No Bookmarks Exist.
Fair. 00:00:05
Good evening and welcome to the June 21st Watkinsville City Council meeting. We do have a quorum. 00:00:08
Here all council is present, including Councilman Thomas who is still serving in Kuwait. Councilman. 00:00:16
Thankful, as always, that you've made time to join us in the middle of the night. So welcome, Brett. Glad to have you. 00:00:22
Thank you, Sir. We will start, as we always do, with the Pledge of Allegiance. Garrett, a scout from Troop 149, is going to lead 00:00:28
us in. 00:00:32
Pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. 00:00:39
And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 00:00:43
All right, as always, this meeting is being live streamed via Suite 1, the webcasting public portal. So those who aren't able to 00:00:58
attend the meeting can access the public portal and watch it and enjoy. 00:01:04
And the information in the packet is posted alongside that so it can be followed online. 00:01:11
Emerge. We will see that, well, it wasn't contentious and then John Daniel arrived, so. 00:01:54
You know, we'll see where we go tonight. I will say before we get going, we have a long agenda tonight. So council, I'm going to 00:01:59
move us through this fast so we have the time that we need to talk in depth on the matters that we need to talk on. If there's 00:02:04
something you want to talk about, as always we will. But if I move quickly through things and if Sharon moves quickly through her 00:02:09
reports, it's because we want to be respectful of the time, of everyone that's here. But as always, if there's an item that you 00:02:14
want to. 00:02:18
Unpack and get a little deeper into then, please. We're happy to do that, but it is a long agenda, so we're going to move pretty 00:02:24
quickly through that. 00:02:27
We have, we'll start with the approval of the minutes. We have two sets of minutes. We have the public hearing on the. 00:02:31
2023 mileage rate. I'll entertain a motion to approve those minutes, please. 00:02:37
I make a motion to approve those minutes. All right, Do we have a second? All in favor, say aye. 00:02:45
Motion carries 50. Next we have the the minutes of the May 17th regular meeting. I'll ask for a motion to approve those. 00:02:51
I make a motion to approve the regular meeting minutes a second please. All in favor, say aye. Motion carries 5 O. 00:03:02
All right. We do have some adjustments that we need to make to the agenda. First of all, I want to move consent agenda after new 00:03:11
business because some of those items in consent are related to budget approval. So I'd like to move that whole area. 00:03:18
To after new business. So that means we'll address that later. I'd also request a correction for new business item 23. The amount 00:03:26
of the appropriation for the art walk project should be 14,600 rather than 14,000. 00:03:33
And then under New Business, I want to add items 23A and 23B, which would involve awarding a contract for new sidewalks and making 00:03:41
some adjustments to Splice 3 reprogramming. 00:03:47
SO23A and 23B so. 00:03:53
If the council is willing, I'd love to entertain a motion to make those changes to the agenda, please. 00:03:56
So the sorry just ask so the A&B under what the sidewalks under that fits under the R walk like that? 00:04:05
So that would be a separate item. 00:04:15
They don't truly fit under the art walk, but that's how we have to add them. We're just adding them so that, yeah, right there. 00:04:19
Changes. Do we have a second? 00:04:28
Any discussion? 00:04:31
All right, All in favor. Say aye. 00:04:33
Any opposed? 00:04:36
Motion carries 50. We have our agenda set for the evening and now the fun can begin. Public input. As I said earlier, members who 00:04:37
wish to address the mayor and council can do so. Noted times on the agenda or the request or discretion of the council. Comments 00:04:45
should be made related to the agenda items. No, you know, going off track. You know, talk about what the item is in the item is, 00:04:52
that's in front of us. No debate Argument. Personal attacks are irrelevant. Discussion. Address the merits of the pending matter. 00:05:00
And address remarks directly to council. Council will not speak to potential litigation, attorney-client or personnel matters. And 00:05:07
with that, I'll turn it over to Mayor, excuse me, Manager Dickerson, you're going to run us through our monthly financial. 00:05:13
Financial reports, I don't know that you want that promotion. 00:05:19
Thank you, Mayor. So everybody should have gotten the balance sheets, the revenues and the expenditures through the end of May. I 00:05:24
have not heard any questions. We're looking pretty good. We do anticipate returning some money. I won't say how much because it's 00:05:30
always questionable, but some money back to the general fund this year. So everything is on track. 00:05:35
And then there's some cleanup, you know, paving and other things that have to happen so it could drag on another couple months 00:06:16
before that's closed out. 00:06:19
Splash Three is our newest. This is the one we're working on here at Shoals Park and Rocket Field improvements. 00:06:23
There are some monies in there for capital purchases that will come in this budget year that are being recommended, so there's 00:06:31
still a lot of money left in that budget in that. 00:06:36
Project and then you'll notice we have a balance of 1.2 million. We're averaging about 78,000 over the last, you know, year and a 00:06:41
half. 00:06:45
Of monies have. 00:06:50
And that is at 8.63% of the county sales tax. 00:06:53
Cheese Losses is a new report. You guys have not seen this yet, although I think some of y'all did see it because I think I sent 00:06:58
it last week to y'all. So you know, but that's why there are no expenditures yet. That will change as of tonight, I hope. 00:07:03
That right now the average monthly revenues with the first revenue that we got was a little bit more than 66,000. I didn't have 00:07:10
time for the meeting to verify some stuff that the mayor asked me about, but we do anticipate the average will be. 00:07:16
Throughout the life of it will be around 78,000 or so so and I'll find out more information, put that in the weekly update to you 00:07:23
guys as far as how that will work. 00:07:27
Project Then there is some money encumbered for the police initiative that we had last year. 00:08:03
Any questions on the on any of those? 00:08:09
Just a reminder, the budget that we go through is a budget process and so it starts in February with the Council meeting to have 00:08:13
their retreat and talk about the goals and objectives for the upcoming fiscal year. 00:08:18
And beyond, for that matter, we start off with a work session, then have your regular meeting, talk to independent agencies that 00:08:24
you support, and then have the beginner are required public hearings. There are three of those for the budget and this year 00:08:29
because you're not rolling back the mileage rate. 00:08:35
And the military is going up. We have 3 three of those hearings as well. Tonight is the last hearing for all both the budget and 00:08:41
for the mileage rate. 00:08:45
Any questions about that? 00:08:50
All right. Keep moving along. Economic development, we had seven business licenses that came in. 00:08:53
And some insurance payments and and whatnot. So nothing terribly excited should should be trickling in at this point because we'll 00:09:00
be starting getting ready for next year. 00:09:04
Occupational taxes. 00:09:08
On the excise tax side, alcohol we brought in about 17,000 to date for this fiscal year and 23,000 on Hotel Motel, which is 00:09:09
significantly more than what we thought on the short term vacation rental. So apparently a lot of people are choosing to. 00:09:15
Vacation through short term vacation rentals. On the Economic development building permit side, we had 9 permits for eight 00:09:22
projects. Another one at Wire Park, several on Morrison St. just some basic HVAC. 00:09:28
Pools. That kind of thing. Nothing terribly exciting. 00:09:36
All right. No questions. I'll pass it on the back to the mayor, I guess. 00:09:39
All right. We now have our Downtown Development Authority update. Mayor Pro Tem Tucker, I think that's you. 00:09:46
Yes, just a few things. 00:09:51
Kate, our DDA director, is not here this evening and she is working hard. She has already submitted the Georgia Main Street 00:09:55
Program application and we're very hopeful that that will be approved. She's also hard at work on the the. 00:10:01
Rural I don't know if I say the whole thing, but the the rural designation that is much more competitive and it also has an 00:10:08
economic component to it that might make it a little challenging for us to actually get that. But she is doing everything she can 00:10:15
to see if that might be an opportunity for us. 00:10:21
Also just an update on the Creative Placemaking Grant. We are having an event on October 14th paid for by this grant. It will be 00:10:29
it's art in the Park. We have a local band that will be playing some art opportunities for the community, local restaurants 00:10:37
involved. It should be a lot of fun. So go ahead and mark your calendar. It is the Saturday before the Fall festival. 00:10:46
And yeah, things are moving along. We have some other things that will be on the agenda tonight related to this, but they are not 00:10:56
yet voted on so. 00:11:00
Thank you, Mayor Pro Tem and we will welcome. 00:11:07
Interim Chief Tedderton to the podium to give us an update on the Police Department. 00:11:11
Good evening Mayor and. 00:11:16
Keeping with our thoughts really quickly, I'm going to run through your report that you received for this month and I got you 00:11:19
faster if anyone has any questions. 00:11:24
Just giving shout will you make sure your mics? 00:11:30
Thank. 00:11:35
All community events, We were pretty busy for the month of May. 00:11:39
We accomplished our life placements at the cemetery on graves of approximately 105 US veterans. 00:11:44
And then we pick those flags up and celebration Memorial Day. 00:11:54
We are doing something new this year. We're going to be placing flags out for July 4th for the first time. Generally, we've done 00:11:58
just Memorial Day of veteran's day. 00:12:01
We included July 4th. We're doing that on the 29th of this month. 00:12:05
And at 1:00. 00:12:10
We also attended an invitation to ESP. For Friends and Family Day. 00:12:12
And we began planning for the upcoming fall festival later in the year. 00:12:17
Some upcoming events that we're. 00:12:22
During the October 1st run for responders and festival. 00:12:25
We're going to do a Chili Cook off, a demonstration of our Fatal Vision driving compared goggles for young people and adults. 00:12:30
We're working on our plans for veteran's day. We've also. 00:12:39
Participate in Children's Reading Day in the Oconee County Library. 00:12:43
If you look through your package, you'll notice some of our officers attendance of training recently. 00:12:48
Officer Angling completed the DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certificate. Sergeant Hitler went to Block Pistol Armor 00:12:52
School in Smyrna. Officer Walker went to Basic drug investigations. 00:12:58
And Sergeant Hitler wave went to crime scene documentation in Demarest. 00:13:04
Special Events. 00:13:09
We're going to be hosting an adult and infant child support of Child Rescue and CPR, AED training and Narcan. 00:13:11
On the 30th of this month for eighteen officers. 00:13:20
That includes all of my people, as well as some sheriff's deputies. 00:13:24
I'm not going to go through the interesting case of the month. I'm going to let you read that on your own. It isn't actually a 00:13:28
pretty funny one. Take a look at that. 00:13:32
That subject is still at large, but he is now a resident in the area of Winter Hills, my understanding. 00:13:36
If you go to the page that has the graphs on touch on that. 00:13:42
You'll notice up there at the top we had a. 00:13:47
26155 calls for service. 00:13:50
During the last 30 days, that is an up increase of 68% over the last month. 00:13:53
My officers conducted security checks on residences and businesses throughout the city. 00:13:59
For 16120, which is an increase of 63% over last month. 00:14:04
And on traffic CIT. 00:14:09
They wrote 227, which is an increase of 51% over last month. 00:14:11
Further breakdown on our traffic activities below. 00:14:18
If you look at those two graphs, you'll see that out of the 227 citations written. 00:14:21
138 of those were for. 00:14:25
Now not to show that we're being heavy. 00:14:28
For the breakdown. 00:14:31
Issued A139 warnings and 88 actual citations, so we're issuing more warnings than there are tickets. We're not trying to punish 00:14:33
people, we're just trying to get them to comply. 00:14:38
And the interesting case. 00:14:44
Kind of reflects that. 00:14:46
In addition. 00:14:49
There you go, unless better. 00:14:52
Was everybody able to get everything I said earlier? 00:14:55
OK. Sorry about that guys. The light was on then was off. 00:15:00
I fixed LPR cameras. 00:15:06
We have total 482K. 00:15:08
Issued in the last month. Of those, 255 are open and 227 are pending. 00:15:12
If you go into the next pages it will give you some breakdowns on what my guys have been doing. 00:15:19
The first one you'll notice the. 00:15:26
While that number looks like it's decreased, I want to explain that to you for a moment. We have kind of made an internal policy 00:15:29
change. 00:15:32
That, I think, will benefit the city, as well as Sheriff Hale and the Sheriff's Department. 00:15:37
So we are making arrests for people that need to be arrested. We're putting people in jail that need to be there. 00:15:41
We're not necessarily arresting everyone we can. I don't think that's what we're out there to do. 00:15:47
So in this case we made three traffic arrests and these were for people that were doing things that needed to go to jail. 00:15:52
But on 4 occasions, my officers came across four people that had misdemeanor possession of marijuana. 00:15:59
And my belief is, is that if we have a person that is cooperative and has misdemeanor levels of marijuana and has verified ties to 00:16:06
the community. In other words, I know where they're at and I know how to find. 00:16:12
We've elected to issue notice to appear tickets to them so they will appear in front of Judge Samuels. 00:16:18
And he will make the decision on what happens to them. 00:16:24
In the meanwhile, if they don't show up for the court hearing. 00:16:27
Again, we know where they're at. Judge Samuels will issue a fail to appear warrant. We will go pick them up and they will have two 00:16:30
things to talk to Judge Samuels about instead of the one misdemeanor marijuana violation. 00:16:35
That relieves pressure on the sheriff in the jail, makes it easier on his. 00:16:40
Saves US money because we paid a houseless prisoners. 00:16:45
And I think it's just a better way to go about doing business. 00:16:48
If you take a look at the cost for. 00:16:52
You'll notice I put a little color on your. 00:16:55
The green colors indicate. 00:16:57
Could have a potential for danger to my officers. 00:17:01
The yellow ones are traffic involved, such as demand the 18 accidents my officers worked in the last 30 days. 00:17:04
And then the blue ones are security check. 00:17:11
You'll see in there. That just makes it real easy for you to see how those calls were broken down. 00:17:13
You ready for? 00:17:23
Walker OK. 00:17:25
Talking about officer. 00:17:27
He's a pretty active guy. 00:17:29
He is our newest officer and he's our youngest officer. 00:17:31
He's been to the city for a while. He started with us in the Public works section. 00:17:36
Because when he first came to us, he's a little bit on the young side. 00:17:41
So we send them over there, but we're very proud to have him, Walker, come up. 00:17:44
So I received correspond. 00:17:49
From a citizen of Athens who Officer Walker had contact with on Tuesday. 00:17:53
And this was from a traffic stop on Simonton Bridge. 00:17:57
Officer Walkers running police radar. He detected this vehicle. I believe he was more than twice the posted speed limit. 00:18:01
And that grew his attention. So he went out and met with his fellow. 00:18:07
In the course of stopping the vehicle, the driver was so excited to meet Officer Walker, he actually drove off the roadway and 00:18:11
flattened his tire. 00:18:15
Not our tire. His. 00:18:19
So also, Walker went up to him and told him I was stopped. The guy freely admitted. Yep, I'm driving way too fast. But let me tell 00:18:21
you why it turns out his wife. 00:18:25
Had just had surgery and she was in recovery area and he wanted to get there to be with her. 00:18:30
So Officer Walker after talking to Guy about the dangers of speeding. 00:18:36
