Council Minutes August 6, 2012

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL  MINUTES
AUGUST 6, 2012

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 6, 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 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 the bills, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Royal stated that the police department responded to 1619 calls during the period of July 13ththrough August 2nd, totaling 18,325 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 practice has begun for football, cheerleading and fall soccer and that the men’s basketball season has begun.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Allen reported that 15 new single family residential, one (1) attached unit, 24 stacked condominium and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 144 single family, 11 attached unit, 24 stacked condominium and 32 commercial permits for the year, with 2474 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb presented a 20-year service pin to Sanford Elton, Drainage Superintendent, thanking him for his continued service.

Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Jim Ward, Lieutenant with the police department, thanking him for his continued service.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested conditional use to allow construction of a new telecommunication tower facility at 1112 Little Neck Road

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. National Wireless Construction, LLC has petitioned the City for a conditional use to allow construction of a new telecommunication tower facility at 1112 Little Neck Road. Mr. Scheer stated that the agreement presented at Planning & Zoning between Waste Management and National Wireless Construction, LLC is a two-party private agreement and in no way involves the City of Pooler.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the conditional use, based on review of the criteria and contingent upon the conditions listed in the telecommunication site review from CityScape Consultants being met. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of site plan for proposed cell tower at 1112 Little Neck Road

Jonathan Yates, representing National Wireless Construction, LLC, presented the site plan for a proposed 184' monopole telecommunications structure at 1112 Little Neck Road. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon reflective tape being added to the tower as required by ordinance and all of the recommendations submitted by CityScape being met. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of preliminary construction plan revision for Hunt Club, Phase 3B

Mr. Byrd presented a preliminary construction plan revision for Phase 3B of the Hunt Club Subdivision, stating that the original phase was approved with a combination of 65' and 55' width lots, but due to difficult marketing conditions, the developer has proposed the phase to include only 55' wide lots. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that the number of 55' wide lots is well below the required 35% limit. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan, contingent upon NRCS approval for LDA issuance. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of special event permit for Pooler 5K to be held September 8thand to waive fees

Pastor John Fender of Pooler First Presbyterian Church and Sgt. John Schmitt of the police department presented a request to permit the Pooler 5K on September 8thand to waive the fees. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Amando L. Garcia at Los Bravos Restaurant, 1108 E. Highway 80, Suites 500 & 600

Mr. Byrd presented an application for an alcoholic beverage license for Amando L. Garcia at the proposed Los Bravos Restaurant. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license, including Sunday sales. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

6. Award bid for pond excavation/installation of outfall structure at pedestrian park on W. Highway 80

Mr. Byrd presented bids for the pond excavation/installation of an outfall structure at the pedestrian park on W. Highway 80. Councilman Allen made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Harco Construction in the amount of $45,060.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of amendment to Schedule of Fees regarding sanitation and backflow preventer inspection fees

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the Schedule of Fees to add a fee for an additional recycling cart pickup per month as well fees for inspections of backflow prevention devices. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment. Motion passed without opposition.

8. First Reading on amendment to utilities ordinance regarding water service

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utilities ordinance to require owners to connect directly with the City’s water system within 90 days of notice to do so, provided that the water system is within 100 feet of the property line. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

9. First Reading on amendment to utilities ordinance regarding water supply systems

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utilities ordinance to provide that no person or entity may place into use any individual water well system which yields a flow of greater than 65 gallons per minute.Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

10. First Reading on amendment to utilities ordinance regarding inspections to backflow preventers

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utilities ordinance to provide for annual inspection fees of backflow prevention devices and that if the fees are not paid within 60 days of the inspection/reinspection, water service will be disconnected. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to executive session at approximately 6:35 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:08 p.m. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to authorize the city manager or his designee to act consistently with other municipalities in regards to school crossing guards. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:10 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

                                                               Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on August 6, 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 McNeely and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.  

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use to allow construction of a new telecommunication tower facility at 1112 Little Neck Road. Jonathan Yates, representing National Wireless Construction, LLC, presented the requested conditional use stating that the property, owned by Paul Grizzard, is a 45-acre tract where a 184-foot monopole tower is proposed on a 75' x 75' leased area. 

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

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