Minutes-December 14, 2017

Regular Meeting of the Mayor and City Council
City of Ball Ground, Georgia
Ball Ground City Hall ~ 7:00 P.M.

MINUTES
December 14, 2017

1. Meeting Called to Order to order by Mayor Rick Roberts.

Present for the Meeting were:
Frank Homiller, Council Member
Mickey O’Malley, Council Member
Andrenia Stoner, Council Member
Donna England, Finance Officer
Bryon Reeves, Police Chief
Whit Frost, City Attorney
Eric Wilmarth, City Manager
Karen L. Jordan, City Clerk

Absent: John Byrd, Council Member
Lee Prettyman, Council Member

2. Pledge of Allegiance

3. Announcements/Informational Items/Project Updates – City Manager
• City Hall closed Monday, December 25, 2017, and January 1, 2018
• January 9, 2018, Joint City-County Public Hearing for the Feroz Ali rezoning request. The meeting begins at 7 PM at the County Administration Building. A quorum of the City Council is needed at this meeting.

Council Member Stoner opened discussion on the days City Hall would be closed for Christmas and New Years. She asked what days other cities would be closed.

Following discussion Council Member Stoner put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member O’Malley to close City Hall on December 25th and 26th and January 1st and 2nd.
Motion Unanimously Approved

4. Consider Approval of October 12, 2017, Council Meeting Minutes     (November meeting canceled)
Council Member Stoner put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member O’Malley to approve the minutes of the October 12, 2017, Council Meeting as submitted in writing by the City Clerk.
Motion Unanimously Approved.

5. Old Business – None

6. New Business
a) Consider Ordinance Prohibiting the Retail Sale of Dogs & Cats
Council Member Stoner put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member O’Malley to approve the first reading of such ordinance that would prohibit the sale, delivery, offer for sale, barter, auction or otherwise dispose of dogs or cats.
Motion Unanimously Approved

b) Consider Resolution Affirming Ball Ground a Certified City of Ethics
Mayor Roberts submitted Resolution No. 2017-12 which affirms The City of Ball Ground as a Certified City of Ethics under the Georgia Municipal Association Certified City of Ethics Program for Council consideration

Council Member O’Malley put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Stoner to approve the adoption of Resolution 2017-12.
Motion Unanimously Approved.

c) Consider Resolution To Authorize and Direct City Official to Execute GMA Lease Document to Purchase Police Vehicle

Council Member Stoner put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member O’Malley to approve the Resolution as related to the Master Lease with the Georgia Municipal Association for the purchase of a 2018 Ford All Wheel Drive Explorer.
Motion Unanimously Approved

d) Consider Bids Received for 1 Acre Tract of Church St. Surplus Property
City Manager Wilmarth announced the highest bid received on GoveDeals for the one-acre tract located on Church Street was $41,000.00. The established minimum bid set by Council was $60,000.00. City Manager recommended Council Members reject all bids and rebid the property in 2018.

Council Member Homiller put forth a motion; Seconded by Council Member Stoner to reject any and all bids received on the one-acre Church Street property and rebid the property in 2018.
Motion Unanimously Approved

7. City Manager Comments
A written and oral operational and financial report was given to Mayor and Council Members by City Manager Wilmarth.

8. Mayor Roberts & City Council Comments
Mayor Roberts and Council Members scheduled the annual planning retreat for Saturday, February 17, 2018, beginning at 8:30 AM. Location to be determined at a later date.

There being no further business for Council consideration a motion was duly made and seconded to adjourn at 7:50 PM.


The minutes of this December 14, 2017, City Council Meeting will be considered for approval at January 11, 2018, Council Meeting.
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