Council Minutes February 20, 2006

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 20, 2006


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 20, 2006. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Billy Stanley, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Bruce Allen was absent. 

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter 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. 

Mayor Lamb stated that the City of Pooler and the City of Bloomingdale are working together to make sure the Morgan Tract, as stated in a recent press release, is developed. 

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

Councilman Allen was absent. Chief C. E. Chan reported that the police department responded to 583 calls since the last meeting. Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities for the month. 

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Seay reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance. 

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance and that the problems at the wastewater treatment plant have been resolved and the plant is meeting all parameters. 

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that the regular basketball season ends tonight, with four (4) teams participating in the GRPA tournaments in Brantley County.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 19 new single family residential, two (2) attached residential unit and four (4) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 83 single family and four (4) attached units for the year, with 1166 inspections performed. Councilwoman Benton presented Council with a list of street names proposed for The Hunt Club Subdivision, asking for any comments to be submitted to the Zoning Administrator, Jackie Carver. 

Mayor Lamb presented a pin to Firefighter Larry Morris, in recognition of his five (5) years of service with the fire department. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of site plan for Auto Zone located at the corner of Brighton Woods Drive & Highway 80

Mr. Baxter presented this item tabled from the last meeting to see if the Department of Transportation would allow full access onto Highway 80, stating that it has been determined DOT will only allow a right-in, right-out access onto Highway 80. Mr. Baxter reiterated the concern of the Council and residents of Brighton Woods Subdivision regarding traffic problems and recommended a traffic light, if approved by DOT, be placed at the intersection of Highway 80 & Brighton Woods Drive to work in conjunction with Houston Street. David Bentley of Auto Zone presented concern over the cost of a light, reminding Council that his company doesn’t have unlimited funds for this project. Councilwoman Benton asked what the company would do if the light was made a requirement and the DOT approved it and the cost was not in Auto Zone’s budget. Mr. Bentley replied that it would not be done. Councilman Wall reminded Council of the traffic problems, agreeing that a traffic light would help. Tom Garner, resident of Brighton Woods, stated that this project will probably generate 20 cars a day onto Brighton Woods Drive, while the subdivision recently approved by Council will generate about 130 cars, adding that he feels it is unfair to require Auto Zone to pay for a traffic light. Mark Bryant, owner of this property, stated that the deal with Auto Zone will not go through if they are required to pay for a light, adding that if he was to develop his property, he would in no way be able to afford it. Further, that this requirement would decrease the property value. Sheila Seymour of Brighton Woods agreed that traffic will be impacted by the additional homes being built, asking if the residential developer can be requested to help with the cost of the light. Danny Clark, who used to live in Brighton Woods, asked if the developer of the Daniels Tract could be asked to participate in the cost of the light. Councilman Wall presented concern about the delivery trucks (tractor/trailers) entering this property. Mr. Bentley replied that deliveries will be scheduled during off-peak hours, once a week. Calvin Berry, a member of Calvary Assembly of God, stated that he has been present at every meeting involving Auto Zone, stating that the issues with the Church have been resolved and that it seems like the city does not want this business to locate in Pooler. Councilman Wall reminded those present that the city has required commercial developers to provide access on Highway 80, prohibiting access from residential streets, adding that the Council is pro-growth and has the responsibility to protect the citizens. Mr. Baxter stated that the developers in the area could be asked to share in the cost of the light, if DOT approves it. Mr. Bentley reiterated the fact that the cost of the light will put his company to the breaking point. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to table this item. Motion died due to lack of a second. Councilman Seay made a motion to approve the site plan for Auto Zone, contingent upon a traffic light being approved by the DOT and funding sources being available from the developers in the area. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Wall opposing. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Requested conditional use to operate a family home daycare at 254 Longleaf Circle

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Shannon King to allow her to operate a family home daycare at her residence. A public hearing was held prior wherein Martha Conner, adjacent property owner, expressed concern over the problems she is experiencing while trying to enter onto and leave her residence, namely vehicles and children blocking her way. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Mrs. Conner’s complaints, to approve this conditional use request, contingent upon the owner providing additional parking (driveway) for two (2) vehicles and the installation of a fence. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

