Council Minutes July 2, 2012

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
July 2, 2012 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 2, 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, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Bruce Allen was absent due to work.

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 made by Councilman Wall, 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 Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Royal stated that the fire department responded to 203 calls in June, totaling 1233 for the year and that the police department responded to 1189 calls during the period of June 15ththrough the 28th, totaling 15,444 calls for 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 performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported that the eight (8) and under boys’ all-star baseball team has advanced to the State tournament.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 10 new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 123 single family and 26 commercial permits for the year, with 1963 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Police Officer Michael Huff, thanking him for his continued service.

Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Police Officer Tommy Steeley, thanking him for his continued service.

Police Chief Mark Revenew introduced the new police officers, Nick Clay, Michael Lanier, Kaylah Jamison and Michael Swords.

Mayor Lamb welcomed Eddie DeLoach, candidate for Chairman of the Chatham County Commission to the meeting. Mr. DeLoach addressed Council in regards to his campaign.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of Letter of Agreement with The Board of Regents of the University System of Georgia for review and update to the City’s Position Classification System and Compensation Plan

Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with the University System of Georgia for a review and update to the City’s position and classification system to be performed by the Carl Vinson Institute of Government.Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the agreement. Motion passed with Councilman Wall opposing.

2. Approval of surplus property list

Mr. Byrd presented a list of equipment to be declared surplus, stating that the items will then be auctioned on GovDeals. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the surplus property list. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested zoning map amendment of 13.69 acres in the southern portion of Towne Park Pooler Townhome Community on Governor Treutlen Drive

Mr. Scheer stated that this item was erroneously placed on the agenda and that it is scheduled to be discussed on July 16th.

2. Requested variance on the minimum acreage requirements in the R-4 zoning district for the northern 12.13 acres of Towne Park Pooler Townhome Community

Mr. Scheer stated that this item was erroneously placed on the agenda and that it is scheduled to be discussed on July 16th.

3. Approval of site plan for Mattress Firm at 435 Pooler Parkway

A site plan for a proposed Mattress Firm retail store has been submitted to locate at 435 Pooler Parkway within the Pooler Marketplace. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and Staff recommend approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the site plan, contingent upon approval by the Godley Station Architectural Review Board. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Somersby, Phase 2A-2

Pine Barren Partners, LLC has submitted a final plat for Phase 2A-2 of Somersby Subdivision, which consists of 12 lots. Mr. Byrd stated that all of the infrastructure is complete and a maintenance bond has been posted in the amount of $38,585.12. Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5. Award bid for water and sewer extension to Fire Station #4

Mr. Byrd presented bids for the water and sewer extension to serve Fire Station #4 on Barrow Drive. Councilman Wall made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Tyson Utilities Construction, in the amount of $415,895.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

6. First Reading on amendment to alcoholic beverages ordinance to establish additional rules and regulations

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the alcoholic beverages ordinance to establish additional rules and regulations pertaining to patrons vacating the premises after closing time. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

7. First Reading on amendment to loitering ordinance to prohibit remaining or loitering in city parks during certain hours

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the loitering ordinance to prohibit people from remaining or loitering in City parks during the hours of 10:00 p.m. and 7:00 a.m. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

8. First Reading on amendment to traffic and vehicles ordinance to prohibit driving across private property to avoid intersections

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the traffic and vehicles ordinance to prohibit driving across private property to avoid intersections. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the amendment on First Reading, to include Mr. Scheer’s recommendation to change the word “discretion” to “lawful command”. Motion passed without opposition. 

9. First Reading on motorized cart and community transportation vehicle ordinance

Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance pertaining to motorized cart and community transportation vehicles (i.e., golf carts, all-terrain vechicles) to provide for rules and regulations for operating on public roads and other public property. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:34 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Note regarding Public Hearing placed on agenda:

Mr. Scheer stated that due to the public hearing not scheduled until  July 16, 2012, the hearing was not to be held, further that it was erroneously placed on the agenda.

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