Council Minutes March 20, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

MARCH 20, 2017

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 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, 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 Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Brown.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, 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 196 calls since the last meeting, totaling 834 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1370 calls, totaling 7737 calls for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas, performed shoulder work in various areas, made repairs to Copper Creek Circle and Silver Oak Court, cut trees on the Pooler Parkway ramp and swept 32 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance on the northwest and southwest quadrants, began cutting trees along the northbound off-ramp of Pooler Parkway and Highway 80 and picked up trash in designated areas.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected seven (7) water meters for new construction, repaired or replaced approximately100 meter devices, repaired two (2) leaking laterals and one (1) leaking main, witnessed the testing and certification of 18 backflow preventers and performed 296 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed two (2) grinder pump, two (2) lift station and three (3) collection system calls.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that registration for gymnastics and dance is ongoing, that practice for baseball, softball and t-ball continues and that a youth baseball camp will be held. Further, that the senior citizens will be attending the Southern Womens Show and travel to the Cherry Blossom Festival on March 29th

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that one (1) new single family residential and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting and that 137 inspections were performed.

 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Variances for sign height and sign face for Pooler Parkway, LLC

            A public hearing was held prior.  Pooler Parkway, LLC has petitioned for a

5' sign height variance and a 150 sq. ft. sign face variance, based on plans to develop a significant complex of offices and related buildings at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Cabernet Way as the proposed St. Joseph’s/Candler “micro hospital”.  After review of the criteria and based on the request meeting all of the criteria, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the variances.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Building height variance for Pooler Parkway, LLC

            A public hearing was held prior.  A 37' building height variance is being requested to develop a significant complex for St. Joseph’s/Candler “micro hospital”.  After review of the criteria and based on the request meeting all of the criteria, Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the variance.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

3.  Side yard building setback variance at 205 Longleaf Circle

            A public hearing was held prior wherein the petitioner was not present, nor was he present at the meeting.  The owner, Tyler Wall, has petitioned for a 3' side yard setback variance to construct a storage shed for his boat.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to table the request until the next meeting to allow the petitioner to be present.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

 

4.  Site plan for Rushing Mini-Warehouses

            The proposed development will consist of a 43,000 sq. ft. mini-warehouse with a 475 sq. ft. office.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the engineering comments being addressed and the landscape plan being approved by Planning & Zoning.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

 

5.  Revision to Forest Lakes Subdivision Master Plan

            Heron Crest Developers, Inc. and Godley Station West, LLC submitted a revised master plan for Forest Lakes Subdivision to add 56 single-family residential lots.  The current approved plan has a total of 525 lots and the revised plan will increase the number to 581.  Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested the item be tabled.  Councilman Wall expressed concern over the increase in lots, specifically them being smaller in size.  Councilwoman Benton stated that the smaller lots could negatively affect the larger properties in the subdivision.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to table the request.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

6.  Lease agreement with AMJ Leasing, LLC for wide format printer

            Mr. Byrd presented a lease agreement with AMJ Leasing for the wide format printer being utilized by the building and zoning department.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the lease, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

            Aaron Higgins, resident of Forest Lakes, expressed appreciation to Council for looking into the drainage issues in the subdivision.  Mr. Higgins asked that an ancillary access be considered, due to there being only one way in and out of the subdivision.

 

            T. C. Williams, member of the architectural review board for Forest Lakes, also expressed appreciation to Council for the efforts being taken to remedy the drainage issues.

 

            Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:26 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 6:50 p.m.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Royal made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:50 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

                                                                       

 

                                                           

Public Hearing

 

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

March 20, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:40 p.m.  Present were 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 requested variances for sign height and sign face for Pooler Parkway, LLC.   Paul Hinchey, CEO of St. Joseph’s Candler Health System, presented the variances, stating that a 5' sign height variance and a 150 sq. ft. sign face variance is needed, based on plans to develop a significant complex of offices and related buildings at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Cabernet Way as the proposed St. Joseph’s/Candler “micro hospital”.  Jim Cole, architect for the complex, presented information as to the necessity for the variances. 

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:48 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing

 

 

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

March 20, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:48 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, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested building height variance for Pooler Parkway, LLC.  Paul Hinchey, CEO of St. Joseph’s Candler Health System,  presented a request for a 37' building height variance to develop a significant complex for St. Joseph’s/Candler “micro hospital”.  Mr. Hinchey stated that the complex will be five (5) stories and is going to be the medical hub for outpatient services in the area.

 

            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

March 20, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:50 p.m.  Present were 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 3' side yard building setback variance at 205 Longleaf Circle.  Tyler Wall, owner, has plans to construct a storage shed for his boat.  Mr. Wall was not present.

 

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

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