Council Minutes July 21, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
JULY 21, 2014

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 21, 2014. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). 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 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 Royal, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

The minutes of the May 19th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

The minutes of the June 2nd Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

The minutes of the July 7th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, 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 stated that the fire department responded to 127 calls since the last meeting, totaling 1623 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1030 calls this month, totaling 17,305 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 football practice begins on the 28th, with fall soccer practice beginning August 12th. 

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Allen reported that five (5) new single family residential, one (1) attached unit, eight (8) stacked condominium and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 98 single family, 74 attached unit, 16 stacked condominium and 76 commercial permits for the year, with 3042 inspections performed. 

Karen Robertson, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau presented information on activities of the Chamber and introduced Adam Wallace and Jabron Webster, Ambassadors for the Chamber.

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

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Amendment to the Savannah Quarters Phase 16 PUD Master Plan
A public hearing was held prior wherein residents presented concern over the number of access points being allowed on Pooler Parkway. Savannah Quarters, Phase 16 is currently zoned for commercial and office use and includes two (2) parcels bounded by the east by Pooler Parkway, on the north by Westbrook Drive and on the south and west by a large wetland area. The developer is requesting a mixed use zoning designation, similar to the other PUD phases along the Parkway. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the amendment, contingent upon all public safety and traffic concerns being addressed during site plan approval, the maximum height of buildings west of the Parkway being 50', the maximum height of buildings east of the Parkway being 60', the minimum front yard building setbacks being 15' to the parcel boundary and 30' from the road centerline and upon deletion of bars and nightclubs as a permitted use within the PUD. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


2. Site plan for BoJangles Restaurant at 1021 E. Highway 80
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for BoJangles, a 3,844 sq. ft. restaurant to be located in front of Food Lion. Doug Martin of EMC Engineering stated that the restaurant should be complete by mid November. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3. Final plat of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 13 
Phase 13 of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters is located on Kingfisher Circle and consists of 12 townhome lots. Mr. Byrd stated that all of the infrastructure will be privately owned and maintained. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Final plat of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase 14
Phase 14 of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters is located on Kingfisher Circle and consists of nine (9) townhome lots. Mr. Byrd stated that all of the infrastructure will be privately owned and maintained. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

5. Preliminary construction plan for Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 9
Phase 9 of Westbrook Subdivision is located off Blue Moon Crossing and consists of 45 single-family residential lots. The developers of The Fairways at Savannah Quarters and Westbrook have agreed to leave a 10' vegetative buffer on each side, creating a 20' buffer between Phase 9 of Westbrook and Parcel 4 of The Fairways. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plan, contingent upon the aforementioned buffer being provided and EPD and NRCS approval. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Alcoholic beverage license for Yong Quan Wang at Sushi Hana Restaurant
Yong Quan Wang has submitted an application to serve alcohol beverages at the new Sushi Hana Restaurant on Pooler Parkway. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed a background investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

7. Proposal from Preferred Materials, Inc. for resurfacing Quacco Road
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal and contract from Preferred Materials, Inc. for resurfacing Quacco Road. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the proposal/contract in the amount of $209,042.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.


8. Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2014-01
Ms. McNeely presented a resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2014-01 (attached to and made a part of these minutes), stating that it includes various adjustments in the General Fund, SPLOST Fund, Capital Projects Fund and Water & Sewer Fund. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

9. First Reading on amendment to sign ordinance
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the sign ordinance, to allow signs on public rights of way, other than publicly owned or maintained, if specifically approved by mayor and council. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:40 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:13 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:13 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on July 21, 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 an amendment to the Savannah Quarters Phase 16 PUD Master Plan. Savannah Quarters, Phase 16 is currently zoned for commercial and office use and includes two (2) parcels bounded by the east by Pooler Parkway, on the north by Westbrook Drive and on the south and west by a large wetland area. The developer is requesting a mixed use zoning designation, similar to the other PUD phases along the Parkway. Susan Mulvaney, resident of Savannah Quarters, presented concern over the number of access points allowed on Pooler Parkway south of I-16 to the construction gate at Savannah Quarters, noting that there are already too many. Ms. Mulvaney asked for consideration of limiting the number of access points. Councilwoman Benton stated that bars and nightclubs were erroneously provided as a permitted use, stating that they should be deleted from the final PUD master plan. Councilwoman Benton then presented information regarding the number of access points on the Parkway from Highway 80 to the Parkway, stating there are already too many. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers, representing the developer, replied that when counting access points, consideration should be given to those that “line up” on each side of the Parkway, indicating only one (1) access point for every two (2). Further, that this issue can be discussed during the site plan approval process. Ernie Buckstine, resident of Savannah Quarters, questioned the setbacks proposed. Mr. Wohlfeil replied that the Final PUD Master Plan for Phase 16 provides for minimum front yard building setbacks to be 15' to the parcel boundary and 30' from the road centerline. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:00 p.m.

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