Council Minutes October 5, 2009

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 5, 2009


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 5, 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 Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:
FINANCE
Councilman Seay presented the accounts payable information for September, making a motion to approve the bills that are in excess of $1500.00, subject to availability of funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Allen stated that the police department responded to 1195 calls during the period of September 18th through October 1st, totaling 23,981 calls for the year and reported on the fire department activities for the month.

STREET/DRAINAGE/ PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance and that yard debris will be picked up during the week of October 26th through the 30th. 

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 football games continue with homecoming scheduled for Thursday, October 8th.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that three (3) new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 116 residential and 23 commercial permits for the year, with 3265 inspections performed year to date.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested 10' sign height variance at the Fun Zone Amusement Park on E. Highway 80 
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Raj Patel, owner and Bill Norton of Sign Mart, presented a request for a 10' height variance to allow them to replace the existing sign to increase its visibility. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variance, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria for granting a variance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition. 

2. Requested 55 sq. ft. variance for a new electronic message board at the Fun Zone Amusement Park
A public hearing was held prior wherein Council recommended the variance be reduced to 30 sq. ft. to make the size of the electronic message board (45 sq. ft.) comparable to the sign at the Travelodge Inn & Suites on Continental Boulevard. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve the variance, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of sketch plan for a proposed Walgreens at the northwest corner of Pooler Parkway & Godley Station Boulevard
Mr. Byrd presented the sketch plan for a proposed Walgreens at the corner of Pooler Parkway & Godley Station Boulevard, across from the Goodyear store on Trader’s Way. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that he has no problem with the comments submitted by Downer Davis, the City’s reviewing engineer. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the sketch plan, contingent upon the comments from Mr. Davis being addressed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

4. Acceptance of maintenance bond for water line extension to Flowers Distribution on
E. Highway 80
Mr. Byrd presented a request from the developer of the Flowers Distribution Facility, stating that the public works department performed a final inspection on
August 4th, recommending the bond be accepted. Councilman Allen made a motion to accept the maintenance bond, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.


5. Award bid for fine screen replacement at wastewater treatment facility
Mr. Byrd presented bids for the fine screen replacement project at the wastewater treatment facility, noting the low bid in the amount of $542,000.00 and that the cost of the project was estimated at nearly twice this amount. Councilman Wall made a motion to award the bid to J.S. Haren Company. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

6. First Reading on amendment to solid waste ordinance regarding wheeled containers
Mr. Byrd presented an amendment to the solid waste ordinance to provide that all residents, whether homeowner or lessee, be responsible for the $75.00 non-refundable deposit for the wheeled containers each time trash service is established. Further, that a fee for re-delivery of repossessed containers (due to non-payment within 60 days from the due date) be provided and charged to the utility account, with re-delivery only upon payment of this fee and the account in full. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:24 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on October 5, 2009 prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman 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:

1) A requested 10' sign height variance at the Fun Zone Amusement Park on E. Highway 80 - Raj Patel, owner of the Park and Bill Norton of Sign Mart presented a request for a 10' sign height variance to allow them to replace the existing sign to make the new one more visible. 


2) A requested 55 sq ft. variance for a new electronic message board at the Fun Zone Amusement Park - Mr. Patel and Mr. Norton presented a request for a 55 sq. ft. variance to allow a new electronic message board to be installed at the Park. Mr. Byrd stated that the variance would allow the sign to be 70 sq. ft. in size, which is much larger than any existing sign in the City. Councilman Allen stated that after looking at the electronic message board at the Travelodge Inn & Suites on Continental Boulevard, it is recommended that a 30 sq. ft. variance be considered to make the sign comparable to the one at the Travelodge. Mr. Patel agreed that a 30 sq. ft. variance would be sufficient.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:56 p.m.

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