The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 4, 2008. 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 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 Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Cowart, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Seay presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 1236 calls from January 18th to 31st. Interim Fire Chief Ashley Fields reported that the fire department responded to 147 calls, with 24 of the being structure fires.
STREET/DRAINAGE/PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage, 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 basketball games continue and that indoor soccer registration is ongoing as well as registration for baseball, softball and t-ball.
Councilwoman Benton then reported that seven (7) new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits have been issued this year, totaling 10 residential and six (6) commercial permits for the year, with 796 inspections performed.
Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Shannon Kirby, Inspections Coordinator, thanking her for her continued service.
John Morgan, Vice President of Development for the AMB Corporation, addressed Council in regards to the company’s plan to participate in the cost (per rata share) of a traffic light at the intersection of Pooler Parkway and S. H. Morgan Parkway. Mr. Morgan stated that he believes the company has been cooperative and pro-active in this endeavor and is willing to participate once the light is warranted. Councilman Wall expressed concern over the fact that AMB has yet to sign a fire agreement or submit a check for their share of the light. Mr. Morgan replied that the light is not warranted yet and that the company will sign the fire agreement once their first building is complete.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of site plan for Sandcastle Learning Center
Mr. Byrd presented this item which was tabled from the last meeting to allow the project engineer to meet with the adjacent property owners to address their concerns, stating that this has been done and therefore, staff has recommended approval, contingent upon the following: Sandcastle Learning Center giving the City rights to maintain the drainage ditches (taking care to avoid spillage onto or other damage of the porous pavers and the City using its best efforts to provide notification of routine maintenance), including the right to inspect the swales to the west, north and east boundary lines, with maintenance occurring in the next several weeks prior to clearing activities by the contractor; the City being able to access the swales from Highway 80 and across the front portion of the site; a six (6) foot privacy fence being installed to buffer sound from the Center; and the owner agreeing to remove any trees (excluding any significant trees with a dbh of 24", including Live Oak, etc.) marked by the adjacent property owners in the natural buffer area. Betty Giles, adjacent property owner, questioned why the fence could not be eight (8) feet tall, wherein Mayor Lamb replied that the City’s ordinance limits fence heights to six (6) feet. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan, contingent upon the aforementioned contingencies as stated by Mr. Byrd. Motion passed without opposition. Councilman Wall thanked Downer Davis, project engineer, for meeting with the residents and addressing their concerns.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Requested zoning map amendment of 20.74 acres comprised of Lot 18 & 19 and a portion of Lot 17 of the D.R. Thomas Tract on E. Highway 80 from C-2 to I-1
A public hearing was held prior wherein two (2) residents expressed concern about the tires being stored on this property and the dust that is created by the trucks. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment, contingent upon (within 45 days or barring a 30-day natural disaster) a six (6) foot privacy fence being placed along Old Louisville Road, the main drive leading back to the re-capping building being overlaid with crushed asphalt, two (2) speed breakers being installed for every three (3) lanes and that a minimum grade material of granite be used to repair all future potholes and further, that Items #1, 8 and 17 listed as “permitted uses” in light industrial zoning be “conditional uses” for this property. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilwoman Benton opposing.
2. Approval of site plan for Atlantic Southern Bank on Blue Moon Crossing in Village Quarter
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for the proposed Atlantic Southern Bank to be located on Lot K in the Village Quarter off Blue Moon Crossing, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Approval of recombination plat for portions of Tract 2 & 9, Westbrook, Phase 8
Mr. Byrd presented the recombination plat for portions of Tract 2 & 9 of Westbrook, Phase 8 to correct the golf boundary lines to the new course layout so that the lines will be consistent with the design of Phase 8 of the subdivision. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of revised subdivision plat for Westbrook, Phase 7A
Mr. Byrd presented the revised subdivision plat for Phase 7A of Westbrook, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
5. Approval to name the 40' private access easement off the Georgia Ports Authority frontage road to “Barrow Drive”
Mr. Byrd presented this request to name the 40' private access easement “Barrow Drive” to establish a “911" address for the new HD Supply Workworks site. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
6. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for The Arbors, Phase 8
Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of The Arbors, stating that the public works department has approved this Phase to begin its 12-month warranty period. Councilman Allen made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Karen Robertson, representing the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, introduced Kim Griffin, newly elected President of the Chamber, stating that at their first meeting, the Board of Directors has approved the 2008 budget and the agreement with the City for hotel/motel tax funds.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:59 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.