Jamie Carroll amended his motion to remove the curfew.  Laura Hopkins seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).

D2)  Clarkston Health Task Force
Laura Hopkins stated this was to consider appointing a Council Member to serve on the Clarkston Health Task Force.

Debra Johnson made a motion to appoint Laura Hopkins to serve on the Clarkston Health Task Force. Awet Eyasu seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (4-Yes: Bell, Johnson, Carroll, Eyasu, Laura Hopkins recused herself from the vote).

 Laura Hopkins made a motion to adjourn the meeting. Jamie Carroll seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (5, 0).  Meeting adjourned.