The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 15, 2013. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, 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.
The invocation was given by Councilman Allen 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 Burke, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
The minutes of the March 18thExecutive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented bills in excess of $1500.00 for the month 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 104 calls from April 1stthrough the 14th, totaling 659 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1191 calls, totaling 9302 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 are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilman Wall mentioned the letter to the editor that was in theSavannah Morning Newsrecently commending City staff, adding that he appreciates the letter and the hard work performed by all the staff.
Councilwoman Black reported that dance and tumbling classes continue and that April 27thwill be “Pooler Day” at the Georgia Southern University baseball game.
Councilman Allen reported that six (6) new single family residential, eight (8) attached unit and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 55 single family, 16 attached unit and 20 commercial permits for the year, with 1536 inspections performed. Further, that a PUD Review Board meeting is scheduled for April 22ndat 5:30 p.m.
Councilman Allen made a motion to add Item #7 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Araceli Harper, Event Coordinator and Sponsor, Cinco de Mayo Festival, addressed Council in regards to the upcoming festival being held at Tom Triplett Park.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Demolition and site improvements for Gate Petroleum at 418 E. Highway 80
Mr. Byrd presented the plans for the demolition of an outdated 4900 sq. ft. building and construction of a new 4950 sq. ft. convenience store, stating that all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed.Councilman Wall questioned the time frame for the demolition, wherein George Nail, Vice President of Gate Petroleum Company replied that the demolition would take approximately 90 days. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the demolition and site improvements. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.
2. Site plan for Savannah Quarters Medical Center
The proposed development consists of a 120,000 sq. ft. medical office building and an adjoining hotel with 175 rooms. Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Recombination plat of remaining portions of the O.F. & Thelma Love Tract on Quacco Road
Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat of the property located at 176 Canal Bank Court & 195 Canal Bank Road. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
4. Proposal from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung for services to develop a proposed ADA Transition Plan as required by Georgia Department of Transportation
Mr. Byrd stated that the proposal is not yet complete, therefore, Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.
5. Approval of Safety and Health Policy and Procedure
Mr. Byrd presented a Safety and Health Policy and Procedure. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
6. Appointment of new Planning & Zoning Commissioner (Alternate)
Councilman Allen made a motion to appoint Alice White as commissioner (alternate) on the Planning & Zoning Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilwoman Benton abstaining due to her not being on the selection committee and the Board members’ residences not being balanced geographically.
7. Sales contract for property at 102 W. Highway 80 (also known as the Foam ‘n Brush Car Wash)
Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the sales contract for 102 W. Highway 80 in the amount of $300,000.00, for the property to be used for public purposes as an expansion to city hall and the police station. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Mr. Joe McCummings, resident of Brighton Woods Subdivision, addressed Council in regards to the foul odor coming from the wastewater treatment plant, expressing concern over a potential health hazard.Mr. Byrd stated that the odor is due to pond turnover and that it is seasonal, adding that he will be meeting with the city engineer to determine if installing aerators in the pond will help. Further, that the odor does not pose a health risk.
There being no need for an Executive Session and no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:50 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.