Work Session/Special Call 3-30-2021

WORK SESSION /SPECIAL CALL MEETING MINUTES
CLARKSTON CITY COUNCIL
Tuesday, March 30, 2021
Via Zoom
Officials Present by Teleconference/Zoom
Mayor:        Beverly H. Burks
Council:    Jamie Carroll, Awet Eyasu, Laura Hopkins
Debra Johnson
City Manager:    Robin I. Gomez 
City Clerk:    Tracy Ashby 
City Attorney:    Stephen Quinn

A.    ROLL CALL 
Mayor Burks, Awet Eyasu, Ahmed Hassan, Laura Hopkins, Debra Johnson, Jamie Carroll
     
B.    WORK SESSION - RESIDENT COMMENT POLICY 
Any member of the public may address questions or comments to the Council referencing only agenda items after the Mayor and Council have had the opportunity to discuss the agenda item. Each Attendee will be allowed 3 minutes for comments.  
                     
C.    PRESENTATION/ ADMINISTRATIVE BUSINESS NEW BUSINESS
C1) Swear In Elected Council Member 
Judge David Will, the City Municipal Judge administered the Oath of Office to elected Council Member Mark W. Perkins
Councilmember Perkins stated he thanked the community for exercising their vote in voting as well as the city staff in the conduct of the election.  He  looked forward to working with the Council in the coming months.  

C2) Presentation by Catharine Tipton regarding cat colonies in Clarkston
Catherine Tipton gave a presentation on feral or stray cats and over population concerns of cats that are not spayed or neutered. She offered to provide additional information to the city for publishing. 

D.    OLD BUSINESS
None

E.    NEW BUSINESS
E1) Request to amend Section 3-58. New licenses permitted for certain designated businesses to define and permit a retail delivery shop to sell and deliver packaged beer, malt beverages and/or wine as a qualified business in the City of Clarkston.  
The purpose of this request is to create an option for retail businesses who do not allow walk in sales to receive a license for the retail sale, as a retail delivery shop, by the package of beer, malt beverages, and/or wine. The Georgia General Assembly adopted House Bill 879 last year allowing for the home delivery of beer, wine, and liquor. Go Puff- Clarkston is requesting the ordinance amendment to venture into the delivery of beer and wine as a retail delivery shop.
Per Section 3-58, of the City Code of Ordinance, goPuff is ineligible to obtain a new alcohol license in Clarkston as they currently do not meet the code requirement to sell as a growler shop, a specialty wine shop, or a grocery store. Under State law change, any current package businesses are able to add the delivery process.
Effective July 3, 2016, the City no longer issues new licenses for the package sale of beer, malt beverages, and/or wine by package stores, convenience stores, other similar businesses, or any businesses other than those specifically identified in City Code of Ordinances Section 3-58.
Council discussion on proposed amendment.
Public Comment by Amy Medford, Brian Medford, Dean Moore 
Ms Kilberg, representating goPuff spoke in support of the proposed amendment.

Item moved to April 6, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda.

E2) Discuss SPLOST 04 B & C – Rowland Street Pedestrian Enhancements & Trailhead Project, Proposed Changes in Project Scope
Review/Discuss the Rowland Street Pedestrian Enhancements & Trailhead Project Scope changes as listed below:
1. Addition of a sidewalk on Rowland St from N Indian Creek to Lovejoy
2. Addition of a sidewalk on Rogers Street from Market to North Indian Creek
3. Mill/Pave and construct two driveways in the Methodist Parking Lot, including drainage
improvements on city right-of-way along Rogers Street
4. Remove the Hill St raised landscape median and new granite curb

Recommendation by Project Manager Kaiser that any projects the council intends to approve should be done now under current approved unit prices.  Approving later will result in price increases. 
Council discussion on proposed Changes in Project Scope.
Public Speakers: Amy Medford, Brian Medford, Lee Nguyen, Dean Moore, Chris Busing

Item moved to April 6, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda.

E3) Amend the City Charter to modernize certain provisions; to Amend Article IV of the Charter Regarding Budgeting, Appropriations and Auditing; to Repeal Conflicting Provisions
Proposed changes include expanding the city manager’s duties to add proposing personnel rules (302 (d)(9); specifying that municipal court has the authority to enforce the city’s nuisance abatement ordinance (3.06 (h); amending the oath of office to delete “So help me God.” (3.11); enhancing fiscal administration through the requirement for a city manager’s budget message and procedures for amending appropriations (4.02); and enhancing the audit function by specifying the use of a certified public accounting firm, expanding the review of the audit report and making the report available to the public (4.05). Charter amendment requires approval at two Council meetings. 
Council discussion on proposed Charter amendment.
Public speakers: Brian Medford, Dean Moore, Chris Busing

Item moved to April 6, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda.

E4) Proclamation Recognizing Pet Month for April
Council to discuss adopting a Proclamation Recognizing Pet Month for April
Public speakers: No speakers
Item moved to April 6, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda.

E5) Review/Discuss the recently adopted American Rescue Plan Act of 2021 (ARPA) – COVID-19 Funding Assistance, and its Potential Uses
Discussion in preparation of Clarkston’s allocation as determined by the U.S. House Oversight and Reform Committee on March 8 is estimated at: $3,981,473, which we are slated to receive from the state as a passthrough entity only. Each city will be eligible to receive its own allocation; amount is subject to change.
Council discussion on potential funding and usage and pre-planning of potential needs based on prior CARES Act funding.

Public Speakers: Brian Medford, Dean Moore

Discussion item Only, no further action. 

E6)  Consider Adopting a resolution by the Clarkston Mayor and City Council in response to
hate crimes against Asian Americans
Council to discuss adopting a resolution by the Clarkston Mayor and City Council in response to
hate crimes against Asian Americans.
Council discussion on the importance of supporting the Asian American community by adopting the resolution.
Public Speakers: No speakers

Item moved to April 6, 2021 Council Meeting Agenda.

F.    EXECUTIVE SESSION
Executive Session to Discuss a Legal Matter
Awet Eyasu made a motion to go into Executive Session to discuss a legal matter
Debra Johnson seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0)
Executive session to discuss a legal matter.

Awet Eyasu made a motion to close the executive session and go into open session.  Debra Johnson seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).

G.    ADJOURNMENT 
Mark Perkins made a motion to adjourn the meeting.  Jamie Carroll seconded the motion.  A vote was called and the motion carried (6, 0).