January 12, 2021 City Council Meeting
The Mayor and City Council held a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, January 12, 2021, at 6:30 p.m. This meeting was held on-line via Zoom video due to the rise in COVID-19 in the area. The meeting was broadcast live via Facebook.
Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:33 p.m. Also online in attendance were Councilpersons Brenda Keen, Amanda Mooney, Mary Quinn, and Gary Snow, Municipal City Clerk Wendy Bond, and City Attorney, David Ellison.
The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
Approval of Minutes:
Councilperson Quinn moved to accept the minutes of the December 8, 2020 Public Hearings and Regular meetings. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and the minutes were approved unanimously.
Unfinished business: There was no unfinished business.
The First Item of New Business: Councilperson Snow moved to accept the 2021 Civic Calendar and Meeting dates as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.
The Second Item of New Business: Councilperson Quinn moved to appoint Councilperson Snow as Mayor Pro-Tem for the year 2021. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and approved unanimously.
The Third Item of New Business: Mayor Ferrelle called for a vote for the standing committees as assigned: Public Finance – Councilpersons Snow and Quinn; Public Safety – Councilpersons Mooney and Snow; Public Works – Councilpersons Mooney and Keen. Councilperson Snow moved to accept the slate of committees as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Quinn and approved unanimously.
The Fourth Item of New Business: Fire Chief Michael Gabriel submitted the slate of officers for the Winterville Fire Department as voted on by the members: Michael Gabriel, Chief; Ray Durie, Asst. Chief; Chuck Thornton, Captain; Richard Knight, Safety Officer (Appointed by the Chief per bylaws.) Councilperson Snow moved to accept the slate of officers as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously. The officers will be sworn in by the Mayor at a Fire Department meeting when appropriate to meet in person.
The Fifth Item of New Business: Mayor Ferrelle called for a vote on the Main Street crosswalk project (Winterville Train Depot at Parkview Drive) as submitted by W&A Engineering. Councilperson Keen moved to table this item for further input by the public. The motion died for lack of a second. Councilperson Snow moved to approve the proposal as submitted. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously. This project will be funded by TSPLOST20 18. Mayor Ferrelle stated the Citizen Advisory Committee was in agreement on this project.
The Sixth Item of New Business Mayor Ferrelle called for a vote on the Main Street/Henry Meyer intersection improvement proposal as presented by W&A Engineering. Citizen input sessions will be held before and after the preliminary plans are drawn and are included in the scope of work. Councilperson Quinn moved to approve to facilitate discussion. Several of Councilperson Quinn’s neighbors who reside at or near the intersection had planned on attending this meeting in person to offer public comment, but due to the change to ZOOM video, were unable to attend. She would like reassurance their voices will be heard prior to the beginning of this project’s design. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously. This will be funded by TSPLOST2018.
The Seventh Item of New Business: Mayor Ferrelle called for a vote to reinstate Bob Bonsall for another three (3) year term on the Winterville Tree Commission. Councilperson Keen moved to approve as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.
The Eighth Item of New Business: Qualifying fees for City Council candidates. Councilperson Quinn
moved to set the qualifying fee for the November 2021 election of two (2) City Council seats at $72.00
based on 3% of the annual salary, as dictated by the State. The motion was seconded by Councilperson
Snow and approved unanimously.
The Ninth Item of New Business: Local Mask Ordinance. Most of Winterville and its citizens are doing
their part to protect their neighbor but with the increasing COVID cases in the area, and by the advice of
the Georgia Municipal Association, the City is considering a temporary Mask Ordinance . Councilperson
Keen moved to adopt the Mask Ordinance as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson
Mooney and approved unanimously. This Ordinance will go into effect immediately and remain in place
until 11:59 pm on March 9, 2021 unless extended. This ordinance will allow Public Safety to enforce this
mandate by a fine of $25.00 for the first offence and $50.00 for the second and subsequent violations
thereafter. This ordinance will be posted on the City website and social media.
Public Finance – Clerk Bond provided financial statements through December 31, 2020, and the
statements are available for review by the public by request. Councilperson Quinn stated the City is in
remarkable financial shape considering the current pandemic’s effect on the City. Quinn commended the
Finance Committee specifically Councilmember Snow and Mayor Ferrelle for estimating tax revenues
very near actual, and she thanked City staff and employees for managing their department expenditures
and keeping the City financially sound.
Police Department – Councilperson Mooney gave a verbal summary of the report provided by Chief
Fire Department – Councilperson Mooney gave a verbal summary of the report provided by Chief
Gabriel. (Report attached).
Public Works – Tom Doonan stated they have planted approximately 29 commemorative trees in January
2021. Mateo Fennell has been pruning and trimming trees. He is also recommending signage in the park
and on the marquee regarding the mask ordinance.
Winterville Community Center – The Center remains closed although JoAnn Snow, Director, is
continuing working from home keeping some programs active. The Public Health Department has moved
from the Center. The cookbooks are available for $20.00 each. No reopening date has been set at this
City Arborist – No report.
Library Report – Deirdre Murray gave a verbal report. They have not had any problems with patrons not
wearing masks. The library will have tax forms available soon. The hotspots and chrome books are
coming soon. The Library Advisory Board has vacancies. Applications are available at the Library, City
Hall, or via email.
Clerk’s Report – No report.
City Attorney’s Report –David Ellison had no report.
Mayor’s Report – Mayor Ferrelle gave a brief verbal report to the participating public.
Neighborhood Leader Report – No report.
Public Comment – Kelly Stimpert, a citizen of Winterville, provided a written statement. “As I have not
received a reply regarding a solution to the persistent problem raised below, I would like to go on the
record with the following statement for the public comments section of tonight’s meeting. Since
December 7, 2020, I have been contacting your office to ask for help enforcing the city code that prohibits
noise violations. As you are aware, the situation to which I refer is coming from persistent barking from a
neighbor’s guard dog. As such, I would like to ask the following: After supplying multiple video
evidence and written statements, why has the City not solved this violation and why, as of today, is this
dog still barking incessantly? What is the City’s plan to address the barking and when will it be enacted?”
Mayor Ferrelle stated this issue is being investigated by the Winterville Code Enforcement and
information has been turned over to the City Attorney.
Councilperson Mooney will provide the City information regarding the COVID vaccine to be posted on
the website and social media.
Announcements – None.
Councilperson Snow moved to adjourn at 7:22 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and
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