January 6, 2014
The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 6, 2014. 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 David Burke, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd, Assistant City Manager/Finance Officer 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 Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
The minutes of the December 2nd Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
The minutes of the December 16th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke stated that bills in excess of $1500.00 will be presented at the next meeting.
Councilman Royal reported that the police department responded to 1805 calls since the last meeting, totaling 32,718 for the year and that the fire department responded to 225 calls, totaling 2569 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.
Councilwoman Black reported that youth basketball practice has begun and that registration for baseball, softball, spring soccer and t-ball is ongoing.
Councilman Allen reported that three (3) new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and seven (7) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 167 single family, 83 attached unit and 114 commercial permits for the year, with 5314 inspections performed.
Councilman Allen made a motion to appoint Ernest Buckstine to serve on the Planning & Zoning Commission, to fill the first vacancy, Linda Waters to serve on the Commission as alternate, with Commissioner Alice White to move to fill the second vacancy. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Councilman Allen made a motion to add an Executive Session at the end of the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to outgoing Planning & Zoning Member Don Taylor, thanking him for his service.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Preliminary construction plan for Harmony, Phase 2
Councilwoman Black stepped down from her seat to recuse herself. Jack Wardlaw of Harmony Partners presented the preliminary construction plan for Harmony, Phase 2, stating that at the Council’s request a few months ago, a meeting was held with the homeowners wherein a proposal was made in regards to the installation of a pool in the amenity site. Further, that a vote will be taken at the end of the month as to whether the homeowners will accept the proposal and if the vote does not pass, plans are in place to begin construction of a playground. Councilman Wall questioned what the playground would consist of, wherein Mr. Wardlaw presented the plan, noting that four (4) swing sets with a general playground area are proposed, similar to what has been constructed in their other subdivisions. Councilman Wall further questioned the size of the playground area, noting that seven (7) acres have been set aside for the amenity site and when the playground will be complete. Mr. Wardlaw replied that if the pool is voted down, construction on the playground will begin as soon as the LDA is complete. Mr. Scheer stated that although there have been allegations that someone made misrepresentations to the homeowners, the Council has no jurisdiction, noting that this is a civil matter handled in Superior Court. Cynthia Manochio, resident of The Harmony, clarified the matter of the proposal being voted on, stating that it includes an assessment to be paid by the homeowners and if voted down, their HOA dues will increase. Further, that Mr. Wardlaw was asked to guarantee, in writing, their commitment to building an amentity center, which was never done. Mr. Wardlaw presented a copy of a letter sent to the homeowners in December which outlined the developer’s plan for the amenity site. Warren Banta, resident, questioned the size of the proposed playground, stating that it differs from the original plan submitted to the homeowners. Steve Young, resident, stated that he was not aware of an agreement for the playground, and since nothing has been done to the amenity site for over six (6) years, if the construction plan is approved, what will the developer do to ensure that the amenity site will be built. Keith Thrift, resident in The Harmony for 12 years, stated that in order for the subdivision to continue growing as the City has, further development must continue. Councilman Wall stated that Council has just received a copy of the plan for the playground, expressing concern over the lack of time to review it. After further discussion, Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Wall opposing. Mr. Scheer stated that Mr. Wardlaw has made representations that certain things will be accomplished if the proposal is voted down and if something is not accomplished, at that time the City can then stop issuing Certificates of Occupancy.
Councilwoman Black returned to her seat.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Recombination plat of Lots 12 - 17, Berkeley Walk, Phase I
The developer has submitted a recombination of Lots 12 - 17 in Phase I of Berkeley Walk Subdivision to adjust the property lines to match the new product, with no new lots being created. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Engineering proposal from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Environmental, Inc. for City Hall Development/Amit Food Mart Leaking Underground Storage Tank Closure and Corrective Action
Mr. Byrd requested this item be tabled in order to not interfere with another contract being performed at the site. Councilman Wall made a motion to table. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
3. Alcoholic beverage license for Derek Guy Lambert at Chili’s Grill & Bar
Derek Lambert, manager of the new Chili’s Grill & Bar, has submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at the restaurant. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the necessary background check. Chief Revenew stated that, based on review of the corporation’s violations, he recommends a 12-month probationary period, at which time a compliance check will be conducted. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales, for a 12-month probationary period. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
4. Alcoholic beverage license for Andy L. Stone at Oglethorpe Speedway Park
Andy L. Stone has submitted an application to serve beer and wine at Oglethorpe Speedway Park. Mr. Byrd stated that Chief Revenew has performed the necessary background check. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat to recuse herself
Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. requested an item be added to the agenda to correct a scriveners error on the subdivision plat for the Outlet Mall of Georgia. Councilman Wall made a motion to add this to the agenda as Item #5. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
5. Revised subdivision plat of a 152.646 acre portion of Symons First and Second Additions for the Outlet Mall of Georgia
Mr. Coleman presented the revised subdivision plat, stating that a scriveners error was made which was not found until the original plat was recorded. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the revised plat. Motion passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.
Samuel Bostick, resident, addressed Council in regards to the need for more lighting at the intersection of Highway 80 & Pooler Parkway.
Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:06 p.m. to discuss legal, personnel and land acquisition matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:23 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:23 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition