Council Minutes December 19, 2011

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
December 19, 2011

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 19, 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 Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented bills for the month in excess of $1500.00, making a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 121 calls this month, totaling 2308 calls for the year and that the police department responded to 1099 calls, totaling 27,510 for the year. 

STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance. 

WATER/SEWER

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. Further, that the Lower Floridan test well has good results. 

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported that dance and adult exercise classes continue and that the senior citizens raised $722.00 with the sale of raffle tickets for an afghan made by the seniors, with proceeds going to the Senior Citizens Booster Club.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that six (6) new single family residentialpermits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 136 for the year, with 2558 inspections performed.  

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1.Approval of budget adjustment (2011 restricted funds) for Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau

Karen Robertson, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau, presented a budget adjustment for 2011.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve.Motion passed without opposition. 

2.Second Reading on proposed zoning text amendment regarding site plan approval not to exceed 12 months

Mr. Byrd presented a zoning text amendment to add a provision for site plan approvals not to exceed 12 months.Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the zoning text amendment on Second Reading.Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

3.Second Reading on ordinance regarding participation in the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System (GMEBS) Life and Health Program

Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance regarding the City’s participation in the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System Life and Health Program.Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the ordinance on Second Reading.Motion passed without opposition. 

4.Second Reading on proposed 2012 budget

A public hearing was held on December 5thto discuss the proposed 2012 budget.Mr. Byrd presented the budget, stating that the General Fund balances at $13,364,368, the Water & Sewer Fund balances at $5,259,785 and the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund balances at $570,000. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the 2012 budget on Second Reading.Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1.Approval of sketch plan for expansion of Royal Cinema

Falgun Patel of Royal Entertainment Group, LLC has submitted a sketch plan for the expansion of the Royal Cinema to add three (3) screens to the existing cinema, making it the largest in the coastal region.Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval.Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Black, to approve the sketch plan.Motion passed without opposition.

2.Approval of minor subdivision plat to create Parcel “C-1" out of Parcel “C” of theMorgan Tract

Henry Morgan, representing the Morgan Family, presented a minor subdivision plat to create Parcel C-1, stating that it is needed to facilitate the sale and development of a proposed multi-family development at the northwest corner of Wildcat Dam Road and Pine Barren Road.Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the plat.Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

3.Approval of agreement with Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce and

Visitors Bureau for 2012

Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce and Visitors Bureau for hotel/motel tax funds for 2012.Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the agreement, contingent upon a change to paragraph 11 regarding a 14 day notice (from date of mailing) required for the cure of a breach of contract, as recommended by Mr. Scheer.Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

4.Approval of Cooler in Pooler Resolution 5K/15K to be held January 7thand to waive permit fees

Karen Robertson presented a request from the Chamber to permit the “Cooler in Pooler Resolution 5K/15K” and to waive the permit fees.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the event, to waive the fees, with the Chamber being responsible for hiring off-duty police officers as needed.Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

5.Approval of Change Order No.1 for Maple Street Pump Station Meter Replacement

Mr. Byrd presented Change Order No. 1 for the Maple Street Pump Station Meter Replacement project.Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the change order in the amount of $6405.86.Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

6.Approval of Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System Life & Health Program Employer Declaration & Application for Employee Health and Dental Benefits

Mr. Byrd presented the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System Life & Health Program Employer Declaration & Application for Employee Health and Dental Benefits, stating that this will designate benefits available to active employees.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve.Motion passed without opposition.

7.Approval of Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System Life & Health Program Employer Declaration & Application to Include Eligible Retirees in Active Employee Health and Dental Plan

Mr. Byrd presented the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System Life & Health Program Employer Declaration & Application to Include Eligible Retirees in Active Employee Health and Dental Benefits, stating that this will designate benefits available to retirees.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve.Motion passed without opposition. 

8.Resolution regarding Budget Amendment 2011-07 for the General Fund and

Water & Sewer Fund

Michelle McNeely, Finance Officer, presented a resolution regarding budget adjustments in the General Fund and Water & Sewer Fund for 2011 (attached to and made a part of these minutes).Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution.Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m.Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

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