The Buford City Council held its monthly meeting on November 7, 2022. After the November agenda and October meeting minutes were approved, the commission held a public hearing. During the hearing, the committee considered several special permits as follows:
The first Special Use Authorization considered was #SUP-22-17, requested by Mike Vahle of Public Storage (4624 Friendship Rd., 08-156-002191). This Special Use Permit permits a three-story self-storage facility. Vahle, vice president of Public Storage and a resident of Buford, is attending a conference in support of Special Use Permits. He said he proposed one climate-controlled building that could only be accessed from within the building. He also wants a change in the number of parking spaces required and allowing the building to use the corporate color orange. The special use permit was unanimously approved, and he specified six conditions, including no outdoor storage of junk cars on the property, and the landscape and architectural design complying with the Buford Zoning Ordinance.
Next to be considered was #SUP-22-18, requested by Buford Lanier Storage, LLC, 6702 McEver Rd., 08-160-001005. This Special Use Permit allows self-storage facilities with boat and RV parking/storage at a reduced buffer. The application was unanimously approved, the permit was for Buford Lanier Storage, LLC, and had 10 conditions, including that it would expire if the applicant left the location. Conditions also include a one driveway limit approved by the Georgia Department of Transportation, junk boat buildup, and no mechanical work on boats or RVs allowed.
The final Special Use Authorization considered was #SUP-22-21 requested by Powerstroke Specialty, LLC, 1046 Parkway Ct., Suites A, B, C, D, E, 7-299-001-43. I was. The permit requested permission to repair and restore Ford’s diesel pickup trucks. There are many vehicles and parts on site, but the owner says he has set aside three acres from the city to begin cleaning the site and to store vehicles awaiting service. The requirement comes with conditions such as prohibiting commercial products from being stored outdoors for repair and limiting a maximum of 25 vehicles to be stored on the premises in an orderly manner awaiting repair. Approved unanimously.
After the hearing, the committee considered a request to change the year-end and New Year holidays from Monday, January 2, 2023 to Friday, December 30, 2022. The request was unanimously approved. The Chair noted that 73 people had voted to approve the adoption of an ordinance/resolution to expedite a survey of package store licenses, and that the City is currently working on this survey and planning for potential developments within the city. I said there is.
The Commission unanimously decided to approve the extension of Special Use Permit SUP-15-14 at Atwater Court in Suites 101-102 for an additional year to allow the church to operate. A unanimous vote by the Commission approved a waiver plan for Felicia Butler to add her property to her 3240 Shoreland Drive. A request by Hall County Public Works to eliminate curb, gutter and sidewalk requirements for the Holiday Road fire station was put forward by unanimous vote. The Commission, with the approval of City Attorneys, unanimously approved the extension of the Solid Waste Franchise Agreement with Republic Services. Also unanimously approved was an auto lease agreement between the City of Buford and Buford City Schools.
The Chairman and City Administrators were authorized to sign election forms for MEAG Power Off Systems Sales Margin and voluntary deposits into the City’s Competitive Trust (MCT) account. The Chair was also authorized to enter into agreements to purchase surplus reserves and surplus capacity with the City of Lagrange and the Municipal Authority of Georgia (MEAG). The committee unanimously decided to authorize the transfer of scholarship funds to the Buford City Schools Foundation for future administration.
The Commission also authorizes the City Manager and City Attorneys to obtain an easement for the West Moreno Street pedestrian and streetscape project from South Lee to West Main Street, has authorized the execution of a contract to purchase a property on Bona Road. Also, a property at 555 New St. (7-295C-002) for $300,000, 151 S. Harris St. (7-295A-044) for $10,000, and 146 Forest Street (7-296-031B) for $10,000. For $170,000, we will transfer these assets to the Downtown Development Authority.
Mark Cunningham has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Buford Housing Authority by unanimous approval of the Commission. Amendments to the City of Buford’s Floodplain Management/Flood Damage Ordinance were also unanimously adopted. The Commission has amended the budget for the June 2023 Buford Community Girls Chorus Portugal Tour, authorizing the City Administrators to contribute $1500.00 per singer, allowing the City of Buford to contribute 2023-2024. Approved theatrical season, concerts and performances at the Buford Community Center. Also approved was the Buford Sports Complex’s Special Event Application for flag football in January 2023 and he’s in February.
The Buford City Council has authorized the release of funds pledged to Peoples Bank and Trust. They then asked city administrators to contact Keck & Wood and Keck & Wood for engineering and design services for the City of Buford’s Multi-Use Trail-Garnett Street Extension, with services funded in part by the Transportation Alternative Fund through the Georgia Department of Transportation. We negotiated and agreed to sign the contract.
By unanimous vote by the Commission, payment of $149,823.60 to Veolia Water Technologies, Inc. for the invoice for the Southside WPCP Tertiary Filter Replacement Project and payment of $149,823.60 to CEDS Construction Co. for the Hamilton Mill Road Gas Replacement Project #2. Payment approved. , Inc. $247,567.50. Also, payment to Ruby-Collins, Inc. for Water Supply Replacement Project #17 for $742,497.70 was approved.
The Commission will pay $101,550.20 to Charles Black Construction Co., Inc. for invoice #8 for the Buford High School baseball and softball bleachers and scoreboard project and $101,550.20 for the Buford High School Visitor Field House project. Approved payment #8. Charles Black Construction Company, Inc. $77,052.00. Also approved to pay Bill 1 to Charles Black Construction Co, Inc. for the Heraeus Boulevard widening, curb and sidewalk project ($270,856.46 paid with SPLOST funds) and Bill 5 for the renovation of Buford Middle School. rice field. /$5,406.57 retrofit project to Charles Black Construction Co., Inc.;
Payment of $152,108.55 to Charles Black Construction Co., Inc. for Harris Street Project Passive Park Invoice #6 was also approved. Additionally, payment of $13,095.00 to Charles Black Construction Co., Inc. for Invoice #1 for the Buford Southside Water Treatment Plant Office Building Project has been approved. The Commission also approved the payment of invoice #3 for $436,949.62 and invoice #18137-07 for $96,310.82 for the New Street Relocation Project (Buford High School Stadium) to Charles Black Construction, Inc. . Invoice number 18137-08 is for Breaux and Associates for $91,089.45.
Mayor Brian Carlin said in a report that there have been some Covid-19 and flu cases, but that overall the city is doing well.Todd Cleveland, Nov. 18 I reminded the commission about a Jason D. Williams concert scheduled for 8:00 pm on . Tickets are now on sale at bufordcommunitycenter.com. 1:30 pm From November 11th to the 13th he will also have free admission to the “Art-Tiques Holiday Market”. Hours of operation are Friday noon to 6pm, Saturday 9am to 6pm, and Sunday 10am to 5pm.
Kerlin says progress on the passive perk is slow, but hopes it will be completed soon. Hill Street restoration and tree removal will begin soon. The trees have caused damage to the sidewalks that required repairs over the years since they were installed in 2005. In the last update, the water supply plant he is 69% complete. The mayor also said the Phase 1 project of Moreno Street from South Lee to West Main Street is on tender for a contractor and should receive nominations in December. During the public comment period, citizens asked about the gas tax suspension and were told that the gas tax would be reinstated on December 1, 2022. As a result of the investigation, Gov. Brian Kemp has extended a statewide gas tax moratorium through December 11, 2022. The Buford City Council will hold its next meeting on December 5, 2022 at 7:00 pm at the Buford Arena.