The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 20, 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 being out of town on vacation.
The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb 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 June.
Chief C. E. Chan stated that the police department responded to 1382 calls during the period of July 3rd through the 16th and Deputy Fire Chief Ashley Fields reported that the fire department responded to 98 calls this month, totaling 1051 for the year.
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 have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilman Royal reported that the men’s basketball games begin August 3rd and that signups for football, cheerleading and soccer end on July 23rd.
Councilwoman Benton reported that two (2) new single family residential permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 85 for the year, with 2501 inspections performed year to date.
Mayor Lamb reminded everyone that National Night Out will be held on
August 4th from 5:30 p.m. until 8:30 p.m. at the West Chatham YMCA.
Councilman Wall presented concern about the recent article in the newspaper about problems in Tom Triplett Park, pointing out that the article was misleading, that there have been no complaints received by the police department in five (5) months. Further, that he hopes the citizens will not stop going to the park and based on the information in the article, recommended that Chief Chan look into whether extra police patrol is needed.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of minor subdivision plat to create Lots 11-A and 11-B from Lot 11 of the Clyde E. Daniels Tract
Remington II, LLC has requested to create Lots 11-A and 11-B from Lot 11 of the Clyde E. Daniels Tract for a proposed business to locate on Lot 11-B. Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve the minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Approval of recombination plat for 7.30 acres located on Winskie Road into Lots 1 and 2
Mr. Byrd presented a request to recombine 7.30 acres on Winskie Road into Lots 1 and 2 for land distribution between owners, Amy Davis Clayton and Linda Davis Hawk, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the recombination. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of water and sewer agreement with JACP Properties, LP & Capallo Family, LP
Mr. Byrd presented a water and sewer agreement between JACP Properties, LP & Capallo Family, LP and the City of Pooler to cover their portion of the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority loan, based on final figures provided by the City’s engineer. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the agreement. Motion passed without opposition.
4. First Reading on amendment to ad valorem tax ordinance
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the City’s ordinance regarding late fees and penalties on ad valorem taxes and to amend the minimum amount charged for real property to be consistent with State requirements. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the amendment to Chapter 78, Article I, Section 78-4 (a) & (b), Section 78-28 and Section 78-53 on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:18 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:24 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:24 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.