2009 December Meeting Minutes

Regular Meeting of the Mayor and City Council
City of Ball Ground, Georgia
Ball Ground City Hall ~ 6:30 P.M.
December 22, 2009
MINUTES 

Item 1:  Mayor Roberts Called the December 22, 2009 meeting to order which was delayed from the original scheduled date of December 10, 2009.

 Council Members Present:  John Byrd, Ashley Holcomb, Frank Homiller, Lee Prettyman & Andrenia Stoner 

 Staff Present:  Darrell Caudill, City Attorney; Dana Davis, Police Chief; Michael Chapman, Planner and Eric Wilmarth, City Manager, City Clerk Karen L. Jordan

 Item 2:  Pledge of Allegiance

Item 3:  Scheduled Appearances – None

Item 4:  Approval of October 8, 2009 Meeting Minutes
 Council Member Homiller put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Prettyman to approve the minutes of the October 8, 2009 meeting as submitted in writing by the city    clerk. Motion Approved 5 Yeas, 0 Nays.

 Item 6:  Old Business

a)   2nd Reading of Amendment to City of Ball Ground Municipal Code Title 4; Section 4-2-4(B) as Related to Refuse Disposal.
Mayor Roberts presented the amendment for Council consideration.
Council Member Byrd put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Holcomb to approve the amendment to the City of Ball Ground Municipal Code Title 4; Section 4-2-4(B) as presented. 
Motion Approved 5 Yeas, 0 Nays.

 Item 7:  New Business

a)   Consider Resolution 2009-R08 Authorizing City Planner to Apply for Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Grant
Council Member Prettyman put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Holcomb to authorize Mayor Roberts to execute Resolution 2009-R08, authorizing the City Planner to apply for a Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Grant.
Motion Approved 5 Yeas, 0 Nays.

RESOLUTION NO. 2009-R08

 A RESOLUTION OF THE City Council of Ball Ground, Georgia. AUTHORIZING the City Planner TO  APPLY FOR A GEORGIA DEPARTMENT OF NATURAL RESOURCES RECREATIONAL TRAILS GRANT.

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 WHEREAS, the city council wishes to authorize the City Planner to apply for a Recreational Trails Grant   from the Georgia Department of Natural Resources.

NOW THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the city council of Ball Ground, Georgia

Section 1. The city council of Ball Ground, Georgia authorizes the city planner to apply for a Georgia Department of Natural Resources Recreational Trails Grant.

Section 2. The City Clerk of Ball Ground, Georgia is hereby directed to send copies of this Resolution to  persons as directed by the city council.

APPROVED AND ADOPTED by the city council of Ball Ground, Georgia at the regular meeting  assembled on this 22nd  day of December, 2009.

  BY:_____________________________________
/s/ A.R. Roberts III – Mayor
 ATTEst:    ________________________________
  /s/ Karen Jordan – City Clerk
 
b)   Consider Resolution 2009-R09 in Support of Cherokee County’s Hazard Mitigation Plan

Council Member Holcomb put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Byrd to authorize Mayor Roberts to execute Resolution 2009-R09, which states the City of Ball Ground has adopted the Cherokee County Hazard Mitigation Strategy.

Motion Approved 5 Yeas

STATE OF GEORGIA
COUNTY OF CHEROKEE    
 
A RESOLUTION
NO.  2009-R09
  
The Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office Division of Emergency Management partnered with the Cherokee  County Hazard Mitigation Advisory Council/Citizens Corps Council now known as the Emergency  Management Program Advisory Council (EMPAC) and representatives of the City of Ball Ground, Georgia  have developed the Cherokee County Hazard Mitigation Strategy. A Copy of this strategy has been  submitted and approved by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Federal  Emergency Management Agency.
 
As authorized local government officials, the Mayor and Council of the City of Ball Ground, Georgia understand and agree to the requirements of the Georgia Emergency management Act of 1981, As Amended December  1992, and the Disaster Mitigation Act of 2000 (DMA 2000), specifically   Section 322 addressing mitigation planning at the state and local levels and adopt the Cherokee County, Georgia Hazard Mitigation Strategy as  approved by the Georgia Emergency Management Agency and the Federal Emergency Management Agency.
BY:____________________
/s/ A.R. Roberts III – Mayor
ATTEST: ________________________________
/s/ Karen Jordan – City Clerk

c)    Consider Resolution 2009-R10 AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES TO REGISTER THE CITY OF BALL GROUND WITH THE SYSTEMMATIC ALIEN VERIFICATION FOR ENTITLEMENTS (‘SAVE”) PROGRAM; TO REQUIRE THAT EVERY BUSINESS OR INDIVIDUAL RECEVING A PUBLIC BENEFIT FROM THE CITY OF BALL GROUND FILE AN AFFIDAVIT VERIFYING THEIR ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE PUBLIC BENEFITS AS SET FORTH IN THE SAVE PROGRAM BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2010; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

