The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 3, 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 and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
Councilman Stevie Wall was absent.
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 made by Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Allen, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Seay stated that there were no bills submitted for payment, due to an employee having a family emergency.
Councilman Allen reported that the fire department responded to 156 calls since the last meeting.
STREET/DRAINAGE/PARKS & TREES
Councilman Cowart reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Wall was absent.
Councilman Royal reported that the 12 and under boys’ basketball team won the district tournament and will be competing in the State tournament. Further, that softball and baseball practice will begin March 10th.
Councilwoman Benton reported that 11 new single family residential, three (3) attached unit, four (4) stacked condominium and six (6) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 37 residential, eight (8) attached unit, four (4) stacked condo and 16 commercial permits for the year, with 1624 inspections performed.
Councilwoman Benton made a motion to appoint Danny Clark and Michael Elkins to the PUD Review Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Benton asked Mr. Scheer to report on the Community Improvement District which has been requested by a commercial developer for the City to consider adopting. Mr. Scheer replied that he recommends Council authorize the city manager to go forward with researching a cooperation agreement, adding that the City hire special counsel to assist with this matter, stating that all legal costs be borne by the developer. Further, that the City will have no financial liability and that this is an innovative way to finance projects. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to authorize the city manager to begin researching this matter with the developer.
Dennis Hutton & Noel Perkins addressed Council in regards to the Local Update of Census Addressing (LUCA) Program.
Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution in regards to Arbor Day on March 7th.
Mayor Lamb read aloud a proclamation in regards to welcoming the crew and family of the USS Georgia SSGN 729, a submarine which will be in the area on March 24th.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
Mr. Scheer stated that the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce has been working on amending the 2008 budget and that it will be complete by the next meeting. Councilman Cowart made a motion to extend the submittal date to March 17th. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Allen Peake at Cheddar’s Casual Café
Mr. Byrd presented an application for alcoholic beverage sales at the new Cheddar’s Casual Café, stating that Police Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
2. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Eva Alas at Los Limones Tienda & Taqueria
Mr. Byrd presented an application for alcoholic beverage (beer & wine) sales for Eva Alas at the Los Limones Tienda & Taqueria, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.
3. Approval of budget adjustment for Water & Sewer Fund
Mr. Byrd presented a budget adjustment (copy attached to and made a part of these minutes) in the amount of $7400.00 for an emergency service call for a force main repair at Memorial Boulevard. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the budget adjustment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat. John Farmer of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers presented a sketch of the proposed Benton Boulevard extension for information purposes only. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.
Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:48 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:07 p.m.
Peggy Whitaker, resident on Pinewood Drive, addressed Council in regards to a drainage problem caused from water running off the adjacent property at the end of Gleason Avenue. Ms. Whitaker stated that in addition to rainwater, the owner of the adjacent property is pumping pool water onto her property. Mr. Scheer informed Ms. Whitaker that any problems she is experiencing with the adjacent property owner needed to be handled in a civil manner. Ms. Whitaker added that there are several autos being parked on the City’s easement which are causing the ditch bank to erode, which she has reported to the City. Mr. Scheer stated that any violations of the City ordinances should be reported and if she is not satisfied with the response of either the police or code enforcement department, that she should submit a written complaint to the city manager.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:15 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.