CITY OF POOLER
APRIL 18, 2016
The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 18, 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 Councilman Brown.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Brown, with no opposition.
The minutes of the March 21st Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Brown, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
The minutes of the April 4th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Brown, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Wall presented bills in excess of $1500.00, noting an expense in each department, and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Wall reported that the police department responded to 1621 calls since the last meeting, totaling 12,795 for the year and that the fire department responded to 191 calls, totaling 1086 for the year.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Brown reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilman Brown made a motion to add Item #7. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Black reported that baseball and softball games continue and that t-ball begins on April 23rd.
Councilman Allen reported that 14 new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 65 residential, seven (7) attached unit and 13 commercial permits for the year, with 797 inspections performed.
Joe Winburn, candidate for the Savannah-Chatham County School Board, District 7, addressed Council.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Site plan for Dal-Tile at 4 Westside Court
Dal-Tile is a proposed 14,875 sq. ft. building that will include a ceramic tile showroom and warehouse with office space on Lot 16 in Westside Business Park. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plan, contingent upon NRCS approval. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
2. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of revised final plat for Westbrook,
Mr. Byrd presented the final plat, stating that a street name on the previously recorded plat was requested to be changed and the owner has requested to plat additional lots to the existing Phase 6A. J. C. Parker, who resides on Spanton Crescent, expressed concern about flooding in the area. Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the performance bond and to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
3. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of major subdivision plat of 12.81 acre portion of Tract 3, Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters
The developer submitted a minor subdivision to create Lots 1 through 4, from a 12.81 acre portion of Tract 3, Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters. A Publix Shopping Center is proposed on Lot 1. Jeff Jepson, resident of Westbrook, stated that the plat is inconsistent with the original plan for this tract, expressing concern that Westbrook Lane is to be used as a residential entrance and not for commercial use. Mr. Scheer stated that Council cannot get into a dispute that is between private entities, the land owner and developer. Councilwoman Benton asked if the petitioner would agree with the request being tabled. Hal Kraft of Hussey Gay Bell replied that the owners’ concerns could be addressed at the proper time during site plan approval. Further, that he could not agree with tabling the request. Richard Phillips of SunCal (the developer) affirmed Mr. Kraft’s response. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the plat, contingent upon receipt of the bond and it being approved by the city attorney and the homeowners concerns being addressed during site plan approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed with Councilwoman Benton opposing.
4. Temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for Jeffrey W. Goodiel at Ramada Inn April 22nd and 23rd
Jeffrey W. Goodiel submitted an application for a temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for a closed private event at the Ramada Inn on April 22nd and 23rd. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
5. Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement
Mr. Byrd presented a Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement for managing an emergency or disaster occurring within the state. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
6. Recombination plat of 43.62 acre portion of S.A. Allen Tract
Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat of a 43.62 acre portion of the S.A. Allen Tract including the land owned by the YMCA, the City’s lift station and Isaac G. LaRoche Drive. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.
7. Amendment to Water & Sewer Agreement with City of Bloomingdale and City of Savannah
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the Water & Sewer Agreement with the City of Bloomingdale and the City of Savannah. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the amendment, contingent upon indemnification being given by the Morgan Family and the amendment being approved by the Cities of Bloomingdale and Savannah. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.
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 7:20 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:20 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.