Council Minutes May 18 2009

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 18, 2009

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 18, 2009. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. 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 Councilman Seay.

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

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

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 1216 calls during the period of May 1st through the 14th, totaling 11,910 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 93 calls this month, with 708 total for the year.

STREET/DRAINAGE/ PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance, reminding everyone that leaves should not be raked into the ditches because it causes water to back especially with recent heavy rain.

WATER/SEWER
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.

RECREATION
Councilman Royal reported that youth summer basketball registration is ongoing and that post season baseball and softball tournaments will begin soon.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 17 new single family residential, one (1) new multi-family and two (2) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 55 single family residential, two (2) multi-family and 10 commercial permits for the year, with 1877 inspections performed year to date. 


Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. 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
Mr. Byrd presented this requested zoning map amendment. The owner, New Asbury Park, LLC, has requested to re-zone 5.82 acres on Quacco Road from R-4 (Townhome) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial), which will contain a commercial outparcel, a 3000 sq. ft. office building, a mini-storage, convenience store and car wash, and 7.74 acres from R-4 to R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to be developed as a recreational vehicle (RV) park. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the zoning text amendment as requested. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. First Reading on proposed zoning text amendment to add “RV Parks” as a permitted use in R-A districts
Mr. Byrd presented a proposed zoning text amendment to add “RV Parks” as a permitted use in R-A (Residential-Agricultural) districts, stating that this request was tabled at the last meeting to allow further research by Mr. Scheer. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the proposed zoning text amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested conditional use to construct a new wireless telecommunication tower at 1727 Dean Forest Road
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Attorney Jonathan Yates of Nexsen Pruett LLC stated that the purpose of constructing a new 165' free standing monopole wireless telecommunication tower with a 5' lightning rod is to add more services to the industrial area and to qualify AT&T the ability to improve spectrum use by adding GPS and UTMS systems. Councilman Allen asked if the petitioner would allow the City to use the tower for public safety purposes. Mr. Yates replied that he would have to ask the owner. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the conditional use, based on it meeting all the criteria and being contingent upon the two (2) conditions recommended by Richard L. Edwards of CityScape Consultants, Inc. being satisfied. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Approval to place decorative fence along Pine Barren Road to match existing fence on Quacco Road
Mr. Byrd presented this request from Fred Williams Homebuilders to place a 3' double rail white decorative fence along Pine Barren Road to match the existing fence on Quacco Road. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the decorative fence. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Gitaben C. Patel at Quality Inn
Mr. Byrd presented the application for an alcoholic beverage license for Gitaben C. Patel at the Quality Inn, stating that Police Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license without Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

4. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Kalpana Patel at Amit Food Mart
Mr. Byrd presented the application for an alcoholic beverage license (beer and wine) for Kalpana Patel at Amit Food Mart, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

5. Release of maintenance bond for Hunt Club, Phase II
Mr. Byrd stated that the maintenance bond for Phase II of the Hunt Club Subdivision has expired and the punch list has been neglected by the contractor. Therefore, Councilman Allen made a motion to release the maintenance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

6. Release of maintenance bond for Oglethorpe Square
Mr. Byrd stated that the maintenance bond for Oglethorpe Square Subdivision has expired and the punch list has been neglected by the contractor. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to release the bond. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Release of maintenance bond for Old Towne Subdivision
Mr. Byrd stated that the maintenance bond for Old Towne Subdivision has expired and the punch list has been neglected by the contractor. Councilman Allen made a motion to release the maintenance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

8. Release of maintenance bond for The Grove at Brighton Woods
Mr. Byrd stated that the maintenance bond for The Grove at Brighton Woods Subdivision has expired and the punch list has been neglected by the contractor. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to release the bond. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Release of maintenance bond for Medical Campus Road - Drainage Improvements
Mr. Byrd stated that the maintenance bond for Medical Campus Road - Drainage Improvements has expired and the punch list has been neglected by the contractor. Councilman Allen made a motion to release the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

10. Release of maintenance bond for Godley Villages, Phases 1A & 1B
Mr. Byrd stated that the maintenance bond for Phases 1A & 1B of Godley Villages Subdivision has expired and the punch list has been neglected by the contractor. Councilman Allen made a motion to release the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

11. Approval of budget adjustment for 2008 as prepared by auditor
Mr. Byrd presented a budget adjustment for 2008 as prepared by Karp, Ronning & Tindol, CPAs, to finalize the audit. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the budget adjustment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:28 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on 
May 18, 2009. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use to construct a new wireless telecommunication tower at 1727 Dean Forest Road. Attorney Jonathan Yates of Nexsen Pruett LLC was present on behalf of SBA Towers and AT&T Mobility, stating that the proposed 165' free-standing monopole tower will add more services to the industrial area and will qualify AT&T the ability to improve spectrum use by adding GPS and UTMS systems. Further, that an eight foot (8') brick wall will be constructed around the 50' by 50' compound. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:53 p.m.

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