Council Minutes October 20, 2014

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
OCTOBER 20, 2014


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 20, 2014. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Bruce Allen was absent due to work.

The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Burke.

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

The minutes of the October 6th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, 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 Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 168 calls this month, totaling 2387 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1286 calls since the last meeting, totaling 23,896 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 Benton reported that football and pep squad season continue and that the senior citizens are participating in Tai Chi classes and that they will be treated to a fish fry on October 31st. 

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 11 new single family residential, four (4) attached unit and five (5) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 152 single family, 98 attached unit and 140 commercial permits for the year, with 4605 inspections performed. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 10-year service pin to Police Corporal Charles Davis, thanking him for his continued service.

Len Cutuli, President of the Pooler Lions Club, and other members presented stuffed lions to be given by the police department to children involved in accidents/incidents. 

Mayor Lamb welcomed Dr. Troy Brown of West Chatham Middle School. Dr. Brown addressed Council in regards to the School’s application to be a STEM Academy, asking for Council’s support. 

Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #4 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Alcoholic beverage license for Dimple Patel at 1715 Dean Forest Road 
Dimple Patel has submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the CITGO station at 1715 Dean Forest Road. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background check and has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on amendment to Charter regarding affirmative votes required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution or motion
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the Charter to provide for three (3) affirmative votes, instead of four (4), to be required for the adoption of any ordinance, resolution or motion. Councilman Wall 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. Conditional use to allow a cemetery on Little Neck Road
A public hearing was held prior. Bethel Cemetery Association has requested a conditional use to allow a cemetery to be located on a lot fronting on Little Neck Road, adjacent to the existing Bethel Church Cemetery. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on the request meeting the criteria, to approve the conditional use. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2. Acceptance of maintenance bond/final plat approval for Forest Lakes, Phase V
Forest Lakes Investors, LLC has submitted a final plat for Phase V of Forest Lakes Subdivision and a maintenance bond in the amount of $7933.00. Mr. Byrd stated that the public works department has performed an inspection and recommends the phase to begin the two-year warranty period. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to accept the bond and approve the plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Minor subdivision of Tract 1-B, North Godley Industrial Park, creating Lots 1-B-1, 1-B-2 and a 100' right-of-way
North Godley Industrial Park, LLC has submitted a minor subdivision plat of 
Tract 1-B (a portion of Tract 1 and Tract 2) of the Roberts Tract, to create Lots 1-B-1, 
1-B-2 and a 100' right-of-way. Michael Fell of Coleman Company, Inc. was present on behalf of the developer. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall questioned if the developer was aware that the berm adjacent to the residential neighborhood was required to be built within 90 days. Mr. Fell stated that the developer is aware of this requirement. 

4. Resolution of support for STEM Academy at West Chatham Middle School
Dr. Brown stated that a grant application has been submitted to receive state funds for the middle school to become a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) Academy, asking for support from the City. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve a resolution of support and authorize the mayor to sign it. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:39 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 6:55 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:55 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 October 20, 2014. Mayor Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use to allow a cemetery on Little Neck Road. Fred Grier, representing the Bethel Cemetery Association, stated that there are no burial sites available in the existing cemetery, therefore necessitating the expansion. 

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

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