Council Minutes November 6, 2006

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
NOVEMEBER 6, 2006


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 6, 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 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:


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 on the police department activities. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 126 calls in October, with 20 of them being structure fires.

STREETS/SANITATION/PARKS & TREES

Councilman Seay reported that the streets, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance.

Councilman Seay presented information regarding the story about the Pooler Panther that was in the newspaper in 1965 and made a motion to approve the cost of having the article framed and placed in city hall. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

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 football and cheerleading is ongoing.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 31 new single family residential, two (2) attached unit, eight (8) stacked condominium, one (1) multi-family and one (1) commercial permit has been issued since the last, totaling 445 single family and 172 attached unit permits for the year, with 11,576 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb welcomed Travis Cowart, Jr., candidate for School Board Representative, District 7, to the meeting. Mr. Cowart addressed Council in regards to his candidacy.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

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

Mr. Baxter presented this change order in the amount of $99,723.84 for final line item quantities for this project. Councilman Wall stated that this will be paid for by the developer and made a motion to approve, contingent upon receipt of a new letter of credit from the Morgan Family. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.


Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:


1. Approval of site plan for a proposed office building on Lot 4, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a proposed office building on Lot 4, Westside Business Park, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of site plan for a proposed office/warehouse on Lot 34, Westside Business

Park
Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for a proposed office/warehouse on Lot 34 in Westside Business Park, stating that the plan has been revised to illustrate the dumpster enclosure being constructed of masonry material as requested by Planning & Zoning. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of site plan for veterinary clinic addition at 127 Canal Street

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for an addition to the veterinary clinic at 127 Canal Street, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of construction plan for Park Avenue Extension

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat. Mr. Baxter presented the construction plan for the Park Avenue Extension, stating that the plans have been revised to provide for a “temporary end” instead of a “temporary turn around”. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the construction plan, contingent upon EPD approval. Motion passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

5. Approval of boundary survey plat for Parcels 2A and 2B in Savannah Quarters for transfer of property

Mr. Baxter presented a boundary survey plat for Parcels 2A and 2B in Savannah Quarters for transfer of property, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this boundary survey plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of site plan for Courtney Station Apartments on Park Avenue Extension

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Courtney Station Apartments, stating that at the request of Planning & Zoning, a “tot lot” has been added to the plan. Mr. Baxter requested that the trash compactor be made more accessible, recommending a dumpster be placed to accommodate the residents. C. J. Chance of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that most developments in the area only have one area for a trash compactor. Scott Steinhilelber of Courtney Station, LLC stated that the compactor would be dumped twice a week and maintained by employees of the complex. Councilwoman Benton reiterated the need for the compactor to be more accessible, stating that it is a hardship for residents to carry their trash so far from their apartments. Mr. Steinhilelber agreed to place a pad near the maintenance shed to accommodate a dumpster if in the future it is needed. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan, contingent upon EPD approval and a pad being placed for a dumpster near the maintenance shed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of construction plans for Jimmy DeLoach Highlands Boulevard Connector Road

Mr. Baxter presented the construction plans for the Jimmy DeLoach Highlands Boulevard Connector Road, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed and the plans have been approved by the City of Savannah. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Stanley, to approve the plans. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Minh Thi Thi Pham at New Super Buffet

Mr. Baxter presented an application for an alcoholic beverage license for Minh Thi Thi Pham at the New Super Buffet, stating that Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this license, to include Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

9. First Reading on zoning text amendment regarding side yard setbacks in I-1 districts and building height in I-1 and I-2 districts

Mr. Baxter presented this zoning text amendment, stating that a public hearing was held at the last meeting. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this text amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.


10. First Reading on ordinance to annex land south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road

A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Baxter presented an annexation ordinance for approximately 1420 acres south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road. Councilman Wall stated that the City is in receipt of petitions signed by at least 60% of the land owners and electors in this area and made a motion to approve the annexation ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay. Councilman Wall further stated that this does not guarantee water and sewer services, but fire, police and sanitation service would be provided. Jack Brewton, resident, questioned why two (2) major subdivisions were left out, adding that these houses would provide additional tax revenue. Mayor Lamb replied that years ago the developer of these subdivisions requested to not be annexed. Further, that the subdivisions were not built to city standards. Mr. Brewton asked Council to reconsider annexing the two (2) subdivisions. Mayor Lamb called for the vote; motion passed without opposition.

Aaron Stewart, resident, addressed Council in regards to dogs being loose on the streets, causing a nuisance to his property. Mayor Lamb stated that this matter would be looked into.

John Powell, resident, asked Council for consideration of speed bumps being placed on Newton Street.

Charitie Peterson, resident of Brighton Woods Subdivision, addressed Council in regards to speed bumps being placed at the entrance to the subdivision and asked Council to consider a curbside recycling program.

