Council Minutes January 20, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
JANUARY 20, 2015

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 20, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb 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 Royal, with no opposition.

The minutes of the January 5th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Wall presented bills in excess of $1500.00 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 115 calls since the last meeting, totaling 152 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1280 calls, totaling 1765 for the year.

STREET/DRAINAGE
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant. Further, that Council will be attending a planning retreat on January 28th in Atlanta and the Savannah-Chatham Day on the 29th.

RECREATION
There was no report.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Allen reported that four (4) residential and 20 commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling four (4) single family and 20 commercial permits for the year, with 222 inspections performed.

Karen Robertson, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, addressed Council in regards to recent activities of the Chamber.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Addendum to contract with Middle Georgia Probation
Mr. Byrd presented an addendum to the current contract with Middle Probation to add collection of outstanding delinquent fines, asking that this item be tabled until after the planning retreat. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to table. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Resolution regarding Chatham Area Transit (CAT)
Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution regarding the proposed legislation to change current legislation to allow taxation without the approval of either the elected representatives or the voters of the City. Mr. Scheer stated that this resolution, which opposes the power being taken away from municipalities, thus giving the right to tax citizens without the consent of its representatives or voters, will be sent to the State Legislature. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Mr. Byrd stated that the City is not against public transportation, only the tax that would be imposed without the citizens' consent.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Revised plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 4
The revision includes the addition of a 20' drainage easement between Lots 14 and 15 for future access to potential drainage systems to the north of the property. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for Hunt Club, Phase 4A
Phase 4A of the Hunt Club consists of 38 single-family lots. The developer has posted a performance bond to guarantee the completion of the infrastructure. Councilman Allen made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon all of the engineering comments being addressed and the bond being approved by the city attorney. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3. Revised preliminary construction plan for Harmony, Phase II
The revised plan includes the extension of Melody Drive along with 15 additional single-family residential lots and associated infrastructure. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4. Alcoholic beverage license for Ting Liang at Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi
Ting Liang has submitted an application to serve beer and wine at the new Ichiban Hibachi & Sushi Restaurant at 1014 E. Highway 80, Suite 600. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the necessary investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license to include Sunday sales. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

5. Alcoholic beverage license for Anna Page at Dollar General (511 W. Highway 80)
Anna Page has submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the Dollar General at 511 W. Highway 80. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the necessary investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the license. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

6. Alcoholic beverage license for Mark Winston Ropp Payne at Walmart
Mark Winston Ropp Payne has submitted an application to sell beer and wine at Walmart. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the necessary investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

7. Alcoholic beverage license for Karen Michelle Famble at Sam's Club
Karen Michelle Famble has submitted an application to sell beer and wine at Sam's Club. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the necessary 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.

8. Settlement Agreement with Comcast of Georgia/South Carolina, LLC for Franchise Fee Audit/Review
Mr. Byrd presented a settlement agreement with Comcast for the franchise fee audit/review recently conducted by Local Government Services, LLC, stating that it was determined by the auditor that Comcast is to pay the City the sum of $8626.60 in full settlement of all franchise fee payment obligations for the settlement period (January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013). Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

9. Qualifying fees for 2015 Municipal Election to be held November 3rd
Georgia Code requires municipalities to fix and publish a qualifying fee for each municipal office to be filled in an upcoming election, with the fee being no more than three percent (3%) of the total gross salary of the office. Councilman Wall made a motion to fix the qualifying fee for mayor at $216.00 and the qualifying fee for councilmember at $108.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

10. Resolution regarding 2015 Municipal Election
Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution regarding the City's election to be held November 3rd and for the Elections Board of Chatham County to run the election. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further discussion or the need for an executive session, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:28 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

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