Minutes-February 5, 2011

Special Called Meeting of the Mayor and City Council
City of Ball Ground, Georgia
Cherokee County Airport

Minutes
February 5, 2011

Item 1: Meeting Called to Order by Mayor Rick Roberts
 
 Council Members Present:  John Byrd, Frank Homiller, Mickey O’Malley, Lee Prettyman & Andrenia Stoner

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

Item 2:  Consider Resolution 2011-R01 to introduce legislation at the regular 2011 session of  the General Assembly of the State of Georgia,
 This resolution would request from the Georgia General Assembly, that Section 1.11(d) of the City of Ball Ground Charter be amended to strike the  following statement:

 However, as authorized under subsection (a) of Code Section 36-32-1, this property shall be excepted from the jurisdiction of the municipal court of  the City of Ball Ground; the municipal court shall have no jurisdiction over the property described in this subsection; and jurisdiction over such  property shall be in the state and superior courts of Cherokee County or as otherwise provided by general law.

 Council Member Stoner put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Prettyman to approve Resolution 2011-01 as stated below.
 Motion Approved 5 Yeas 0 Nays.

 State of Georgia
 Cherokee County
 City of Ball Ground, Georgia
 Resolution No. 2011-R01
  WHEREAS:  All that portion of highway and right-of-way of Interstate 575 from Sharp  Mountain Creek, north to the Pickens County line  is in the City Limits of Ball Ground, and;

  WHEREAS:  The legislation that annexed that land into the City Limits contained restrictions  prohibiting the City from enforcing traffic  laws of the State of Georgia on that section of  Interstate, and;

  WHEREAS:  The legislation also prohibited any citations issued by the Georgia State Patrol  from being heard in the Ball Ground  Municipal Court, and;

  WHEREAS:  It does not appear that these same restrictions have been applied elsewhere in  Cherokee County, or within the State of  Georgia, and;

  WHEREAS:  They Mayor and the City Council of the City of Ball Ground desire to change to  existing legislation.

  NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT, The Mayor and Council of Ball Ground,  Georgia do hereby respectfully request from the  Georgia General Assembly, that Section 1.11(d) of the City of Ball Ground Charter be amended to strike the following statement:

  However, as authorized under subsection (a) of Code Section 36-32-1, this property shall be excepted from the jurisdiction of the  municipal court of the City of Ball Ground; the municipal  court shall have no jurisdiction over the property described in this subsection; and  jurisdiction over such property shall be in the state and superior courts of Cherokee County or as otherwise provided by general law.

 As adopted, approved and sealed on this 5th day of February 2011.

     /s/ A. R. Roberts, III
     A.R. Roberts, III Mayor

  Attest:  /s/ Karen L. Jordan
   Karen L. Jordan
   City Clerk

Item 3:  Mayor Roberts to sign Arbor Day Proclamation
  
 Mayor Roberts signed the following Proclamation declaring Friday, February 18, 2011 as Arbor Day in the City of Ball Ground.

 Proclamation #2011-P01

  Whereas, In 1872 J. Sterling Morton proposed to the Nebraska Board of Agriculture that a special day be set aside for the planting of  trees, and

  Whereas, this holiday, called Arbor Day, was first observed with the planting of more that a million trees in Nebraska, and

  Whereas, Arbor Day is now observed through the nation and the world, and

  Whereas, trees can reduce the erosion of our precious topsoil for our land that vehicles passing by, if this is strong there’s no need to panic about getting more money for maintanence and financing your car at https://www.britanniacarfinance.co.uk/. it causes by wind and water, cut heating and cooling costs, moderate the   temperature, clean the air, produce oxygen and provide habitat for wildlife, and

  Whereas, trees are a renewable resources giving us paper, wood for our homes, fuel for our fires and countless other wood products,   and

   Whereas, trees in our city increase property values, enhance the economic vitality of business areas, and beautify our community, and

  Whereas, trees, wherever they are planted, are a source of joy and spiritual renewal, and

  Now Therefore, I A. R. Roberts, III, Mayor of The City of Ball Ground, do hereby proclaim February 18, 2011 as Arbor Day  in The   City of Ball Ground, and I urge all citizens to support efforts to protect our trees and woodlands and

 Further, I urge all citizens to plant trees to gladden hearts and promote the well being of present and future generations.

 Dated this 5th day of February, 2011.
     /s/ A. R. Roberts, III
     A.R. Roberts, III, Mayor
  Attest:  /s/ Karen L. Jordan
   Karen L. Jordan
   City Clerk

Item 4:  Adjourn
 There being no further business for Council consideration, Council Member Stoner put  forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Byrd to  adjourn at 9:15 AM.
The minutes of this February 5, 2011 Special Called Meeting of Council approved at the March 10, 2011 council meeting.

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