Council Minutes March 7, 2016

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

MARCH 7, 2016

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 7, 2016. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Ashley Brown and Councilman Mike Royal.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.  

            The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Derrick Chisholm II, who was “Mayor for the Day”.

            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 February 15th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Brown, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

            Councilman Royal presented bills in excess of $1500.00, noting an expenditure in each department, 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 257 calls in February, totaling 628 for the year and that the police department responded to 2520 calls since the last meeting, totaling 7675 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 two (2) boys’ basketballs won the District 2 GRPA tournament.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilwoman Benton reported that 15 new single family residential, five (5) attached unit, 17 stacked condo and five (5) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 39 residential, five (5) attached unit, 16 stacked condo and seven (12) commercial permits for the year, with 363 inspections performed.

            Mayor Lamb presented a 20-year service pin to Police Sergeant John Schmitt, thanking him for his continued service.

            Mayor Lamb presented a 15-year service pin to Police Sergeant Damon Aanerud, thanking him for his continued service.

            Police Chief Mark Revenew introduced the new officers, as well as newly promoted Deputy Chief Jim Ward and Captain Karen Zantow.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Zoning map amendment of approximately 16 acres on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Bridgewater Subdivision, from C-2 to R-3B

            A public hearing was held prior.  Pooler Parkway, LLC submitted a petition to rezone approximately 16 acres adjacent to Bridgewater Subdivision from C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to R-3B (Multi-family), to allow 16 units per acre.   C. J. Chance of Hussey Gay Bell Engineers, representing the owner, stated that a request was presented on December 21, 2015 to rezone the property to R-3C which would have allowed 20 units per acre and was denied.  After review of the criteria, Councilman Brown made a motion to deny the request.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

2.  10' side yard setback variance at 334 Brighton Woods Drive

            A public hearing was held prior.  Joshua Price, owner, submitted a 10' side yard setback variance to allow him to construct a privacy fence on his corner lot, wherein the rear of the house faces a cul-de-sac (Grove Court).   Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variance, based on the request meeting all of the criteria.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

3.  Final plat for The Fairways, Phase 17

            Phase 17 of The Fairways consists of two (2) townhome lots on Kingfisher Circle.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the final plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

           

4.  Preliminary construction plan for Davenport, Phase 2

            Phase 2 of Davenport consists of 30 single-family residential lots, located on East Haven Boulevard.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

5.  Major subdivision plat for Westbrook, Phase 9B

            Phase 9B of Westbrook consists of 27 single-family residential lots.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

6.  Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for Hunt Club, Phase 5

            The developer has submitted a performance bond in the amount of $988,002.00 to guarantee completion of Phase 5 of the Hunt Club.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to accept the bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and the city attorney approving the bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

7.  Site plan for truck parking lot expansion at 125 Distribution Drive

            The proposed 12.9 acre site is located on Distribution Drive and the intent is to clear, grade and pave the site to expand the tractor-trailer parking area for NRS Warehouse.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the site plan, contingent upon the developer paying $11,250.00 into the tree bank fund.  Motion passed without opposition.

8.  Site plan for La-Z-Boy Furniture Store

            A La-Z-Boy Furniture Store is proposed at the intersection of Towne Center Boulevard and Maxwell Drive on a 1.89 acre parcel.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve to the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

9.  Preliminary construction plan for Somersby, Phase III

            Phase III of Somersby consists of 41 single-family residential lots.  Councilwoman Benton  made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plan, contingent upon NRCS and EPD approval.  Motion passed without opposition.

10.  Change Order #1 for Courtney and R-8 Lift Station Upgrades and Sewer Infrastructure

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #1 for the Courtney and R-8 Lift Station Upgrades and Sewer Infrastructure project.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the change order in the amount of $15,050.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

11.  Alcoholic beverage license for Albert Q. Hong at Umami Wrap ‘N Roll

            Mr. Byrd presented an application from Albert Q. Hong to serve beer and wine at the new Umami Wrap ‘N Roll at 103 Park Ave., Suite B, stating that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the license.  Motion passed without opposition.

12.  Award bid for Roadside Mowing

            Mr. Byrd presented bids for roadside mowing and general maintenance.  Councilman Royal made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Kerby Enterprises, in the amount of $206,954.33.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

13.  Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2015-03

            Ms. Warner presented a resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2015-03.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

14.  Resolution regarding GEFA Loan 2013L29WJ

            Ms. Warner presented a resolution regarding GEFA loan 2013L29WJ to authorize a modification of the promissory note and loan agreement.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

            Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:02 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 7:37 p.m.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the purchase of the property at the corner of W. Tietgen Street & S. Rogers Street for $30,000.00 to be used for public purposes, including parking, contingent upon obtaining a clear title to the property.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Royal made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:39 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

           

Public Hearing

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

March 7, 2016.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:30 p.m.  Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black and Councilman Ashley Brown.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.  

                                                           

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of approximately 16 acres on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Bridgewater Subdivision, from C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to R-3B (Multi-Family).  C. J. Chance of Hussey Gay Bell Engineers presented the request, stating that in December of 2015 a request was submitted to rezone the property to R-3C, which was denied.  Further, that Planning & Zoning had recommended the property be rezoned R-3B which has a lesser density of 16 units per acre instead of 20.  George Faris, resident of Bridgewater Subdivision, expressed concern over increased traffic, stating that the rezoning would affect property values of the houses.  Charles Archer, resident of Bridgewater, expressed concern that the request does not meet the criteria and that Pine Barren Road is already heavily traveled.  Jim McGaffin, resident, questioned whether there was a need for apartments in the area, noting the current amount.  Further, that multi-family developments will place a hardship on the city’s infrastructure and the schools in the area.  Councilwoman Benton asked that the list of permitted used in C-2 (Heavy Commercial) be read aloud. 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:41 p.m.

Public Hearing

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

March 7, 2016.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.  Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Ashley Brown and Councilman Mike Royal.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.  

                                                           

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested 10' side setback variance at 334 Brighton Woods Drive.  Joshua Price, owner, stated that his house is on a corner lot, with the rear of the house facing a cul-de-sac, Grove Court.  Further, that since his house is on a corner, his back yard is quite small and that his intent is to construct a privacy fence to allow his children to have a safe area to play. 

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

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