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Council Minutes May 20, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
May 20, 2013


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 20, 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 Councilwoman Black.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

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

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 128 calls this month, totaling 908 for the year and that the police department responded to 1232 calls, totaling 12,311 for the year.

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 are being met at the wastewater treatment plant. Mr. Byrd stated that the aerators will be installed June 15th in the pond at the wastewater treatment plant.

RECREATION
Councilwoman Black reported that dance and tumbling classes continue as well as baseball and softball games. Further, that several youth sports camps are planned for the summer.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Allen reported that 12 new single family residential and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 79 single family and 28 commercial permits for the year, with 2027 inspections performed.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Sign height variance for Steak ‘n Shake at 10 Mill Creek Circle
A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the sign height variance, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria and contingent upon approval from the Savannah Airport Commission. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

2. Conditional use to allow an assisted living care facility at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard
A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall made a motion, after reviewing the criteria, to approve the conditional use. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3. Conditional use to allow a mini-warehouse storage facility at the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and Highway 80
A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall stated that public safety is a main concern in regards to the close proximity of the Pooler Parkway off-ramp and the entrance to the facility and made a motion to table this item. Motion died due to lack of a second. After discussion, Councilman Burke made a motion to deny the conditional use, based on the request not meeting all the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

4. Site plan for Steak ‘n Shake restaurant
The proposed Steak ‘n Shake restaurant will seat 118 people inside and 12 outside, and is to be located at 10 Mill Creek Circle, adjacent to Sam’s Club. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Master site plan for Outlet Mall of Georgia
Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat to recuse herself from any discussion on this item. Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. presented a master site plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia to be located adjacent to I-95, south of the existing Sam’s Club. The proposed development consists of approximately 507,000 sq. ft. of outlet mall with an additional 600,000 sq. ft. of out parcel development. Mr. Coleman presented a proposed timeline of the conceptual and final approval dates for the project Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the concept of the master site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

Councilman Allen made a motion to add Item #6 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Proposed Foreign Trade Zone for The Home Depot, Inc. at 125 Distribution Drive
Mr. Byrd stated that a request has been submitted by The Home Depot, Inc. to establish a Foreign Trade Zone at 125 Distribution Drive and that a letter of support is requested. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve a letter of support to be signed by Mayor Lamb. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:55 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, May 20, 2013. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:30 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 105' sign height variance at 10 Mill Creek Circle for Steak ‘n Shake. Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. presented the variance, stating that the sign will equal the height of the sign at the adjacent Red Roof Inn. Councilman Wall presented concern over the number of sign variances that could be anticipated in the future at other nearby properties, due to the proximity of I-95. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:39 p.m.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, May 20, 2013. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:40 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 conditional use to allow an assisted living care facility at 125 Southern Junction Boulevard. Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. presented the conditional use request, stating that this property is where a charter school was recently proposed, but not approved by the State. Further, that this type of facility would create less traffic and is a more suitable use for the area. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:44 p.m.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, May 20, 2013. 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 conditional use to allow a mini-warehouse storage facility at the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and Highway 80. Jay Maupin of Maupin Engineering presented the request, stating that a letter has been submitted by a resident of Sangrena Woods Subdivision in regards to several concerns regarding traffic, trees being removed and the safety of the neighborhood, with the potential for “foot” traffic and the 24-hour access to the facility. In response, Mr. Maupin stated that this type of development will have less traffic than other uses that are permitted in C-1 (light commercial) zoning. Councilman Wall questioned the distance from the Pooler Parkway off-ramp to the entrance of the facility, noting that if it is as close as it appears, there will be public safety issues, no matter what type of business is allowed. Councilwoman Black questioned whether the plan meets the Department of Transportation standards. Mr. Maupin stated that this issue is a part of the site plan approval process, adding that a full set of engineering plans has yet to be developed. Councilman Wall noted that there is already an existing safety issue on Highway 80, near the O’Reilly Auto Parts Store. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:59 p.m.

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