The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 16, 2009. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Travis Cowart, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. 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 Councilman Cowart 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 Cowart, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Seay presented the accounts payable information for February.
Major David Burke reported that the police department responded to 1235 calls from February 27th through March 12th, totaling 6312 calls for the year. Chief Wade Simmons reported that the fire department responded to 77 calls so far in this month.
STREET/DRAINAGE/ PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have 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.
Councilman Royal reported that baseball and softball practice continue and that the City is getting ready for the grand opening of the new recreation complex on April 4th.
Councilwoman Benton reported that four (4) new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 25 single family residential and five (5) commercial permits for the year, with 1129 inspections performed year to date. Further, that a plan review workshop is scheduled for
March 23rd at 6:00 p.m.
Caroline Gordon-Jelks, Principal of Pooler Elementary School, addressed Council in regards to activities at the school, noting that it is the recipient of a “Platinum Award” from the Governor’s Office of Student Achievement for having the greatest gain in student achievement. Ms. Gordon-Jelks invited everyone to visit the school or volunteer in some type of activity.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Second Reading on ordinance regarding creation of a Tree Board
Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance to create a Tree Board, stating that this will qualify the City as a “Tree City USA” and be able to obtain grants. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve the ordinance on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for a six (6) lot major subdivision of Lot A-2, Towne Center at Godley Station
NRN Management, Inc. has requested approval of the final plat for a six (6) lot commercial subdivision located off Benton Boulevard behind Cheddar’s Casual Café. A bond has been posted in the amount of $225,000.00 to guarantee completion of the infrastructure. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of site plan for the Family Entertainment Center, Phase II located at 6 Towne Center Court
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for the Family Entertainment Center, Phase II for NRN Management, Inc., stating that all of the engineering comments have been addressed. Joey White of Thomas & Hutton Engineers was present. Councilman Wall asked if the batting cages were going to be indoors, which Mr. White confirmed. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of amendment to Schedule of Fees to add rental fees for recreation complex fields/pitching machines
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the Schedule of Fees to add rental fees for the recreation complex fields and pitching machines. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the amendment. Motion passed without opposition.
4. Resolution/Participation Agreement regarding Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System’s OPEB Trust
Michelle McNeely, Finance Officer, presented a resolution regarding the City’s participation in the Georgia Municipal Employees Benefit System’s OPEB (Other Post Employment Benefits) Trust in regards to post-employment benefits other than pension liabilities which are required by law to be reported in accordance with the Governmental Accounting Standards Board (GASB) Statement No. 45. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the resolution and participation agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:26 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.