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1 <br />@ @ITEM 2002 -02 -11 Special Called City Council Minutes <br />Mayor Walter W. Parker called the special meeting to order at 7 P.M. on Monday, <br />February 11, 2002. The following members of Council were present: Jimmy Burke, <br />Jackie Youmans, Whitley Reynolds, Walter Crawford, Jason Buelterman, and Richard <br />Barrow. City Attorney Edward Hughes and City Manager Tom Cannon were also <br />present. <br />Mayor Parker said that only the items on the advertised agenda can be addressed <br />at this meeting. Parker said Council needs to be aware of the impact of the Homestead <br />Exemption resolution that Council adopted at the January meeting. The financial impact <br />would be about $284,000 loss in revenue in 2003. Parker asked that Council consider <br />changing the money amount from $200,000.00 to $100,000.00 stating that this will lessen <br />the impact on the city's budget but would give citizens claming homestead exemption <br />some tax relief. Burke moved to leave the resolution as Council adopted in January. <br />Youmans seconded. After a long discussion Council voted 3 in favor (Burke, Youmans <br />and Crawford); 3 opposed (Reynolds, Buelterman and Barrow). Mayor Parker broke the <br />tie by voting in against the motion. Mayor Parker said that he would entertain a motion <br />for $100,000.00 for 2003 and $200,000.00 for 2004. Reynolds so moved. Barrow <br />seconded. Vote by Council was 5 in favor (Burke, Reynolds, Crawford, Buelterman and <br />Barrow). Youmans opposed stating that he is not against tax relief but wants the <br />$200,000.00 resolution adopted to come before the voters. Hughes said that he will <br />rewrite the resolution and the bill according to the Council decision and send to <br />Representative Burke Day in the morning. <br />Mayor Parker said the church sign does not need to be discussed. The issue has <br />been resolved. <br />Cannon told Council that he would have a list of 15 items from the retreat ready <br />for review on Thursday. Youmans asked who called for the DOT Town Meeting to <br />discuss the 4 lanes of Tybee Road. Cannon answered he was contacted by DOT and <br />MPC. <br />A Budget Workshop is scheduled for Monday, February 25, 2003 at 6 P.M. <br />Youmans moved to adopt Section 2 -1 -11 Regular and Special Meetings on its <br />first reading. The ordinance would mean that Council would meet on the 2nd and the 4th <br />Thursdays of each month. Burke seconded. Barrow suggested having a pre meeting <br />staring at 6 P.M. prior to the regular meeting at 7 P.M. Barrow said maybe a snack could <br />be served. Youmans said that would be just adding an hour. Barrow answered if you <br />have a good pre meeting, you can cut down and be out of the regular meeting earlier. <br />Crawford said that an ordinance is being prepared to eliminate some of the variance for <br />continued use of a non - conforming structure, which would save a considerable amount of <br />time. Buelterman said lets just wait and see. Vote on the motion was 2 in favor (Burke <br />and Youmans); 4 opposed (Reynolds, Crawford, Buelterman and Barrow). Barrow <br />moved for Council to hold a pre meeting 1 hour prior to convening the regular meeting. <br />Crawford seconded. Reynolds questioned how the pre meeting would be managed. <br />Parker answered that Council would go over the agenda. Vote by Council was 5 in favor <br />(Burke, Reynolds, Crawford, Buelterman and Barrow); 1 opposed (Youmans). Hughes <br />said to consider this a first reading. <br />Mayor Parker adjourned the meeting at 7:30 P.M. <br />