Notice that his tire was going flat. This was an older. 00:18:40
So Officer Walker broke out the guys tools. His spare tire changed the spare tire and tools for him. It was a pretty hot day, It 00:18:44
was pretty dirty and he got all dirtied up. 00:18:49
So the gentleman wanted to pay. 00:18:55
Not for letting him go, but to clean his uniform. So Officer Walker did not take any money from him. The guy gave his card. 00:18:57
And then he wrote this big long letter to myself and the editor of some local newspapers. 00:19:05
He is a professor at UGA. 00:19:11
He is a senior lect. 00:19:15
Emeritus. 00:19:18
For the Grady College of Journalism. So he knows how to write letters to newspapers. 00:19:19
So he sent that out and in recognition of Officer Walker and a good job that he does for us, I'd like to present him with a little 00:19:24
accommodation. 00:19:27
Yep. 00:19:46
Handshake. 00:19:48
And also like to recognize officers while she's in the audience. Bailey. I'm sorry, Bailey Marley. I got too many Baileys in my 00:19:56
group. Thanks buddy. 00:20:00
Thanks. That's it. 00:20:05
We. 00:20:12
Did the picture come through of the donation officer? Wait a second for Officer Walker leaves. Tristan, Tristan, come back here, 00:20:14
buddy. 00:20:17
I do. I do just want to say. And mom, you want to hear this too? 00:20:20
All of us are around town a lot and and and I'm really proud of all of our officers but I'm I'm all you were just you're almost 00:20:26
universal when you're working it seems like you just never stop and. 00:20:31
And I just really appreciate that, you know, I mean when it's like if I'm out walking or driving around Watkinsville when you're 00:20:37
on duty, it's just you're always seeing Officer Walker, you're just around and present and I think that builds a lot of confidence 00:20:42
with our citizens son that they're seeing senior. 00:20:47
The example of your friendliness with the flat tire was was really great when it would have been really easy for you to not notice 00:20:52
and just go on your way and keep doing what you're doing. But that's the kind of community policing we need in Watkinsville. So 00:20:57
we're grateful for that and we appreciate appreciate everything you've done as you've transitioned into this role. It's pretty 00:21:02
awesome to see. So thank you. Yeah, thank you. 00:21:06
Going out of my way to help. 00:21:13
Going out of my way to help someone is my way of thanking each and everyone of you. 00:21:16
I've said it many times, but I don't think I can ever say it. 00:21:23
Giving a 20 year old from Coweta County a chance. 00:21:27
Is all I ever asked for and you guys gave me that chance and I. 00:21:32
Very much appreciated. 00:21:36
And I thank everyone of. 00:21:38
Thank you, thank you, thank you. 00:21:41
I mentioned that we're going to be putting on the CPR class 80 class and child rescue class on. 00:21:51
The 30th of this month, one of the reasons we're doing that is I'm going for 100% qualification on all police officers, 00:21:57
Watkinsville for what's called Georgia first responder. As you guys all know, we have a Volunteer Fire rescue service that does an 00:22:03
outstanding job, but my officers are always the fastest on a Med call, They're always there the quickest. 00:22:09
And if any training we can get them to save lives is very well worth it. All of my cars are equipped with Aedes, and in the first 00:22:16
few minutes of someone having a cardiac event, those first few minutes are paramount to saving their life. 00:22:22
And keeping them whole. So when I approach the Kennedy County Fire Service to do this training, they told me that they had a lack 00:22:29
of training materials. 00:22:34
So hearing that? 00:22:40
I asked him exactly what they needed, and they needed things like CPR, mannequins, or the dummies that they use. 00:22:41
They needed some Narcan training simulators and they needed AED training simulators and they just didn't have enough money to do 00:22:47
this stuff. 00:22:51
So as you know, we have a foundation, the Badges and Benevolence Foundation SO501C3 that is approved by the Governor to receive 00:22:56
funding through tax sources as well as private donations. 00:23:02
So we have a board. There are four people that sit on it. I don't just spend money Willy nilly out of this. It's not my money to 00:23:08
spend. It is the group's money. So I reached out to the board. I secured enough. 00:23:14
Councilman Garrett sits on that board. He gave me a positive vote. Once we had enough positive votes, we proceeded to buy the 00:23:20
equipment, part of which is in this picture that they took receipt of today. And they will use that every year and their fire 00:23:26
service Academy as well as training other people in the area for these life saving events. And that's what this picture showed you 00:23:31
guys. That's the lead instructor on the right, Kathy Adams, who's also a physician's assistant. 00:23:37
And then the gentleman on the left is Cliff. He is their administrative assistant. Of course, Officer Stearns was our own duty 00:23:43
officer today. That got to go into the photo. 00:23:48
And that's all I have, unless you have anything for me. 00:23:54
I'll get out of here. 00:23:58
Yeah. Thank you. Great job. 00:24:01
Thank you, Chief. We'll now move into a couple of different public hearings. This is going to cover some of our budget related 00:24:07
items as well as a public hearing on Hardin Hill Road. Again, I'll read it. State the issues. If you want to speak when you come 00:24:13
to the podium, please state your name and address comments related to the agenda items. Speak from the podium. You have 4 minutes 00:24:19
when you present no debate argument. Personal attacks are irrelevant. Discussion. Public input will be allowed after council 00:24:26
receives reports from staff. 00:24:32
And the applicant, so staff and applicant go first in any public comments would come after that. So the first one that we have is 00:24:38
our proposed 2023 property tax mileage rate manager, Dickerson. I think you're going to give an overview on that, please. Yes, 00:24:45
thank you, Mayor. So this year the there is a recommended increase of .84 mills to the mileage rate. That increases. That increase 00:24:53
will generate 6 a little bit more than $671,000 in property taxes. That is an increase of about $268,000. 00:25:00
And most and the majority of that is to cover the cost of the purchase of the 100 acres that we are currently under contract with 00:25:08
on Simonton Bridge Rd. 00:25:12
To give a little bit of context, these are for home, so you do receive a homestead. So I've modeled the 300,000 if your home value 00:25:17
is at 300,000 or your home value is at 500,000. 00:25:23
The rollback on the right hand side in the Gray basically if the city were to keep the same. 00:25:30
Taxes that we collected last year, then the estimated then the rollback would actually be 1.756 mills instead of the 2.081 that is 00:25:35
currently. Since we're not taking the roll back and we are actually increasing, you will see the difference that right in the 00:25:42
middle of the screen you'll see the difference. It's about $137.50 per household. That's on an average home of 300,000 and on a 00:25:49
$500,000 home it's about a $371 increase in property taxes. 00:25:56
That's also modeled on this sheet and gave you a different couple different ways to look at it. Again, that money will be used to 00:26:03
pay the debt service on that purchase of that property. 00:26:07
Couple other things real quick. Just a comparison, our property tax is going to be going to 2.921, which is still lower than the 00:26:13
peer median of all of our peer cities that you see listed there. I'm not sure what Bogarts is going to, but will be slightly above 00:26:19
Bogarts if there stays the same. 00:26:24
And for a population of 3000 doing all that we're doing, I think that's that says a lot. We're doing a lot with very little. 00:26:30
Any questions or comments before the? 00:26:38
Hearing. 00:26:41
OK. I'll go back to the slide for. 00:26:42
All right, at this time, I'll open a public hearing. If anyone wants to comment on the mileage rate, please come forward. 00:26:49
All right. See no one, then I'll close the public hearing and at this point we will not have a motion or vote. We'll do that later 00:26:57
on in the agenda. Our next public hearing is related to the proposed fiscal year 2024 general fund. 00:27:02
And capital and operating budget manager Dickerson, if you could provide a brief presentation on that, we'll then move to a public 00:27:08
hearing. 00:27:11
So we have a balanced budget of 2.858 million and some change. 00:27:15
But we have licenses and permits and other types of franchise fees that help round out that 2.85 million. And as I said the 00:27:50
increase this year is about 185,000 that specifically for the, the debt service on the purchase of the property. 00:27:58
On the expense side, you'll see that we are that this budget covers 19 full-time equivalent plus one new full-time equivalent, 00:28:06
which will be our judicial assistant who is currently a part time employee. 00:28:11
Provides a multitude of, I'm sorry, municipal services. You'll see those listed. 00:28:17
Oh, I actually one thing real quick, you'll notice obviously the big three chunky ones are general government that includes 00:28:24
finance administration, code. Public works covers our garbage, which is our garbage contract which is around $377,000 this year 00:28:31
and police and so garbage and police make up are about 50% of our budget. 00:28:38
And those are two very important services for our. 00:28:45
The other part of the budget is the capital side. We do have a capital improvement program. We budget out or we plan out for 10 to 00:28:48
15 years out. We are asking this year for replacement of two of the police, Crown, Crown Victoria's. 00:28:54
A code truck and then asking for a purchase of a John Deere Gator to assist us with getting around on the parks, the new park 00:29:02
included. 00:29:05
We do have funds that are available in Splash Three that will offset some of the expenses. 00:29:09
And so this year, we'll only need about $60,000. 00:29:15
In capital improvement funds, which leaves us with a little bit more than $258,000 in that capital improvement fund. Whoops, sorry 00:29:19
went back. So that is the, that is the budget. 00:29:24
All right. At this time, we're open a public hearing and see if there's any public comment on the budget. 00:29:30
None received in writing in Advance Court Klein. 00:29:37
OK. All right. Hearing none, we will close the public hearing. 00:29:41
And we will move along to the next public hearing, which is five hard. 00:29:45
And that is a conditional use for special events facility. We'll hear from manager Dickerson for report and then I'll invite Mr. 00:29:51
Ashford up to speak to that. 00:29:55
I get to do Mark's job today, but thankfully this is not too terribly technical, more administrative. So we had a request from CBW 00:30:00
Unlimited LLC, which is Will and Kaylin Ashford's company. They were asking for a special events facility, conditional use for 00:30:06
Five and 20 Hardin Hill Rd. 00:30:12
That is five. I'm sorry. Yeah, that's 5 Harden Hill Rd. 00:30:20
You'll see Main Street coming down the middle there and. 00:30:24
This is a aerial of 20 Hardin. 00:30:28
It's a little bit of perspective is showing you what's on the plat. So you'll see there is a property, there's a hat, the Ashford 00:30:33
Manor house pool on that first piece and on the back on the track back that is 20 hard hill is just a house. 00:30:40
This is the side view entrance off of Hardin Hill onto the property that fronts Main Street and this is the for 20 Hardin Hill the 00:30:48
entrance. 00:30:52
So just a little overview, they are asking for a conditional use permit for special events facilities under our zoning ordinance, 00:30:58
which was adopted last February. And the criteria are pretty specific. I think it was contemplated it will only be two or three 00:31:02
properties that would even meet this. 00:31:07
And the only one of the two that have been requested that do meet this is 5 Harden Hill Rd. It has to be contiguous. The residents 00:31:13
have to be contiguous to or within 100 feet of a current commercial use and over 3000 square feet in size and on a parcel of more 00:31:18
than 2.75 acres. 00:31:24
And so 5 Harden Hill does meet that requirement, but 20 does not and we have communicated that to the applicant. 00:31:30
To, our recommendation would be to. 00:31:38
5 Harden. 00:31:41
Yeah, make sure the green light is on, everyone. I will Ashford. 00:31:48
I've lived at 5 Hardin Hill Rd. For the past year and a half and I'm sure you guys are familiar with it. Used to be the Ashford 00:31:53
Manor. 00:31:56
Big part of the community for many, many years, I think they had when I talked to the previous owners, I think they had more than 00:32:01
1200 weddings there over the course of about 25 years, as well as some other numerous other smaller events. 00:32:07
We've really enjoyed living there as our primary residence, but we would like to open it back up for events. We're thinking small, 00:32:13
medium sized events and nowhere near the scale that the previous owners were operating. We're thinking probably 5 to 6 small to 00:32:20
medium size weddings per year, as well as possibly some other very small events like birthday parties, ladies, luncheons and 00:32:27
things like that scattered throughout the year. So not nearly the same scale. 00:32:34
Or operation that the previous owners were doing. 00:32:43
And I think that would be a great way for you know the the manner I think. 00:32:47
Staple of downtown Watkinsville and this gives the public a chance to be able to get back in there and enjoy the property going 00:32:51
forward. 00:32:55
All right. 00:33:03
Questions for the applicant before we open the public hearing. 00:33:06
Do you will you guys continue to live there? Yes, it's going to continue to be our primary residence. 00:33:11
And is the issue with 20 Hardin Hill, does that affect your plans? No, it doesn't. I actually just, we had just purchased that 00:33:16
property from Mar. 00:33:20
About a month ago. So I added that sort of last minute thinking, well it's contiguous, we might as well get it approved, but. 00:33:25
I don't think that would have any bearing on the events that we're planning on having so. 00:33:31
Well, this thank you Mr. Ashford. At this point I'll invite anybody up who wants to comment on this request. 00:33:39
Yes. 00:33:46
Good evening. I'm Patrick Lucas and I'm representing Ashford Memorial Methodist Church that is on One South Main Street adjacent 00:33:52
to the Ashford property. We are not in opposition of of the request. 00:34:00
We've not been approached. 00:34:08
About this request and so we're here. 00:34:11
Primarily for informational purposes and the main aspect of the questions we have pertain to parking and their plans for parking. 00:34:15
If you're familiar with our property, we have the church a lot directly behind our church that has some handicap parking a lot 00:34:22
across Hardin Hill. 00:34:29
That is a parking lot and we've not been approached about the use of our parking and so in the description it said circular drive 00:34:36
for ingress and egress. 00:34:42
With public parking available and so we are just inquiring about the plans for parking of these events and. 00:34:48
The policing of the use of adjacent parking for these events. So Doctor Lucas, before you step down, could you just offer your 00:34:58
address so we have that. For the record, yes, you want my personal address or the address of the church? Personal address is 1185. 00:35:05
Porter Creek, Dr. Watkins Hill, thank you. OK, Mr. Ashford, if you want to address those. 00:35:13
But yeah, I apologize for this. Probably something we should have talked about about a month ago. 00:36:00
Did you have another question or was it prompt? Was it just parking? 00:36:06
Yeah. So if you can, if you can go up to the mic, I'm sorry, we got people. That's the only one. OK, So just I'll restate that was 00:36:10
Doctor Lucas, and Ashford's only concern is what I'm hearing from. 00:36:15
Gentleman from Ashford, OK was parking. So yes, the public parking behind the courthouse or like I said, I'll talk to you after 00:36:21
and we'll kind of get together if it would be an option to lease out the parking lot from the church as I know that Dave and Mario 00:36:28
did in the past and it it seemed to work well for them. However, you know if that doesn't work that's that's OK too. So. 00:36:34
Yep. 00:36:41
OK. Any other public comments? 00:36:45
On the request, all right, I'm going to close the public hearing and bring it back behind the Rail Council. Any questions at this 00:36:49
point for the applicant or comments? 00:36:52
Hello. 00:36:58
