Council Minutes June 18, 2012

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
June 18, 2012 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 18, 2012. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman David Burke 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 Mayor Lamb. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

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 Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Wall stated that the police department responded to 1257 calls since the last meeting and that the fire department responded to 118 calls in May. 

STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance. Further, that the traffic lights at Pooler Parkway & I-16 will be blinking on June 21stand operational on June 28th.  

WATER/SEWER    

Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant. 

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black was absent. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Allen reported that 13 new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 113 single family, 10 attached unit and 23 commercial permits for the year, with 1705 inspections performed.

Jennifer Topper, Principal of New Hampstead High School, addressed Council in regards to the opening of the new school in August.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of subdivision plat for Tract 1 of the Roberts Tract on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway

Mr. Byrd presented a minor subdivision plat for Tract 1 of the Roberts Tract to create Tract 3, a 26.25 acre parcel to be developed in the future as a warehouse facility. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat, contingent upon all the conditions from the re-zoning in 2008 for the 78.39 acres of Tract 1 remaining on the newly created Tract 3. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.  

2. Requested amendment to conditions placed on the re-zoning of 78.39 acres of Tract 1 of the Roberts Tract on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway

A public hearing was held prior wherein Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company presented a request from North Godley Developers to amend the conditions placed on Tract 1 of the Roberts Tract to remove the conditions, noting that the building height restriction of 35' will then revert back to 45' which is the maximum allowed for I-1 zoning districts in the City’s ordinance. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment to delete the conditions on Tract 3, contingent upon the developer not clearing any trees from Tract 1 (within the 750' adjacent to The Farm at Morgan Lakes) and if any trees are disturbed in this area, then the berm will be required to be constructed within 90 days, and further motioned to reinstate the conditions placed on the 2008 re-zoning of Tract 1 to be as follows: a buffer of 220' to include 48' of undisturbed buffer, a berm which will be 102' at a space with a depth of 23', a detention pond 50' wide, an access easement 20' wide and the maximum height of the buildingsto be constructed on site to not exceed 35'. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed with Councilman Allen opposing. 

3. Approval of revised plat for The Gates at Savannah Quarters, Phase 2A

Mr. Byrd presented a revised plat for Phase 2A of The Gates at Savannah Quarters, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Ganshyam Patel at SK8 Wings (new restaurant at skating rink, 4 Towne Center Court)

Ganshyam Patel has submitted an application for alcoholic beverage sales by the drink at the new restaurant in the skating rink building at 4 Towne Center Court. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has recommended approval. Stefan Erkl, representing Mr. Patel, was present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall asked what other types of businesses will be conducted at this location as requested on Line 11 of the application, wherein Mr. Erkl replied that a restaurant is proposed. Councilman Wall questioned if a skating rink was on the same property, which Mr. Erkl confirmed. Mr. Scheer stated that the application was therefore incomplete since Line 11 was left blank. Councilwoman Benton stated that alcohol sales were not mentioned at the time the site plan was approved. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to deny the license, based on there being numerous other establishments in the area who serve alcohol by the drink, creating a potential danger to patrons, and based on the application being incomplete. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of surplus property list

Mr. Byrd stated that the list was not yet complete, therefore Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of “5K and Family Fun Day for Kyle” to be held June 23rdand to waive permit fees

Mr. Byrd presented a request to permit the “5K and Family Fun Day for Kyle” on June 23rdto benefit Christopher Kyle Garrison, a resident of Pooler, who has been diagnosed with a brain tumor and is in need of surgery. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the event and to waive the permit fees, contingent upon proper security being arranged. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

7. Revocation of alcoholic beverage license at Robin’s Nest Grill

Mr. Scheer presented an agreement (copy attached to and made a part of these minutes) signed by the owners, Tim and Robin Butler, requesting a continuance of this item. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the continuance until the July 16thmeeting. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

                                                               Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 18, 2012. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilman David Burke and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested amendment to conditions placed on the re-zoning of 78.39 acres of Tract 1 of the Roberts Tract on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the request on behalf of the owner, North Godley Developers, to delete the conditions placed on the re-zoning of 78.39 acres approved on July 21, 2008. Mr. Coleman stated that a requested minor subdivision to create Lot 3 is to be discussed following the public hearing wherein a cold-storage facility is being proposed. Further, that the purpose of amending the conditions is mainly to allow for the height restriction of 35' to revert back to 45', which is the maximum allowable building height in I-1 zoning districts. Councilwoman Benton questioned the number of new jobs this facility would create, wherein Ross Maple, representative from Nordic, stated that the first phase will employ approximately 200, with approximately the same number anticipated for the next phase.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m.

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