The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 3, 2010. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 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 invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Royal.
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 April, making a motion to pay the bills in excess of $1500.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 213 calls in April and that the police department responded to 1245 calls during the period of April 16ththrough the 29th, with 8661 calls for the year.
PARKS & TREES/STREET/DRAINAGE
Councilwoman Benton reported that the parks & trees, street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance. Mr. Byrd stated that the lighting on Pooler Parkway is on and that the traffic signals are soon to be functioning.
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 baseball, softball and soccer games continue, that tumbling and summer basketball registration in underway and that a Triple Crown tournament was held in April, with another scheduled for May 15thand 16th. Further reporting on the recent and upcoming activities at the Senior Citizens Center.
Councilman Allen reported that no new building permits have been issued since the last meeting, but that 1114 inspections have been performed this year. Councilman Allen stated that there is a vacancy on the Pooler Development Authority and made a motion to appoint Donna Fisher to the Authority. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb welcomed State Senator Buddy Carter, who addressed items recently passed in the State Legislative session. Senator Carter then presented a plaque in recognition and commemorating former Councilmember Wayne Seay for his years of service to our country, the community and the City of Pooler.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Second Reading on amendment to utility ordinance regarding new billing dates
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the utility ordinance regarding the new billing dates, noting that accounts for residents on the south side of Highway 80 will be due on the first day of each month and that those on the north side will be due by the 15thday of each month. Mr. Byrd added that the due date for those residents who pay for sanitation-only service will not change and will still be due by the 15th.Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Second Reading on amendment to solid waste ordinance regarding billing
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the solid waste ordinance in regards to the new billing cycles (mentioned previously). Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the amendment on Second Reading.Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
3. Second Reading on amendment to solid waste ordinance regarding non-refundable maintenance fee (currently known as deposit)
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the solid waste ordinance to change the wording to clarify that the $75.00 charge is a “non-refundable maintenance fee” in lieu of a “deposit”. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of minor subdivision plat for Lot 2 of the Armstrong Tract
Mr. Byrd presented a plat for a minor subdivision of Lot 2 of the Armstrong Tract to create Lot 2A to consist of 1.22 acres and Lot 2B, consisting of 1.38 acres, stating that the plat meets the requirements of the subdivision ordinance. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the minor subdivision plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of site plan for a proposed Murphy Oil Express in front of Lowe’s Home Center
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for a proposed Murphy Oil Express station to locate at 1555 Pooler Parkway, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Pov Chin, Civil Engineering Project Designer with Greenberg Farrow was present. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Approval of plat revision for Westbrook Villas, Phase 2
Mr. Byrd presented the revised plat for Phase 2 of Westbrook Villas, stating that the developer is requesting to adjust the lot lines to split three (3) of the duplex units into single units. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat revision. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
4. Request to waive special event permit fee for “30thAnnual Savannah Open Dart Tournament” (a non-profit event) on May 28th, 29thand 30th
Mr. Byrd presented a request from Dan Jordan, President of the Savannah Area Darting Association, a non-profit corporation, stating that a tournament has been scheduled for May 28th- 30that the Governor’s Inn. Mr. Byrd stated that in the past Council has waived the special event fee for those non-profit organizations that are either of a charitable type or the Chamber of Commerce, who donates directly back to the community. Mr. Scheer concurred with Mr. Byrd’s statement. Therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny the request to waive the special event permit fee. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
5. Approval of application for Dan Jordan to permit temporary/special event alcoholic beverage sales on May 28thand May 29that the Governor’s Inn
Mr. Byrd presented an application to permit temporary/special event alcoholic beverage sales at the Governor’s Inn in conjunction with the Savannah Open Dart Tournament (discussed in the previous item).Mr. Jordan was present and stated that in the past, the motel has sold alcoholic beverages at this event, but since the motel is now under new management, the bar has not been re-opened. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the application. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
6. Approval of contract with Total Tech Group to add fiber cable and fire walls for new phone system
Mr. Byrd presented proposals from Total Tech Group, the vendor who has been awarded the new phone system contract, stating that fiber cable must be buried from the public works building to the wastewater treatment plant, from the office at the recreation park on S. Rogers Street to the gym and from the inspections department to Fire Station 1; and to install 3Com Baseline Switches for fire walls to provide adequate gigabit speed for the system. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the contract, totaling $20,350.26. Motion passed without opposition.
Steve Hartley, resident, addressed Council in regards to concerns regarding the City of Savannah’s stance on water issues within Chatham County and parts of Bryan County, requesting the counties and municipalities consider the possibility of building an I & D plant similar to the one in Port Wentworth to provide water and sewer services. Mr. Byrd stated that this type of project would cost several hundred million dollars, noting that the City is currently looking into withdrawing water from the lower aquifer, hoping to do so in a timely manner.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:59 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without op