MEETING OF THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL FOR THE CITY OF RICHMOND HILL
APRIL 6, 2004
Present from City Council: Richard R. Davis, Mayor; Harold Fowler, Mayor Pro-Tem;
Councilmen: Floyd Hilliard, Billy Albritton
Staff Present: Michael Melton, City Administrator; Ursula Lee, City Clerk; Steve
Scholar, Director of Planning & Zoning; Allen Lancaster, Planning Commission
Chairman; Gary Lee, Major; Mark Long, Police Captain; Todd Hunt, OMI
Visitors: Gregory Kurter, Joe Parker, Jeffrey Jepson, Linda Whiddon, David Kirk, Lee
Dickey, Bob Donovan, Jessica Rattner, Jeanette Brewer, Rick Gardner, Bill Batastin,
Brad Brookshire, Jason Edenfield, Johnny Murphy, Michael Congdon, Susan Willis,
Richard Olesky, Ricky Bashlor, Pat & Jerry Elders, Danny & Maureen Bryant
Mayor Richard Davis called the meeting to order at 7:30 P.M. and Councilman Harold
Fowler gave the invocation. The pledge of allegiance was given.
Minutes of the regular meeting held March 16, 2004 were approved as presented by
Councilman Fowler, seconded by Councilman Albritton, and carried by all.
Administration and Personnel: Ursula Lee
1. Approval of Georgia Cities Week Resolution. Mayor Davis read the resolution as
GEORGIA CITIES WEEK
APRIL 18-24, 2004
A RESOLUTION OF THE CITY OF RICHMOND HILL RECOGNIZING GEORGIA CITIES
WEEK, APRIL 18-24, 2004, AND ENCOURAGING ALL CITIZENS TO SUPPORT THE
CELEBRATION AND CORRESPONDING ACTIVITIES.
WHEREAS, city government is the closest to most citizens, and the one with the most
direct daily impact upon its residents; and
WHEREAS, city government is administered for and by its citizens, and is dependant
upon public commitment to and understanding of its many responsibilities; and
WHEREAS, city government officials and employees share the responsibility to pass
along their understanding of public services and their benefits; and
WHEREAS, Georgia Cities Week is a very important time to recognize the important role
played by the city government in our lives; and
WHEREAS, this week offers an important opportunity to spread the word to all the
citizens of Georgia that they can shape and influence this branch of government which is closest
to the people; and
WHEREAS, the Georgia Municipal Association and its member cities have joined
together to teach students and other citizens about municipal government through a variety of
different projects and information; and
WHEREAS, Georgia Cities Week offers an important opportunity to convey to all the
citizens of Georgia that they can shape and influence government through their civic involvement.
NOW, THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED THAT THE CITY OF RICHMOND HILL
DECLARES APRIL 18 – 24 AS GEORGIA CITIES WEEK.
BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED THAT THE CITY OF RICHMOND HILL ENCOURAGES
ALL CITIZENS, CITY EMPLOYEES TO DO EVERYTHING POSSIBLE TO ENSURE THAT THIS
WEEK IS RECOGNIZED AND CELEBRATED ACCORDINGLY.
PASSED AND ADOPTED by the city of Richmond Hill.
Councilman Fowler made a motion to adopt the Georgia Cities Week
Resolution. The motion was seconded by Councilman Hilliard and carried
Police Department: Chief Billy Reynolds
1. Introduction of new Police Officers. Major Gary Lee presented officers Susan
Willis and Rick Olesky to Council. Mayor Davis welcomed the new officers
to the City of Richmond Hill.
2. Top Gun Presentation. Sergeant Mark Rich explained the meaning of earning
this award. Sergeant Rich presented the 2003 Plaque and Certificate to Staff
Sergeant Ricky Bashlor whose average score was 92.0. Mayor Davis and
Council congratulated Sergeant Bashlor.
Fire Department: Chief Vernon Rushing
Nothing to report.