2. Requested conditional use to build a country western night club on Lot 1, Pooler Development Park

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Charles Patrick Picone to build a country western night club on Lot 1, Pooler Development Park. A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this conditional use, contingent upon the club being in compliance with all city ordinances in regards to hours of operation and lighting and the owner agreeing to provide security by means of hiring off-duty police officers. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of plat revision for Westbrook Villas, Phase I

Mr. Baxter presented a revised plat for Westbrook Villas, Phase I, stating that the original plat was approved on April 11, 2005 and recorded on May 23, 2005, and that Lot #125 was removed pending the wetland permit modification being finalized. The permit modification has been completed and the owner is now requesting that the Phase I plat revision be approved with Lot #125 included. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat revision for Westbrook Villas, Phase I. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of site plan for Longhorn Steakhouse on Pooler Parkway

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Longhorn Steakhouse to be located at the corner of Maxwell Drive and Pooler Parkway, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of site plan for Operating Engineers 474 on Lot 35-A, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for the proposed building for Operating Engineers 474 on Lot 35-A of Westside Business Park, stating that the service yard enclosure around the garbage cart has been added to the plan. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of minor subdivision of Lot 16 into Parcels A & B off Skinner Road

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Robert & Rosalyn McGert and Johnnie White to subdivide Lot 16 off Skinner Road equally into Parcels A & B, stating that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval and staff has recommended that a note be placed on the plat restricting any future subdividing of Parcels A & B unless an improved access is provided that meets the subdivision ordinance and is approved by the city. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this minor subdivision, contingent upon the aforementioned note being placed on the plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of preliminary construction plan for The Gates, Phase 1B in SavannahQuarters

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for The Gates, Phase 1B in Savannah Quarters, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

8. Award bid for 2005 Pump Station Upgrades project

Mr. Baxter requested that this item be tabled to allow time to seek funding sources. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. 

9. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Thanh Yen T. Unemori at Masato ofJapan

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Thanh Yen T. Unemori for an alcoholic beverage license (beer and wine) at the new Masato of Japan Restaurant, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Stanley made a motion to approve this license (without Sunday Sales). Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

10. Approval of Change Order No. 2 for the Morgan Development Water & Sewer Systems, Phase 1 & 2

Mr. Baxter presented this change order for the Morgan Development Water & Sewer Systems, Phase 1 & 2, stating that the 12' opening for two (2) gates is being increased to 16' and that the cost will be paid through the GEFA loan. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Stanley, to approve this change order in the amount of $3869.75. Motion passed without opposition. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:24 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular city council meeting on February 20, 2006. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Billy Stanley, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss: 

1) A requested conditional use to operate a family home daycare at 254 Longleaf Circle - Shannon & Wilfred King have requested a conditional use to allow the operation of a family home daycare at their residence at 254 Longleaf Circle, keeping up to six (6) children, with the hours of operation being from 7:00 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Mr. & Mrs. King were present and stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval subject to additional parking being provided for a maximum of six (6) vehicles. Mr. King presented pictures of six (6) vehicles parked in his driveway and pictures of cars parked along other areas of Longleaf Circle. Martha & James Conner, adjacent property owners, presented concern in regards to the problems they are experiencing with children playing in the street and vehicles from the King’s residence blocking their entry/exit to their house. Councilman Wall asked the Kings if they are going to install a fence, which they replied that they were. Councilman Wall stated that the city has required other home daycares to provide additional parking. 

2) A requested conditional use to build a country western night club on Lot 1, Pooler Development Park - John Kern of Kern-Coleman & Company presented this request for a proposed 10,000 sq ft building, with 5000 sq ft being retail and the other to include activities such as mechanical bull riding, live bands and dancing. Charles Patrick Picone, prospective owner of this business, was present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall questioned if the Department of Transportation has approved the curb cut and if adequate lighting and security would be provided at this establishment. Mr. Kern replied that a curb cut should be obtained during the site plan submittal process and that there will be adequate on-site lighting. Councilman Wall reminded the petitioner of the permitted hours of operation for alcoholic beverage sales. Mr. Picone stated that he would provide security by hiring off-duty police officers and will make every effort to ensure that lighting and sound issues were addressed. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:10 p.m.

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