March 18, 2014
The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 18, 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 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 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 Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
The minutes of the February 3rd Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
The minutes of the February 17th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Royal 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.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 144 calls this month, totaling 599 for the year and that the police department responded to 1391 calls, totaling 6657 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 the 12 & under boys’ all-star basketball team won the State championship.
Councilman Allen reported that five (5) new single family residential, six (6) new attached unit, eight (8) stacked condominium and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 31 single family, 17 attached unit, eight (8) stacked condominium and 50 commercial permits for the year, with 1171 inspections performed.
Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Eric Holmes, Firefighter II, thanking him for his continued service.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Site plan for warehouse at Mitsubishi Power Systems
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for a 65,000 sq. ft. distribution center to be located to the north of the existing Mitsubishi manufacturing facility. The plan requires a total of 72 trees to be planted per the City’s ordinance, and only 14 trees are planned with the intention to dedicate a portion of the property as a “tree save” area. Councilman Wall questioned how the “tree save” area would be recorded, asking who the property owner is. Chad Grass of Thomas & Hutton Engineering, representing Mitsubishii, replied that the Georgia Ports Authority is the owner. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the applicant recording a plat showing the dedicated “tree save” area with Chatham County or paying into the City’s tree bank. Motion died due to lack of a second. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the applicant paying into the City’s tree bank for the 58 trees not being planted. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed with Councilwoman Benton opposing.
2. Final plat of The Fairways, Phase 12
The developer of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters has submitted the final plat for Phase 12, consisting of 11 townhome lots. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Recombination plat of the Daniels Tract, Phase II for Lots 1, 2, 3 and a portion of the common area
Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested that this item be tabled. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to table. Motion passed without opposition.
4. Proposal/Agreement for engineering services for Rothwell Street Drainage Basin Improvements
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal/agreement for engineering services with EMC Engineering Services, Inc. for drainage improvements to the Rothwell Street drainage basin. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the proposal/agreement in the amount of $22,700.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
5. Award bid for demolition of buildings at 211 W. Highway 80 (shopping center, Pizza Hut) and 109 & 119 W. Highway 80 (police station, inspections)
Mr. Byrd presented bids for the demolition of the buildings at 211 W. Highway 80, 109 W. Highway 80 and 119 W. Highway 80, noting the low bidder, MECO. Mr. Byrd stated that this project will be done in three (3) phases, with the first phase being the police station/inspections, the second phase being the shopping center and the third phase being Pizza Hut, after a resolution is worked out with the tenant. Councilman Royal made a motion to award the bid to MECO in the amount of $111,548.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
6. Alcoholic beverage license for William C. Brown at Moe’s Southwest Grill
William C. Brown has submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) at the new Moe’s Southwest Grill at 246 Pooler Parkway, Suite H. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has recommended approval, based on there being no alcohol allowed outdoors. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license to include Sunday sales, with no alcoholic beverages being served nor consumed outdoors (patio area). Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
7. Surplus property list for 2014
Mr. Byrd presented a list of vehicles and equipment to be declared surplus. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the list. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
8. Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2013-05
Ms. McNeely presented a resolution for a year-end budget adjustment 2013-05 (attached to and made a part of these minutes). Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:43 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.