Council Minutes June 5, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

JUNE 5, 2017

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 5, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, 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 Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Brown.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Walll, 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 Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 341 calls since the last meeting, totaling 1624 for the year and that the police department responded to 1613 calls, totaling 15,410  for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, repaired the sidewalks in Towne Lake Subdivision, performed shoulder work as necessary, repaired pot holes on Memorial Boulevard, repaired the “school ahead” flashing light on Quacco Road and swept 37 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, continued cutting and cleaning the ditches in the northwest and southwest quadrants, cleaned the Collins outfall, picked up trash in designated areas and completed citizen work requests and completed seven (7) citizen work requests.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected 10  water meters for new construction, repaired three (3) leaking laterals, repaired the broken meter box on Cardinal Street and broken meter on Regency Circle, witnessed the testing and certification of 20 backflow preventers and performed 350 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed two (2) grinder pump, four (4) lift station and three (3) sewer calls.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

 

            Councilman Brown made a motion to add Item #14.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

            Councilwoman Benton made a motion to add Item #15.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

RECREATION  

            Mr. Byrd stated that registration for football is ongoing, with practice beginning in late July.

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that 15 new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 202 inspections performed.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Second 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, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the amendment on Second Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

2.  Second 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 Second Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Second 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.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the amendment on Second Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

4.  Second 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.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

 


5.  Second Reading on amendment to subdivisions ordinance regarding maintenance       bonds

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the subdivisions ordinance.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the amendment on Second Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.   Mike Vaquer, representing the Homebuilders Association of Greater Savannah, stated that after review of the amendments, there appeared to be inconsistencies, asking for all five (5) amendments be tabled to allow a meeting with the city attorney to discuss the issues.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Zoning map amendment of 604 W. Highway 80 from R-1A to C-P

            A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented.  After review of the criteria, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment of 604 W. Highway 80 from R-1A (single-family residential) to C-P (Commercial-Professional).  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

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

            A public hearing was held prior. The owner, Jefte Flores, intends to conduct a dump truck business with the ability to service his trucks on a vacant lot. Mr. Byrd stated that Mr. Flores has been servicing trucks on the vacant lot and that Code Enforcement Officer Scott MacPherson has notified Mr. Flores on more than one occasion, that this is in violation of the zoning ordinance.  After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table the request.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Site plan for Paradise Bay Express Car Wash

            The proposed facility is a 4,333 sq. ft. express car wash building and vacuum bays.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and $1,050.00 being paid into the tree fund.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

4.  Recombination/minor subdivision plat of 405 and 409 W. Highway 80

            Jeremy Nease and Kyle Hadden submitted a recombination plat of 405 and 409 W. Highway 80, creating one (1) lot, consisting of 1.89 acres and if approved, they would then create a minor subdivision, consisting of two (2) lots with .945 acre per lot.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the recombination/minor subdivision.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.          

 

5.  Site plan for GBI Crime Lab

            The intent is to construct a 31,000 sq. ft. regional crime lab on Isaac G. LaRoche Drive on a 4.9 acre site.  Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

6.  Alcoholic beverage license for Emma Wagstaff at Pie Society

            Emma Wagstaff submitted an application for an alcoholic beverage license at Pie Society at 115 Canal St., Ste. 601, to serve beer and wine at the restaurant.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

7.  Change Order #2 for Well House #1 Rebuild

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #2 for the well house #1 rebuild project.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the change order in the amount of $8503.00.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

8.  Award bid for drainage improvement project at E. Highway 80/Old Louisville Road

            Mr. Byrd presented bids for the drainage improvement project at E. Highway 80 and Old Louisville Road.  Councilman Brown made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Harco Construction in the amount of $68,825.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

9.  Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2017-02

            Ms. Warner presented a resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2017-02.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the resolution.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

10.  Resolution regarding property for GBI Crime Lab

            Mr. Byrd presented a resolution regarding the transfer of property to the State of Georgia for the purpose of constructing a new regional lab facility for the Georgia Bureau of Investigations (GBI).  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

11.  Quit Claim Deed of 4.92 acres on Isaac G. LaRoche Drive

            Mr. Byrd presented a quit claim deed for the 4.92 acre tract where the regional crime lab facility is to be constructed for the GBI.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve to approve the deed.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

12.  Mineral Rights Purchase & Reimbursement Agreement with State of Georgia

            Mr. Byrd stated that years ago, Union Camp, now International Paper, purchased the mineral rights for the land they owned in Pooler and therefore, before the State Properties Commission will allow the 4.92 acres being deeded to the State, the City must agree to purchase the mineral rights for $8000.00 and the State will reimburse the City the amount of $6000.00.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the Agreement.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

13.  First Reading on amendment to retirement plan ordinance

            Ms. Warner presented an amendment to the City employee’s retirement plan ordinance.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

14.  Change Order #6 for Wastewater Treatment Plant Upgrade

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #6 for the wastewater treatment plant upgrade.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the change order in the amount of $84,104.89.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

15.  Special event permit for Savannah Quarters Summer Fest

            Mr. Byrd presented an application for the Savannah Quarters Summer Fest to be held June 10th.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the event.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

            John Haden, resident of Savannah Quarters, presented concern over the amount of traffic on Pooler Parkway, near the new Publix site.  Mr. Byrd stated that construction of the new traffic signal will begin soon.

 

            Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:51 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 7:17 p.m.  Councilman Wall did not return, due to his work schedule.

 

            Councilwoman Benton made a motion to add Item #16.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

16.  Appointment of Planning & Zoning member (resident)

            Councilwoman Benton made a motion to appoint Ernest Buckstine to serve a two (2) year term on the newly restructured Planning & Zoning Commission.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:20 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

                                                           

 

 

Public Hearing

 

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

June 5, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:50 p.m.  Present were

Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, 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:

 

1) A requested zoning map amendment of 604 W. Highway 80 from R-1A to C-P -

            Holly Young, on behalf of the owner, Evelyn Wilkes, presented a request to re-zone 604 W. Highway 80 from R-1A (Single-family Residential) to C-P (Commercial-Professional).  Ms. Young stated that a comprehensive re-zoning of Highway 80 was approved in the late 1980s, with a few properties remaining residential, as requested by the owners.  And, the family of Ms. Wilkes would now like to re-zone the property to C-P to allow a land surveying company to locate there.

 

2) A requested zoning map amendment of 1427 Quacco Road from R-A to C-2 -

            James Reardon, on behalf of the owner, Jefte C. Flores, presented a request to re-zone 1427 Quacco Road from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to allow the owner to operate a dump truck business with the ability to service his trucks on a vacant lot.   

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:54 p.m.

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