Meeting Begins at 10:00 am
|January 16, 2020 City Council Workshop
SAVANNAH CITY GOVERNMENT
COUNCIL WORK SESSION & CITY MANAGER'S BRIEFING
January 16, 2020 – 10:00 a.m.
The Work Session of the City Council was held at 10:01 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Media Room of City Hall.
PRESENT: Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, Presiding
Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter, At-Large, Post 1
Alderwoman Alicia Miller Blakely, At-Large, Post 2
Alderwoman Bernetta B. Lanier, District 1
Alderman Detric Leggett, District 2
Alderwoman Linda Wilder-Bryan, District 3
Alderman Nick Palumbo, District 4
Alderwoman Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz, District 5
Alderman Kurtis Purtee, District 6
City Manager Pat Monahan
Assistant City Manager Heath Lloyd
Interim Chief Operating Officer Bret Bell
Assistant to the City Manager Daphanie Williams
City Attorney Bates Lovett
Deputy City Attorney Jen Herman
Clerk of Council Mark Massey
Deputy Clerk of Council Margaret Fox
|Workshop Agenda Items
|1. Council Organizational Items Discussion
Mayor Johnson welcomed everyone to the work session and briefly mentioned that the organizational items have previously been discussed, including the officer positions of Mayor Pro-Tem, Chair of Council and Vice-Chair of Council. He also indicated that he requested the City Manager, City Attorney and Clerk of Council to prepare a draft of procedural rules for meetings that can be considered by the Mayor and Aldermen. Mayor Johnson then requested the Clerk of Council to introduce the next presenter.
|2. Robert's Rules of Order Presentation
Mr. Massey introduced Ms. Carol Johnson Davis, CP-T, PRP, by giving a brief background and history of her experience in parliamentary law.
Ms. Davis thanked the Mayor and Council for inviting her to speak. Her presentation included the following:
Alderman Palumbo asked Clerk of Council Mark Massey to provide background to the Council why the procedures are important and why adopting Robert's Rules of Order will help facilitate the Council meetings.
Following the presentation, there followed questions by Council which were answered by Ms. Davis.
|3. 2020 Operating and Capital Budget Update
City Manager Monahan gave a brief overview of the prior Council's adoption of the 2020 Budget. He explained that Melissa Carter, Senior Director of Budget, will give a quick description of the Budget, but a work session will be held for Council in the future that will go into a more in depth description/discussion.
Ms. Carter and David Maxwell, Finance Director presented a quick slide presentation outlining the 2020 Operating and Capital Budget Updates.
Following the presentation, there was a discussion and questioning session with Ms. Carter, who responded to all questions.
Alderwoman Gibson-Carter requested the following:
Alderwoman Miller Blakely requested information as it relates to other cities comparable to Savannah and how Savannah compares.
|4. 2020 Legislative Priorities
Mayor Johnson requested the City Manager to move Item #4 to Item #3. He informed Council that he has requested the City Manager to keep Work Sessions to one hundred and fifty minutes. Mayor Johnson indicated the Legislative Agenda is just a draft.
City Manager Monahan reminded Council Members they submitted drafts of their legislative priorities two weeks ago. This Item is on the Regular Meeting Agenda today for a vote.
Interim Chief Operating Officer Bret Bell briefly outlined last year's legislative priorities. He then introduced Acting Assistant to the City Manager Joseph Shearouse to discuss the 2020 Legislative Priorities.
Alderwoman Miller Blakely requested a copy of last year's legislative priorities activities report from Mr. Bell.
Alderwoman Gibson-Carter requested a copy of the litigation reports received and paid out by the City of Savannah.
Mr. Shearouse read a list of the items on the legislative priorities list for Council to accept (consensus), amend or propose a new item.
|5. Litigation, Real Estate, and Personnel
Alderwoman Lanier moved to recess the meeting for a closed executive session regarding real estate, Alderwoman Wilder-Bryan seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
The executive session began at 12:59 p.m.
Alderwoman Miller Blakely moved to close the executive session regarding real estate, Alderman Leggett seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
The executive session ended at 1:50 p.m.
|6. Agenda Procedures Discussion
Mayor Johnson indicated that he requested the City Manager, City Attorney and Clerk of Council to prepare a draft of procedural rules for meetings that can be considered by the Mayor and Aldermen.
|7. Review of Agenda
The Agenda was reviewed by Mayor and Council.
Mayor Johnson adjourned the meeting at 1:59 p.m.
The video recording of the Council meeting can be found by copying and inserting the below link in your url:
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
Date Minutes Approved: February 13, 2020