Council Minutes July 17, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

JULY 17,2017

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 17, 2017.  Mayor pro tem Rebecca Benton called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilman Ashley Brown, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  Assistant City Manager Matt Saxon, 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 Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

 

            The minutes of the June 24th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Brown, 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 Brown and passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 201 calls since the last meeting, totaling 2144 for the year and that the police department responded to 1232 calls , totaling 19,572  for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Mayor pro tem Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, performed sidewalk repairs in Towne Lake Subdivision and shoulder work/pothole repairs as needed, repaired the sidewalk along S. Rogers Street and swept 14 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, re-bottomed the ditch in front of McDonalds on Benton Boulevard, cut and cleaned the ditch from N. Skinner Avenue to Rothwell Street and completed 11 citizen work requests.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected four (4) water meters for new construction, repaired one (1) leaking main and one (1) leaking lateral, reprogrammed 60 meters, performed annual maintenance on 42 hydrants, repaired leaks at 319 Whatley Street, 320 Southwidle Way and 108 Symons Street, witnessed the testing and certification of seven (7) backflow preventers and performed 310 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed four (4) grinder pump, four (4) lift station and five (5) sewer calls.  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 and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 103 inspections performed.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Revision to Forest Lakes Subdivision master plan

            Heron Crest Developers, Inc. and Godley Station West, LLC have submitted a request to revise the master plan for Forest Lakes Subdivision by adding 56 single-family residential lots to the plan.  Steve Hall of Landmark 24 stated that the original plan was approved with a total of 525 lots, with the revision to increase the number of lots to 581.  Councilman Wall presented concern over potential flooding in the subdivision if more homes were built, asking if the plan included more ponds and lagoons.  Travis Burke of Coleman Company replied that a secondary outfall and additional lagoons, maintained by the developer, are being added for extra capacity for rainfall, whether or not the revised master plan is approved.  Terry Coleman of Coleman Company added that the ponds and lagoons will offset the additional impervious surface.  Aaron Higgins, resident of Forest Lakes, stated that while the homeowners’ association is in favor of the revision, there is much concern over having only one entrance/exit to the subdivision.  Beverly Holbrook, resident of Godley Station, presented concern over recent flooding in the area.  Councilman Wall stated that many of the canals including Pipemakers Canal are in need of cleaning, with this service being contracted with Chatham County.   After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the revised master plan, based on public safety and drainage issues.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Zoning map amendment of 122 Raymond Road and the rear portions of 150 and         206 Raymond Road from RA-2 (Residential-Agricultural, two-family) to I-1 (Light       Industrial)

            A public hearing was held prior.  After review of the criteria, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Change Order #3 for Well House #1 Rebuild

            Mr. Saxon presented change order #3 for the well house #1 rebuild.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve change order in the amount of $2041.20.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Proposal for Engineering Services for Towne Lake Lift Station Force Main and Benton Boulevard Lift Station Upgrade

            Holmes Bell of Hussey Gay Bell presented a proposal for additional professional services for the Towne Lake Life Station Force Main and Benton Boulevard Lift Station Upgrade project.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the proposal.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

4.  Alcoholic beverage license for Johnny E. Wilcox II at Publix #1584

            Johnny E. Wilcox II submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the new Publix Supermarket at 101 Blue Moon Crossing.  Mr. Saxon stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

5.  Alcoholic beverage license for Paul Childers at Your Pie Restaurant

            Paul Childers submitted an application to serve beer and wine at a new Your Pie Restaurant at 960 Morgans Corner Road.  Mr. Saxon 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, contingent upon the outside seating gate being alarmed.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

6.  Alcoholic beverage license for Amy Lane at Parker’s #64

            Amy Lane submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the new Parker’s Convenience Store at 1601 Dean Forest Road.  Mr. Saxon stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

7.  Temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for Sergio Moreno at Ramada Inn on July 29th

            Sergio Moreno submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at a private event on July 29th at the Ramada Inn.  Mr. Saxon stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the license.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

            Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:50 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

            Mayor pro tem Benton called the meeting back to order at 6:55 p.m.

 

            Councilman Allen made a motion to add Item #8 to the agenda.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

8.  Purchase of 305 W. Collins Street

            Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the purchase of the property at 305 W. Collins Street in the amount of $209,000.00 to be used for public purposes.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

 

            Karen Williams, resident and on behalf of Don Williams, asked if there were any plans to construct a double turn lane when exiting Pooler Parkway onto Highway 80.  Councilman Wall stated that any future roadway projects may be considered in the next Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax cycle.

 

            Beverly Holbrook, resident, asked if there are any current plans for drainage improvement projects.

 

            Councilman Wall stated that information has been released in regards to Chatham County trying to bring the Chatham Area Transit buses to Pooler and charge a tax to the citizens to pay for the service, noting that the State Legislature counsel has informed the City that this cannot be done.  Further, that a resolution may be considered, as has been approved in the past, to notify the State Legislature that any additional tax should be voted on by the City’s electors before being approved.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:57 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 July 17, 2017.  Mayor pro tem Rebecca Benton called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilman Ashley Brown, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  Assistant City Manager Matt Saxon, 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 122 Raymond Road and the rear portions of 150 and 206 Raymond Road from RA-2 (Residential-Agricultural, two-family) to I-1 (Light Industrial) .  Michael Newman of Ayercorp Engineering presented the request, stating that a similar rezoning was presented in November, with Council recommending a meeting with the adjacent property owner, Janet Hiott, to resolve her concerns.  Further, that after resolving the issue and offering to purchase Ms. Hiott’s property, the plan is to place the detention pond there and provide a 20' buffer for the adjacent residential properties.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:47 p.m.

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