The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 18, 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 bills for April 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.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 115 calls this month, totaling 720 for the year and that the police department responded to 1048 calls during the period of April 1stthrough the 14th, totaling 8376 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 gymnastics classes continue, that t-ball practice has begun and that baseball, softball and soccer games are ongoing.
Councilman Allen reported that six (6) new single family residential and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 24 residential and 11 commercial permits for the year, with 640 inspections performed.
Councilman Allen stated that there is a vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board and made a motion to appoint Craig Beck as alternate on the Board. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Further, that a PUD Review Board meeting is scheduled for April 25that 5:30 p.m.
Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Kim Classen, Zoning Assistant, thanking her for her continued service.
Police Chief Mark Revenew, along with Mayor Lamb, expressed appreciation to Laura Chan, Rev. John Fender and James & Janice Burnett (not present at the meeting) in recognition of their generous donations to the police department.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of Project Framework Agreement with Georgia Department ofTransportation for funding of certain portions of traffic signal at Highway 80 &Pine Barren Road
Mr. Byrd stated that after speaking with the Georgia Department of Transportation in regards to funding the engineering portion of the project, it was determined that the project can be completed by the City in less time than if the DOT contracted the installation. Therefore, Mr. Byrd asked that this item be withdrawn. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to withdraw this item.Motion passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Award bid for clearing land for fire station at Savannah Quarters
Mr. Byrd presented three (3) bids for clearing the land for the proposed fire station at Savannah Quarters, noting the low bidder, J. L. Hardin, Inc. has been recommended by the city’s engineer. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to award the bid to J. L. Hardin, Inc. in the amount of $35,660.00. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Approval of Second Amendment to Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Agreement with Waste Management of Savannah
Mr. Byrd presented the Second Amendment to the Solid Waste Collection and Disposal Agreement with Waste Management of Savannah, stating that the current agreement is due to expire on December 31st. Mr. Scheer reminded Council that one council cannot bind another, asking if Waste Management was aware of this. Russell Hightower, representing Waste Management of Savannah, replied that the company was aware. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the Second Amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of amendment to city employee handbook regarding drug-free workplace policy
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the city employee handbook regarding a drug-free workplace policy, stating that a provision for random drug testing has been added. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment.Motion passed without opposition.
4. Approval of amendment to city employee handbook regarding seatbelt policy
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the city employee handbook to require all employees while operating or riding as a passenger in any vehicle engaged in going about the business of the City, stating that even though State law requires seat belts, the policy is required to apply for public safety and public works grants. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb read aloud a proclamation in regards to May 20ththrough 22nd, 2011 being “ Marine Corps League Weekend” in the City.
Charles Archer, resident, reminded everyone of the need for volunteers at the new community playground being constructed at the West Chatham YMCA.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.