The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 16, 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.
The invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilwoman Black.
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 Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 1118 calls during the period of April 29ththrough May 12th, totaling 10,462 for the year and that the fire department responded to 109 calls this month, totaling 909 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 there will be a gymnastics show on May 20th, baseball, softball and soccer games are ongoing, registration for summer basketball is underway and that the seniors will be participating in a “fun” day on Wednesday
Councilman Allen reported that nine (9) new single family residential, six (6) attached unit and five (5) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 40 residential, eight (8) attached unit and 17 commercial permits for the year, with 849 inspections performed.
Mayor Lamb presented a plaque, which has been awarded to the City, thanking the citizens who volunteered to be members of the “2010 Census Complete Count Committee”, along with Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver, Zoning Assistant Kim Classen and Administrative Clerk Terrie Cook, noting that without their help, the City’s Census count would have not been as successful.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of recombination plat of Lots 1 & 2 on W. Highway 80 for Coastal Bank
Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat of Lots 1 & 2 on W. Highway 80 for the proposed Dollar General. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of recombination plat to combine Lots A-2C and A-2D into a 4.28 acre parcel on Towne Center Court
Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be tabled. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of application from Dale Saunders of the West Chatham Det 1326 Marine Corps League for a temporary/special event permit to dispense alcoholic beverages on May 20th& 21stat the Best Western
Mr. Byrd presented an application from Dale Saunders of the West Chatham Det 1326 Marine Corps League for a temporary/special event permit to dispense (at no charge) alcoholic beverages (beer and wine) at the Best Western during the League’s annual state meeting. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the application. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
4. Approval of application for alcoholic beverage license for Sheelaben Randerwala at Coastal Spirits
Sheelaben Randerwala has submitted an application for an alcoholic beverage license at Coastal Spirits located at 107 South Godley Station Boulevard. Mr. Byrd stated that the application is due to a change in ownership and that Police Chief Mark Revenew has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
5. Approval of Change Order #1 for Wastewater Treatment Plant Pond Pump Station project
Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #1 to add a 10" force main pipe and electrical switch required to handle the capacity of sewage being sent from the Maple Street lift station in Bloomingdale, now and in the future. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the change order in the amount of $54,984.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
6. Approval of amendment to employee handbook regarding holiday policy
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the City employees’ handbook regarding the holiday policy, in particular, how the public safety (12-hour shift) employees are paid. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the amendment. Motion passed without opposition.
7. Resolution regarding package sales of alcoholic beverages on Sunday by retailers of malt beverages, wine and distilled spirits
Mayor Lamb read the provisions of the resolution to allow citizens to vote in November on whether package sales of beer, wine and distilled spirits be permitted by retailers in the City. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed with Councilman Allen abstaining.
8. Resolution regarding budget adjustment 2011-02 for the General Fund and Water/Sewer Fund
Michelle McNeely, Finance Officer, presented a resolution regarding budget adjustment 2011-02 (copy attached to and made part of these minutes) for the General Fund and the Water/Sewer Fund, stating that the police department has received donations to be used for miscellaneous equipment expenses. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the resolution. Motion passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:41 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.