Council Minutes April 17, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

APRIL 17, 2017

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 17, 2017.  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 Ashley Brown, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

 

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

 

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

 

Report from the Standing Committees:

 

FINANCE

            Councilman Wall presented bills in excess of $1500.00 for payment 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 police department responded to 1643 calls since the last meeting, totaling 10,945 for the year and that the fire department responded to 177 calls, totaling 1172 calls for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, performed shoulder work in various areas, repaired pot holes in Garden Acres Subdivision and Quacco Road, performed ditch and canal maintenance along Pooler Parkway and swept 23.8 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance on Pooler Parkway, picked up trash in designated areas and completed various work orders.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected three (3)  water meters for new construction, repaired or replaced approximately 40 meter devices, repaired irrigation lines in Joe Baker Park and the 2" line at City Hall, repaired one (1) leaking lateral, witnessed the testing and certification of 20 backflow preventers and performed 310 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed two (2) grinder pump, two (2) lift station and four (4) sewer calls.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that registration for gymnastics and dance is ongoing, that baseball and softball games continue, with t-ball games beginning on April 22nd.   Further, that the Lion’s Club is offering free eye screening for the senior citizens on April 21st

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that 12 new single family residential, four (4) attached unit and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, with 145 inspections performed.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Revision to Forest Lakes Subdivision Master Plan

            At the petitioner’s request, Councilman Royal made a motion to table the item to allow the City to meet with Chatham County in regards to their plans for Pipemakers Canal.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Variances for 204 and 206 Holly Avenue

            A public hearing was held prior wherein a requested 1,032 sq. ft. lot area variance and a 16.7' lot width variance were presented.  After review of the criteria, Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the variances.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Minor subdivision plat of 204 and 206 Holly Avenue

            The intent is to create two (2) single-family residential lots consisting of approximately 9,468 sq. ft.  Variances for a lot area of 1,032 sq ft. and a 16.7' lot width were approved (Item #1).  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the minor subdivision.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Minor subdivision plat of Tract C, Pooler Parkway, LLC, a portion of Lot 5,

            Parcel 2 of The Armstrong Tract

            The intent is to create Parcel 3, to consist of approximately 1.12 acres  for future development on Pooler Parkway, adjacent to Morgans Corner.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat, contingent upon traffic issues being addressed at site plan approval.  Motion passed without opposition.

           

4.  Final plat for Westbrook, Phase 6B

            Mr. Byrd presented the final plat for Westbrook, Phase 6B consisting of 22 single-family residential lots.  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

5.  Site plan for Pinewood Villages, Phase 2

            The proposed development is Phase 2 of a 24.7 acre single-family attached development on S. Rogers Street and consists of 10 buildings with a total of 60 units and an amenity center.  Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended a berm with plantings be placed along the east side to shield buildings 1, 2, 3 and 4 from  Rogers Street.  Councilman Wall questioned the distance of the buildings from Rogers Street and whether there was room for a berm.  CJ Chance of Hussey Gay Bell stated that there is approximately 60' and due to the proposed 30' undisturbed buffer, a berm would not be suitable.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan, contingent upon a 30' undisturbed buffer adjacent to Rogers Street being provided.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

6.  Final construction plans for Spanton Crescent at Quacco Road

            Mr. Byrd presented construction plans for Spanton Crescent roadway extensions, stating the engineer’s comments have been addressed and that the public works department has performed an inspection.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the plans, contingent upon the public works’ comments being addressed.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

 

7.  Alcoholic beverage license for Maitraye Amin at Om Sai 231 Convenience Store

            Maitraye Amin submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the convenience store (Marathon) at 231 E. Highway 80.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

8.  Alcoholic beverage license for Kunal Patel at Krish Beverages

            Kunal Patel submitted an application to sell beer, wine and liquor at a new liquor store at 1009 Towne Center Boulevard, Suite 10.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

9.  Addendum to Current Contract for Probation Supervision and Rehabilitation Services with Middle Georgia Probation, LLC

            At Mr. Byrd’s request, Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to table the item.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

10.  Agreement with Effingham County Board of Commissioners for use of County inmates to assist with maintenance of City property

            Mr. Byrd presented the Agreement, stating that Effingham County will provide a work detail, consisting of one (1) full-time supervisor and no fewer than eight (8) and no more than 12 inmates of their Prison Public Work Camp, to assist with maintenance on City property.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the Agreement.  Motion passed with Councilman Brown opposing.

 

11.  Lease Supplement with Georgia Municipal Association for playground equipment

            Ms. Warner presented a lease supplement for playground equipment for the recreation park.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the lease supplement.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

12.  Lease Supplement with Georgia Municipal Association for fire breathing apparatus and tanks

            Ms. Warner presented a lease supplement for fire breathing apparatus and tanks.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the lease supplement.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

13.  First Reading on amendment to planning ordinance

            A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the planning ordinance to restructure the commission, stating that it will provide more staff involvement and ensure attendance at the meetings.  Mr. Scheer stated that reference to the commission being an advisory board will be added.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.  Aaron Higgins, resident of Godley Station, presented concern that the amendment will lessen the voice of the people, asking that the ratio of staff to citizens be equal.

 

            Councilman Wall stated that he has received complaints about people going into the cemetery late at night and asked if the gate could be locked in the evening and opened in the morning.  Mr. Byrd replied that he has asked for extra police patrol at the cemetery at night.

 

            Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:42 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:01 p.m.

           

            Councilwoman Benton made a motion to add #14 to the agenda.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

14.  Appointment of members to the Pooler Development Authority

            Councilwoman Benton stated that the current members’ terms have expired and made a motion to appoint City Manager Robbie Byrd, Mayor Mike Lamb, Leisure Services Director Hugh Elton, City Clerk Maribeth Lindler, and residents Derek White, Lamar Mercer and Jim Rexroat to the Authority, with staggered terms.  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 7:05 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

April 17, 2017.  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 Ashley Brown, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss an amendment to the planning ordinance.  Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the planning ordinance to restructure the commission, stating that it will provide more staff involvement and ensure attendance at the meetings.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:47 p.m.

 

 

Public Hearing

 

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on

April 17, 2017.  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 Ashley Brown, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss variances for 204 and 206 Holly Avenue.  Holly Young, on behalf of the owner, presented variances for lot area and lot width, stating that the property is currently under one parcel identification number.  Further, that the owner wants to subdivide the lot into two (2) parcels with approximately 9,468 sq. ft. per lot (10,500 sq. ft. is required with a minimum 80" lot width).  Adding  that a lot area variance of 1,032 sq ft. and a 16.7' lot width variance is being requested.

Aaron Higgins, resident of Godley Station, stated that he was in favor of the requested variances.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:53 p.m.

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