The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 5, 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 and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Bruce Allen and Councilman Mike Royal were absent.
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 Wall, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented bills for payment for the month in excess of $1500.00, and made a motion to pay these bills, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Burke reported that the police department responded to 1211 calls during the period of June 17th through July 3rd, totaling 13,958 calls for the year. Deputy Fire Chief Ashley Fields reported that the fire department responded to 222 calls in June, totaling 1224 calls for the year.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilwoman Black reported that registration for men’s basketball is ongoing and that youth basketball games continue.
Councilwoman Benton reported that 10 new single family residential permits, five (5) attached unit and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 73 residential, 13 attached unit and 19 commercial permits for the year, with 1181 inspections performed.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Requested 15' front setback variance within the proposed Harmony GreeneTownhome development
A public hearing was held prior wherein several adjacent property owners expressed concern about the development having inadequate parking if the variance is allowed, noting a potential for parking on the street, causing a safety issue for the residents in The Harmony. Joe Severin of Long Engineering presented the request, stating that the variance is needed to preserve the wetlands, with the plans showing a 75' buffer between the development and the wetlands. Councilman Wall reiterated the residents concerns about parking, noting that there is no public transit in the City. Further, that the development has no way of prohibiting parking on the streets, which would become a burden on the police department to enforce. And, that the purpose of the Planned Unit Development in this area was to have “open space” within the development. Therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the variance, based on the request not meeting any of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of minor subdivision plat of Lots 13, 14 and a recombination of the rear portion of Lots 14 and 15 to create a third lot on Carver Street
Mr. Byrd presented a minor subdivision plat of Lots 13, 14 and a recombination of the rear portion of Lots 14 and 15 to create a third lot on Carver Street, stating that the plat meets the requirements of the City’s subdivision ordinance. Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of site plan for Enmark Station at 830 W. Highway 80
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for the proposed Enmark Station at 830 W. Highway 80, stating that all the engineer comments have been addressed and that the Department of Transportation has approved the plan. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the following: a privacy fence being constructed (prior to the permit being issued) at the semi-circle leading into Worthington Estates Subdivision, the berm being increased from four feet (4') high to eight feet (8') high with a six foot (6') high privacy fence being placed on top, the privacy fence around the perimeter of the development being placed from property line to property line and downcast lighting being used, with shields installed if needed in the future. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. Stewart Daniel, Project Engineer for Enmark Stations, stated that he was in agreement with the contingencies.
4. Approval of Change Order #2 for sidewalk extension project from Pooler Parkway toRogers Street
Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #2 in the amount of $2069.00 for the sidewalk extension project from Pooler Parkway to Rogers Street. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
5. Approval of application for alcoholic beverage license for Salvatore F. Pagano, Jr. at Dizzy Dean’s Restaurant & Tavern
Mr. Byrd presented an application for an alcoholic beverage license for Salvatore F. Pagano, Jr. at Dizzy Dean’s Restaurant & Tavern, noting that Police Chief Mark Revenew has recommended approval.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black, to approve the license, to include Sunday sales. Motion passed without opposition.
Residents of The Harmony addressed Council in regards to the proposed Harmony Greene Townhome development. Twana & Anthony Maben, residents of The Harmony, expressed concern about the development being low income townhomes, noting that the safety and security of the residents needs to be addressed. Mr. Scheer stated that while safety is a valid concern, every developer has to be treated the same and as long as the project is a permitted use (multi-family) and meets the criteria, then the development will be considered for approval. Cynthia Manochio, resident of The Harmony, noted that she has been told that the long term maintenance of the property is for a period of 20 years (as long as tax credits are available), asking what will happen when that time expires.Mr. Byrd replied that all property owners are responsible for the maintenance of their property and that the City’s Code Enforcement Department would handle any violations. Warren Banta, resident of The Harmony, expressed concern over the fact that once the trees were removed for this project, the sound barrier to I-16 would be removed. Talisia Turner of The Harmony addressed Council in regard to recent flooding on Harmony Boulevard during a heavy rain storm. Mr. Byrd stated that the heavy rain fell during high tide, wherein flooding of roadways will occur.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:58 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on July 5, 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 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 15' front setback variance within the proposed Harmony Greene Townhome development. Denis Blackburne of The Woda Group and Joe Severin, Project Manager with Long Engineering presented the requested variance, stating that their plan is to preserve as much wetlands as possible for a more efficient use of the land, noting the project has a heavy emphasis on green construction with a goal to minimize the environmental impact of the development. Residents of The Harmony presented concerns as follows: Cynthia Manochio stated that if the variance is allowed, there will be inadequate parking space in the driveways, causing people to park in the streets, presenting a safety issue. Warren Banta asked that “no parking” signs be placed.
There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:54 p.m.