Council Minutes June 5, 2006

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
JUNE 5, 2006

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 5, 2006. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 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 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 Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Allen, with no opposition.

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 reported that the police department responded to 1101 calls since the last meeting and that the traffic light at I-95 and Pooler Parkway (Airways Ave.) is scheduled to be installed with a proposed completion date of October 31, 2006. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 113 calls last month.

STREETS/DRAINAGE/PARKS & TREES
Councilman Seay reported that the street, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.

RECREATION
Councilman Royal reported that the regular season for softball and baseball has ended, with GRPA tournaments scheduled to begin this month. Further, that football and cheerleading signups will begin the end of June.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 22 new single family residential, 33 single family attached unit and three (3) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 206 single family and 89 attached unit permits for the year, with 3984 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on ordinance regarding mixed drink excise tax
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance to allow the City to levy a three percent (3%) excise tax on mixed drinks, stating that Chatham County has adopted a similar ordinance to collect this tax countywide if the municipalities choose not to. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this ordinance on Second Reading, effective September 1, 2006, with collections to begin January 1, 2007 to allow time for the businesses to have the necessary accounting methods in place and to allow the City to budget the projected funds in the general fund to be considered for recreation. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested zoning map amendment to add a 1.2 acre tract of the Josie Lee Herrin Tract to The Morgan Family PUD under the multi-family classification
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request to add a 1.2 acre tract to The Morgan Family PUD under the multi-family classification. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this zoning map amendment. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of plat revision for Lot 1, Westside Business Park
Mr. Baxter presented the revised plat for Lot 1, Westside Business Park. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this plat. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat of Harmony Townes, Phase I
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of Harmony Townes, stating that all of the infrastructure is complete and a bond has been posted in the amount of $82,010.00. Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Carrington Apartments @ Savannah Quarters
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Carrington Village Apartments located in Savannah Quarters. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of site plan for Kerby Enterprises on Lot 24, Westside Business Park
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a proposed office/warehouse building on Lot 24 in Westside Business Park, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of clearing, grubbing and tree save plan for the R-8 Tract in Godley Station
Mr. Baxter presented the clearing, grubbing and tree save plan for the R-8 Tract in Godley Station. Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman & Company was present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall stated that when this tract was re-zoned, Council required the developer to not place anything in the 150' undisturbed buffer. Further, that a fence would be placed along this buffer to better shield this development from the adjacent homes. Mr. Burke stated that his client was aware of these requirements. Councilman Wall asked that the developer flag the undisturbed buffer area so that nothing is placed there, that they not remove any trees and that they make sure that all construction traffic enters and exits through Pooler Parkway. Dan Clark, adjacent property owner, questioned if the trees in the undisturbed buffer and greenspace area are being included in the tree count to meet the tree ordinance. Mr. Byrd replied that the developer will not include the trees in these areas. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the clearing, grubbing and tree save plan for the R-8 Tract. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of site plan for a 17,682 square foot office building on Lot 6, Westside
Business Park
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a 17,682 square foot office building on Lot 6 of Westside Business, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall questioned the amount of buffer that is proposed and requested that it be some type of heavy brush, due to the proximity to the adjacent residences. Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman & Company replied that elm and holly trees will be planted along with thorny eleagnus. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval to release maintenance bond for The Arbors, Phase 6A & 6B
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Arbors, stating that an inspection has been performed and that staff recommends releasing the bond. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to release the maintenance bond for Phase 6A & 6B. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

9. Approval for July 3, 2006, to be holiday for city employees/Council meeting being
moved to July 5, 2006
Mr. Baxter stated that Council had discussed the possibility of moving the meeting on July 3rd to the 5th to better accommodate those who may be planning a 4th of July vacation. Further, that several years ago, the 4th of July fell on a Thursday so Council approved the 5th of July as a holiday for city employees. Therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Stanley, to approve July 3, 2006 to be a holiday for the city employees and to move the Council meeting to July 5, 2006 at 6:00 p.m. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Approval of budget adjustments for 2005 as submitted by auditor
Mr. Baxter presented budget adjustments as submitted by the auditor to close out for the year ended December 31, 2005. Councilman Stanley made a motion to approve these budget adjustments. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

11. First Reading on ordinance regarding de-annexation of 90.66 acres of The
Morgan Family Tract
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance to de-annex 90.66 acres of The Morgan Family Tract, stating that this de-annexation is part of a swap with the City of Bloomingdale to allow the AMB development to locate their warehouse and create approximately 3500 jobs. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

Red Davis, resident on Winskie Road, addressed Council in regards to the duplex project on S. Rogers Street, stating that the developer is not doing what they were told to provide adequate drainage and a fence along the rear of the property. Mayor Lamb stated that the City would follow up on this matter.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:46 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 5, 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 a requested zoning map amendment to add a 1.2 acres tract of the Josie Lee Herrin Tract to The Morgan Family PUD under the multi-family classification. Mr. Baxter stated that this tract of land (near the new schools) was once being offered to the City for the purpose of placing a water well, but due to the moratorium on withdrawal, this was not feasible. Therefore, the Morgan Family is now requesting this tract be included in the PUD to allow them to increase the number of multi-family units. Jim Woods was present on behalf of the Morgan Family to answer any questions. Charles Archer, adjacent property owner, addressed Council in regards to what will become of the 60' strip of land that extends to Pine Barren Road. Mr. Baxter stated that this will be discussed during the site plan process.

There being no further discussion, this hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:47 p.m.

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.

Public Hearing 

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.

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