Council Minutes August 2, 2010

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
August 2, 2010


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 2, 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 Black.

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:

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented the accounts payable information through July 31st, 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 1329 calls during the period of July 16ththrough the 29th, with 17,804 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 212 calls in July.

PARKS & TREES/STREET/DRAINAGE

Councilwoman Benton reported that the parks & trees, street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance. Further, that the new traffic lights on Pooler Parkway will begin blinking on Thursday, August 5thand be fully operational on the 12th.

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.

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported that summer tumbling classes continue as well as practice for football, soccer and cheerleading. Further, that men’s basketball will begin on August 9thand that the senior citizens will hold a bake sale on September 26th.


BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that five (5) new single family residential and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 76 single family and 22 commercial permits for the year, with 1900 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of agreement with Penn Credit Corporation for debt collection

Mr. Byrd presented this agreement which was tabled to allow further review by Mr. Scheer, stating that Section 9 entitled Indemnification the phrase “or in part” needed to be removed. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the agreement with Penn Credit Corporation for debt collection, contingent upon the city attorney’s change being made. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested 12" height variance on a four foot (4') decorative fence needed for a proposed childcare facility at 131 Canal Street

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Janet Daniels is proposing to operate a childcare facility at 131 Canal Street and in order to meet state and local regulations, the fence must be a minimum of four feet (4') in height. The City’s ordinance provides that decorative or ornamental fences may not exceed 36". Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning’s recommendation regarding adequate landscaping being planted to screen the play area from Pooler Parkway should be considered. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variance, contingent upon heavy landscaping being provided to screen the play area from Pooler Parkway and based on the request meeting numbers 1 & 3 of the criteria for granting a variance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

2. Acceptance of Transfer and Assignment of Utility Easement Agreement from the Morgan Family

Mr. Byrd presented a Transfer and Assignment of Utility Easement Agreement with the Morgan Family, stating that this is a 40' wide utility easement running along and within the eastern boundary line of Morgan Center I. Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the easement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

3. Resolution regarding 2010 budget adjustment for General Fund

Mr. Byrd presented a resolution to amend the 2010 budget for the General Fund (copy attached to and made a part of these minutes). Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the resolution.Motion passed without opposition.


4. First Reading on ordinance regarding storage and disposition of grease from food preparation operations

Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance to provide for the disposition of grease from food preparation operations, noting that there have been ongoing problems with a few restaurants within the City and that this ordinance will allow for enforcement and penalties to be issued. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

5. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding uninvited entry upon premises

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the ordinance regarding uninvited entry upon premises (no solicitation), stating that there have been several problems recently in regards to door-to-door solicitors. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:30 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

August 2, 2010. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 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 requested 12" height variance on a four foot (4') decorative fence needed for a proposed childcare facility at 131 Canal Street. Janet Daniels, owner, presented this request, stating that State and local laws require the fence around the play area to be a minimum of four feet (4') in height. Mr. Byrd stated that the City’s ordinance limits the height of a decorative fence to 36", therefore requiring the variance.

There being no further discussion the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:50 p.m.

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