Council Minutes June 19, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

JUNE 19, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 19, 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 and Councilman Mike Royal.  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 Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Allen, with no opposition.

 

            The minutes of the June 5th Executive Session were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Allen, with no opposition.

 

Report from the Standing Committees:

 

FINANCE

            Councilman Royal 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 182 calls since the last meeting, totaling 1806 for the year and that the police department responded to 1501 calls, totaling 16,911  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, Benton Boulevard and S. Rogers Street, performed shoulder work as necessary, repaired pot holes on Memorial Boulevard and Benton Boulevard, repaired the “school ahead” flashing light on Quacco Road and swept 37 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, picked up trash in designated areas and completed various citizen work requests.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected six (6) water meters for new construction, repaired three (3) leaking laterals, completed 35 meter change outs on corrupt meters, coordinated the water shutdown for the tie-in at well #1, witnessed the testing and certification of 18 backflow preventers and performed 360 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed three (3) grinder pump, two (2) lift station and one (1) sewer call.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

 

RECREATION  

            There was no report.

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that one (1) new single family residential, four (4) attached unit and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 167 inspections performed.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

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

            Mr.  Byrd stated that the request was tabled in order to allow comments from Scott MacPherson, Code Enforcement Officer regarding recent events.  Officer MacPherson stated that he was asked to investigate the property after a fire occurred in November of 2016, wherein it appeared that a dump truck business was operating on the vacant lot.  Further, that the owner was cited and asked to remove the trucks and cease operation of the business, which after inspection on January 13th, the illegal use of the property was abated.  Mr. Byrd stated that, based on the application for a “truck service center” being provided, this type of business is a conditional use within heavy commercial zoning.  James Reardon, representing the owner Jefte Flores, stated that the intent is to operate a dump truck business and allow service to be performed on Mr. Flores’ trucks.   After review of the criteria, Councilman Allen made a motion to deny the zoning map amendment.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Second Reading on amendment to retirement plan ordinance

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the retirement plan ordinance.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the amendment on Second Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Zoning map amendment of 210 S. Rogers Street from R-1A to C-1

            A public hearing was held prior.  Elaine LaRoche, owner, presented a request to re-zone her property from R-1A (Single-family Residential) to C-1 (Light Commercial) for proposed office space.  After review of the criteria, Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.  Councilwoman Benton asked that the issues regarding lighting and noise presented at the public hearing be addressed during the site plan approval process.

 

2.  Conditional use for a home occupation at 26 Stone Gate Court

            A public hearing was held prior.  Gregory Stephens, owner, presented a request for a home occupation that will be primarily internet based sales of firearms, with customers at the home by appointment only.  After review of the criteria and based on the nature of the sales being specialty orders, Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the conditional use.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

                       

3.  Recombination plat of Lots 2 and 3B, The Morgan Center

            The purpose of the plat is to recombine two (2) lots into one (1) lot, which consists of 22.3 acres.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

4.  Recombination plat of Tracts 1-E and 1-A, the remaining portions of Tracts 1

            and 2,The Roberts Tract

            The purpose of the plat is to reconfigure the property lines of Tracts 1-E and 1-A to create one (1) buildable lot (Parcel A) and future right-of-way (Parcel B), located off Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

5.  Revised site plan for Pooler Town Center

            Ashik Khan, owner, presented a revised site plan which includes a requested median cut on Durham Park Boulevard, to allow a left turn into the proposed shopping center.  Mr. Byrd stated that the original site plan was approved on March 6th.  Further, that the street superintendent and City engineer have recommended denial and that the homeowners’ association, who owns the median (property) has given notice that they will not approve the median cut.  Councilman Brown made a motion to deny the revised site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.  Mr. Byrd asked that Mr. Khan meet with the public works director to address the other proposed changes on the site plan.

 

6.  Agreement with Effingham County Board of Commissioners for use of County inmates to assist with maintenance of City property

            Mr. Byrd presented an agreement for the use of Effingham County inmates to assist with the maintenance of City property, stating that the County made a change to the original agreement that was recently approved, based on their fiscal year beginning July 1st.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the agreement in the amount of $80,208.33.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Brown in opposition.

 

7.  Lease Supplement with Georgia Municipal Association for five (5) police vehicles

            Ms. Warner presented a lease supplement with GMA for five (5) police vehicles.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the lease supplement.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

8.  Change Order #3 for Pooler Parkway/Airways Avenue Traffic Improvements

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #3 to add the purchase and installation of one (1) radio and two (2) antennas.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the change order in the amount of $7936.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

9.  Revision to Funding and Eligibility Policy for Other Post-Employment Benefits

            Ms. Warner presented a revision to the Funding and Eligibility Policy for Other Post-Employment Benefits.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the revision.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

10.  Resolution regarding Pooler Development Authority’s issuance of revenue bonds to finance a 60 unit affordable residential rental community for seniors

            A public hearing was held prior.  Mr. Byrd presented a resolution to authorize the Pooler Development Authority’s issuance of bonds in an aggregate principal amount not to exceed $8,000,000.00.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

            There being no further business to discuss or the need for an Executive Session, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:53 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 19, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:40 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Ashley Brown and Councilman Mike Royal.  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 210 S. Rogers Street from R-1A (Single-family Residential) to C-1 (Light Commercial) zoning.  Elaine LaRoche, owner, stated that the intent of the re-zoning is to allow a building with office space.  Anne Smith, adjacent property owner, presented concern over lighting and potential noise, stating that the lights at the shopping center in back of her residence shine in her windows and that times, there is excessive noise from the businesses.  Ms. Smith asked that these issues be addressed.

 

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

 

 

Public Hearing

           

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

June 19, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:46 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior).  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Ashley Brown and Councilman Mike Royal.  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 conditional use for a home occupation at 26 Stone Gate Court.  Gregory Stephens, owner, presented the request, stating that the majority of business will be conducted online, with customers by appointment only.  Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval and that the homeowners’ association has granted Mr. Stephens an exception to their rule, with conditions.  Councilwoman Benton added that the letter from the homeowners’ association states that their board of directors reserves the right to terminate their approval at any time.

 

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

 

 

 

Public Hearing

           

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

June 19, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:51 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior).  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Ashley Brown and Councilman Mike Royal.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the proposed plan of finance for the issuance of revenue bonds issued by the Pooler Development Authority.  Mr. Byrd stated that the developers of Pinewood Village II Apartments on South Rogers Street have requested funds for a 60 unit affordable residential rental housing community for seniors. Attorney Patrick O’Connor  stated that the hearing is required by the Internal Revenue Code of 1986, with respect to the proposed plan of finance for the issuance by the Pooler Development Authority of its revenue bonds in an aggregate principal amount not expected to exceed $8,000,000.00. 

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:55 p.m.

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