January 8, 2009

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

MINUTES
January 8, 2009

Item 1:  Meeting Called to Order by Mayor Roberts

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

Staff Present:  Darrell Caudill, City Attorney; Dana Davis, Police Chief; Donna England, Finance Director;  Michael Chapman, Planner and Eric Wilmarth, City Manager

Item 2:  Pledge of Allegiance led by Mayor Roberts

Item 3:    Appearances
1) Stephen Causby of the Atlanta Regional Commission Community Choices Program to present draft of Sign and Tree Ordinance.
Mr. Stephen Causby from the Atlanta Regional Commission (ARC) address Mayor and Council regarding the new proposed Tree Ordinance and Sign Ordinance.  Mr. Causby provided a brief overview to Mayor and Council in comparing the new proposed ordinances to the existing ordinances and to the Cherokee County ordinances.  Mayor Roberts thanked Mr. Causby for his work and let him know that a work session would be schedule in early March to allow council to review each ordinance in depth.

2) Laura St. Onge to speak in regards of Agenda Item 6 (b).
Ms. Laura St. Onge addressed the City Council regarding agenda item 6.(b) pertaining to the discharge of firearms in the City Limits.  Ms. St. Onge urged the council to leave the  ordinance unchanged, and continue the ban on the discharge of firearms in the City Limits.

3) Mike Malone to speak in regards of Agenda Item 6(b).
Mr. Mike Malone addressed the City Council also regarding agenda item 6.(b), again urging the City Council to keep the ordinance in its current form, prohibiting the discharge of firearms in the City Limits.

Item 4:  Announcements:
City Administrator Wilmarth announced that the City Hall would be closed on January 19th, 2009 in observance the Martin Luther King Jr’s birthday.

Item 5:  Approve Minutes.
Council Member Stoner put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Holcomb to approve the minutes of the December 11, 2008 meeting of Council as submitted in writing by the City Clerk.
Motion Unanimously Approved 5 Yeas, 0 Nays

Item 6:  Old Business
(a)  Consider 2nd Reading of Application for Alcohol Pouring License for Ball Ground Grill located at 250 Gilmer Ferry Road.
Council Member Holcomb put forth a motion, Seconded by Council Member Prettyman to approve the second reading and grant the pouring license for Ball Ground Grill.  Motion Approved 5 Yeas, 0 Nays.

(b) Report from Public Safety Committee Regarding Request to Consider Amendment to City of Ball Ground Municipal Code Title 9, Chapter 1, Section 9-1-5, Weapons Discharged in the City.
Council Member Byrd, Chairman of the Public Safety Committee, put forth a motion, seconded by Council Member Prettyman, also a member of the Public Safety Committee, to leave Section 9-1-5 of the Municipal Code unchanged as it pertains to the discharge of firearms in the City Limits.  Motion Approved 5 Yeas, 0 Nays.

Item 7:  New Business
(a)  Consider Appointment of Mayor Pro Tem.
Mayor Roberts requested that the City Council confirm his appointment of Council Member Frank Homiller as Mayor Pro Tem.  Council Member Prettyman put forth a motion, seconded by Council Member Stoner to confirm the appointment of Council Member Homiller as Mayor Pro Tem.
Motion Approved 4 Yeas, 0 Nays, with Council Member Homiller abstaining.

(b)  Consider Appointment of 2009 Department Heads, Committees and Board Members
Mayor Roberts recommended the following appointments for council approval.

City Clerk                    Karen L. Jordan
Elections Superintendent            Karen L. Jordan
Chief of Police                    Dana Davis
Clerk of Court                    Doreen Hobbs
Assistant Clerk of Court                Karen L. Jordan
Municipal Court Judge                Gary Markwell
Associate Municipal Court Judge        Robert Dyer
City Attorney                    Roach, Caudill & Gunn
City Auditor                    Mauldin & Jenkins

Mayor Roberts recommended the following board appointments for council approval.

Zoning Board of Appeals:    David Kubala, Daniel Sisson, Scott Barnes, Judson Roberts & Sandy Klaesius.

Tree Board:  Karen L. Jordan, Jerrie Hall, Jennie Byers & Mayor Roberts

Downtown Development Authority:     Reappoint Judson Roberts & Brent Richardson for a Period of 4 years.

A motion was put forth by Council Member Holcomb, seconded by Council Member Stoner to approve the appointments put forth by Mayor Roberts.
Motion Approved 5 Yeas and 0 Nays.

(c)  Consider Motion to Approve Fixing and Advertising of Qualifying Fees for upcoming 2009 City General Election for Mayor and 2 Council Seats pursuant to O.C.G.A. 21-2-131(1)(a).
A motion was put forth by Council Member Stoner, seconded by Council Member  Holcomb to set the qualifying fee for the office of Mayor at $108 and at $35 for the office of Council Member.  Motion Approved 5 yeas, 0 Nays.

(d)  1st Reading of Annexation Petition 2009-A01 North Ball Ground, LLC, Application.
Council Member Holcomb announced that he had a personal conflict with this application and would not be taking part in the discussion or in the subsequent vote.

A motion was put forth by Council Member Homiller, seconded by Council Member Prettyman to approve the first reading.
Motion Approved 4 Yeas, 0 Nays with Council Member Holcomb abstaining.

Item 8:  City Manager Comments
Mr. Wilmarth provided Mayor and Council with verbal report regarding the financial condition and daily operations of the City as well as project updates.  Each Council Member was provided with a complete financial report in writing for the period ending December 31, 2008.

Item 9:  Mayor Roberts and City Council Comments.
Mayor Roberts encouraged Council Members to attend the Mayors Day training taking place January 24th – 26th.

Mayor Roberts asked Council Member Prettyman to prepare a plan pertaining to Parks and Recreation needs to submit to Cherokee County for consideration.

Item 10.  Public Comment.
Mr. Mike Malone thanked the Mayor and Council for not changing the City Ordinance pertaining to the discharge of firearms in the City Limits.

Item 11.  Executive Session – None

Item 12:  Adjourn
There being no further business for Mayor and Council consideration a motion was duly made and seconded to adjourn at approximately 8:10 PM.

The minutes of this January 8, 2009 Meeting of Council is subject to approval at the February 12, 2009 City Council Meeting.

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Mayor A. R. Roberts, III                              Council Member Frank Homiller

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Council Member John Byrd                       Council Member Ashley Holcomb

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Council Member Lee Prettyman               Council Member Andrenia Stoner

Attest __________________________
City Clerk Karen L. Jordan

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