Council Minutes September 19, 2016

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 19, 2016

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 19, 2016.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:13 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior).  Present were  Councilwoman  Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Ashley Brown, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.   Councilman Bruce Allen was absent due to work.

            The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Lamb.

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

            The minutes of the August 1st, August 6th, August 15th and September 6th Executive Sessions were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

            Mayor Lamb announced that the post office will be moving to the Bi-Lo Shopping Center permanently in March 2017, with their temporary retail site opening there in October of this year.

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 Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 136 calls since the last meeting, totaling 2738 for the year and that the police department responded to 1457 calls, totaling 27,871 for the year. 

            Councilman Royal made a motion to add Item #6 to the agenda.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance and commended staff for their hard work in making the recent Patriot Weekend Festival a huge success.

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance, that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant and that construction on the expansion of the plant is underway and on schedule.

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported on recent and upcoming events.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilwoman Benton reported that two (2) new single family residential, seven (7) attached unit and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 129 residential, 27 attached unit and 42 commercial permits for the year, with 2701 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Second Reading on amendment to utility ordinance regarding due date payments

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utility ordinance to change the time for payments made in any outside utility location on due date to be paid by 3:00 p.m.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black, to approve the amendment on Second Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Zoning map amendment of approximately 58.65 acres of a portion of Morgan Lakes Property, LLC from PUD to I-1                                           

            A public hearing was held prior where Phillip McCorkle, representing the owner, Robert B. Baker, presented the request to rezone approximately 58.65 acres from PUD (Planned Unit Development) to I-1 (Light Industrial), stating that the primary reason the property should be rezoned for warehouse/distribution use is due to the continued development of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway as a truck corridor for products coming in and out of the Port of Savannah.  Councilwoman Benton questioned the size of the buffer, wherein Attorney Robert McCorkle  replied that the buffer will be 800' to 1000' from the undeveloped portion of The Farm at Morgan Lakes Subdivision and 2000' feet from any existing home in the subdivision.  Councilman Wall questioned the mean sea level of the property to be rezoned.  Chad Zittrouer of Kern Company, replied that the property is at least 40' above mean sea level.  After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment, with the condition that the only permitted use be warehouse/distribution, and contingent upon an 800' to 1000' buffer being provided between the proposed warehouses and the undeveloped land to the west of the entrance to The Farm at Morgan Lakes Subdivision and a traffic light being installed prior to any certificates of occupancy being issued.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.  The petitioner agreed to the condition placed on the rezoning.  Jim McGaffin, resident of The Hunt Club, stated that the City is taking on chances on rezoning property to industrial.

2.  Site plan for Your Pie Restaurant at Lot 6, Morgans Corner

            Your Pie Restaurant is a proposed 68 seat restaurant on Lot 6 of Morgans Corner.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan, contingent upon the engineering comments being addressed.  Motion passed without opposition.

3.  Minor subdivision plat of Lot A-1A, Towne Center at Godley Station

            BPR Properties submitted a plat to create a 1.036 acre parcel from a portion of Lot A-1A of Towne Center at Godley Station.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

4.  Amendment to Schedule of Fees

            Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the amendment to the Schedule of Fees.  Motion passed without opposition.

5.  First Reading on amendment to soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution control ordinance

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the soil erosion, sedimentation and pollution control ordinance stating that per the Georgia Erosion and Sedimentation Act, all local issuing authorities must amend their ordinance to reflect the 2015 and earlier amendments to the Act before December 31, 2016.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6.  First Reading on amendment to speed ordinance

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the speed ordinance to add new streets, as required for the City’s speed detection permit.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment on First Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

            Councilman Wall 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 Royal and passed without opposition.

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:22 p.m.

            Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the purchase of 292 sq. ft. (Parcel B of the southeast portion of Lot 3, Rothwell Subdivision) at the corner of W. Highway 80 and N. Rogers Street in the amount of $5280.00 for the purpose of traffic improvements.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall 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 19, 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, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of approximately 58.65 acres of a portion of Morgan Lakes Property, LLC from PUD (Planned Unit Development) to I-1 (Light Industrial).

            Attorney Phillip McCorkle, on behalf of the owner, Robert B. Baker, presented the request, providing a brief history of the land and its lack of development for the last 12 years.  Mr. McCorkle stated that since that time, tremendous growth at the Port of Savannah has occurred and warehouse space is in great demand, adding that the primary reason the property should be zoned for warehouse/distribution is due to the continued development of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway as a major truck corridor for products coming in and out of the Port.  Further, that the surrounding property is already zoning I-1 and that there will be a buffer of 800 to 1000 feet between the proposed warehouses and the undeveloped land to the west of the entrance to The Farm at Morgan Lakes Subdivision.  Adding that a traffic signal will be installed prior to any certificates of occupancy being issued for the warehouses.  Mr. McCorkle went over the Standards for Zoning Ordinance or Map Amendment, stating that the request meets all of the standards.   Mr. McCorkle stated that the developer, Wrenn Blalock, met with the homeowner’s association board about the rezoning and that he later received an email from the board thanking him, stating that the board was not opposed to his plans and that the board would notify the residents about the proposed development.  Jim McGaffin, resident of The Hunt Club, presented concern over the amount of truck traffic that would increase in an area already heavily traveled, adding that the amount of warehouses takes away from the residents’ “hometown” feeling.  Further, that truck traffic is a safety issue for school buses.  Mary Elizabeth McPeters, resident of The Farm, stated that the industrial development has made it unsafe for the residents.  Further, that the warehouses are too close to the homes, asking Council to wait to act on the request.  Wrenn Blalock, developer, presented a map depicting the area to the north that was recently rezoned by the City of Savannah to industrial, noting that the road adjacent to the 58.65 acres is going to be extended to the property in Savannah for access to Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.  Beverly Holbrook, resident, presented concern over how quickly the industrial land has developed, stating that there is more cause for pollution when trees are removed. 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:13 p.m.

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