Council Minutes November 19, 2007

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 19, 2007


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 19, 2007. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, 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 Councilman Seay, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilwoman Benton presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 1091 calls during the period of November 2nd through 15th. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 84 calls, with 12 of them being structure fires.

STREET/DRAINAGE/PARKS & TREES
Councilman Seay reported that the street, drainage, parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance and stated that property at the end of Benton Drive is being harvested for timber and that the trucks will be using Rogers Street to enter and exit. Hal Sharp of Yeomans Wood & Timber was present and stated that safety is of most importance to his company and that he is posting a bond for street repairs, if needed. Councilman Wall thanked Mr. Sharp for working with the City on this matter, noting that several residents expressed concerns to him about this matter.

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 basketball registration ends on November 20th and that the senior citizens held their Thanksgiving dinner last week.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that five (5) new single family residential and five (5) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 401 residential and 17 commercial permits for the year, with 12,718 inspections performed. Councilwoman Benton reminded everyone about the PUD Review Board meeting scheduled for November 26th at 5:30 p.m. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to appoint Robert Byard to the Planning & Zoning Board as alternate. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested 50' sign height variance at the new Sleep Inn & Suites and Magnolia Inn on San Drive
A public hearing was held prior. Kasandas Properties has requested a 50' sign height variance to place an 80' sign to advertise the Sleep Inn & Suites and Magnolia Inn motels on San Drive. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the variance, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria for granting a variance, contingent upon the sign being blacked out in the back. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested 70' sign height variance at the proposed Denny’s Diner Restaurant at northwest corner of Governor Treutlen Road & San Drive
A public hearing was held prior. Glen Sawyer has requested a 70' sign height variance to place a 100' sign to advertise the proposed Denny’s Diner Restaurant. Mr. Byrd stated that there was discussion during the public hearing about Denny’s requiring a 100' sign to approve the site for the restaurant. Councilman Wall expressed concern about approving the variance before the site plan. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to table this request until the site plan is presented to Council. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Requested conditional use to construct an office for boat sales, a storage area and a service center on 4.34 acres on the north side of W. Highway 80 between Sangrena Drive & Pooler Parkway
A public hearing was held prior. Glynn Godbee, on behalf of property owners Rose Mary Parker and Patricia Fulmer, has requested a conditional use to allow him to construct an office for boat sales, a storage area and a service center. During the public hearing, Councilman Allen presented concern about the residential property to

the rear being land-locked. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to table this request until the site plan is submitted showing access to the property in the rear. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of minor subdivision of 10 acre tract on Canal Bank Road into three (3) lots
Mr. Byrd presented this request from Shirley Bamburg, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of plat revision for Harmony Townes, Phases II & IV
Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of Harmony Townes, stating that the lot lines are being revised to accommodate changes in buildings 12, 13, 16, 17, 19 and 21 to increase the type of marketable units within each building. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat revision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of plat revision for Morgan Pines, Phase 2, to add a 20' drainage/utility easement between Lots 260 & 261
Councilman Wall stepped down from his seat. Mr. Byrd presented the revised plat for Phase II of Morgan Pines Subdivision, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat revision. Motion passed without opposition. Councilman Wall returned to his seat.

6. Release of maintenance bond for Godley Villages, Phases 2A, 2B, 2C & 2D
Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of Godley Villages. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to release the maintenance bond for Phases 2A, 2B, 2C and 2D of Godley Villages. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

7. Release of maintenance bond for Stonewater Subdivision, Phase II
Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of Stonewater Subdivision. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to release the maintenance bond for Phase II. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

8. Request from Garden Club to move gazebo in Gleason Park to Joe Baker Park
Ms. Beverly Waters presented this request on behalf of the Garden Club and stated that members have requested the gazebo be placed near the concrete pad, with a sidewalk being placed leading to it. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the gazebo being moved, contingent upon funds being available. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of quit claim deed for portion of Tarver Street right-of-way
Mr. Byrd presented a quit claim deed to transfer a portion of the Tarver Street right-of-way to Emory Louis and Christiana E. Roberts who own the adjacent property stating that the Roberts will then quit claim the northern 30' of Parcel “A” of a subdivision of the eastern portion of Lot 13, Rothwell Subdivision, to the City. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the quit claim deed, contingent upon Mr. & Mrs. Roberts signing their deed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:03 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:59 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:59 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Respectfully submitted,

Maribeth Lindler
City Clerk


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Mayor

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on November 19, 2007. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, 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 50' sign height variance at the new Sleep Inn & Suites and Magnolia Inn on San Drive - Kasandas Properties has requested to place an 80' sign to advertise the Sleep Inn & Suites and Magnolia Inn motels located on San Drive. Jason Wisenbaker of ANS Signs was present to answer any questions. Leo McDonald, resident on S. Skinner Avenue questioned if the sign could be made to not shine on the adjacent residential property. Mr. Wisenbaker replied that he had no problem with accommodating this request. 


2) A requested 70' sign height variance at the proposed Denny’s Diner Restaurant at northwest corner of Governor Treutlen Road & San Drive - Glen Sawyer has requested a 70' sign height variance to place a 100' sign to advertise the proposed Denny’s at the intersection of San Drive and Governor Treutlen Road. Mike Woolsey was present on behalf of the owner and presented this request. Councilman Allen reminded Council that Planning & Zoning recommended a 50' variance. Dan Toohey of Franchise Signs International stated that the franchise (Denny’s) wants visibility from the off-ramps of I-95 and that if this does not happen, they will not approve the site. Councilman Wall expressed concern that the City would be setting a precedence if this height variance was approved, particularly since Council has not seen a site plan yet. Mr. Scheer stated that the variance request must meet two (2) of the (3) criteria for granting a variance. Councilwoman Benton stated that a 60' variance would be sufficient and could be considered.


3) A requested conditional use to construct an office for boat sales, a storage area and a service center on 4.34 acres on the north side of W. Highway 80 between Sangrena Drive & Pooler Parkway - Glynn Godbee, on behalf of the property owners Rose Mary Parker and Patricia Fulmer, has requested a conditional use to allow construction of a 3000 sq. ft. office for boat sales, boat storage and a service center. Ron Williby of Southeast Engineering and Environmental Company was present to answer any questions. Councilman Allen stated that he was concerned about the residential property to the rear being land-locked. Mr. Williby stated that the owner has plans to re-zone this property. Councilman Allen stated that he will not agree with any plans showing access to the residential property through the commercial area. Mr. Williby replied that the sale of the property is contingent upon the re-zoning being approved. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:07 p.m.

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