Council Minutes August 7, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

AUGUST 7, 2017

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 7, 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 Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Lamb.

 

            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 July 17th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, 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 police department responded to 1258 calls since the last meeting, totaling 20,830 for the year and that the fire department responded to 86 calls this month, totaling 2408  for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, performed sidewalk repairs on Traders Way, performed shoulder work and pothole repairs as needed, removed trees blocking line of sight at the corner of Rothwell and Rogers Street, removed damaged trees on Beatty Street  and swept 39 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, re-bottomed the ditches on Brady Street and Holly Avenue, cut and pitched out ditches from Wells Fargo Bank to Rothwell Street behind Kelly Avenue and completed six (6) citizen work requests.

 

 


WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected 20 water meters for new construction, repaired two (2) leaking mains and one (1) leaking lateral, moved the meter and meter box at 104 W. Highway 80 for the addition of a new traffic signal pole, cut the grass at all wells and valve stations, witnessed the testing and certification of 23 backflow preventers and performed 280 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed three (3) 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 registration for youth football is winding down and that high school football games at the stadium begin on August 11th

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that seven (7) new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 301 inspections performed.

 

            Mayor Lamb presented a 10-year service pin to Advanced Police Officer Michael Huff, thanking him for his continued service.

 

            Mayor Lamb presented a 5-year service pin to Corporal Michael Lanier, thanking him for his continued service.

 

            Mayor Lamb presented a 5-year service pin to Corporal Michael Swords, thanking him for his continued service.

 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Site plan for Culver’s Restaurant

            The intent is to construct a 4,330 sq. ft. restaurant at 121 Tanger Outlets Boulevard.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Final plat for Harmony Phase 3-A

            The purpose of the plat is to record five (5) single-family residential lots on Melody Drive.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Clearing and grading plan for Morgan Lakes Industrial Boulevard, Phase II Road Extension

            Phase II of Morgan Lakes Industrial Boulevard is a private right-of-way required to be constructed during the Phase I approval, to allow future warehouse development and will include approximately 60 acres.  Mr. Byrd stated that adjacent property owners have complained about the condition of the entrance, recommending that the area be dressed up with plants or other type of landscaping.  Chad Zittrouer of Kern & Company on behalf of the developer, stated that they have met with a company to design a landscape plan for the entrance.   Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan, contingent upon $1875.00 being paid into the tree bank and the landscape plan for the entrance being approved by the city manager.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

4.  Site plan for Bobcat Dealership

            The intent is to construct a 9,000 sq. ft. retail center at 1119 E. Highway 80, to include a right-in/right-out on Highway 80 and a separate entrance on Sharon Court.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

5.  Preliminary construction plan for Somersby East Subdivision

            The development consists of 22 single-family residential lots on approximately six (6) acres and is located off Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Somersby Subdivision.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

6.  Request to access through 50' undisturbed buffer to landlocked Comcast parcel

            Attorney Nick Laybourn presented a request to allow access through the 50' undisturbed buffer behind Pinewood Village Apartments on S. Rogers Street for access to the Comcast parcel.  Mr. Byrd stated that since the apartments have been built, access has been blocked and the parties have reached an agreement for an easement being signed and recorded.  Mr. Laybourn added that the easement will be secured with a gate to prohibit public access.  After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion, based on the special circumstance of the easement, to approve the request, contingent upon the gate and easement being maintained by Comcast.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

7.  First reading on amendment to sanitation ordinance regarding suspension of service

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the sanitation ordinance to provide for active-duty military to suspend their trash service during periods of deployment.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

8.  First reading on amendment to utilities ordinance regarding application for water service

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utilities ordinance to add provisions for consumers applying for water service as a courtesy (i.e., home inspections, real estate open houses).  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

9.  First reading on amendment to utilities ordinance regarding water service suspension for temporary residents

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utilities ordinance to provide for temporary residents water service being suspended by request, while the home is unoccupied.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

10.  GMEBS Life & Health Program Employer Declaration & Application for eligible         retirees

            Ms. Warner presented a GMEBS Life & Health Program Employer Declaration & Application for eligible retirees, stating that the plan provides for when  retirees who are on the City’s active medical plan become eligible for medicare, their plan will change to make medicare their primary insurance.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

            Councilman Wall stated that the Chatham County Commission has voted on allowing Chatham Area Transit buses to service all areas of Chatham County.  Mayor Lamb reiterated that the City stands firm on the fact that the citizens may not want to be taxed and should be allowed to vote on whether they want the tax.

 

            Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:38 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 7:18 p.m.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:18 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

 

                                                                       

                                   

Public Hearing

 

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on August 7, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 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 purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of 1510 Quacco Road from R-A to C-2.  Michael Godbee, owner, petitioned to rezone him property from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial).  Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has withdrawn his request.

 

            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 August 7, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:50 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 purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use for a church at 205 N. Skinner Avenue.  Suzanna Roberts, owner, petitioned for a conditional use to allow a church on her property.  Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has withdrawn her request.

 

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

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