Council Minutes November 20, 2006

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
NOVEMBER 20, 2006


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 20, 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.

Mayor Lamb welcomed Dr. Joe Buck, candidate for President of the Savannah-Chatham County School Board to the meeting. Dr. Buck addressed Council in regards to the upcoming run-off election.


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 902 calls since the last meeting. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to 69 calls this 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 have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.


RECREATION
Councilman Royal reported that all of the Pooler football teams won their games at the Rebel Bowl and that basketball signups end December 1st. 

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Benton reported that 14 new single family residential and four (4) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 459 single family and 172 attached unit permits for the year, with 12,614 inspections performed.


Mayor Lamb presented a 25-year service pin to Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver, thanking her for her dedicated service to the City of Pooler.

Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to outgoing Planning & Zoning member, Jim McQueeney, thanking him for his service.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

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

Mr. Baxter presented a zoning text amendment to increase the side yard setbacks in I-1 (light industrial) districts from 10' to 20', to increase the building height in I-1 districts from 35' to 45' and to increase the building height in I-2 districts from 40' to 50'. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this amendment on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

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

Councilman Wall made a motion to move this item to the foot of the agenda, to allow for the zoning to be approved first. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested conditional use to display “Tavern” on all signage at Foster’s Steakhouse

A public hearing was held prior wherein City Attorney Steve Scheer explained that a conditional use was not needed to allow “tavern” to be displayed on the restaurant sign. Councilman Wall made a motion to remove this item from the agenda, based on Mr. Scheer’s advice, with the owner agreeing that a tavern only (without a restaurant) is not allowed. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2. Requested zoning map amendment of 20.08 acres on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to R-4

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request from Landmark 24 to re-zone 20.08 acres located on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to R-4 (townhome/condominium), stating that the developer plans to construct 36 buildings with five (5) dwellings per building (180 units). Councilman Wall stated that the site plan will be submitted later and made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of site plan for a proposed office complex at 108 Morgan Street

Mr. Baxter presented this request to construct a four (4) unit office complex at 108 Morgan Street, stating that Planning & Zoning had questions about the number of parking spaces, the dumpster location, traffic congestion and use restrictions. The plan has been revised to add a masonry dumpster enclosure and a buffer along the north property line. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon use restrictions being placed on the property to not allow restaurants and automotive/truck repair as recommended by Planning & Zoning and staff. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


4. Approval of site plan for a proposed office/warehouse on Lot 25, Westside Business Park 
Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for a proposed office/warehouse on Lot 25, Westside Business Park, stating that all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Michael Willoughby of Southeast Engineering and Environmental stated that Planning & Zoning requested an opaque fence be placed on the property, which the owner has asked if chain link material with a tree buffer would be sufficient, to allow better visibility. Councilman Wall replied that a privacy fence would shield the view of material stored on the property, due to the fact that commercial traffic would be traveling in the area. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan as presented (chain link fence on Columbia Drive and privacy fence along Westside Boulevard). Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of site plan for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase I

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a 69-unit multi-family attached housing development (12 buildings) located approximately .05 mile north of the intersection of Pooler Parkway and Highway 80. Councilman Wall questioned when the amenities package would be in place, stating that other projects have been required to complete the amenities in the first phase. Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman & Company stated that the amenities are planned in Phase 2, due to the infrastructure not being in place. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company requested that the developer be allowed to begin construction of the amenities with completion prior to Phase 2. Councilman Wall reiterated the fact that Council has required other projects to have the amenities done within the first phase. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the site plan for Durham Park Townhomes, Phase I to include the amenities, subject to EPD approval. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of site plan for classroom additions to West Chatham Elementary and West Chatham Middle School

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for classroom additions to West Chatham Elementary and Middle School which are being proposed to help with overcrowded classrooms. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

7. Release of maintenance bond for The Retreat, Phase I

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Retreat at Forest Lakes, stating that staff has recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to release the maintenance bond for Phase I of the Retreat. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of change order #2 for Year 2005 Pump Station Upgrades

Mr. Baxter presented change order #2 for the Year 2005 Pump Station Upgrades in the amount of $152,575.00, stating that this amount has been budgeted. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the change order. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of engineering proposal/agreement for chloramination addition to city wells

Mr. Baxter presented a proposal/agreement for the additional of chloramination to the city’s two (2) existing water wells, stating that the City of Savannah will begin using Chloramine to disinfect the water which will require Pooler to do the same since water is blended. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this proposal/agreement in the amount not to exceed $28,000.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

10. Approval of zoning for approximately 1420 acres south of the current city limits to be annexed

A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the zoning of approximately 1420 acres to R-A (Residential-Agricultural), stating that this land is being annexed into Pooler. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Old Business #2: Second Reading on ordinance to annex land south of the current city limits to Little Neck Road

Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance to annex approximately 1420 acres into the City of Pooler. Councilman Wall stated that the City has petitions from more than 60% of land owners and electors/residents in this area and made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this ordinance on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:17 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing


A public hearing was held on November 20, 2006, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor 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 zoning for approximately 1420 acres south of the current city limits to be annexed into the City of Pooler. Mr. Baxter stated that the proposed zoning for this land is R-A (Residential-Agricultural). Jackie Carver, Zoning Administrator, questioned whether the businesses (non-conforming uses) are properly licensed, and if they are not, how will they be handled once brought into Pooler. Mr. Scheer replied that the owners would have to furnish proof (license) that they are doing business legally in Chatham County.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:37 p.m.


Public Hearing


A public hearing was held on November 20, 2006, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor 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 conditional use to display “Tavern” on all signage at Foster’s Steakhouse - Mr. Baxter presented this request from the owner of Foster’s Steakhouse to allow them to display “tavern” on the signs. Mr. Scheer stated that a conditional use was not needed for this purpose. Further, that granting a conditional use could be misinterpreted to mean that a tavern (bar) only would be allowed at this property, which it is not zoned for. Mike Ferreira, owner, was present and agreed with Mr. Scheer.

2) A requested zoning map amendment of 20.08 acres on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to R-4 - Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company presented this requested zoning map amendment, stating that the issues presented at Planning & Zoning have been addressed. Further, that the proposed development will be a gated community comprised of 36 buildings with five (5) dwellings per building.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:55 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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