The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 17, 2006. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Billy Stanley, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter, Assistant City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
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 Allen, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Stanley presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
Councilman Allen presented Attorney Doug Andrews who has been selected by Rick Gnann, Municipal Court Judge, to be an additional judge pro tem. City Attorney Steve Scheer then administered the oath to Mr. Andrews.
Councilman Allen reported on the police department activities for the month. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 60 calls, four (4) of them being structure fires. Chief Hillis stated that the fire department will begin filling swimming pools for residents, using hydrant meters to calculate the amount of water used, to be billed accordingly. Councilman Allen made a motion to authorize Mr. Baxter to set up the fees and procedures for this service. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
STREETS/DRAINAGE/PARKS & TREES
Councilman Seay reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance.
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.
Councilman Royal reported that the regular season for baseball and softball began this evening and that the Rama held recently was a success.
Councilwoman Benton reported that 21 new single family residential and 24 attached residential unit permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 149 single family and 54 attached unit permits for the year, with 2533 inspections performed. Councilwoman Benton presented Council with a list of proposed names for the streets in the Morgan Pines Subdivision, asking for their input.
State Representative Buddy Carter presented an update to the 2006 State Legislative session.
Jack Wardlaw of Landmark 24, along with Jerry Wardlaw of JCW Construction and Steve Hall of Hallmark Homes, presented a voluntary recreation fee program their companies have begun to help fund the City’s new recreation park. Mr. Wardlaw stated that the fees would range from $180 to $250 per house built in their subdivisions, of which there are approximately 2450 lots to be constructed, with an expected total of fees collected to be near $500,000. Mayor Lamb thanked the gentlemen for this generous donation and issued a challenge to other developers to do the same. Councilman Wall expressed his appreciation to Mayor Lamb for taking on this project, commending him for this accomplishment.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Second Reading on amendment to sign ordinance
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the sign ordinance to prohibit temporary or portable signs in the City, stating that this was discussed at the last meeting. Councilman Wall expressed concern over the growing number of temporary signs, which have become a nuisance recently. Further, that some retail locations have temporary signs up at all times, due to shopping centers having several businesses located there and that permanent signs will look better. Councilwoman Benton stated that she has received numerous complaints, especially in regards to temporary signs on Pooler Parkway. Councilman Wall stated that this is not being done to discourage new business. Mr. Baxter stated that temporary signs can be a hazard in times of high winds and that the City has encouraged new businesses to have permanent signs ordered and ready to be put in place at the time the business opens. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment to the sign ordinance on Second Reading, to include the changes made since First Reading . Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Requested zoning map amendment of Lots 12, 13, 14 and 15 in Westside Business Park from C-2 to I-1, Lots 11, 16 and 17 in Westside Business Park from C-2 to I-1 (with conditions), and the northern two-thirds of Lot 1 in Westside Business Park from C-2 to I-1
A public hearing was held prior wherein concern was presented over the mix of commercial and industrial uses and the possibility of industrial traffic impacting the commercial lots. Attorney Phillip McCorkle requested that this petition be amended to include only the re-zoning of the northern two-thirds of Lot 1 and addressed the concerns presented at the public hearing as follows: the Savannah Electric sub-station parcel is not a part of Westside Business Park, but was re-zoned to I-1 (light industrial) about a year-and-a-half ago and that traffic in the commercial area would not be impacted by the proposed Komatsu dealership because there will be no direct access to Highway 80. Further, that commercial traffic will be through Highway 80 and the industrial traffic will be on Columbia Drive and Coleman Boulevard, thus presenting no safety concern. Mr. McCorkle stated that the market is calling for more industrial businesses and that there is no reason to deny this request. Councilman Wall reiterated his concern over the fact that the developer will not be able to stop industrial traffic from using Westside Boulevard to access Highway 80, requesting more information since this petition is being changed. Councilwoman Benton asked how the developer will regulate traffic. Mr. McCorkle replied that industrial traffic will use Coleman Boulevard since there is a traffic light at Highway 80 and stated that he will agree to having this item tabled. Councilman Allen stated that he is more concerned about trucks coming into the development through Westside Boulevard. Councilman Wall stated that re-zoning any more lots industrial in this development was not favorable and then made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
2. Requested zoning map amendment of 18 acres from a future development to a single-family attached zoning within the Savannah Quarters PUD Amendment #12
A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Baxter presented this request from Lanyard Development to construct 136 single family residential attached units on approximately 18 acres within the Savannah Quarters PUD. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this requested zoning map amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of site plan for Somersby Amenity Area
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for the Somersby Amenity Area which will serve the residents of the subdivision, 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.
