Council Minutes June 7, 2010

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 7, 2010


 The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 7, 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 Councilman Burke.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Burke, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented the accounts payable information for the period of May 18ththrough June 7th, making a motion to pay the bills in excess of $1500.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Royal reported that the police department responded to 1631 calls during the period of May 15ththrough June 3rd, with 12,561 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 188 calls in May. Further, that cement barriers have been placed in the median on Benton Boulevard at Towne Center Boulevard, noting that there have been numerous accidents at this intersection that warranted the barricade.

PARKS & TREES/STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the parks & trees, street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

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 damages have occurred to the screen from debris, which will have to be repaired.

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported that registration for tumbling classes continues and that the summer basketball season will begin soon.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that nine (9) new single family residential, one (1) attached unit and one (1) commercial permit has been issued since the last meeting, totaling 62 single family, three (3) attached unit and 15 commercial permits for the year, and that 1380 inspections have been performed this year.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested zoning map amendment of 820 W. Highway 80 (Lot A to a depth of 315')from R-1A to C-P

A public hearing was held prior. Scotty Fletcher presented, on behalf of Sandra Glick, Executor of the estate of Leo L. Durden, a request to re-zone 820 W. Highway (Lot A, to a depth of 315') from R-1A (single-family residential) to C-P (Commercial-Professional). Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning have recommended approval and staff has recommended Council review the criteria for granting a zoning map amendment prior to making a decision. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, in consideration of the information presented and received, and in consideration of the public benefit framework contained in the City’s ordinances and other applicable law, as well as the public’s health and safety, to approve the zoning map amendment to C-P, subject to the condition to exclude any drive-thru businesses, unless access to Highway 80 is obtained. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. Mr. Fletcher questioned whether any other property on Highway 80 has been re-zoned with this type of condition. Mr. Scheer replied that it is unique in regards to its size and the fact that the property does not have access to Highway 80. Councilman Wall noted that other businesses have been required to upgrade and further, that re-zoning this property will create traffic and safety concerns to the adjacent residential area, asking that the potential buyer meet with the city manager to discuss plans for the lot.

2.Approval of site plan for a proposed 10-screen movie theater on Lot 6, Pooler Marketplace

Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for a proposed 10-screen movie theater, a 9.25 acre commercial parcel located in the northeast quadrant of Pooler Parkway & Park Avenue. The proposed development will have 1900 seats and 475 parking spaces, with future plans for expansion to include drainage and additional parking. Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed and that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Black to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Request to waive special event permit fee for car show sponsored by the Bomber Girls Riding Club to be held June 19that Oglethorpe Speedway Park      

Mr. Byrd presented a request from the Bomber Girls Riding Club, to waive the special event permit fee for a car show the group is sponsoring at Oglethorpe Speedway Park on June 19th. Mr. Byrd stated that OSP is donating the use of the track for the group is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to raise funds and collect donated items to send as care packages to deployed soldiers throughout the year. Jennifer Kuzmal, representing the Club, stated that the organization generally spends more than the funds raised. Councilman Wall made a motion to waive the fee. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

4. Award bid for tree removal at recreation complex

Mr. Byrd presented three (3) bids for the removal of trees (merchantable pine and hardwood timber) to be timbered from the new recreation complex, stating that the funds will then be deposited in the “tree bank” to be used for future projects. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to award the bid to LeeWay, LTD in the amount of $18,520.00. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of change order #4 for fine screen replacement project to paint exterior piping at the wastewater treatment plant

Mr. Byrd presented a change order for the fine screen replacement project to paint the exterior pipe at the wastewater treatment plant. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the change order in the amount of $11,252.75. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

6. First Reading on amendment to solid waste ordinance to require $50.00 deposit for lessees when applying for sanitation-only service

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the solid waste ordinance to add a provision to require all lessees to pay a $50.00 deposit when applying for sanitation-only service, stating that there is an increased number of delinquent accounts that have made it necessary to require a security deposit. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

7. First Reading on a proposed zoning text amendment to Appendix “A”, Article V, Section 4 “A” to add a provision that applicant must not be delinquent for any monies owed to the City prior to consideration of any application

A public hearing was held prior. The proposed zoning text amendment is to add #10 under Section 4 “A” that would require all applicants to be accountable for any delinquent monies owed to the City to include (a) if applicant is not the owner, the section shall apply to the owner of subject property; and (b) if applicant is not an individual, the section shall apply to officer(s), director(s), limited partner(s) or principal(s) of said entity. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment of First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Mr. Scheer introduced Attorney Craig Call, the newest member of his firm.

Councilman Wall addressed Council in regards to JCB and their delinquent occupational tax, asking that Mr. Byrd and Mr. Scheer make contact with the company to determine why the fee has yet to be paid.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:33 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

                                                               Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 7, 2010. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:40 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.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a proposed zoning text amendment to Appendix “A”, Article V, Section 4 “A” to add a provision that applicant must not be delinquent for any monies owed to the City prior to consideration of any application, stating that on several occasions, the City’s finance officer has found where residents/owners have outstanding fees and this amendment will ensure the fees being paid.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:42 p.m.

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