Council Minutes March 20, 2006

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 20, 2006


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 20, 2006. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Bruce Allen and Councilman Billy Stanley were 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 Wall, 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

Chief C. E. Chan reported that the police department responded to 674 calls since the last meeting. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 81 calls, seven (7) of which were to open area fires. 

STREETS/DRAINAGE/PARK & TREE

Councilman Seay reported that the street, drainage and park/tree 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 baseball and softball practice is ongoing. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 12 new single family residential permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 110 for the year, with 1704 inspections performed. Councilwoman Benton stated that Carl King has resigned his position on the Planning & Zoning Board and reminded Council of the PUD Review Board meeting scheduled for March 27th at 5:30 p.m. 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of sketch plan for proposed office buildings on Lots 33 & 34, Pooler Park of Commerce

Mr. Baxter presented the sketch plan for a proposed seven (7) building office complex on Lots 33 & 34 of Pooler Park of Commerce, located on the east side of Pooler Parkway and to the north of Pipemaker’s Canal. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this sketch plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

2. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for The Retreat, Phase 2 & 3

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Retreat, stating that Planning & Zoning’s comments have been addressed in regards to the vertical datum and square footage of the lots being added to the plat. Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat for The Retreat, Phase 2 & 3, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of construction plan for the S. H. Morgan Parkway

Mr. Baxter presented the construction plan for the S. H. Morgan Parkway, located west of Pooler Parkway near Pine Barren Road to provide access for future development within the Morgan Family PUD. Councilwoman Benton questioned if the 80' right-of-way was sufficient, which Mr. Baxter replied that it should be. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the construction plan. 

4. Approval of site plan for 24,800 square foot building on Lot 19, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a 24,800 square foot building with a 2000 square foot office on Lot 19, Westside Business Park, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Mark Crapse of Kern-Coleman & Company was present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall asked what type of business was going there, which Mr. Crapse replied that this has not been determined. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of site plan for Tuffy Automotive Service located on Lot 2 of Godley Station, Phase I, Parcel 5A

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a 1.45 acre site development consisting of a one-story 11,760 square foot commercial facility to include Tuffy Automotive Service Center with the remaining area to be for future retail establishments. Mr. Baxter stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall questioned the type of automotive service that is proposed, wherein Craig Zuck of Thomas & Hutton Engineering replied that it will be an oil change/tire service. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Westbrook, Phase 5

Mr. Baxter presented the construction plan for Phase 5 of Westbrook, stating that all the engineer’ s comments have been addressed. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present to answer any questions. Councilman Royal questioned if Lot 244 had been increased to a 55' width, which Mr. Kraft replied that this has been done. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plans, contingent upon all the lots being in compliance and EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

7. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for The Arbors, Phase 7C

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Arbors, Phase 7C, stating that the benchmarks and meets/bounds have been added to the plat and that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat for The Arbors, Phase 7C, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of site plan for Creative Childcare Learning Center at 112 Morgan Street

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for the Creative Childcare Learning Center to be located at 112 Morgan Street, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. JoAnn Johnson of Creative Childcare Learning Center and Randy Bazemore, representing the owner of the property, were present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall asked if the 60" oak tree in the parking lot could be saved, which Ms. Johnson replied that she will try to save the tree. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

9. Approval of takedown plat of 72.313 acres being a portion of Tract 12, SW Quadrant of Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented the takedown plat to allow for the transfer of property from Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC to KB Homes for a single-family residential development, stating that this plat is exempt from the requirements of the city’s subdivision ordinance. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the transfer of this property and for the plat to be recorded. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

10. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Edward Derrel Foster, Jr. at Foster’s Steakhouse

Mr. Baxter presented this application from Edward Derrel Foster, Jr. at the new Foster’s Steakhouse, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this alcoholic beverage license, to include Sunday sales. Motion passed without opposition. 

11. George Seabrooks in regards to the road being constructed near St. John Devine Church

Mr. Baxter stated that Mr. Seabrooks approached Council at their last meeting in regards to the proposed location of the road for the development known as Woodlake Townhomes being too close to St. John Devine Church on Wildcat Dam Road. Since that time, Assistant City Manager Robbie Byrd has contacted the engineer and Mr. Baxter stated that he has spoken to Grant Beeson, developer, about the possibility of the road being moved over. Mr. Beeson has agreed to amend the plan and submit a preliminary sketch plan sometime this week for Mr. Seabrooks to review. Mayor Lamb stated that he has visited the site and agrees that the road could be moved. Mr. Seabrooks addressed Council, asking for further consideration of the road being placed on the old railroad bed, which he feels is the reason the right-of-way was sold to the developer. In addition, Mr. Seabrooks reminded Council of the fact that this area is historic and should be preserved and that the residents did not know that a rezoning of this property was taking place. Clarence McNeil, resident on Old Central Road, stated that he was told the road would be on the old railroad bed (125' feet from his property) and that the proposed road is only 25' from his house. Mayor Lamb assured the residents that the developer is willing to work with them on this matter. 

12. Acceptance of petition from the Morgan Family for annexation/de-annexation of properties

Mr. Baxter presented this petition from the Morgan Family to de-annex a 90.99 acre parcel (the portion of the AMB site within Pooler) and to annex a 128.80 acre parcel presently within the city limits of Bloomingdale, subject to being de-annexed pursuant to a similar annexation/de-annexation petition filed by the Morgans, with each being done simultaneously by the “100% Method” by way of an ordinance. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to accept this petition from the Morgan Family and to proceed with the annexation/de-annexation of the properties. Motion passed without opposition. 

13. Approval of Water Agreement with City of Bloomingdale

Mr. Baxter presented this agreement to provide water (300,000 gallons per day) from the City of Savannah via Pooler to Bloomingdale to serve the proposed AMB site, with a metering station to be designed and constructed by Bloomingdale and then conveyed to the City of Pooler for ownership. Mr. Baxter stated that Bloomingdale will be paying the same water connection charge ($1415) for each Equivalent Residential Unit that connects to the water system and that the City of Savannah’s water rate for customers is currently $1.33 per 1000 gallons. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this Agreement, contingent upon the City of Bloomingdale and the City of Savannah’s approval. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

14. Approval of Fourth Amendment to Sewer Agreement with City of Bloomingdale

Mr. Baxter presented a Fourth Amendment to the Sewer Agreement with the City of Bloomingdale, to allow an additional metering station at the proposed AMB site, stating that Bloomingdale will not require additional capacity in the wastewater treatment plan. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this Amendment, contingent upon the term of the agreement being determined. Motion passed without opposition. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:02 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

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