Council Minutes September 6, 2016

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 6, 2016

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 6, 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, 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 upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Allen, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

            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.

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 307 calls in August, totaling 2602 for the year and that the police department responded to 2323 calls, totaling 26,414 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 the youth football season has begun.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that seven (7) new single family residential and

three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 127 residential and 40 commercial permits for the year, with 2585 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Variance request to reduce the minimum lot width, lot size and front, rear and side yard setbacks for Parcel 1, a portion of the former Baker Tract on Pine Barren Road

            Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested the variance be withdrawn.  This request was honored.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Zoning map amendment of 205 N. Skinner Avenue from R-1A to C-1

            A public hearing was held prior. Ron Roberts, on behalf of his wife, Suzanna, the owner, presented the request to rezone the property from R-1A (single family residential) to C-1 (light commercial) to allow operation of a childcare facility.  Mr. Roberts stated that during the public hearing held prior, he mistakenly said that the zoning was changed and that he now understands that the “non-conforming” use had expired due to the current childcare facility owner not paying the business license (occupational tax) fee for 2015 and/or the “non-conforming” use being abandoned for six (6) months.  Councilman Wall presented concern about a commercial use being allowed in a residential area, stating that when the childcare facility grew in size, it created parking and traffic issues, causing public safety concerns.  Mr. Scheer stated that there are standards for granting a zoning map amendment that must be considered.  Mr. Roberts questioned what their options were in regards to rezoning, asking for the request to be tabled. Councilman Wall stated that tabling the request would not change anything, adding that rezoning the property, which is surrounded by residentially zoned property, to commercial should not be allowed.  After further discussion and review of the criteria, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the zoning map amendment, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

2.  23' building height variance for proposed hotel at 130 Towne Center Drive

            Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested the variance be withdrawn.  This request was honored.

3.  Site plan for ABC Pooler at 121 Westside Blvd.

            ABC Pooler is a proposed 40,000 sq. ft. warehouse on Lot 37B in Westside Business Park.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the site plan, contingent upon NRCS approval and $7,875.00 being paid into the tree bank.  Motion passed without opposition.

4.  Site plan for Holiday Inn at 100 Outlet Parkway North

            The proposed Holiday Inn is a four (4) story, 104 room hotel on Parcel 16 of the Outlet Mall of Georgia, adjacent to the Red Roof Inn.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon $675.00 being paid into the tree bank.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5.  Minor subdivision plat for 104 W. Highway 80

            Alex and Alice Quarterman have submitted a minor subdivision plat for Parcels

A & B, the southeast portion of Lot 3 of the Rothwell Subdivision to deed Parcel B to the Georgia Department of Transportation as part of a traffic signal upgrade.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

6.  Alcoholic beverage license for Cynthia P. Moehring at Wal-Mart

            Cynthia P. Moehring submitted an application to sell beer and wine at Wal-Mart #2860.  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 Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

7.  Change orders #1 and #2 for 3.3 MGD Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade

            Mr. Byrd presented change orders #1 and #2 for the 3.3 MGD Wastewater Treatment Facility Upgrade project.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the change orders, totaling $31,105.50.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

8.  Contracts for amusements/entertainment/fireworks at Patriot Weekend Festival

            Mr. Byrd presented contracts for the amusement, entertainment and fireworks at the Patriot Weekend Festival.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the contracts, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval, the fire chief’s approval of the fireworks permit and insurance certificates being submitted by the contractors.  Motion passed without opposition.

9.  Lighting agreement with Georgia Power for Pooler Parkway/I-16 Interchange

            Mr. Byrd presented a lighting agreement for the Pooler Parkway/I-16 interchange.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the agreement (Option 1).  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

10.  Resolution to transmit the Comprehensive Plan

            A public hearing was held prior.  Mr. Byrd presented a resolution to transmit the Comprehensive Plan 2016-2036 for review by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal,  to approve the resolution, contingent upon the Coastal Regional Commission’s agreement to allow Council two (2) weeks to make changes to the plan as needed. 

11.  First Reading on amendment to utility ordinance regarding due date payments

            Ms. Warner presented an amendment to the utility ordinance to change the time for payments made in the outside drop box on due dates from 5:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. to allow time for the payments to be processed and eliminate staff having to work overtime.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment on First Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

            Councilman Royal made a motion to add Item #12.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

12.  Agreement between Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security         Agency (GEMHSA) for grant funding

            Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with GEMHSA for grant funding awarded to the fire department in the amount of $38,455.00.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the agreement.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

           

            Aileen Tobin, resident of Georgia Avenue, addressed Council in regards to the need for the sidewalk on Holly Avenue to extend all the way to N. Rogers Street.  Ms. Tobin presented a petition signed by approximately 150 people requesting consideration.  Mr. Byrd stated that he would look into this matter.

            Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:06 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:25 p.m.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:25 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

                                                                       

Public Hearing

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on September 6, 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, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the 2016 Comprehensive Plan Update.  Bill Compton, Senior Planner with Coastal Regional Commission, presented the update to the plan, stating that several meetings were held with staff, a steering committee and a stakeholder committee to prepare the plan.  Councilwoman Benton stated that there were some inaccuracies within the plan, mainly with the future zoning map and character map, questioning if changes could be made.  Mr. Compton agreed to allow Council to submit any changes within two (2) weeks. 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:39 p.m.

Public Hearing

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

September 6, 2016.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:40 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, 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 205 N. Skinner Avenue from R-1A (Single family residential) to C-1 (Light commercial).  Ron Roberts, on behalf of the owner, his wife Suzanna Roberts, stated that a childcare facility was in operation for approximately 34 years (prior to the adoption of the most recent zoning ordinance), but that the property has been vacant since May of 2015.  Mr. Roberts further stated that the property was then marketed as commercial, unaware until the time they were notified that the use was abandoned for six (6) months and the childcare facility would no longer be allowed.  And, that they would like to rezone the property to C-1 for use as a childcare facility only.  Mr. Roberts added that they have suffered a loss of approximately $41,250.00 since the last tenant was evicted.  Further, that he feels that they should have been notified that the use was going to expire in six (6) months and that the childcare facility owner failed to pay the business license (occupational tax) fee for 2015.  Aileen Tobin, resident, stated that she was in favor of the request, adding that more daycare centers are needed. 

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

Public Hearing

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

September 6, 2016.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:49 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior).  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, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested 23' building height variance for proposed hotel at 130 Towne Center Drive.  Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested the request be withdrawn.  Samuel Bostick, resident, stated that several residents in The Arbors Subdivision are in opposition of the request, adding that the developer can still construct a hotel within the City’s guidelines.

            There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:51 p.m.

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