Council Minutes June 6, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
June 6, 2011 


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 6, 2011. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were 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. Councilman Bruce Allen was absent due to work.

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented bills for May 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.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 203 calls in May, totaling 1003 for the year and that the police department responded to 1553 calls during the period of May 13ththrough June 2nd, totaling 11,995 for the year.

STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance and that traffic calming devices have been installed on Symons Street. 

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 the regular baseball and softball seasons have ended, with GRPA tournaments beginning this month. Further, that the senior citizens will be celebrating Father’s Day and the months’ birthdays with a fish fry on June 10th.  

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that eight (8) new single family residential and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 48 residential and 18 commercial permits for the year, with 926 inspections performed.

Chris Lightle of Karp, Ronning & Tindol, CPA presented the 2010 audit, stating that once again the City ranks among the best in financial reporting. Councilman Wall thanked Finance Officer Michelle McNeely, City staff and Mr. Lightle for their hard work in assuring that all standards are being met with regards to the City’s finances.        

Councilwoman Black welcomed Pooler Elementary Principal Meghan Kicklighter, PTA President Katie Gigis and PTA Vice President Marco George to the meeting. Ms. Kicklighter presented Mayor Lamb with a plaque in appreciation of the City’s assistance with the 5K recently held as a PTA fundraiser.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of recombination plat to combine Lots A-2C and A-2D into a 4.28 acre           parcel on Towne Center Court

Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat to combine Lots A-2C and A-2D into a 4.28 acre parcel on Towne Center Court, stating that the larger lot is needed for a proposed skating rink. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested “conditional use” at 309 Moore Avenue to operate a family home daycare

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented.Janet Long, owner, presented her request for a conditional use to allow her to operate a family home daycare out of her new home at 309 Moore Avenue. Ms. Long previously resided at 516 Heritage Court and operated a family home daycare there for the past 23 years. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the conditional use, based on the request meeting the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of minor subdivision plat of Lot A-1 located at the end of Towne Center Drive

Mr. Byrd presented a minor subdivision plat of Lot A-1 located at the end of Towne Center Drive, to create Lot A-1A and A-1B, noting that a water park is proposed on Lot A-1B. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

3. Release of maintenance bond for waterline extension to Flowers Distribution Facility at 1285 E. Highway 80

Mr. Byrd presented a request to release the maintenance bond for the waterline extension to Flowers Distribution Facility at 1285 E. Highway 80, stating that the Public Works Department and staff have recommended the bond be released. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to release the maintenance bond. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Request from First Baptist Church of Springfield to allow fireworks sales in Wal-Mart parking lot June 24ththrough July 5thand to waive permit fee

First Baptist Church of Springfield has contracted with TNT Fireworks for a fundraiser to be held in the parking lot of Wal-Mart from June 24ththrough July 5th. Pastor David Sharp was present and stated that the funds raised from this event will be used to offset the cost of the church’s mission trips and summer activities that their students participate in. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the request and to waive the permit fee, contingent upon all local, state and federal regulations being met. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of application for Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) loan for water main extension along Pooler Parkway under I-16

Mr. Byrd presented an application for a Georgia Fund (State Funds) loan with the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority for the water main extension along Pooler Parkway under I-16 to loop the water system. Mr. Byrd stated that the loan is for $640,000, which is the estimated cost for the project. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the application. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

Mr. William J. Hunter, resident on Old Louisville Road, addressed Council in regards to a matter pertaining to a private easement adjacent to his property being fenced, prohibiting him access through the property owned by Northpoint. Mr. Scheer stated that this is a civil matter which should be handled through Superior Court.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 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 June 6, 2011. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were 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 this hearing was to discuss a requested “conditional use” at 309 Moore Avenue to operate a family home daycare. Janet Long, owner, presented her request to allow her to care for up to six (6) children in her home, which she has recently purchased. Ms. Long stated that she has operated a licensed family home daycare at 516 Heritage Court for 23 years.

 There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:46 p.m.

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