The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 3, 2011. 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 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 by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented accounts payable information for December, making a motion to pay bills in excess of $1500.00, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 170 calls in December, totaling 2241 calls for the year and further, that the police department responded to 1297 calls in December, totaling 31,796 calls for the year.
PARKS & TREES/STREET/DRAINAGE
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters have been met at the wastewater treatment plant. Further, that the catwalks that were approved at the last meeting have been installed at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilwoman Black reported that registration for tumbling and dance classes continue and that youth basketball games begin on January 7th.
Councilman Allen reported that 146 single family residential, 21 attached residential unit, one (1) multi-family and 47 commercial permits were issued in 2010, with 3280 inspections performed. Councilman Allen noted that there is a vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board and made a motion to appoint Laura Chan to serve as Alternate. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Kojo Kusi, Athletic Turf Laborer II, thanking him for his continued service.
Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to outgoing Planning & Zoning Commissioner Charles Archer, thanking him for his eight (8) years of service on the Board.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Request for median cut at intersection of Grand Central Blvd/Pooler Parkway/Pipemaker’s Circle
Councilwoman Black stepped down from her seat. Jerry Cramer, property owner on Pooler Parkway, presented a request for a median cut to be installed at the intersection of Grand Central Blvd./Pooler Parkway/Pipemaker’s Circle, stating that the conceptual design meets Department of Transportation requirements for distance from the other median cuts on the Parkway and that it is designed to be wider than the one at the intersection of Isaac G. LaRoche Drive. Councilwoman Benton questioned whether the property owners would be willing to install a traffic signal, concurrent with the median cut being installed. Mr. Cramer replied that he would have to check with the other property owners to see if funding is available. Councilman Wall expressed concern over the amount of traffic signals already on the Parkway, noting that he is not in agreement with adding any more signals and further, that a median cut at this intersection would create a traffic hazard. After further discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion to deny the request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. Councilwoman Black returned to her seat.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of Mutual Aid Agreement with Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department
Mr. Byrd presented a mutual aid agreement with the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department that will provide emergency assistance in the form of personnel, equipment, material and other associated services during times of disaster. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the agreement. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Award bid for roadside grass cutting
Mr. Byrd presented three (3) bids for roadside grass cutting and routine operational maintenance on the City’s real property, including pick-up and removal of trash and debris. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, TideWater Landscape Management, Inc., in the amount of $131,336.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:45 p.m. to discuss land acquisition matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:00 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.