  Council Member Holcomb put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Prettyman to authorize Mayor Roberts to execute Resolution 2009-R10, which authorizes Mayor Roberts to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services to register the City of Ball Ground with the Systemmatic Alien Verification for Entitlements (“Save”) Program; to require that every business or individual receiving a public benefit from the City of Ball Ground file an affidavit verifying their eligibility to receive public benefits as set forth in the “SAVE” Program beginning January 1, 2010   and for other purposes.  Motion Approved 5 Yeas  O Nays

STATE OF GEORGIA
  COUNTY OF CHEROKEE    
 
A RESOLUTION
NO.  2009-R010
 
A RESOLUTION AUTHORIZING THE MAYOR TO ENTER INTO A MEMORANDUM OF AGREEMENT WITH THE UNITED STATES CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES TO REGISTER THE CITY OF BALL GROUND WITH THE SYSTEMMATIC ALIEN VERIFICATION FOR ENTITLEMENTS (‘SAVE”) PROGRAM; TO REQUIRE THAT EVERY BUSINESS OR INDIVIDUAL RECEVING A PUBLIC BENEFIT FROM THE CITY OF BALL GROUND FILE AN AFFIDAVIT VERIFYING THEIR ELIGIBILITY TO RECEIVE PUBLIC BENEFITS AS SET FORTH IN THE SAVE PROGRAM BEGINNING JANUARY 1, 2010; AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES.
 
WHEREAS, the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlement Program (“SAVE Program”) is a federal program administered by the U. S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (“USCIS”), under the purview of the U. S. Department of Homeland Security; and
 
WHEREAS, the SAVE Program is an information service for the public benefit issuing agencies, institutions, licensing bureaus, and other governmental entities that is designed to aid benefit granting agencies in determining an applicant’s immigration status, and thereby ensure that only entitled applicants receive federal, state, or local public benefits and licenses; and
 
WHEREAS, a public benefit is defined as any federal, state, or local benefit and includes employee benefits, contracts, alcoholic beverage license, business licenses and other commercial and professional licenses and is more particularly described as set forth in the attached Exhibit “A”; and
 
WHEREAS, the Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 2, which was signed into law by the Governor on May 11, 2009, and is now codified in state law as O.C.G.A. §50-36-1 et seq., requiring every local government to register and participate in the SAVE Program no later that January 1, 2010; and
 
WHEREAS, state law also requires that every person, corporation, or business entity receiving a public benefit from a local government file an affidavit and supporting documentation with the local government verifying the applicant’s immigration status and entitlement to the public benefit; and
 
WHEREAS, noncompliance with state law by any local government may result in the elimination of all federal funding by the Georgia House Appropriations Committee; and
 
WHEREAS, the City of Ball Ground (“City”) is a local government that provides public benefits to employees, individuals, corporations, and business entities and is therefore required to participate in the verification process designed by the SAVE Program; and
 
WHEREAS, participation in the SAVE Program requires the City of Ball Ground to submit an application requesting to participate in the program, to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the USCIS certifying that it has enacted the appropriate local authority to award said public benefits, and to pay a fee for each eligibility status verification.
BE IT FURTHER RESLVED, that all individuals and businesses receiving public benefits from the City of Ball Ground to file an affidavit and supporting documentation acknowledging their immigration status and verifying their eligibility to receive a “public benefit” as set forth by the SAVE Program.
 
BE IT ALSO RESOLVED, that the Memorandum of Agreement will not become binding on the City, and the City will incur no obligations or liability upon same until such Agreement has been executed by the Mayor, attested to by the City Clerk and delivered to the Untied States Citizenship and Immigration Services.
  
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT ORDANINED BY THE MAYOR AND CITY COUNCIL this 22nd day of December, 2009 that the Mayor is hereby authorized to enter into a Memorandum of Agreement with the United States Citizenship and Immigration Services for the purpose of registering the City to participate in the Systematic Alien Verification for Entitlements Program (“SAVE Program”).
 
BY:_____________________________________
/s/ A.R. Roberts III – Mayor
  ATTEST:  ________________________________
/s/ Karen Jordan – City Clerk
 
Item 8:  City Manage
 An unaudited report of account balances, statement of revenue and expenditures for the   month ended November 30, 2009 was presented by City Administrator Wilmarth.  The report showed cash on deposit totaled $583,831.07.

Item 9:  Mayor Roberts and City Council
Mayor Roberts announced the City of Ball Ground has been placed on the National Register of Historic Places as of December 4, 2009.  Below is the letter announcing the City’s recognition.
 
