Council Minutes February 17, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
February 17, 2014


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 17, 2014.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, 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 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 124 calls since the last meeting, totaling 363 for the year and that the police department responded to 1218 calls, totaling 4135 for the year.

Councilman Royal made a motion to add Item #6 to the agenda.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.  Mr. Byrd reported on the progress of the Pooler Parkway Intersection upgrades, stating that the developer of the Outlet Mall will be upgrading the intersection of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard, the Department of Transportation is going to add lanes, as a temporary fix, to the exit ramp (north to I-95) and increase the “stacking” on the ramp to the airport road.  Further, that the major work on I-95 will be done in 2015 and that the temporary work will be completed before the mall opens.

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 youth basketball games continue and that registration for baseball, softball, t-ball and spring soccer has concluded, with practice beginning on March 3rd.   

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported five (5) new single family residential, 11 attached unit and 18 commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 14 single family,11 attached unit and 41 commercial permits for the year, with 692 inspections perform.

Trip Tollison, President/CEO of the Savannah Economic Development Authority, addressed Council in regards to Freeport Exemption and the removal of inventory tax on manufacturing, asking the Council to consider adopting a resolution at their next Council meeting.

Councilman David Burke arrived, taking his seat on Council.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.   Zoning map amendment of 6.37 acres in the northwest quadrant of Highway 80 &    Pooler Parkway from R1-A to C-1

Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be withdrawn and then be allowed to re-apply without limitations.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to withdraw the item and allow the petitioner to re-apply without limitations.  Motion passed without opposition. 

2.  Conditional use to construct a mini-storage warehouse facility in the northwest quadrant of Highway 80 & Pooler Parkway

Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be withdrawn and then be allowed to re-apply without limitations.  Councilman Wall made a motion to withdraw the item and allow the petitioner to re-apply without limitations.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

3.  Conditional use to add a waste transfer station at 125-B Pine Meadow Drive

Due to the petitioner not being present, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

4.  Site plan for Outlet Mall of Georgia Lift Station/Force Main

Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for the lift station/force main for the Outlet Mall of Georgia.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plan, contingent upon EPD approval.  Motion passed without opposition.

5.  Site plan for Outlet Mall of Georgia

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat to recuse herself.  Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have not been addressed, therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.  Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat 

6.  Second Reading on revision to speed limit ordinance

Mr. Byrd presented a revision to the speed limit ordinance, noting changes to several streets and the addition of new ones.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the ordinance on Second Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Variance to construct a second single-family residence at 612 N. Rogers Street

A public hearing was held prior.  Newton Priester has submitted a request to construct a second single-family residence while occupying the existing residence.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variance, contingent upon the certificate of occupancy being issued within one (1) year of the issuance of a building permit and demolition of the old dwelling being within 60 days after the certificate of occupancy is issued.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2.  Amendment to PUD Development Standards/Final PUD Master Plan for Phase 7 of Savannah Quarters PUD

