Council Minutes May 15, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

MAY 15, 2017

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 15, 2017.  Mayor pro tem Rebecca Benton called the meeting to order at 6:06 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, 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 Mayor pro tem Benton and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilwoman Black.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.  Aaron Higgins, resident, stated that there was an error on Item #2 under old business.

 

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 Allen and passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 143 calls since the last meeting, totaling 1428 for the year and that the police department responded to 1335 calls, totaling 13,797  for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Mayor pro tem Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, repaired the sidewalks in Towne Lake Subdivision, assisted the water department with a leak repair on Tietgen Street and swept 20 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance on Benton Canal, cut the offsite drainage area for the municipal complex, picked up trash in designated areas and completed citizen work requests.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Royal reported that the water department inspected three (3)  water meters for new construction, repaired one (1) leaking main, repaired three (3) leaking laterals, cut grass at all wells, valve stations and storage tank, witnessed the testing and certification of 18 backflow preventers and performed 410 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed two (2) grinder pump, two (2) lift station and four (4) sewer calls.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that gymnastics, dance and tennis lessons continue and that registration for summer youth basketball has begun.  Further, that the senior citizens will be going on the Emerald Princess on the 19th

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that eight (8) new single family residential, six (6) attached unit and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, with 158 inspections performed.

 

            Police Chief Mark Revenew presented Captain Karen Zantow who will be retiring in a few weeks, thanking her for her dedicated service to the citizens of Pooler.

 

            Mayor pro tem Benton presented a 15-year service pin to Police Sergeant Alfred Askew, thanking him for his service.  Police Chief Mark Revenew then presented him with his retirement credentials, thanking him for his dedicated service.

 

            Mayor pro tem Benton presented a five (5) year service pin to Advanced Police Officer Christopher Dotson, thanking him for his continued service.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Addendum to Current Contract for Probation Supervision and Rehabilitation Services with Middle Georgia Probation, LLC

            Mr. Byrd presented an addendum to the current contract with Middle Georgia Probation.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the addendum.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

2.  First Reading on amendment to tree protection ordinance regarding tree and landscape bonds

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the tree protection ordinance.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Minor subdivision plat of Parcel 4, Godley Towne Center

            West Plaza Real Estate Holdings, LLC submitted a minor subdivision plat to convey the internal private road and detention ponds to the homeowners’ association, by creating Parcels 4A, 4B and 4C.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

2.  Minor subdivision plat of Lot C, a portion of Lot 5 of The Armstrong Tract

            The purpose of the plat is to create Outparcels 7 and 8 at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Merlot Lane.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Change street name from Cabernet Way to St. Joseph’s/Candler Drive

            Bill Lattimore, representing St. Joseph’s Candler Hospital System, submitted a request to change the name of Cabernet Way to St. Joseph’s/Candler Drive.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the name change.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

4.  First reading on amendment to stormwater ordinance regarding bond requirements

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the stormwater ordinance.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

5.  First Reading on amendment to streets, sidewalks and other public places ordinance regarding bond requirements for sidewalks

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the streets, sidewalks and other public places ordinance in regards to bond requirements for sidewalks.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

 

6.  First Reading on amendment to streets, sidewalks and other public places ordinance regarding subdivision performance bonds

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the streets, sidewalks and other public places ordinance in regards to requirements for subdivision performance bonds.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

7.  First Reading on amendment to subdivisions ordinance regarding maintenance bonds

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the subdivisions ordinance in regards to requirements for maintenance bonds.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

8.  Resolution to request Jimmy DeLoach Parkway be incorporated into State Highway System

            Mr. Byrd presented a resolution to request the Georgia Department of Transportation incorporate Jimmy DeLoach Parkway into the State Highway System, stating that the City of Savannah has already adopted a similar resolution.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

           

            Mr. Scheer clarified that the error in Item #2 under old business at the last meeting, which was presented by Mr. Higgins earlier, was a scrivener’s error.       

 

            There being no further business to discuss or the need for an Executive Session, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:26 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

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