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Council Minutes July 1, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
July 1, 2013

  MINUTES 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 1, 2013. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were 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. Councilman Bruce Allen was absent due to work. 

The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb 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 Burke, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented bills for payment for the month in excess of $1500.00, 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 237 calls this month, totaling 1219 for the year and that the police department responded to 1323 calls, totaling 16,124 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.

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported on youth activities as well as the senior citizens.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that five (5) new single family residential, eight (8) attached unit and five (5) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 97 single family, 58 attached unit and 81 commercial permits for the year, with 2746 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Fire Chief Wade Simmons, thanking him for his continued service.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

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

Attorney Harold Yellin, representing Cashback Pawn, LLC, stated that the petition was filed in April of this year, without knowledge of the proposed ordinance which was adopted on June 17th. Mr. Scheer reminded Council that this item is to be handled separately from the application for a pawn shop license. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the conditional use, based on the request meeting all the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

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

This item was tabled from the last meeting in order to review the newly adopted ordinance. Councilman Wall stated that the provision regarding the distance between pawn shops (1000') was added to the ordinance prior to the second reading, expressing concern over the time frame for notification to the petitioner. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license for Mr. Hewitt. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed with Councilman Burke opposing.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested 55 ft. building height variances for six (6) tower features and requested           15 ft. building height variances for two (2) entry features and nine (9) corner                     features for the proposed Outlet Mall of Georgia

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat to recuse herself from this item and Item #2 & #3. A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall stated that this project was discussed at the recent retreat and that this is a very unique project that will be good for the city and create over 1000 jobs and increase sales tax revenue significantly. Ron Bachner, resident, expressed concern over setting a precedence if the variances are approved. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the building height variances, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.


2. Requested site signage variances to allow two (2) principal use signs along

        I-95 frontage, a 120 ft. sign height variance for two (2) principal use signs along I-           95, a 1270 sq. ft. variance on two (2) principal use signs along I-95, a 70 ft. height          variance and an 85 sq. ft. variance per sign face on the directory sign at                          Benton Boulevard & Pooler Parkway, a nine (9) foot height variance and a                      54 sq. ft. variance per sign face area for 10 signs for the proposed Outlet Mall of             Georgia

A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site signage variances, based on the request meeting #2 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

3. Requested building signage variances to allow an average of 1.5 sq. ft. per linear                feet of tenant building signage with a maximum allowed of up to 7095 sq. ft. for               all building signs for the proposed Outlet Mall of Georgia, to allow an increase in             the size of electronic message boards to a maximum of 240 sq. ft. and allow full             color matrix with animated displays for tower and entry features, and to allow an             increase in the number of signs to a maximum of five (5) signs per wall on tower             features and a maximum of four (4) signs per wall on entry features    

A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the building signage variances, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

4. Site plan for Outparcel 1A, The Village on Pooler Parkway

A split-unit building with approximately 2900 sq. ft. of retail space and a 3249 sq. ft. dental office is proposed on Outparcel 1A, The Village on Pooler Parkway. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

5. Site plan for Phase I, Pinewood Village Apartments

Pinewood Village Apartments, Phase I will consist of 64 one-story apartment units for the elderly (age 55 and over), a community building and associated utilities.

C. J. Chance of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present on behalf of the developer. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the water line being looped, at the developer’s expense, from Rogers Street into their complex and then to the 8" water line at the intersection of Whatley & Sheftall Street. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Mr. Chance stated that he agrees with the contingency and is working with the public works department on the plan.


6. Preliminary construction plan for The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 12

Phase 12 of The Fairways @ Savannah Quarters consists of 36 townhomes on a 13.56 acre tract off Blue Moon Crossing in Savannah Quarters. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plan, contingent upon EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat to recuse herself from Item #7 and #8.

7. Master grading plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia

Mr. Byrd presented the master grading plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia, stating that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plan. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Schematic master plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia

Mr. Byrd presented the schematic master plan for the Outlet Mall of Georgia. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat. 

9. Recombination plat of Lots 4261 and 4262, The Retreat at Forest Lakes, Phase 2

The developer has submitted a recombination plat of Lots 4261 and 4262, The Retreat at Forest Lakes, Phase 2, to adjust the common lot line to match the proposed two-unit attached townhome.Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition. 

