Council Minutes March 21, 2016

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

MARCH 21, 2016

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 21, 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 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 Councilwoman Black.

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

            The minutes of the March 7th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Brown, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

            Councilman Wall presented bills 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 Brown reported that the fire department responded to 217 calls since the last meeting, totaling 776 for the year and that the police department responded to 1842 calls, totaling 9517 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 baseball and softball practice has begun, with the Rama scheduled for April 2nd


BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that two (2) new single family residential permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 41 permits for the year, with 522 inspections performed.

            Mayor Lamb welcomed Tony Center, candidate for Chairman of the Chatham County Commission.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Minor subdivision plat of Parcel B of The Symons Subdivision

            Davidson Nelson submitted a minor subdivision plat of Parcel B of The Symons Subdivision to create Lots A and B to construct a single family dwelling on each lot.  Rick Danis, resident on Massey Street, stated that trucks are being sent to Morgan Street by GPS instead of S. H. Morgan Parkway, causing them to turn around and leave ruts in the residents’ yards, asking if the property owner would consider placing  a sign to warn the truck drivers.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

2.  Site plan for Maui Plaza on Towne Center Boulevard

            Maui Plaza is a 16,105 sq. ft. retail strip mall proposed on a 1.97 acre tract on Towne Center Boulevard across from the Godley Station Professional Park.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

3.  Site plan for Lot 20, Westside Business Park

            The developer submitted a site plan for a proposed 37,600 sq. ft. warehouse facility on Lot 20 in Westside Business Park.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

4.  Alcoholic beverage license for Heather Perez at Terra Mia Restaurant

            Heather Perez submitted an application to serve beer and wine at the new Terra Mia Restaurant at 1009 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 Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license to include Sunday sales.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

5.  Temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for Marquita Echols on

            April 2nd at Ramada Inn

            Marquita Echols submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at a closed private event on April 2nd at the Ramada Inn.  Mr. Byrd stated that Chief Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the temporary/special event license.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

6.  Temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for Michael A. Blankenship on May 27th & 28th at Ramada Inn

            Michael A. Blankenship submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at an event sponsored by the Savannah Area Darting Association on May 27th & 28th at the Ramada Inn.  Mr. Byrd stated that Chief Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

7.  Special event permit for Savannah Area Darting Association tournament to be held May 27-29 at Ramada Inn and to waive fees

            Mr. Byrd presented an application from the Savannah Area Darting Association for a tournament to be held May 27th through 29th at the Ramada Inn.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the permit and deny the request to waive the fees.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

8.  Special event permit for HOLI Festival to be held March 26th at Pooler Park and to waive fees

            Mr. Byrd presented an application for a HOLI Festival to be held March 26th at Pooler Park.  There were questions concerning the event, in particular whether off-duty police were going to be there to ensure public safety and after discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the request.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

9.  Change Order #1 for Nordic Reuse Water Main

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #1 for the Nordic Reuse Water Main project stating that the amount required is for the contract over and under-runs and for additional work required.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the change order in the amount of $23,535.10.  Motion passed without opposition.

10.  Award bid for Wastewater Treatment Plant Improvements (3.3 mgd upgrade)

            Mr. Byrd presented bids for the 3.3 mgd upgrade to the wastewater treatment plant.  Councilman Wall questioned the amount of the bid, stating that the estimate was lower.  Jennifer Oetgen of Hussey Gay Bell Engineers stated that construction costs have increased and equipment has been added, including a new computer system to replace one that is failing.  Councilman Brown made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Southern Champion Construction, Inc., in the amount of $5,279,182.79.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

11.  Contract with Coastal Regional Commission for professional services to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan

            Mr. Byrd presented a contract for professional services from the Coastal Regional Commission to provide technical assistance and planning services to update the City’s Comprehensive Plan.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the contract in an amount not to exceed $10,000.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

12.  2016 Surplus property list (add three (3) pieces of equipment)

            Mr. Byrd presented three (3) pieces of equipment to be added to the 2016 surplus property list.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the list.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

           

            Johannes deRijck, resident of The Farm at Morgan Lakes, addressed Council in regards to the 220' buffer (including a berm and detention pond) that is required at the Nordic property, stating that there is no pond within the 220' buffer.  Mr. Byrd stated that he would look into this matter.

            Rick Danis, resident, addressed Council in regards to there being no restrooms in the new gymnasium or an area where people in wheelchairs could watch the basketball games.  Mr. Byrd assured Mr. Danis that the building was built in accordance with ADA standards. 

            Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:51 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:30 p.m.

           

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:30 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

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