I'm excited that it's getting opened up again to the community, I personally. 00:37:00
Went to quite a few events there back in the day and it's absolutely beautiful, so. 00:37:05
I'm in full support. 00:37:11
Councilman Garrett, I think you might live the closest. 00:37:15
I'm excited to having it open back up because it's a great venue in place and I guess it falls under the. 00:37:19
Criteria is the music and stuff. 00:37:28
Certain they acknowledge the noise ordinance and the noise ordinance in the application and agreed to adhere to the noise 00:37:31
ordinance. 00:37:34
Well, you guys have been, it's exciting to have you guys back in the family house and taking great care of it and it's even more 00:37:43
exciting I think that the public is going to be able to enjoy that to some degree again and. 00:37:47
Yeah, and it's also good to have our friends from Ashford here tonight. Y'all also are stewards of one of our most beautiful 00:37:52
historic buildings. So appreciate the way you all are able to work together on that at this point. 00:37:57
We do not have a vote, so do we vote on that? 00:38:05
OK, it says no motion to vote on my notes. Apologies. OK, so we will need to take a vote on that council. I'll entertain a motion. 00:38:08
To to approve the conditional. 00:38:15
Permit I make a motion to approve the condition conditional use. 00:38:19
Do we have a second? Second. All right. All in favor, say aye. Any opposed motion carries 5 O. All right. Thank you all. 00:38:26
All right. Next up we have. OK. 00:38:39
That was the hearing. Then we went on to the vote. OK, I see. OK, All right. So we covered that. 00:38:43
We're going to move on. 00:38:48
Hillside Business Park. 00:38:51
I don't know if we have anybody representing Hillside here tonight. 00:38:53
Do we? 00:38:56
OK, I thought you were wearing that hat tonight. I wasn't sure if you had anything else. I always get a little nervous when a 00:38:59
stray lawyer rumbles into council chambers. 00:39:04
OK. 00:39:13
All right 5 Harden Hill. We did Hillside Business Park, Morrison St. 00:39:15
You're presenting this, Sharon? 00:39:21
Unless Councilman Thomas wants to. I wasn't sure if he wanted to, to handle it or not. I'm happy. 00:39:25
But I don't know if you could hear that. Do you want to address the urban forest plan or do you want Sharon to take care of that 00:39:32
for you? 00:39:34
I can talk through what what would propose. 00:39:38
It. 00:39:42
Can y'all hear me OK? 00:39:45
OK. I'm hearing an echo back on. That's why I'll just make sure Y'all can hear me. 00:39:48
Umm. 00:39:54
Yeah. So the the, the plan itself. 00:39:55
It is fully wooded around. If everybody familiar where the location is, it's fully wooded around. 00:40:00
It's. 00:40:09
Currently in a in a farm. 00:40:11
A farm area, so right about residential. 00:40:14
To the left and then on the right hand side is all commercial. 00:40:18
The tree current tree density. 00:40:23
Required in 45 units per acre. It is 4.8 acres. 00:40:26
But it's got a total of 120 units. 00:40:33
The taste total square area. 00:40:37
Remaining is. 00:40:41
8989 hundred square feet. 00:40:45
And there's a buffer. A Creek the buffer as well. 00:40:49
So there will be plenty of trees remaining. 00:40:53
Once the construction is complete. So with this, the Urban Forestry Board does recommend approval. 00:40:57
Of the of the. 00:41:06
And and I'll add, there was a condition, a clarification on the perimeter requirements being met and we did receive a letter from 00:41:09
Brian with the civil solutions consultant that said that they will be meeting that requirement of one tree per 30 linear feet of 00:41:14
boundary. So they did clarify that. 00:41:20
And what? What was? What was the? What did the design wind up being along Morrison St. with the sidewalk and stuff? Is there, is 00:41:26
it a? 00:41:29
Trees and sidewalk. I can't remember what they wound up doing. 00:41:33
Yes. 00:41:40
Yes, there there were. There was a sidewalk. 00:41:44
There was. I'm trying to get to the actual map, though. There's a sidewalk that comes all the way around the corner, and then 00:41:49
trees that line line the sidewalk as well. 00:41:54
OK. All right. 00:42:00
All right, Council, any questions regarding the? 00:42:05
Urban Forest Plan for the Hillside Business Park. 00:42:09
All right, hearing none, then we'll entertain a motion. 00:42:14
The urban forest. 00:42:23
UH plan. 00:42:26
All right, we have a motion to approve the plan. Do we have a second, Second any? 00:42:28
All right. All in favor. Say aye. Aye. 00:42:33
Motion carries 5. 00:42:37
All right. The other part is the wastewater. Talk a little bit about that. This is just an excerpt, you guys know. I've got a 00:42:39
master sheet that's way longer than I could put on the screen. 00:42:44
So the applicant has requested for waste for sewer to that facility. The city can grant sewer capacity. Everything else they have 00:42:49
to go through the county. As far as getting connections and verifying all that, we did check with Oconee County. They calculate a 00:42:57
little bit more than what the property owner thought they were going to need at about 3120 gallons per day. 00:43:04
Right now we have about 89,000. 00:43:12
Gallons per day out of the 100,000 committed. If you grant this, there will be a little bit more than 7600 gallons a day 00:43:15
remaining. 00:43:19
All right, Council, any questions regarding the suit, wastewater capacity allocation request? I do have a question. 00:43:24
And I know we've talked about this before, but if is there a review every year of how much is actually used? So could some of this 00:43:32
actually come back if the. 00:43:37
All right. Any other questions? 00:44:41
Right hearing none. I'll entertain a motion to approve the wastewater capacity allocation request. 00:44:44
Make a motion to approve the wastewater capacity request. All right, Do we have a second? 00:44:51
I. 00:44:57
We're going to give that to Councilman Garrett. Break it up a little bit here. All right, We have a motion. We have a second. Any 00:44:58
further discussion, All in favor, say aye. 00:45:02
All right, that's motion carries 50, we're going to move to old business and we have approved the selection for contractor for our 00:45:08
L Meg funds. 00:45:13
Manager Dickerson, you're going to give us a report on that? Yep. 00:45:18
So we are going to be recommending that you award the Garrett paving the contract for the L Meg resurfacing of Bunny Hop Trail for 00:45:21
a little bit more than $47,000. That excludes the solid line striping since that is a small, a very lightly traveled Rd. not 00:45:28
really necessary and it saves 6 or $7000. I believe we are asking that it be a not to exceed award because it's all on quantities 00:45:35
and it may need a little bit more or less and so that's about a 5% increase on that appropriation of the SPLOST. 00:45:43
Designation match that designation match as well. 00:45:51
Just a little background, we did receive 43,000 and some change from El Meg, that's from the Georgia Department Transfer 00:45:54
Transportation, the local maintenance improvement grants, monies. We released the RFP initially in February, got it back on March 00:46:00
6th from 1 company. This was for both Bunny Hop and for School St. for segment of School St. due to lack of competitive proposals 00:46:06
and whatnot, we released it again on April 13th, got it back on May 1st and received this time, got a proposal from Smith and 00:46:13
Company which is a is a contractor. 00:46:19
In that time and and with that one, it flipped and Smith and company came in higher and Garrett came in lower. 00:46:58
So we are making a recommendation. Well and then I just for history let you know that we did get, we did send out specifically 00:47:03
sent out to four companies all about asphalt, CW Matthews and the other two I've mentioned. 00:47:08
Only received from the the latter 2. We are only going to recommend right now Bunny Hop Trail. We're looking at some issues with 00:47:14
School St. anyway and we'll come back to you if we decide to do that or not. So again, we are requesting that you award a contract 00:47:20
to Garrett paving for a not to exceed amount of $50,000. 00:47:27
And Chuck, I do want to make it clear, you and your family are no longer involved with Garrett Paving, is that correct? OK, all 00:47:34
right. I just want for the for the record, I know you are also our in-house expert on paving. 00:47:39
All right, Council, any questions for manager Dickerson on the paving? 00:47:45
I think Chuck's I saw. 00:47:50
All right. Do we have a motion to award award the helmet grant? 00:47:53
I make a motion to award the grant to Garrett Paving. Do we have a second? 00:48:00
All right. We have a motion. We have a second. All in favor. 00:48:06
Aye. 00:48:09
All right, Chuck is going to recuse anyway, so that motion carries. 00:48:12
All right, we're moving on to item 23. This is the appropriation for $14,600 to from Spouse 3 for the Hair Shoals Park Art Walk. 00:48:18
Project manager Dickerson, if you could give us a report on that. 00:48:26
So we are going to request an additional $14,600 for this project. I do want to point out, and I'll probably say this several 00:48:35
times during this presentation, the council did appropriate $100,000 for her Shoals Park and this actually fits within the 100,000 00:48:40
I talked to Councilwoman. 00:48:46
Initially in March of last year. 00:49:23
You did appropriate 140 and some change out of the 345,000 that had been designated for parks and green space and that there's a 00:49:25
list of items that it was that money was set aside for. 00:49:31
In February of this year, because of some changes with Rocket Field and some opportunities there, you guys reduce that budget from 00:49:41
3:45 to 100,000 which is what we're working with right now. Did want to point out that there is still half $1,000,000 that's been 00:49:47
earmarked for Harris Shoals Park in that SPLOST fund. 00:49:52
So we're not really and we've gone after some other monies that we're waiting to hear about. So there could be some other ways to 00:49:59
pay for some of the hair. 00:50:02
So last year, last part of last year, we determined that the old wooden playground was beyond repair. It was dismantled. Out of 00:50:06
that, 50,000 had originally been set aside for the wooden playground, 10,000 was set aside for this art project. And when they got 00:50:11
the proposals that were released in February, they got them back in April, they found out they needed more than that and that is 00:50:17
why we are here. 00:50:22
And I believe that will get you. If you had the 14-6 along with seventeen five, that should get you. 00:50:28
The number we have which is up there and the 17575 was. 00:50:36
I think I put that, yeah, put it in there. I didn't say it out loud. Yeah, so we had operating funds and splash funds that are 00:50:42
paying for this project. 00:50:46
Do we have renderings that we can share with the public on this presentation? Yeah, I've got, I've got things I could. You've got 00:50:50
one up there. You've got an idea of some stuff and I've got some stuff here in and there. 00:50:55
I think they're in the fact they're in the packet. I just didn't put them on. Just watch it so they can go online and look at them 00:51:01
there for sure. 00:51:05
But yeah, they are. 00:51:09
Do you want me to say? 00:51:11
We got 3 great submissions. One of them was for two pieces. 00:51:12
One of them we didn't feel like was going to fit this space, but we would. We told the artist that we loved it and maybe use it 00:51:19
another place in the park in the future. And so that is what's going to allow us, if we pass this to get three of these pieces. 00:51:24
Two of them are. 00:51:29
By the same artists, if you've been to the bot gardens and the children garden, the Big Ladybug, it's the same artist who did that 00:51:36
and she is doing a turtle and a snake and she goes, please check out the packet because she goes into great detail on the history 00:51:44
and how she does it and everything. And then and part of this, we wanted these pieces to be things that children could interact 00:51:51
with safely and that also represented the flora and fauna that could be found in Harrah's Shoals Park. 00:51:59
So no unicorns and and that kind of stuff. So also the other piece is a really cool interactive piece and this is a tiny sampling 00:52:07
of the artist's work. And it is. It's like a big. I will not describe as well, but it's like a big. 00:52:16
Wheel that you can turn it and then on one part of it, it has writing about a specific plant or animal that you know you can feel, 00:52:27
you can look and then. 00:52:32
It will have that picture, so when you turn the wheel you get the writing about the actual. 00:52:39
Flower or plant or animal that you're looking at and it's about child height and we've asked all the questions hopefully make sure 00:52:45
no little fingers can get pinched, but it's really beautiful. Plus I think it's super educational and informative. So as we were 00:52:52
looking at the choices, we couldn't really decide between them and thought that three pieces would help make up for. 00:52:59
The playground space that was there. So overtime we would like to continue adding pieces to this and really kind of. 00:53:07
Have up the sidewalk from Harris Shoals up to the playground of possibilities. A really beautiful art walk. So. 00:53:15
Thank you. I hope you guys vote yes. 00:53:24
Can we clarify though because the the report was just for two pieces or if you're asking? 00:53:27
Green Lizard. Those are two pieces. So it's one artist. It's one proposal, but it's actually two separate pieces. 00:53:33
Because the intention is to do Queen Anne's at some future Queen Anne's, probably down in the green. In the middle of the green, 00:53:43
perhaps. So, yes. 00:53:46
All right, Council, any questions? 00:53:53
Christine thank you and and you're and and I think Connie's assisted but the for all the work on the public art and what we I know 00:53:57
it's been. 00:54:01
Time trying to figure out what we're going to do with that area, but I think it's going to be really lovely and more and more 00:54:05
people are using that sidewalk. So well done at this point. I'll have a motion on the appropriation of 14,600. 00:54:11
For the additional art, please. 00:54:17
Make a motion to approve the appropriation of $14,600 for the. 00:54:27
Artwork project. 00:54:33
All right, we have a motion. Do we have a second? 00:54:35
All right. We have a motion and a second. Any further discussion? 00:54:38
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:54:42
I think that's everybody. All right. Any opposed? 00:54:48
All right. 00:54:52
We're going to move on to item 23A and these are the we're going to do the two items that we added to the agenda. 00:54:55
Before. 00:55:02
Manager Dickerson gets into this. I do want to highlight as we all remember the tea spots. 00:55:04
Teaspoons passed last year and that's really important for us in Watkinsville and for the county to have those funds available to 00:55:10
make some transportation improvements. 00:55:14
And we've said all along we want to begin to make those improvements right away to show value to the taxpayers so. 00:55:19
Pleased to report that we've got some bids back on some of our sidewalks that we've been wanting to do for a while. Council 00:55:25
prioritize certain sidewalk segments. 00:55:29
And so Sharon's going to give us a report on that, but this, these are all connecting, some connecting and improving some existing 00:55:34
areas to enhance. 00:55:39
And. 00:56:46
And then come back to you guys for allocation of that money as well, OK. 00:56:48
So the City Council approached resolution to participate in T SPLOST. The county passed the the contract for that the ballot was 00:56:54
approved of the referendum was approved on ballot in November of last year. We began collecting revenues in April of this year, 00:57:00
will continue through March 31st of 2028. 00:57:06
On June 1st, we released the RFP for the installation of this of the sidewalk segments and on June 16th we received a proposal. 00:57:13
We received a proposal again transportation, special purpose, local options, sales tax. There are specific things you can use this 00:57:24
for. All these FLOSS projects are capital only. You can't use it for any operating. 00:57:30
The transportation purposes obviously roads, trails, buses, you know, St. sidewalks, etcetera, storm drain, etcetera. 00:57:38
If this is tea spices, just like our local option, sales tax is now figured at 7.77% of the revenues coming in. 00:57:47
The RFP was advertised in the County enterprise and was provided directly to two companies, Precision Landscaping and Mayweather 00:57:57
Concrete. As they we've worked with them before and they had requested you know that we send that to them. 00:58:03
