City Council Meeting Minutes for August 9, 2022

The Mayor and City Council held the regular City Council meeting on Tuesday, August 9, 2022, at 6:00pm at Winterville City Hall. The meeting was streamed live on Facebook/YouTube.


Mayor Ferrelle called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Also present were Councilpersons, Melissa Metzger, Amanda Mooney, Bruce Johnson, Municipal City Clerk Wendy Bond, and City Attorney, David Ellison.

The Pledge of Allegiance was recited.


Approval of Minutes:

Councilperson Johnson moved to accept the regular minutes of July 9, 12, 18, & 25, 2022 as presented.

The motion was seconded by Councilperson Metzger and the minutes were approved unanimously.


Unfinished Business:

The 2021 Budget Amendment. This item remains postponed until further notice.

Councilperson Metzger moved to amend the agenda, adding an additional item. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and unanimously amended.


New Business:

The First Item of New Business: Reproductive Privacy Resolution. Councilpersons Mooney and Metzger read aloud a Resolution ‘Protect Reproductive Privacy, Freedom and Healthcare in the City of Winterville, Georgia.’ A sign-up sheet was provided for any public who wished to comment and were allowed 3 minutes each for comments. Two (2) people signed up to speak.


The Second Item of New Business: Reproductive Privacy Resolution. Councilperson Mooney moved to adopt the resolution as presented. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Metzger and approved unanimously.


The Third Item of New Business: Mask Mandate. Councilperson Johnson moved to adopt a flexible mask ordinance, repealing the current mask mandate in effect. (Attached.) The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.


The Fourth Item of New Business: Auditorium Project. Councilperson Metzger moved to approve up to $48,000 in SPLOST 2020 funds for further renovations to the auditorium floor and ceiling. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Johnson and unanimously approved. The Fifth Item of New Business: Marigold Train. Councilperson Johnson moved to approve $25,000 SPLOST 2020 funds to supplement the Marigold Festival funding of the Marigold train being built. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Metzger and approved unanimously. The Sixth Item of New Business: Public Safety Mental Health & Fitness. Councilperson Mooney moved to approve up to $1200 in ARPA funding for a Community Yoga Program, consisting of a 6 week class, (two (2) sessions per week). The class could be limited by the amount of space available but available to Public Safety, city employees and if space allows, open to the residents. The motion was seconded by

Councilperson Johnson and approved unanimously.


The Seventh Item of New Business: WPD Safety Item. Councilperson Mooney moved to approve $1,147.50 in ARPA funds for a specific gun rack to be installed in one of the police cars. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Johnson and approved unanimously.


Committee Reports: Public Finance – Clerk Bond provided financial statements through July 31, 2022. The statements are available for review by the public by request.


Police Department – No report.


Fire Department – Chief Gabriel provided his report.


Public Works – Donations are coming in for the fountain project. Tom Doonan is awaiting plans and drawings and will request public input later.


Communications Committee – Councilperson Metzger gave a verbal report.


Winterville Community Center – David Matthews-Morgan gave a verbal report.

Dr. Museum Report – Jonathan Scott gave a verbal report.

Marigold Market – Sherrie Anderson provided a report.

Library Report – Deirdre Murray gave a verbal report.

Clerk’s Report – No report.

City Attorney’s Report –David Ellison had no report.

Mayor’s Report – Mayor Ferrelle gave a brief report.

Firefly Local Action Committee – No report.

Neighborhood Leader Report – No report

Public Comment – None.

Announcements – Charter Day will be August 14, 2022 4-6 p.m. There will be representatives from each department and from various city committees.

Councilperson Johnson moved to adjourn at 6:52 p.m. The motion was seconded by Councilperson Mooney and approved unanimously.


Wendy L. Bond 08/09/2022

Clerk Date