The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 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 Councilwoman Black.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilman Royal, 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 Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 99 calls this month, totaling 1323 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1116 calls during the period of July 1stthrough the 14th, totaling 15,074 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, as well as registration for football, cheerleading and fall soccer. Further, that youth basketball games continue and that the senior citizens will be taking a trip to the Botanical Gardens.
Councilman Allen reported that seven (7) new single family residential and
one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 80 residential and 20 commercial permits for the year, with 1301 inspections performed.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of Final PUD and site plan for proposed Harmony Greene Townhomedevelopment on Harmony Boulevard
The WODA Group has submitted a site plan for 50 townhome units within 28.1 acres, of which 9.9 acres are designated wetlands and the proposed development is “affordable” housing with the cost of rent being determined by the average median income. Mr. Byrd recommended that a “hold harmless” agreement be submitted by the developer and recorded on the plat to address repairs being made to the sewer line where the sidewalks will be placed, that a privacy fence be constructed in the front of the development, from the lift station to the wetlands and a privacy fence be constructed from the back portion of the development to the wetlands. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the Final PUD and site plan, contingent upon Mr. Byrd’s recommendation, with no certificates of occupancy being issued until the fences are in place. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Curry Wadsworth, developer, stated that he agreed to the contingencies. Further, that after meeting with the residents in The Harmony, the concerns were addressed and the information presented was accepted by the residents.
2. Approval of final plat for The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase IV
Mr. Byrd presented the final plat for The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, Phase IV, stating that it includes the clubhouse, common area and the right-of-way for the streets for conveyance to the homeowners association. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the final plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of recombination plat of Lots A and B at the corner of Old Dean Forest Road and U.S. Highway 80
The owners, Roger Hudson and Rick Ali, have requested a recombination of Lots A and B, known as 1554 Old Louisville Road (U.S. Highway 80) and 1810 Old Dean Forest Road to shift the lot line.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the recombination plat. Motion passed without opposition.
4. Adoption of 2011 millage rate
Mr. Byrd presented information regarding the proposed 2011 millage rate, stating that staff recommendation is to adopt the same millage rate as 2010, which is 4.635 mills. Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt the millage rate for 2011 at 4.635 mills. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall stated that the “roll-back” information submitted by Chatham County provided for an increase to the millage rate based on the tax digest, commending Mr. Byrd and Finance Officer Michelle McNeely for a job well done in making it possible to not raise the millage rate, which has been done in Chatham County and the City of Savannah.
5. Approval of travel policy for City employees
Mr. Byrd presented a travel expense reimbursement policy for City employees. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:19 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.