|June 20, 2019 City Council Workshop|
Savannah City Government
COUNCIL WORK SESSION & CITY MANAGER’S BRIEFING
June 20, 2019 – 10:00 a.m.
The workshop of Council was held at 10:00 a.m. in the second floor media room of City Hall.
PRESENT: Mayor Eddie W. DeLoach, Presiding
Mayor Pro-Tem Carolyn H. Bell
Alderman Julian Miller, Chairman of Council
Alderman Brian Foster, Vice-Chairman of Council
Alderman Van R. Johnson, II, District 1
Alderman Bill Durrence, District 2
Alderman John Hall, District 3
Alderwoman Dr. Estella E. Shabazz, District 5
Alderman Tony Thomas, District 6
Acting City Manager Patrick C. Monahan
Assistant to the City Manager Bret Bell
City Attorney Bates Lovett
Deputy City Attorney Jen Herman
Assistant City Attorney William Shearouse
Clerk of Council Mark Massey
Mayor DeLoach called the meeting to order at 10:00 a.m. and made two announcements:
The City is moving forward to having a cleanup of the Evergreen Cemetery beginning in the next thirty days.
The City is having a groundbreaking on September 13 and 14, 2019, for the Savannah Arena Canal District.
|Workshop Agenda Items|
|1. Arena Update|
Bret Bell, Assistant to the City Manger, gave a brief update on the Arena development (Canal District, Parking, drainage improvements and other public-private partnerships) and the sites around the area as follows:
|2. WorkSource Coastal|
Pat Monahan, Acting City Manager, announced publicly that the City of Savannah was selected as the 16th best employer in the State of Georgia by Forbes Magazine and rated #1 Government employer in the State of Georgia. If you remove all non-Georgia companies, we are ranked #10.
Taffanye Young, Chief Community Services Officer, joined by Kerri Reid, Director of Human Services, presented the information on WorkSource Coastal by giving the history of the ten-County Region program, the City's current role as fiduciary agent and a detailed background of the relationship. She discussed the following:
Mr. Allen Burns, Executive Director of Coastal Regional Commission, introduced the Chairman and Vice Chairman of the Board and began the presentation. He gave an overview of the membership and activities of their organization. He further indicted their interest in serving as the new fiduciary agent for WorkSource Coastal, if the City decides to relinquish that role.
|3. Code Compliance Update|
Kevin Milton, Code Compliance Director, provided an update on code compliance activities. He and the City Manager provided additional information regarding street numbering, illegal signs, maintenance of City-owned property, and dead (unsafe) trees on neighboring properties. Mr. Milton covered the following enforcement actions:
The new Fire Chief stated the current codes for street widths. Mr. Milton explained the multiple secure standards in use across the City with the different types of material in use for vacant or boarded-up properties.
Following the presentation, Aldermen had discussions concerning vacant property lots and the codes involved. They also discussed house number standards being enforced, private signs going up throughout the City, and the City taking care of it's own properties.
|4. Public Safety Briefing|
Police Chief Roy Minter presented an update of police activities for the period of June 1 - 18, 2019, period. Some of the details included but were not limited to the following:
Mayor and Aldermen engaged in discussion with Chief Minter after the presentation concerning weapons stolen out of unlocked cars, timing of crimes, police vacancies, and incentives for new hires .
|5. Pedicab Ordinance Update|
Susan Broker, Director of Office of Special Events, Film & Tourism, presented the recommendations for revisions of the Pedicab Ordinance. She gave the background and current street restrictions of the Pedicab. She identified the following persons and their responsibilities as it relates to how the City handles tourism:
Ms. Broker discussed State recommendations for the Pedicab Ordinance revisions to be presented at an upcoming City Council meeting as follows:
She offered details as to signage, expansion of the Pedicab boundary changes, special events, citations for violations, and motor vehicle record requirements. She also indicated that Pedicabs are to obtain permitting for tours, and the lighting requirements.
The Aldermen discussed Pedicab requirements with Ms. Broker, including reducing restrictions for persons convicted of felonies, the Lafayette Square congestion problems, and , any opportunities for mapping Pedicab unit routes.
|6. NewZo - A-1, A,2, A-3, the Zoning Map, and Final Review|
Bridget Lidy, Planning & Urban Design Director and Marcus Lotson, MPC Development Services Director presented their final presentation of NewZo. The following updates were presented:
Melanie Wilson spoke concerning rezoning for businesses, applicants presentation changes, and approvals contingent on pictures presented at the time of the application.
Ms. Lidy gave the dates for City Council consideration for NewZo: July 2, 2019 - 1st reading and July 18th -2nd reading. If approved, the effective date would be September 1, 2019. Between September 1, 2019 and February 29, 2020, a Developer would have the option to use the existing code or use the NewZo.
Alderman Miller complimented Bridget Lidy, Marcus Lotson, Melanie Wilson and Alderman Durrence on all the work with the creation of NewZo.
|7. Real Estate, Litigation, and Personnel|
Mayor DeLoach announced there would be no Executive Session and the City Council recessed at 12:26 p.m.
|8. Agenda Review|
Mayor DeLoach reconvened the meeting at 1:33 p.m. for the agenda review.
Acting City Manager, Pat Monahan presented the Regular Meeting Agenda and responded to specific questions by Mayor and Aldermen:
Bates Lovett, City Attorney, indicated that all political signs are going to be allowed until the City Council amends the sign ordinance. The Acting City Manager indicated that will likely be next year.
Mayor DeLoach will announce at the beginning of the Regular Meeting that Item #45 regarding campaign signs was canceled.
Hearing no objections, the Mayor adjourned the workshop at 1:49 p.m.
The video recording of the Council meeting can be found by copying and pasting the below link in url:
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
Date Minutes Approved: 7/02/2019