Council Minutes January 18, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 18, 2005


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council meeting was held on January 18, 2005. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Larry Olliff, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay, 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 Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

Councilman Olliff presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Allen reported on the police and fire department statistics for the month and reported on the community service program, stating that the fire department is now providing 24-hr coverage. 

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Seay reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance. 

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance. 

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that basketball is underway, with the regular season beginning this week and that construction of Phase I of the new recreation park has begun. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that seven (7) new single family residential and one (1) new commercial permit has been issued since the last meeting, with 156 inspections being performed year-to-date. Further, that there is an opening on the Planning & Zoning Board for the position of alternate and that letters of interest along with a resume’ may be submitted to her no later than February 7th. 

Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to Larry Olliff in appreciation of his service on the Planning & Zoning Board. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 20-year service pin to Major Mark Revenew, thanking him for his many years of service with the city. 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of minor subdivision of Lot B on the corner of Rothwell Street and Moore Avenue

Mr. Baxter presented this minor subdivision request to subdivide Lot B into two (2) lots, stating that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval but that staff is recommending that Council review the city’s subdivision provisions. Chrystal Thornburg, owner, stated that this subdivision will allow her to build two (2) houses on this lot. Councilman Wall reminded Council that Section (602.01) (b) of the city’s subdivision ordinance states that side lot lines shall be as nearly practical at right angles to straight lines and radial to curved street lines and that approving this minor subdivision would create an unusual lot, which would then require a variance. After discussion, there was no motion to approve nor deny this request. Karen Thornburg, mother of the petitioner, questioned where they should go from here. Mayor Lamb instructed Ms. Thornburg to contact Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver. 

2. Approval of site plan for Verizon Wireless located between C & S Bank and Chick-Fil-A

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a Verizon Wireless retail phone center to be located between the C & S Bank and Chick-Fil-A on Pooler Parkway, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval . Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of minor subdivision of Lot D of the Glen Sawyer Subdivision

Mr. Baxter presented this minor subdivision request to subdivide Lot D in order to build two (2) smaller hotels rather than one (1) large hotel, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended denial, based on the fact that the original plan submitted by Mr. Sawyer was agreed upon by the adjacent property owners and that Mr. Sawyer ensured everyone of the number of buildings that would be built in this area. Further, that the new owner wants to increase the number of buildings from one (1) to (two) 2, which is not suitable to the residents. Joel Davy, architect for this project, presented a revised plan to move the three (3) story building to the opposite side of the property. Councilman Wall stated that all the Council was doing at this time was approving a minor subdivision and that the sizes of the hotels would come up at a later time. Leo McDonald, adjacent property owner, asked Council to leave this subdivision as originally approved. John Doonan, adjacent property owner, stated that the original plan provided for a berm with a fence placed on top, which has yet to be constructed. Councilman Wall made a motion to deny this request for a minor subdivision, based on Planning & Zoning and staff’s recommendations. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of minor subdivision plat for Savannah Quarters Lot “A” located in the northwest corner of Blue Moon Crossing and The Village Green

Mr. Baxter presented this minor subdivision request, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. A commercial development is proposed on the 1.64 acre tract that is located in the northwest corner of Blue Moon Crossing and The Village Green. Councilman Olliff made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of revised subdivision plat/acceptance of performance bond for Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 4-A

Mr. Baxter presented this revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 4-A, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this plat and accept the performance bond, subject to the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of Amendment #8 to the Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan/approval of development standards for the two (2) church parcels

Mr. Baxter presented this Amendment to the Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan along with the development standards for the two (2) church parcels, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this Amendment and development standards. Motion passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton questioned the access for the churches. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers stated that it is the desire of the churches to have access to both Pooler Parkway and Spanton Crescent, but that these plans have not been finalized. 

