The Mayor and City Council held a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, December 14, 2021, at 6:30 pm at Winterville City Hall.

Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm.  Also in attendance were Councilpersons Brenda Keen, Melissa Metzger, Amanda Mooney, Gary Snow, Municipal City Clerk Wendy Bond, and City Attorney, David Ellison.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited by all.
Approval of Minutes:

Councilperson Snow moved to accept the regular minutes of November 9, 2021. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and the minutes were approved unanimously.

Unfinished Business:  

Police Department Body Cameras. Chief Fulcher has provided quotes for the body cameras. Councilperson Snow moved to approve the purchases of the body cameras in the amount of $29,472.00, funded by SPLOST2020. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

New Business:

The First Item of New Business: 2020 Audit.

Auditor Woodrow “Woody” McNair presented Council with the 2020 Audit. The City is now current on all audits. He has recommended amending the 2020 budget with a resolution. Councilperson Snow moved to accept the 2020 Audit as presented and adopt a resolution to amend 2020. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney. Councilpersons Snow, Metzger, Mooney voted to accept the audit and resolution, Councilperson Keen abstained. The motion carried.

The Second Item of New Business: Premium pay for essential workers and volunteers. Per the regulations set forth in the ARPA guidelines. The Finance Committee comprised the list and presented it to Mayor and Council. Councilperson Snow moved to approve the list as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney. Councilpersons Metzger, Mooney, and Snow voted in favor. Councilperson Keen voted against it. The motion carried.

The Third Item of New Business:  Change Orders Main Street Pedestrian Project. Councilperson Metzger moved to approve two change orders by Cold Creek Construction in the amounts of $3,940.00 and $1,400.00.  The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and unanimously approved.

The Fourth Item of New Business:  Mask Mandate. Councilperson Mooney moved to extend the current mask mandate through January 11, 2022, for all city-owned buildings. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Metzger and unanimously approved.

The Fifth Item of New Business: Winterville Library Advisory Board. Councilmember Keen moved to elect Ann Pressey to the Winterville Library Advisory Board. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and unanimously approved.

The Sixth Item of New Business: 2022 Winterville Volunteer Fire Department Officers. Councilperson Mooney moved to approve the slate of 2022 officers for the WVFD: Michael Gabriel, Chief; Ray Durie, Deputy Chief; Chuck Thornton, Captain; Scott Wooten, Safety and Training Officer. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and unanimously approved.

The Seventh Item of New Business: Fire Truck Light Bar. Councilperson Snow moved to approve up to $2,815.00 (General Fund) for a LED light bar to replace the strobe light bar on the 2000 fire truck. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

The Eighth Item of New Business: Defibrillators. Councilperson Snow moved to approve up to $5,897.61 (General Fund) for two defibrillators for the 2000 and 2021 fire trucks. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

The Ninth Item of New Business: Decommissioned Public Works Equipment Bids. Two (2) sealed bids were received and opened for the decommissioned Public Works John Deere tractor ($1,200) and the 8 x 10 utility trailer ($150.00). Clerk Bond will contact the winning bidders to pick up the equipment.

Committee Reports:

Public Finance – Clerk Bond provided financial statements through November 30, 2021, and the statements are available for review by the public by request. Councilperson Snow stated the City is in good financial shape for the year to date.

Police Department – Chief Fulcher provided his reports and is available upon request. (Attached).

Fire Department – Chief Gabriel provided his report and is available upon request. (Report attached).

Public Works – The Public Works Department has again transformed the city into a beautiful sight with the colored lights on the buildings and in the parks. They have been working hard on the Auditorium restroom project.

Winterville Community Center – David Matthews-Morgan provided a verbal report.

Dr. Museum Report – Jonathan Scott gave a verbal report.

Marigold Market – Sherrie Anderson gave a summary of the 2021 Marigold Market.

Library Report – Deirdre Murray gave a brief verbal report.

Clerk’s Report – No report.

City Attorney’s Report –David Ellison had no report.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Ferrelle gave a brief report.

Firefly Local Action Committee – No report.

Neighborhood Leader Report – No report

Public Comment – None.

Announcements – None.

Councilperson Snow moved to adjourn at 7:20 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

Wendy L. Bond                                                 12/14/2021

Clerk                                                                       Date

City of Winterville, Georgia