The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 19, 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 Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Josie Black, daughter of Councilwoman Black.
Mr. Scheer asked that approval of the minutes of the previous meeting be tabled, due to an issue in Item #1 under Old Business needing to be addressed. Councilman Allen made a motion to table the approval of the minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without 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 130 calls during the period of September 1st through the 19th, totaling 1726 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1176 calls during September 2ndthrough 15th, totaling 20,169 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 dance and tumbling classes, men’s basketball games and youth football and soccer games continue, with registration for youth basketball ongoing. Further, that the senior citizens will celebrate the month’s birthdays on September 21st.
Councilman Allen reported that four (4) new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and six (6) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 101 residential, 15 attached unit and 26 commercial permits for the year, with 1884 inspections performed.
Mayor Lamb presented a 15-year service pin to Shawn McNelly, Street & Drainage Superintendent, thanking him for his continued service.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Second Reading on amendment to Taxation ordinance regarding license fees for insurance companies
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the taxation ordinance regarding license fees for insurance companies, stating that due to the increase in the City’s population, the annual license fee may now be increased from $50.00 to $75.00. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of minor subdivision plat to create Parcels E-2A, E-2B and a 60' right-of- way from Parcel E-2 at the corner of Pooler Parkway and Memorial Boulevard
929 Properties, LLC has submitted a minor subdivision plat for commercial development to create Parcel E-2A to consist of 1.635 acres, Parcel E-2B to consist of 52.395 acres and a 60' right-of-way to consist of .386 acres. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the minor subdivision plat, contingent upon wetlands permit approval and completion of notes 8 and 10, prior to recording the plat.Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of recombination plat of Lot 53b and a portion of Lot 60, Rothwell Subdivision
Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat of Lot 53b and a portion of Lot 60, Rothwell Subdivision, to create one (1) legal lot of record owned by Jerry and Barbara Womble. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Godley Towne Center
Metro Developers, developer for the proposed Godley Towne Center, has submitted a preliminary construction plan for a site to be developed within an existing 23.75 acre tract in the northwest quadrant of Benton Boulevard and Pooler Parkway. Andrew Feiler, developer, stated that the plan includes seven (7) parcels, of which retail and food establishments are proposed. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plan, contingent upon EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
4. Award bid for Lower and Upper Floridan Well Assessment
Mr. Byrd presented bids for the Lower and Upper Floridan Well Assessment, stating that the city engineer has recommended that the low bidder, Rowe Drilling Company, Inc. be awarded the contract.Councilman Wall made a motion to award the bid to Rowe Drilling Company, Inc. in the amount of $227,377.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
Morris Hill, Sr., resident and attendee of the senior citizens center, addressed Council in regards to the recent layoff of two (2) employees at the center, presenting concern over problems the seniors are experiencing at the center. Mr. Scheer cautioned that this is a personnel matter and should be handled by the administration, with the employees being afforded the opportunity to appeal the decision of being laid off. Several senior citizens who attend the center spoke of how valuable the center was to each of them, stating that they do not want anything negative to happen.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:05 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.