Council Minutes January 20, 2009

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 20, 2009


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 20, 2009. Mayor pro tem Rebecca Benton called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Mayor Lamb was absent due to a family illness.

The invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Seay.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:
FINANCE
Councilman Seay presented the accounts payable information for December.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 1300 calls from January 1st through the 15th and that the fire department responded to 110 calls this month.

STREET/DRAINAGE/ PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have 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
Councilman Royal reported that youth basketball games continue and that signups for indoor soccer, baseball, softball and t-ball are ongoing.

BUILDING/ZONING
Mayor pro tem Benton reported that nine (9) new single family residential, four (4) attached unit and one (1) commercial permit has been issued since the last meeting, with 142 inspections performed. Councilman Allen made a motion to appoint Mary Louise Lanier to another term on the Planning & Zoning Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.


Mayor pro tem Benton presented a five (5) year service pin to Firefighter Scott Sapp, thanking him for his continued service. Fire Chief Wade Simmons added that Scott has recently been promoted to the rank of Lieutenant.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Mr. Aaron Stewart
Mr. Stewart was not present.


Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval to amend the PUD Development Standards to allow communication towers and related facilities in the commercial section of the Wynn-Capallo Tract PUD Master Plan located on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Chris Wynn, Managing Partner for JACP Properties, has requested this amendment to allow telecommunication towers and related facilities in the commercial section of the Wynn-Capallo Planned Unit Development on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of site plan for Flowers Bread Distribution Center located at 1285 E. Highway 80
Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan for the Flowers Bread Distribution Center to be located at 1285 E. Highway 80. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of contract with Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce for 2009 hotel/motel tax funds
Kim Griffin, President of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, presented the contract with the Chamber for the 2009 hotel/motel tax funds, stating that the Chamber has many new ideas and projects for the year. Councilman Wall expressed appreciation for the hard work the board members have put into preparing the budget and increasing membership of the Chamber. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the contract, including the budget. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Thu Thi Ngoc Le at Okayama Japanese Steakhouse
Mr. Byrd presented an application for alcoholic beverage (beer and wine) sales for Thu Thi Ngoc Le at Okayama Japanese Steakhouse, stating that Deputy Chief Mark Revenew has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the license without Sunday sales. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

5. Approval of City Right of Way Agreement with DOT for installation of traffic signal and right turn lane on Godley Station Boulevard @ Pooler Parkway
Mr. Byrd presented a City Right of Way Agreement as prepared by the Department of Transportation for a traffic signal and a right turn lane to be installed at Godley Station Boulevard and Pooler Parkway. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the Agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of City Right of Way Agreement with DOT for installation of traffic signal at Pooler Parkway & Isaac G. LaRoche Drive
Mr. Byrd presented a City Right of Way Agreement as prepared by the Department of Transportation for a traffic signal to be in stalled at Isaac G. LaRoche Drive and Pooler Parkway. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the Agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

7. Approval to fix qualifying fees for 2009 municipal election
Mr. Byrd presented the qualifying fees for the City’s 2009 election, stating that the fees must be fixed and advertised in the newspaper by law. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the qualifying fees to be fixed at $216 for mayor and $108 for councilmembers. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:25 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on January 20, 2009. Mayor pro tem Rebecca Benton called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss an amendment to the PUD Development Standards to allow communication towers and related facilities in the commercial section of the Wynn-Capallo Tract PUD Master Plan located on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Jonathan Yates on behalf of Chris Wynn, Managing Partner for JACP Properties, presented an amendment to allow telecommunication towers and related facilities in the commercial section of the Wynn-Capallo Planned Unit Development. Mr. Yates stated that lack of coverage in this area has created the need for an additional tower and that the area is surrounded by wetlands. Further, that the tower will be a monopole type.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:48 p.m.

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