Council Minutes June 1, 2009

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 1, 2009


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 1, 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 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:
FINANCE
Councilman Seay presented the accounts payable information for May.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 1173 calls during the period of May 15th through the 28th, totaling 13,083 calls for the year and that the fire department responded to 72 calls in May, with 787 total for the year.

STREET/DRAINAGE/ PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance and reminded citizens to refrain from raking leaves into ditches which causes drainage problems.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance, that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant and that the new water rates went into effect today.

RECREATION
Councilman Royal reported that a baseball/softball tournament is scheduled for June 5th and 6th, that several all-star teams will be competing in the GRPA tournaments this month and that sports camps are being offered this summer. Further, that renovations are complete at the senior citizen’s reading library. Councilman Royal expressed appreciation for the generous anonymous donation received for the senior citizens.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 8 (eight) new single family residential and two (2) new commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 63 single family residential and 12 commercial permits for the year, with 1968 inspections performed year to date. 

Carol Elkins, Board Member, Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, addressed Council in regards to ongoing events at the Chamber, noting that their office has been moved to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum, that membership has increased and that two (2) staff members have been hired.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on proposed zoning text amendment to add “RV Parks” as a permitted use in R-A districts
Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company on behalf of the owner, David Lane, requested this item be tabled to allow time to review the proposed amendment. Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item until the next meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Release of maintenance bond for Godley Station Professional Park, Phase I 
Per Mr. Scheer’s recommendation, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to remove this item from the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Release of maintenance bond for Barrington Estates, Phase 6-C
Per Mr. Scheer’s recommendation, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to remove this item from the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

3. Release of maintenance bond for Hunter’s Ridge, Phase 4-B
Per Mr. Scheer’s recommendation, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to remove this item from the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

4. Release of maintenance bond for S.H. Morgan Parkway/acceptance of utilities only
Per Mr. Scheer’s recommendation, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to remove this item from the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

5. Release of maintenance bond for Distribution Drive water line within Dean Forest Business Park
Mr. Byrd stated that a final inspection was held on May 27th, without any punch list items needing to be addressed. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to release the maintenance bond. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance for Bridgewater, Phase V
Per Mr. Scheer’s recommendation, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to remove this item from the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

7. Approval to name 30' access easement right-of-way adjacent to Continental Boulevard (deeded by Liberty Commercial Properties, LLC on 11-5-08) as “Galin Way”
Mr. Byrd stated that the City has been deeded a 30' access easement right-of-way adjacent to Continental Boulevard which needed to be named, recommending the road be named “Galin Way” in recognition of Murray Galin’s initiative and significant role in development in this area in the 1980s. Mr. Galin addressed Council, thanking them for this honor, noting that the success of the City’s continued growth is due to how well represented the City has remained. Councilman Wall thanked Mr. Galin for his contribution and made a motion to approve the name of this right-of-way as “Galin Way”. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:22 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

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