Council Minutes September 7, 2010

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 7, 2010


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 7, 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 Councilwoman Black

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Burke presented the accounts payable information through

August 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 to1776 calls during the period of August 13ththrough September 5th, with 20,812 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 181 calls in August and 36 calls this month.

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.

RECREATION

Councilwoman Black reported that fall tumbling classes will begin soon, that men’s basketball is underway and that the football teams will be participating in a rama in Effingham County on September 11th.   

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Allen reported that five (5) new single family residential, two (2) attached unit and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 84 single family, 11 attached unit and 24 commercial permits for the year, with 2255 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested 65 sq ft variance for an electronic message board at Towne Center

Amusement Complex

Mr. Byrd presented a requested 65 sq ft variance for an electronic message board that has been installed as a “directory” sign for the Towne Center Amusement Complex, stating that the request was tabled to allow further review. Attorney Josh Walker was present to answer any questions. Mr. Byrd further stated that the petitioner has now applied for a permit, paid the fee, and is in agreement to there being no other directory signs allowed for the six (6) parcels the sign will serve, but that each parcel would be allowed to have a principal use sign placed on the property. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the variance, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria for granting a variance, contingent upon the sign serving the six (6) parcels only, with the petitioner in agreement with this being the only directory sign requested for this development. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of recombination plat of Lot 4 (Better Homes Subdivision) and the                    northwestern portion of Lot 15 (Rothwell Subdivision)

Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat of Lot 4 (Better Homes Subdivision) and the northwestern portion of Lot 15 (Rothwell Subdivision) to create one (1) legal lot of record. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the recombination plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

2. Request to waive special event fee for fundraiser sponsored by Spanky’s Westside on September 19th

Spanky’s Westside and Coca-Cola are sponsoring a fundraiser for Scott Walden who passed away in July, leaving a wife and two (2) small children. Mr. Byrd stated that the proceeds for this event will go towards funeral costs, etc. Councilman Wall stated that the sponsors have arranged for security for the event and therefore, made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to waive the special event fee. Motion passed without opposition.


3. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for James Hoffman at Daisy Dukes         Restaurant

Mr. Byrd presented an application for an alcoholic beverage license for James Hoffman at the proposed Daisy Dukes Restaurant at 1024 W. Highway 80, Unit 118, stating that Interim Police Chief Mark Revenew has recommended approval. James Hoffman and his son, Ryan, were present at the meeting. Councilman Wall expressed concern over the near proximity of residential property and after discussion, made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales, with the condition that the restaurant must close no later than 10:30 p.m. every night, as this is the closing time for the other restaurants in the development and that there be no live entertainment of any kind. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing. Mr. Hoffman stated that he was in agreement with the closing time and there being no live entertainment.

4. Request from Sheppard Station for reimbursement of portion of Department of Community Affairs’ application fee for affordable housing project

Mr. Byrd presented a request from Sheppard Station for reimbursement ($6000.00) as required by the settlement with the Department of Justice (DOJ) for the development of low income housing units for the elderly, stating that Sheppard Station has already made payment to the Department of Community Affairs. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the request for reimbursement, pursuant to the requirements of the settlement with the DOJ. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of Change Order #1 for Savannah Quarters Lift Station to I-16 Force Main      Replacement

Mr. Byrd presented a change order in the amount of $1712.31 for the Savannah Quarters Lift Station to I-16 Force Main, stating that this will cover over runs and under runs of line item quantities pertaining to the final “as built” quantities as measured in the field. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the change order. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6. First Reading on amendment to the occupational tax ordinance regarding regulatory fees for dealers in precious metals and firearm dealers

A public hearing was held prior. Pursuant to the Official Code of Georgia, cities are allowed to charge regulatory fees for dealers in precious metals and firearm dealers, both types of businesses being proposed to be operated within the City. Mr. Byrd stated that the proposed regulatory fee for both businesses is $750.00 per year, which is currently being charged for pawn shops. It was recommended that the regulatory fee for dealers in precious metals be reduced to $500.00 per year, as this is the fee that the cities of Savannah and Garden City charge.  Mr. Scheer recommended that consideration be given before the ordinance is approved on Second Reading. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the amendment as presented on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.


7. First Reading on zoning text amendment to add “precious metals dealer” as a permitted use in C-2 zoning

A public hearing was held prior. Timothy Johnson has requested approval of a zoning text amendment to allow precious metals dealers in C-2 (heavy commercial) zoning districts. Mr. Johnson has signed a two (2) year lease at 1105 E. Highway 80 and was unaware that this type of business was not a permitted use in the zoning district.  Mr. Scheer noted a change in the wording regarding the Official Code of Georgia’s reference to a precious metals dealer to state “as defined by O.C.G.A. § 43-37-2 thru O.C.G.A. § 43-37-7 and any amendments thereto”. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the zoning text amendment on First Reading, to include Mr. Scheer’s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

8. First Reading on amendment to ordinance to prohibit through truck traffic on Pine Barren Road from Pooler Parkway to I-95 overpass

Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the ordinance to prohibit through truck traffic on Pine Barren Road beginning at Pooler Parkway to the western side of the I-95 overpass, stating that large trucks (three (3) or more axles) have been tearing up the road and complaints have been received from property owners in regards to the nuisance. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

9. Resolution regarding Pooler Fire-Rescue “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign

Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution in support of the Pooler Fire-Rescue’s “Cares Enough to Wear Pink” campaign, in honor of women who battle cancer. Councilman Royal made a motion to adopt the resolution, allowing all firefighters to wear pink shirts in lieu of the customary blue “duty” shirts on September 11, 12 and 13 and again on October 25, 25 and 26, every year in October. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:37 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

                                                               Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on

September 7, 2010. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:30 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 proposed amendment to the occupational tax ordinance regarding regulatory fees for dealers in precious metals and firearm dealers. Mr. Byrd stated that there is a potential for these types of businesses in the City and that the Official Code of Georgia allows for cities to adopt regulatory fees. Further, that the fee recommended for both types of businesses is $750.00 per year, which is the same amount charged to pawn shops.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:32 p.m.

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