4. Approval of site plan for a YRT2 Communications building at The Farm at Morgan Lakes
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a building to house equipment for cable, security systems, internet and phone services for the residents of The Farm at Morgan Lakes. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this site plan, contingent upon a fence enclosure being provided with heavy landscaping to shield the pre-fab building. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
5. Approval of revised plat to correct lot numbers for The Retreat @ Forest Lakes, Phases 2 and 3
Mr. Baxter presented the revised plat for Phases 2 and 3 of The Retreat @ Forest Lakes to correct lot numbers. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this revised plat. Motion passed without opposition.
6. Approval of site plan for Advance Auto Parts on W. Highway 80
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for the proposed Advance Auto Parts to build a 10,000 square foot building, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Dinks Dupree of Southeastern Capital, LLC was present to answer any questions. Councilman Allen asked if there was adequate room on the site for trucks to enter and exit, which Mr. Dupree replied that the site will allow for trucks to back in and exit going forward to Highway 80. Councilman Wall questioned whether the petitioner was in agreement with Planning & Zoning’s recommendations in regards to the dumpster enclosure being constructed of masonry and additional landscaping being placed along the eastern property line adjacent to Demas Road, which Mr. Dupree replied that this was agreed to. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan, contingent upon Planning & Zoning’s recommendations and the driveway permit being issued by the Department of Transportation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:10 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on April 17, 2006. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, Billy Stanley, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter, Assistant City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
The purpose of this hearing was to discuss:
1) A requested zoning map amendment of Lots 12, 13, 14 and 15 in Westside Business Park from C-2 to I-1, Lots 11, 16 and 17 in Westside Business Park from C-2 to I-1 (with conditions), and the northern two-thirds of Lot 1 in Westside Business Park from C-2 to I-1 - 2195 Developers, LLC has petitioned the City to re-zone Lots 12, 13, 14 and 15 from C-2 (heavy commercial) to I-1 (light industrial), Lots 11, 16 and 17 from C-2 to I-1 (with conditions) and the northern two-thirds of Lot 1 from C-2 to I-1 to accommodate the proposed Komatsu Dealership. All of these lots are in Westside Business Park. Attorney Phillip McCorkle presented this request, providing an explanation of how the demand for light industrial zoned lots is greater than the developer had expected. Councilman Wall stated that there is a problem with the amount of industrial lots, expressing concern over tying these lots into commercial lots. Further, that the developer originally planned a small amount of industrial lots and has since asked for recombinations of some of the lots, which was not favorable, reiterating the fact that the developer does not need to tie anymore commercial and industrial lots together on the south side of this development. Councilman Wall questioned why the sign at the intersection of Columbia Drive and Westside Boulevard has not been placed to identify the industrial area. John Kern of Kern-Coleman & Company addressed Council, stating that the developer wants to give each business access, both in front and in back and that a commercial-type shopping center with offices and warehouses has been proposed and that the light at Coleman Boulevard will give the best access for the industrial lots. Councilwoman Benton questioned if the developer was willing to cul-de-sac Westside Boulevard of Columbia Drive to accommodate for 18-wheelers to turn around to keep the commercial traffic separate from industrial traffic. Mr. Kern replied that access is important for traffic flow and that the developer also wants to keep truck traffic off the roads in the commercial area.
2) A requested zoning map amendment of 18 acres from a future development to a single-family attached zoning within the Savannah Quarters PUD - Lanyard Development has petitioned the City for approval of amendment #12 to the Savannah Quarters PUD to re-zone 18 acres from a future development to a single-family attached zoning.
There being no further discussion, this hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:05 p.m.