Council Minutes May 7, 2012

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINIUTES
May 7, 2012
  

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 7, 2012.Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:03 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior).Present were Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black and Councilman David Burke.City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely and Attorney Craig Call (on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer) were also present.Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall 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 Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

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

PUBLIC SAFETY

Fire Chief Wade Simmons reported that the fire department responded to 226 calls in April, totaling 823 for the year.Police Chief Mark Revenew reported that the police department responded to 1973 calls since the last meeting, totaling 10,722for the year. 

STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance. 

WATER/SEWER

Director of Public Works Matt Saxon 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 that soccer, baseball, softball and t-ball games continue, with tournaments scheduled at the complex on the weekends and further reported on recent and upcomingactivities at the senior citizens center.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 18 new single family residential, one (1) new attached unit, 13 new multi-family and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 78 single family residential, eight (8) attached unit, 13 multi-family and 14 commercial permits, with 1192 inspections performed. 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1.Requested zoning map amendment of 9.76 acres west of S. Rogers Street and south of W. Mell Street from R-1A to R-3A

A public hearing was held prior wherein adjacent property owners presented concerns about drainage, the number of trees being removed and the proposed buffer.Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers presented the requested zoning map amendment on behalf of Gateway Development Corporation, agent for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah.Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment with the following conditions: the only multi-family use for the 25 acre parcel is to be a 124-unit, one-story apartment complex for the elderly and a 50' undisturbed buffer, enhanced with evergreens along with a privacy fence be constructed around three (3) sides of the complex (adjacent to residential properties).Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

2.Approval of site plan for Savannah Machinery Works, Phase 5

Mr. Byrd presented a site plan for Phase 5 of Savannah Machinery Works at Mitsubishi Power Systems, stating that all of the engineering comments have been addressed and that the project has received NRCS approval.Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon a letter of commitment on the amount of tree reimbursement to be paid to the City at the time the permit is issued.Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

3.Approval of site plan for the Villas at Park Avenue

Mr. Byrd presented a site plan for the Villas at Park Avenue, a 238-unit apartment complex behind the Publix Shopping Center, stating that all of the engineering comments have been addressed and Planning & Zoning has recommended approval.Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon Benton Boulevard being used as the construction access road and the extension of the Benton Boulevard connector road being paved in compliance with the terms of the development agreement.Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

4.Approval of sketch plan for a proposed revision of the Hunt Club, Phase 3-B

The developer of the Hunt Club has submitted a revision to Phase 3 of the subdivision that was previously approved to create Phase 3-B consisting of 58 single-family lots with 55' wide lots.Mr. Byrd stated that the amount of small lots is still well below the 35% limit required within the Planned Unit Development (PUD).Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the sketch plan.Motion passed without opposition. 

5.Approval of sketch plan for Bassford Industrial Park

Councilwoman Black stepped down from her seat to recuse herself from any discussion on this item.The developer of Bassford Industrial Park has submitted a sketch plan to construct a warehouse/storage facility on a 93 acre lot on the corner of E. Highway 80 and Old Louisville Road and will include the realignment of Old Louisville Road with Pine Barren Road along Highway 80.Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the sketch plan, contingent upon consideration of the Development of Regional Impact (DRI) comments being received from the Coastal Regional Commission (CRC).Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton.Mary Louise Lanier, adjacent property owner, addressed Council in regards to the developer placing a berm where the industrial property meets the residential-agricultural property and questioned if improvements to Pipemaker’s Canal were done, which Mr. Byrd replied that it was not.Ms. Lanier stated that she sent an email to Mr. Byrd and Mayor Lamb, based on a conversation with her attorney regarding a State of Georgia law pertaining to giving away a portion of a road, and her concern is that by the development giving away a portion of Old Louisville Road, she will no longer be able to access the back of her property without trespassing on the developer’s property.Further, that there is a drainage ditch that runs along Old Louisville Road that drains her property into the canal.Ms. Lanier requested an answer to her email, wherein Mr. Call replied that he would look into this matter.Ping Tyner, property owner on Old Louisville Road, presented concern about the inadequate size of the drainage pipe in the area, adding that the ditch is in need of cleaning.Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company stated that the site plan will be submitted, with right-of-ways, a full drainage analysis and buffers being addressed and being in compliance with the City’s requirements.Jackie Carver, on behalf of her mother, adjacent property owner Sara Young, expressed concern about the 25' buffer proposed, stating that there is a potential for noise coming from the amount of heavy truck traffic that will be traveling so near her home.Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company stated that all adjacent properties except Ms. Young’s are in negotiations to be purchased and that consideration of more than 25' for a buffer would not be fair.Further, that the adjacent property owners’ concerns will be addressed on the site plan, noting that this item was only for a sketch plan.Mayor Lamb called for the vote on the motion.Motion passed without opposition.Councilwoman Black returned to her seat.

6.Resolution in support of proposal from Pinewood Village Apartments, LP to build 64 apartment units for the elderlyon S. Rogers Street

Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution in support of the proposal from Pinewood Village Apartments, LP to build 64 apartment units for the elderly on S. Rogers Street.Councilwoman made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black, to adopt the resolution.Motion passed without opposition. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:00 p.m.Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition. 

                                                                                                                                       Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting onMay 7, 2012.Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.Present wereCouncilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black and Councilman David Burke.City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely and Attorney Craig Call (on behalf of City Attorney Steve Scheer) were also present. 

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of 9.76 acres west of S. Rogers Street and south of W. Mell Street from R-1A to R-3A.

Gateway Development Corporation, on behalf of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah, has petitioned the City to re-zone approximately 9.76 acres known as the western portion of a 25+/- acre parcel west of S. Rogers Street and south of W. Mell Street from R-1A (single-family residential) to R-3A (multi-family residential).Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present on behalf of Gateway Development Corporation, agent for the owner, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Savannah.Carol Freyne and Margie Wilson, adjacent property owners, presented concerns about drainage, the amount of trees being removed and the proposed buffer. Mr. Wohlfeil addressed the concerns by stating that a retention pond is proposed on the site which will be maintained and also provide improved drainage for the area.Further, that the development is being designed to keep as many trees as possible and that a 50' undisturbed buffer enhanced with evergreens is proposed. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:03 p.m.

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