Council Minutes December 4, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

DECEMBER 4, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 4, 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 Councilwoman Black.

 

            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 November 20th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Allen, 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 Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 326 calls in November, totaling 3,846 for the year and that the police department responded to 1509 calls since the last meeting, totaling 32,087 for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, performed road repairs in Hunters Ridge Subdivision, assisted the water department with a leak repair, cut the expansion joints in the sidewalk on Pink Dogwood Lane and swept 22 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department completed numerous citizen work requests, performed routine maintenance including cleaning and cutting of 9,258 feet of ditches, installed 320 feet of new culvert pipe to help redirect flow of water at 213 N. Newton Street and began mowing area behind the caboose at Veterans Memorial Park.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected 10 water meters for new construction, repaired one (1) leaking lateral and two (2) leaking mains,  witnessed the testing and certification of 16 backflow preventers and performed 250 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed five (5) grinder pump, four (4) lift station and four (4) sewer calls. Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

 

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that gymnastics and dance classes are winding down before the holidays and that adult co-ed kickball continues.  Further that the senior citizens will be having their holiday party on December 13th.

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that four (4) new single family residential, nine (9) attached unit and 10 commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 149 inspections performed.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Revocable License Encroachment Agreement with owners of 300 SW Highway 80       for temporary parking on city-owned right-of-way

            Mr .Byrd presented an agreement to allow temporary parking on city-owned right-of-way for the proposed Badcock Furniture Store at 300 SW Highway 80.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the agreement, contingent upon the monthly license fee being based on the fair market value of the property and a clause regarding liability insurance being added to the agreement .  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Resolution regarding 2018 budget

            A public hearing was held on November 20th.  Mr. Byrd presented a resolution to adopt the 2018 budget (copy attached to and made a part of these minutes). Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Sign variance for Valvoline at 141 Tanger Outlets Boulevard

            A public hearing was held prior.  Mr. Byrd presented the requested sign variance, stating that Planning & Zoning has recommended denial.  Councilman Allen made a motion to deny the variance, based on the request not meeting the criteria.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Final plat for Danbury Park, Phase 3

            Phase 3 of Danbury Park consists of 11 lots located on Danbury Court in Savannah Quarters.  Mr. Byrd stated that a final inspection has been performed and all of the items have been addressed.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the final plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

4.  Site plan for Lift Power Facility

            The Lift Power Facility is a proposed 50,000 sq. ft. warehouse with a docking area at 1500 Jimmy DeLoach Parkway.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

5.  Site plan for Fibertex Facility

            Fibertex is a proposed 52,800 sq. ft. warehouse to be located on Triple B Trail.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

6.  Alcoholic beverage license for Krishna Patel at Crawl Daddy’s Seafood Restaurant

            The new owner, Krishna Patel, submitted an application to serve alcohol at Crawl Daddy’s Seafood Restaurant.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license with Sunday sales.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

7.  Alcoholic beverage license for Benjamin Maldonado at Walmart

            Benjamin Maldonado, the new manager of Walmart, submitted an application to sell beer and wine.  Mr. Byrd 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 Wall and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

8.  Alcoholic beverage license for Rupal Patel at Shell Convenience Store,

            1024 E Highway 80

            The new owner, Rupal Patel, submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the Shell Convenience Store at 1024 E. Highway 80.  Mr. Byrd 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 opposing.

 

9.  Temporary/special event alcohol license for Hugo Correa at Ramada Inn on December 16th

            Hugo Correa submitted an application to serve alcohol at a private event on December 16th at the Ramada Inn.  Mr. Byrd 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 Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

10.  Agreement with Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau for 2018

            Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with the Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau for 2018 hotel/motel tax funds.  After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the agreement, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

 

11.  Revised 2017 budget for Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau

            Mr. Byrd presented a revised budget for 2017 hotel/motel tax funds as submitted by the Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the revised budget.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

 

12.  Rental Agreement with AMJ Leasing, LLC for copier at Public Works

            Mr. Byrd presented a rental agreement to upgrade the copier at public works.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the agreement.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

13.  Change Order #3 for Rogers Street Improvements

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #3 for the Rogers Street Improvements.  Councilman Wall questioned the completion date wherein Gary Shuman of Hussey Gay Bell Engineering replied that the change order includes a revised completion date of March 31, 2018.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the change order in the amount of $137,590.00.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

14.  First Reading on ordinance regarding compensation and expenses for mayor and council

            Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance to increase the salaries for mayor and council beginning with the 2020 year term, stating that the last increase was in 2004. Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading.  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 6:37 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

                                               

 

 

Public Hearing

 

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on December 4, 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 sign variance for Valvoline at 141 Tanger Outlets Boulevard.  STG Properties, LLC petitioned for two (2) additional wall signs, one on the rear of the building and one on the right side.  The petitioner was not present.  Aaron Higgins, resident, stated that the request, in his opinion, does not meet the criteria for granting a variance.  Karen Williams, resident, expressed the same concern.

 

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

 

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