Council Minutes December 5, 2016



DECEMBER 5, 2016

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 5, 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 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 Mayor Lamb.

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

            The minutes of the November 21st Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, 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 277 calls in November, totaling 3519 for the year and that the police department responded to 1694 calls since the last meeting, totaling 35,759 for the year. 



            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas and as needed, assisted the water department with two (2) water leak repairs, performed shoulder work in various areas and swept 15 miles of street.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance in the southeast quadrant of the City and completed miscellaneous work orders.


            Councilman Royal reported that the water department inspected 14 water meters for new construction, repaired two (2) leaking laterals, repaired one (1) leaking water main on Chestnut Street, performed maintenance of 26 fire hydrants, witnessed the testing and certification of 12 backflow preventers and performed 246 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed four (4) grinder pump calls, two (2) sewer calls and three (3) lift station calls and repaired the Towne Lake force main.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.


            Councilwoman Black reported that gymnastics classes, youth basketball practice and adult kickball continue and that the senior citizens will hold an ugly Christmas sweater contest, with their party being held on December 14th


            Councilman Allen reported that three (3) new single family residential and nine (9) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 147 residential and 59 commercial permits for the year, with 3553 inspections performed.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Site plan for Pooler Retail Center

            The proposed retail center is located at 110 Foxfield Way and will include an ice cream shop, convenience store and retail spaces.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon an access agreement with right in/right out only being provided prior to the building permit being issued.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

2.  Site plan for Aldi’s

            The intent is to construct a 19,054 sq. ft. Aldi discount supermarket at the corner of Maxwell Drive and Traders Way.  Councilman Wall questioned the number of parking spaces, wherein Paul Oglesby of Georgia Civil Engineering replied that the supermarket will have 90 parking spaces.  Mr. Byrd stated that the plan meets the parking requirement in the design standards for the Godley Station Planned Unit Development (PUD). Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the site plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

3.  Release of maintenance bond for Forest Lakes, Phase IV

            A final inspection was performed on November 30th and the public works department has recommended the bond being released.  Councilman Royal made a motion to release the maintenance bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4.  Amendment to contract with AshBritt, Inc.

            Ms. Warner presented an amendment to the contract with AshBritt, Inc, pertaining to certain Federal regulations.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the amendment.   Motion passed without opposition.

5.  Resolution regarding 2017 budget

            Ms. Warner presented the resolution to adopt the proposed 2017 budget, stating that the General Fund balances at $21,222,594.00, the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund balances at $1,100,000.00, the SPLOST Fund balances at $3,660,000.00, the Capital Projects Fund balances at $1,088,775.00 and the Water/Sewer Fund balances at $8,461,023.00 for a total combined expenditures of $31,490,949.00.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

            Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:22 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 7:11 p.m.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:11 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

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Date of Authorization: 2/13/08