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City Council  Regular Session - Monday June 13, 2011 at 5:30

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Noise Ordinance Worksession - May 12, 2009
Wednesday, 13 May 2009

A public hearing/council work session was held on May12, 2009 to begin the formal process of developing a new noise ordinance for Remerton.  The ordinance will incorporate objective instrument based sound measurements rather than the subjective observations currently in the ordinance.

Representing the City were Mayor Holsendolph and Council members Ryan Gordon, Lydia Day and Bill Wetherington as well as City attorney Brad Folsom and City Clerk Lisa Mashburn.  Absent were Council members Sherry Wood and Reggie Stacks.

Mr. Eric Sauders of Charley O'Corley's was the only restaurant/bar owner present.  The other audience members included four Plum Street propertyt/business owners and one Plum St. resident.

It was an unexpectedly poor turnout for such a controversial ordinance rewrite.

Whether or not to define an Entertainment District with higher allowed noise levels from the residential areas was the first task. 

The consensus seemed to be that an entertainment district would be established that included Baytree Place with the boundary drawn at the rear property lines of the businesses and not to include Plum Street.

There will likely be three time periods for regulation during each day with varying acceptable noise levels based on the district:

  District           Hours dBCdBC L5
 Entertainment 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM
  70   75
 All other
 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM  60   65
 All Districts
 2:00 AM - 7:00 AM
  55   60
 All Districts 7:00 AM - 8:00 PM  65   70

(more later...)

Click here for the 1hr 49min Noise Ordinance Worksession audio.

City Council Regular Meeting for May 11, 2009 - Outcome
Friday, 08 May 2009

CITY OF REMERTON - Regular Meeting
Monday, May 11, 2009 @ 5:30 P.M.
City Council Chambers

(Mayor Holsendolph called for a moment of silence due to the death of Police Chief Terrel's mother last Friday.)
Welcome Guests
Pledge and Prayer - by Mayor Holsendolph
Establish Quorum of Council - All members present.
Approval of minutes from Regular Council Meeting, Monday, April 13, 2009- Approved without changes.
Citizens to be heard -  First up was Mr. Bill Hart, property owner, with a complaint about the elevated water meter on his property and Public Works Dir. Woods response to his complaint.  These elevated water meter enclosures look bad, reduce property use, make lawn maintenance more difficult and are a tripping hazard.

Following Mr. Hart was property owner Barbara Depasture about asphalt left on one of her properties after a pipe repair several months ago and also the elevated meter boxes.

The matters were referred to the Public Works Committee for resolution.

UPDATE:  Update regarding City Water Project- (min 9:35)  There is still one easement being negotiated.  A request for a boring permit under the railroad tracks has been made.

1. Consideration regarding the Travel Policy in regards to using City vehicles when available for travel and training.-Council member Day - (min 10:44) Ha! Silly woman...people want to use their own cars.  Proposal defeated. 
2. Consideration regarding the Travel Policy in regards to using City Credit Cards Only for Travel.-Council member Day - Ha!  Silly woman..people want to use their own credit cards so they can get their frequent flier miles.  Proposal defeated.

3. Consideration regarding the Travel Policy in regards to meal allowance per day. The amount would be $40.00 in low cost area and $50.00 in high cost areas per day for meals.-Council member Day - Instead of a set amount per meal the policy will now allow up to these total amounts per day for meals.  Proposal passed.
4. Consideration regarding updating the Ethics Committee Ordinance.-Council member Day - (min 13:30) Ha! Silly have to trust your City Manager to pass complaints along to the Ethics CommitteeLike the last City Manager...who was given the option of being fired or resigning...because of trust issues.  Proposal defeated.
5. Financial Report-Lisa Mashburn -
6. Reminder Special Called Work Session on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 at 5:30 PM.

Council Comments - (min 22:45) Not satisfied with being shot down three times, Council member Day went for a fourth strike by suggesting that the info sheet given to all new residents include some of the more common violations students may not be aware of and the corresponding penalties.  This includes things like disorderly conduct, the open container ordinance, vandalism, public urination, etc.

Probation officer Jessica Freeman explained that the State law governing penalties for these misdemeanors is up to 12 months jail and/or probation and/or up to $1000 fine.  The penalties vary at the judges discretion.

Council member Wetherington didn't think it would do any good.  And, the Mayor was worried it might scare away potential renters.

It was suggested putting the ordinances on the website...some day.

EXECUTIVE SESSION: Personnel - A candidate for City Administrator was interviewed.

Click here for the audio of the Council Regular Session of May, 11, 2009.  (27 min.)

Image(Click Read more... for the preliminary, unapproved minutes of this session)

Meetings of May 11 and May 12
Wednesday, 06 May 2009

Monday, May 11 at 5:30PM is the monthly City Council Regular Session.

ImageAt 5:30 on Tuesday, May 12, 2009 there is a Special Work Session about the new Noise Ordinance. (This was changed from 7PM to 5:30PM)

It is labeled a Work Session because two weeks prior notice is required by law for a Public Hearing and there wasn't enough time.

Public input will be tolerated allowed during the discussion of the updated Noise Ordinance.  This ordinance rewrite is as controversial as the Liquor Ordinance rewrite, so it should be interesting.

The new ordinance will be technically based and the following parameters must be determined:

First is whether or not to establish an entertainment district separate from the rest of Remerton to allow for different noise levels.  This will probably be done, since three of the five council members think it is a good idea.

Lines on a map will be drawn defining the district and then measurable noise levels at the boundary will be established.  Different levels for different days and hours may be established.  There is also consideration of the length of time the levels may exceed the maximum, i.e. a five second peak is different from a fifteen minute time period.

Since measurements and observation shows that the "annoyance" factor is from the low level bass tones that carry quite a distance the measurements will be in the dBC scale.   There may also be a peak level on the dBA scale.

The consultant's recommendations were 60-65 dBC at the establishment's property lines.  Recently levels of 70-90 have been measured at property lines and estimates of 100-110 have been assumed, since windows were rattling on Poplar Street.

Noise levels in the residential and other areas will likely be lower.

Following is the presentation by Robert M. Lilkendey of  Siebein Associates, Inc., Consultants in Architectural Acoustics to the  City Council Worksession of, August 4, 2008.

Click here for the presentation: "Acoustical Issues For Noise Ordinance Development Remerton, GA"  (PDF format 4.3 MB)

Council Work Session - May, 4, 2009 - Outcome
Thursday, 30 April 2009

Monday, May 4, 2009 @ 5:30 P.M.

Welcome Guests

Citizens to be Heard. - None

Presentations, Public Hearings and Updates:
   1. Update regarding the start of the 2008 Audit-Denise Rackley of Valenti, Rackley and Associates, LLC

   1. Discussion regarding updating the Travel Policy for the City of Remerton-Council member Day
   2. Discussion regarding updating the Ethics Committee Ordinance-Council member Day - (min 23:30)
   3. Department Reports:
       a. City Clerk-Lisa Mashburn - (min 30:25) -
       b. Probation-Jessica Freeman - (min 37:55) -
       c. Police-Chief Mike Terrell - (min 40:35) -
       d. Fire/Utilities/Public Works-Ron Woods - No report, Mr. Woods arrived later in the meeting.

   1. Discussion regarding obtaining information to complete the Noise Ordinance-Chief Mike Terrell and Attorney Brad Folsom - (min 43:05) -

ADJOURN - (min 75)

Image  Click here for the May 5, 2009 Council Work Session. (75 minutes)

Snowball says...
Friday, 01 May 2009 aint's party time!


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