Council Minutes February 18, 2008

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
FEBRUARY 18, 2008

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 18, 2008. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were present. Councilman Bruce Allen and Councilman Travis Cowart were absent due to having to work.
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 Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

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.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Major Mark Revenew reported that the police department responded to 1093 calls since the last meeting. Interim Fire Chief Ashley Fields reported that the fire department responded to 109 calls.

STREET/DRAINAGE/PARKS & TREES


Councilman Cowart was absent. 

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 the City will host the District GRPA tournament this weekend and that registration for baseball, softball and t-ball ends February 23rd. 

BUILDING/ZONING


Councilwoman Benton reported that 16 new single family residential, five (5) attached unit and four (4) commercial permits have been issued this year, totaling 26 residential, five (5) attached unit and 10 commercial permits for the year, with 1282 inspections performed. Councilwoman Benton stated that two (2) individuals are being considered for appointment on the PUD Review Board and that the Planning & Zoning Board has asked Council to look into amending the ordinance in regards to increasing the fence height in commercial and industrial zoning. 
Councilwoman Benton made a motion to add Item #10 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.


Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested conditional use for a proposed mini-storage on Lot 1B of the R-8 Tract within the Godley Station PUD

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Byrd presented this request from North Godley Developers for a proposed mini-storage to be located on Lot 1B of the R-8 Tract on Pooler Parkway, stating that the development will consist of 10 climate-controlled buildings. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the conditional use, based on the project meeting all the criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton reminded Council about the e-mail received from Bill Dempsey, who approves plans for the PUD’s Architectural Review Committee, requesting that the landscape plan include screening of the buildings and parking areas from Pooler Parkway and the interior road.

2. Approval of major subdivision plat of the R-8 Tract into four (4) tracts

Mr. Byrd presented this request from North Godley Enterprises, LLC for approval of a major subdivision plat of the R-8 Tract into four (4) lots. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase 1B

Mr. Byrd presented this request to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat for Phase 1B of Durham Park Townhomes, stating that all of the infrastructure is complete and that the public works department has approved the project to begin its 12 month warranty period. Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 8
Mr. Byrd presented this request from Southwest Quarter Holdings, stating that Phase 8 consists of 56 single-family detached residential lots, located off Blue Moon Crossing. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

5. Release of maintenance bond for Pooler Development Park

Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of Pooler Development Park, stating that a final inspection was performed on September 17, 2007. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to release the maintenance bond. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Release of maintenance bond for Carrington Village Apartments

Mr. Byrd presented this item for approval, stating that this development was formerly known as the Bostic Brothers Development and that a final inspection was performed on September 26, 2007. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to release the maintenance bond for Carrington Village Apartments. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

7. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase 1

Mr. Byrd presented this request, stating that all of the improvements for Phase 1 of Durham Park Townhomes are complete. Councilman Wall 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 Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Ralph Defelice, Jr. at Fatz Café

Mr. Byrd presented an application for alcoholic beverage sales for Ralph DeFelice, Jr. at the new Fatz Café, stating that Police Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license (including Sunday sales). Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of agreement with Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce for hotel/motel tax funds

Mr. Byrd presented the agreement with the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce for hotel/motel tax funds for 2008, stating that details of the budget were still being worked on. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the agreement, contingent upon the budget being finalized before the next Council meeting (March 3rd). Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.


10. Approval of agreement with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, LLC

Mr. Byrd presented an agreement with The Fairways at Savannah Quarters, LLC to allow the developer to build three (3) model homes prior to having the plat recorded, stating that the homes will be built at the developers own risk. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Kathy Allen, resident, addressed Council in regards to the schedule of maintenance of drainage ditches, asking if all ditches were cleaned or just the major ones. Mr. Byrd replied that drainage work is performed in quadrants on all ditches. Mrs. Allen also questioned whether that was adequate drainage in the area where the new homes were being built on S. Rogers Street between Tietgen and Whatley Streets. Mr. Byrd replied that the drainage plan submitted for this development will improve drainage in the entire area. Mrs. Allen also presented concern about the number of signs being placed in the City rights-of-way.

Carl Nelson, resident, addressed Council in regards to Pooler being a bird sanctuary, requesting that the City place wood duck boxes in areas to provide a place for them to roost. Mr. Nelson volunteered to build the boxes if the City would consider his request.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:46 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and pased without opposition.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on

February 18, 2008. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were present.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use for a proposed mini-storage on Lot 1B of the R-8 Tract within the Godley Station PUD. Councilwoman Benton presented an e-mail from Bill Dempsey, who approves the plans for the PUD’s Architectural Review Committee, requesting that the landscape plan include screening of the buildings and parking areas from Pooler Parkway and the interior road.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:49 p.m.

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