Council Minutes May 2, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
May 2, 2011

 

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 2, 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 and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Mike Royal was absent due to a recent medical procedure.

The invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Lamb.

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:

FINANCE

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.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 1162 calls during the period of April 15ththrough the 30th, totaling 9324 for the year and that the fire department responded to 197 calls in April, totaling 800 for the 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 gymnastics classes continue, that t-ball practice has begun and that baseball, softball and soccer games are ongoing.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Allen reported that seven (7) new single family residential and

one (1) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 31 residential and 12 commercial permits for the year, with 735 inspections performed. 

Collis Brown, State NFIP Coordinator, presented a plaque to Mayor Lamb in regards to the City’s Community Rating System Class Rating of “7", noting that this rating reflects a reduction from a rating of “8", and that the City has been diligent in going above and beyond the minimum requirements for the program. Further, that the new rating will generate a 15% automatic reduction in flood insurance premiums. Mr. Brown commended CRS Coordinator Jackie Carver for her outstanding work to ensure that the citizens’ interests are a top priority.  

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested conditional use to operate a 10 acre water park at the end of Towne Center Drive

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Jay Patel, on behalf of Bansi Properties, LLC, presented a request for a conditional use to operate a water park at the end of Towne Center Drive in the Towne Center Amusement Complex, adjacent to the Royal Cinema. Mr. Patel stated that the water park will be operational from April through September, with an anticipated 1200 visitors per day. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the conditional use, based on the request meeting the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of Amendment #1 to the Morgan Lakes Final PUD Master Plan

The developer of Morgan Lakes Subdivision has submitted Amendment #1 to the Final PUD Master Plan to adjust the product allocation within Parcel 1,

Phases 1 - 6. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment. Motion passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of site plan for Phase 3 of Mitsubishi Power Systems plant

Mitsubishi Power Systems Manufacturing has submitted a site plan for Phase 3, a multi-phased development which includes four (4) acres within the previously approved Phases 1 & 2. A building is proposed adjacent to an existing building in Phase 2 along with 63 additional parking spaces and a rail spur off of the current rail line that serves the site. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of recombination plat for a portion of The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phases 1A and 1B

The developer of Morgan Lakes Subdivision has submitted a recombination plat for a portion of The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phase 1A and 1B, to convert 44 townhome lots into 20 detached, single-family lots, to coincide with Amendment #1 to the Morgan Lakes Final PUD Master Plan previously approved. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the recombination plat. Motion passed without opposition.

 5. Approval of Contract for Professional Services with the Coastal Regional Commission to update the City’s Short Term Work Program

Mr. Byrd presented a contract for professional Services with the Coastal Regional Commission to provide technical assistance and administrative services to update the City’s Short Term Work Program. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the contract in the amount of $4000.00, contingent upon the city attorney approving the contract. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.    

 6. Approval of addendum to proposal from GE for membranes and deflector plates at wastewater treatment plant

Mr. Byrd presented an addendum to the proposal from GE for installation of membranes and deflector plates at the wastewater treatment plant, stating that GE will be responsible for the insurance required for this project. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the addendum, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Approval of Joint Funding Agreement with U.S. Geological Survey, United States Department of the Interior for a Lower Floridian Study

Mr. Byrd presented a Joint Funding Agreement with the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS), United States Department of the Interior, for the “Pooler Lower Floridian Study”to be conducted with the amount of $57,650.00 being contributed by the USGS and the remaining $97,650.00 being paid by the City. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the agreement. Motion passed without opposition.

 

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.

                                                               Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on

May 2, 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 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 conditional use to operate a 10-acre water park at the end of Towne Center Drive. Jay Patel, representing Bansi Properties, LLC, presented a request for a conditional use to operate a water park, stating that construction will begin later in the year and be completed by April 2012.  

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:48 p.m.

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