The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 5, 2012. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 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. Councilman Bruce Allen and Councilman Mike Royal were 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 Burke, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented bills in excess of $1500.00 for February, making a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Police Chief Mark Revenew reported that the police department responded to 1378 calls since the last meeting, totaling 5063 for the year. Deputy Fire Chief Ashley Fields reported that the fire department responded to 238 calls in February, totaling 420 for the year.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilwoman Black reported thatpractice for spring sports has begun, that a fast pitch softball tournament is scheduled for March 10thand a baseball tournament is scheduled for March 17th. Further, that adult exercise classes continue at the gym.
Councilwoman Benton reported that six (6) new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 33 single family residential and eight (8) commercial permits, with 523 inspections performed.
Councilwoman Benton made a motion to add Item #7 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of final plat of Serengeti Boulevard right-of-way extension/acceptance of the roadway and infrastructure that serves the Hunt Club Amenity Site
Mr. Byrd presented the final plat for Serengeti Boulevard right-of-way extension, stating that a final inspection was performed on February 7th, with all of the improvements and punch list items being satisfied for this project. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black, to approve the final plat and accept the roadway and infrastructure that serves the Hunt Club Amenity Site.Motion passed without opposition.
2. Approval of recombination plat of The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phase 1A and 1B
The developer of The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phases IA & 1B has submitted a recombination plat based on the houses being inadvertently constructed relative to the original single family lot lines, with the purpose of this plat being to return the lots to their original 55' width and let the former 20' alley be added to the end lots. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of site plan for a Dairy Queen at 439 Pooler Parkway
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for a Dairy Queen to be located at 439 Pooler Parkway, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the landscape plan complying with the City’s tree ordinance and approval by the Godley Station Architectural Review Board. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of Lighting Agreement with Georgia Power for the intersection at I-16 and Pooler Parkway ramps
Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with Georgia Power for expressway flood lights to be installed at the intersection of I-16 and Pooler Parkway (ramps). Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the agreement. Motion passed without opposition.
5. Approval of Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement with Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security
Mr. Byrd presented a Statewide Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement with Georgia Emergency Management Agency-Homeland Security, stating that every five (5) years this agreement is renewed.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the agreement. Motion passed without opposition.
6. Mr. Edwin Smith
Mr. Edwin Smith, resident at 405 Sikes Drive and owner of the property at 112 E. Highway 80 addressed Council in regards to his concerns as to the conditional use at 112 E. Highway 80 being rescinded by Council as well as the ownership status of the adjacent property at 116 E. Highway 80. Brad Craft, resident, questioned the City’s interest in the property at 116 E. Highway 80. Steve Hartley, resident, stated that he believes the decision to rescind the conditional use was unethical, mainly due to the state of the economy. Mr. Scheer stated that proper procedures were followed for the actions taken on both properties.
7. Discussion concerning moratorium on internet cafés with action to be taken in two (2) weeks
Mr. Scheer stated that the subject of internet cafés has recently been discussed by the State Legislature, without a bill not being signed by the Governor and at the recommendation of the Georgia Municipal Association, the City is considering placing a moratorium on allowing internet cafés. Mr. Scheer added that a model ordinance has been provided by GMA and will be reviewed and brought to Council at the next meeting.
Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:08 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:46 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:46 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.