Alan Peterson, resident, questioned how the Park West development was approved the way it was (entrance/exit to Highway 80), stating that this area is very dangerous to travel.

Roger Livingston, resident, addressed Council with regards to the need for speed bumps in Brighton Woods Subdivision.

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:26 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:59 p.m. 

Councilman Allen made a motion to approve a realignment of the salaries for a portion of employees in the police department, with funds already budgeted for 2006. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Councilman Allen stated that the realignment was to bring the starting officer salary up to standards with departments of similar size. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:02 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on November 6, 2006, prior to the regular City Council meeting. 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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Mayor Mike Lamb arrived after the hearing was called to order.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the proposed annexation of land (approximately 1420 acres) south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road. Vera Lamb, property owner in the proposed area, questioned the advantages of being annexed into Pooler. Mr. Baxter replied that the residents would be provided police, fire and sanitation services and that water and sewer service could be provided only by the property owners paying for extending the service. Earl Davis, property owner, stated that his land is under the Soil Conservation Act, asking if it will remain. Mr. Baxter replied that it would. Mr. Davis questioned whether there are any plans to wide Quacco Road, which Mr. Baxter replied that this is included in the Chatham Urban Transportation Study (CUTS) at some time in the future. Greg Jacobs, property owner, questioned why the annexation is being done. Mr. Baxter stated that the city received petitions in the early 1990s to be annexed by dual majority referendum, but was stopped by a developer who wanted to construct subdivisions in conformity to Chatham County standards, not the City of Pooler’s. Further, that the City is in receipt of new petitions for annexation.


There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:45 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.

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
NOVEMEBER 6, 2006


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 6, 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 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:


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 on the police department activities. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 126 calls in October, with 20 of them being structure fires.

STREETS/SANITATION/PARKS & TREES

Councilman Seay reported that the streets, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance.

Councilman Seay presented information regarding the story about the Pooler Panther that was in the newspaper in 1965 and made a motion to approve the cost of having the article framed and placed in city hall. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

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 football and cheerleading is ongoing.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 31 new single family residential, two (2) attached unit, eight (8) stacked condominium, one (1) multi-family and one (1) commercial permit has been issued since the last, totaling 445 single family and 172 attached unit permits for the year, with 11,576 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb welcomed Travis Cowart, Jr., candidate for School Board Representative, District 7, to the meeting. Mr. Cowart addressed Council in regards to his candidacy.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

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

Mr. Baxter presented this change order in the amount of $99,723.84 for final line item quantities for this project. Councilman Wall stated that this will be paid for by the developer and made a motion to approve, contingent upon receipt of a new letter of credit from the Morgan Family. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.


Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:


1. Approval of site plan for a proposed office building on Lot 4, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a proposed office building on Lot 4, Westside Business Park, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of site plan for a proposed office/warehouse on Lot 34, Westside Business

Park
Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for a proposed office/warehouse on Lot 34 in Westside Business Park, stating that the plan has been revised to illustrate the dumpster enclosure being constructed of masonry material as requested by Planning & Zoning. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of site plan for veterinary clinic addition at 127 Canal Street

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for an addition to the veterinary clinic at 127 Canal Street, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of construction plan for Park Avenue Extension

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat. Mr. Baxter presented the construction plan for the Park Avenue Extension, stating that the plans have been revised to provide for a “temporary end” instead of a “temporary turn around”. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the construction plan, contingent upon EPD approval. Motion passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

5. Approval of boundary survey plat for Parcels 2A and 2B in Savannah Quarters for transfer of property

Mr. Baxter presented a boundary survey plat for Parcels 2A and 2B in Savannah Quarters for transfer of property, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this boundary survey plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of site plan for Courtney Station Apartments on Park Avenue Extension

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Courtney Station Apartments, stating that at the request of Planning & Zoning, a “tot lot” has been added to the plan. Mr. Baxter requested that the trash compactor be made more accessible, recommending a dumpster be placed to accommodate the residents. C. J. Chance of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that most developments in the area only have one area for a trash compactor. Scott Steinhilelber of Courtney Station, LLC stated that the compactor would be dumped twice a week and maintained by employees of the complex. Councilwoman Benton reiterated the need for the compactor to be more accessible, stating that it is a hardship for residents to carry their trash so far from their apartments. Mr. Steinhilelber agreed to place a pad near the maintenance shed to accommodate a dumpster if in the future it is needed. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan, contingent upon EPD approval and a pad being placed for a dumpster near the maintenance shed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of construction plans for Jimmy DeLoach Highlands Boulevard Connector Road

Mr. Baxter presented the construction plans for the Jimmy DeLoach Highlands Boulevard Connector Road, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed and the plans have been approved by the City of Savannah. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Stanley, to approve the plans. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Minh Thi Thi Pham at New Super Buffet

Mr. Baxter presented an application for an alcoholic beverage license for Minh Thi Thi Pham at the New Super Buffet, stating that Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this license, to include Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

9. First Reading on zoning text amendment regarding side yard setbacks in I-1 districts and building height in I-1 and I-2 districts

Mr. Baxter presented this zoning text amendment, stating that a public hearing was held at the last meeting. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this text amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.


