Council Minutes September 5, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 5, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 5, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Ashley Brown 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 Lamb 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 Councilwoman Black, with no opposition.

 

            The minutes of the August 21st Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Brown, seconded by Councilman Wall, 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 Brown reported that the police department responded to 1111 calls since the last meeting, totaling 23,268 for the year and that the fire department responded to 360 calls in August, totaling 2700  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 and Somersby Subdivision, performed shoulder work as needed, repaired pothole on Memorial Boulevard, picked up two (2) truckloads of limbs at 210 N. Rogers Street, cut tree that fell on S. Rogers Street and swept 33 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department completed numerous citizen work requests and replaced the piping near the driveway of the old post office.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected 11 water meters for new construction, repaired leaks at 18 Stone Gate Court, 110 Creekside Drive and 5 Sundance Court, witnessed the testing and certification of 33 backflow preventers and performed 228 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed three (3) grinder pump, eight (8) lift station and four (4) sewer calls.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

 

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that registration is open for adult flag football and that all other fall sports are ongoing.  

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilwoman Benton reported that one (1) new single family residential and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, with 187 inspections performed.

 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Resolution regarding Coast Guard Community

            Mayor Lamb welcomed the commander of Air Station Savannah as well as other Coast Guard personnel and Navy League Savannah members to the meeting and read aloud a resolution of support for Pooler becoming a designated “Coast Guard Community”.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the resolution.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

2.  Amendment to Savannah Quarters, Phase 13 PUD Development Standards

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the Savannah Quarters, Phase 13 PUD Development Standards, stating that the first half of the phase has been constructed, with the setbacks for the remaining lots being reduced as proposed.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the amendment.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Revised plat for Westbrook Phase 7A

            The purpose of the plat is to revise the front, side and rear building setback lines.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

4.  Minor subdivision plat of a portion of Parcel A2 of The Morgan Tract “Q”

            Mr. Byrd presented a minor subdivision plat of a portion of Parcel A2 of The Morgan Tract “Q”, stating that the purpose of the plat is for the closing of the property.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

5.  Site plan for Jim ‘N Nick’s Bar-B-Q Restaurant

            The intent is to construct a 7,075 sq. ft. restaurant with drive-thru window at 147 Traders Way.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

6.  Proposal from Hussey Gay Bell for Old Town Pooler Drainage Surveys

            Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Hussey Gay Bell for surveying all drainage features  within the “Old Town” area from Pooler Parkway to I-95, stating that all of the open ditches will be surveyed with the work will be performed in quadrants.  Councilman Wall stated that this project is long overdue and made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $195,500.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.  Mr. Hall, resident of Durden Drive, expressed concern over the ditches in the Worthington Subdivision area. 

 

7.  Alcoholic beverage license for Chaz Ortiz at Chazito’s Latin Cuisine

            Chaz Ortiz submitted an application to serve beer and wine at his restaurant at 217 E. Highway 80.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the license, with no alcohol permitted outdoors until the seating area is fenced, gated and alarmed.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

8.  Alcoholic beverage license for Ganshyam Patel at Sk8 Lounge

            Ganshyam Patel submitted an application to serve alcohol at Sk8 Lounge at 4 Towne Center Court.  Mr. Byrd stated that Chief Revenew recommends denial of the license, based on the establishment being currently set up as a “bar”, not a restaurant, and that the area is directly connected by a large door to the attached skating rink.   Erika Harmon, representing Mr. Patel, stated that the door was put in recently.  After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table the request until the doorway is sealed up with a wall to prohibit access from the skating rink into the restaurant.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

9.  Temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for Kalpesh Patel at “Sip & Shop Tanger Outlets” on November 10th

            Kalpesh Patel submitted an application for a temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for the proposed “Sip & Shop” at Tanger Outlets on November 10th.  Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested the item be tabled.  Councilman Wall made a motion to table.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

10.  First reading on zoning text amendment to add Main Street Overlay District

            A public hearing was held prior.  Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance to add a Main Street Overlay District to be proposed for Highway 80 from I-95 to the City limits, stating that a change will be made to the review process before second reading. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the text amendment as printed on first reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

            Aaron Higgins, resident of Godley Station, expressed appreciation for the implementation of drainage improvement projects.

 

            Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:53 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 7:07 p.m.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:07 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

September 5, 2017.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.  Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Ashley Brown 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 proposed zoning text amendment to add a Main Street Overlay District to Appendix A, Section 27.  Ryan Thompson of Thomas & Hutton Engineering, stated that a change to the review process (building standards) needs to be made before the ordinance is approved on second reading.  Aaron Higgins, resident, questioned the time frame for implementation as well as whether existing structures will have to adhere to the provisions of the ordinance.  Mr. Byrd replied that the ordinance provides for new construction with provisions for existing structures being considered at a later date. 

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:50 p.m.

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