CITY OF POOLER
APRIL 2, 2018
The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 2, 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 Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd 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 Wall, with no opposition.
The minutes of the March 19th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
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.
Councilman Royal introduced the new Police Chief, Ashley Bown and reported that the fire department responded to 366 calls since the last meeting, totaling 1013 for the year and that the police department responded to 1414 calls, totaling 7848 for the year.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash in designated areas as needed, removed two (2) dead animals from Pooler Parkway, repaired pot holes and shoulders on several streets, removed and disposed of illegal dumping from four (4) locations, performed road repairs on Packer Drive, removed tree from Pine Barren Road and swept 28 miles of streets. Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance throughout the City, removed beaver dams in the outfalls on Woodland Drive and within the sewer easement beside Easthaven Boulevard and Old Quacco Road, repaired a section of the Hardin Canal right-of-way, cleaned out the Governor Treutlen Canal at the railroad tracks, cut and cleaned 12,429 feet of ditches and picked up trash in designated areas.
Councilman Royal reported that the water department inspected six (6) water meters for new construction, repaired six (6) leaking laterals, repaired a leak on the chlorine booster pump feed line at well #2, leak alarm notices were sent to 63 residents in an effort to reduce bill adjustments and water loss, witnessed the testing and certification of 37 backflow preventers and performed 320 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that EOM responded to one (1) grinder pump and eight (8) sewer backup calls and performed routine maintenance.
Councilwoman Black reported that baseball, softball, soccer and volleyball games have begun.
Councilman Allen reported that six (6) new single family residential and tw0 (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 224 inspections performed.
Ben Wall of Atlantic Waste updated Council with the progress his company has made with the waste and recycling service for one (1) year. Mr. Wall stated that glass will no longer be collected for recycling as well as plastic #3 through #7 such as heavy plastics and food containers. Further, that flyers will be sent to all residents along with their utility bill to provide information on these changes.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Site plan for At Home Retail Decor Center
Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat. A 108,490 sq. ft. At Home Retail Decor Center is proposed for construction at 300 Tanger Outlets Boulevard. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon NRCS approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.
2. Major subdivision plat for Westbrook, Phase 5-C
Phase 5-C consists of four (4) lots in Westbrook Subdivision. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Architectural plans for Godley Station Shopping Center
Bill Bishop, architect for the project, presented the plans for a shopping center proposed between Nancy Hanks Way and Godley Station Boulevard North. Mr. Byrd presented concern about the potential for the rear of the businesses, mainly the restaurants, being cluttered with trash or other unsightly items. Councilman Wall recommended a wall be constructed of some type of composite at the rear of the buildings, along with landscaping, to shield the back of the buildings, adding that the roads are thoroughfares for residents traveling to and from their homes. Mr. Bishop stated that there is a designated area for a compactor which will be the tenants only choice for trash removal. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table the plans to allow Mr. Bishop to meet with staff. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
4. Special event permit for Wild Wing Cafe’s Wingstock 2018
Wild Wing Café submitted an application for Wingstock 2018 to be held
April 21st. Mr. Byrd stated that this will be the second annual event and that Chief Brown has met with the manager at the restaurant. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the permit, contingent upon off-duty City police officers being hired for security. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
5. Proposal from Thomas & Hutton for additional services for recombination survey of recreation park property
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal for additional services for the recombination survey of recreation park property. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $9,500.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.
6. Proposal from Thomas & Hutton for traffic signal design at Pooler Parkway and Memorial Boulevard
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Thomas & Hutton for the traffic signal design at Pooler Parkway and Memorial Boulevard. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the proposal, not to exceed $10,000.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
7. Surplus Property List #2
Mr. Byrd presented the Surplus Property List #2 for five (5) vehicles. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
8. Appointment of Finance Officer
Councilman Wall made a motion to appoint Chris Lightle as Finance Officer. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:47 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 7:18 p.m.
Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to add Item #9 to the agenda. Motion passed with Councilwoman Benton in opposition.
9. Appointment of councilmember to fill unexpired term of Ashley Brown
Councilman Allen made a motion to appoint Larry Olliff as councilmember to fill the unexpired term of Ashley Brown who recently resigned his council seat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed with Councilwoman Benton in opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:20 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.