The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 6, 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 Mayor Lamb.
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 through June 30th, 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 police department responded to 1272 calls during the period of June 18ththrough July 1st, with 15,015 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 166 calls in June.
PARKS & TREES/STREET/DRAINAGE
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.
Councilwoman Black reported that summer tumbling classes and summer basketball continue, with registration now being available online for football, soccer and cheerleading signups.
Councilman Allen was absent.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Second Reading on amendment to Soil Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control Ordinance
Mr. Byrd presented the amendment to the Soil Erosion, Sedimentation and Pollution Control Ordinance. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of site plan improvements for Dozier Crane’s laydown yard at 1915 Dean Forest Road
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan improvements for a laydown yard at 1915 Dean Forest Road, stating that Planning & Zoning have recommended approval, contingent upon the issue of dust being addressed and the lighting being deflected away from the residential areas. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan improvements, contingent upon Planning & Zoning’s recommendations and that improvements to the fence, landscaping and buffer be done prior to using the site as a laydown yard. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke. Discussion followed wherein Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company, along with Attorney Danny Falligant, representing Dozier Cook, stated that the site will be used once a week or less for storage of crane parts and maintenance, noting that the area is partially covered with stone already and leaving the remaining grass area will be better for erosion control, asking that the City work with the owner in regards to placing crush-n-run or milled asphalt, noting that the plan meets the requirements and that the limited use intended should not create a problem with dust if left as is. Mayor Lamb asked whether the motion needed to address the issue of dust, wherein Councilman Wall stated that the motion should be contingent upon any nuisance created by dust be addressed, if the use of the property increases to more than is projected. Mr. Byrd noted that Mr. Cook has a water truck on his property on Pine Barren Road that is used frequently to keep the dust down which could be used at the new property also if dust becomes a problem. Mr. Coleman added that if the property is ever sold or leased to someone else and the use changes, any plans would have to be resubmitted for approval. Mr. Scheer noted that the motion needed to include a contingency that if the property is ever sold or leased, a new site plan must be submitted for approval.Councilman Wall amended the motion for approval, based on the limited use, low traffic on the property and there being no customers, contingent upon any dust problems being eliminated by the use of the water truck, no work being done at night, downcast lighting being provided and that if the property does change hands, a site plan will have to be submitted and that the fence, landscaping and buffer be done prior to using the site as a laydown yard. Councilman Burke seconded the amended motion. Clyde Munn, adjacent property owner on Dean Forest Road, questioned whether the road leading into the property would be paved with asphalt, further requesting that he would like the whole area to be covered with crushed asphalt, which will not create dust like granite crush-n-run will produce. Jane Munn, resident, expressed concern over the dust problem she is currently experiencing from the unimproved lot, stating that Planning & Zoning had originally recommended the area be either concrete or blacktop. Ping Tyner, adjacent property owner on Old Louisville Road, stated that over a period of time granite will break down, with the dust emitted being even worse for people’s health. Mr. Tyner questioned whether there was a culvert under the road and how the plan addressed drainage in the area. Mr. Coleman replied that the site plan indicates that the road will be milled asphalt and that the Department of Transportation, along with the widening of Dean Forest Road, has piped the drainage in the area, directing the water to the Pipemaker’s Canal, therefore the plan did not require a culvert. Attorney Danny Falligant noted that when the property was recently re-zoned, conditions were placed to exclude 10 uses that were listed under I-1 (light industrial) zoning. Further, that the site plan is acceptable and was made to be the least obtrusive use of the property. Mayor Lamb called for a vote on the motion.Motion passed without opposition.
2. Plat approval of minor subdivision of Lot B/recombination of rear portion of Lot B, Lot A-1 and Lot A-2 located on Pine Meadow Drive
Mr. Byrd presented a request for plat approval of a minor subdivision of Lot B and a recombination of the rear portion of Lot B, Lot A-1 and Lot A-2 located north of Pine Meadow Drive, stating that Planning & Zoning have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the plat of the minor subdivision and the recombination of the rear portion of Lot B, Lot A-1 and Lot A-2. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
3. Approval to name street behind Cheddar’s Casual Café, extending south to Towne Center Boulevard, to Barret Drive
Mr. Byrd stated that the street behind Cheddar’s needed to be named, therefore recommending “Barret Drive”. Councilman Wall made a motion to name the street Barret Drive. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Adam Wayne Wallace for new package shop at 125 Foxfield Way, Suite 1
Mr. Byrd presented an application from Adam Wayne Wallace to sell alcoholic beverages at a new package shop to be located at 125 Foxfield Way, Suite 1, stating that Police Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license. Motion passed without opposition.
5. Mr. Craig Patterson in regards to a proposed 50-unit multi-family development on Harmony Boulevard
Mr. Patterson presented a PowerPoint presentation of a proposed 50-unit multi-family development to be located at 201 Harmony Boulevard, stating that the project will be developed with Section 42 tax credits and will be “work force” rental housing complete with a community building and amenities. Mr. Patterson requested that Council consider a resolution of support for this project to be submitted to the Department of Community Affairs, who will administer the tax credits, if approved.
Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #6 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
6. Resolution regarding Harmony Greene, a proposed affordable family project
Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution in support of a proposed affordable family project with 50 townhome units to be located at 201 Harmony Boulevard, as previously presented by a slide show by Mr. Craig Patterson of The Woda Group, LLC. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on the need for such type of housing and that the property is already zoned for multi-family use, to approve the resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed with Councilwoman Benton opposing.
Steve Hartley, resident, expressed his opposition to the project, noting that he did not agree with the use of tax credits for funding.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:02 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.