Council Minutes October 1, 2007

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 1, 2007


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 1, 2007. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Billy Stanley, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. Assistant City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Bruce Allen was absent due to having to work.

The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Lamb.

The minutes of the previous meetings were approved as printed upon a motion made by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to appoint Robbie Byrd as the new City Manager. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. City Attorney Steve Scheer administered the oath of office to Mr. Byrd. Mr. Byrd took his seat.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Stanley 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
Chief C. E. Chan reported that the police department responded to 1373 calls since the last meeting, totaling 24,116 for the year. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 10 vehicle fires in September, with a total of 154 calls for September.

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

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance, that all parameters at the wastewater treatment plant are being met.


RECREATION
Councilman Royal reported that the following events are scheduled: October 5th Pep Rally, October 6th Homecoming/Centennial Parade, October 8th Centennial Golf Tournament, October 11th Homecoming football games and October 12th Half-time presentation during the Savannah Christian football game. Further, that the senior citizens toured several areas recently.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that eight (8) new single family residential, 
11 attached unit and three (3) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 379 residential, 149 attached unit and 69 commercial permits for the year, with 11,206 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested conditional use to construct a family entertainment center on Lots 7 & 8,
Pooler Business Park
Mr. Byrd presented this request which was tabled at the last meeting. Guy Davidson, representing the developer, stated that after meeting with two (2) members of Council, the outdoor batting cages have been removed from the plan. Councilman Wall expressed appreciation for the developer’s cooperation and made a motion to approve the conditional use, contingent upon Planning & Zoning’s recommendations to include the parking lot being revised, the outdoor batting cages being removed from the site plan, an additional entrance into the facility being located in the restaurant/bar area, the hours of operation being Monday - Thursday from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 midnight and Friday and Saturday from 10:00 a.m. until 2:00 a.m., at least one (1) security personnel being on site Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 8:00 p.m. until close (with management having security present on additional days or past closing time at their discretion), curfew hours being posted near the front entrance in a visible location and a paved and striped walking lane being located behind the building. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of Flying Pig Festival to be held October 5 - 7th and to waive permit fees
The “Flying Pig” aka Anne Smith, addressed Council in regards to the upcoming Festival to be held at Tom Triplett Park, asking for approval, for the permit fees to be waived and for the City to provide security. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the Festival, to waive the fees and to authorize off-duty police to be paid for security. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.


2. Approval of Flying Pig Festival 5K Run to be held October 6th on City streets
Mr. Byrd presented this request to permit a 5K run to be held Saturday morning to begin at N. Skinner Avenue near the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce and travel through Gleason Heights to Worthington Estates and back to N. Skinner Avenue. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the 5K Run. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of revised plat for Hamilton Grove at Savannah Quarters, Phase 6 
Mr. Byrd presented the revised plat for Phase 6 of Hamilton Grove at Savannah Quarters, stating that it was necessary to change the rear lot lines on Lots 99, 100 and 106 - 110 to make them more consistent with the rest of the subdivision. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the plat. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of sketch plan for an office warehouse at 1535 E. Highway 80
Mr. Byrd presented the sketch plan for an office warehouse at 1535 E. Highway 80 for the Estate of Philip E. Clifton, Sr. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the sketch plan, contingent upon the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

5 Approval of final PUD/preliminary construction plan for Davenport, Phase I, in Savannah Quarters
Mr. Byrd presented this request from Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC to approve the final PUD and preliminary construction plan for Phase I of Davenport Subdivision, stating that this phase consists of 61 single-family residential units. Councilwoman Benton asked if a detail of the lot widths was available. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company presented a breakdown of the lot widths, stating that the amenity package will be complete in Phase I. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the final PUD and preliminary construction plan. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Release of maintenance bond for Somersby, Phase I
Mr. Byrd resented this request from the developer of Somersby, stating that a final inspection was performed on Phase I and that the public works department has approved the release of its one-year maintenance bond. Councilman Wall made a motion to release the maintenance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

7. Release of maintenance bond for Forest Lakes, Phase 1B
Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of Forest Lakes, stating that a final inspection was performed on Phase 1B and that the public works department has approved the release of its one-year maintenance bond. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to release the maintenance bond. Motion passed without opposition.


8. Release of maintenance bond for Forest Lakes, Phase 3B
Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of Forest Lakes, stating that a final inspection was performed on Phase 3B and that the public works department has approved the release of its one-year maintenance bond. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to release the maintenance bond. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Arthur David Houghtby & Delsie Thompson Small at Magnolia Liquors 
Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

10. Approval of wrecker service proposal with Clem Burnsed Towing
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal to extend wrecker service with Clem Burnsed Towing, stating that Mr. Burnsed has provided the City with these services for several years and is asking to increase the fees for towing. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the proposal. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Steve Hartley, resident, addressed Council in regards to signs being placed in the right-of-way, asking if this was allowed. Mayor Lamb replied that it was not, stating that the City will address this problem.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:47 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:08 p.m.

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

Respectfully submitted,

Maribeth Lindler
City Clerk


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