PRESENT: Jerry D. Roseberry, Mayor; Council members: Jeff
Wearing, Sarah Davis, George Holt, Mike Ready and Jim Windham; Staff members present:
City Manager Matt Pepper, Deputy City Clerk Stacey Mullen, Utility
Superintendent Jody Reid, Police Chief Dave Harvey and City Attorney David
OTHERS PRESENT: Linda Allen, Judy Greer, Peggy Madden,
Art & Laurie Vinson, Nick Cole, Melissa Hage, David Eady, Mike McQuaide and
The meeting was called to order by Mayor Jerry D. Roseberry.
1. Mayors Announcements
Mayor Roseberry began the meeting by informing Council that
he would be updating them on items of importance as his tenure draws to a close. Mayor Roseberry gave a brief description of
some of those items that he requested Council continue to be involved in. These matters include but are not limited to:
the Service Delivery Strategy, Northeast Georgia Regional Commission, Newton
County Tomorrow and benefits of outreach. Attachment A
2. Landscape Maintenance Contract for Asbury Street
Matt Pepper discussed the details of the landscaping
contract for Asbury Street Park. Matt Pepper,
along with a few Council members, met with the representatives of Great Estates
to discuss some concerns regarding contract costs and sustainability. Great Estates was informed of the city’s new
focus on the implementation of sustainability practices, and they were asked to
provide the city with non-toxic alternatives for pesticides, herbicides, etc. Attachment
3. Residential Parking Discussion
Matt Pepper advised Council that the draft was pending for
an amendment to the city ordinance to address concerns with residences that
have a high volume of vehicles parked at a single residential lot. Chief Harvey previously presented a proposed ordinance
to Council that allowed for a waiver, with approval from Mayor and
Council. Since the idea of a waiver
raised concerns, Matt Pepper requested the guidance of the Mayor and Council
with the completion of the draft amendment.
Mayor Roseberry suggested the city develop a clear and concise
ordinance, detailing the rules without the option of granting a waiver, as
waivers may cause challenges.
Councilmember Holt proposed if a waiver was granted, that it included a
chart, detailing specific conditions for approval. The matter will be further
discussed at a future work session.
4. Amendment to Section 34-26- Vehicle Gross Weight
Councilmember Wearing addressed his concern for the
amendment to the ordinance prohibiting through vehicles with weight in excess
of 10,000 pounds. His concern is that some
pickup trucks (e.g. Ford F-350/450) exceeds the 10,000-pound proposed weight
limit, which would prohibit such drivers from traveling through city
limits. Councilmember Wearing suggested
that the weight limit be reconsidered, as the current proposed weight may be
considered unfair to both residents and those passing through city limits. Mayor Roseberry requested Chief Harvey look
further into the matter.
5. Environmental Study Committee Report
Councilmember Windham reviewed the committee’s
recommendations on implementing environmental sustainability practices within
the city. Councilmember Holt suggested prioritizing the list to ensure Council
would agree and that all items were completed satisfactorily. Mayor Roseberry
suggested that Councilmembers Windham and Holt prioritize the list of practices
and present it to the Council for approval.
This matter will be further discussed at a future work session.
6. Shared Active Transportation Devices Discussion
Mayor Roseberry advised that Matt Pepper has researched
ordinances on the use of shared active transportation devices (e-scooters)
within the city limits. Mayor Roseberry
suggested the city have an ordinance in place to regulate the use of the said
devices for safety purposes. The matter
will be discussed further at a future work session.
7. Planning Commission
Matt Pepper explained that the Planning Commission
discussed the proposed quorum requirements and submitted some changes on items
9 and 10. He further noted the Planning Commission agreed to keeping
quorum requirements as-is. In addition,
the Planning Commission had no concerns w/ requiring each member to attend at
least 2/3 of the meetings, with failure to do so resulting in recommendation
for removal by Mayor and Council. Attachment C
8. 107 W. Clark Street Renovation Project
Councilmember Wearing shared that the ad hoc
Yarbrough House Renovation Committee recommended the Yarbrough House be used as
a community center, with a welcome center and historical area included within
the structure. This matter will be
further discussed later.
Work Session was adjourned at 6:35 pm
Special Called Meeting was called to order at 6:40 pm
by the Honorable Jerry D. Roseberry
Motion to enter Executive Session at 6:40pm
Wearing- Second- Ready, approved unanimous 6/0.
David Strickland updated Council on the ongoing
Motion to adjourn Executive Session at 6:45 pm
Windham- Second- Ready, approved unanimous 6/0.
Motion to adjourn the Special Called Meeting at
6:45 pm Windham- Second- Wearing, approved unanimous 6/0.
Stacey Mullen, CMC
Deputy City Clerk