Council Minutes September 18, 2006

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
SEPTEMBER 18, 2006

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 18, 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 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 Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, 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 1364 calls since the last meeting. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 60 calls in August and that two (2) firefighters completed training this past weekend.

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 have performed routine maintenance and that each department has vacancies to be filled.

RECREATION
Councilman Royal reported that the football teams participated in the Rama held in Bloomingdale on Saturday.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 28 new single family residential, four (4) new attached unit and four (4) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 353 residential and 160 attached unit permits for the year, with 8978 inspections performed.

Joe Buck, candidate for president of the Savannah-Chatham School Board, addressed Council in regards to his campaign.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Resolution regarding City of Savannah providing water service to 91.66 acre tract
on Dean Forest Road
Mr. Baxter presented this resolution as requested by the prospective buyer of this tract, stating that during discussions about the “mega” site development, Council had agreed to allow the City of Savannah to provide water and sewer. Attorney Harold Yellin and Ralph Forbes of Thomas & Hutton Engineering were present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall questioned the size of the water line and where it would be tied into. Mr. Forbes replied that a 20" line is located at Pine Meadow Drive and will be tied into, with the cost being incurred by the Savannah Economic Development Authority per agreement with the property owner, Burke Wall. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this resolution, to include water and sewer service. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested conditional use to operate a pawn shop at 211 W. Highway 80, Suite G
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Edwin Smith has petitioned the City of Pooler to allow him to operate a pawn shop at 211 W. Highway 80, Suite G. Mr. Baxter stated that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval, subject to the condition that no firearms will be sold at this location. Mr. Scheer requested that Mr. Smith be required to report merchandise to the police department in a similar system as used to report to the City of Savannah. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this conditional use, subject to Planning & Zoning’s recommendation and Mr. Smith using a reporting system similar to the one being used to report to the City of Savannah. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of Final PUD Revision for Savannah Quarters, Phase 5
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developers of Savannah Quarters, to add a new lot category, SF3-A, with 73 units. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present to answer any questions. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this revision. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of Final PUD Revision for Savannah Quarters, Phase 1
Mr. Baxter presented this request to add four (4) additional units within the apartment site known as Carrington Square Apartments, increasing the number of units from 284 to 288. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this revision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

4. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 1B
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of Forest Lakes. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 1B, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 3B
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of Forest Lakes, stating that all of the infrastructure is complete and has been inspected by the public works department. Councilman Allen made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat for Forest Lakes, Phase 3B, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of site plan for Coastal Bank on Lot 7, Towne Center Blvd.
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a new Coastal Bank on Lot 7, in the northwest corner of Towne Center Blvd. and Benton Blvd, stating that all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Somersby,
Phase I
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of Somersby, Phase I, stating that a maintenance bond has been posted in the amount of $1,055,704.10. Councilman Wall made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

8. Acceptance of maintenance bond for Godley Station Parcel 5-A
Mr. Baxter presented this request to accept the maintenance bond for Godley Station Parcel 5-A, stating that the public works department has approved this project to begin the 12-month warranty period. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to accept the maintenance bond, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Approval of pawn shop license for Edwin Smith
Mr. Baxter presented an application for pawn shop license for Edwin Smith at 211 W. Highway 80, Suite G, stating that a conditional use was approved earlier in the meeting and that Police Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this license, contingent upon no firearms being sold and Mr. Smith using a reporting system similar to the one being used to report to Savannah. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

10. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Jose O. Ortiz at Hidalgo’s Mexican
Kitchen and Cantina
Mr. Baxter presented an application for alcoholic beverage license for Jose O. Ortiz at the new Hidalgo’s Mexican Restaurant at 1024 W. Highway 80, Suite 201, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this license, to include Sunday sales. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

11. Approval of Quit Claim Deed to Konter Development Company, Inc. to release a
five (5) foot portion of an existing 20-foot utility easement granted by the Morgan
Family
Councilman Wall stepped down from his seat. Mr. Baxter presented this quit claim deed as requested by Attorney Stephen Greenberg, to release a five (5) foot portion of an existing 20-foot utility easement previously granted by the Morgan Family. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the deed. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall returned to his seat.

12. Approval of amendment to city’s personnel policy regarding grievances
Mr. Baxter presented an amendment to the city’s personnel policy regarding the grievance policy. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:47 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Respectfully submitted,

Maribeth Lindler
City Clerk

______________________________
Mayor

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on September 18, 2006, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:30 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 the proposed 2006 millage rate. Mayor Lamb stated that the millage rate has been proposed at 4.5 mills, the rate which was adopted in 1999. Finance Officer Shelly Cromwell presented a powerpoint presentation, comparing the other Chatham County municipalities’ millage rates with the City of Pooler.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:40 p.m.

A public hearing was held on September 18, 2006, prior to the regular City Council meeting. 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 conditional use to operate a pawn shop at 211 W. Highway 80, Suite G. Edwin Smith presented his request to operate a pawn shop at this address, stating that he will not be dealing with firearms.

There being no further discussion, the 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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