The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 17, 2011. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:30 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). 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 Councilman Burke.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented bills for the month in excess of $1500.00, making a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 116 calls this month, totaling 1921 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1021 calls during September 30ththrough October 13th, totaling 22,428 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 thatdance and tumbling classes and youth football games continue. Mayor Lamb stated that the senior citizens are holding a raffle for an afghan.
Councilman Allen reported that five (5) new single family residential and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 111 residential and 32 commercial permits for the year, with 2068 inspections performed.
Leo McDonald, resident, presented Mayor Lamb with a framed picture of the water tower, which has since been torn down, asking that it be hung in City Hall.
There was no OLD Business to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Requested zoning map amendment of approximately 83 acres at the intersection of Highway 80 and Old Louisville Road from RA-1 and C-2 to I-1
A public hearing was held prior wherein several residents presented concerns regarding traffic and drainage. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company, representing Lee, Walsh & West LP, stated that the drainage plan has to be approved along with the site plan, that he realizes traffic will increase, but it is being properly mitigated and that a large amount of time and consideration has been put on this project. Further, that the plan is to develop a light industrial park, making it as nice as possible for everyone, all the while creating some 250 temporary (construction) jobs and approximately 480 permanent jobs. Councilman Wall questioned the number of 18-wheelers that are proposed in comparison to the number of trucks projected to travel per day at the site.Mr. Coleman replied that one-half of the 1449 trucks per day will not be 18-wheelers, but smaller, even single-axle types. Councilwoman Benton asked whether the adjacent property owners would be given access to the water line, wherein Mr. Coleman stated that the developer is willing to convey easements. Councilwoman Benton also asked if repair garages and/or truck service centers could be deleted from the list of permitted uses along with the others that Mr. Coleman mentioned in the public hearing. Mr. Scheer recommended that any work performed for these types of businesses be conducted strictly indoors, as stated in the I-1 (Light Industrial) zoning ordinance. Mary Louise Lanier expressed concern over the number of emergency vehicles that travel along Highway 80 per day, noting that the potential traffic congestion would cause a problem.Councilman Wall reiterated the fact that this development would bring nearly 480 jobs to the area, and then made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment of approximately 83 acres, contingent upon the front portion of the property remaining C-2 (Heavy Commercial), south of the realigned Old Louisville Road (the dividing line from C-2 to I-1), and eliminating the following permitted uses in an I-1 zoning district: (6) animal hospitals, kennels and/or boarding facilities, (7) outdoor drive-in theaters, (11) radio and/or television station transmission or reception towers, (16) manufactured home sales and (17) bars or nightclubs, that all activities in the permitted use (4) repair garages and (15) truck service centers be conducted indoors and further, that no certificates of occupancy will be issued until the traffic signal is in place and the road (realignment) construction is complete. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
2. Approval of minor subdivision plat of a portion of Lot A-2B and a portion of Lot B tocreate Lot 1, a 17 acre tract on Park Avenue
South Godley Developers LLC has submitted a minor subdivision plat of a portion of Lot A-2B and a portion of Lot B on Park Avenue to create Lot 1, a 17 acre tract. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of recombination plat of Lots 246 through 260, The Farm at Morgan Lakes, Phases 1A and 1B
Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat of Lots 246 through 260 in The Farm at Morgan Lakes to add a 20' abandoned alley way to the rear of the lots. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.
4. Approval of recombination plat of Lots 161 and 162, Westbrook Subdivision
Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat of Lots 161 and 162, Westbrook Subdivision, to create one (1) single family residential lot. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
5. Approval of proposal from Georgia Power to relocate overhead power line at pedestrian park on W. Highway 80
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Georgia Power to relocate the overhead line that runs across the pedestrian park on W. Highway 80, stating that the estimated cost is $15,523.00, noting that this is approximately one-half of the original estimate. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the proposal. Motion passed without opposition. Councilman Wall commended Mr. Byrd and Public Works Director, Matt Saxon for their diligence in getting this cost down.
6. Approval of special event permit for GnomeCon Gaming Convention to be held April 20ththrough 22ndat the Savannah Conference Hotel
GnomeCon, a non-profit organization, has submitted a request to allow a gaming convention to be held on April 20ththrough 22ndat the Savannah Conference Hotel. Wayne Huggins, representing GnomeCon, stated that the proceeds will go to the Live Oak Library System, in particular, the West Chatham Branch, and since it is a non-profit event, he is also requesting the permit fee to be waived.Councilman Allen questioned if the vendors will be paying a fee to participate in the convention.Mr. Huggins replied that there will only be a small number of vendors and that the group is not sure they will break even after all fees are paid to the hotel. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the convention to be held on April 20ththrough the 22nd(2012) and to waive the permit fees. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
7. Resolution to adopt the five-year update to the City’s Short Term Work Program as part of the 20-year Comprehensive Plan
Mr. Byrd presented a resolution to adopt the five-year update to the City’s Short Term Work Program as part of the 20-year Comprehensive Plan as reviewed by the Coastal Regional Commission of Georgia and the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to adopt the resolution. Motion passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:28 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
October 17, 2011. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 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 purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment, submitted by Lee, Walsh & West, LP, of approximately 83 acres at the intersection of Highway 80 and Old Louisville Road from RA-1 (Residential-Agricultural Limited) and
C-2 (Heavy Commercial) to I-1 (Light Industrial). Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company, representing the owner, stated that a development has been proposed for warehouse and flex space needed to support the port and other industries in Pooler and surrounding areas. The development includes realignment of Old Louisville Road to intersect with Pine Barren Road, with a traffic signal being installed in the near future. Mr. Coleman further stated that water and sewer is available to the property and that while drainage is a major concern, the plan will meet the City’s requirements for stormwater management, with 8.3 acres of detention provided. In addition, 250 temporary (construction) jobs will be created as well as 480 permanent jobs once the development is complete. Further, in regards to Planning & Zoning’s recommendation on which types of permitted uses to be eliminated, Mr. Coleman noted that the owner would only like the following uses eliminated: (6) animal hospitals, kennels and/or boarding facilities, (7) outdoor drive-in theaters, (11) radio and/or television station transmission or reception towers and (17) bars or nightclubs. And, that the front portion of the property currently zoned C-2 will remain as such, also per Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, with the realigned Old Louisville Road as the dividing line. Councilman Allen presented concerns regarding public safety, noting the number of vehicles (trips per day) as currently being 24,440 on Highway 80, 2180 per day on Old Louisville Road, with the development projected to increase these numbers by 1449 truck trips per day, and that all of these vehicles will then be merging into and through one (1) intersection. Mr. Coleman stated that the development is proposed for smaller types of trucks and that any development will cause additional traffic, with commercial causing more than light industrial. William J. Hunter, adjacent property owner, read aloud a letter from Holly Young, requesting that the re-zoning be tabled until the property owners’ concerns, as stated in the letter, are addressed. Mr. Hunter also presented a letter from Chatham County Engineering which recommended denial of the development. Ping Tyner, adjacent property owner, commended Mr. Byrd on the re-design of Old Louisville Road and also stated that he is concerned about the potential for flooding if this development is allowed. Larry Young, property owner on E. Highway 80, stated that traffic on Highway 80 eastbound often backs up to and even past the “8-mile bend”. Mary Louise Lanier, resident on E. Highway 80, questioned why industrial development is being sought in this area when the vast open areas of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, which was intended for industrial use, are not being utilized. In addition, that Highway 80 was not designed for the volume of traffic that will result from an industrial development and that the drainage concerns need to be addressed. Further, that she would like a berm to be placed to disguise the development and that adequate buffers should be provided.
There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:30 p.m.