A public hearing was held prior.  Bill Schilling of Kimley-Horn & Associates, representing Sixteen West Savannah, LLC & EPT DownREIT, Inc., presented a request to amend  the development standards/final PUD master plan from commercial to commercial/multi-family within Phase 7 of the Savannah Quarters Planned Unit Development (PUD).   John Joyce, developer, gave a powerpoint presentation, showing the proposed concept plan, south of I-16 and east of Pooler Parkway, to be done in three (3) to five (5) phases, with 30 acres planned for open space, stating that the heavy commercial area is proposed to the north, away from the adjacent residential neighborhood providing a buffer and that traffic issues will be addressed.  Councilman Wall questioned what Phase I would include, whether commercial or residential, adding that in the past, large retailers have paid to have traffic lights installed to eliminate traffic hazards.  Mr. Joyce replied that each phase would be done by uses and that more than one may be presented at one time.  Further, that access and traffic is most sensitive to retailers and that they require assurance that the flow of traffic will be easy, knowing that they must meet the requirements of the City.  Councilman Wall stated that he would like the traffic light issue to be addressed during the site plan process.  Councilwoman Benton reiterated the need for traffic to be addressed first, since there is already a dangerous situation at the intersection near the entrance of Westbrook Subdivision.  Councilwoman Benton questioned what type of protection will be provided to the adjacent residential property, wherein Mr. Joyce replied that a natural buffer will be provided, with a roadway proposed for the neighboring residents to use for access to the site.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment and final PUD Master Plan for Phase 7 of Savannah Quarters PUD.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal.  Attorney John Northup, representing Southwest Quadrant Development Company, LLC, original developer of the Savannah Quarters PUD, stated that his client is not entirely opposed to the proposed development, that he is excited to see the property develop, but has concern about the way the development was brought about, mainly the changes to the zoning, noting they are “piece milled”.  Further, that since the PUD was granted, there are now three (3) property owners, which have a private agreement regarding the development and the owners have not yet met to discuss this amendment.  Mr. Northup asked for consideration be given across the board for all phases of the PUD and that all owners be given the opportunity to be included in the process.  Councilman Wall stated that this planned unit development was  first introduced to the City in 1998 and was a new concept for the area, allowing for smaller residential lots and that the amendment to Phase 7 is less dense and is a good project.  Norman Owens, adjacent property owner at  The Gates, stated that he is in favor of the development.  David Cecchele, representing the third property owner, SunCal, stated that he has no objection to the amendment.  Mayor Lamb called for the vote on the motion and it passed without opposition.

3.  Alcoholic beverage license application for Jack Camp Fitch at Tijuana Flats   

Jack Camp Fitch has submitted an application to allow beer and wine to be served at the new Tijuana Flats Restaurant.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the necessary background check and recommends approval with no outside alcohol allowed, due to the area being used for ingress and egress to the restaurant.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the alcoholic beverage license to include Sunday sales and to prohibit any alcohol being served in the outdoor seating area.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

4.  Acceptance of SH Morgan Parkway

Mr. Byrd stated at the time SH Morgan Parkway was complete it failed inspection and therefore, was not accepted by the City.  Since then, the property is now owned by The Morgan Center Light Industrial Tract Owners Association, Inc. and the road not being owned by the City has prevented potential buyers from securing loans.  Mr. Scheer presented an agreement, reached after meeting with the attorneys for the Association, stating that repairs will be made to the road and when they are sufficiently addressed, the City will accept the road.  Further, that a settlement fee in the amount of $150,000.00 will be submitted in lieu of a maintenance bond, designated for the maintenance and repair of the roadway, and for no other purpose.  After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the agreement, based on Mr. Scheer’s recommendation.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

5.  Resolution to change meeting dates in March to first and third Tuesdays

Mr. Byrd stated that due to St. Patrick’s Day falling on the third Monday of the month, it was recommended that the meetings be moved to the first and third Tuesdays in March 2014, to be consistent.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the change in meeting dates.  Motion passed without opposition.

6.  Proposal from All American Drywall for remodeling of temporary police department    at Fortune Plaza

Mr. Byrd stated that bids were received from three (3) contractors, with the low bidder being All American Drywall.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $53,000.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:40 p.m. to discuss legal, personnel and land acquisition matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:46 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:46 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

                                                                Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on

February 17, 2014.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.  Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, 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:

(1) A variance to construct a second single-family residence at 612 N. Rogers Street -

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat.  Newton Priester, owner, has submitted a variance request to allow him to construct a second single-family residence while occupying his existing residence.   Rebecca Benton, adjacent property owner, stated that she was in favor of the request. 

Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

(2) An amendment to the PUD Development Standards/Final PUD Master Plan for Phase 7 of Savannah Quarters PUD -

Bill Schilling of Kimley-Horn & Associates presented an amendment to the PUD Development Standards/Final PUD Master Plan from Commercial to Commercial/Multi-Family within Phase 7 of the Savannah Quarters PUD.  Mr. Schilling stated that a presentation will be made during the Council meeting, showing the concept plan.  Attorney John Northup, representing Southwest Quadrant Development Company, LLC, stated that he would make his comments after the developer’s presentation.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m.

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