10. First Reading on ordinance to annex land south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road

A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Baxter presented an annexation ordinance for approximately 1420 acres south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road. Councilman Wall stated that the City is in receipt of petitions signed by at least 60% of the land owners and electors in this area and made a motion to approve the annexation ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay. Councilman Wall further stated that this does not guarantee water and sewer services, but fire, police and sanitation service would be provided. Jack Brewton, resident, questioned why two (2) major subdivisions were left out, adding that these houses would provide additional tax revenue. Mayor Lamb replied that years ago the developer of these subdivisions requested to not be annexed. Further, that the subdivisions were not built to city standards. Mr. Brewton asked Council to reconsider annexing the two (2) subdivisions. Mayor Lamb called for the vote; motion passed without opposition.

Aaron Stewart, resident, addressed Council in regards to dogs being loose on the streets, causing a nuisance to his property. Mayor Lamb stated that this matter would be looked into.

John Powell, resident, asked Council for consideration of speed bumps being placed on Newton Street.

Charitie Peterson, resident of Brighton Woods Subdivision, addressed Council in regards to speed bumps being placed at the entrance to the subdivision and asked Council to consider a curbside recycling program.

Alan Peterson, resident, questioned how the Park West development was approved the way it was (entrance/exit to Highway 80), stating that this area is very dangerous to travel.

Roger Livingston, resident, addressed Council with regards to the need for speed bumps in Brighton Woods Subdivision.

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:26 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:59 p.m. 

Councilman Allen made a motion to approve a realignment of the salaries for a portion of employees in the police department, with funds already budgeted for 2006. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Councilman Allen stated that the realignment was to bring the starting officer salary up to standards with departments of similar size. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:02 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on November 6, 2006, prior to the regular City Council meeting. 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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Mayor Mike Lamb arrived after the hearing was called to order.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the proposed annexation of land (approximately 1420 acres) south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road. Vera Lamb, property owner in the proposed area, questioned the advantages of being annexed into Pooler. Mr. Baxter replied that the residents would be provided police, fire and sanitation services and that water and sewer service could be provided only by the property owners paying for extending the service. Earl Davis, property owner, stated that his land is under the Soil Conservation Act, asking if it will remain. Mr. Baxter replied that it would. Mr. Davis questioned whether there are any plans to wide Quacco Road, which Mr. Baxter replied that this is included in the Chatham Urban Transportation Study (CUTS) at some time in the future. Greg Jacobs, property owner, questioned why the annexation is being done. Mr. Baxter stated that the city received petitions in the early 1990s to be annexed by dual majority referendum, but was stopped by a developer who wanted to construct subdivisions in conformity to Chatham County standards, not the City of Pooler’s. Further, that the City is in receipt of new petitions for annexation.


There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:45 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.

CITY OF POOLER
COUNCIL MINUTES
NOVEMEBER 6, 2006


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 6, 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 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:


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 on the police department activities. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 126 calls in October, with 20 of them being structure fires.

STREETS/SANITATION/PARKS & TREES

Councilman Seay reported that the streets, drainage and parks and trees departments have performed routine maintenance.

Councilman Seay presented information regarding the story about the Pooler Panther that was in the newspaper in 1965 and made a motion to approve the cost of having the article framed and placed in city hall. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

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 football and cheerleading is ongoing.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 31 new single family residential, two (2) attached unit, eight (8) stacked condominium, one (1) multi-family and one (1) commercial permit has been issued since the last, totaling 445 single family and 172 attached unit permits for the year, with 11,576 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb welcomed Travis Cowart, Jr., candidate for School Board Representative, District 7, to the meeting. Mr. Cowart addressed Council in regards to his candidacy.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

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

Mr. Baxter presented this change order in the amount of $99,723.84 for final line item quantities for this project. Councilman Wall stated that this will be paid for by the developer and made a motion to approve, contingent upon receipt of a new letter of credit from the Morgan Family. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.


Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:


1. Approval of site plan for a proposed office building on Lot 4, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a proposed office building on Lot 4, Westside Business Park, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of site plan for a proposed office/warehouse on Lot 34, Westside Business

Park
Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for a proposed office/warehouse on Lot 34 in Westside Business Park, stating that the plan has been revised to illustrate the dumpster enclosure being constructed of masonry material as requested by Planning & Zoning. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of site plan for veterinary clinic addition at 127 Canal Street

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for an addition to the veterinary clinic at 127 Canal Street, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of construction plan for Park Avenue Extension

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her seat. Mr. Baxter presented the construction plan for the Park Avenue Extension, stating that the plans have been revised to provide for a “temporary end” instead of a “temporary turn around”. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the construction plan, contingent upon EPD approval. Motion passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat.