Public Works: Todd Hunt
Mr. Hunt told Council the sidewalk project had been completed. Mr. Hunt noted the
department has a pile of mulch the Public can get. Mayor Davis thanked Mr. Hunt and
the department for the good job.
Parks, Recreation and Culture: Harvey Lashley
City Administrator Mike Melton told Council the steel and rebar work would be started
tomorrow for the Veterans Memorial at the J. F. Gregory Park.
Mayor Davis asked about the skate park. Mr. Melton stated it was coming along fine but
still needed a lot more dirt.
Planning, Zoning and Code Enforcement: Steve Scholar
1. David C. Kirk, Esq./Verizon Wireless is requesting a conditional use permit to
install a telecommunications antenna array on an existing tower, and to also
construct a small equipment building in a C-4, interchange commercial zone
district. This property is located at 966 Longwood Dr., Longwood
Subdivision. Map 46, parcel 001.18. Chairman Allen Lancaster told Council
a Public Hearing was held with no opposition. The Planning & Zoning Board
recommended approval. An 11 x 30 building would be constructed.
Councilman Albritton made a motion to approve the request for a
conditional use permit to install a telecommunications antenna on an
existing antenna at 966 Longwood Dr., Longwood Subdivision for David
Kirk, Esq./Verizon Wireless. The motion was seconded by Councilman
Hilliard and carried by all.
2. David C. Kirk, Esq./Verizon Wireless is requesting site plan approval of the
telecommunications equipment building at 966 Longwood Dr. zoned C-4.
Councilman Albritton made a motion to grant site plan approval of the
telecommunications equipment building at 966 Longwood Dr. for Verizon
Wireless. The motion was seconded by Councilman Hilliard and carried by
3. Mr. Kenny Patel is requesting approval of the building elevations for his
proposed Comfort Suites Motel to be built on Hwy. 17 West & I-95 next to
the Hampton Inn. It would have 65 rooms.
Councilman Hilliard made a motion to approve the building elevations
for his proposed Comfort Suites Motel to be built on Hwy. 17. The
motion was seconded by Councilman Albritton and carried by all.
4. Mr. Kenny Patel is requesting approval of the building elevations for his
proposed Best Western Motel to be built on Hwy. 17 East & I-95 behind
Arby’s. It would have 59 rooms.
Councilman Hilliard made a motion to approve the building elevations
for his proposed Best Western Motel to be built on Hwy. 17. The motion
was seconded by Councilman Albritton and carried by all.
5. Linda Whiddon to address Council about Richmond Hill Plantation. Ms.
Whiddon told Council she lives in the Cove and has a list of concerns about
the Richmond Hill Plantation. Specifically the roads and schools, she would
like to see the developers charged impact fees. Mayor Davis thanked Ms.
Whiddon for her interest. Mayor Davis explained to Ms. Whiddon the City
had implemented impact fees for water and sewer many years ago. State law
prohibits impact fees on roads and schools. Mayor Davis told Ms. Whiddon
he had a copy of her concerns and he get some answers for her in the near
6. The Richmond Hill Land Company/Johnny Murphy is requesting 875 acres
known as the Richmond Hill Plantation be rezoned from AG to planned
development. Mr. Lancaster reminded Council this property had been
annexed into the City. Mr. Melton stated only half of the property had
actually been annexed.
Mr. Lancaster turned the request over to Mr. Murphy to give Council the
information. Mr. Murphy explained that this project had been worked on for
three years and has come up with a great master plan. This project would
include amenities as well as tax dollars for the City. Mr. Murphy stated he
had met with DOT and did not think traffic would be a problem.
Mayor Davis asked about the commercial areas on Hwy. 144, would there be a
frontage road. Mr. Murphy stated that was directly across the street from the
main entrance to the Ford Plantation. We actually show that entering from
off Brisbon Road and not having an access point on Hwy.144. This area was
designed to have an office complex with a frontage road. This is not a final
design. We have tried to eliminate as many access points as possible on Hwy.
