The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 4, 2012. 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 made by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, 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 stated that the fire department responded to 204 calls in May, totaling 1018 for the year and that the police department responded to 1171 calls during the period of May 18ththrough the 31st, totaling 12,998 calls 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.
Councilwoman Black reported that GRPA district tournaments begin this month, that youth summer basketball practice has begun and that signups for football, cheerleading and fall soccer are ongoing.Further, that the senior citizens have several trips planned for the summer as well as other activities including an ice cream social.
Councilman Allen reported that 11 new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 100 single family, 10 attached unit and 20 commercial permits for the year, with 1526 inspections performed.
Mayor Lamb presented a 10-year service pin to Scott MacPherson, Code Enforcement officer, thanking him for his continued service.
Mayor Lamb presented a 10-year service pin to Alfred Askew, Corporal with the Police Department, thanking him for his continued service.
Meg Heap, candidate for District Attorney, addressed Council in regards to her campaign.
Bill Hitchens, candidate for State Representative, District 161, addressed Council in regards to his campaign, noting that he will have opposition in the primary on July 31st.
Jay Melvin addressed Council in regards to his candidacy for 7thDistrict School Board Representative.
Jennifer Lambeth who is also running for School Board Representative for the 7thDistrict addressed Council in regards to her candidacy.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Requested five foot (5') side yard building setback variance on the west side of the property to construct a 1000 sq. ft. office building at 108 E. Highway 80
Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be withdrawn due to the revised plan not requiring a variance. This request was honored.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Bo Chambliss at Mellow Mushroom
Mr. Byrd presented an application for alcoholic beverage sales by the drink for Bo Chambliss at the new Mellow Mushroom, stating that Police Chief Mark Revenew has recommended approval.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license, including Sunday sales. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:27 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.