5. Approval of boundary survey plat for Parcels 2A and 2B in Savannah Quarters for transfer of property

Mr. Baxter presented a boundary survey plat for Parcels 2A and 2B in Savannah Quarters for transfer of property, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this boundary survey plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of site plan for Courtney Station Apartments on Park Avenue Extension

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Courtney Station Apartments, stating that at the request of Planning & Zoning, a “tot lot” has been added to the plan. Mr. Baxter requested that the trash compactor be made more accessible, recommending a dumpster be placed to accommodate the residents. C. J. Chance of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that most developments in the area only have one area for a trash compactor. Scott Steinhilelber of Courtney Station, LLC stated that the compactor would be dumped twice a week and maintained by employees of the complex. Councilwoman Benton reiterated the need for the compactor to be more accessible, stating that it is a hardship for residents to carry their trash so far from their apartments. Mr. Steinhilelber agreed to place a pad near the maintenance shed to accommodate a dumpster if in the future it is needed. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan, contingent upon EPD approval and a pad being placed for a dumpster near the maintenance shed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Stanley and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of construction plans for Jimmy DeLoach Highlands Boulevard Connector Road

Mr. Baxter presented the construction plans for the Jimmy DeLoach Highlands Boulevard Connector Road, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed and the plans have been approved by the City of Savannah. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Stanley, to approve the plans. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Minh Thi Thi Pham at New Super Buffet

Mr. Baxter presented an application for an alcoholic beverage license for Minh Thi Thi Pham at the New Super Buffet, stating that Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this license, to include Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

9. First Reading on zoning text amendment regarding side yard setbacks in I-1 districts and building height in I-1 and I-2 districts

Mr. Baxter presented this zoning text amendment, stating that a public hearing was held at the last meeting. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this text amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.


10. First Reading on ordinance to annex land south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road

A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Baxter presented an annexation ordinance for approximately 1420 acres south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road. Councilman Wall stated that the City is in receipt of petitions signed by at least 60% of the land owners and electors in this area and made a motion to approve the annexation ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay. Councilman Wall further stated that this does not guarantee water and sewer services, but fire, police and sanitation service would be provided. Jack Brewton, resident, questioned why two (2) major subdivisions were left out, adding that these houses would provide additional tax revenue. Mayor Lamb replied that years ago the developer of these subdivisions requested to not be annexed. Further, that the subdivisions were not built to city standards. Mr. Brewton asked Council to reconsider annexing the two (2) subdivisions. Mayor Lamb called for the vote; motion passed without opposition.

Aaron Stewart, resident, addressed Council in regards to dogs being loose on the streets, causing a nuisance to his property. Mayor Lamb stated that this matter would be looked into.

John Powell, resident, asked Council for consideration of speed bumps being placed on Newton Street.

Charitie Peterson, resident of Brighton Woods Subdivision, addressed Council in regards to speed bumps being placed at the entrance to the subdivision and asked Council to consider a curbside recycling program.

Alan Peterson, resident, questioned how the Park West development was approved the way it was (entrance/exit to Highway 80), stating that this area is very dangerous to travel.

Roger Livingston, resident, addressed Council with regards to the need for speed bumps in Brighton Woods Subdivision.

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:26 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:59 p.m. 

Councilman Allen made a motion to approve a realignment of the salaries for a portion of employees in the police department, with funds already budgeted for 2006. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. Councilman Allen stated that the realignment was to bring the starting officer salary up to standards with departments of similar size. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:02 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on November 6, 2006, prior to the regular City Council meeting. 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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Mayor Mike Lamb arrived after the hearing was called to order.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the proposed annexation of land (approximately 1420 acres) south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road. Vera Lamb, property owner in the proposed area, questioned the advantages of being annexed into Pooler. Mr. Baxter replied that the residents would be provided police, fire and sanitation services and that water and sewer service could be provided only by the property owners paying for extending the service. Earl Davis, property owner, stated that his land is under the Soil Conservation Act, asking if it will remain. Mr. Baxter replied that it would. Mr. Davis questioned whether there are any plans to wide Quacco Road, which Mr. Baxter replied that this is included in the Chatham Urban Transportation Study (CUTS) at some time in the future. Greg Jacobs, property owner, questioned why the annexation is being done. Mr. Baxter stated that the city received petitions in the early 1990s to be annexed by dual majority referendum, but was stopped by a developer who wanted to construct subdivisions in conformity to Chatham County standards, not the City of Pooler’s. Further, that the City is in receipt of new petitions for annexation.


There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:45 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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