The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 1, 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 meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented bills for the month in excess of $1500.00 and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 213 calls in March, totaling 555 calls for the year. Further, that the police department responded to 1307 calls from March 18ththrough the 31st, totaling 8012 for the year.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters at the wastewater treatment plant are being met.
Councilwoman Black reported that practice continues for baseball, softball and soccer and that t-ball practice begins on the 13th.
Councilwoman Benton reported that six (6) new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 49 single family, 44 attached unit and 18 commercial permits, with 1354 inspections performed.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Construction plan for widening the intersection of Highway 80 & Pine Barren Road
Mr. Byrd presented the construction plan to widen the intersection of Highway 80 & Pine Barren Road, stating that a traffic signal is proposed to minimize the congestion in this area. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the plan. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Recombination plat of the eastern portion of Lot 27 and western portion of Lot 28 at 112 & 116 Highway 80 East
Edwin Smith, owner, has submitted a request to recombine the eastern portion of Lot 27 and the western portion of Lot 28 into one (1) parcel for future development. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
3. Site plan for Pooler Retail Center, Phase II
The proposed development is located on Towne Center Drive behind Cheddar’s Casual Café and consists of 5150 sq. ft. of restaurant space and 6000 sq. ft. of retail space. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan, contingent upon NRCS approval and Godley Station ARB approval. Motion passed without opposition.
4. Revision to Savannah Quarters, Phase 2 PUD Development Standards
Mr. Byrd presented a revision to the Savannah Quarters, Phase 2 PUD Development Standards to add “hotel” to the list of allowable uses for the medical/commercial tract in the northeast corner of Quacco Road and Pooler Parkway, stating that the PUD Review Board has approved the revision. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the revision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
5. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Godley Towne Center
A final inspection was performed on October 4, 2012, wherein the Public Works Department approved the development to begin its 24-month maintenance period. Councilman Wall made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
6. Alcoholic beverage license for Ganshyam Patel at Sk8 Wings Fusion Indian Restaurant
Mr. Byrd presented an application submitted by Ganshyam Patel to serve alcoholic beverages at the Sk8 Wings Fusion Indian Restaurant. Attorney Josh Walker, representing Mr. Patel, was present at the meeting. Councilman Wall stated that after visiting the site, it was determined that the entrance for the restaurant is separate from the skating rink entrance and a good distance apart. Further, that patrons cannot see into the restaurant from the skating rink. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve, without prejudice, the alcoholic beverage license for beer, wine and Sunday sales at the restaurant. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton. After conferring with his client, Mr. Walker stated that they agree with the motion, noting that it does not preclude Mr. Patel from submitting a request to serve liquor (distilled spirits) by the drink in the future at the restaurant. Mayor Lamb called for the vote on the motion and it passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:26 p.m. to discuss legal and land acquisition matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:42 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Burke made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:42 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.