Council Minutes October 16, 2006

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
OCTOBER 16, 2006


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 16, 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:

FIINANCE

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.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Allen reported on the police department activities since the last meeting. Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities for the month. 

STREET/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 all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that the football teams are doing well this season.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 18 new single family residential, 10 attached unit, eight (8) condominium units and three (3) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 387 residential and 170 attached unit permits for the year, with 10,414 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb welcomed Julie Gerbsch and Travis Cowart, Jr., candidates for School Board Representative, District 7, to the meeting. Ms. Gerbsch and Mr. Cowart addressed Council in regards to their candidacy.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of revised plat for a 28-acre portion of Lot A-2 and Lot B for South

Godley Enterprises, LLC

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat. Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of South Godley Enterprises, LLC to add a cul-de-sac to the southern portion of Park Avenue and a shift in the southern boundary lot line to achieve desired acreage for the intended buyer. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present. Attorney Harold Yellin, representing the adjacent property owner, stated that the cul-de-sac appeared to be a “round-about” and would not be safe travel, requesting that the developer stub out the road to wait to see what happens with future development of the adjacent property. Mr. Wohlfeil replied that it would be easier to work with the property if a cul-de-sac is put there, that it would be more flexible and would benefit the proposed multi-family project. Councilman Wall questioned the possibility of Benton Drive tying into this area and recommended that the road be made to dead end without a cul-de-sac. Mr. Wohlfeil requested that room for a turn-around be provided. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this revised plat, contingent upon a temporary turn-around being provided. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

2. Approval of change order #3 for Morgan Development Water & Sewer Project

Mr. Baxter requested this item be tabled. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Requested zoning map amendment of Lots 1, 3, 4, 7 & 8 of Section 2 and Lots 8, 9,

10 & 11 of Section 3 of The Houston Tract from C-2 and RA-1 to I-1

A public hearing was held prior wherein several residents expressed concerns about noise, lighting, traffic and drainage. Jeff Jepson of North Point Real Estate and Robert McCorkle presented this request to re-zone Lots 1, 3, 4, 7, & 8 of Section 2 and Lots 8, 9, 10 & 11 of Section 3 of The Houston Tract from C-2 (heavy commercial) and RA-1 (residential agricultural) to I-1 (light industrial). Councilman Wall questioned the length of the berm and whether it was going to be done first. Mr. Jepson replied that the berm is proposed along the adjacent residential properties and will be 10' high. Councilman Wall asked if an accel/decel lane was planned, which Mr. Jepson stated that a decel lane was planned for entering the site. Councilman Wall requested that any lighting be directed away from the residences and made a motion to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon Planning & Zoning’s recommendations (the buffer being approved as shown on the preliminary plans, all surfacing in all developments being hard surface, all lighting being downcast lighting, all accel/decel lanes being constructed within the Dean Forest Road right-of-way and the noise ordinance being strictly enforced) as well as the berm being in place prior to beginning any construction. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Requested zoning map amendment of 45.13 acres of The Houston Tract from C-2 and RA-1 to I-1

A public hearing was held prior wherein several residents expressed concerns about noise, traffic, lighting and drainage. This item was discussed as part of Item #1. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon Planning & Zoning’s recommendations (the buffer being approved as shown on the preliminary plans, all surfacing in all developments being hard surface, all lighting being downcast lighting, all accel/decel lanes being constructed within the Dean Forest Road right-of-way and the noise ordinance being strictly enforced) as well as the berm being in place prior to beginning any construction. Motion passed without opposition. 

3. Requested zoning text amendment that would increase the height of buildings in I-1 and I-2 to 45' and increase the side yard setback in I-1 districts from 10' to 20'

A public hearing was held prior wherein Attorney Harold Yellin presented information in regards to the Planning & Zoning Board recommending an increase to the height of buildings in I-1 and I-2 to 50', since this is the standard warehouse height allowed in one of the City’s Planned Unit Developments. Councilman Wall stated that Chief Hillis has requested that suitable access (one side yard setback being non-vegetative) be provided with sufficient area for the ladder truck and made a motion to approve this zoning text amendment to allow a maximum height for buildings in I-1 districts to be 45' and a maximum height for buildings in I-2 to be 50' and to increase the side yard setback in I-1 districts to 20' for all property platted in the future, with existing platted lots retaining a 10' side yard setback, contingent upon suitable access being provided for fire trucks (to be addressed during site plan approval). Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4. SavannahQuarters PUD Amendment #13 to rezone 55 acres from future development to single-family detached residential zoning

A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Baxter presented this request to re-zone 55 acres currently being “future development” to single-family detached residential. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this re-zoning request along with the development standards. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of plat revision for Village Quarter Minor Subdivision to change the street name from Madison Way to Holmes Court

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Travis Barlow, who has recently purchased property for his new office building, to change the street name to honor the memory of Mr. Ernest Holmes, Sr., who invented the first tow truck in 1916. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this plat revision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of minor subdivision of a 10.61 acre portion of The Lanier Tract into two (2) parcels located at the corner of Coleman Boulevard & U.S. Hwy 80

Mr. Baxter presented a minor subdivision of a 10.61 acre tract, subdividing it into two (2) parcels, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of site plan for a proposed Car Wash Express @ Pooler Parkway & Grand Central Boulevard

