Council Minutes March 21, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
March 21, 2011 


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 21, 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 Mayor Lamb 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 Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented bills for March in excess of $1500.00 for payment, making a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Royal reported that the police department responded to 1189 calls since the last meeting, totaling 7749 for the year and that the fire department responded to 131 calls this month, totaling 510 for the year. Chief Wade Simmons reported that the open area fire on Quacco Road has been contained, but will continue to burn for several days. 

STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance and that yard debris will be picked up March 28ththrough the 31st.  

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. Further, that “smoke” testing continues on the sewer lines. 

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported that gymnastics classes continue, that t-ball signups are ongoing and that the 10 & under boys’ basketball team placed 3rdin the GRPA tournament. Further, that the senior citizens will hold a “prom” in April.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Allen reported that no new permits were issued since the last meeting and that 542 inspections were performed. 

Mr. Byrd addressed Council in regards to a recent meeting he attended with the Georgia Department of Transportation to request moving the proposed interstate lighting at I-16 and I-95 to I-16 and Pooler Parkway, due to the fact that the interchange at I-16 and I-95 is going to be reconstructed in the very near future. Mr. Byrd stated that the DOT is in favor of the request. Councilman Allen made a motion to authorize Mr. Byrd to proceed with moving forward with this project to obtain the necessary approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 15 year service pin to Detective Sergeant John Schmitt, thanking him for his continued service. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Second Reading on revision to List of Roadways for the speed limit ordinance asrequested by Georgia Department of Transportation

Mr. Byrd presented the revised list of streets for the speed limit ordinance. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the speed limit ordinance on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Requested 20' front setback fence encroachment variance at 806 S. Rogers Street

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Barry Gabrielson, owner, has requested a 20' front setback fence encroachment variance to allow a six (6) foot privacy fence between his property and the basketball court at the City’s recreation park. Mr. Gabrielson stated that the intent of the fence is to keep people from walking through his property to access the basketball court. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning have recommended approval and that staff recommends Council review the criteria for granting a variance. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variance, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of final PUD of Godley Towne Center Master Plan

Mr. Byrd presented the request for final PUD approval of Godley Towne Center Master Plan, a proposed retail development located at the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of final PUD/development standards for Savannah Quarters, Phase 15 for proposed fire station and other accessory municipal uses

Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC has requested final PUD approval to include development standards for a new City fire station and other accessory municipal uses which may include a water well, elevated water storage tank and sewer pump station. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the final PUD and development standards for Phase 15 of Savannah Quarters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of revision to minor subdivision plat for Parcels A & B, a portion of Tract 12, Savannah Quarters

Mr. Byrd presented a revision to the minor subdivision plat for Parcels A & B of Tract 12, Savannah Quarters, stating that the utility easement on Parcel A was relocated to allow for a 20' buffer between the property and Hamilton Grove Subdivision. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the revision. Motion passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of minor subdivision plat to create Parcels 1 and 2 from a 40.90 acre tract on south side of Pine Barren Road

The Foram Group, Inc., on behalf of Laurence Dunn, has submitted a minor subdivision plat to create Parcels 1 and 2 from a 40.90 acre tract, formerly the Baker Tract, to allow The Foram Group/929 Properties, LLC to purchase Parcel 2. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the minor subdivision plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of final plat/acceptance of performance bond for Phase 2A of The Gates at Savannah Quarters

K. Hovnanian Homes has requested final plat approval for Phase 2A of The Gates at Savannah Quarters, which consists of 40 lots off of Gateway Drive. A performance bond in the amount of $1,546,299.42 has been posted to guarantee completion of the infrastructure. Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond and confirmation from the engineer that the proposed lot widths comply with the lot width percentages approved by Council for Phase 2 in its entirety.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Ryan Smith of Thomas & Hutton Engineering stated that the amount of larger lots now exceeds the original number, therefore, the percentages did not comply, but should be more favorable to Council. Councilman Wall and Councilwoman Benton agreed. 

7. Approval of revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase 1

Mr. Byrd presented the revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase I, to move the lot line between lots 127 and 128 in Phase 1 and lot 145 (Phase 2) in order for the side yard of lot 145 to match the surrounding lots and for lots 127 and 128 to gain additional rear yard space. Mr. Byrd stated that since the revision affects the phase line between Phases 1 and 2, both subdivision plats need to be revised. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the revised plat. Motion passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase 2

Mr. Byrd presented the revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase 2, to move the lot line between lots 127 and 128 in Phase 1and lot 145 (Phase 2) in order for the side yard of lot 145 to match the surrounding lots and for lots 127 and 128 to gain additional rear yard space. Mr. Byrd stated that since the revision affects the phase line between Phases 1 and 2, both subdivision plats need to be revised.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the revised plat. Motion passed without opposition. 

9. Approval of Letter of Application with Georgia Department of Corrections forCommunity Service Program

Mr. Byrd presented a request from the Georgia Department of Corrections for the City to be approved as a Community Service Agency to utilize non-incarcerated individuals ordered to complete community service to perform supervised maintenance and/or general labor throughout the City. William Estill, Probation Officer with the Georgia Department of Corrections, stated that the individuals would be those who have been convicted of non-violent felonies. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the Letter of Application and Memo of Understanding, contingent upon the city attorney approving the Memorandum. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

10. Approval of amendment to city employee handbook regarding attendance and punctuality policy

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the City employee handbook regarding attendance and punctuality, for clarification of the PTO policy. Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve. Motion passed without opposition. 

Councilman Allen made a motion to add Item #11 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

11. Approval of agreement with Beazer Homes to construct four (4) homes

Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with Beazer Homes to allow construction of four (4) homes in the “Hunt Club, Phase III A” prior to the plat being recorded, stating that conditions of the economy have created special circumstances for the developer. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the agreement, subject to the special circumstances. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Rick Colby, resident on S. Rogers Street, addressed Council in regards to the sign that is posted prohibiting a left turn into the Park Lane duplex complex, noting it is not being enforced. Mayor Lamb asked Police Chief Mark Revenew to look into this matter. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:39 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

                                                               Public Hearing

 A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on March 21, 2011. 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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested 20' front setback fence encroachment variance at 806 S. Rogers Street. Barry Gabrielson, owner, presented a request to allow a six foot (6') privacy fence to extend 20' into the front setback of his property. Mr. Gabrielson stated that the fence is needed to keep the youth from walking through his front yard to access the adjacent basketball court at the City’s recreation park. Rick Colby, adjacent property owner, stated that he was in favor of the request, noting that the fence will lessen the potential for criminal activity in the area, which he has experienced in the past.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:50 p.m.

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