Council Minutes October 2, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

OCTOBER 2, 2017

 

            The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 2, 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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

 

            The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilwoman Black.

 

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

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 326 calls in September, totaling 3,024 for the year and that the police department responded to 1322 calls since the last meeting, totaling 26,500  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, shoulder work as needed, pothole repairs on Memorial Boulevard, chipped brush from slopes at I-95 and Highway 80 on all four (4) corners, cleaned up storm debris, removed a leaning tree from Quacco Road new Hunters Ridge, cut grass along Tanger Outlets Boulevard and swept 36 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department completed numerous citizen work requests,  performed routine maintenance by cutting the last section of Benton Canal from Cemetery Road to Pipemakers Canal and picked up storm debris.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Royal reported that the water department inspected 11 water meters for new construction, repaired a leak at Highway 80 & Rogers Street and 131 Grasslands Drive; tapped a 16" water main at two (2) places on Pine Barren Road and Pooler Parkway, changed out several corrupt meters and radio transmitters, witnessed the testing and certification of 27 backflow preventers and performed 210 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed five (5) grinder pump, three (3) lift station and four (4) sewer calls.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

 

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that high school football games continue at the stadium and that registration for flag football and youth basketball is ongoing.

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that three (3) new single family residential and

one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, with 214 inspections performed.

 

            Councilwoman Benton welcomed Vicar David Lemburg of St. Patrick’s Episcopal Church to the meeting.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Alcoholic beverage license for Ganshyam Patel at Sk8 Lounge

            Ganshyam Patel submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at Sk8 Lounge at 4 Towne Center Court.  Mr. Byrd stated that the request was tabled at the last meeting to allow the doorway leading into the skating rink to be replaced with a wall, to prohibit access to the area where alcohol is to be served.  Further, that Police Chief Mark Revenew visited the site and the wall has been constructed, but at the last meeting there were questions about whether the location is a restaurant or bar.  Mr. Patel stated that a restaurant will be operated on site.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the license, including Sunday sales, contingent upon the wall remaining in place.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

2.  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. Scheer stated that he spoke with the attorney representing Mr. Patel prior to the meeting and he was told that someone would be at the meeting, but there was one present.  Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the license, based on Chief Revenew’s recommendation that this type of event is not permitted by ordinance and would cause public safety issues.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Site plan for The Commons at Savannah Quarters

            The intent is to construct a 34.300 sq. ft. shopping center at 100 Blue Moon Crossing. Councilman Wall stated that in the past there have been issues with the amount of parking in shopping centers where restaurants are located, noting that the location of the restaurants is appropriate.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Final PUD for Savannah Quarters, Phase 17 Development Standards

            Garrett Albert of L-Star Communities presented Phase 17 of Savannah Quarters which consists of approximately 282 acres proposed for residential development including single-family detached, townhomes and condominium dwelling units to be located at the end of Easthaven Boulevard.  John Hayden and Caroline Colombier, residents, presented concern over the amount of traffic entering Quacco Road.  Adam Ashbaugh, representing L-Star Communities, stated that the developer is willing to have a traffic study performed during the site plan approval process.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the final PUD and development standards, contingent upon the need for a traffic signal being addressed during site plan approval.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

3.  Acceptance of performance bond/final plat approval for Hunt Club, Phase 6

            Phase 6 consists of 78 lots the developer wants to record the plat prior to the final infrastructure completion.  Mr. Byrd stated that a performance bond has not yet been received.  Therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to table the item.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

4.  Site plan for proposed office building at 122 Canal Street

            The developer’s intent is to construct a 10,800 sq. ft. office building.  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

            Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:48 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:00 p.m

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:00 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

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