|May 9, 2019 City Council Workshop
Savannah City Government
COUNCIL WORK SESSION & CITY MANAGER’S BRIEFING
May 9, 2019 – 9:00 a.m.
The workshop of Council was held at 9:00 a.m. in the 2nd Floor Media Room of City Hall.
PRESENT: Mayor Eddie W. DeLoach, Presiding
Aldermen Julian Miller, Brian Foster, Bill Durrence, Van Johnson, II, Tony Thomas, John Hall and Alderwoman Estella E. Shabazz
Rob Hernandez, City Manager
Bret Bell, Assistant to the City Manager
Bates Lovett, City Attorney
Jennifer Herman, Interim City Attorney
William Shearouse, Assistant City Attorney
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
ABSENT: Alderwoman Carol Bell
|Workshop Agenda Items
|1. Drayton and Whitaker Street Traffic Calming
|Exhibit 1: Drayton-Whitaker Workshop Presentation.pdf
Heath Lloyd, Chief Infrastructure and Development Officer, began the presentation by introducing Mr. Steven Henry, Acting Mobility Director, to go over the Drayton and Whitaker Streets projects.
Mr. Henry discussed in detail the projects completed, those in process and future projects for Drayton and Whitaker Streets and the changes that will effect a more positive traffic and pedestrian flow.
What has been done:
What is being done:
What can be done:
Following the presentation, there was discussion and questions concerning the projects and Mr.. Henry provided responses. Alderman Thomas requested that the 'zero tolerance' speed limit be examined, including all areas of the City and not just the historic district.
|2. Property Exchange with Row Pine Development, LLC
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - Row Pine LLC. Property Exchange.pdf
The City Manager gave an overview of the project which is on the agenda later today for considerationl and he introduced David Keating, Director of Real Estate Services, to give a presentation regarding the property exchange to acquire park lands in the Highlands area.
The City Manager outlined why the City would like to develop the area, why he is considering the land exchange:
Prior to David Keating's presentation, Mayor DeLoach recogonized Mr. Keating and Gary Wiggin, Developer at Row Pine Development, LLC, for their dedication over the past 2 years on bringing the project to the table for completion.
Mr. Keating emphazed the growth in the northwest sector of the City and explained the need for recreational facilities and how the exchange would be completed if approved by Council.
He then described the 2 properties involved in the exchange:
Mr. Keating then explained the deal points:
Mr. Gary Wiggin discussed his interaction with the Highlands residents to have recreational facilities in the area.
There was concern with the Curtis Cooper Center in relation to their employees using the spaces on one of the properties for parking. The City Manager answered that the agreement with Curtis Cooper was contingent on the City building a parking garage, which was never constructed. The transfer will be handled by the City Attorney's office.
This item will be heard for approval at the 2:00pm regular meeting agenda.
|3. Broughton Streetscapes Update
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - Broughton Streetscape Project.pdf
The City Manager introduced Bridget Lidy, Planning and Urban Design, for an update on the Broughton Street Downtown Streetscxape project.
Ms. Lidy gave a general overview of the initial project and the recent updates. Ms. Lidy then introduced Cristy Lawrence, Office of Capital Projects Management, for an update on the bid process.
Ms. Lawrence announced there was only 1 response to the bid. She indicated there was a shortfall of $8.2 milllion and the bid has been extended through June 30, 2019.
The City Manager recommended completion of the total project and look at some ways to fund the gap.
After the presentation, the Council discussed how to move forward on project costs, i.e. general obligation bonds, referendum, SPLOST VII, etc. Alderman Foster recommended that the City go back to the bidder and ask how much they can get done with the $10.7 million.
|4. Capital Projects Q1 Update
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - Q1 Capital Projects.pdf
Ms. Cristy Lawrence, Capital Projects Management, and Heath Lloyd, Chief Infrastructure and Development Services presented the Capital Improvement Program Review, Q1 2019, discussion the below items:
Ms. Lawrence introduced Ms. Carol Mann, Project Manager of The Parc. She gave a brief description of the project, including but not limited to the following:
Following the presentation, Council had discussion and thanked the presenters for the information and their work on each project.
|5. Arena Update
|Exhibit 1: 1st Quarter 2019 Arena Update.pdf
The City Manager updated the Council on the team's trip to Atlanta for meetings related to the design, funding and timeline of the new Arena.
Brett Bell, Assistant to the City Manager, made the first quarter presentation, including updates. He was joined by Finance Director, David Maxwell and Nick Deffley, Sustainability Office. Additional input was given by David Keating, Heath Lloyd and Bridget Lidy who provided an update on the Canal District.
Mr. Bell updated the Council on the following:
The City Manager concluded the presentation by informing the Council, there will be additional funding decisions by Council in the next 12-24 months associated with the Arena project, i.e. parking facility, sustainable funding, public safety building, etc.
|6. NewZo Review - Articles 5-8
|Exhibit 1: Presentation - NewZo Articles 5-8.pdf
Mayor DeLoach recognized the following new additions to staff:
NewZo updates were presented by Bridget Lidy along with Marcus Lotson from MPC. Items presented:
The above Articles were discussed in detail. Following the presentation, there was discussion between staff and Council as it relates to the Articles presented.
|7. Personnel, Litigation, and Real Estate
Alderman Miller moved to recess the workshop to conduct a closed executive session to discuss personnel, litigation, and real estate, Alderman Durrence seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
Alderman Miller moved to close executive session, Alderman Foster seconded. The motion carried unanimously.
The executive session began at 12:36 p.m. and ended at 1:03 p.m.
|8. Agenda Review
The City Manager identified requested changes to the agenda and Council requested explanations regarding agenda items of interest.
There being no further business, Mayor DeLoach adjourned the workshop at 1:03 p.m.
The video recording of the Work Session can be found by copying and pasting the below link in your url:
Mark Massey, Clerk of Council
Date Minutes Adopted: June 6, 2019