These are the 8 segments that we're looking at. I'll show some exhibits here in a moment, but you'll see there are some of them 00:58:10
are pretty long and some are not. So we'll we'll probably work with the. 00:58:15
We'll work with the transportation committee just to make sure that we get these lined up in a good order. So N Main St. there's a 00:58:21
little segment in front of Sunshine Cycles that needs to be finished out so we can have a true connection all the way down. 00:58:28
Main Street on that end, on the opposite side, N Main Street from the Oconee County Instructional Support Center, which is 00:58:35
currently under under construction all the way to the corner where Public Works facility is. 00:58:41
A little segment that will require probably I don't believe that's all right away, but not our G dots will have to work with them 00:58:48
and figure that out. But right in front of believe that outer owns that property. Little segment where there's a pole that Georgia 00:58:54
Power cannot move and I want to try to make that a little bit easier for people to get around. 00:58:59
Again, all along. 00:59:06
South Main Street on Macon Highway, if you will, along Column Ferry, where we've just got had some connectivity from Trove. 00:59:08
And then further down. 00:59:16
Towards Dooley St. there's a segment. 00:59:18
And then there's two segments on new high Shoals, one from Hardin Hill to Concord and then one between both entrances of Concord. 00:59:22
And the final segment is Industrial Industrial Blvd. which is the North End of that of that road. 00:59:29
And that will require a pipe. Unfortunately, on the opposite side where we thought we were going to put it, there's telephone 00:59:37
poles or electric poles. And so it'll be on that side, it'll be easier to deal with. 00:59:42
Just to point out that these. 00:59:48
Budget was approved, designations were approved in March, I'm sorry, in February. And you will note that for the most part all of 00:59:52
them are pretty much just what they say, you know, sidewalks, traffic calming measures or maybe Hwy. 53 expansion or resurfacing, 00:59:59
those kind of things that have been talked about. Those are just designations. They have not been appropriated. We do anticipate 01:00:05
we are. The mayor will talk about his report, AG dot Tap grant, a Transportation alternatives Program grant. 01:00:12
This segment is not shown here. That money for the segment that we're going to the phase we're moving into is actually going to 01:00:20
come out as Floss 3. But if we move through the segment next year. 01:00:25
Will be going forward for the actual construction cost and that's what we've identified, at least temporarily. We've identified 01:00:30
the money we would need to match that grant. 01:00:34
Again, we're asking that you award the 8 sidewalk segments to Mayweather Concrete and have us, you know, work with the county and. 01:00:40
The state and everybody else to make sure we get these segments moving forward and you know get the connectivity made. 01:00:48
Any questions? 01:00:53
Shared It does look like I mean the part on North Main Street, from the Board of Education in particular. 01:00:55
I can't imagine that their number. 01:01:01
Umm. 01:01:04
All the work that would need to be done there. So I do think council is this, this these are all likely to two, at least two of 01:01:05
these are likely to come back to us with some significant cost increases, wouldn't wouldn't you say? I mean, I can't imagine in 01:01:10
front of Bethel that he's not going to have to. There's not going to have to be. 01:01:15
Was his call supposed to include grading as well or just pipes so it is grading OK? 01:01:21
Just moving dirt and everything, yeah, well I will. I'm very hopeful that those costs come through, but must be prepared for some 01:01:27
additional on some of those it. 01:01:30
Anyway, Sharon, get it done for that price and we'll be really proud. 01:01:35
We got the work done out here for a price we didn't know we could do. We didn't. So we'll see. We'll work with the city engineer 01:01:40
and with the committee to make sure we get these prioritized and. 01:01:43
All right. So anyway so that's would love to have unless there's any questions for manager Dickerson would love to have a a motion 01:01:51
to approve that. 01:01:55
That contract. 01:01:59
Yes, I'm thrilled I make a motion to approve connecting almost all of our remaining spots. So yes. 01:02:02
Second. All right, We have a motion. We have a second. 01:02:10
All in favor. All in favor? Say aye. 01:02:14
All right, Motion carries unanimously. That's really exciting news. Good use of teaspoons. All right, next item. 01:02:18
Splash 3 reprogramming on offer a little context here and then I'll let Sharon walk you through some specifics. We recently did a 01:02:28
pretty significant survey of all of our downtown businesses. 01:02:33
As a part of our the DDAS planning process and a few things came up that we thought we might be able to address in the short term, 01:02:39
1 is a desire for. 01:02:43
More parking? 01:02:50
And another was for. 01:02:52
Greater connectivity to sort of common spaces and places to hang out. 01:02:54
And I'm pleased that you know obviously we've invested a lot with Rocket Field, but we also felt like while we were doing that we 01:02:59
might be able to, while we had construction mobilized, we might be able to do. 01:03:04
A few more things that would meet those goals for the DDA. And So what Sharon is going to walk us through is the potential to add 01:03:09
additional parking off of 2nd St. which would serve help serve OCAF events, Rocket Field, but also broader downtown programming. 01:03:17
It will be much harder, if we do it at all, to park vehicles on Rocket Field now that it's been improved. 01:03:25
So we wanted to address parking there and then also to add, is it 18 or 16 Sharon St. lights, the street light, 1818 St. lights 01:03:33
around. 01:03:38
The sidewalks. 01:03:45
Improvement. So Sharon, I'll let you walk through the details on that. 01:04:14
Just a reminder, you guys just approved this, so just. 01:04:18
Public art project. I just have this. I try to keep track of everything so we all know what we did when we did it. 01:04:22
The specific requests are to reprogram. There was $75,000 set up for a Georgia outdoor stewardship program match that would now 01:04:29
I'm asking you direct towards the Georgia Department of Transportation Transportation Alternatives Program grant which I just 01:04:35
mentioned. We're going to be getting underway that is for a side path that will come down Simonton Bridge from Simonton Place and 01:04:40
be under back and connect somehow up to 3rd St. Mulberry St. 01:04:46
Area so so 75,000 to be reprogrammed from GOSP to G dot tap and then $65,000 to move that to other Rd. maintenance projects to 01:04:53
help pay for. 01:04:58
Through the parking and pavement improvements that the mayor mentioned on 2nd, 2nd and School St. Not sure that's going to be 01:05:04
enough, but we're going to. We're not really sure where that's at, but for right now, we're going to start with that. And then 01:05:10
moving 105,000 from sidewalk bikes and trails to streetscape items for downtown, which will cover the 18th St. lamps that will be 01:05:15
on School Second and Third streets. 01:05:20
The streetscape items. 01:05:27
Just shows that I'm amended basically. I've just shown you where we've added those. So I'm moving all the money, all the mains 01:05:30
move from sidewalks down to those other items except for the 75,000 match, it's just being swept swap, so. 01:05:35
Just trying to keep track of it, so any questions? 01:05:40
And I didn't. I was. I'll speak to the top grant more and my mayor's mayor's report, but that's also really exciting news for 01:05:45
Watkinsville as well. 01:05:48
Any questions on the reprogramming? 01:05:54
If not, I'll entertain a motion. 01:05:57
I make a motion to make these changes. 01:06:00
Is that official enough? Sounds good. Do we have a second? Second. All right, we have a motion. We have a second. Any further 01:06:04
discussion? 01:06:08
The parking that's been discussed on 2nd St. I don't think it's a good idea. 01:06:15
As I was told it would be at an angle and we already have trouble and complaints about people parking behind. 01:06:22
Eagle Tavern and as fast as people drive down 2nd St. that is not going to be safe. 01:06:30
Having people park. 01:06:37
All. 01:06:41
We are. I think we're thinking in the design there, Connie. We're taking a look at whether we're #1. The parking spaces are going 01:06:43
to be bigger than the ones that equal Tavern, which we all know the tail under the cars stick out. We've also thought about 01:06:48
potentially 1 weighing that road to get more room. 01:06:53
To our sidewalks to allow some other things there frankly to have less traffic back there. 01:06:59
So that's that's under consideration as well, but we've got to have. 01:07:05
You know all of our businesses. You know the biggest. 01:07:09
Complaint other than truck traffic is lack of parking downtown. 01:07:12
And right now that's a culvert and some graphs and we think it's an effective way to use it so. 01:07:16
If you're going to put it in it, if you're going to put the sidewalk in like it's been talked about. 01:07:23
And then put it at that parking at an. 01:07:28
It in my opinion it's going to be dangerous because again, people drive down that road too fast. 01:07:32
All right. Any other thoughts? 01:07:42
All right. We've got the motion in a second. All in favor, say aye, opposed. 01:07:46
Motion carries. Did we hear from Brett? 01:07:52
Brett. 01:07:56
Rather you in favor? Are you opposed? 01:07:58
Aye, motion carries 4/1. 01:08:02
I'm. 01:08:04
All right. Now at this point we'll do the resolution and adoption of the property tax mileage rate council. 01:08:07
We've talked about this in the public hearing and we've had two previous public hearings. Any further discussion of the military? 01:08:13
Hearing none, I'll entertain a motion. 01:08:21
I make a motion to approve the proposed. 01:08:24
Property tax mileage rate, Do we have a second? 01:08:29
Motion in a second. Any discussion of the mileage? 01:08:33
All in favor, say aye. Any opposed? 01:08:36
Motion carries, but you're in favor, correct? 01:08:40
Yes, OK. I just want to be sure. 01:08:44
All right. Next up is the resolution and adoption of the fiscal year 2024 budget. Again, we've had three public hearings on this 01:08:47
and discussed it and also had a workshop, any discussion for council on the budget. 01:08:53
Hearing none do we have. 01:09:04
I make a motion to approve the fiscal year 2024 budget. 01:09:08
All right. 01:09:13
Exhibit A is on the screen for the record. Do we have a second? Second. All right, so Exhibit A is incorporated into that motion. 01:09:15
We have a motion. We have a second. Any discussion. 01:09:24
All in favor, Say aye. 01:09:27
All right, motion carries unanimously. 01:09:30
We will move on. The consent agenda was what was pushed back here. I see two people who are here for consent agenda items. I 01:09:35
appreciate y'all coming. I will since you're here. 01:09:40
Consent we typically don't discuss, but there's some fun things happening here that I think we do need to highlight #1. Welcome to 01:09:45
a friend from Enviro, Spark Virus Spark partnering with us to install our. 01:09:51
Pub. 01:09:58
An electric vehicle charging station on public property. We do have one on some private property in town, but Enviro Sparks done a 01:09:59
great job of partnering with cities and counties all over. 01:10:04
Nation and we're really excited to have our first EV charging station here in Watkinsville. It's going to be installed at the 01:10:10
Comfort station. 01:10:13
They've been a great partner for us on that. Mister Reitman's reviewed the agreement with Enviro Spark. 01:10:17
We also have our downtown development authority is going to get a portion of our hotel motel taxes in terms of what we approve. 01:10:23
We're going to add some space to our DDA tonight with this. We've reclassified. We've updated our pay classification study, which 01:10:29
doesn't sound like a big thing, but that is a big thing because that keeps us very competitive in the market and helps us make 01:10:35
informed decisions on our budget process. 01:10:41
So we're excited about that. 01:11:20
So we have a donation agreement, all of that. There's a lot of detail on that and it's nine items. And we didn't anticipate any 01:11:23
discussion on any of those. So we put it under consent council members, I know that's a lot. Do you have anything? Typically, I 01:11:29
don't do this, we just approve it. But do you have anything you want to share about any items on consent? 01:11:35
If you don't, I'll call for a motion. 01:11:41
Make a motion to approve the items on the consent agenda. 01:11:48
Do we have a second second all right? Any discussion? 01:11:52
All in favor, Say aye, OK. 01:11:56
Motion carries 5. 01:12:00
At this point, it is time for public comments. If any member of the public would like to come forward, you are welcome to do so 01:12:03
and share anything that you have on your mind. 01:12:08
Welcome, Kathleen. 01:12:15
As always, state your name and address for us please, ma'am. Kathleen Mcquiston, 13 S Barnett Shoals Rd. This is not my idea. I 01:12:18
don't know if it's the right form to bring it up. It's GAIL Christopher's idea. But I thought it was a good one and I'd bring it 01:12:25
up to City Council and that is in our new Hundred Acre park that we extend the cemetery. 01:12:32
And add a couple acres to that so that those of us who have moved and lived or been born here can be buried in the city. 01:12:39
Watkinsville, It's 100 acres. I think a couple acres would be just fine. The other issue that she brought up, which I thought was 01:12:46
a good idea, was to somehow. 01:12:52
Have the county pay for those county people who come and use the city, Watkins Hill Park. 01:13:01
That's all I've got to say. 01:13:07
I just gave a credit. No, that was Galey's idea. But she's not here, and I am. 01:13:10
Not here. I can't ask if she'd want to pay to use the county parks. 01:13:19
We already paid for the county park, yeah, yeah. 01:13:25
All right. Thank you. 01:13:30
Thank you very much, Kathleen. Anybody else? 01:13:33
All right, here. Now we'll move on to the mayor's report. 01:13:38
We've lost some. We've lost some impactful citizens in the past month and I want to highlight a couple of them. Jerry Chappell was 01:13:44
a wonderful leader in Oconee County I. 01:13:49
Helped us pioneer what true economic development and arts meant he was at. 01:13:56
Happy Valley pottery was. 01:14:03
Special Place that was an incubator for artists, and then he and Kathy later moved into town. 01:14:06
And basically, Save the Haygood House, which is one of our most historic homes, opened up a retail space, quietly supported other 01:14:12
entrepreneurs in Watkinsville, and we're just a real powerhouse that, you know, modest. 01:14:18
Wonderful artists, but also real community leaders. And we lost Jerry. 01:14:25
Lost Jerry and it was just really sad. Jerry was our Grand Marshall in the parade a few years ago. He and Kathy and. 01:14:32
He's somebody who will always leave a mark on Watkinsville, so we're grateful and thankful for all that Jerry did. As I've said, 01:14:39
several people, Jerry will always be with us. I think most people, Watkins, will probably have a piece of Jerry in their house 01:14:43
because of the artwork. 01:14:47
And nothing made my mom happier when I was back in my young running days and coming home with a piece of that Chappelle pottery at 01:14:52
the end of a road race. And. 01:14:56
I never got it back. 01:15:01
But it was all over the house. So. So anyway, Jerry will miss you and Kathy, we love you and appreciate all you've done. 01:15:04
We also lost Hoyt Watson. Hoyt was a commissioner and a City Councilman. He was on the Planning Commission. 01:15:10
He was Ordinance Stevens. 01:15:19
He was all over town and when I first got involved in local politics he was. He was always very kind to me and I learned a lot. I 01:15:21
learned a lot from from Hoyt, so really appreciate his years of service in Watkinsville as well. 01:15:27
And then I still call him Miss Souter because she was my teacher in high school. 01:15:34
But after she retired from teaching, she became quite. 01:15:40
Activists around the environment here in Watkinsville and was a real champion for Hare Shoals Park I. 01:15:44
And she would not. 01:15:51
She was fearless and I and I just love Miss Souter. I loved her teaching ability, but I think I appreciate it even more when she 01:15:54
got involved with her Shoals Park and she just would not. 01:15:58
Settle for anything other than what was right for the environment and was a fearless and tireless advocate for it and for what she 01:16:03
