CITY OF POOLER
JULY 5, 2016
The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 5, 2016. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Ashley Brown, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and Attorney Craig Call, on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer, were also present.
The invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Lamb.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
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.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 355 calls in June, totaling 1767 for the year and that the police department responded to 956 calls since the last meeting, totaling 19,741 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.
There was no report at this time.
Councilman Allen reported that three (3)new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 104 residential and 22 commercial permits for the year, with 1771 inspections performed.
Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Gary Lewis, Firefighter 2, thanking him for his continued service.
Deatre Denion and Jennifer Fordham, Georgia Department of Community Affairs, presented the City its designation as a “WaterFirst” Community. Ms. Fordham stated that the City is the 30th recipient in the State of Georgia.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Zoning map amendment of approximately 12.6 acres at the end of Towne Center Drive within the Godley Station PUD, from Commercial/Retail to R-3C
A public hearing was held prior wherein opposition was presented. Bansi Properties, LLC has petitioned to rezone approximately 12.6 acres on Towne Center Boulevard from a commercial/retail zoning district within the Godley Station PUD to an R-3C (multi-family residential) zoning district to construct a maximum of 253 units. Mr. Byrd stated the Planning & Zoning has recommended denial of the request, based on the adjacent property owners’ opposition of the rezoning request that it would only add to the existing traffic issues in the area and create a conflict to the master plan for the Godley Station PUD. After review of the criteria, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the requested zoning map amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.
2. Minor subdivision of Lots 19A-1 and 19A-2, Pooler Park of Commerce at Godley Station, Phase II
The minor subdivision is to create two (2) lots, with Lot 19A-1 consisting of 2.20 acres and Lot 19A-2 consisting of 1.66 acres. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Recombination plat of 106 Canal Street and 105 Park Avenue for Lidl US Operations, LLC
The owner’s intent is to recombine the parcels to create a 4.91 acre parcel in order to construct a 36,170 sq. ft. grocery store. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.
4. Site plan for Lidl US Operations, LLC
The developer is proposing to construct a 36,170 sq. ft. grocery store, offering goods similar to those of a Trader Joe’s, with fewer varieties and fresh produce, at the corner of Canal Street and Park Avenue. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the recombination plat being recorded within 90 days. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
5. Major subdivision/recombination plat for Lot 1 of The Warnell Subdivision and a
70' right-of-way for Morgan Lakes Industrial Park
The major subdivision/recombination plat is to create four (4) parcels, with
Parcel 1 consisting of 148.77 acres, Parcel 2 consisting of 9.005 acres, Parcel 3 consisting of 10.949 acres and Parcel 4, 10.021 acres, located on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
6. Site plan for Hydraulic Supply at 1125 E. Highway 80
A proposed 9750 sq. ft. building is proposed for Hydraulic Supply to be located at 1125 E. Highway 80, with access from Sharon Court. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan. Motion passed without opposition.
7. Proposal from Hussey Gay Bell for engineering services for Highway 80 East/Pine Barren Road Water Main Replacement
Mr. Byrd requested this item be withdrawn. This request was honored.
8. Change order #2 for municipal complex offsite drainage project
Mr. Byrd presented change order #2 for the offsite drainage project for the municipal complex. Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the change order in the amount of $38,381.45. Motion passed without opposition.
Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss legal, personnel and real estate matters at approximately 6:33 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:01 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:01 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
July 5, 2016. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were
Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Ashley Brown, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and Attorney Craig Call, on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer, were also present.
The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of approximately 12.6 acres at the end of Towne Center Drive within the Godley Station PUD, from Commercial/Retail to R-3C to allow construction of a 253 unit apartment complex. Samuel Bostick, resident of The Arbors at Godley Station, stated that he and several residents of Godley Station are in opposition of this request, due to the existing traffic problems in the area and the fact that this request creates a conflict to the master plan for the Godley Station PUD. Further, that there is other land currently zoned multi-family that has yet to be developed. Maggie Fowler and Jim McGaffin, residents, also presented opposition to the request.
There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:50 p.m