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Council Minutes November 4, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
NOVEMBER 4, 2013

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 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 Mayor Lamb.

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

The minutes of the October 7th Executive Session were approved upon a motion made by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.

The minutes of the October 21st Executive Session were approved upon a motion made by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Burke presented bills for payment 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 241calls in October, totaling 2167 for the year and that the police department responded to 1472 calls from October 20th to November 3rd, totaling 27,964 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 that the regular football season has ended, with teams playing in “bowl” games this month.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Allen reported that four (4) new single family residential, two (2) attached unit, 11 multi-family and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 143 single family, 71 attached unit, 64 multi-family and 96 commercial permits for the year, with 4479 inspections performed. Further, that there are two (2) vacancies on the Planning & Zoning Board, with the deadline to apply being November 15th. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Recombination plat of Lots 10 and 11 at intersection of Old Dean Forest Road & Highway 80
Daniel Valentine, engineer for the project, has submitted a recombination plat of Lots 10 and 11 to create a 5.89 acre parcel for the construction of a new office building. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

2. Site plan for new Gerdau Steel office building at 1755 Old Dean Forest Road
Mr. Byrd presented a site plan for a new office building for Gerdau Steel, stating that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Conditional use to construct a wireless telecommunication facility at 5 Towne Center Court
A public hearing was held prior. Jonathan Yates on behalf of AT&T/National Wireless Construction V, LLC presented a request to allow construction of a wireless telecommunication facility at 5 Towne Center Court. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the conditional use, based on the request meeting all the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Conditional use to construct a wireless telecommunication facility at 1222 Quacco Road
A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Yates presented a request to allow construction of a wireless telecommunication facility at 1222 Quacco Road. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the conditional use, based on the request meeting the criteria. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Conditional use to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the northwest quadrant of Highway 80 & Pooler Parkway
A public hearing was held prior. Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. presented a request to allow construction of a mini-warehouse storage facility in the northwest quadrant of Highway 80 & Pooler Parkway, stating that the developer has acquired additional property to create a frontage road needed for access and that the office has been relocated to the parcel behind 1130 W. Highway 80, with only one (1) driveway being utilized. Further, that the new access/frontage road will eliminate six (6) access points. Councilman Wall stated that similar requests have been heard twice before and denied, noting a decel lane is shown on the conceptual site plan (attached to and made a part of these minutes), stating that while the entrance is close to the Pooler Parkway off-ramp, the decel lane will provide safe access to the site. After further discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the conditional use, based on the request meeting the criteria and contingent upon Department of Transportation approval and all improvements on the attached conceptual site plan being implemented. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

4. Recombination/minor subdivision plat of 5.10 acres and 9.04 acres of the Lanier Tract (1040 and 1060 E. Highway 80)
Southern Hospitality, LLC has submitted a minor subdivision plat of 5.10 acres of the James Edwin Jones Tract and 9.04 acres of the Lanier Tract to create three (3) lots at the northwest corner of Coleman Boulevard and E. Highway 80. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the recombination/minor subdivision plat. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Construction plan for water main extension, lift station and gravity sewer to serve Bassford Industrial Park
Councilman Allen made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6. Revised site plan for Pooler Water Park
Councilman Allen made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

7. Site plan for a wireless telecommunication facility at 5 Towne Center Court
AT&T/National Wireless Construction V, LLC has submitted a site plan for a proposed 140' low profile wireless telecommunication tower at 5 Towne Center Court. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan, contingent upon the conditions listed in the Cityscape Consulting report. Motion passed without opposition.


8. Site plan for a wireless telecommunication facility at 1222 Quacco Road
AT&T/National Wireless Construction V, LLC has submitted a site plan for a proposed 140' monopole wireless telecommunication tower at 1222 Quacco Road. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the conditions listed in the Cityscape Consulting report. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

9. Major subdivision plat of 151.68 acres south of Pipemakers Canal for the Benton Tract berms
Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat to recuse herself. The developer has submitted a major subdivision of 151.68 acres south of Pipemakers Canal to set defined boundaries for the transfer of property to develop the Benton Tract berms. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

10. Site plan for proposed Dollar General at 1501 Quacco Road
Dennis Trotter, engineer for the project, presented a site plan for a proposed Dollar General store at 1501 Quacco Road. Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Councilman Wall questioned why a decel lane was not proposed, adding that there is a potential for future growth and associated traffic. Mr. Trotter replied that the plan was developed according to the Department of Transportation’s standards and also the City of Pooler’s ordinances and building regulations, noting that a decel lane was not warranted by the Department of Transporation, nor the City’s engineer. Councilwoman Benton reiterated Councilman Wall’s concern, stating that the Savannah Quarters’ residents may visit this store due to its close proximity. Mr. Scheer stated that many of the new developments in the City have caused a unique situation in that current and future growth in other areas will cause more people to travel into the City, creating the need for public safety issues to be further reviewed. Councilman Wall suggested a wider entrance, wherein Mr. Trotter stated that he would consider an extended taper/larger radius at the entrance. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow Mr. Trotter to meet with Mr. Byrd and the City’s engineer. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

11. Employee Handbook 2013 Revised Edition
Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:43 p.m. to discuss legal, land acquisition and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:00 p.m.


There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on November 4, 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:

(1) A requested conditional use to construct a wireless telecommunication facility at 5 Towne Center Court -
Jonathan Yates on behalf of AT&T/National Wireless Construction V, LLC presented a request for a conditional use to construct a 140' monopole wireless telecommunication tower on Towne Center Court, behind the movie theater. Mr. Byrd stated that this site will offload the capacity constraints and improve in-building access in this area.

(2) A requested conditional use to construct a wireless telecommunication facility at 1222 Quacco Road -
Mr. Yates presented a request for a conditional use to construct a 145' monopole wireless telecommunication tower. Mr. Byrd stated that this site will offload the capacity constraints and distribute the traffic (wireless) by adding a new cell site in the grid. 

(3) A requested conditional use to construct a mini-warehouse storage facility in the northwest quadrant of Highway 80 & Pooler Parkway -
Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. on behalf of the owner, Alan Dasher, presented a request for a conditional use to allow construction of a mini-warehouse storage facility in the northwest quadrant of Highway 80 & Pooler Parkway. Mr. Coleman stated that the developer has acquired additional property to create a frontage road needed for access and that the office has been relocated behind 1130 W. Highway 80, with only one (1) driveway to be utilized and eliminating any additional curb cuts off of Highway 80. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:49 p.m.

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