Council Minutes February 5, 2018

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

FEBRUARY 5, 2018

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 5, 2018.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, 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 Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

 

            The minutes of the January 16th Executive Session were not available.

 

Report from the Standing Committees:

 

FINANCE

            There was no report.

 

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 340 calls for the month of January and that the police department responded to 1395 calls since the last meeting, totaling 2697 calls.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, performed road repairs on Wildwood Court, Tietgen Street and Newton Street, graded the treatment plant road, repaired potholes at Memorial Boulevard, Blue Moon Crossing and Quiet Pine Circle and swept 46.6 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, repaired two (2) inlet boxes on Traders Way, installed a culvert at 1302 Estates Way and picked up trash in designated areas.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected 16 water meters for new construction, repaired two (2) leaking laterals, replaced two (2) valves under pressure, repaired and replaced 14 meters and MXUs,  witnessed the testing and certification of 27 backflow preventers and performed 250 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that the sewer department performed two (2) grinder pump, seven (7) lift station and nine (9) collection system calls.  Also, that the wastewater treatment plant is meeting its permit.

RECREATION  

            There was no report.

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that 10 new single family residential and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 243 inspections performed.

 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Resolution regarding Coastal Incentive Grant for stormwater utility

            Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution regarding an application for a Coastal Incentive Grant through the Georgia Department of Natural Resources Coastal Resources Division to set up and implement a stormwater utility.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the resolution.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

2.  Sign variance for Culver’s Restaurant

            A public hearing was held prior.  Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested the item be withdrawn.  This request was honored.

 

3.  Site plan for Southeastern Freight Lines expansion

            The intent is to expand the existing freight truck terminal loading dock and trailer storage parking, with one (1) entrance along Raymond Road being utilized for passenger vehicle access only and the other entrance being removed.  Councilman Wall questioned whether the existing driveway labeled on the plan will be used for passenger vehicles only, wherein Michael Newman of Ayer Corp Engineering confirmed that it will be used by employees.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon $3450.00 being paid into the tree fund.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

4.  Site plan for Maui Plaza, Phase 2

            Phase 2 of Maui Plaza is a proposed one-story, 13,530 sq. ft. retail shopping center located on the corner of Towne Center Boulevard and Godley Station Boulevard North.  Mr. Scheer asked for confirmation that the address will be a Towne Center address, wherein Jay Maupin of Maupin Engineering confirmed.  Councilman Wall questioned if more than one (1) restaurant is planned.  Mr. Maupin replied that he does not know any of the tenants.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brown, to approve the site plan.  Motion passed without opposition.  Aaron Higgins, resident, expressed concern over the potential increased traffic on Towne Center Boulevard and North Godley Station Boulevard.  Mr. Byrd stated that the development will have an entrance at both roads.

 

5.  Site plan for Livingood’s Retail Facility

            The intent is to construct a 13,800 sq. ft. retail facility at 1229 E. Highway 80.   Councilman Wall questioned if the cross access easement will be provided.  Mark Crapps of Kern Company stated that the easement will be added to the plat.   Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon a cross access easement being provided on the recorded plat and NRCS approval.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

6.  Recombination plat of Lots 10 & 11, Westside Business Park

            The developer is requesting to recombine Lots 10 & 11 in Westside Business park for the expansion of the existing Childcare Network facility located at 106 Westside Boulevard.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the recombination.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

7.  Site plan for Childcare Network expansion

            The intent is for a 10,141 sq. ft. expansion of the existing childcare facility at 106 Westside Boulevard.  Councilman Wall presented concern over the traffic no longer being routed to Coleman Boulevard to the traffic light and the 25' undisturbed buffer.  Toss Allen of Allen Engineering and Clyde Tant of the Childcare Network were present.  Mr. Allen assured Council that the plans have been revised to show the 25' undisturbed buffer area, stating that no clearing will take place within the buffer. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon replacing the directional signs, protecting the 25' buffer and placing markers prior to any clearing taking place within the buffer.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

8.  Alcoholic beverage license for Matthew Steven Ells at Chipotle Mexican Grill

            Matthew Steven Ells submitted an application to serve alcohol at Chipotle Mexican Grill.  Mr. Byrd stated that former Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license, including Sunday sales.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

9.  Alcoholic beverage license for Collin G. Smyser at Rite Aid

            Collin G. Smyser submitted an application to sell beer and wine at Rite Aid.  Mr. Byrd stated that former Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Brown made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

10.  Addendum to current contract with Middle Georgia Probation, LLC

            Mr. Byrd presented an addendum to the current contract with Middle Georgia Probation, LLC, stating that Municipal Court Rick Gnann has approved the addendum.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the addendum.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

            Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:35 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 6:45 p.m.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

 

                                                           

Public Hearing

 

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, 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 Culver’s Restaurant located at 121 Tanger Outlets Boulevard.  Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has withdrawn the request.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:48 p.m.

 

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