The regular scheduled meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on
February 1, 2010. 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 Councilwoman Benton.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented the accounts payable information for the remainder of 2009, making a motion to pay the bills in excess of $1500.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Councilman Burke presented bills for January 2010 in excess of $1500.00 and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal stated that the police department responded to 1136 calls from January 15ththrough the 28thand that the fire department responded to 158 calls this month. Fire Chief Wade Simmons reported that issues regarding 911 service are being addressed.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the parks & trees, street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant. Further, that the water tower on Rogers Street will soon be dismantled.
Councilwoman Black reported that youth basketball games continue, six (6) days a week and that signups for baseball, softball and soccer continue until the 14th. Further, that registration for men’s softball is ongoing.
Councilman Allen was absent. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver stated that eight (8) new single family residential and four (4) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 16 single family and four (4) commercial permits for the year, with 244 inspections performed. Ms. Carver stated that Planning & Zoning Commissioner Larry Olliff’s term has expired, therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to appoint Commissioner Olliff to serve another term. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to Wayne Seay, former councilmember, in appreciation of 12 years of service. Mr. Seay thanked the citizens for the opportunity to serve.
Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to Travis B. Cowart, Jr., former councilmember, in appreciation of his years of service, noting that he served under three (3) different mayors.
Mayor Lamb presented a 10-year service pin to Ralph Wright, Parks & Trees Superintendent, thanking him for his continued service with the City.
Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Lee Williams, Captain on the fire department, thanking him for his continued service.
Karen Robertson, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce, briefed Council on the activities of the Chamber.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Second Reading on prohibiting use of engine and compression brakes
Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance to prohibit engine and compression brakes within the city limits. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the ordinance on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of site plan for a proposed 33,000 sq. ft. Royal Cinema on Lot A-2B-1, Towne Center @ Godley Station
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for a 33,000 sq. ft. Royal Cinema with 10 screens proposed to be constructed next to the bowling center on Towne Center Court. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of 2010 Service Delivery Strategy
Mr. Byrd presented the updated Service Delivery Strategy as mandated by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Resolution regarding four (4) year terms of office for mayor and councilmembers
Mr. Byrd presented a resolution prepared by Mr. Scheer in response to concern about the current two-year terms of office for the mayor and councilmembers, stating that it may be more effective for the city to convert the terms of office to four-year terms. Further, that the resolution will be forwarded to the State Legislature for approval of a referendum to be voted on by the citizens in the November General Election. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mrs. Carver addressed Council in regards to the upcoming Census activities, asking that everyone be sure to spread the word about the importance of the Census, noting this year’s form has only 10 questions, the shortest ever.
Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:46 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:00 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:00 p.m.