The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 2, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:09 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, 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 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 Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented bills in excess of $1500.00 and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 234 calls in January and that the police department responded to 1086 calls since the last meeting, totaling 2851 for the year.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
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 Further, that the legislation being introduced this year regarding Chatham Area Transit has been withdrawn.
Councilwoman Black reported that tumbling and dance classes continue and that registration for baseball, softball and spring soccer is ongoing. Further, that the senior citizens will be attending a driving course sponsored by AARP.
Councilman Allen reported that 11 single family residential, seven (7) attached unit and 20 commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 15 single family, 40 attached unit and 44 commercial permits for the year, with 469 inspections performed. Further, that a PUD Review Board meeting is scheduled for February 9th at 5:30 p.m.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Addendum to contract with Middle Georgia Probation
Mr. Byrd asked that this item be tabled to allow Mr. Scheer to meet with Police Chief Mark Revenew and Judge Rick Gnann. Councilwoman Black made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to table ths item. Motion passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Amendment to the zoning conditions on the R-8 Tract
A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be withdrawn. The request was honored.
2. Minor subdivision/recombination plat of Lots 38 and 40 in Westside Business Park
Mr. Byrd presented a plat to subdivide Lot 40 into two (2) lots, creating Lot 40A (zoned C-2, Heavy Commercial) and Lot 40B (zoned I-1, Light Industrial) and recombine Lots 38 and 40. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Site plan for Pro Transport Trucking Terminal at 165 Distribution Drive
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for a truck parking facility to include
five (5) 56' x 12' modular office trailers and required parking. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon Chatham County approving the septic system. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.
4. Award bid for Courtney and R-8 Lift Station Upgrades and Sewer Infrastructure project
Mr. Byrd presented bids for upgrades to the Courtney and R-8 lift stations and sewer infrastructure, noting the low bidder, BRW Construction, LLC. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to award the bid to BRW Construction, LLC in the amount of $267,550.00. Motion passed without opposition. Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:23 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:49 p.m. There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:49 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on February 2, 2015. 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 David Burke and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. The purpose of the hearing was to discuss an amendment to the zoning conditions on the R-8 Tract. The developer has presented a request to amend the conditions placed by Council on January 17, 2006, when an amendment to the Godley Station PUD Master Plan was approved. The proposed amendments would increase the allowed density within the designated multi-family portion of the R-8 Tract from 210 to 221 units and add new or used auto sales and service as a permitted use. Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has withdrawn the request. Mayor Lamb allowed comments from the residents wherein Holly Young of Worthington Estates presented opposition, stating that no notice was given to either residents of Worthington or Gleason Heights Subdivision that the owner was attempting to remove the conditions placed by Council in 2006. Ms. Young stated that the property is deed restricted and cannot be changed without the residents being in agreement. Further, that there was already a first amendment that has been recorded, cautioning that this can continue, if allowed. Ms. Young stated that drainage in the area will be adversely affected if a car dealership is permitted on the proposed 10 acre site. Councilman Wall stated that Council was aware of this issue and that the developer has been informed by Planning & Zoning and the residents that this request could not be approved without the residents agreeing to any changes to the deed restrictions. Mr. Scheer stated that a petition for developing this property may be brought back up in the future. Ms. Young asked that the residents be notified. Martha Coley, resident of Durham Park, stated that recent changes have adversely affected property values in her neighborhood. George Dodd, resident of Gleason Heights, stated that since the development of Durham Park, there have been drainage issues in the area. Travis Burke of Coleman Company, representing the petitioner, noted that Ms. Young was correct in that the homeowners would have to agree to an amendment to the deed restrictions and that was why the request was withdrawn.
There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:04 p.m.