Council Minutes February 19, 2018

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

FEBRUARY 19, 2018

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 19, 2018.  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 Mayor Lamb.

 

            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 February 5th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

 

            Councilman Allen made a motion to add the approval of the January 16th Executive Session minutes to the agenda.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

            The minutes of the January 16th 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 171 calls since the last meeting, totaling 511 for the year and that the police department responded to 1326 calls, totaling 4023 for the year.

           

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, performed road repairs on Memorial Boulevard, removed and replaced a driveway in the Hunt Club for a water leak repair, graded the dirt road on Quacco Road at the city limits, repaired the drop-off and paved radius on Canal Bank Road and swept 22 miles of streets.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, dug 4,019 feet of ditches on Raymond Road and picked up trash in designated areas.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Brown reported that the water department inspected 15 water meters for new construction, repaired one (1) leaking lateral, replaced one (1) valve under pressure, replaced gaskets and bolts on a 2" meter at Low Country Machinery, replaced a meter box and re-routed a water line around a tree at 410 Cardinal Street,   witnessed the testing and certification of 17 backflow preventers and performed 250 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that since the City contracted with EOM for the operation, maintenance and management services for  sewer and wastewater, they have made numerous repairs to the systems.

 

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that registration for all spring sports except t-ball have ended with practice for baseball and softball beginning on the 26th and soccer practice beginning March 1st.  Further, that on February 23rd the senior citizens will be attending a course on safe driving.

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that 14 new single family residential, four (4) attached unit and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 187 inspections performed.

 

            Mayor Lamb welcomed Ben Karpf, candidate for Superior Court Judge, to the meeting.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Zoning map amendment of approximately 93 acres located at the end of N. Rogers Street and N. Morgan Street

            Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat.  A public hearing was held January 16th wherein several residents expressed concern about the potential for increased traffic, drainage problems and a hardship to the school system if a multi-family development is allowed.  Attorney Harold Yellin, representing Satilla Capital Partners, LLC, presented a plan for a mixed-use residential community stating that while a Planned Unit Development (PUD) zoning would be ideal, the City requires 500 acres or more for a PUD.  Also, that  only Parcels B & D were being requested for re-zoning, with R-3B (Multi-family Residential) requested for Parcel B and R-4 (Townhomes and Condominium) for Parcel D.  Mr. Yellin presented a land use pod plan for the Benton Tract along with a plan showing the current zoning by right study, stating that the current zoning plan was not preferred by the developer.  Further, that the land use pod plan provides for access from the north only, with only emergency access being allowed from the south (platted rights-of-way of Rogers Street and Morgan Street).  Jimmy Collins, project engineer with Thomas & Hutton Engineering, stated that the developer is working with the adjacent property owner to make improvements  to Pipemakers Canal, to include widening.  Councilman Wall questioned whether the developer was willing to re-zone Parcel B to R-3A (12 units per acre) in lieu of R-3B (16 units per acre), wherein Mr. Yellin replied that R-3B is being requested but that the developer is willing to reduce the acreage in the multi-family Parcel B by five (5) acres and increase the acreage in Parcel E (currently zoned R-1A, single-family residential) by five (5) acres.  Karen Williams, resident, stated that after meeting with the school board representative for the area, she found out that the only additional elementary school will not be built until March of 2021.  Ms. Williams presented concern about over crowding the school system, if multi-family housing is allowed.  Steve Landau, resident on Benton Drive, presented information from the Savannah Airport Commission regarding the property being in the flight path.  Aaron Higgins, resident, expressed concern over the width of the bridge over the canal and whether it will be adequate in the event of an evacuation.  Mr. Collins replied that the bridge will be constructed to  Georgia Department of Transportation’s standards.  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment, contingent upon the developer placing $175,000.00 into an escrow fund for Park Avenue/Pooler Parkway improvements, Parcel B being reduced by five (5) acres and Parcel E being increased by five (5) acres and that emergency access from the south will be for emergency vehicles only, with a crash gate being installed.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed with Councilman Royal and Councilman Wall in opposition.  Mr. Yellin stated that the developer agrees to the contingencies.  Councilman Brown stated that there are several beautiful trees on the property, requesting they not be removed.  Residents of Morgan Street and Rogers Street asked for clarification that these streets would only be used for emergency access, which was a provided in the motion.

 

            Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2017-05

            Mr. Warner presented Budget Adjustment 2017-05 for miscellaneous variances at the end of the year, noting the changes to be made.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the resolution as printed.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

2.  Zoning map amendment of 1427 Quacco Road from R-A to C-2

            A public hearing was held prior.  Jefte Flores is requesting to re-zone approximately 1.17 acres from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to park, dispatch and perform routine maintenance on 12 dump trucks, with an on-site office.  Councilman Wall stated that the request is “spot” zoning.  After review of the criteria, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the zoning map amendment.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed with Councilwoman Benton in opposition.

