Council Minutes October 3, 2016

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

OCTOBER 3, 2016

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 3, 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 and Finance Officer Michelle Warner were also present.  Attorney Craig Call was present on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer.

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

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

            The minutes of the September 19th Executive Session was approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilman Wall, 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 Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 330 calls in September, totaling 2848 for the year and that the police department responded to 1750 calls since the last meeting, totaling 29,621 for the year. 

            Councilman Royal made a motion to add Item #11 to the agenda under New Business.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

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 youth basketball registration is open.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that four (4) new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 131 residential and 45 commercial permits for the year, with 2944 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Second 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 Second Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2.  Second 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 Second Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Zoning map amendment of approximately 65.3 acres on Triple B Trail from R-A

            to I-1   

            A public hearing was held prior.  Greg Barnwell, owner, has petitioned to rezone approximately 65.3 acres north of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and west of Benton Boulevard from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to I-1 (Light Industrial) for warehouse use.  After review of the criteria, Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

2.  10' building height variance for proposed warehouses on approximately 65.3 acres on Triple B Trail

            A public hearing was held prior.  The owner, Greg Barnwell, has petitioned for a 10' building height variance for the construction of a freezer/cold storage facility similar to the adjacent Nordic Cold Storage facility.  The project requires a racking system with a minimum height restriction of approximately 52', therefore a 10' building height variance is necessary.  After review of the criteria, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the variance.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

3.  Site plan for Morgan Lakes Industrial Park, Building III

            The intent is to construct a 100,000 sq. ft. warehouse on Lot 2 of The Warnell Subdivision, off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, across from The Hunt Club Subdivision.

Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the site plan, contingent upon the traffic signal being installed prior to any certificates of occupancy being issued and $7950.00 being paid into the tree fund.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

4.  Release maintenance bond for The Gates at Savannah Quarters, Phase 2B

            The developer has requested the maintenance bond in the amount of $69,878.13 for Phase 2B of The Gates at Savannah Quarters be released.  Mr. Byrd stated that the public works department has performed the final inspection on September 26th.  Councilman Wall made a motion to release the maintenance bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

5.  Temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for India Small at Ramada Inn on October 8th

            India Small submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at a private event on October 8th at the Ramada Inn.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the license.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

6.  Special event permit for Savannah Low Country Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous at Ramada Inn on October 28th - 30th and to waive fees

            An event is planned for October 28th - 30th at the Ramada Inn, sponsored by the Savannah Lowcountry Area Service Committee of Narcotics Anonymous, a non-profit organization.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the event and waive the fees.  Motion passed without opposition.

7.  Quitclaim Deed for portion of Godley Road

            Mr. Byrd presented a quitclaim deed for a portion of Godley Road traversing an 86-acre tract, a portion of Lot 2 of The Warnell Subdivision on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, stating that the road was never deeded to the City or Chatham County (prior to the right-of-way being annexed into the City).  Further, that the road has never been maintained by the City, it is not visible on the ground, it stops inside private property and does not go further, and that no future use of the road for any purpose is anticipated.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the quitclaim deed for the portion of Godley Road to Morgan Lakes Property, LLC, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

8.  Quitclaim Deed for Tract 1-A of the Robert’s Tract

            Mr. Byrd presented a quitclaim deed for Tract 1-A of the Robert’s Tract, stating that the site for the new fire station has been changed.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the quitclaim deed for Tract 1-A of the Robert’s Tract.  Motion passed without opposition.

9.  Underground Easement for power line to records retention building

            Mr. Byrd presented an underground easement for the power line to the records retention building on S. Rogers Street.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the easement.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

10.  Resolution regarding purchase of Collins Street

            Councilman Allen stepped down from his seat to recuse himself from any discussion on the issue.  Mr. Byrd stated that the City has reached an agreement with the railroad to purchase Collins Street.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the purchase in the amount of $120,000.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.  Councilman Allen returned to his seat.

11.  Change Order #3 for off-site drainage project for municipal complex

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #3 to deduct $20,447.90 for work that was duplicated on Change Orders #1 and #2.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the change order.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

            Councilman Royal made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:27 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 6:56 p.m.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:56 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

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

October 3, 2016.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 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 and Finance Officer Michelle Warner were also present.   Attorney Craig Call was present on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer.

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of approximately 65.3 acres on Triple B Trail from R-A  to I-1.  Terry Coleman of Coleman Comany, on behalf of Greg Barnwell, presented the request to rezone approximately 65.3 acres on Triple B Trail from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to I-1 (Light Industrial), stating that the request is to be consistent with adjacent warehouse development.  Further, that the proposed warehouses would be owned by Nordic Logistics & Warehousing and that a new type of refrigeration system would be utilized which will produce less noise than the existing facility.  Ross Maple of Nordic, stated that the new facility will employ approximately 150 people.

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:50 p.m.

Public Hearing

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

October 3, 2016.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:50 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 and Finance Officer Michelle Warner were also present.  Attorney Craig Call was present on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer.

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested 10' building height variance for proposed warehouses on approximately 65.3 acres on Triple B Trail.  Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, presented the request on behalf of the owner, Greg Barnwell.  Mr. Coleman stated that the intent is to construct a freezer/cold storage facility similar to adjacent warehouses.  Further, that the proposed project requires a racking system with a minimum height restriction of approximately 52', necessitating the 10' building height variance.

            There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m.

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