Ball Ground Historic District Listed
In the National Register of Historic Places
ATLANTA (December 17, 2009) – The Ball Ground Historic District, located approximately 10 miles northeast of the county seat of Canton, Cherokee County, Georgia, was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 4, 2009. The nomination was sponsored by the Cherokee County Historical Society. Nomination materials were prepared by a consultant.
 
 The name “Ball Ground” reputedly derives from the Cherokee Indian ball game that may have occurred near the town site. Ball Ground owes its growth to the arrival of the Marietta and North Georgia (later L & N) Railroad in 1882, and the development of the marble industry in north Georgia in the late 19th century. Mined in nearby Pickens County, much of the marble was finished or turned into monumental pieces in Cherokee County. During the peak of its growth in the 1920s, Ball Ground had four marble finishing mills near the railroad line.
 
 The district was listed in the National Register as significant for its representative collection of the types of commercial buildings commonly found in small Georgia towns, as well as its good examples of residential types and styles. The district is centered on Old Canton Road and Gilmer Ferry Road (Georgia Highway 372), extending in four directions from that intersection. Most of the commercial buildings are located in a central three-block area along Gilmer Ferry Road, and date primarily from the 1900s to the 1930s. One- and two-story brick buildings characterize this area. Marble and other stones are sometimes used as secondary materials or simple trim on these buildings. Most commercial buildings once had flat roofs with parapets, but they have been topped with non-historic gable-front metal roof extensions. The original building form is usually still visible. Metal sheeting has also been placed on the upper facades of some stores, obscuring a few historic details. First floor storefront areas generally remain intact. Most houses date from the 1880s to the 1950s, ranging from two-room workers’ cottages to expansive hilltop landmarks. Few have a formal academic style. House types represented include central hallway, side-gabled cottage, gabled front and wing, bungalow, ranch, I-house, and Georgian house, as defined in Georgia’s Living Places: Historic Houses in Their Landscaped Settings. Stylistic influences include Queen Anne, Folk Victorian, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman. The Alfred W. Roberts House, listed in the National Register in 1985, is one of Ball Ground’s largest houses, reflecting elements of several styles as its locally prominent owners expanded it over time.
 
 There are also a few large industrial and warehouse buildings related to the marble and monument industry, usually located near the railroad. Community landmark buildings include an elementary school (circa 1948 with later additions), a former downtown post office (circa 1966), the Ball Ground Baptist Church (1916 with later alterations) and cemetery, the Old Methodist Church (1916), the former City Hall (circa 1900), the Ball Ground Community Cemetery, Lion’s Club Field, and the former Masonic Hall (1923).
 
Ball Ground’s significance is derived not only from its architecture, but also from the role its central business district played in the town’s development and commerce. The town was a primary location for the buying and selling of goods and services for northeastern Cherokee and adjacent counties. Much of this commerce was related to the marble finishing industry, which brought banks, general merchandise stores, professional offices, and other establishments to the community. The mail order monument business was a major catalyst for growth. The district’s significance is also reflected in its development. It is a typical crossroads town with a railroad. In Ball Ground’s case, major development did not occur until after the railroad arrived, making possible the marble finishing industry. The primary orientation of the town is not toward the railroad, but the railroad corridor did influence subsequent street patterns and business locations.
 
The National Register of Historic Places is our country’s official list of historic buildings, structures, sites, objects, and districts worthy of preservation. The National Register provides formal recognition of a property’s architectural, historical or archaeological significance. It also identifies historic properties for planning purposes and insures that these properties will be considered in the planning of state or federally assisted projects. National Register listing encourages preservation of historic properties through public awareness, federal and state tax incentives, and grants. Listing in the National Register does not place obligations or restrictions on the use, treatment, transfer, or disposition of private property.
 
The Historic Preservation Division (HPD) of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources serves as Georgia’s state historic preservation office. Their mission is to promote the preservation and use of historic places for a better Georgia. HPD’s programs include archaeology protection and education, environmental review, grants, historic resource surveys, tax incentives, the National Register of Historic Places, community planning and technical assistance.
 
The mission of the Department of Natural Resources is to sustain, enhance, protect and conserve Georgia’s natural, historic and cultural resources for present and future generations, while recognizing the importance of promoting the development of commerce and industry that utilize sound environmental practices.
Item 10:  Public Comments

Item 11:  Executive Session (If Needed)

Item 12:  Adjourn
There being no further business for Council consideration a motion was duly made and seconded to adjourn at 7:05 PM
 
The minutes of this December 22, 2009 Meeting approved this 14th day of January, 2010.

 

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