believed in so. 01:16:07
They say bad things happen in threes, and those were all great people, but we're sorry to lose them and sorry to lose everyone of 01:16:13
them in the past month. And our prayers are with their families, but they've all left left a legacy that's going to outlive them. 01:16:20
So anyway, we'll miss them all. 01:16:27
We also thanks to Toby Cartilage and the Public Works team, we got the swing that was dedicated. 01:16:31
Councilman Campbell, thank you for representing us at Women's veteran's day at. 01:17:11
Veterans Park, I really appreciate you being there for that. Is there anything you'd want to share about that or you want to do 01:17:17
that in your report? 01:17:20
Sure. That'll give me something to talk. Perfect. I'll let you talk about that during your report. 01:17:24
We also last Friday were able to attend ESP's Friend Friday and most of the staff was out there. That is always an awesome, 01:17:29
awesome experience seeing those children. 01:17:33
Coming to camp and and to see them using the new space behind ESP and see everybody on the playground, the ball field, the new 01:17:38
areas was really, really heartwarming and they recognized the city and the county as partners and important partners during Friend 01:17:45
Friday. So we're thankful for that in the Sheriff's Office as well. 01:17:51
I mentioned earlier that we've been awarded a TAP grant transportation alternatives project. This is really exciting. This is to 01:17:59
find to connect the Rocket Field area over towards Thomas Farm Park. We mentioned that we have plans for a potential sidewalk that 01:18:06
would connect downtown to Simonton Bridge Road and this is hopefully how we're going to do that. So we've been awarded, we've been 01:18:13
awarded a significant grant to do the professional engineering. 01:18:19
For the project, that's the $125,000 grant. We're kicking that off next Friday will match a part of that grant and that'll do 01:18:26
engineering and then we'll share And I guess then do we apply again to get the actual construction funds. But getting the first 01:18:33
part of that grant makes it more likely that we'll receive the construction funds and that's a game changer. 01:18:40
Project Kickoff is June 27th, so that's that's really excited and we're exciting to see how. 01:19:17
How we How we can get a get a connection built between downtown Thomas Farm Park and the rest of Simonton Bridge Rd. 01:19:23
Rocket Field is coming along. We've got a lot happening there. I think we were supposed to. They were supposed to maybe get the 01:19:30
money for to start work on the pavilion this week or next week. The trees came out by the concession stand. New trees will be 01:19:36
planted in the fall. 01:19:41
The old polls are all gone now. The ATT is buried, their lines on. 01:19:47
3rd St. 01:19:53
The temporary fence is up. We don't know if that's the fence that will remain. We have some concerns about how that fence is going 01:19:55
to last and how that will work. We have cameras up, you see the peace sign there. So Sharon has some. They have cameras up so they 01:19:59
can monitor activities on the field and. 01:20:03
See what's going on. So there's been a lot of activity there where we'll start really moving into phase two of that shortly, which 01:20:08
will be the patent court work, the bleachers, the additional sidewalks that the potential parking and some of that other work. If 01:20:14
Hillpoint is the one who does the parking, we aren't sure on that yet, building the pavilion. 01:20:20
And some of the other work that happens outside the fence, we're also coordinating with the chamber on planning for the fall 01:20:27
festival, trying to get some as built documentation because they've got to reset how they organize all their vendors and stuff 01:20:31
with the change in the layout there. So we're working closely with them. And Sharon, thank you to you and Kate and your team for 01:20:35
doing that. 01:20:39
We have new signs up at the industrial park and we'll landscape around those at the right time, but those the other signs are on 01:20:45
their last leg. So we're excited about having signs up that recognize the industrial park is an important asset for Watkinsville 01:20:50
and Oconee. 01:20:55
And I think that's all that I have. I do want to call out before we move on. We kind of breeze through the budget tonight. And I 01:21:01
know I said it earlier, but I think it's important to recognize how much work goes into that. 01:21:07
Yeah, all right. With that council reports, we'll turn it over to Councilman Garret. 01:21:40
I don't have anything to stop. All right, Councilman Massey. Nothing to report, Mr. Thomas. 01:21:45
Anything from Kuwait? Nothing from Kuwait? Mayor Pro Tem. 01:21:54
Yes. So a couple things. One, I want to recognize Lawrence Duke, who's in the audience. He was the original creator of the the old 01:21:59
playground that had to come down and he has been tireless as a committee member in the whole public art process. So thank you so 01:22:06
much for that. He also has brilliant ideas. If any of you have just space and you want a great idea of what to do with it, 01:22:13
Lawrence Lawrence will have it all. So, so thank you very much for all of both of you, for all of that you guys contribute to our 01:22:19
community. 01:22:26
The front of City Hall looks beautiful, so I know that our public works guys aren't here, but it is such a treat even on a like, 01:22:36
it was pouring rain today and I was like, Oh my gosh. I mean, I was in my car when I was doing this, not when I was walking in, 01:22:41
but it's so beautiful, so. 01:22:46
Just yeah, keep up the good work and thank you to the the Public Works guys for making it such a beautiful space. 01:22:52
And then also one other little update on the Dva, we are ordering some new banners to the design is kind of in the works right now 01:23:01
so and in process of figuring out locations for additional benches and trash cans throughout town. So all of that is in the works. 01:23:11
Councilman Campbell. 01:23:23
Yeah, I guess the the one thing was Woman's veteran's day. And so I was asked kind of a little bit short notice to give an issue 01:23:25
of proclamation and attend this woman's veterans. 01:23:31
I was We could go Saturday afternoon. 01:23:37
Honestly, my first thoughts were like, sure, I'll do it. There wasn't a lot of excitement, you know, unfortunately. 01:23:40
I attended and it was the best afternoon I've had in a long time, you know? Jim Valvano said years ago at the Espy's Awards about 01:23:48
laughing and crying. He said something else. But we had fellowship. We laughed. I I was the only one. I cried. 01:23:56
Could. 01:24:07
You know 12 women there and. 01:24:08
And they range from 20 years old to about 80 years old. 01:24:11
And it was so interesting to see. 01:24:16
There to hear their perspective. 01:24:20
Going to war, being in the military. The lady who was about 80 years old, Marsha is her name. She. 01:24:24
Wonderful. She was in the Navy in San Diego. 01:24:31
In mid 1960s and she was married to another sailor. 01:24:36
She became pregnant year and a half into her four or five year service commitment and the the Navy. 01:24:42
Kicked her out, that's not the right term. But anyway, discharged her. That's that's the word I was looking for. Discharged her 01:24:52
because she was pregnant. 01:24:56
So in essence, she lost her job. Her. 01:25:01
Her income because she was pregnant. Well, Fast forward to very recently, the US government passed. 01:25:04
You know, some sort of bill that is going to now rectify all these women who were discharged from the military for being pregnant. 01:25:13
So she's going to get back pay. So we were also interested to like you've got to keep us updated because we want to look through 01:25:23
OK, you know how much money are you going to get with interest and whatever else. But it was just it was really fascinating to 01:25:28
meet with these ladies and. 01:25:33
You know, I gotta give all the credit to Dory Brown for organizing it. 01:25:39
And being such an advocate for. 01:25:45
The. 01:25:48
You know all the military women in Oconee County in the Athens area. I'd highly recommend other people to go and whether I. 01:25:49
Required to go because everyone above me is out of town. 01:25:56
I would like to attend next year. 01:26:00
Awesome. Well Jeff, thanks for doing it. I had I got to go the year before last and it was, it's really, it's really great to be 01:26:03
around those women and and hear their stories. So thank you for representing Watkinsville. 01:26:08
We have, we do have a special guest here tonight. He snuck in. But Chairman Daniel, thank you for being here and congratulations 01:26:15
on your new building. I guess you are getting in there pretty soon, is that right? 01:26:20
We get the key known July. 01:26:25
And we'll open up business on July 24th, so the county will be moving into their new facility July 5th and open for business July 01:26:28
24th, he said. And the improvements there, N main with the traffic circle and everything looked really great, so. 01:26:34
We appreciate y'all and appreciate y'all staying close to home there. Your building looks really great. 01:26:42
I don't know that we need an executive session tonight. Do we have any plans for that if we don't, Joe Reitman said he told his 01:26:48
wife he was going to leave here before 8:30, and we are well under that. As long as I get a motion to adjourn, I make that motion 01:26:54
to adjourn. Second. We have a second. So all in favor, say aye. Aye. 01:27:00
Link
Start video at
Social
Embed

* you need to log in to manage your favorites

My Favorites List
You haven't added any favorites yet. Click the "Add Favorite" button on any media page, and they'll show up here.
* use Ctrl+F (Cmd+F on Mac) to search in document
Loading...
Unable to preview the file.
Fair. 00:00:05
Good evening and welcome to the June 21st Watkinsville City Council meeting. We do have a quorum. 00:00:08
Here all council is present, including Councilman Thomas who is still serving in Kuwait. Councilman. 00:00:16
Thankful, as always, that you've made time to join us in the middle of the night. So welcome, Brett. Glad to have you. 00:00:22
Thank you, Sir. We will start, as we always do, with the Pledge of Allegiance. Garrett, a scout from Troop 149, is going to lead 00:00:28
us in. 00:00:32
Pledge allegiance to the flag of the United States of America. 00:00:39
And to the Republic for which it stands, one nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all. 00:00:43
All right, as always, this meeting is being live streamed via Suite 1, the webcasting public portal. So those who aren't able to 00:00:58
attend the meeting can access the public portal and watch it and enjoy. 00:01:04
And the information in the packet is posted alongside that so it can be followed online. 00:01:11
Emerge. We will see that, well, it wasn't contentious and then John Daniel arrived, so. 00:01:54
You know, we'll see where we go tonight. I will say before we get going, we have a long agenda tonight. So council, I'm going to 00:01:59
move us through this fast so we have the time that we need to talk in depth on the matters that we need to talk on. If there's 00:02:04
something you want to talk about, as always we will. But if I move quickly through things and if Sharon moves quickly through her 00:02:09
reports, it's because we want to be respectful of the time, of everyone that's here. But as always, if there's an item that you 00:02:14
want to. 00:02:18
Unpack and get a little deeper into then, please. We're happy to do that, but it is a long agenda, so we're going to move pretty 00:02:24
quickly through that. 00:02:27
We have, we'll start with the approval of the minutes. We have two sets of minutes. We have the public hearing on the. 00:02:31
2023 mileage rate. I'll entertain a motion to approve those minutes, please. 00:02:37
I make a motion to approve those minutes. All right, Do we have a second? All in favor, say aye. 00:02:45
Motion carries 50. Next we have the the minutes of the May 17th regular meeting. I'll ask for a motion to approve those. 00:02:51
I make a motion to approve the regular meeting minutes a second please. All in favor, say aye. Motion carries 5 O. 00:03:02
All right. We do have some adjustments that we need to make to the agenda. First of all, I want to move consent agenda after new 00:03:11
business because some of those items in consent are related to budget approval. So I'd like to move that whole area. 00:03:18
To after new business. So that means we'll address that later. I'd also request a correction for new business item 23. The amount 00:03:26
of the appropriation for the art walk project should be 14,600 rather than 14,000. 00:03:33
And then under New Business, I want to add items 23A and 23B, which would involve awarding a contract for new sidewalks and making 00:03:41
some adjustments to Splice 3 reprogramming. 00:03:47
SO23A and 23B so. 00:03:53
If the council is willing, I'd love to entertain a motion to make those changes to the agenda, please. 00:03:56
So the sorry just ask so the A&B under what the sidewalks under that fits under the R walk like that? 00:04:05
So that would be a separate item. 00:04:15
They don't truly fit under the art walk, but that's how we have to add them. We're just adding them so that, yeah, right there. 00:04:19
Changes. Do we have a second? 00:04:28
Any discussion? 00:04:31
All right, All in favor. Say aye. 00:04:33
Any opposed? 00:04:36
Motion carries 50. We have our agenda set for the evening and now the fun can begin. Public input. As I said earlier, members who 00:04:37
wish to address the mayor and council can do so. Noted times on the agenda or the request or discretion of the council. Comments 00:04:45
should be made related to the agenda items. No, you know, going off track. You know, talk about what the item is in the item is, 00:04:52
that's in front of us. No debate Argument. Personal attacks are irrelevant. Discussion. Address the merits of the pending matter. 00:05:00
And address remarks directly to council. Council will not speak to potential litigation, attorney-client or personnel matters. And 00:05:07
with that, I'll turn it over to Mayor, excuse me, Manager Dickerson, you're going to run us through our monthly financial. 00:05:13
Financial reports, I don't know that you want that promotion. 00:05:19
Thank you, Mayor. So everybody should have gotten the balance sheets, the revenues and the expenditures through the end of May. I 00:05:24
have not heard any questions. We're looking pretty good. We do anticipate returning some money. I won't say how much because it's 00:05:30
always questionable, but some money back to the general fund this year. So everything is on track. 00:05:35
And then there's some cleanup, you know, paving and other things that have to happen so it could drag on another couple months 00:06:16
before that's closed out. 00:06:19
Splash Three is our newest. This is the one we're working on here at Shoals Park and Rocket Field improvements. 00:06:23
There are some monies in there for capital purchases that will come in this budget year that are being recommended, so there's 00:06:31
still a lot of money left in that budget in that. 00:06:36
Project and then you'll notice we have a balance of 1.2 million. We're averaging about 78,000 over the last, you know, year and a 00:06:41
half. 00:06:45
Of monies have. 00:06:50
And that is at 8.63% of the county sales tax. 00:06:53
Cheese Losses is a new report. You guys have not seen this yet, although I think some of y'all did see it because I think I sent 00:06:58
it last week to y'all. So you know, but that's why there are no expenditures yet. That will change as of tonight, I hope. 00:07:03
That right now the average monthly revenues with the first revenue that we got was a little bit more than 66,000. I didn't have 00:07:10
time for the meeting to verify some stuff that the mayor asked me about, but we do anticipate the average will be. 00:07:16
Throughout the life of it will be around 78,000 or so so and I'll find out more information, put that in the weekly update to you 00:07:23
guys as far as how that will work. 00:07:27
Project Then there is some money encumbered for the police initiative that we had last year. 00:08:03
Any questions on the on any of those? 00:08:09
Just a reminder, the budget that we go through is a budget process and so it starts in February with the Council meeting to have 00:08:13
their retreat and talk about the goals and objectives for the upcoming fiscal year. 00:08:18
And beyond, for that matter, we start off with a work session, then have your regular meeting, talk to independent agencies that 00:08:24
you support, and then have the beginner are required public hearings. There are three of those for the budget and this year 00:08:29
