The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 17, 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, Finance Officer/Assistant City Manager Michelle McNeely 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 Mayor Lamb.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
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.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 89 calls this month, totaling 1783 for the year. Further, that the police department responded to 1105 calls during the period of September 1stthrough the 13th, totaling 21,938 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 men’s basketball games continue and that football and soccer games have begun.
Councilwoman Benton reported that five (5) new single family residential permits and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 172 single family and 40 commercial permits for the year, with inspections performed. Further, that there will be two (2) vacancies on the Planning & Zoning Board, effective
January 1, 2013.
Karen Robertson, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, addressed Council in regards to the Chamber’s ongoing activities.
Mr. Scheer asked that Item #3 under New Business be added to the agenda as well as an Executive Session to discuss legal and land acquisition matters. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to add these items. Motion passed without opposition.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of alcoholic beverage license (beer and wine) for Ganshyam Patel at Sk8 Wings, a new restaurant at 4 Towne Center Court
Mr. Byrd presented an application for alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) to be served at the new Sk8 Wings Restaurant at 4 Towne Center Court, the same location as the new skating rink. Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the request, based on public safety and health issues. Councilwoman Benton seconded the motion. Discussion followed, wherein Dean Kicklighter, representing Mr. Patel and based on his experience in real estate, expressed apologies for the misunderstanding that occurred when the site plan was approved about whether the restaurant would be serving alcohol. Mr. Kicklighter stated that the intention of the entire amusement center is to provide family fun and be a destination for entertainment in the Coastal Empire area. Mayor Lamb called for the vote; motion passed with Councilwoman Black opposing.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. 1. Amendment to the Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan to change the zoning of two (2) parcels on Pooler Parkway from Commercial/Office to Multi-Family
Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be withdrawn. The request was honored.
2. Approval of site plan for Pooler Retail Center on Towne Center Drive
A site plan has been submitted to construct a 11,350 sq. ft. retail center on the corner of Towne Center Drive and Towne Center Court. Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon approval of the Godley Station Architectural Review Board.Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Renewal of moratorium regarding internet cafés
Mr. Scheer asked that this item be tabled in order to review the proposed ordinance regarding internet cafés, noting that the ordinance will be placed on the next Council agenda. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.
Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:35 p.m. to discuss legal and land acquisition matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:28 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:28 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
September 17, 2012. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were 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 an amendment to the Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan to change the zoning of two (2) parcels on Pooler Parkway from Commercial/Office to Multi-Family. Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested the request be withdrawn.
There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:46 p.m.