SAVANNAH CITY COUNCIL
MONDAY, APRIL 4, 2011
CLASBEY CENTER – COUNCIL CHAMBERS
Mayor Ron Steele presiding.
Pledge of Allegiance was recited.
Council Members present: Vernon Townsend, Connie George, Curtis Wandfluh and Greg
Gabler. City Administrator Jill Cornett, City Attorney Ron Holliday, Chief of Police David
Vincent and City Clerk Beth Kar were also present. Several members of the public attended.
The meeting was audio recorded. The meeting notice was posted at City Hall April 1, 2011.
Connie George motioned to amend the agenda and add the Appointment to the Park Board.
Vernon Townsend seconded. Motion carried on 4 yes votes.
Minutes – March 21, 2011; March 29, 2011
Connie George motioned to approve the minutes of March 21, 2011 and March 29, 2011 as
submitted. Curtis Wandfluh seconded. Motion carried on 4 yes votes.
Keaton Smith, Eagle Scout, was present for his merit badge.
Lynn Grabill, Hwy E, asked why the City was charging less in the water contract with Andrew
County #3 than the published rate of $6.60 per thousand gallons. How can the City sell water for
less than cost? Jill Cornett explained the recent engineering study from Bartlett & West, which
includes debt service and regular operating costs in the $6.60. City Attorney Ron Holliday
described the history of the contract with Andrew County #3. Last year the City began meeting
with Public Water Supply District and arrived at the proposed charge for water. Grabill also
asked for better communication between the City and the public. Greg Gabler stated the City did
not know yet if the District had signed the new contract.
Malinda Ehrhardt, Minnie Cline PTO Walk-a-thon: May 14th, 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. – Police
Malinda Ehrhardt, Minnie Cline PTO, requested police assistance for the 5k Walk-a-thon being
held May 14. She outlined the route: Start at Minnie Cline Elementary, go west on Price Street
up to 14th Street, then east on Chestnut Street, go south to 10th Street and back down to Price over
to Minnie Cline. Participants will walk the route twice. The walk will start at 2 p.m. and finish
by 4 p.m. Greg Gabler motioned to support the May Walk-a-thon with police and volunteers as
long as it doesn’t run into overtime for the police. Vernon Townsend seconded. Motion carried
on 4 yes votes.
Payment of Bills
Council discussed March’s paid bills. The Golf Course is trying to spread out its bill payments
to 30 and 60 net days. Mayor Steele described that once the golf course bills are received,
General Manager Mark Korell spreads out the payments. Bills were ordered paid on a motion by
Connie George and seconded by Vernon Townsend. Motion carried on 4 yes votes.
City Administrator’s Report
Bricks –The large bricks were excavated from the Square during a street improvement project on
Main Street. The bricks are currently stockpiled in a lot just west of the City Cemetery. The
City has received several inquiries about purchasing them. The bricks had been 50 each and
none sold. The proposed price is 10 cents a brick. Buyers will first come to City Hall and sign a
waiver, releasing the City from any damages or injuries resulting from loading the bricks.
Vernon Townsend described that some of the bricks are damaged so 10 cents was a good price.
Greg Gabler made the motion to lower the price of bricks to 10 cents each. Vernon Townsend
seconded. Motion carried on 4 yes votes.
Cost of water – This topic was already addressed earlier in the meeting.
Council Reimbursements – In light of the City’s audit, the City is working hard to bring several
funds back into positive balances. She thanked Council and the Mayor for the decrease in
salaries as a good will gesture.
Clasbey Center – Later in the meeting is the revised Clasbey Center rental ordinance. Changes
to the existing ordinance include one free use by employees per year. Council had changed the
rental policy for non profits which resulted in people coming and asking for reduced rates. She
recommended approval of the ordinance and to stick to the rental fees.
Water Outage – On March 23, water was shut off by a construction company to reroute a
waterline as part of the construction on the Cedar Street bridge project. The City didn’t have as
much time to alert residents of the outage.
Connie George motioned to approve the City Administrator’s report. Curtis Wandfluh seconded.
Motion carried on 4 yes votes.
RESOLUTIONS FOR CONSIDERATION:
Resolution 2011-5 Lot Split 201 W. Chestnut
This resolution approves a lot split of property owned by Rodney Hummer at 201 West Chestnut.
Mayor Ron Steele showed a map of the proposed lot split. Planning & Zoning Commission
recommended approval of the lot split. Connie George motioned to approve Resolution 2011-5.
Vernon Townsend seconded. Motion carried on 4 yes votes.
BILLS FOR CONSIDERATION:
Bill 2011-14 Acknowledgement of Emergency Management 2011 Plan –
The City of Savannah participates with Andrew County on its Emergency Management Plan.
The county requires that the City acknowledge receipt of the new 2011 plan. Bill 2011-14 was
read for first and second readings.
