JANUARY 28, 2021 – 4:00 p.m.


Due to the Coronavirus Pandemic, the City Council Work Session and City Manager’s Briefing was held via Zoom video communications at 4:02 p.m. Following the roll call, Mayor Johnson introduced Mayor Pro-Tem Dr. Shabazz to offer the invocation.


PRESENT:  Mayor Van R. Johnson, II, Presiding

Alderwoman Kesha Gibson-Carter, At-Large, Post 1, Chairman

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, Vice-Chairman

Alderwoman Dr. Estella Edwards Shabazz, District 5, Mayor Pro-Tem

Alderman Kurtis Purtee, District 6



Acting City Manager Michael B. Brown

City Attorney Bates Lovett

Clerk of Council Mark Massey

Workshop Agenda Items
1. Discussion regarding Personnel and Real Estate (4-5pm)

Mayor Pro-Tem Dr. Shabazz moved to close the work session and hold a closed Executive Session regarding personnel and real estate (Fairgrounds Property Development), Alderwoman Lanier seconded. The motion passed unanimously.

The Executive Session began at 4:05 p.m.


Written comment(s):

Dr. Patricia M. Harris and 5th District Coalition – Raised concerns (Fairgrounds Property Development)

Mayor Pro-Tem Dr. Shabazz moved to close the Executive Session, Alderwoman Wilder-Bryan seconded. The motion passed unanimously.


The Executive Session ended at 6:26 p.m.

There was no action taken during the Executive Session.

2. Fairgrounds Property Development (5-6pm)
Exhibit 1: Memo - Fairgrounds.pdf
Exhibit 2: Plan - Fairgrounds.pdf

Discussion held during the Executive Session.

Mayor Johnson adjourned the work session and advised the Regular Meeting will begin shortly at 6:30 p.m.


The audio recordings of the work sessions can be found by copying and inserting the below links in your url:




Mark Massey, Clerk of Council

Date Minutes Approved: February 11, 2021

Initials:  mm

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