Council Minutes April 6, 2015

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
APRIL 6, 2015

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 6, 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 Councilwoman Black.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, 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 Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Royal reported that the police department responded to 1621 calls since the last meeting, totaling 8112 for the year and that the fire department responded to 299 calls in March, totaling 796 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. 

RECREATION 
Councilwoman Black reported that baseball and softball games begin April 13th and that the Farmers Market will be open every Wednesday evening.


BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that seven (7) new single family residential, eight (8) attached unit and 21 commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 44 single family, 17 attached unit and 266 commercial permits for the year, with 1757 inspections performed. 

Mayor Lamb presented five (5) year service pins to Police Sergeant Kevin Woods, Police Corporal Christopher Able and Police Corporal Francis Morris, thanking them for their continued service.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Minor subdivision plat of Lots 204 & 205, Westbrook, Phase 5
Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC has submitted a minor subdivision plat of a portion of Tract 5, creating Lots 204 & 205 in Phase 5 of Westbrook Subdivision. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

2. Recombination plat for Berkeley Walk, Phase I, Lots 82 - 87
The developer of Berkeley Walk Subdivision has submitted a recombination plat for Lots 82 - 87 to adjust the property lines to match the new product. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Site plan for warehouse/office building at 35 Coleman Boulevard
A site plan for a warehouse/office building has been submitted for a 12,600 sq. ft. office and 33,600 sq. ft. warehouse. Mr. Byrd stated that the engineering comments have been addressed. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the dumpster pad being added to the plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4. Special event alcoholic beverage license for Kathryn Little for private/VIP event grand opening of Tanger Outlets April 15th & 16th
Mr. Byrd presented an application from Kathryn Little for a special event alcoholic beverage license to serve alcohol to invited guests at the private/VIP event grand opening of the Tanger Outlets on April 15th & 16th, stating that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license. Motion passed without opposition.


5. Alcoholic beverage license for William Ray Kitchens at Ruby Tuesday
Mr. Byrd presented an application from William Ray Kitchens to serve alcoholic beverages at Ruby Tuesday, stating that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

6. Proposal from Pats Insulation, Inc. for removal of asbestos siding at 113 W. Collins Street
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Pats Insulation, Inc. for removal of the asbestos siding on the house at 113 W. Collins Street which was recently purchased by the City. Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the proposal in the amount of $8,500.00. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Proposal from Middle Georgia Outdoor Lighting, Inc. for installation of stadium lights
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Middle Georgia Outdoor Lighting, Inc. for the installation of the stadium lights at the Recreation Complex. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $22,600.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

8. Proposed use of eminent domain for property (leasehold) at 211 W. Highway 80, Suite I
Mr. Scheer stated that after failed attempts to reach an agreement with the tenant, the City has proposed the use of eminent domain to condemn the lease. Further, that since that time, the attorney for the corporation has been in contact with him in hopes of negotiating an agreement. Mr. Scheer recommended that a resolution be approved in case an agreement is not reached. Councilman Wall stated that the City owns the property now, with plans to construct a municipal complex. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the resolution for the use of eminent domain for the property (leasehold) at 211 W. Highway 80, Suite I. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

9. Proposal from Mike Winn General Contracting for Recreation Park Phase II - Foundation
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Mike Winn General Contracting for the foundation at Phase II of the Recreation Complex. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $87,524.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

10. Harry Kyriakides’ request for hookah smoking to be “grandfathered” within the smoke-free air ordinance
Mr. Kyriakides addressed Council in regards to hookah smoking at his restaurant, Mediterranean Tavern, requesting to be “grandfathered” within the City’s newly adopted smoke-free air ordinance. Mr. Kyriakides stated that he was not notified that the smoke-free air ordinance was being considered. Mr. Scheer stated that the electors in the City voted overwhelmingly in favor of adopting the ordinance and that Council cannot go against what the people voted for. Mr. Scheer stated that this item could not be acted on at this time.

11. Resolution regarding modification of Promissory Note and Loan Agreement for GEFA Loan 2013L30WJ
Ms. McNeely presented a resolution regarding the modification of the promissory note and loan agreement for the GEFA Loan 2013L30WJ, stating that the loan is being increased by $655,000 to cover the cost of the project over the bid amount. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

12. First Reading on zoning text amendment to add “auto body repair and paint shops” as a conditional use in C-2 zoning
A public hearing was held prior wherein Phil Kieffer, on behalf of Heritage Bank of the South, presented a requested text amendment to add “auto body repair and paint shops” as a conditional use in C-2 (heavy commercial) zoning. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval, contingent upon all auto body repair work and painting being conducted inside an enclosed building. Councilman Wall questioned whether a fence would be installed at the proposed location, wherein Mr. Byrd replied that matters relating to any specific site would be discussed during the conditional use approval process. Councilman Wall expressed concern over the areas currently zoned C-2 on Highway 80 and Pooler Parkway, stating that he is not sure this type of business should be allowed. Mr. Scheer stated that each conditional request will need to meet the standards before being approved. After further discussion, Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the zoning text amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:04 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 7:45 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.



Public Hearing



A public hearing was held before the regular City Council meeting on April 6, 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, 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 purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning text amendment to add “auto body repair and paint shops” as a conditional use in C-2 zoning. Phil Kieffer, representing the owner, Heritage Bank of the South, stated that currently this type of business is not a permitted use nor conditional use within the C-2 (heavy commercial) zoning districts. Further, that the intent is to provide a first-class auto body repair facility that will offer body repairs and painting. 

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

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