Council Minutes February 16, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
FEBRUARY 16, 2015

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 16, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were 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. Councilman Bruce Allen was absent due to work.

The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Burke.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition. 

The minutes of the February 2nd Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Burke presented bills in excess of $1500.00 and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 118 calls since the last meeting, totaling 352 for the year and that the police department responded to 1171 calls, totaling 4022 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 the new legislation introduced by Senator Lester Jackson regarding Chatham Area Transit will not include the City of Pooler, as he was informed in Atlanta.

RECREATION 
Councilwoman Black reported that tumbling and dance classes continue and that registration for baseball, softball and spring soccer is ongoing.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that five (5) single family residential, one (1) attached unit and 70 commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 20 single family, 41 attached unit and 144 commercial permits for the year, with 751 inspections performed. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 15-year service pin to Robert Wellmaker, Building Inspector, thanking him for his continued service.

Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Shannon Shore, Police Records Technician, thanking her for her continued service.

Karen Robertson addressed Council in regards to her recent resignation as Executive Director of the Chamber, thanking them for their support. Councilman Wall expressed appreciation to Ms. Robertson for her commitment to the Chamber and for her hard work to make the Chamber succeed.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Amendment to the Savannah Quarters, Phase I PUD Master Plan and Development Standards
A public hearing was held prior wherein an amendment to change the text for multi-family building height requirement from three (3) stories (50' maximum) to a 50' maximum building height and to revise the total number of multi-family units from 544 to 754, due to the third phase of Village Green Townhomes being relinquished by the townhome developer, to allow the option to market this area as multi-family. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2. Site plan for Buffalo Wild Wings
A 5000 sq. ft. freestanding restaurant is being proposed within The Villages at Godley Station on Benton Boulevard. Councilman Wall questioned the amount of parking for the restaurant, noting that at peak times, there is little to no parking left for the restaurant patrons. Tom Cetti of Wolverton & Associates stated that parking for the overall development was approved with the parking ratio being five (5) spaces per 1,000 square feet of building area. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the engineering comments being addressed and approval by the Godley Station Architectural Review Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Minor subdivision plat for Towne Center at Godley Station
BPR Properties, LLC has submitted a minor subdivision plat of Lot A-1A, to combine a 1.17 acre portion of Lot A-1A and a 1.31 acre portion of the remainder of the lot to create Parcel 2 to be used for a hotel. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Construction plan for East Spine Road, Phase 4
Mr. Byrd presented a plan for the construction of roadway extension (Easthaven Boulevard) and associated utilities for the future residential development in the Southwest Quadrant/Savannah Quarters PUD, stating that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5. Preliminary construction plan for Davenport, Phase II
Davenport, Phase II consists of 104 single-family residential lots in the Southwest Quadrant/Savannah Quarters PUD development. Councilman Wall questioned what is included in the proposed amenity site. Fred Burketto of Mungo Homes replied that a small playground is planned to accommodate Phases I & II. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the plan, contingent upon a mutual agreement between Savannah Quarters and the developer, Mungo Homes, being entered into, NRCS approval, EPD approval and if a successful resolution is not reached between the two parties, the developer will have to submit an off-site sewer service design on Easthaven Boulevard to the City for approval. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6. Alcoholic beverage license for Donavon Smith at Sweet Spice Restaurant
Donavon Smith has submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at his restaurant, Sweet Spice, located at 1024 W. Highway 80, Unit 201. Mr. Byrd stated that 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 to include Sunday sales. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Alcoholic beverage license for Asha B. Patel at Coastal Beverage Warehouse
Asha B. Patel has submitted an application to sell alcoholic beverages at Coastal Beverage Warehouse. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

8. Award bid for Recreation Sports Complex, Phase II grandstands and press box
Mr. Byrd presented bids for the grandstands and press box for the stadium within Phase II of the Recreation Sports Complex, stating that the project is being funded by Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Councilman Burke made motion to award the bid to the low bidder, GT Grandstands, Inc., in the amount of $654,764.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

9. Modification of contract with Thomas & Hutton for Pooler Recreation Sports Complex, Phase 2
Mr. Byrd presented a modification of the contract with Thomas & Hutton to include the contract/bidding for bleachers and press box, contract/bidding/coordination for football field renovations and concession stand plumbing design, totaling $26,900.00. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the modification to the contract. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Surplus property list
Mr. Byrd presented a list of vehicles and equipment to be declared surplus. Fire Chief Wade Simmons requested to add a 1990 International fire truck. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the list, with the addition of the fire truck. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Mr. Byrd stated that the vehicles will be auctioned by Southeastern Auto Auction and the equipment will be auctioned by Lane Brothers.

11. Resolution regarding the public sale of real property and public hearing relating to the construction of a new city hall and municipal complex
Ms. McNeely presented resolution to authorize the public sale of real property and the holding of a public hearing relating to the construction of a new city hall and municipal complex to comply with the requirements of entering into a tax-exempt financing transaction with Georgia Municipal Association to provide funds for construction and equipping city hall and the municipal complex. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to add Item #12. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

12. Resolution regarding House Bill 170
Ms. McNeely presented a resolution in opposition of legislation which has been introduced recommending the State to invest over $1 billion annually in transportation related projects, with over $500 million coming from local sales taxes from cities, counties and school systems. Ms. McNeely stated that the bill also includes the State taking motor fuel sales tax out of sales tax, thus causing the cities and counties to lose their local portion of the tax. Councilman Wall stated that the City has always spent the tax funds wisely and has been able to roll back the millage rate. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

Gayle Kraft of Vapor Trails addressed Council in regards to the Smoke-Free Ordinance, asking for consideration for patrons to be allowed to sample the vapor. Ben Chapman, owner of Blackbeard Vapor, stated that “vapor” is not smoke and that he has allowed patrons to sample the “low performance” varieties only. Bill Funderburk, representing the Georgia Smoke Free Association, expressed favor to permitting patrons to sample vapor in the stores to encourage people to quit smoking cigarettes. Mr. Scheer asked that a request be submitted to be placed on the next Council agenda.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:02 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 7:27 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Royal made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:27 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing



A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
February 16, 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 Savannah Quarters Phase I PUD Master Plan and Development Standards. Hal Kraft of Hussey Gay Bell Engineers presented a request to change the text for multi-family building height requirement from three (3) stories (50' maximum) to a 50' maximum building height and to revise the total number of multi-family units from 544 to 754, due to the third phase of Village Green Townhomes being relinquished by the townhome developer, to allow the option to market this area as multi-family. Councilwoman Benton questioned if this will reduce the overall density of the development and whether it will create a noise buffer from I-16. Mr. Kraft replied that it does reduce the density and the buildings would create a buffer for the noise. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:49 p.m.

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