The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 1, 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:
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 Royal reported that the fire department responded to 186 calls this month, totaling 1411 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1131 calls during the period of July 15ththrough the 28th, totaling 16,205 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 there are a limited number of spaces left for dance class, that men’s basketball practice begins August 8thand that registration continues for football and cheerleading, with practice beginning August 4th. Further, that the senior citizens will be celebrating the month’s birthdays on August 10th.
Councilwoman Benton reported that two (2) new single family residential permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 82 residential permits for the year, with 1446 inspections performed.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of site plan for a proposed Family Dollar at 1028 W. Highway 80
Pooler Retail, LLC has submitted a site plan for a proposed Family Dollar store to be located at 1028 W. Highway 80. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval, contingent upon the side elevations of the building being of a different material other than metal. J. J. Anderson, representing the developer, presented a drawing of the exterior finish of the building, stating that the plan is to use split face block. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon the front and side elevations being split face block. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of site plan for a proposed Royal Skate Center at 4 Towne Center Court
Fun City Investments, LLC has submitted a site plan for Royal Skate Center at 4 Towne Center Court. Councilwoman Benton questioned how the site will be accessed. Tony Coker, general contractor for the project, replied that access will be from Towne Center Boulevard (adjacent to Cheddar’s), with a right turn onto Towne Center Court, similar to the access to the bowling alley. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the site plan, contingent upon the approval of the Godley Station Architectural Review Board. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Release of performance bond for the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter and outparcels at the intersection of Pine Barren Road & Pooler Parkway
Mr. Byrd presented a request from the developer of the proposed Wal-Mart Supercenter and outparcels, stating that a final inspection was performed on July 14thwith all of the punch list items being addressed. Councilman Wall made a motion to release the performance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Sombersy Subdivision, Phase 2A
Mr. Byrd presented preliminary construction plans for Phase 2A (167 lots) of Somersby Subdivision, stating that on April 4thof this year, plans for all of Phase 2 were re-approved. The developer’s intent now is to begin construction on 39 of the 167 lots, to be identified as Phase 2A, with the lots being platted in two (2) separate phases as Phase 2A-1, consisting of 27 lots and Phase 2A-2, consisting of 12 lots. Terry Coleman of Kern Coleman & Company LLC and Wade Seyle, representing the developer, were present. Councilman Wall presented concern about the time frame proposed for the construction of a sidewalk along Pine Barren Road, requesting that construction begin sooner than the completion of 50% of the 167 lots in Phase 2, proposing that construction begin after the 27 lots in Phase 2A-1 are permitted. Mr. Coleman stated that due to the economy, the developer is experiencing financial hardship and would like more time. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plans for Somersby Subdivision, Phase 2A, contingent upon the construction of the sidewalk in the right-of-way/easement on Pine Barren Road to begin prior to the building permit being issued for the 30thlot and to be completed before the 39thlot is permitted. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed opposition.
5. Approval of proposal from Kern-Coleman & Co. LLC for surveying and engineering services for traffic signal at Pine Barren Road & Highway 80
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Kern-Coleman & Co., LLC for surveying and engineering services for a traffic signal at Pine Barren Road and Highway 80. Councilman Burke made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $45,500.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.
6. Approval of special event permit for Horsin’ Around - Iron Horse Rodeo to be held October 1stat Oglethorpe Speedway Park and to waive permit fees
Jill Ward, volunteer for Horsin’ Around, a non-profit therapeutic riding program for special needs individuals in Southeast Georgia, presented a request for an Iron Horse Rodeo to be held on October 1stat Oglethorpe Speedway Park. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the event to be held and to waive the permit fees. Motion passed without opposition.
7. Request from First Presbyterian Church of Pooler for permit for The Daniel Defense Pooler 5K on September 10thto benefit the Warrior Transition Unit of Fort Stewart
Rev. John Fender, pastor of First Presbyterian Church of Pooler and Sergeant John Schmitt of the Pooler Police Department, presented a request to permit the Second Annual Pooler 5K, stating that proceeds will benefit the Warrior Transition Unit at Fort Stewart where wounded, injured and ill soldiers go to heal. Rev. Fender noted that the request includes the run taking place on City streets, to close those streets as necessary to ensure safety of the runners, to provide six (6) off-duty police officers to provide security and for the City to make available trash cans to be delivered prior to the event and picked up afterwards. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the Second Annual Pooler 5K, to waive all permit fees and to approve the aforementioned items requested. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
Councilman Burke made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:58 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:16 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:16 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.