Council Minutes February 20, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

FEBRUARY 20, 2017

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 20, 2017.  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  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 Brown, with no opposition.

 

            The minutes of the January 25th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

 

            The minutes of the February 6th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Brown, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, 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 Brown reported that the fire department responded to 196 calls this month, totaling 548 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1497 calls since the last meeting, totaling 5091 calls for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas, performed shoulder work on Old Louisville Road, cut the west side of the bank at Pooler Parkway and Highway 80, patched potholes in Garden Acres Subdivision and swept 25.1 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, cleaned ditches in the northwest quadrant of the city, cut the bank on the east side of Highway 80 and Pooler Parkway and picked up trash in designated areas.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected four (4) water meters for new construction, repaired or replaced approximately100 meter devices, repaired one (1) leaking lateral, witnessed the testing and certification of 27 backflow preventers and performed 290 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed two (2) grinder pump, two (2) lift station and two (2) collection system calls.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

 

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that youth basketball games continue, with the teams participating in a tournament in the GRPA tournament February 23rd and that registration for gymnastics, dance, tennis, baseball, softball, t-ball and spring volleyball is ongoing.  Further, that the senior citizens will be touring Hunter Army Airfield and have a movie day on February 24th

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that two (2) new single family residential and three (3) commercials permits were issued since the last meeting, with 198 inspections performed.

            Councilman Allen made a motion to add item #13 under New Business.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Variances for sign/flag pole height, flag surface area for Dan Vaden Chevrolet

            A public hearing was held prior.  After review of the criteria, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variances.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Zoning map amendment of 1427 Quacco Road from R-A to I-1

            A public hearing was held prior.  Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested the item be withdrawn.  The request was honored.

 

3.  Site plan for Valvoline Instant Oil Change

            The intent is to construct a 1,688 sq. ft. facility at 141 Tanger Outlets Boulevard.  Mr. Byrd stated that the plan has been revised per Planning & Zoning’s recommendation.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

4.  Site plan for Angle Self Storage

            A self-storage facility is proposed at 1415 Quacco Road and will include six (6) buildings with office space.  Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan.  Motion passed without opposition.  Jim Angle and Jacquelyn Sherlin, co-owners of the property, addressed Council in regard to an extension for the conditional use, which is due to expire on February 23rd.  Mr. Byrd instructed Mr. Angle and Ms. Sherlin to contact the building department to begin the permitting process prior to the 23rd

 

5.  Release of maintenance bond for Forest Lakes, Phase 5

            A final inspection was performed on February 10th.  Mr. Byrd stated that the public works department recommends the bond in the amount of $7933.00 be released.  Councilman Wall made a motion to release the maintenance bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

6.  Release of maintenance bond for Hunt Club, Phase 3B

            A final inspection was performed on February 10th.  Mr. Byrd stated that the public works department recommends the bond in the amount of $290,382.16 be released.  Councilman Wall made a motion to release the maintenance bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

7.  Alcoholic beverage license for Nam Ma at Umami Wrap N Roll

            Nam Ma submitted an application to serve beer and wine at Umami Wrap N Roll at 103 Park Avenue, Suite 100.  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 to include Sunday sales.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

8.  Change Order #1 for Well House Rebuild

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #1 for the Well House Rebuild, stating that a 30-day time extension is being requested.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the change order.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

9.  Contract with Georgia Plantation Solutions for pond maintenance

            Mr. Byrd presented a contract with Georgia Plantation Solutions LLC for maintenance of four (4) ponds in the City.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the contract, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

 

10.  2017 Surplus property list

            Mr. Byrd presented a list of vehicles and equipment to be declared as surplus.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the list.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

11.  Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2016-04

            Ms. Warner presented a resolution for Budget Adjustment 2016-04, stating that it is to adjust the budget for estimated year end actuals.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

12.  First Reading on zoning text amendment regarding medical centers

            A public hearing was held prior.  Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the zoning text to permit medical centers in C-2 (Heavy Commercial) districts and provide a definition of “medical center”.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the text amendment on First Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

13.  Recombination plat of Lots 136 - 141, Berkeley Walk, Phase II

            Michael Fell of Coleman Company presented a plat to shift the lot lines to match the product.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

            Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:33 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:56 p.m.

 

            Councilwoman Benton made a motion to add item #14.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

14.  Letter Agreement with Thomas & Hutton for assistance with Highway 80 Corridor     Zoning Ordinance

            Councilwoman Benton made motion to approve a Letter of Agreement with Thomas & Hutton, with an amount not to exceed $7500.00, to assist City staff, attorneys and other consultants to develop a new zoning ordinance  that can be applied to the Highway 80 corridor from the Bloomingdale city limits to I-95.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made motion to adjourn at approximately 6:58 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

February 20, 2017.  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 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 text amendment regarding medical centers.  Mr. Byrd stated that the proposed amendment will add medical centers as a permitted use in C-2 (Heavy Commercial) zoning districts and provide a definition of medical center. 

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:32 p.m.

 

 

 

Public Hearing

 

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

February 20, 2017.  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 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 requested variances for sign/flag pole height, flag surface area for Dan Vaden Chevrolet.  A new dealership is proposed at 300 Outlet Parkway and variances are being requested for a 17' 6" height variance above the 30' maximum height for a principal free standing sign, a 20' flag pole height variance above the 40' maximum height and a 184 sq. ft. flag surface area variance over the maximum 32 sq. ft.  Samuel Bostick, resident, expressed opposition of the sign height variance, stating that the City’s ordinance provides for ample sign height. Jason Hagan of Vaden Automotive, stated that the site is located away from the major roadways and exposure and identification of the dealership from the I-95 corridor is a vital part of the business plan.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:44 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing

 

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

February 20, 2017.  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 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 1427 Quacco Road from R-A to I-1.  Jefte Flores, property owner, submitted a request to rezone the property from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to I-1 (Light Industrial) to operate a truck service center.  Mr. Byrd stated that at the February 13th Planning & Zoning meeting Mr. Flores withdrew his request.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:46 p.m.

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