 

3.  Multi-family parking variance for Mosby Pooler Apartments at the corner of Pooler

            Parkway & I-16

            A public hearing was held prior.  Middleburg Real Estate Partners, LLC on behalf of 929 Properties, LLC, Double Dirt Holdings, LLC c/o Foram Group has requested a variance for a reduction in the number of parking spaces from two (2) spaces to 1.6 spaces per unit for a proposed 316-unit multi-family development.  Councilman Wall stated that similar requests have been denied in the past and that reducing the number of parking spaces, even for one (1) bedroom apartments, can create a shortage of parking, due to the possibility of more than one tenant in these apartments. Austin Knapp, representing Middleburg Real Estate Partners, stated that calculations for the number of parking spaces provided for was actually 1.7 spaces, based on occupancy in similar multi-family complexes.   After review of the criteria, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the variance.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed with Councilman Brown in opposition.

 

4.  Sign variance for Courtyard Marriott Hotel

            A public hearing was held prior.  Wilcox Sign Company on behalf of Kalpesh Patel, owner, has requested a variance to allow four (4) additional wall signs for the Courtyard Marriott Hotel at 419 Pooler Parkway.  Councilman Wall stated that similar requests have been denied in the past and if the variance is approved, Council may be setting a precedent. After review of the criteria, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variance.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed with Councilman Allen and Councilman Wall in opposition.

 

5.  Site plan for Savannah Warehouse

            The intent is to construct a 348,320 sq. ft. warehouse at 1240 SH Morgan Parkway.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon NRCS approval and $3,900.00 being paid into the tree fund.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

6.  Clearing and grading plan for At Home Retail Center at 300 Tanger Outlets Blvd

            Mr. Byrd presented a clearing and grading plan for a proposed At Home Retail Center.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

7.  Site plan for Pooler Dental at 2140 Pooler Parkway

            Charles Page of Hill Foley Rosse & Associates presented a site plan to construct a 4,000 sq. ft. dental office at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Wesbrook Lane, adjacent to Publix.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the trees in the area adjacent to Westbrook Lane not being cleared.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.  Mr. Page agreed that the trees would not be removed.

 

8.  Release maintenance bond for Berkeley Walk, Phase 2

            A final inspection was performed on February 8th and all of the punch list items have been addressed.  Councilman Wall made a motion to release the maintenance bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

9.  Alcoholic beverage license for Pankaj Patel at Home 2 Suites Market

            Pankaj Patel submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the Home 2 Suites Market.  Mr. Byrd stated that Interim Police Chief Jim Ward 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 in opposition.

 

10.  Temporary/special event alcoholic beverage license for Karent Fuentes at Ramada Inn on March 10th

            Karent Fuentes submitted an application to serve alcohol at a birthday party at the Ramada Inn on March 10th.  Mr. Byrd stated that Interim Police Chief Jim Ward has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Brown made a motion to approve the license. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

11.  Change March 5th Council meeting to March 6th

            Councilman Wall stated that several councilmembers will be participating in Spanky’s annual golf tournament on March 5th, and made a motion to change the meeting date to Tuesday, March 6th.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Brown and passed without opposition.

 

12.  Surplus property list

            Mr. Byrd presented a list of vehicles and equipment to be declared as surplus.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

13.  Contract for Probation Supervision and Rehabilitation Services

            Mr. Byrd presented a contract for probation supervision and rehabilitation services with Middle Georgia Probation, LLC.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the contract.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 


            Aileen Tobin, resident, questioned whether the sidewalk was going to be extended on Holly Avenue for the safety of children walking to Pooler School, as she requested some time ago.

 

            Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 8:05 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 8:14 p.m.

 

            Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to add Item #14 to the agenda.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

14.  Proposal for expansion of sidewalk on Holly Avenue

            Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Savannah River Utilities Company for the expansion of the sidewalk on Holly Avenue.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $19,800.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:16 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

 

                       

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing

 

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on February 19, 2018.  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 zoning map amendment of 1427 Quacco Road from R-A to C-2.  James Reardon, on behalf of the owner, Jefte Flores, presented a request to re-zone approximately 1.17 acres from Residential-Agricultural to Heavy Commercial to park, dispatch and perform routine maintenance on 12 dump trucks, with an on-site office.  Councilwoman Benton questioned if the owner was going to construct a building for the trucks.  Mr. Reardon replied that the intent is to construct an office only.  Karen Williams, resident, expressed concern over the property being surrounded by R-A zoned properties.  John Hayden, resident, expressed concern over the existing amount of traffic on Quacco Road.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m.

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing

 

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on February 19, 2018.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:55 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:

 

(1)   A requested multi-family parking variance for Mosby Pooler Apartments at the corner of Pooler Parkway & I-16 -

            Austin Knapp, representing Middleburg Real Estate Partners, LLC on behalf of 929 Properties, LLC, Double Dirt Holdings, LLC c/o Foram Group, presented a request to reduce the number of parking spaces from the required two (2) spaces per unit to 1.6 spaces per unit for a proposed 316-unit multi-family development.  John Hayden, resident, expressed concern over the number of variances being brought before Council.  Travis Strahan, representing Middleburg Real Estate Partners, stated that the project is a quality development.

 

(2) A requested sign variance for Courtyard Marriott Hotel -

                Bobby Wilcox of Wilcox Sign Company, on behalf of the owner, Kalpesh Patel, presented a variance request for a total of four (4) additional wall signs for the hotel located at 419 Pooler Parkway.  Mr. Wilcox stated that due to the location of the hotel, additional signs are needed to help people find the hotel.  Aaron Higgins, resident, stated that the developer knew the requirements before beginning the project and should have planned accordingly which have not made the variance necessary.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:00 p.m.

            

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