The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 21, 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 Attorney Craig Call (representing 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 Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, 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 115 calls this month, totaling 2433 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1008 calls, totaling 25,402 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 continue, that football games have concluded and that the seniors had 44 entries in the Coastal Empire Fair, with several winning ribbons.
Councilwoman Benton reported that four (4) new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 122 residential and 39 commercial permits for the year, with 2325 inspections performed.
Mayor Lamb presented a 30-year service pin to Jackie Carver, Zoning Administrator, thanking her for her dedication to the City and her continued service.
Mayor Lamb presented a 20-year service pin to John Boatright, Heavy Equipment Operator, thanking him for his continued service.
Mayor Lamb read aloud a proclamation regarding “Pancreatic Cancer Awareness Month”.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of revised site plan for Parker’s Convenience Store
Mr. Byrd presented a revised site plan for Parker’s Convenience Store, stating that due to a recent market study, the owner wants to remove the retail bay contained in the original project, currently under construction. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the revised site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
2. Release of maintenance bond for Distribution Drive
Mr. Byrd presented a request to release the maintenance bond for Distribution Drive, stating that after a final inspection was performed on October 20th, the public works department has recommended release of the bond. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black, to release the bond. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Kusumben Patel at Amit Food Mart
Kusumben Patel, new owner of Amit Food Mart, has submitted an application for an alcoholic beverage license (beer and wine). Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton to approve the license. Motion passed without opposition.
4. Approval of precious metal and/or gems dealer for Jeff Parsons for event to be held November 29ththrough December 3rdat Holiday Inn & Suites
Jeff Parsons of THR & Associates, Inc. has submitted an application for a gold buying event to be held November 29ththrough December 3rd. Mr. Byrd stated that Chief Revenew has recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the application. Motion passed without opposition.
5. Acceptance of petition for annexation of the Ortega Tract (currently within the City of Bloomingdale)
Mike Altman, representing the owner, presented a petition for the City to annex the Ortega Tract, a 4.14 acre tract on the north side of Pine Barren Road (west of Pooler Parkway). Mr. Byrd stated that the property is currently within the City limits of Bloomingdale, adjacent to a 17 acre tract to be developed along with this tract. Further, that the land is in the process of being de-annexed by the City of Bloomingdale and it is not a “land swap”. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to accept the annexation petition, with the intent to adopt a resolution at the next meeting, contingent upon the City of Bloomingdale de-annexing the property. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
6. Award bid for new roof on fire station #1
Mr. Byrd presented bids for a new roof for fire station #1, noting the low bidder being Metal Building Maintenance, Inc. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to award the bid in the amount of $35,268.00 to Metal Building Maintenance, Inc. Motion passed without opposition.
7. First Reading on ordinance regarding Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages by retailers
Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance to allow Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages by retailers, as approved by referendum by the voters. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading, with the hours of sale being between 12:30 p.m. and 11:30 p.m., beginning on January 1st. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:37 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.