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Council Minutes June 17, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
June 17, 2013

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 17, 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 was also present. Attorney Craig Call was present on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer.

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 by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

The minutes of the June 3rdExecutive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilwoman Black, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented bills in excess of $1500.00 for payment, making 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 135 calls this month , totaling 1117 for the year. Further, that the police department responded to 1253 calls, totaling 14,652 for the year.Fire Chief Wade Simmons updated Council on the status of the new fire stations, adding that Station #3 is operational and that Station #4 will have a grand opening on June 27that 10:00 a.m.

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.

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported that summer basketball has begun and that the senior citizens center will be holding art therapy classes.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Allen reported that eight (8) new single family residential, eight (8) stacked condominium and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 92 single family, 24 stacked condo and 76 commercial permits for the year, with 2414 inspections performed.

                                                                             

Karen Robertson, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, updated Council on recent and future activities of the Chamber.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on Pawnbrokers and Secondhand Dealers ordinance

Mr. Byrd presented a proposed ordinance regarding pawnbrokers and secondhand dealers, stating that Mr. Scheer has recommended adding a section to not allow any license to be issued unless the proposed business location is at least or more than 1000 feet from any other pawnshop operating within the corporate municipal limits of the City.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the ordinance on Second Reading, with the aforementioned amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall stated that Mr. Scheer’s recommendation was late in its presentation to Council.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.Conditional use to allow beer and wine sales by the drink at an eating establishment at 1111 S. Rogers Street  

A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the conditional use to allow beer and wine sales by the drink at an eating establishment at 1111 S. Rogers Street. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

2. Amendment to the Godley Station PUD Master Plan to add communication towers and related facilities as a conditional use in commercial zones

A PUD Review Board meeting was held on June 10th, resulting in a recommendation for approval. The Southern Portion of Godley Station Association, Inc. and The Pooler Park of Commerce Property Owners’ Association have also given their approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the amendment to add communication towers and related facilities as a conditional use in commercial zones. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Conditional use to allow construction of a new telecommunication tower facility at 118 Pipemakers Circle

A public hearing was held prior. The proposed tower will provide in-building wireless coverage to residential and commercial areas, particularly along Pooler Parkway. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the conditional use. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


4. Conditional use to operate a pawn shop at 425 W. Highway 80

A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Byrd asked, based on the adoption of the new pawnbrokers ordinance, that this item be tabled in order for the city attorney to review the zoning ordinance to ensure there are no inconsistencies within the ordinances. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to table this item until the next meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

5. Site plan for Nordic Warehouse, Phase II

Phase II of the Nordic development consists of a building addition with a truck loading area on approximately 7.1 acres. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal to approve the site plan. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

6. Final plat of The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 11

The purpose of the plat is to record Lots 4A and 4B on Kingfisher Circle. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the final plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

7. Minor subdivision plat of a 24.76 acre tract in the southwest corner of W. Mell Street and S. Rogers Street for Pinewood Village Apartments

Thomas Ward of Gateway Development Corporation has submitted a minor subdivision for a portion of the former E.C. Gracen Tract to create two (2) parcels for the development of Pinewood Village Apartments. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

8. Recombination plat of Lots 18 - 22, Berkeley Walk, Phase I

The purpose of this plat is to adjust the property lines to match the new product, with no new lots being created. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat.Motion passed without opposition.

9. Recombination plat of Lots 4 & 5 and 1.186 acre portion of Phase II, Daniels Tract

The property is located at 1018 W. Highway 80 and the owner’s intent is to combine Lot 4 (.315 acre), Lot 5 (.315 acre) and 1.186 acres of the remaining portion of Phase II of the Clyde Daniels Tract into one (1) lot. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

10. Change order #1 for Sidewalk Extension III

Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #1 for Phase III of the pedestrian sidewalk project. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the change order in the amount of $28,764.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.


11. Special event permit for Found Abroad, Inc. to sell fireworks in Wal-Mart parking lot June 22ndthrough July 5thand to waive fees

Found Abroad, Inc., a non-profit 501 ( c) (3) corporation, has submitted a request to sell fireworks in the Wal-Mart parking lot as a fundraiser. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the special event and to waive the fees. Motion passed without opposition.

12. Application for pawn shop license for Greg Hewitt at Cashback Pawn, LLC  

Due to Item #4 being tabled, Councilman Burke made a motion to table this item until the next meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Councilman Royal made a motion to add Item #13 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

13. Approve position to the FBI Fugitive Task Force

Police Chief Mark Revenew stated that the department has an opportunity to appoint an officer to a position to the FBI Fugitive Task Force. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the position.Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall reported that the retreat held last Saturday was very informative and well planned.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:36 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

                                                   Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 17, 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 was also present. Attorney Craig Call was present on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use to allow beer and wine sales by the drink at an eating establishment at 1111 S. Rogers Street.

Mark Scomo, owner of Savannah Event Catering, addressed Council in regards to his plans to expand his business to provide private, eat-in events at 1111 S. Rogers Street, and if approved, would like to serve beer and wine along with dinner.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:32 p.m.

                                                               Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 17, 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 was also present. Attorney Craig Call was present on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use to allow construction of a new telecommunication tower facility at 118 Pipemakers Circle. Attorney Robert McCorkle presented the request, stating that the City’s Planning & Zoning Board have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton questioned if either a “tree” type tower or a “flagpole” type tower has been considered. Terry Thomas, representing the tower company, replied that these types were not found to be suitable in some areas.

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 June 17, 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 was also present. Attorney Craig Call was present on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use to operate a pawn shop at 425 W. Highway 80. Julie Holland was present on behalf of the owner of the property, Donald Catrabone.  Cashback Pawn, LLC is a potential tenant and has submitted the required application.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:46 p.m.

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