Council Minutes February 1, 2016

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

FEBRUARY 1, 2016

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 1, 2016. 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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

            The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb 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.     

            The minutes of the January 19th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

            There were no bills to approve.  Councilman Wall stated that Council attended a planning retreat on January 27th.

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 305 calls in January and that the police department responded to 1618 calls since the last meeting, totaling 3506 for the year.

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown 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 youth basketball games have begun and that registration for baseball, softball and t-ball continues.

           

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that seven (7) new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits were issued this year, with 158 inspections performed.

            Mayor Lamb presented a 15-year service pin to Andrea Anderson, Human Resources Director, thanking her for her continued service.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Second Reading on amendment to utility ordinance regarding due dates for water      and sewer bills

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utility ordinance to change the due dates for water and sewer bills.  Councilman Brown  made a motion to approve the amendment on Second Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Zoning map amendment of 328.23 acres on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from

            R-A to I-1

            A public hearing was held prior wherein a resident of the Hunt Club expressed concern about the emissions from trucks that, if left idling, would affect the residents.   Brent Iverson, resident of the Hunt Club, reiterated the problem with emissions from trucks left idling.  Councilman Wall stated that the concern could be discussed during the site plan review.  After review of the standards, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment, contingent upon the developer installing a functioning traffic light prior to any certificates of occupancy being issued, a 20' berm with plants being placed in front of the development, a 10' berm with plants on the east side and a 100' buffer provided on the north side.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

2.  Zoning map amendment for 116 Moore Avenue from R-1A to R-2C

            A public hearing was held prior.  Zheng Haiyan and Quinshon Ren have petitioned to rezone the property from R-1A (Single Family Residential) to R-2C (Two-Family Residential) zoning. Ms. Haiyan was present and questioned whether two (2) homes could be built on the lot instead of a duplex.  Mr. Byrd stated that the lot would have to be subdivided and only if the lot was at least 21,000 sq. ft. would two (2) houses be allowed.  After discussion, Ms. Haiyan requested the item be tabled.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to table the item to allow Ms. Haiyan to meet with staff to determine how she needs to proceed.  Motion passed without opposition.

3.  Site plan for Henry’s Restaurant at 208 Grand Central Boulevard, Suite 100

            Henry’s Restaurant, a proposed 4200 sq. ft. restaurant with retail space is proposed at 208 Grand Central Boulevard, Suite 100.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the plan, contingent upon the plan providing adequate parking, the comment from Georgia Power being addressed and the dumpster enclosure matching the building.  Councilman made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilman and passed without opposition.

4.  Minor subdivision plat for Forest Lakes Subdivision, Phase 7

            Heron Crest Developers, Inc. & Godley Station West, LLC submitted a minor subdivision plat of 4.160 acres, being the future development of Godley Station West, consisting of three (3) estate lots located off Lake Heron Way and Grand View Drive.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

5.  Recombination plat for 109, 111, 115 & 117, Ventura Place in Berkeley Walk,

            Phase 1

            Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat to adjust the property lines to match where the actual townhome party walls are located, stating that there is no change in the number of townhomes.  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6.  Alcoholic beverage license for Mahesh Randerwala at Craw Daddy’s Seafood Boil

            Mahesh Randerwala submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at the new Craw Daddy’s Seafood Boil at 101 S. Godley Station Boulevard.  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 to include Sunday sales.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

7.  Special event permit for Recovery in Action II seminar on March 11 - 13 at Ramada Inn and to waive fee

            Mr. Byrd presented an application from Recovery in Action Savannah for an event to be held March 11th - 13th at the Ramada Inn.  Councilman Wall questioned whether the sponsor of the event was a non-profit organization.  Holly Wright, representing Recovery in Action Savannah, a local chapter of Narcotics Anonymous, stated that the organization is non-profit and that she could provide proof as early as the next business day.  After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the event, contingent upon the coordinator meeting with Chief Revenew to determine if off-duty security is required, and to waive the fee, contingent upon proof of non-profit status being submitted.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

            Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #8.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

8.  Recombination plat of 43.62 acre portion of the S.A. Allen Tract for YMCA , Lift           Station and Right-of-Way known as Isaac G. LaRoche Drive

            Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat for the YMCA, the lift station and the right-of-way for Isaac G. LaRoche, stating that when the road was moved and a new plat submitted, the plat was never recorded.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

            There being no further business to discuss or the need for an Executive Session, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:43 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

                                                           

Public Hearing

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

February 1, 2016.  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 Ashley Brown and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of 328.23 acres on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to I-1.  Morgan Lakes Property, LLC and North Godley Developers, Inc. have petitioned to rezone approximately 328.23 acres on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to I-1 (Light Industrial) zoning.  Attorney Phillip McCorkle presented the petition, stating that a similar petition was denied six (6) months ago, in part due to the inability to guarantee a traffic light.  Mr. McCorkle stated that the issue of who is the authority to permit traffic lights on the Parkway has been resolved with the City being the authority, with the developer now committing to installing a light.  Mr. McCorkle stated that Jimmy DeLoach Parkway is a truck route and that he does nor foresee any additional residential development.  Further, that the request meets all of the standards, adding that a 20' berm with plants is planned for the front of the development, a 10' berm with plants on the east side and a 100' buffer is planned on the north side.  Further, that the layout of the buildings will direct truck traffic to the rear to buffer the sound.  In addition, a 130' right-of-way is planned.  Karen Iverson, resident of the Hunt Club, presented concern over the amount of emissions from trucks at the development, which may be left idling for several hours a day. 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:45 p.m.

Public Hearing

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on February 1, 2016.  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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment for 116 Moore Avenue from R-1A to R-2C.  Zheng Haiyan and Quinshon Ren have petitioned to rezone the property from R-1A (Single Family Residential) to R-2C (Two-Family Residential) zoning.  Mr. Scheer stated that the application was not complete, due to lack of a plot plan being submitted.  Joy Larrick, adjacent property owner, expressed concern over the narrow width of the lot, noting that a duplex may not be suitable for the lot.

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:56 p.m.

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