Council Minutes June 16, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
JUNE 16, 2014


       The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 16, 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 (arrived at 6:06 p.m.) 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 Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Burke.

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

Councilman Wall made a motion to table the approval of the minutes of the May 19th and June 2nd Executive Sessions until the next meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

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

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall stated that the police department responded to 1261 calls since the last meeting, totaling 14,418 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 136 calls this month, totaling 1321 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 the GRPA tournaments will be held this week and that registration for adult softball, football, fall soccer and pep squad has begun.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Allen reported that eight (8) new single family residential, 21 attached unit and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 90 single family, 72 attached unit and 71 commercial permits, with 2537 inspections performed. 

Karen Robertson, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, addressed Council in regards to Chamber activities.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Site plan for Pooler Station
Pooler Station, a 10,550 sq. ft. multi-tenant building is proposed on Lot 11 at 155 Traders Way. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on Amendment to GMEBS Defined Benefit Retirement Plan/Adoption Agreement and General Addendum effective July 1, 2014
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the GMEBS Defined Benefit Retirement Plan/Adoption Agreement and General Addendum. Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Amendment to the Savannah Quarters Phase 4 PUD Master Plan and Development Standards
A public hearing was held prior. The developer of Savannah Quarters has submitted a request to rezone the remaining 17 acres of Phase 4 from multi-family to single family. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the amendment, contingent upon the new development meeting the criteria in the ordinance regarding buffers. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

2. Minor subdivision plat of 4.68 acres on Raymond Road
Ray Roberson has submitted a minor subdivision plat of a 4.68 acre tract, known as Tract 26 and the northern 100' of Tract 27 of the Reynolds Dairy Tract to create Lots A & B. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3. Construction plan for Tanger Outlets Boulevard extension
Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat to recuse herself. Mr. Byrd asked that this item be tabled until the engineer’s comments are addressed. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to table. Motion passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

4. Change Order #2 for Lower Floridan Well project
Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #2 for the Lower Floridan Well project. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the change order in the amount of $32,200.00. Motion passed without opposition. Councilman Wall questioned the time frame for the completion of the project. Holmes Bell of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers replied that the project should be complete in five (5) to six (6) weeks after installation of the pump.

5. Request to add liquor (by the drink) sales to alcoholic beverage license for Ganshyam Patel at SK8 Wings Restaurant
Ganshyam Patel has submitted a request to allow liquor by the drink to be served at Sk8 Wings Restaurant. Mr. Byrd stated that currently only beer and wine are served at the restaurant. Councilman Burke made a motion to add liquor by the drink to Mr. Patel’s license at Sk8 Wings Restaurant. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

6. Award bid for Lift Station/Sewer Infrastructure Upgrade Project
Mr. Byrd presented bids for the Key Slot, Godley Station Blvd. & Towne Lake Lift Station Upgrade & Sewer Infrastructure. Councilman Wall made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Jordan Construction of Hilton Head, Inc., in the amount of $2,471,688.50. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall questioned the time frame on this project, asking that every effort be made to ensure that the length of the project feasibly provides the least amount of inconvenience to the residents in the area. 

Travis Burke of Coleman Company, Inc. requested that a revised recombination plat of Lots 6-11 in Berkeley Walk, Phase I be added to the agenda. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to add Item #7. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Revised recombination plat of Lots 6 - 11, Berkeley Walk, Phase I
Mr. Burke presented a revised recombination plat, stating that a scrivener’s error occurred when the addresses were placed on the plat. Therefore, Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the revised plat. 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 6:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 16, 2014. 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 4 PUD Master Plan and Development Standards. Mr. Byrd stated that Phase 4 originally consisted of four (4) parcels within Westbrook Subdivision and was zoned multi-family, with three (3) of the four (4) parcels already being rezoned to single-family. The fourth parcel includes the Fairways Townhome development, with 17 acres left undeveloped. The developer would like to change the zoning from multi-family to single-family zoning. Councilwoman Benton stated that while it is good to have a lower density development, it was mentioned at the Planning & Zoning meeting that a 20' buffer should be considered between the multi-family and single-family development. Mr. Byrd stated that the plan must meet all requirements of the City’s ordinance.

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

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