Council Minutes August 18, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
AUGUST 18, 2014


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 18, 2014. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, 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. Councilwoman Rebecca Benton was absent.

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 Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

The minutes of the August 4th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

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

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Royal stated that the fire department responded to 178 calls since the last meeting, totaling 1881 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1075 calls, totaling 19,385 for the year.

STREET/DRAINAGE
Councilman Allen reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance and that the traffic light at Highway 80 & Pine Barren Road is functioning.

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 tumbling and dance classes continue and that the Pooler Farmers Market is now open every Wednesday from 4:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the recreation complex.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Allen reported that 17 new single family residential, six (6) attached unit and 15 commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 120 single family, 81 attached unit and 99 commercial permits for the year, with 3563 inspections performed. 

Karen Robertson, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau, updated Council on upcoming activities within the Chamber. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 25-year service pin to City Clerk Maribeth Lindler, thanking her for her continued service.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. 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
Mr. Byrd presented the zoning text amendment to provide a definition of live entertainment and to add “eating establishment with live entertainment” as a permitted use in C-2 (Heavy Commercial) zoning, stating that Mr. Scheer has recommended the definition to include games of chance and video poker. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Conditional use to operate a used auto sales office at 205 E. Highway 80
A public hearing was held prior. Adam Stevens presented the request to allow him to operate a used auto (trucks and cars) sales office, with no more than eight (8) vehicles on the premises at any time. After reviewing the criteria, Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the conditional use, with parking for six (6) vehicles for sale and two (2) parking spaces for customers. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Final plat for Danbury Park, Phase I
Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC has submitted a final plat for Phase I of Danbury Park, consisting of eight (8) townhome lots, located off Blue Moon Crossing. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval, contingent upon the meter leak being addressed. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers stated that he has been in contact with Water Superintendent Mark Williams and the issue will be resolved. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat, contingent upon the meter leak being resolved. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

3. Special event permit for The Milestone 10K and Half Marathon on August 30th, sponsored by Endurance Race Services, and to waive fees
Steve White of Endurance Race Services presented the request to permit The Milestone 10K and Half Marathon, stating that this is the fourth year for holding the event. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the permit for the race in the areas owned by the City and to waive the fees. Motion passed without opposition. Mr. White was instructed to obtain approval from the Georgia Port Authority for the approval to run on the road leading to the Mitsubishi plant. 

4. Special event permit for Patriot Weekend to be held September 4th - 6th, to include Pooler 5K sponsored by Endurance Race Services, and to waive fees
Mr. Byrd presented the request to permit Patriot Weekend to be held September 4th through 6th to include the Pooler 5K, which will be run on Saturday morning on 
South Rogers Street. Councilman Wall made a motion to permit the event and to waive the fees. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

5. Resolution calling for special election regarding “Smoke-Free Air” ordinance 
Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution calling for a special election to ask the voters if they want Council to adopt a “Smoke-Free Air” ordinance to prohibit smoking in public places. Councilman Wall stated that several cities have adopted ordinances to prohibit smoking in public places without asking for citizens’ approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

6. First Reading on zoning text amendment to add “cemetery” as a permitted use in 
R-A zoning 
A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Byrd presented the zoning text amendment to add “cemetery” as a permitted use in R-A (Residential-Agricultural) zoning as requested by the Bethel Cemetery Association, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended cemeteries be considered a “conditional use” instead of a permitted use. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the text amendment to add “cemetery” as a conditional use on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

7. First Reading on amendment to sign ordinance regarding interstate highway signs
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the sign ordinance to update the language to be more consistent with Georgia Code and Department of Transportation regulations in regards to interstate highway signs. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.


8. First Reading on Live Entertainment ordinance
Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance to permit and regulate live entertainment within eating establishments. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

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

9. Amended and restated Signage Easement Agreement with the Outlet Mall of Savannah, LLC
Mr. Scheer presented an amended and restated Signage Easement Agreement with the Outlet Mall of Savannah, LLC, to be in compliance with the newly adopted amendment to the sign ordinance, stating that the City is not giving anything to any private individual, but that the agreement is in exchange for the intersection improvements. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the agreement. Motion passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:42 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 7:03 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:03 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

 

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on August 18, 2014. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, 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 requested zoning text amendment to add “cemetery” as a permitted use in R-A zoning - Fred Greer, President of Bethel Cemetery Association, presented the request to add “cemetery” as a permitted use in R-A (Residential-Agricultural) zoning, stating that the Association has purchased the property adjacent to the existing cemetery on Little Neck Road for the purpose of expanding the cemetery. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended cemeteries be added as a conditional use instead of a permitted use.


2) A requested conditional use to operate a used auto sales office at 205 E. Highway 80 - Adam Stevens presented a conditional use request to be allowed to operate a used auto sales office at 205 E. Highway 80, stating that parking will be provided for six (6) vehicles for sale and two (2) customers, with one of the for-sale vehicles being driven by him personally. Councilman Allen stated that the eight (8) vehicles are to be on the paved area and when the City approves the overlay district in the future, changes will need to be made to the property. Mr. Stevens agreed with the aforementioned statement. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:56 p.m.

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