10. Recombination plat of Lots 4221, 4222, 4371 and 4372, The Retreat at Forest Lakes, Phase 1

The developer has submitted a recombination plat of Lots 4221, 4222, 4371 and 4372, The Retreat at Forest Lakes, Phase 1, to adjust the common lot line to match the proposed two-unit attached townhome. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

11. Expansion of non-conforming use at 221 E. Hwy 80 for Grego’s Beverage Warehouse

The owner of Grego’s Beverage Warehouse has submitted plans to construct a new steel structure two feet (2') around the perimeter of the existing building. Mr. Byrd stated that according to the City’s ordinance, it is the intent that over time all nonconforming uses will be eliminated. Further, that a building or structure that is non-conforming or that contains a non-conforming use shall not be enlarged, altered or rebuilt. Councilman Wall stated that the owner’s intent may be to make the building look better. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to deny the expansion of the non-conforming use. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Wall opposing. 

12. Award bid for Highway 80 & Pine Barren Road Intersection Improvements

Mr. Byrd presented bids for the intersection improvements at Highway 80 & Pine Barren Road. Councilman Royal made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, McLendon Enterprises, Inc. in the amount of $682,934.31. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall stated that this project has been a long process, with funding being provided by the City, to ensure safe travel at this intersection. 

13. Right-of-way dedication plat of land adjacent to Highway 80 & Pine Barren Road intersection

Mr. Byrd presented a right-of-way dedication plat of a portion of Parcel 1-C, to allow .41 acres to be dedicated to the City to allow for the widening of the intersection. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.

14. Alcoholic beverage license for Colleen M. Hunter at Olive Garden Restaurant

An application has been submitted for the alcoholic beverage license at the new Olive Garden Restaurant. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the necessary background check.Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

15. Alcoholic beverage license for Mark Scomo at Savannah Event Catering

Councilman Wall made a motion to remove this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

16. Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2013-02 for the General Fund and Capital Projects Fund

Ms. McNeely presented a resolution (attached to and made a part of these minutes) to provide for Budget Adjustment 2013-02 for the General Fund and Capital Projects Funds. Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Royal made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:01 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 July 1, 2013. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were 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: 

(1)requested 55 ft. building height variances for six (6) tower features and requested 15 ft. building height variances for two (2)entry features and nine (9) corner features for the proposed Outlet Mall of Georgia; 

Quito Anderson, Counsel for Ben Carter Enterprises, presented the variances and a brief description of the mall, stating that there will be 120 stores in the mall, with several larger outparcels for retail, restaurants and a hotel within the development. Nancy Bachner, resident, presented concern over the height of the signs, asking that they be more uniform with other signs in the area. Mr. Anderson expressed the need for presence, that it is critical to the project that the signs must aid and direct traffic to and throughout the mall, stating that the height of the overpass bridge (I-95) is a major issue. Ron Bachner, resident, questioned if a traffic study has been performed for I-95 and why the City is deviating from the regulations of the sign ordinance. Mr. Bachner stated that the mall has other ways of directing people to the mall, by way of advertisements on radio, television, etc. Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. reiterated the need for the variances. Reba Farris, resident, questioned the type of material the signs will be constructed of. Scott Hennon, architect, replied that the tower and entry features will be traditional historic styles, constructed of brick in hues of terra cotta with cast iron detailing. 

(2)requested site signage variances to allow two (2) principal use signs along

I-95 frontage, a 120 ft. sign height variance for two (2) principal use signs along I-95, a 1270 sq. ft. variance on two (2) principal use signs along I-95, a 70 ft. height variance and an 85 sq. ft. variance per sign face on the directory sign at Benton Boulevard & Pooler Parkway, a nine (9) foot height variance and a 54 sq. ft. variance per sign face area for 10 signs for the proposed Outlet Mall of Georgia; 

Mr. Coleman presented the site signage variances. Ms. Bachner questioned the position of the signs, wherein Mr. Coleman replied that there are nine (9) interior signs to direct shoppers within the mall.

(3)requested building signage variances to allow an average of 1.5 sq. ft. per linear feet of tenant building signage with a maximum allowed of up to 7095 sq. ft. for all building signs for the proposed Outlet Mall of Georgia, to allow an increase in the size of electronic message boards to a maximum of 240 sq. ft. and allow full color matrix with animated displays for tower and entry features, and to allow an increase in the number of signs to a maximum of five (5) signs per wall on tower features and a maximum of four (4) signs per wall on entry features. 

Mr. Coleman presented the building signage variances, stating that the building facade variances to allow a maximum of up to 7095 sq. ft. for all building signs are not needed, but the remaining variances are still requested. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:00 p.m.

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