Regular Meeting – Minutes September 8, 2020
The Mayor and City Council held a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday September 8, 2020 at 6:30
pm. This meeting was held in the Winterville Auditorium to allow social distancing and was broadcast
live via Facebook.
Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:30 pm. Also 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 Keen moved to accept the minutes of the August 11, 2020 regular meeting with one
notation that the FEMA Flood Insurance Rate Maps are available for public review at City Hall, but
technical difficulties have prevented posting the maps on the City website. The motion was seconded by
Councilperson Quinn and the minutes were approved unanimously.
Councilperson Keen moved to accept the minutes of the called meeting of August 25, 2020 with one
amendment adding all individuals who participated in today’s 3:30 ZOOM meeting with a Braselton
COVID-19 testing laboratory: Caleb Henson, P.A.-C; Purvi Patel, Facilitator; Mayor Ferrelle,
Councilmembers Keen, Quinn, and Snow; WCCC Director, JoAnn Snow; and Clerk Bond. The motion
was seconded by Councilperson Quinn and the minutes were approved unanimously.
There was no unfinished business.
The First Item of New Business: The City has been approved and reimbursed for 30% of the CARES Act
funding ($19,426.23) as payroll expenses for public safety employees. On September 5, 2020 the City
received notification the remaining 70% ($45,327.86) was approved as well for payroll expenses for
public safety employees. These funds will be direct deposited into the general fund soon.
Councilperson Mooney moved to allot funding up to $4,500 for one (1) library ionization filter trap, ten
(10) Chromebooks and ten (10) hotspots and up to $14,500 for personal protective equipment for citywide departments, totaling $19,000. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Quinn and approved
Councilperson Snow moved to allot funding up to $25,500 for Option 1 of the TSAV quote ($15,874.30)
for audio/visual equipment for the auditorium to facilitate broadcasting city meetings for the public during
the pandemic, two (2) disinfecting sprayers ($8,500), and one (1) pressure washer ($1,100). The motion
was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.
The Second Item of New Business: Councilperson Snow moved to authorize Mayor Ferrelle enter into an
agreement and sign a MOU with the county health department to use the Community Center as a COVID-
19 testing facility. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and approved unanimously.
The Third Item of New Business: Council has submitted their recommendations for a slate of directors for
the DDA board, and boundaries are being created. After discussion Councilperson Snow moved to table
this item. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Quinn and unanimously tabled until the next
10/6/2020 2:39:47 PM
The Fourth Item of New Business: Councilperson Snow moved to approve the Mayor’s appointments to
the Variance Hearings Board as presented: Savannah Hembree, Daniel Collins, Stephen Garland and
Aaron Watwood. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and approved unanimously.
Public Finance – Clerk Bond provided financial statements through August 2020, and the statements are
available for review by the public by request. Councilperson Snow stated the City is in good shape
considering the current events.
Police Department – Chief Fulcher provided a written report. (Attached). The Department of Public
Safety held a Commercial Vehicle inspection in Winterville last week. Ninety percent (90%) of the
vehicles stopped were taken out of service due to safety issues or mechanical defects. Four (4) citations
were issued. One (1) truck was towed.
Fire Department – Chief Gabriel provided a written report. (Report attached).
Public Works – Tom Doonan and Councilperson Keen are working to involve stakeholders in visioning a
beautification project along the Firefly Trail in the area bounded by the Depot, Front Porch Bookstore,
City Hall, and Blacksmith Shop. Tom stated he met with Athens-Clarke County and they will be working
jointly with Winterville to keep the trail maintained.
Winterville Community Center – JoAnn Snow gave a verbal summary of her report. (Attached).
City Arborist – No report.
Library Report – No report.
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 attending public.
Neighborhood Leader Report – No report.
Public Comment – None
Announcements – Councilperson Quinn advised that today, September 8th, is the first day of a limited
period for small businesses in Athens-Clarke County and the City of Winterville to apply for loans and
grants provided by the Joint Development Authority.
Councilperson Snow moved to adjourn at 7:42 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney
and approved unanimously.
Wendy L. Bond 9/08/2020
Regular Meeting – Minutes September 8, 2020