Council Minutes September 8, 2009

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 8, 2009

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 8, 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 Councilman Cowart, with no opposition.

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

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Allen stated that the police department responded to 1407 calls during the period of August 19th through September 3rd and that the fire department responded to 183 calls in August.

STREET/DRAINAGE/ PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance.

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. Further, that a break in the sewer force main on Pooler Parkway south of I-16 has occurred with repairs made and proper notification being given to the public and EPD.

RECREATION
Councilman Royal reported that football games begin Thursday, September 10th, with the soccer season starting on the 14th. 

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 12 new single family residential permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 109 for the year, with 2959 inspections performed year to date. Councilwoman Benton stated that Nanette Ringham has resigned her position on the Planning & Zoning Board and made a motion to appoint Nancy Bachner as an alternate, thus making Commissioner Don Taylor a permanent member. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Councilman Allen made a motion to add item #9 under New Business to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to David Burke, retired major with the police department, commemorating his retirement after working with the department for 30 years.

Mayor Lamb announced that a blood drive will be held on September 17th, sponsored by the Pooler Rotary Club. Seth Bridger, representing the Rotary Club, stated that a drawing will be held for those who participate in giving blood for a chance to win a $1000 gas card.

Mayor Lamb also announced that a meeting regarding the Savannah Chatham County School System redistricting will be held at Groves High School on September 17th. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on ordinance to prohibit tethering of dogs and cats
Mr. Byrd presented an ordinance to prohibit tethering dogs and cats to stationary objects (without supervision by people). Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the ordinance on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on amendment to Buildings and Building Regulations ordinance regarding construction codes and enforcement/penalties
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the buildings and building regulations ordinance to update the construction codes and provide a provision for enforcement and penalties. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the ordinance on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of revised plat for Hamilton Grove Subdivision, Phase 2, to denote new flood zone lines and notes based on new flood maps and LOMR-F cases
Mr. Byrd presented the plat for Phase 2 of Hamilton Grove Subdivision which has been revised to reflect new FEMA flood hazard lines, stating that a LOMR-F was done to remove portions of this area from the 100-year flood zone. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the revised plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of revised plat for Hamilton Grove Subdivision, Phase 3, to denote new flood zone lines and notes based on new flood maps and LOMR-F cases
Mr. Byrd presented the plat for Phase 3 of Hamilton Grove Subdivision which has been revised to reflect new FEMA flood hazard lines, stating that a LOMR-F was done to remove portions of this area from the 100-year flood zone. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the revised plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of revised plat for Hamilton Grove Subdivision, Phase 4, to denote new flood zone lines and notes based on new flood maps and LOMR-F cases
Mr. Byrd presented the plat for Phase 4 of Hamilton Grove Subdivision which has been revised to reflect new FEMA flood hazard lines, stating that a LOMR-F was done to remove portions of this area from the 100-year flood zone. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the revised plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Ganshyam Patel for the new Pooler Grill at Fun City Bowl
Mr. Byrd presented an application for alcoholic beverage license for Ganshyam Patel at the new Pooler Grill located inside the Fun City Bowl which is under construction. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license, to include Sunday sales. Motion passed with Councilman Allen and Councilman Cowart opposing.

5. Approval of Cooperative Purchasing Agreement with Beck Disaster Recovery, Inc. to perform disaster debris monitoring services
Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with Beck Disaster Recovery, Inc. to perform disaster debris monitoring services in the event a disaster should occur, stating that this agreement “piggybacks” the one Chatham County has entered into with Beck and that this will allow for reimbursement by FEMA. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

6. Resolution regarding amendment to 2009 budget to replace police vehicle that was totaled
Mr. Byrd presented a resolution regarding an amendment to the 2009 budget to replace a police cruiser that was totaled in an accident, stating that Police Chief C.E. Chan has secured funds from a grant provided through the City of Savannah for funding the purchase of a replacement vehicle. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve the resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

7. First Reading on amendment to hotel/motel tax ordinance regarding definition of “permanent resident”
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the hotel/motel tax ordinance to define a
“permanent resident” as someone who occupies a guest room in a hotel or motel for 31 continuous days or longer, based on State law that were recently enacted. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

8. Nancy Bachner in regards to 911 service
Ms. Bachner, resident in Savannah Quarters and member of the homeowners association, presented Council with concerns the residents have with the 911 service, mainly the fact that the dispatchers do not know where the addresses are and are forced to ask for directions. Fire Chief Wade Simmons briefed those present on issues that have been presented to the Savannah Chatham Metropolitan Police Department who now has control of the 911 services since the Chatham County Police and City of Savannah Police Departments have merged. Chief Simmons stated that the City is well aware of the problems and has met with officials from the Cities of Bloomingdale, Garden City, Port Wentworth and the Town of Thunderbolt to determine if it is feasible to form their own 911 call center, noting that funding this project initially will be a burden. Deputy Police Chief Mark Revenew reminded residents who have telephone service with Hargray, Comcast or Vonage to check with their provider to ensure that their home telephone number is published and is shown to dispatchers when calling 911. Dean Kicklighter, Chatham County Commissioner for the 7th District, addressed Council, asking that a resolution be adopted and sent to the Chatham County Commission to inform them of the problems being experienced with 911 services in the City of Pooler, reminding everyone that his “one” voice on the commission will be better heard if the Cities as a whole present their concerns. Councilwoman Benton presented a letter from Matt Turner, resident, expressing the same concern as previously stated. Mayor Lamb requested that a list of concerns from residents be submitted so that they may be forwarded to the County, along with a resolution.

9. Request from Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce to waive permit fees for upcoming Flying Pig BBQ and Music Festival
Kim Griffin, President of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, presented a request for the permit fees to be waived for the Festival to be held Friday, September 25th and Saturday, September 26th, at Oglethorpe Speedway Park. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this request. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:10 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

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