Council Minutes March 19, 2012

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
March 19, 2012

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 19, 2012. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:02 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). 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 Allen, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

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. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 127 calls this month, totaling 506 for the year and that the police department responded to 1321 calls during the period of March 2ndthrough the 15th, totaling 6384 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 have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported thatpractice for spring sports continues, with a Rama scheduled for March 30th. Further, that dance, tumbling and adult exercise classes are ongoing and that the seniors are scheduled to take a cruise in April.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Allen reported that 10 new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 43 single family residential and 10 commercial permits, with 674 inspections performed. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 30-year service pin to David Williams, Street Department Crew Leader, thanking him for his continued service. 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Requested front yard building setback variance for an existing building at 1024 W. Highway 80

A public hearing was held prior wherein there were questions as to whether the variance was needed. Councilman Allen made a motion to table this item until the next meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

2. Requested variance at 1024 W. Highway 80 to allow more than two (2) lots to be accessed by the existing 30' private access easement within the Pooler Park West commercial subdivision

A public hearing was held prior wherein there were questions as to whether the variance was needed. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to table this item until the next meeting. Motion passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of final plat for Lots 22A and 22B of The Fairways, Phase VI at Savannah Quarters

Mr. Byrd presented the final plat for Lots 22A and 22B of The Fairways, Phase VI at Savannah Quarters. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

4. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Phase 2A of The Gates at Savannah Quarters

Mr. Byrd presented a request from the developer of Phase 2A of The Gates at Savannah Quarters, stating that the public works department recommends the development to begin its maintenance period, noting that the roads and drainage infrastructure are private and maintained by the homeowners association, with the water and sewer systems to be owned and maintained by the City. Councilman Wall made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond for the water and sewer systems only, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

5. Release of maintenance bond for S. H. Morgan Parkway/acceptance of the utilities only

A final inspection was performed on the utilities for S. H. Morgan Parkway and the public works department has recommended the release of the bond. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to release the maintenance bond and accept the utilities only. Motion passed without opposition. 

6. Request for security at Relay for Life of West Chatham County to be held March 30th- 31stat West Chatham Middle School

Diane Jorgensen, Community Manager, presented a request from the American Cancer Society Relay for Life for security for their upcoming event to be held

March 30th- 31stat West Chatham Middle School. Police Chief Mark Revenew stated that patrol officers will be monitoring the event during their regular shifts and be able to be contacted if the need arises.  

7. Award bid for 80' flagpole at old water tower site

Mr. Byrd presented bids for the purchase of an 80' flagpole to be installed at the old water tower site near Fire Station #1, stating that the low bid was submitted by Flagpoles Etc. Inc. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the bid from Flagpoles Etc. Inc. in the amount of $8349.00 (flagpole) and a 20' x 30' US flag in the amount of $655.00, with the funds coming out of the beautification fund. Motion passed without opposition. 

8. First Reading on amendment to wireless telecommunications facilities ordinance

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the wireless telecommunications facilities ordinance, stating that assistance has been provided by the Metropolitan Planning Commission, the flying community, cell tower companies and wireless communication providers to develop the amendment. Further, that the City of Savannah and Chatham County have recently adopted an amendment to require reflective tape marking and aircraft hazard lights on all new towers between 100 and 199 feet above ground level height. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

9. First Reading on amendment to subdivision ordinance to increase maintenance bonds to be valid for not less than 24 months

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the subdivision ordinance to increase maintenance bonds to be valid for not less than 24 months. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Resolution regarding moratorium on internet cafés

Mayor Lamb presented a resolution regarding placing a 182-day moratorium on the establishment or expansion of any “internet sweepstakes cafés” or “phone card sweepstakes cafés”. Mr. Scheer stated that legislation has been proposed to prohibit these types of establishments and the moratorium is recommended by the Georgia Municipal Association. Councilman Allen made a motion to adopt the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:44 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

March 19, 2012. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 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 McNeelyand City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss: 

(1)A requested front yard building setback variance for an existing building at 1024 W. Highway 80- Attorney Harold Buckley of Alston & Bird, on behalf of Wells Fargo Bank as trustee for Morgan Stanley Capital I, Inc., presented a requested 45' front yard building setback variance for the property at 1024 W. Highway 80 within Pooler Park West commercial subdivision. Mr. Buckley stated that the existing building does not have any frontage on a public road, therefore, according to the City’s zoning ordinance, the nearest public road is West Highway 80, which is south of the property and requires a 60' setback. Mr. Byrd stated that clarification was needed as to what the “side” and “front” of the building are. Mr. Scheer stated that he did not understand how this happened, requesting time to gather facts about this item.   

(2)A requested variance at 1024 W. Highway 80 to allow more than two (2) lots to be accessed by the existing 30' private access easement within the Pooler Park West commercial subdivision- Attorney Harold Buckley presented a requested variance to allow more than two (2) lots to be accessed by the existing 30' private access easement (along the eastern boundary) within the Pooler Park West commercial subdivision at 1024 W. Highway 80. Mr. Buckley stated that the City’s ordinance restricts access easements to a maximum of two (2) lots and that the aforementioned easement serves at least four (4) parcels. Further, that a variance is not needed for the other 30' access easement between Lots 11 and 12, due to the fact that once Lot 12 is developed, the access easement will no longer serve Lot 13. Again, Mr. Scheer requested time to gather facts about this item. Jackie Carver, Zoning Administrator, presented the original plat, describing how the subdivision complied with the City’s ordinances. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:02 p.m.

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