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Public Hearing #1 Amendment to the Zoning Ordinance

The Mayor and City Council held a public hearing on November 10, 2020 at 6:00 pm at the Winterville Auditorium located at 373 N Church Street to consider an amendment to the text of the Zoning Ordinance for the City of Winterville. The proposed amendments included changes to the procedures and composition for the Variance Hearings Board and changes to permitted uses in residential zoning districts. All those having an interest in should be present and were required to sign up to speak prior to the commencement of the meeting.

Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:05 pm. Also in attendance were Councilpersons Brenda Keen, Amanda Mooney (via phone), Mary Quinn, and Gary Snow, Municipal City Clerk, Wendy Bond, and City Attorney, David Ellison.

No one signed up to speak. Having no public comment or discussion the hearing closed at 6:06 pm.

Public Hearing #2 2021 Proposed Budget

The Winterville City Council held a Public Hearing Tuesday, November 10, 2020 at 6:30 pm in the Winterville Auditorium to receive public input regarding the Proposed City of Winterville Budget for the year 2021. Documents were available for review at City Hall and on the City’s website: www.cityofwinterville.com. Those wishing to address Mayor and City Council were required to sign up on a form provided by the City prior to the commencement of the hearing.

Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:34 pm. Also in attendance were Councilpersons Brenda Keen, Amanda Mooney (via phone), Mary Quinn, and Gary Snow, Municipal City Clerk, Wendy Bond, and City Attorney, David Ellison.

No one signed up to speak. Having no public comment or discussion the hearing closed at 6:35 pm.

 

Regular Meeting – Minutes November 10, 2020

The Mayor and City Council held a regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, November 10, 2020, at 6:30 pm. This meeting was held in the Winterville Auditorium to allow social distancing. The meeting was not able to be broadcast live via Facebook due to technical difficulties.

Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:32 pm. Also in attendance were Councilpersons Brenda Keen, Amanda Mooney (via phone), 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 Snow moved to accept the minutes of the October 13, 2020 regular meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Keen and the minutes were approved unanimously.

Unfinished business:

The First Item of Unfinished Business: Due to the absence of communication between the City and the American Legion Post #20, Councilperson Quinn moved to deny a recent request for a Boot Drive at this time. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and denied unanimously. When communication is restored and it is safe to hold such type of events the City will be willing to consider their requests for

fundraisers.

The Second Item of Unfinished Business: After discussion and recommendations for rental fee increases, Councilperson Snow made a motion to set the rental fees for the pavilion and depot as follows:

Depot: $300 Rental + $100 Refundable Security Deposit
$250 Rental (Residents) + $100 Refundable Security Deposit

Large Pavilion: $300 Rental + $100 Refundable Security Deposit
$250 Rental (Residents) + $100 Refundable Security Deposit Small Pavilions: $50 Rental (No deposit)
The motion was seconded by Councilperson Quinn and approved unanimously. The Community Center and Auditorium rentals will be addressed at a later meeting.

The First Item of New Business: Having completed the Public Hearing in regards to the Planning and Zoning ordinances including the Variance Hearings Board and permitted uses including VRBO, Councilperson Snow moved to adopt the revision as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

The Second Item of New Business: Having completed the Public Hearing of the 2021 City Budget, Councilperson Quinn moved to approve the budget of $718,825 as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and approved unanimously.

The Third Item of New Business: A draft Alcohol Ordinance was presented by City Attorney Ellison to Mayor and Council for review and revision. Councilperson Snow moved to adopt the draft ordinance and set a Public Hearing for Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:30 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and unanimously adopted.

The Fourth Item of New Business: The American Legion has donated $1,000 toward the purchase of 10 commemorative trees and $1000 more donations by individuals have been received. Councilperson Snow moved to approve up to $2500 for tree orders. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

The Fifth Item of New Business: Mayor Ferrelle presented to Council a concept drawing of Coile Square/Chandler Park prepared by Dave Lunde. The bookstore stormwater drainage issues will be addressed in this project. Councilperson Quinn moved to approve the engineering and design of the area designed to be Chandler Park with final plans to be developed. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and approved unanimously. The Rotary Club and Civitan Club’s interest and Coile square will be addressed later. TSPLOST2018 pedestrian funds will be used to fund this project.

The Sixth Item of New Business: Draft Ordinance Prohibiting Vehicles with more than six (6) Wheels on Main Street. Councilperson Quinn moved to adopt the draft ordinance as presented for review and revision and set a public hearing for Tuesday, December 8, 2020 at 6:00 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and approved unanimously.

The Seventh Item of New Business: Councilperson Mooney and Snow presented their versions of an inclusivity statement for the City.

Councilperson Mooney’s version: “Welcome to Winterville, Georgia. We are a small city with a big heart and we are glad you are here. Wintervillians take pride in our community traditions, festivals, parks and trails, and our people. Whether a long-term resident, a new neighbor, or a visitor, there is room for you

here. We welcome and value the beauty of diversity and strive for equality and inclusivity in all we do.”

Councilperson Snow’s version: “Welcome to Winterville, Georgia. We are a small city with a big heart and we welcome and value diversity while we constantly strive for equality and inclusivity in all we do.”

Councilperson Snow moved to adopt both statements to be used as on the website and throughout the city and on advertising as deemed necessary. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

The Eighth Item of New Business: In regards to Bennett Williams’ request for a donation of the disc golf baskets. On advice of City Attorney Ellison, the City cannot legally give property away. Councilperson Snow moved regrettably to deny the request. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Quinn and denied unanimously.

The Ninth Item of New Business: Ionization filter quotes for multiple city buildings. After a discussion Councilperson Snow moved to table this item until the December meeting. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Quinn and tabled unanimously.

The Tenth Item of New Business: The Stiles Heating and Cooling Company submitted an estimate for a HVAC split system to be installed in the police department. Councilperson Quinn moved to approve up to
$8,500 in SPLOST2011 funds to install the system. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and approved unanimously.

Committee Reports:

Public Finance – Clerk Bond provided financial statements through October 2020, and the statements are available for review by the public by request. Councilperson Quinn stated the City is in good financial shape. Due to the pandemic, rental income is down substantially for the year along with fines and forfeitures and Community Center income. Tax revenues this year-to-date have remained as projected.

Police Department – Chief Fulcher provided a written report. (Attached). Fire Department – Chief Gabriel provided a written report. (Report attached). Public Works – Tom Doonan had no report.
Winterville Community Center – JoAnn Snow, Director, was very upset that allowing the Public Health Department to conduct COVID testing at the Center resulted in unauthorized use of the administrative offices and the Director’s computer. She had requested specifically that these areas remain locked and unavailable to anyone other than WCCC staff. Mayor Ferrelle committed to address the problem.

City Arborist – No report.

Library Report –Councilperson Quinn reported the library is open but limited to 6 people including the librarian and assistant. Patrons are encouraged to check the library website for hours and availability.

Clerk’s Report – No report.

City Attorney’s Report –David Ellison has reviewed the business licensing ordinance and is recommending reviewing and revising the ordinance. Councilperson Quinn moved to set a Public Hearing for December 8, 2020 at 6:45 pm following the 2 scheduled public hearings. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Snow and approved unanimously.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Ferrelle gave a brief verbal report to the attending public.

Neighborhood Leader Report – Shawanda Johnson gave a verbal report of her recent activities within the community.

Public Comment – The Fire Department is planning to hold a rolling Christmas event for the children in Winterville’s neighborhoods.

Announcements – None.

Councilperson Snow moved to adjourn at 7:43 pm. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.

 

Wendy L. Bond 11/10/2020
Clerk Date