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Council Minutes February 4, 2013

         CITY OF POOLER
                                                                                                      COUNCIL MINUTES
                                                                                                        February 4, 2013
 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 4, 2013. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

The invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Burke.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.

The minutes of the January 22ndExecutive Session were approved upon a motion made by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented bills for payment in excess of $1500.00 for the month and made a motion to approve the bills, subject to funds.Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Royal reported that the police department responded to 859 calls from January 22ndthrough the 31st, totaling 2720 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 182 calls in January.

STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters at the wastewater treatment plant are being met.

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported that dance and tumbling classes continue and that an all-star basketball team will be playing in the GRPA tournament on February 8th.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Allen reported that 18 new single family residential, 39 attached unit and six (6) commercial permits were issued since the first of the year, with 469 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb presented the Police Officer of the Year for 2012, James Self, congratulating him on this accomplishment.

Mayor Lamb presented the Rookie Firefighter of the Year for 2012, Josh Rodriquez, congratulating him on this accomplishment.

Mayor Lamb presented the Firefighter of the Year for 2012, Jeremy Batayias, congratulating him on this accomplishment.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.Site improvements for Boilermaker’s Local 26 at 1525 Dean Forest Road

The improvements include a proposed 40' x 40' structural steel building addition on concrete and a 25' x 30' slab addition.Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site improvements for Boilermaker’s Local 26 at 1525 Dean Forest Road.Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

2.Final plat for The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 9

The developer of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters has submitted the final plat for Phase 9, to record Lots 1A and 1B on Kingfisher Circle.Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the final plat.Motion passed without opposition.

3.Minor subdivision/recombination plat to provide right-of-way dedication for

realignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park

Councilwoman Black stepped down from her Council seat.Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be tabled.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to table this item.Motion passed without opposition.Councilwoman Black returned to her seat.

4.Acceptance of performance bond/final plat approval of Hunt Club, Phase 3B

Beazer Homes has submitted a final plat for Phase 3B of The Hunt Club, to include 58 single-family residential lots.Councilman Allen made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond.Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5.First Reading on zoning text amendment to add pawn shops as a permitted use

in C-2

Councilwoman Black stepped down from her Council seat.Mr. Byrd presented a text amendment to the zoning ordinance to add pawn shops as a permitted use in C-2 (heavy commercial) zoning.Mr. Craig Moore, petitioner, owns the shopping center on E. Highway 80 near the Coleman Boulevard intersection and has a tenant who wants to open a “title pawn” business.Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval.Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the text amendment on First Reading.Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.Councilwoman Black returned to her seat.

6.First Reading on amendment to utility ordinance regarding penalty fee for water service scheduled for disconnection

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utility ordinance to change the wording regarding the fee for water disconnected to be a “penalty” for each meter that is scheduled for disconnection.Further, to provide that service will be restored within 24 hours after all bills and fees have been paid.Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading.Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.                                                                

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to add Item #7 to the agenda.Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

7.I-95/Pooler Parkway/Airways Avenue Interchange Improvement Study

Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from ETM to conduct a traffic study on the traffic associated with the I-95/Pooler Parkways/Airways Avenue Interchange to help determine cost effective solutions to concerns that have been expressed.The participants in the agreement include the City of Pooler, Savannah Airport Commission, Gulfstream Aerospace Corporation and Ben Carter Enterprises, LLC.Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the proposal, with the City’s portion not to exceed $8500.Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.Councilman Wall explained the need for this study, stating that the existing traffic issues will be examined as well as what may be anticipated with future growth in the area, adding that by sharing in the cost of the project, the City will not be burdened with a higher cost.

Councilman Wall reported on the recent retreat in Atlanta, noting that it was very informative and that Council also attended the Savannah-Chatham Day dinner while in Atlanta.

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:30 p.m. to discuss legal and land acquisition matters.Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:14 p.m.

Councilman Allen made a motion to add Item #8 to the agenda.Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

8.  Sales Agreement for property at 1048 S. Rogers Street

Mr. Byrd presented a sales agreement for property at 1048 S. Rogers Street (adjacent to the recreation park) in the amount of $40,000.Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the agreement.Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:16 p.m.Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

Respectfully submitted,

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on February 4, 2013, prior to the regular City Council meeting.Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning text amendment to add “pawn shops” as a permitted use in C-2 (Heavy Commercial) zoning. Dean Burnette and W.H. Johnson, representing Craig Moore, the owner of the shopping center on E. Highway 80 & Coleman Boulevard (in the 1000 block), presented a request to allow Mr. Burnette to open a “title” pawn shop.Mr. Johnson expressed the need for the amendment, stating that Mr. Burnette has signed a lease months ago and has not been able to open his business.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m.

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