because you're not rolling back the mileage rate. 00:08:35
And the military is going up. We have 3 three of those hearings as well. Tonight is the last hearing for all both the budget and 00:08:41
for the mileage rate. 00:08:45
Any questions about that? 00:08:50
All right. Keep moving along. Economic development, we had seven business licenses that came in. 00:08:53
And some insurance payments and and whatnot. So nothing terribly excited should should be trickling in at this point because we'll 00:09:00
be starting getting ready for next year. 00:09:04
Occupational taxes. 00:09:08
On the excise tax side, alcohol we brought in about 17,000 to date for this fiscal year and 23,000 on Hotel Motel, which is 00:09:09
significantly more than what we thought on the short term vacation rental. So apparently a lot of people are choosing to. 00:09:15
Vacation through short term vacation rentals. On the Economic development building permit side, we had 9 permits for eight 00:09:22
projects. Another one at Wire Park, several on Morrison St. just some basic HVAC. 00:09:28
Pools. That kind of thing. Nothing terribly exciting. 00:09:36
All right. No questions. I'll pass it on the back to the mayor, I guess. 00:09:39
All right. We now have our Downtown Development Authority update. Mayor Pro Tem Tucker, I think that's you. 00:09:46
Yes, just a few things. 00:09:51
Kate, our DDA director, is not here this evening and she is working hard. She has already submitted the Georgia Main Street 00:09:55
Program application and we're very hopeful that that will be approved. She's also hard at work on the the. 00:10:01
Rural I don't know if I say the whole thing, but the the rural designation that is much more competitive and it also has an 00:10:08
economic component to it that might make it a little challenging for us to actually get that. But she is doing everything she can 00:10:15
to see if that might be an opportunity for us. 00:10:21
Also just an update on the Creative Placemaking Grant. We are having an event on October 14th paid for by this grant. It will be 00:10:29
it's art in the Park. We have a local band that will be playing some art opportunities for the community, local restaurants 00:10:37
involved. It should be a lot of fun. So go ahead and mark your calendar. It is the Saturday before the Fall festival. 00:10:46
And yeah, things are moving along. We have some other things that will be on the agenda tonight related to this, but they are not 00:10:56
yet voted on so. 00:11:00
Thank you, Mayor Pro Tem and we will welcome. 00:11:07
Interim Chief Tedderton to the podium to give us an update on the Police Department. 00:11:11
Good evening Mayor and. 00:11:16
Keeping with our thoughts really quickly, I'm going to run through your report that you received for this month and I got you 00:11:19
faster if anyone has any questions. 00:11:24
Just giving shout will you make sure your mics? 00:11:30
Thank. 00:11:35
All community events, We were pretty busy for the month of May. 00:11:39
We accomplished our life placements at the cemetery on graves of approximately 105 US veterans. 00:11:44
And then we pick those flags up and celebration Memorial Day. 00:11:54
We are doing something new this year. We're going to be placing flags out for July 4th for the first time. Generally, we've done 00:11:58
just Memorial Day of veteran's day. 00:12:01
We included July 4th. We're doing that on the 29th of this month. 00:12:05
And at 1:00. 00:12:10
We also attended an invitation to ESP. For Friends and Family Day. 00:12:12
And we began planning for the upcoming fall festival later in the year. 00:12:17
Some upcoming events that we're. 00:12:22
During the October 1st run for responders and festival. 00:12:25
We're going to do a Chili Cook off, a demonstration of our Fatal Vision driving compared goggles for young people and adults. 00:12:30
We're working on our plans for veteran's day. We've also. 00:12:39
Participate in Children's Reading Day in the Oconee County Library. 00:12:43
If you look through your package, you'll notice some of our officers attendance of training recently. 00:12:48
Officer Angling completed the DUI Standardized Field Sobriety Testing Certificate. Sergeant Hitler went to Block Pistol Armor 00:12:52
School in Smyrna. Officer Walker went to Basic drug investigations. 00:12:58
And Sergeant Hitler wave went to crime scene documentation in Demarest. 00:13:04
Special Events. 00:13:09
We're going to be hosting an adult and infant child support of Child Rescue and CPR, AED training and Narcan. 00:13:11
On the 30th of this month for eighteen officers. 00:13:20
That includes all of my people, as well as some sheriff's deputies. 00:13:24
I'm not going to go through the interesting case of the month. I'm going to let you read that on your own. It isn't actually a 00:13:28
pretty funny one. Take a look at that. 00:13:32
That subject is still at large, but he is now a resident in the area of Winter Hills, my understanding. 00:13:36
If you go to the page that has the graphs on touch on that. 00:13:42
You'll notice up there at the top we had a. 00:13:47
26155 calls for service. 00:13:50
During the last 30 days, that is an up increase of 68% over the last month. 00:13:53
My officers conducted security checks on residences and businesses throughout the city. 00:13:59
For 16120, which is an increase of 63% over last month. 00:14:04
And on traffic CIT. 00:14:09
They wrote 227, which is an increase of 51% over last month. 00:14:11
Further breakdown on our traffic activities below. 00:14:18
If you look at those two graphs, you'll see that out of the 227 citations written. 00:14:21
138 of those were for. 00:14:25
Now not to show that we're being heavy. 00:14:28
For the breakdown. 00:14:31
Issued A139 warnings and 88 actual citations, so we're issuing more warnings than there are tickets. We're not trying to punish 00:14:33
people, we're just trying to get them to comply. 00:14:38
And the interesting case. 00:14:44
Kind of reflects that. 00:14:46
In addition. 00:14:49
There you go, unless better. 00:14:52
Was everybody able to get everything I said earlier? 00:14:55
OK. Sorry about that guys. The light was on then was off. 00:15:00
I fixed LPR cameras. 00:15:06
We have total 482K. 00:15:08
Issued in the last month. Of those, 255 are open and 227 are pending. 00:15:12
If you go into the next pages it will give you some breakdowns on what my guys have been doing. 00:15:19
The first one you'll notice the. 00:15:26
While that number looks like it's decreased, I want to explain that to you for a moment. We have kind of made an internal policy 00:15:29
change. 00:15:32
That, I think, will benefit the city, as well as Sheriff Hale and the Sheriff's Department. 00:15:37
So we are making arrests for people that need to be arrested. We're putting people in jail that need to be there. 00:15:41
We're not necessarily arresting everyone we can. I don't think that's what we're out there to do. 00:15:47
So in this case we made three traffic arrests and these were for people that were doing things that needed to go to jail. 00:15:52
But on 4 occasions, my officers came across four people that had misdemeanor possession of marijuana. 00:15:59
And my belief is, is that if we have a person that is cooperative and has misdemeanor levels of marijuana and has verified ties to 00:16:06
the community. In other words, I know where they're at and I know how to find. 00:16:12
We've elected to issue notice to appear tickets to them so they will appear in front of Judge Samuels. 00:16:18
And he will make the decision on what happens to them. 00:16:24
In the meanwhile, if they don't show up for the court hearing. 00:16:27
Again, we know where they're at. Judge Samuels will issue a fail to appear warrant. We will go pick them up and they will have two 00:16:30
things to talk to Judge Samuels about instead of the one misdemeanor marijuana violation. 00:16:35
That relieves pressure on the sheriff in the jail, makes it easier on his. 00:16:40
Saves US money because we paid a houseless prisoners. 00:16:45
And I think it's just a better way to go about doing business. 00:16:48
If you take a look at the cost for. 00:16:52
You'll notice I put a little color on your. 00:16:55
The green colors indicate. 00:16:57
Could have a potential for danger to my officers. 00:17:01
The yellow ones are traffic involved, such as demand the 18 accidents my officers worked in the last 30 days. 00:17:04
And then the blue ones are security check. 00:17:11
You'll see in there. That just makes it real easy for you to see how those calls were broken down. 00:17:13
You ready for? 00:17:23
Walker OK. 00:17:25
Talking about officer. 00:17:27
He's a pretty active guy. 00:17:29
He is our newest officer and he's our youngest officer. 00:17:31
He's been to the city for a while. He started with us in the Public works section. 00:17:36
Because when he first came to us, he's a little bit on the young side. 00:17:41
So we send them over there, but we're very proud to have him, Walker, come up. 00:17:44
So I received correspond. 00:17:49
From a citizen of Athens who Officer Walker had contact with on Tuesday. 00:17:53
And this was from a traffic stop on Simonton Bridge. 00:17:57
Officer Walkers running police radar. He detected this vehicle. I believe he was more than twice the posted speed limit. 00:18:01
And that grew his attention. So he went out and met with his fellow. 00:18:07
In the course of stopping the vehicle, the driver was so excited to meet Officer Walker, he actually drove off the roadway and 00:18:11
flattened his tire. 00:18:15
Not our tire. His. 00:18:19
So also, Walker went up to him and told him I was stopped. The guy freely admitted. Yep, I'm driving way too fast. But let me tell 00:18:21
you why it turns out his wife. 00:18:25
Had just had surgery and she was in recovery area and he wanted to get there to be with her. 00:18:30
So Officer Walker after talking to Guy about the dangers of speeding. 00:18:36
Notice that his tire was going flat. This was an older. 00:18:40
So Officer Walker broke out the guys tools. His spare tire changed the spare tire and tools for him. It was a pretty hot day, It 00:18:44
was pretty dirty and he got all dirtied up. 00:18:49
So the gentleman wanted to pay. 00:18:55
Not for letting him go, but to clean his uniform. So Officer Walker did not take any money from him. The guy gave his card. 00:18:57
And then he wrote this big long letter to myself and the editor of some local newspapers. 00:19:05
He is a professor at UGA. 00:19:11
He is a senior lect. 00:19:15
Emeritus. 00:19:18
For the Grady College of Journalism. So he knows how to write letters to newspapers. 00:19:19
So he sent that out and in recognition of Officer Walker and a good job that he does for us, I'd like to present him with a little 00:19:24
accommodation. 00:19:27
Yep. 00:19:46
Handshake. 00:19:48
And also like to recognize officers while she's in the audience. Bailey. I'm sorry, Bailey Marley. I got too many Baileys in my 00:19:56
group. Thanks buddy. 00:20:00
Thanks. That's it. 00:20:05
We. 00:20:12
Did the picture come through of the donation officer? Wait a second for Officer Walker leaves. Tristan, Tristan, come back here, 00:20:14
buddy. 00:20:17
I do. I do just want to say. And mom, you want to hear this too? 00:20:20
All of us are around town a lot and and and I'm really proud of all of our officers but I'm I'm all you were just you're almost 00:20:26
universal when you're working it seems like you just never stop and. 00:20:31
And I just really appreciate that, you know, I mean when it's like if I'm out walking or driving around Watkinsville when you're 00:20:37
on duty, it's just you're always seeing Officer Walker, you're just around and present and I think that builds a lot of confidence 00:20:42
with our citizens son that they're seeing senior. 00:20:47
The example of your friendliness with the flat tire was was really great when it would have been really easy for you to not notice 00:20:52
and just go on your way and keep doing what you're doing. But that's the kind of community policing we need in Watkinsville. So 00:20:57
we're grateful for that and we appreciate appreciate everything you've done as you've transitioned into this role. It's pretty 00:21:02
awesome to see. So thank you. Yeah, thank you. 00:21:06
Going out of my way to help. 00:21:13
Going out of my way to help someone is my way of thanking each and everyone of you. 00:21:16
I've said it many times, but I don't think I can ever say it. 00:21:23
Giving a 20 year old from Coweta County a chance. 00:21:27
Is all I ever asked for and you guys gave me that chance and I. 00:21:32
Very much appreciated. 00:21:36
And I thank everyone of. 00:21:38
Thank you, thank you, thank you. 00:21:41
I mentioned that we're going to be putting on the CPR class 80 class and child rescue class on. 00:21:51
The 30th of this month, one of the reasons we're doing that is I'm going for 100% qualification on all police officers, 00:21:57
Watkinsville for what's called Georgia first responder. As you guys all know, we have a Volunteer Fire rescue service that does an 00:22:03
outstanding job, but my officers are always the fastest on a Med call, They're always there the quickest. 00:22:09
And if any training we can get them to save lives is very well worth it. All of my cars are equipped with Aedes, and in the first 00:22:16
few minutes of someone having a cardiac event, those first few minutes are paramount to saving their life. 00:22:22
And keeping them whole. So when I approach the Kennedy County Fire Service to do this training, they told me that they had a lack 00:22:29
of training materials. 00:22:34
So hearing that? 00:22:40
I asked him exactly what they needed, and they needed things like CPR, mannequins, or the dummies that they use. 00:22:41
They needed some Narcan training simulators and they needed AED training simulators and they just didn't have enough money to do 00:22:47
this stuff. 00:22:51
So as you know, we have a foundation, the Badges and Benevolence Foundation SO501C3 that is approved by the Governor to receive 00:22:56
funding through tax sources as well as private donations. 00:23:02
So we have a board. There are four people that sit on it. I don't just spend money Willy nilly out of this. It's not my money to 00:23:08
spend. It is the group's money. So I reached out to the board. I secured enough. 00:23:14
Councilman Garrett sits on that board. He gave me a positive vote. Once we had enough positive votes, we proceeded to buy the 00:23:20
equipment, part of which is in this picture that they took receipt of today. And they will use that every year and their fire 00:23:26
service Academy as well as training other people in the area for these life saving events. And that's what this picture showed you 00:23:31
guys. That's the lead instructor on the right, Kathy Adams, who's also a physician's assistant. 00:23:37
And then the gentleman on the left is Cliff. He is their administrative assistant. Of course, Officer Stearns was our own duty 00:23:43
officer today. That got to go into the photo. 00:23:48
And that's all I have, unless you have anything for me. 00:23:54
I'll get out of here. 00:23:58
Yeah. Thank you. Great job. 00:24:01
Thank you, Chief. We'll now move into a couple of different public hearings. This is going to cover some of our budget related 00:24:07
items as well as a public hearing on Hardin Hill Road. Again, I'll read it. State the issues. If you want to speak when you come 00:24:13
to the podium, please state your name and address comments related to the agenda items. Speak from the podium. You have 4 minutes 00:24:19
when you present no debate argument. Personal attacks are irrelevant. Discussion. Public input will be allowed after council 00:24:26
receives reports from staff. 00:24:32
And the applicant, so staff and applicant go first in any public comments would come after that. So the first one that we have is 00:24:38
our proposed 2023 property tax mileage rate manager, Dickerson. I think you're going to give an overview on that, please. Yes, 00:24:45
thank you, Mayor. So this year the there is a recommended increase of .84 mills to the mileage rate. That increases. That increase 00:24:53
will generate 6 a little bit more than $671,000 in property taxes. That is an increase of about $268,000. 00:25:00
And most and the majority of that is to cover the cost of the purchase of the 100 acres that we are currently under contract with 00:25:08
on Simonton Bridge Rd. 00:25:12
To give a little bit of context, these are for home, so you do receive a homestead. So I've modeled the 300,000 if your home value 00:25:17
is at 300,000 or your home value is at 500,000. 00:25:23
The rollback on the right hand side in the Gray basically if the city were to keep the same. 00:25:30
Taxes that we collected last year, then the estimated then the rollback would actually be 1.756 mills instead of the 2.081 that is 00:25:35
