The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 4, 2009. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:05 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearings held prior). Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Robbie Byrd, City Attorney Steve Scheer, Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver and Zoning Assistant Kim Classen were also present. Councilman Mike Royal was absent due to a surgical procedure he had done.
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 Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Seay presented the accounts payable information for April.
Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 1267 calls during the period of April 17th through the 30th, totaling 10,694 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 149 calls this month, with 615 total for the year.
STREET/DRAINAGE/ PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance, noting that the recycling center is now open eight (8) hours on Saturdays and Mondays and offers free mulch to the residents.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilman Royal was absent.
Councilwoman Benton reported that seven (7) new single family residential and one (1) commercial permit has been issued since the last meeting, totaling 38 single family residential and eight (8) commercial permits for the year, with 1760 inspections performed year to date.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Requested front setback fence encroachment variances at 901 Hayden Drive
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Pal have requested approval for a 15' front setback encroachment from Brighton Woods Drive and a 4'6" front setback encroachment from Hayden Drive for a privacy fence already constructed on their property. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variances, contingent upon the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria and the fence posts being cut off to six (6) feet within two (2) weeks. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
2. Requested conditional use to construct a wireless telecommunication facility on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Jonathan Yates of Nexsen Pruett LLC was present on behalf of SBA Towers and AT&T Mobility, who has requested approval of a conditional use to construct a new wireless telecommunication facility on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway to improve coverage within the Godley Station residential developments. Mr. Byrd stated that an amendment to the Wynn-Cappallo PUD was approved to allow such type of facility. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the conditional use, based on the request meeting all of the criteria. Motion passed without opposition.
Councilman Cowart made a motion to move Item #7 to be discussed before
Item #3. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
7. First Reading on proposed zoning text amendment to add “RV Parks” as a permitted use in R-A districts
A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item until the next meeting due to the fact that the covenants and restrictions presented are considered private and cannot be enforced by City officials as stated by Mr. Scheer. Mr. Scheer reminded Council that the restrictions should be listed as standards, under general provisions in the zoning ordinance to allow legal enforcement. Further requesting the petitioner to check with the fire and police chiefs, Georgia Municipal Association, the Regional Development Center and the national association of recreational vehicles for standardized codes to protect life, safety and welfare of citizens. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
3. Requested zoning map amendment of approximately 13.56 acres located on Quacco Road as follows: 5.82 acres from R-4 to C-2 and 7.74 acres from R-4 to R-A
A public hearing was held prior wherein the petitioner requested this item be tabled until the next meeting. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to table the requested zoning map amendment. Motion passed with Councilman Wall opposing.
4. Requested expansion of a conditional use at Pooler Fun Zone
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Southern Hospitality, LLC has requested approval of an expansion of a conditional use at Pooler Fun Zone at 1040 E. Highway 80 to provide peddle boats, a pavilion, batting cages, restrooms, inflatable alligator slide, bumper cars and additional party rooms. Mr. Byrd stated that a recombination of lots is needed prior to expansion improvements being made into the adjacent lot. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the expansion of a conditional use at Pooler Fun Zone, based on it meeting all of the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
5. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for a major subdivision of
Lot 11 within Parcel 5A, Godley Station
Mr. Byrd presented the final plat for a major subdivision of Lot 11 within Parcel 5A of Godley Station, stating that the developer has posted a bond in the amount of $18,819.00 to guarantee completion of the infrastructure. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion passed without opposition.
6 Award bid for Forest Lakes Water Main Extension
Mr. Byrd presented several bids for the Forest Lakes Water Main Extension project, stating that this extension will loop the water system to Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Councilman Wall made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Tyson Utilities Construction, Inc., in the amount of $59,459.81. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
Charles Archer, resident, requested consideration to utilize City message boards to remind students of the importance of washing their hands in lieu to the recent swine flu outbreak.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:25 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.