Mr. Murphy stated he is willing to work with Bryan County and the City with
the roads over at the ballpark to eliminate some of that congestion.
Some of the areas may be gated. There was some discussion on buffers and a
planned golf course.
Councilman Fowler made a motion to approve the 875 acres known as the
Richmond Hill Plantation to be rezoned from AG to PD. The motion was
seconded by Councilman Albritton and carried by all.
7. The Richmond Hill Land Company/Johnny Murphy is requesting master plan
approval of Richmond Hill Plantation and approval of his development being
designated a Level II, PD.
Councilman Albritton made a motion to grant approval of the master
plan for the Richmond Hill Plantation and to designate it as a Level II,
PD. The motion was seconded by Councilman Hilliard and carried by
Mr. Murphy thanked Mayor Davis and Council for the approval.
8. Bob Donovan of the Ford Plantation is requesting the master plan be amended
to allow building heights of up to 50 feet. The homes are restricted to 6,000
sq. ft. and sometimes this elevates the home.
Mayor Davis asked the height of the home on the point. Mr. Donovan replied
52 feet. Mr. Donovan stated he would like to change the requested variance to
P & Z Director Scholar stated he thought Mr. Donovan should bring this issue
back to the Planning Commission. Mr. Donovan stated he thought that with a
Level II, PD it would only have to go before Council. Mr. Donovan stated he
would like to bypass that if he could because of a home that was becoming a
burden to the homeowner because it was over the 35 feet. Mr. Donovan asked
if he could get the variance on this one home tonight and then go back before
the Planning Commission to change the building height for the rest of the
Councilman Albritton made a motion to grant the variance for Lot CH-41,
Ford Plantation to allow the building height of 55 feet. The motion was
seconded by Councilman Fowler and carried by all.
Mayor Davis told Mr. Donovan the approval was for the one house only. Mr.
Donovan thanked Council and stated he would make an application with
Planning & Zoning for the remaining acres.
Mr. Scholar reminded Council that the next City Council meeting would be held
on April 20th at the High School at 2:00 p.m. to observe City Government Week.
Preservation and Beautification: Mike Melton
Mr. Melton told Council all the trees were doing fine on Hwy. 17. Councilman Hilliard
asked about the lighting. Mr. Melton replied the lighting was approved today by DOT.
Finance Director: Bob Whitmarsh
Nothing to report.
Public Relations: Nothing to report.
Councilman Fowler asked Mr. Melton if he had an update on the traffic light at Hwy. 144
& I-95. Mr. Melton replied DOT has it in the planning stage.
Mayor Davis told Council they had a report from the CVB. Please take a look at it and if
you have any questions they could be answered at the next meeting.
1. Ms. Jessica Rattner – Candidate for “Kiss-A-Pig”: American Diabetes
Campaign. Ms. Rattner explained the “Kiss-A-Pig” campaign. This is the
first time for the City of Richmond Hill to have a candidate. There are several
events planned. One of the events planned will be held at the J. F. Gregory
Park on May 6, 2004 at 5:00 p.m. Mayor Davis thanked Ms. Rattner and
wished the event well.
2. Jeff Jepson, North Point Development – Water/Sewer Agreement. Mr. Jepson
told Council he was asking for a formal water/sewer agreement between the
City of Richmond Hill and the North Point Development. Mayor Davis
recommended the agreement be drawn up.
Councilman Hilliard asked Mr. Melton if any type of counter motion needed to
be made. Mr. Melton replied “No”.
Councilman Fowler made a motion for the City Manager and the City
Attorney draft up a water/sewer agreement and bring back to City
Council. The motion was seconded by Councilman Albritton and carried
Councilman Albritton made a motion to recess. The motion was seconded by
Councilman Fowler and carried by all.
There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 9:03 P. M. in a motion by
Councilman Hilliard, seconded by Councilman Albritton and carried by all.
Ursula G. Lee