Council Minutes December 18, 2017

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

DECEMBER 18, 2017

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 18, 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 Councilman Brown.

 

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

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 175 calls since the last meeting, totaling 3,854 for the year and that the police department responded to 1484 calls, totaling 32,062 for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, performed numerous road repairs, assisted the prison detail with the chipper, assisted the water department with a water leak, cut the expansion joints in the sidewalk on Pink Dogwood Lane and swept 22 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, hauled mud from Quacco Canal and completed the mowing behind the caboose at Veterans Park.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected seven (7) water meters for new construction, repaired two (2) leaking laterals and one (1) leaking main,  witnessed the testing and certification of 20 backflow preventers and performed 328 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed five (5) grinder pump, two (2) lift station and four (4) sewer calls and performed general maintenance at lift station sites. Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that youth basketball continues.

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that two (2) new single family residential, six (6) attached unit, seven (7) multi-family unit and seven (7) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 191 inspections performed.

            Councilman Allen made a motion to add Item #10 to the agenda.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Second 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 Second Reading as printed.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Resolution regarding Georgia Interlocal Risk Management Agency Firefighter Cancer Coverage Application and Participation Agreement

            Mr. Byrd presented a resolution to authorize the mayor to sign an agreement to purchase firefighter cancer coverage fully insured by The Hartford under the GIRMA Fund A & B Policies for a lump sum cancer benefit and long-term disability (income replacement).  After discussion, Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the resolution as printed.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

2.  Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2017-04

            Ms. Warner presented Budget Adjustment 2017-04.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution as printed.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

3.  Site plan for Towne Center Retail Center

            The intent is to construct a two-story building with 10,010 sq. ft. of retail space on the first floor and 9,330 sq. ft of commercial office space on the second floor.  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

4.  Revised plat for Park Lane Subdivision

            The purpose of the plat is to create a drainage easement within the common area of Park Lane Subdivision and the Live Oak Street right-of-way.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

5.  Alcoholic beverage license for Jeffrey Schielke at Dollar General Store,

            511 W Highway 80

            Jeffrey Schielke submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the Dollar General Store at 511 W. 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 Brown and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

6.  Alcoholic beverage license for Jeffrey Schielke at Dollar General Store, 1465 Quacco Road

            Jeffrey Schielke submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the Dollar General Store at 1465 Quacco Road.  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 Brown and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

 

7.  Agreement for operations, maintenance and management services with EOM for sewer and wastewater

            Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with EOM Operations, a division of EOM Public Works, LLC for the operations, maintenance and management services of the sewer and wastewater departments.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the agreement, contingent upon the city attorney’s revisions.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

8.  Revisions to Employee Handbook for 2018

            Mr. Byrd presented several revisions to the Employee Handbook in regards to the travel policy, resignation policy, disaster leave policy, random drug screen policy and grammatical errors.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black, to approve the revisions, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

9.  First Reading on amendment to Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control ordinance

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the definition of Final Stabilization within the Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Control ordinance.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the amendment as printed on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

 

10.  Revised plat for Westbrook, Phase 6B

            Mr. Byrd presented a revised plat for Phase 6B of Westbrook, stating that the depth of Lot 689 has been reduced due to being on a cul-de-sac and to allow the house to fit on the lot.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

            Aaron Higgins, resident, expressed concern over the increased amount of traffic at the Pooler Parkway/Benton Boulevard intersection.

 

            Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:26 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 6:37 p.m.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:37 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

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