Council Minutes February 18, 2013

CITY OF POOLER
                                                                                            COUNCIL MINUTES
                                                                                             February 18, 2013

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 18, 2013. 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, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely 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 Councilwoman Black.

The minutes of the previous regularly scheduled meeting (February 4th) were approved as printed upon a motion made by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.

The minutes of the February 4thExecutive Session were approved upon a motion made by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.

The minutes of the previous called meeting (February 13th) were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition. Councilman Wall stated that the purpose of the meeting was to discuss and act on a Local Option Sales Tax agreement with Chatham County, the City of Savannah and the City of Port Wentworth. Further, that under the agreement, Pooler will receive 8.84% of the funds, which is the largest percentage of funds ever proposed to be received.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented bills for payment in excess of $1500.00 for the month and made a motion to approve the bills, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Royal reported that the police department responded to 1503 calls from February 1stthrough the 15th, totaling 4223 calls 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 all-star basketball team is playing in the GRPA tournament and that registration for spring sports is ongoing.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that eight (8) new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 26 single family, 41 attached unit and eight (8) commercial permits, with 628 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Minor subdivision/recombination plat to provide right-of-way dedication for realignment of Old Louisville Road to serve Bassford Industrial Park

Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company requested this item be withdrawn. Councilman Royal made a motion to withdraw this item. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on zoning text amendment to add pawn shops as a permitted use 
in C-2

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the zoning text to add pawn shops as a permitted use in C-2 (heavy commercial). Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.


3. Second Reading on amendment to utility ordinance regarding penalty fee for water service scheduled for disconnection

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utility ordinance to change the wording regarding the fee for water disconnected to be a “penalty” for each meter that is scheduled for disconnection. Further, to provide that service will be restored within 24 hours after all bills and fees have been paid.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Site plan for realignment of Old Louisville Road

Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be tabled. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Site plan for Savannah Car Wash at 420 Pooler Parkway

Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for Savannah Car Wash, a 11,404 sq. ft. facility and Jiffy Lube, a 4096 sq. ft. facility, at 420 Pooler Parkway. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon approval from the Godley Station Architectural Review Board. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.


3. Site plan for The Village on Pooler Parkway


Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for The Village on Pooler Parkway, a proposed 138,761 sq. ft. mixed use retail and restaurant development on a 19.8 acre parcel at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon approval of the Godley Station Architectural Review Board, approval from EPD and NRCS approval for the issuance of the LDA. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall questioned the time frame for completion as well as who the proposed tenants will be. Tom Cetti, representing Wolverton & Associates, stated that the four (4) major retailers are TJ Maxx, Ross, Michael’s and PetSmart and that completion may be in nine (9) months to a year.

4. Recombination plat of Parcels A & B of the Reynolds Dairy Tract at 226 Raymond Road

The owner, William E. Bacon, Jr., has submitted a request to recombine Parcels A & B of the Reynolds Dairy Tract into one 2.86 acre lot. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the recombination. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Adoption of “Final Determination” regarding revised floodway as submitted by FEMA

Mr. Byrd stated that notification has been received of the proposed changes in the Flood Insurance Rate Map (FIRM) and Flood Insurance Study (FIS) for the City and that the statutory 90-day appeal period is now over. Further, that the “Letter of Final Determination” confirms that the panels that reflect changes in the floodway will not change and that since the map panels will not be effective until August 5thof this year, the maps can only be used for permitting and not for insurance rating purposes. Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt the “Letter of Final Determination” as a basis for building permit issuance only and not for insurance rating on flood policies and subject to all applicants being informed that the new insurance rating would not be in effect until August. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6. Pawn shop license for J. Dean Burnette at American Lending Company


Councilwoman Black stepped down from her seat. J. Dean Burnette has submitted an application for a pawn shop license to allow a “title” pawn business at 1057 E. Highway 80. Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license. Motion passed without opposition. Councilwoman Black returned to her seat.

7. Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2012-05

Mr. Byrd requested this item be tabled. Councilman Wall made a motion to table. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.


Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:25 p.m. to discuss legal and land acquisitions matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.


Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:43 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:43 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

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