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December 3rd Council Recap

Happy Wednesday! I hope everyone had a good Thanksgiving Holiday. I know I spent time with family, friends, and took time to rest and rejuvenate!

A few quick announcements: The Christmas Parade is this Saturday from 4-6pm; parade starts at 6pm and fireworks will begin after Santa's arrival. Any questions please contact Kim Cumbie (

The final Government 101 session for 2019 will be held on December 19th at 6:30pm at City Hall. Topic will be Governance: Local and Beyond - how your county, state, and federal officials represent you.

Donation boxes will be set up in the lobby at City Hall to collect canned goods and children's books.

Last night was a productive meeting at City Council, so let's get into the recap!

Unfinished Business

Hearthstone Subdivision - City Administration will be meeting with the builder this week. Still in ongoing communications with the owner on the percentage of rental homes allowed.

New Business

The consent agenda was approved unanimously. This included the following items:

1. Appointments by City Council - City Auditor (James Whitaker), City Engineers (Clark Patterson Lee and Lord, Aeck & Sargent), City Attorney (Joe Fowler), Assistant City Attorney (Kenneth O'Rourke), Chief Municipal Judge (Judge L'Erin Wiggins), Associate Municipal Judges (Judge Warren Hoffman and Judge Mark Gaffney), Legal organ (Champion Newspaper).

2. Contract renewals for ART Station, Profession Probation Services, Stone Mountain Memorial Association, Stone Mountain Community Garden, Community Champion, Stone Mountain Historic Society, Attorney's Kenneth O'Rourke and Otanya Clarke.

The renewal of property and casualty insurance with Pritchard & Jerden was tabled until December 17th. Administration has a meeting scheduled to finalize the proposal.

Agreement with Stone Mountain Memorial Association for the extension of sidewalks and storm drainage improvements along East Mountain Street was approved. This will allow the Park and the City to split the cost of the project 50/50.

The MOU for a grant application for the Tourism Product Development Grant was withdrawn. There was lengthy discussion over a misunderstanding that the City legally could not provide the required match for the grant to the for profit entity. Any organization wishing to apply for these grants (deadline is December 12th) would need to do so through the City or the DDA, however, this does not mean that those entities will be responsible for the required matching funds.

Executive session to discuss personnel and real estate was tabled until December 17th.

Bid award was approved for the Building, Fire Inspection and Plan Review Services to Safebuilt for FY2020. A total of three bids were received. The bids from Clark Patterson Lee, and Charles Abbott Assoc. were determined to be non-responsive.

New Ordinances and Resolutions

Ordinance 2012-12 FY2020 Budget was tabled until December 17th. Administration requested additional time to make adjustments to the fines/fee schedule from the Court system which could impact the overall budget.

Ordinance 2019-13 was adopted to amend the municipal court schedule.

Resolution 2019-29 was adopted to set the official holiday schedule for 2020.

Resolution 2019-30 was adopted for the annual appointment of an election superintendent for 2020, being City Clerk Mallory Minor.

Resolution 2019-31 was adopted for the appointment of prosecuting attorney (Joe Fowler) and assistant prosecuting attorney (Kenneth O'Rourke)

Resolution 2019-32 was adopted to amend FY2019 budget and accounted for year end budget expenditures and employee bonuses.


Planning and Zoning is scheduled to meet on December 16th at 6:30 pm.

Downtown Development Authority will meet on December 9th at 6:30 pm.

Parks and Recreations met on December 2nd and will meet again on January 6th at 7pm.

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