7. Approval of construction plan revisions for water and sewer extensions to serve church parcels at Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 4-A

Mr. Baxter presented the construction plan revisions for water and sewer extensions to serve the church parcels at Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 4-A, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve these revisions. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of Amendment #9 to Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan/approved of development standards for proposed Craftbuilt parcel

Mr. Baxter presented this Amendment to the Savannah Quarters PUD Master Plan along with the development standards for the proposed Craftbuilt parcel, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve this Amendment and the development standards. Motion passed without opposition. Councilman Wall questioned if the amenities would be done first, which Mr. Wohlfeil replied that the amenities were a part of Phase I. 

9. Approval of revised site plan for Pooler Family Dental office

Mr. Baxter presented the new site plan for the Pooler Family Dental office, stating that the original plan was approved on October 4, 2004, and that it has been revised to provide additional parking spaces and additional employees and that garbage carts are being proposed to be used instead of a dumpster. Councilman Wall questioned the decision to use carts and asked that this situation be monitored to see if a dumpster is actually needed. Councilman Olliff made a motion to approve this revised site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

10. Approval to release maintenance bond for cutting of 302 N. Skinner Avenue

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer who has completed the maintenance period for bonding of improvements. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to release this maintenance bond. Motion passed without opposition. 

11. Approval of recombination of Tract 1A and Tract 9 (Golf Course Tract) in the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented this request to recombine Tract 1A and Tract 9 in the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters, stating that it meets all the city’s requirements. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this recombination. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

12. Approval of engineering proposal for design of pump station at the Daniels & R-8 Tract

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her Council seat. Mr. Baxter presented this proposal for the design of a pump station at the Daniels & R-8 Tract, to serve these areas. Mr. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers addressed Council, stating that this design will also incorporate the wastewater flows now being served by the Worthington pump station, which will avoid future upgrades on it and will reduce flows resulting in increased capacity in the Symons Street and Whatley Street lift stations. Further, that this design will, if possible, size the lift station and force main so that the station can be expanded to serve additional undeveloped areas in that region (to include Rebecca Benton’s property). After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this proposal for “Task A, Item 1, Task A, Item 2 and Task B” in an amount not to exceed $27,775.00 and for “Task A, Item 3 in an amount not to exceed $1950.00 and fees for “Task C” to be billed on an hourly basis. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton then returned to her seat. 

13. Award bid for water line replacement at North Skinner Avenue

Mr. Baxter presented bids for the water line replacement on North Skinner Avenue, stating that this project has been budgeted. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Y-Delta, Inc., in the amount of $107,016.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

14. Approval of agreement with Chatham County to establish an inter-connection between water systems

Mr. Baxter presented this agreement to establish an inter-connection between Chatham County’s water system (which serves Hunter’s Ridge and Cross Creek Subdivisions) and the city’s system to provide water to the residents of these subdivisions in the event of an emergency situation, stating that this project would be performed at the County’s expense. Mr. Baxter reminded Council that a resident of this area presented concern at the last meeting in regards to the water well being down in December, thus causing there to be no fire protection to the residents. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this agreement, subject to the city attorney’s approval. Motion passed without opposition. 

15. Approval to fix qualifying fees for 2005 election

Mr. Baxter stated that the qualifying fees for the 2005 election needed to be fixed. Councilman Wall made a motion to fix the qualifying fee for mayor at $216.00 and for council at $108.00, which is three (3%) percent of their annual salaries. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

16. Approval of budget adjustment for Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce for hotel/motel tax funds for 2004

Mr. Baxter presented this budget adjustment for additional hotel/motel tax funds which will be collected for 2004 which exceed the amount of funds provided for in the Chamber’s contract. After discussion, Councilman Olliff made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition. 

17. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding offenses (loitering)

Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the ordinance regarding offenses to add a provision to prohibit loitering in public parks after 10:00 p.m. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

Mr. Mark Tramell, resident in Townelake Subdivision, expressed concern to Council in regards to recent burglaries/car thefts in his neighborhood. Mayor Lamb encouraged residents to contact the police department in regards to scheduling neighborhood watch meetings. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:57 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

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