Mr. Baxter presented a site plan for a proposed Car Wash Express, stating that at Planning & Zoning’s request, the dumpster enclosure will be constructed of masonry material. Councilman Wall questioned what type of drain was proposed and what type of vehicles would be allowed. Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman & Company stated that there will be an oil/water separator and tanks will be provided for water recycling and that only family type vehicles would be allowed at the car wash. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of plat revision for The Gates @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 1A, to reduce drainage easement from 20' to 15' between Lots 41 & 42

Mr. Baxter presented a plat revision for The Gates @ Savannah Quarters, Phase 1A to reduce the drainage easement from 20' to 15' between Lots 41 & 42 to allow the owner of Lot 42 a larger building envelope and additional landscaping area outside of the easement. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this plat revision. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Harmony Townes, Phase III

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of Harmony Townes, stating that all of the infrastructure is complete and a maintenance bond has been posted in the amount of $35,236.75 for the plat to be recorded. Councilman Allen made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat for Phase III of Harmony Townes, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

10. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for The Arbors, Phase 7C

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Arbors, stating that all the improvements are complete and that the public works department has approved the development to begin its 12-month warranty period. Councilman Allen made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond for Phase 7C of The Arbors, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

11. Approval of recombination plat of Parcels L, M, & N, The Crossings at Godley Station

Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D presented this requested recombination plat of Parcels L, M & N of The Crossings at Godley Station. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this plat. Motion passed without opposition.

12. Approval of auction to be held at the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce’ s “Casablanca” on November 4th at JCB and to waive permit fees

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce to permit an auction to be held in conjunction with the “Casablanca” Gala on November 4th at JCB and to waive the permit fees. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this event being held and to waive the permit fees. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.

13. Approval of special event alcoholic beverage license for Eleanor Ashman on November 4th

Mr. Baxter presented this requested special event alcoholic beverage license for Eleanor Ashman for the “Casablanca” Gala to be held at JCB on November 4th, stating that Police Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Stanley, to approve this license. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing. 

Leo McDonald thanked the Mayor and Council for all their help, as well as the City crews, in making this year’s Flying Pig Festival a success.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:11 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on October 16, 2006. Mayor pro tem Bruce Allen called the hearing to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Councilmen 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) Requested zoning map amendment of Lots 1, 3, 4, 7 & 8 of Section 2 and Lots 8, 9, 10 & 11 of Section 3 of The Houston Tract from C-2 and RA-1 to I-1 &

2) Requested zoning map amendment of 45.13 acres of The Houston Tract from C-2 and RA-1 to I-1 - These items were discussed at the same time. Attorney Phillip McCorkle, agent for North Point Real Estate, presented this request to re-zone Lots 1, 3, 4, 7, & 8 of Section 2 and Lots 8, 9, 10 & 11 of Section 3 of The Houston Tract from C-2 (heavy commercial) and RA-1 (residential agricultural) to I-1 (light industrial) and to re-zone 45.13 acres of The Houston Tract from C-2 to I-1. Mr. McCorkle stated that a number of meetings were held with the residents recently and site plans were made available to them to allow for comments/concerns to be presented. Mr. McCorkle presented information in regards to the additional buffer that is proposed along the adjacent residential properties, with it being 150' in width in most areas and being 170' in the area of the power company’s easement. Further, that any improvements to Dean Forest Road will be done as requested by the State of Georgia Department of Transportation. Mr. McCorkle stated that the hours of operation will be in compliance with the City’s ordinances, particularly the noise ordinance. Clyde Munn, resident on Dean Forest Road, presented concerns about potential noise, traffic and hours of operation being at times not convenient to residents. Kathleen Harvey, resident on Old Louisville Road, stated that she did not receive notice of this re-zoning and that she is worried about noise also. (It was later determined that Ms. Harvey was not an adjacent property owner.) Walter Lee, adjacent property owner, presented concerns about a canal being covered, stating that this has caused drainage problems in the area with water backing up onto his property. Mr. McCorkle assured Mr. Lee that water detention is planned and that this project will not cause any additional water to flow onto adjacent properties and that this will be addressed during site plan approval. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:49 p.m.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on

October 16, 2006. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:49 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 that would increase the height of buildings in I-1 and I-2 to 45' and increase the side yard setback in I-1 districts from 10' to 20' - Attorney Harold Yellin presented this request on behalf of the Savannah Economic Development Authority to amend the zoning text to increase the height of buildings in I-1 (light industrial) and I-2 (heavy industrial) to 45' and to increase the side yard setback for I-1 zoning districts from 10' to 20', stating that Planning & Zoning has recommended that the height be increased to 50' since this is the standard warehouse height allowed in one of the City’s Planned Unit Developments. Further, that several nearby municipalities have no restrictions on building height.

2) Savannah Quarters PUD Amendment #13 to rezone 55 acres from future development to single-family detached residential zoning - Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers, on behalf of the developer of Savannah Quarters, presented this request to re-zone 55 acres currently zoned “future development” to single-family detached residential, to be known as Phase 13 of Savannah Quarters. Mr. Kraft stated that this phase has 90 lots, ranging from 100' to 150' wide. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:58 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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