The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 5, 2010. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:10 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 Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented the accounts payable information for the month of March, making a motion to pay the bills in excess of $1500.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the police department responded to 1450 calls from March 12ththrough April 1st, totaling 6435 for the year, and that the fire department responded to 178 calls in March. Councilman Wall commended the fire department on the fine job being performed daily, noting that the article in the Savannah Morning News was contrary.
PARKS & TREES/STREET/DRAINAGE
Councilwoman Benton reported that the parks & trees, street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance. Councilwoman Benton urged everyone who has not yet received a Census form to do so at the West Chatham YMCA.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilwoman Black reported that the recreation department has partnered with Dan Vaden Chevrolet who will be sponsoring a baseball program, sanctioned by the Cal Ripken Little League. Further, that three (3) new computers have been set up for the senior citizens to use.
Councilman Allen reported that 16 new single family residential and five (5) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 45 single family and 11 commercial permits for the year, with 736 inspections performed.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1.Requested zoning map amendment of 2.83 acres located at 1915 Dean Forest Road from C-2 to I-1
A public hearing was held prior whereinAttorney Danny Falligant, Trustee for Romine Enterprises, L.P., stated that he agrees with the excluded list of permitted uses as recommended by the Planning & Zoning Board, but that there were still issues regarding the site plan for the proposed warehouse and storage of crane equipment. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to table this request until the April 19thmeeting. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of plat for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase 1-F, Lot M
Mr. Byrd presented a plat for Phase 1-F, Lot M, Durham Park Townhomes for South Godley Enterprises, LLC, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Towne Center
Commercial Subdivision @ Godley Station
Mr. Byrd presented a request to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond for the Towne Center CommercialSubdivision @ Godley Station, stating that the public works has approved the development to begin its 12-month warranty period. Councilman Allen made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of proposal from Total Technology Group, LLC for new phone system
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal for the installation and support of a new phone system. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the proposal. Motion passed without opposition.
5. Resolution regarding 1998 GEFA loan
Mr. Byrd presented a resolution that was inadvertently left out of paperwork submitted in 2003 to amend the 1998 Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority loan. Councilman Alllen made a motion to adopt the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Mr. Aaron Stewart, resident, addressed Council in regards to ongoing problems with the intersection of W. Highway 80 and N. Rogers Street as well as stray dogs in the City.
Ms. Selethia Frazier, resident on Grand View Drive, addressed Council in regards to the status of the proposed amendment to the FEMA maps. Mr. Byrd stated that the engineer hired through the intergovernmental agreement with Chatham County has submitted their findings to FEMA. Ms. Frazier then questioned why the ISO Rating had increased, asking if anything is being done to lower it again. Fire Chief Wade Simmons replied that several items have already been addressed, including doubling the personnel, purchasing two (2) fire trucks and increasing training for the firefighters, noting that after a self-assessment this summer, paperwork will be submitted to the ISO.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:50 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
April 5, 2010. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:40 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 of 2.83 acres located at 1915 Dean Forest Road from C-2 to I-1. Attorney Danny Falligant, Trustee for Romine Enterprises, L.P., presented the request to re-zone 2.83 acres at 1915 Dean Forest Road from C-2 (heavy commercial) to I-1 (light industrial), stating that the intended use is for warehousing and storage of crane equipment, owned by Dozier Enterprises, LLC. Mr. Falligant stated the his client has no problem with the list of permitted uses that the Planning & Zoning Board have recommended to be excluded, being manufacturing, processing, fabrication, repair and servicing of any commodity or product, and sale, retail or wholesale of any product or commodity, which does not produce noise, odors, dust, fumes, fire hazard or other nuisance beyond the property lines; repair garages; truck terminals, animal hospitals, kennels and/or boarding facilities; outdoor drive-in theaters; building material sales yards and lumber yards; research or experimental stations and laboratories; truck service centers; manufactured home sales; and bars or nightclubs. Further, that the proposed site plan needs addressing. Clyde Munn, resident on Dean Forest Road, expressed concern over the potential traffic hazard, noting it is already difficult getting onto Dean Forest Road. Don Phillip, resident, stated that the drainage ditch to the east of the site has been blocked and is in need of maintenance. Ken Collins, resident, expressed his favor to the request, noting that he believes Mr. Cook’s business will be much more aesthetically pleasing than businesses that have occupied the site in the past. Councilman Allen asked if the proposed business traffic could not be during “rush” hours, wherein Mr. Cook replied that it was his intention to do so. Jane Munn, resident, questioned if the business would operate on Saturdays, wherein Mr. Cook answered that his normal business days are Monday through Friday, but there may be a need for some Saturday work.
There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:10 p.m.