ORDINANCE NO. 2516
This ordinance acknowledges the receipt of the 2011 Andrew County Emergency Operations
plan. Greg Gabler motioned to adopt ordinance no. 2516. Connie George seconded. Vote:
George: aye; Townsend: aye; Gabler: aye; Wandfluh: aye. Motion carried.
Bill 2011-15 Providing for the Rate of Compensation for Mayor and Aldermen --
This bill decreases the salary of the Mayor and Aldermen beginning terms after the April 2011
elections. The salary of the Mayor will go from $250 to $200 per month. The salary of the
Aldermen will go from $75 per regular meeting to $50 per regular meeting. The special meeting
rate of $25 will remain the same. Bill 2011-15 was read for first and second readings.
ORDINANCE NO. 2517
This ordinance amends ordinance no. 2025, providing for the rate of compensation for the office
of Mayor and Aldermen. Vernon Townsend motioned to adopt ordinance no. 2517. Curtis
Wandfluh seconded. Vote: Townsend: aye; Gabler: aye; Wandfluh: aye; George: aye. Motion
Bill 2011-16 Amend Clasbey Center Rates –
Greg Gabler questioned what he felt were two separate items in Bill 2011-16: Clasbey Center
rates for use and employee free use of the Clasbey Center. Gablere stated that as long as the City
is in a negative financial situation, no one should have free usage of Clasby. City Administrator
Jill Cornett described that the one free Clasbey rental a year for employees was a benefit to
compensate for lack of pay increases in the past. It is in the same category as employees
receiving a free family pool pass and a golf membership. Connie George was for employees
receiving the benefit of one free Clasbey Center rental. Mayor Ron Steele brought up that
General Manager Mark Korell complained about people who golfed for free. Greg Gabler felt
the City would look at a lot of changes after the election. Gabler motioned to table Bill 2011-16.
City Clerk Beth Kar suggested that instead of tabling the bill to amend the ordinance to take out
number 6, employees getting one free use of Clasby. Greg Gabler agreed to amend his motion.
Bill 2011-16 was read for first and second readings.
ORDINANCE NO. 2518
Greg Gabler motioned to adopt ordinance no. 2518, with the amendment of removing item
number 6 (employee use). Curtis Wandfluh seconded. Vote: Gabler: aye; Wandfluh: aye;
George: nay; Townsend: aye. Motion carried.
Park Board Appointment – Guy Speckman removed his name from the consideration for the
Park Board vacancy. Janice Hatcher submitted an application for the Park Board. Connie
George motioned to accept Janice Hatcher’s appointment to the Park Board and Vernon
Townsend seconded. Motion carried on 3 yes votes; 1 no (Gabler). Gabler stated he had nothing
against the person nominated; he thought the appointment should have taken place after the
Connie George reported that Eva Wrigley would like insure when there is a funeral at Heaton
Bowman, her driveway is not blocked. City Administrator Jill Cornett and Building Inspector
Gene Grossman looked at Wrigley’s driveway during the last funeral and the driveway was not
blocked. There is a No Parking sign placed there. Connie George received calls about the new
water bills including the rate increase. She reminded everyone to go out and vote tomorrow.
Vernon Townsend took a tour of the police station. He noticed that the Police had many
recovered bicycles. He suggested the police sell the bicycles and use the money to start an
exercise facility in the police garage. Townsend would like to see no cars parking on sidewalks.
He has been following up on street lights that are out. Six lights are out. He came across a
missing drain guard, mentioned it to Director of Public Works Kenny Lance, and the problem
was fixed. Townsend has one more tour, Public Works, and then he will have visited all City
departments. He has more insight into the new water meters. Townsend went to City Hall and
got his water usage report for one day. He recommended other citizens ask for a one day usage
Greg Gabler thanked Police Chief Dave Vincent for visiting with him on a raccoon problem.
The east side of town has sick raccoons. The third sighting was at Gabler’s house. The raccoons
are coming out of timber near the 4-H property. Lt. Bruce Lundy suggested sending one of the
raccoons for a rabies test.
Curtis Wandfluh asked Director of Public Works Kenny Lance how many meters were left to
install. There are 350-400 meters left. The City hopes to have all meters in by next month.
Lance brought back weather sirens mentioned at the previous meeting. Lynn Grabill asked if the
City’s water income had gone up since the new meters had been installed. Once all the meters
are installed, there will be an analysis conducted. The assumption Wandfluh had been told was
that the City was producing many gallons of water that were not registering on the old meter.
The new meters worked well during the winter months. In the past the readings had to be
estimated when there was snow and ice.
Ron Holliday reported that the City would have to have an ordinance for unclaimed property for
the police bicycles. People have a certain amount of time to make a claim.
No further business to discuss. Council adjourned at 8:02 p.m. on a motion by Greg Gabler and
seconded by Connie George. Motion carried on 4 yes votes.
Ron Steele, Mayor
Beth Kar, City Clerk