Council Minutes July 7, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
JULY 7, 2014

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 7, 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. Councilman David Burke was absent due to work. 

The invocation was given by Councilman Allen 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 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
There was no report.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Royal stated that the fire department responded to 254 calls since the last meeting, totaling 1454 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1857 calls this month, totaling 16,275 for the year.

STREET/DRAINAGE
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance. Mr. Byrd presented an update of the improvements to the I-95 off-ramp at Pooler Parkway, stating that temporary improvements will be made in 2015, with permanent improvements complete in 2016.

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 registration for football, fall soccer and pep squad ends this week.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Allen reported that three (3) new single family residential, one (1) attached unit and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 93 single family, 73 attached unit and 74 commercial permits, with 2848 inspections performed. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Construction plan for Tanger Outlets Boulevard extension
Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat. The construction plan for the extension of Tanger Outlets Boulevard, formerly known as Benton Boulevard, consists of the existing pavement being milled and overlaid, two (2) new lanes and a westbound turn lane being added and the extension to be tied into Park Avenue Extension. Mr. Scheer stated that he has been in contact with the attorney for the development and has concern about the sign easement. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plan, contingent upon confirmation of all previous agreements with the City of Pooler and all requirements of the City’s ordinances being met . Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall expressed concern over the outlet mall referring to “Tanger of Savannah”, stating that a previous agreement with Ben Carter, developer, indicated that “Savannah” would not be used, that it would be “Tanger of Georgia”. Terry Coleman of Coleman Company, Inc. stated that he will discuss this issue with Mr. Carter. Councilman Wall questioned whether traffic control will be provided during the construction process. Mr. Coleman replied that it will be provided. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Minor subdivision plat of a 3.02 acre tract, Lot 4, Towne Center at Godley Station
The owner of Lot 4, Towne Center at Godley Station, has submitted a minor subdivision plat to create Lot 4-A to consist of 1.82 acres and Lot 4-B to consist of 1.2 acres. The tract is located at the corner of Towne Center Drive, Barrett Drive and Benton Boulevard. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Site plan for proposed retail building at 6 Mill Creek Circle
The development includes a multi-tenant retail building with a proposed 9,002 sq. ft. retail shop, a 2,402 sq. ft. restaurant and its associated parking lot and utility extensions. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.


3. Release of maintenance bond for Somersby, Phase 2A-2
The developer has submitted a request to release the two-year maintenance bond for Phase 2A-2 of Somersby Subdivision. Mr. Byrd stated that a final inspection was performed by the Public Works Department and it is recommended that the roadways and utilities be accepted for ownership and maintenance, but that the City will not be responsible for the lagoons or detention ponds. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to release the maintenance bond. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Release of maintenance bond for The Gates, Phase 2A
The developer has submitted a request to release the two-year maintenance bond. Mr. Byrd stated that a final inspection was performed by the Public Works Department and it is recommended that the City only accept the utilities for ownership and maintenance, since the roadways and drainage improvements are privately owned and maintained. Councilman Allen made a motion to release the maintenance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5. Alcoholic beverage license for Mark Stegall at Wild Wing Café 
Mark Stegall has submitted an alcoholic beverage license application to serve beer, wine and liquor by the drink at the new Wild Wing Café located at 417 Pooler Parkway. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the required background investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales, with consumption of alcohol outdoors being within the dining area (gated). Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing. 

6. Alcoholic beverage license for Arnold Castellanos at new Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant
Arnold Castellanos has submitted an alcoholic beverage license application to serve beer, wine and liquor by the drink at the new Jalapeno Mexican Restaurant located at 226 Pooler Parkway. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the required background investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales, with consumption of alcohol outdoors being within the dining area (gated). Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

7. Approval of 2014 millage rate
Ms. McNelly presented information regarding the proposed 2014 millage rate, stating that the roll-back rate submitted by Chatham County is 4.179 mills. 
Councilman Wall commended staff for their hard work with the budget and made a motion to approve the 2014 millage rate at 4.179 mills. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall stated that while the City has moved forward with construction of three (3) new fire stations, relocating the police department and beginning construction of a new city hall, Council has been able to keep the millage rate nearly the same for several years.

8. First reading on zoning text amendment to add definition of live entertainment and to add “eating establishment with live entertainment” as a permitted use in C-2
A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Byrd recommended the text amendment to be tabled to allow staff to meet with restaurant owners to discuss the proposed amendment. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to table the item for 30 days. Motion passed without opposition.

Councilwoman Black made a motion to add Item #9 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

9. Acceptance of S. H. Morgan Parkway
Mr. Byrd stated that all of the punch list items have been addressed. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to accept S. H. Morgan Parkway. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Councilman Allen made a motion to add Item #10 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

10. Change Order #1 for demolition/clearing of buildings at new city hall site
Mr. Byrd presented a change order from MECO in the amount of $20,212.50 to muck out and haul off dirt and concrete from the new city hall site. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the change order. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Councilman Allen made a motion to add an Executive Session to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:30 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:15 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:15 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 July 7, 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 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 a definition of live entertainment and to add “eating establishments with live entertainment” as a permitted use in C-2. Harry Kyriakides of Mediterranean Tavern, presented a requested text amendment to allow live entertainment at the restaurant, stating that he would like to have musicians and comedians perform on Friday and Saturday nights. Councilwoman Benton questioned if the restaurant had a bar and how late food service is provided, wherein Mr. Kyriakides replied that there is a bar and that food will be served until 1:30 a.m.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:47 p.m.

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