Council Minutes December 3, 2007

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
December 3, 2007


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 3, 2007. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 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 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 Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, 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 Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Allen reported on the police department activities for the month of November. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 139 calls in November, with 18 of them being structure fires.

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 and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.

RECREATION
Councilman Royal reported that basketball registration has ended with 251 children participating, noting that this number reflects a 32% increase from last year.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that four (4) new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 405 residential and 19 commercial permits for the year, with 13,179 inspections performed.


Councilwoman Benton welcomed Robert Byard, the new alternate on the Planning & Zoning Board.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested zoning map amendment of approximately 3.214 acres, Lot 2, Dean Forest Business Park from I-1 to C-2
A public hearing was held prior. Attorney Phillip McCorkle, on behalf of Northpoint Industrial VIII, LLC, presented this request to re-zone approximately 3.214 acres known as Lot 2, Dean Forest Business Park, from I-1 (light industrial) to C-2 (heavy commercial) to allow the owner to donate this tract to the City for a well site. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this zoning map amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Old Town Subdivision
Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of Old Town Subdivision, stating that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval subject to a spot elevation survey being performed and the developer taking care of any minor modifications that would hinder the drainage flow from the adjacent property. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung stated that the drainage problem was pre-existing and that a survey was performed and a driveway pipe has since been lowered. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat for Old Town Subdivision, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of plat revision for The Retreat at Forest Lakes, Phase 2
Mr. Byrd presented the revised plat for Phase 2 of The Retreat at Forest Lakes, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff has recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat revision. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Avala at Savannah Quarters
Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for Avala at Savannah Quarters, a 256 unit multi-family project located in the Southwest Quadrant, stating that a “tot lot” has been added to the amenities. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of plat revision for The Arbors, Phase 8
Mr. Byrd presented the revised plat for Phase 8 of The Arbors, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat revision. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.


6. Release of maintenance bond for Morgan’s Corner
Mr. Byrd presented this request from the developer of Morgan’s Corner, stating that a final inspection was performed and the public works department has approved the release of the one-year maintenance bond. Councilman Wall made a motion to release the maintenance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

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

8. Approval of Water & Sewer Agreement with The Morgan Family
Mr. Byrd asked that this item be tabled in order to finalize the amounts in the restated agreement. Councilman Wall made a motion to table. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of Change Order No. 1 for Effluent Force Main project to new Recreation Park
Mr. Byrd presented Change Order No. 1 for the Effluent Force Main project in the amount of $113,070.00. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung was present and stated that this change order is based on cost saving adjustments and installing a pump station. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the change order. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to move Item #10 to the foot of the agenda to allow Council to go into executive session to discuss legal matters before acting on this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

11. First Reading on proposed 2008 budget
A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Byrd presented the proposed 2008 budget, stating that the General Fund balances at $9,929,700 and the Water & Sewer Fund balances at $7,309,904. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the 2008 budget on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall stated that the budget includes a new fire truck (pumper) and a 4.5% cost of living increase for all eligible City employees. Further, that the City has been able to keep the millage rate below 4.5% for several years now.

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:35 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

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

10. Revocation of alcoholic beverage license at Bahama Bob’s
Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item until the next meeting, due to the alcoholic beverage licensee (Wendy McBride) not being present nor her legal representation being present. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Leo McDonald thanked Mayor Lamb and the Council for their participation in the tree lighting festivities held November 24th at Joe Baker Park.

Steve Hartley, resident, addressed Council in regards to signs being placed in the City rights-of-way, asking that they be removed.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:09 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Respectfully submitted,

Maribeth Lindler
City Clerk


_____________________________
Mayor


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
December 3, 2007. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:30 p.m.
Present were Councilman 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 the proposed 2008 budget. Mr. Byrd presented a recap of the budget, stating that the General Fund balances at $9,929,700 and that the Water & Sewer Fund balances at $7,309,904. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:32 p.m.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
December 3, 2007. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.
Present were Councilman 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 a requested zoning map amendment of approximately 3.214 acres, Lot 2, Dean Forest Business Park from I-1 to C-2. Attorney Phillip McCorkle was present on behalf of the property owner, Northpoint Industrial VIII, LLC. Mr. Byrd stated that this acreage is being donated to the City for a well site.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:46 p.m.

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