currently. Since we're not taking the roll back and we are actually increasing, you will see the difference that right in the 00:25:42
middle of the screen you'll see the difference. It's about $137.50 per household. That's on an average home of 300,000 and on a 00:25:49
$500,000 home it's about a $371 increase in property taxes. 00:25:56
That's also modeled on this sheet and gave you a different couple different ways to look at it. Again, that money will be used to 00:26:03
pay the debt service on that purchase of that property. 00:26:07
Couple other things real quick. Just a comparison, our property tax is going to be going to 2.921, which is still lower than the 00:26:13
peer median of all of our peer cities that you see listed there. I'm not sure what Bogarts is going to, but will be slightly above 00:26:19
Bogarts if there stays the same. 00:26:24
And for a population of 3000 doing all that we're doing, I think that's that says a lot. We're doing a lot with very little. 00:26:30
Any questions or comments before the? 00:26:38
Hearing. 00:26:41
OK. I'll go back to the slide for. 00:26:42
All right, at this time, I'll open a public hearing. If anyone wants to comment on the mileage rate, please come forward. 00:26:49
All right. See no one, then I'll close the public hearing and at this point we will not have a motion or vote. We'll do that later 00:26:57
on in the agenda. Our next public hearing is related to the proposed fiscal year 2024 general fund. 00:27:02
And capital and operating budget manager Dickerson, if you could provide a brief presentation on that, we'll then move to a public 00:27:08
hearing. 00:27:11
So we have a balanced budget of 2.858 million and some change. 00:27:15
But we have licenses and permits and other types of franchise fees that help round out that 2.85 million. And as I said the 00:27:50
increase this year is about 185,000 that specifically for the, the debt service on the purchase of the property. 00:27:58
On the expense side, you'll see that we are that this budget covers 19 full-time equivalent plus one new full-time equivalent, 00:28:06
which will be our judicial assistant who is currently a part time employee. 00:28:11
Provides a multitude of, I'm sorry, municipal services. You'll see those listed. 00:28:17
Oh, I actually one thing real quick, you'll notice obviously the big three chunky ones are general government that includes 00:28:24
finance administration, code. Public works covers our garbage, which is our garbage contract which is around $377,000 this year 00:28:31
and police and so garbage and police make up are about 50% of our budget. 00:28:38
And those are two very important services for our. 00:28:45
The other part of the budget is the capital side. We do have a capital improvement program. We budget out or we plan out for 10 to 00:28:48
15 years out. We are asking this year for replacement of two of the police, Crown, Crown Victoria's. 00:28:54
A code truck and then asking for a purchase of a John Deere Gator to assist us with getting around on the parks, the new park 00:29:02
included. 00:29:05
We do have funds that are available in Splash Three that will offset some of the expenses. 00:29:09
And so this year, we'll only need about $60,000. 00:29:15
In capital improvement funds, which leaves us with a little bit more than $258,000 in that capital improvement fund. Whoops, sorry 00:29:19
went back. So that is the, that is the budget. 00:29:24
All right. At this time, we're open a public hearing and see if there's any public comment on the budget. 00:29:30
None received in writing in Advance Court Klein. 00:29:37
OK. All right. Hearing none, we will close the public hearing. 00:29:41
And we will move along to the next public hearing, which is five hard. 00:29:45
And that is a conditional use for special events facility. We'll hear from manager Dickerson for report and then I'll invite Mr. 00:29:51
Ashford up to speak to that. 00:29:55
I get to do Mark's job today, but thankfully this is not too terribly technical, more administrative. So we had a request from CBW 00:30:00
Unlimited LLC, which is Will and Kaylin Ashford's company. They were asking for a special events facility, conditional use for 00:30:06
Five and 20 Hardin Hill Rd. 00:30:12
That is five. I'm sorry. Yeah, that's 5 Harden Hill Rd. 00:30:20
You'll see Main Street coming down the middle there and. 00:30:24
This is a aerial of 20 Hardin. 00:30:28
It's a little bit of perspective is showing you what's on the plat. So you'll see there is a property, there's a hat, the Ashford 00:30:33
Manor house pool on that first piece and on the back on the track back that is 20 hard hill is just a house. 00:30:40
This is the side view entrance off of Hardin Hill onto the property that fronts Main Street and this is the for 20 Hardin Hill the 00:30:48
entrance. 00:30:52
So just a little overview, they are asking for a conditional use permit for special events facilities under our zoning ordinance, 00:30:58
which was adopted last February. And the criteria are pretty specific. I think it was contemplated it will only be two or three 00:31:02
properties that would even meet this. 00:31:07
And the only one of the two that have been requested that do meet this is 5 Harden Hill Rd. It has to be contiguous. The residents 00:31:13
have to be contiguous to or within 100 feet of a current commercial use and over 3000 square feet in size and on a parcel of more 00:31:18
than 2.75 acres. 00:31:24
And so 5 Harden Hill does meet that requirement, but 20 does not and we have communicated that to the applicant. 00:31:30
To, our recommendation would be to. 00:31:38
5 Harden. 00:31:41
Yeah, make sure the green light is on, everyone. I will Ashford. 00:31:48
I've lived at 5 Hardin Hill Rd. For the past year and a half and I'm sure you guys are familiar with it. Used to be the Ashford 00:31:53
Manor. 00:31:56
Big part of the community for many, many years, I think they had when I talked to the previous owners, I think they had more than 00:32:01
1200 weddings there over the course of about 25 years, as well as some other numerous other smaller events. 00:32:07
We've really enjoyed living there as our primary residence, but we would like to open it back up for events. We're thinking small, 00:32:13
medium sized events and nowhere near the scale that the previous owners were operating. We're thinking probably 5 to 6 small to 00:32:20
medium size weddings per year, as well as possibly some other very small events like birthday parties, ladies, luncheons and 00:32:27
things like that scattered throughout the year. So not nearly the same scale. 00:32:34
Or operation that the previous owners were doing. 00:32:43
And I think that would be a great way for you know the the manner I think. 00:32:47
Staple of downtown Watkinsville and this gives the public a chance to be able to get back in there and enjoy the property going 00:32:51
forward. 00:32:55
All right. 00:33:03
Questions for the applicant before we open the public hearing. 00:33:06
Do you will you guys continue to live there? Yes, it's going to continue to be our primary residence. 00:33:11
And is the issue with 20 Hardin Hill, does that affect your plans? No, it doesn't. I actually just, we had just purchased that 00:33:16
property from Mar. 00:33:20
About a month ago. So I added that sort of last minute thinking, well it's contiguous, we might as well get it approved, but. 00:33:25
I don't think that would have any bearing on the events that we're planning on having so. 00:33:31
Well, this thank you Mr. Ashford. At this point I'll invite anybody up who wants to comment on this request. 00:33:39
Yes. 00:33:46
Good evening. I'm Patrick Lucas and I'm representing Ashford Memorial Methodist Church that is on One South Main Street adjacent 00:33:52
to the Ashford property. We are not in opposition of of the request. 00:34:00
We've not been approached. 00:34:08
About this request and so we're here. 00:34:11
Primarily for informational purposes and the main aspect of the questions we have pertain to parking and their plans for parking. 00:34:15
If you're familiar with our property, we have the church a lot directly behind our church that has some handicap parking a lot 00:34:22
across Hardin Hill. 00:34:29
That is a parking lot and we've not been approached about the use of our parking and so in the description it said circular drive 00:34:36
for ingress and egress. 00:34:42
With public parking available and so we are just inquiring about the plans for parking of these events and. 00:34:48
The policing of the use of adjacent parking for these events. So Doctor Lucas, before you step down, could you just offer your 00:34:58
address so we have that. For the record, yes, you want my personal address or the address of the church? Personal address is 1185. 00:35:05
Porter Creek, Dr. Watkins Hill, thank you. OK, Mr. Ashford, if you want to address those. 00:35:13
But yeah, I apologize for this. Probably something we should have talked about about a month ago. 00:36:00
Did you have another question or was it prompt? Was it just parking? 00:36:06
Yeah. So if you can, if you can go up to the mic, I'm sorry, we got people. That's the only one. OK, So just I'll restate that was 00:36:10
Doctor Lucas, and Ashford's only concern is what I'm hearing from. 00:36:15
Gentleman from Ashford, OK was parking. So yes, the public parking behind the courthouse or like I said, I'll talk to you after 00:36:21
and we'll kind of get together if it would be an option to lease out the parking lot from the church as I know that Dave and Mario 00:36:28
did in the past and it it seemed to work well for them. However, you know if that doesn't work that's that's OK too. So. 00:36:34
Yep. 00:36:41
OK. Any other public comments? 00:36:45
On the request, all right, I'm going to close the public hearing and bring it back behind the Rail Council. Any questions at this 00:36:49
point for the applicant or comments? 00:36:52
Hello. 00:36:58
I'm excited that it's getting opened up again to the community, I personally. 00:37:00
Went to quite a few events there back in the day and it's absolutely beautiful, so. 00:37:05
I'm in full support. 00:37:11
Councilman Garrett, I think you might live the closest. 00:37:15
I'm excited to having it open back up because it's a great venue in place and I guess it falls under the. 00:37:19
Criteria is the music and stuff. 00:37:28
Certain they acknowledge the noise ordinance and the noise ordinance in the application and agreed to adhere to the noise 00:37:31
ordinance. 00:37:34
Well, you guys have been, it's exciting to have you guys back in the family house and taking great care of it and it's even more 00:37:43
exciting I think that the public is going to be able to enjoy that to some degree again and. 00:37:47
Yeah, and it's also good to have our friends from Ashford here tonight. Y'all also are stewards of one of our most beautiful 00:37:52
historic buildings. So appreciate the way you all are able to work together on that at this point. 00:37:57
We do not have a vote, so do we vote on that? 00:38:05
OK, it says no motion to vote on my notes. Apologies. OK, so we will need to take a vote on that council. I'll entertain a motion. 00:38:08
To to approve the conditional. 00:38:15
Permit I make a motion to approve the condition conditional use. 00:38:19
Do we have a second? Second. All right. All in favor, say aye. Any opposed motion carries 5 O. All right. Thank you all. 00:38:26
All right. Next up we have. OK. 00:38:39
That was the hearing. Then we went on to the vote. OK, I see. OK, All right. So we covered that. 00:38:43
We're going to move on. 00:38:48
Hillside Business Park. 00:38:51
I don't know if we have anybody representing Hillside here tonight. 00:38:53
Do we? 00:38:56
OK, I thought you were wearing that hat tonight. I wasn't sure if you had anything else. I always get a little nervous when a 00:38:59
stray lawyer rumbles into council chambers. 00:39:04
OK. 00:39:13
All right 5 Harden Hill. We did Hillside Business Park, Morrison St. 00:39:15
You're presenting this, Sharon? 00:39:21
Unless Councilman Thomas wants to. I wasn't sure if he wanted to, to handle it or not. I'm happy. 00:39:25
But I don't know if you could hear that. Do you want to address the urban forest plan or do you want Sharon to take care of that 00:39:32
for you? 00:39:34
I can talk through what what would propose. 00:39:38
It. 00:39:42
Can y'all hear me OK? 00:39:45
OK. I'm hearing an echo back on. That's why I'll just make sure Y'all can hear me. 00:39:48
Umm. 00:39:54
Yeah. So the the, the plan itself. 00:39:55
It is fully wooded around. If everybody familiar where the location is, it's fully wooded around. 00:40:00
It's. 00:40:09
Currently in a in a farm. 00:40:11
A farm area, so right about residential. 00:40:14
To the left and then on the right hand side is all commercial. 00:40:18
The tree current tree density. 00:40:23
Required in 45 units per acre. It is 4.8 acres. 00:40:26
But it's got a total of 120 units. 00:40:33
The taste total square area. 00:40:37
Remaining is. 00:40:41
8989 hundred square feet. 00:40:45
And there's a buffer. A Creek the buffer as well. 00:40:49
So there will be plenty of trees remaining. 00:40:53
Once the construction is complete. So with this, the Urban Forestry Board does recommend approval. 00:40:57
Of the of the. 00:41:06
And and I'll add, there was a condition, a clarification on the perimeter requirements being met and we did receive a letter from 00:41:09
Brian with the civil solutions consultant that said that they will be meeting that requirement of one tree per 30 linear feet of 00:41:14
boundary. So they did clarify that. 00:41:20
And what? What was? What was the? What did the design wind up being along Morrison St. with the sidewalk and stuff? Is there, is 00:41:26
it a? 00:41:29
Trees and sidewalk. I can't remember what they wound up doing. 00:41:33
Yes. 00:41:40
Yes, there there were. There was a sidewalk. 00:41:44
There was. I'm trying to get to the actual map, though. There's a sidewalk that comes all the way around the corner, and then 00:41:49
trees that line line the sidewalk as well. 00:41:54
OK. All right. 00:42:00
All right, Council, any questions regarding the? 00:42:05
Urban Forest Plan for the Hillside Business Park. 00:42:09
All right, hearing none, then we'll entertain a motion. 00:42:14
The urban forest. 00:42:23
UH plan. 00:42:26
All right, we have a motion to approve the plan. Do we have a second, Second any? 00:42:28
All right. All in favor. Say aye. Aye. 00:42:33
Motion carries 5. 00:42:37
All right. The other part is the wastewater. Talk a little bit about that. This is just an excerpt, you guys know. I've got a 00:42:39
master sheet that's way longer than I could put on the screen. 00:42:44
So the applicant has requested for waste for sewer to that facility. The city can grant sewer capacity. Everything else they have 00:42:49
to go through the county. As far as getting connections and verifying all that, we did check with Oconee County. They calculate a 00:42:57
little bit more than what the property owner thought they were going to need at about 3120 gallons per day. 00:43:04
Right now we have about 89,000. 00:43:12
Gallons per day out of the 100,000 committed. If you grant this, there will be a little bit more than 7600 gallons a day 00:43:15
remaining. 00:43:19
All right, Council, any questions regarding the suit, wastewater capacity allocation request? I do have a question. 00:43:24
And I know we've talked about this before, but if is there a review every year of how much is actually used? So could some of this 00:43:32
actually come back if the. 00:43:37
All right. Any other questions? 00:44:41
Right hearing none. I'll entertain a motion to approve the wastewater capacity allocation request. 00:44:44
Make a motion to approve the wastewater capacity request. All right, Do we have a second? 00:44:51
I. 00:44:57
We're going to give that to Councilman Garrett. Break it up a little bit here. All right, We have a motion. We have a second. Any 00:44:58
further discussion, All in favor, say aye. 00:45:02
All right, that's motion carries 50, we're going to move to old business and we have approved the selection for contractor for our 00:45:08
L Meg funds. 00:45:13
Manager Dickerson, you're going to give us a report on that? Yep. 00:45:18
So we are going to be recommending that you award the Garrett paving the contract for the L Meg resurfacing of Bunny Hop Trail for 00:45:21
a little bit more than $47,000. That excludes the solid line striping since that is a small, a very lightly traveled Rd. not 00:45:28
really necessary and it saves 6 or $7000. I believe we are asking that it be a not to exceed award because it's all on quantities 00:45:35
and it may need a little bit more or less and so that's about a 5% increase on that appropriation of the SPLOST. 00:45:43
Designation match that designation match as well. 00:45:51
Just a little background, we did receive 43,000 and some change from El Meg, that's from the Georgia Department Transfer 00:45:54
Transportation, the local maintenance improvement grants, monies. We released the RFP initially in February, got it back on March 00:46:00
6th from 1 company. This was for both Bunny Hop and for School St. for segment of School St. due to lack of competitive proposals 00:46:06
and whatnot, we released it again on April 13th, got it back on May 1st and received this time, got a proposal from Smith and 00:46:13
Company which is a is a contractor. 00:46:19
In that time and and with that one, it flipped and Smith and company came in higher and Garrett came in lower. 00:46:58
So we are making a recommendation. Well and then I just for history let you know that we did get, we did send out specifically 00:47:03
sent out to four companies all about asphalt, CW Matthews and the other two I've mentioned. 00:47:08
Only received from the the latter 2. We are only going to recommend right now Bunny Hop Trail. We're looking at some issues with 00:47:14
School St. anyway and we'll come back to you if we decide to do that or not. So again, we are requesting that you award a contract 00:47:20
to Garrett paving for a not to exceed amount of $50,000. 00:47:27
And Chuck, I do want to make it clear, you and your family are no longer involved with Garrett Paving, is that correct? OK, all 00:47:34
right. I just want for the for the record, I know you are also our in-house expert on paving. 00:47:39
All right, Council, any questions for manager Dickerson on the paving? 00:47:45
I think Chuck's I saw. 00:47:50
All right. Do we have a motion to award award the helmet grant? 00:47:53
I make a motion to award the grant to Garrett Paving. Do we have a second? 00:48:00
All right. We have a motion. We have a second. All in favor. 00:48:06
Aye. 00:48:09
All right, Chuck is going to recuse anyway, so that motion carries. 00:48:12
All right, we're moving on to item 23. This is the appropriation for $14,600 to from Spouse 3 for the Hair Shoals Park Art Walk. 00:48:18
Project manager Dickerson, if you could give us a report on that. 00:48:26
So we are going to request an additional $14,600 for this project. I do want to point out, and I'll probably say this several 00:48:35
times during this presentation, the council did appropriate $100,000 for her Shoals Park and this actually fits within the 100,000 00:48:40
I talked to Councilwoman. 00:48:46
Initially in March of last year. 00:49:23
You did appropriate 140 and some change out of the 345,000 that had been designated for parks and green space and that there's a 00:49:25
list of items that it was that money was set aside for. 00:49:31
In February of this year, because of some changes with Rocket Field and some opportunities there, you guys reduce that budget from 00:49:41
3:45 to 100,000 which is what we're working with right now. Did want to point out that there is still half $1,000,000 that's been 00:49:47
earmarked for Harris Shoals Park in that SPLOST fund. 00:49:52
So we're not really and we've gone after some other monies that we're waiting to hear about. So there could be some other ways to 00:49:59
pay for some of the hair. 00:50:02
So last year, last part of last year, we determined that the old wooden playground was beyond repair. It was dismantled. Out of 00:50:06
that, 50,000 had originally been set aside for the wooden playground, 10,000 was set aside for this art project. And when they got 00:50:11
the proposals that were released in February, they got them back in April, they found out they needed more than that and that is 00:50:17
why we are here. 00:50:22
And I believe that will get you. If you had the 14-6 along with seventeen five, that should get you. 00:50:28
The number we have which is up there and the 17575 was. 00:50:36
I think I put that, yeah, put it in there. I didn't say it out loud. Yeah, so we had operating funds and splash funds that are 00:50:42
paying for this project. 00:50:46
Do we have renderings that we can share with the public on this presentation? Yeah, I've got, I've got things I could. You've got 00:50:50
one up there. You've got an idea of some stuff and I've got some stuff here in and there. 00:50:55
I think they're in the fact they're in the packet. I just didn't put them on. Just watch it so they can go online and look at them 00:51:01
there for sure. 00:51:05
But yeah, they are. 00:51:09
Do you want me to say? 00:51:11
We got 3 great submissions. One of them was for two pieces. 00:51:12
One of them we didn't feel like was going to fit this space, but we would. We told the artist that we loved it and maybe use it 00:51:19
another place in the park in the future. And so that is what's going to allow us, if we pass this to get three of these pieces. 00:51:24
Two of them are. 00:51:29
By the same artists, if you've been to the bot gardens and the children garden, the Big Ladybug, it's the same artist who did that 00:51:36
and she is doing a turtle and a snake and she goes, please check out the packet because she goes into great detail on the history 00:51:44
and how she does it and everything. And then and part of this, we wanted these pieces to be things that children could interact 00:51:51
with safely and that also represented the flora and fauna that could be found in Harrah's Shoals Park. 00:51:59
So no unicorns and and that kind of stuff. So also the other piece is a really cool interactive piece and this is a tiny sampling 00:52:07
of the artist's work. And it is. It's like a big. I will not describe as well, but it's like a big. 00:52:16
Wheel that you can turn it and then on one part of it, it has writing about a specific plant or animal that you know you can feel, 00:52:27
you can look and then. 00:52:32
It will have that picture, so when you turn the wheel you get the writing about the actual. 00:52:39
Flower or plant or animal that you're looking at and it's about child height and we've asked all the questions hopefully make sure 00:52:45
no little fingers can get pinched, but it's really beautiful. Plus I think it's super educational and informative. So as we were 00:52:52
looking at the choices, we couldn't really decide between them and thought that three pieces would help make up for. 00:52:59
The playground space that was there. So overtime we would like to continue adding pieces to this and really kind of. 00:53:07
Have up the sidewalk from Harris Shoals up to the playground of possibilities. A really beautiful art walk. So. 00:53:15
Thank you. I hope you guys vote yes. 00:53:24
Can we clarify though because the the report was just for two pieces or if you're asking? 00:53:27
Green Lizard. Those are two pieces. So it's one artist. It's one proposal, but it's actually two separate pieces. 00:53:33
Because the intention is to do Queen Anne's at some future Queen Anne's, probably down in the green. In the middle of the green, 00:53:43
perhaps. So, yes. 00:53:46
All right, Council, any questions? 00:53:53
Christine thank you and and you're and and I think Connie's assisted but the for all the work on the public art and what we I know 00:53:57
it's been. 00:54:01
Time trying to figure out what we're going to do with that area, but I think it's going to be really lovely and more and more 00:54:05
people are using that sidewalk. So well done at this point. I'll have a motion on the appropriation of 14,600. 00:54:11
For the additional art, please. 00:54:17
Make a motion to approve the appropriation of $14,600 for the. 00:54:27
Artwork project. 00:54:33
All right, we have a motion. Do we have a second? 00:54:35
All right. We have a motion and a second. Any further discussion? 00:54:38
All in favor, Say aye, Aye. 00:54:42
I think that's everybody. All right. Any opposed? 00:54:48
All right. 00:54:52
We're going to move on to item 23A and these are the we're going to do the two items that we added to the agenda. 00:54:55
Before. 00:55:02
Manager Dickerson gets into this. I do want to highlight as we all remember the tea spots. 00:55:04
Teaspoons passed last year and that's really important for us in Watkinsville and for the county to have those funds available to 00:55:10
make some transportation improvements. 00:55:14
And we've said all along we want to begin to make those improvements right away to show value to the taxpayers so. 00:55:19
Pleased to report that we've got some bids back on some of our sidewalks that we've been wanting to do for a while. Council 00:55:25
prioritize certain sidewalk segments. 00:55:29
And so Sharon's going to give us a report on that, but this, these are all connecting, some connecting and improving some existing 00:55:34
areas to enhance. 00:55:39
And. 00:56:46
And then come back to you guys for allocation of that money as well, OK. 00:56:48
So the City Council approached resolution to participate in T SPLOST. The county passed the the contract for that the ballot was 00:56:54
approved of the referendum was approved on ballot in November of last year. We began collecting revenues in April of this year, 00:57:00
will continue through March 31st of 2028. 00:57:06
On June 1st, we released the RFP for the installation of this of the sidewalk segments and on June 16th we received a proposal. 00:57:13
We received a proposal again transportation, special purpose, local options, sales tax. There are specific things you can use this 00:57:24
for. All these FLOSS projects are capital only. You can't use it for any operating. 00:57:30
The transportation purposes obviously roads, trails, buses, you know, St. sidewalks, etcetera, storm drain, etcetera. 00:57:38
If this is tea spices, just like our local option, sales tax is now figured at 7.77% of the revenues coming in. 00:57:47
The RFP was advertised in the County enterprise and was provided directly to two companies, Precision Landscaping and Mayweather 00:57:57
Concrete. As they we've worked with them before and they had requested you know that we send that to them. 00:58:03
These are the 8 segments that we're looking at. I'll show some exhibits here in a moment, but you'll see there are some of them 00:58:10
are pretty long and some are not. So we'll we'll probably work with the. 00:58:15
We'll work with the transportation committee just to make sure that we get these lined up in a good order. So N Main St. there's a 00:58:21
little segment in front of Sunshine Cycles that needs to be finished out so we can have a true connection all the way down. 00:58:28
Main Street on that end, on the opposite side, N Main Street from the Oconee County Instructional Support Center, which is 00:58:35
currently under under construction all the way to the corner where Public Works facility is. 00:58:41
A little segment that will require probably I don't believe that's all right away, but not our G dots will have to work with them 00:58:48
and figure that out. But right in front of believe that outer owns that property. Little segment where there's a pole that Georgia 00:58:54
Power cannot move and I want to try to make that a little bit easier for people to get around. 00:58:59
Again, all along. 00:59:06
South Main Street on Macon Highway, if you will, along Column Ferry, where we've just got had some connectivity from Trove. 00:59:08
And then further down. 00:59:16
Towards Dooley St. there's a segment. 00:59:18
And then there's two segments on new high Shoals, one from Hardin Hill to Concord and then one between both entrances of Concord. 00:59:22
And the final segment is Industrial Industrial Blvd. which is the North End of that of that road. 00:59:29
And that will require a pipe. Unfortunately, on the opposite side where we thought we were going to put it, there's telephone 00:59:37
poles or electric poles. And so it'll be on that side, it'll be easier to deal with. 00:59:42
Just to point out that these. 00:59:48
Budget was approved, designations were approved in March, I'm sorry, in February. And you will note that for the most part all of 00:59:52
them are pretty much just what they say, you know, sidewalks, traffic calming measures or maybe Hwy. 53 expansion or resurfacing, 00:59:59
those kind of things that have been talked about. Those are just designations. They have not been appropriated. We do anticipate 01:00:05
we are. The mayor will talk about his report, AG dot Tap grant, a Transportation alternatives Program grant. 01:00:12
This segment is not shown here. That money for the segment that we're going to the phase we're moving into is actually going to 01:00:20
come out as Floss 3. But if we move through the segment next year. 01:00:25
Will be going forward for the actual construction cost and that's what we've identified, at least temporarily. We've identified 01:00:30
the money we would need to match that grant. 01:00:34
Again, we're asking that you award the 8 sidewalk segments to Mayweather Concrete and have us, you know, work with the county and. 01:00:40
The state and everybody else to make sure we get these segments moving forward and you know get the connectivity made. 01:00:48
Any questions? 01:00:53
Shared It does look like I mean the part on North Main Street, from the Board of Education in particular. 01:00:55
I can't imagine that their number. 01:01:01
Umm. 01:01:04
All the work that would need to be done there. So I do think council is this, this these are all likely to two, at least two of 01:01:05
these are likely to come back to us with some significant cost increases, wouldn't wouldn't you say? I mean, I can't imagine in 01:01:10
front of Bethel that he's not going to have to. There's not going to have to be. 01:01:15
Was his call supposed to include grading as well or just pipes so it is grading OK? 01:01:21
Just moving dirt and everything, yeah, well I will. I'm very hopeful that those costs come through, but must be prepared for some 01:01:27
additional on some of those it. 01:01:30
Anyway, Sharon, get it done for that price and we'll be really proud. 01:01:35
We got the work done out here for a price we didn't know we could do. We didn't. So we'll see. We'll work with the city engineer 01:01:40
and with the committee to make sure we get these prioritized and. 01:01:43
All right. So anyway so that's would love to have unless there's any questions for manager Dickerson would love to have a a motion 01:01:51
to approve that. 01:01:55
That contract. 01:01:59
Yes, I'm thrilled I make a motion to approve connecting almost all of our remaining spots. So yes. 01:02:02
Second. All right, We have a motion. We have a second. 01:02:10
All in favor. All in favor? Say aye. 01:02:14
All right, Motion carries unanimously. That's really exciting news. Good use of teaspoons. All right, next item. 01:02:18
Splash 3 reprogramming on offer a little context here and then I'll let Sharon walk you through some specifics. We recently did a 01:02:28
pretty significant survey of all of our downtown businesses. 01:02:33
As a part of our the DDAS planning process and a few things came up that we thought we might be able to address in the short term, 01:02:39
1 is a desire for. 01:02:43
More parking? 01:02:50
And another was for. 01:02:52
Greater connectivity to sort of common spaces and places to hang out. 01:02:54
And I'm pleased that you know obviously we've invested a lot with Rocket Field, but we also felt like while we were doing that we 01:02:59
might be able to, while we had construction mobilized, we might be able to do. 01:03:04
A few more things that would meet those goals for the DDA. And So what Sharon is going to walk us through is the potential to add 01:03:09
additional parking off of 2nd St. which would serve help serve OCAF events, Rocket Field, but also broader downtown programming. 01:03:17
It will be much harder, if we do it at all, to park vehicles on Rocket Field now that it's been improved. 01:03:25
So we wanted to address parking there and then also to add, is it 18 or 16 Sharon St. lights, the street light, 1818 St. lights 01:03:33
around. 01:03:38
The sidewalks. 01:03:45
Improvement. So Sharon, I'll let you walk through the details on that. 01:04:14
Just a reminder, you guys just approved this, so just. 01:04:18
Public art project. I just have this. I try to keep track of everything so we all know what we did when we did it. 01:04:22
The specific requests are to reprogram. There was $75,000 set up for a Georgia outdoor stewardship program match that would now 01:04:29
I'm asking you direct towards the Georgia Department of Transportation Transportation Alternatives Program grant which I just 01:04:35
mentioned. We're going to be getting underway that is for a side path that will come down Simonton Bridge from Simonton Place and 01:04:40
be under back and connect somehow up to 3rd St. Mulberry St. 01:04:46
Area so so 75,000 to be reprogrammed from GOSP to G dot tap and then $65,000 to move that to other Rd. maintenance projects to 01:04:53
help pay for. 01:04:58
Through the parking and pavement improvements that the mayor mentioned on 2nd, 2nd and School St. Not sure that's going to be