Council Minutes February 7, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 7, 2005


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 7, 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 Allen. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Allen, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

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

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Allen reported on the community service program and the police department activities for the month and presented letters of appreciation for Sergeant Powell Harrelson, Corporal Harvey Knowles and Corporal Selton Morrow. Fire Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities for the month. 

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 and that all parameters are being met at the new wastewater treatment plant. 

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that basketball is on going with the GRPA tournaments beginning on February 22nd and that baseball and softball signups have begun. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 28 new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 43 residential for the year, with 757 inspections performed. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Second Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding offenses (loitering)

Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the offenses ordinances to prohibit loitering in public places after 10:00 p.m. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Requested zoning map amendment of 27.89 acres on the south side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and 33.48 acres on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to C-2

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request from Darrel Hutcheson, Bill Holland, Toby Roberts and James Royal to rezone their property along the frontage of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway to a depth of 500' on the north side and a depth of 400' on the south side to C-2 (heavy commercial). The proposed access, known as Triple B Trail, will be paved with a 60' right-of-way beginning at the Parkway and ending at the Barnwell’s property line, with a 20' undisturbed buffer being proposed along the southern and western boundaries of the Barnwell property. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company was present on behalf of the developer and stated that his client is in agreement with Planning & Zoning and staff recommendations in regards to water being in place and increasing the right-of-way for Triple B Trail, but that he wants to reserve the right to meet with the engineer at Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung to obtain more information about the amount of land for the water metering station. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon the following conditions: that water is in place prior to any development, that land is provided for the water metering station and that the Triple B Trail right-of-way is increased from 30' to 60' when development occurs. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of minor subdivision for Blakewood Ryals on Winskie Road

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Mr. Ryals who has a contract to sell the 1.47 acre lot on Winskie Road for construction of a single-family residence, stating that Planning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of sketch plan of Towne Park for compliance with the new R-4 zoning requirements

Mr. Baxter presented this sketch plan of Towne Park for compliance with the new R-4 zoning requirements, stating that the plan has been revised to show a minor reduction in density and relocation of the development’s proposed amenities. Adam Ragsdale was present on behalf of the developer, DJ Development. Councilman Wall questioned why the new sketch plan was completely different from the original which was presented as a conceptual plan last year. Mr. Ragsdale replied that the original plan was not feasible due to an environmental impact. Councilman Allen expressed concern about the length of the cul-de-sac and the number of homes being proposed along it, stating that it would present a safety issue. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developers of Westside Business Park, stating that the infrastructure in not complete, therefore, a performance bond has been posted to guarantee completion of this project and a bond is being posted to guarantee future installation of trees and sidewalks which will be placed as individual lots are developed. Further, that the final plat meets all of the requirements of the subdivision ordinance. Councilman Olliff made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to accept the performance bond, subject to it being approved by the city attorney, and to approve the final plat for Westside Business Park. Motion passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of minor subdivision in the northwest corner of Pooler Parkway and Pine Barren Road

Mr. Baxter presented this request, stating that the tract is more than five (5) acres, making it exempt from the requirements of the subdivision ordinance. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval to subdivide 60.34 acres out of the Morgan Tract for Konter Development

Mr. Baxter presented this request to subdivide 60.34 acres out of the Morgan Family Tract for the Konter Development, stating that this subdivision is exempt from the requirements of the subdivision ordinance. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of boundary plat for 91.306 acres for The Gates at Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Southwest Quadrant Holdings, LLC to transfer property for the development of the Craftbuilt Homes project. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this boundary plat. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of Certificate of Ownership and Agreement with Georgia DOT for Local Assistance Road Program

Mr. Baxter presented this Agreement which is necessary in order for the Department of Transportation to resurface selected roads in the city. Councilman Wall questioned why Rothwell Street was not considered for this project. Mr. Baxter explained the process where DOT determines which streets are resurfaced. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this Agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

9. Award bid for installation of traffic light at Pooler Parkway & Pine Barren Road

Mr. Baxter presented one (1) bid for the installation of a traffic light at the intersection of Pooler Parkway & Pine Barren Road, stating that the majority of the materials have been provided by the State of Georgia. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to award the bid to Hoffman Electric Company, Inc. in the amount of $114,800.00, subject to the city attorney approving the contract. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

10. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Scarlett A. May at Ruby Tuesday Restaurant

Mr. Baxter presented this request for an alcoholic beverage license for Scarlett A. May, the new Vice President and Secretary of Ruby Tuesday, Inc. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow Chief Chan to further review this matter. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

11. Discussion concerning proposed re-zoning of 717.5 acres on the north and south side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to PUD

Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers presented information for discussion only regarding this 717.5 acre tract of land on the north and south side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway being rezoned from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to PUD (Planned Unit Development). Councilman Wall had questions in regards to the front yard setbacks, the width of the lots and the amenities that are proposed. Mr. Wohlfeil explained that the developer is proposing front yard setbacks of 25' with the smaller lots being 51' wide and that the amenity package will be above and beyond the city’s requirements. Councilman Olliff questioned if the access will be by way of a frontage road or cul-de-sac which Mr. Wohlfeil replied that the developer is not ready to determine this. Councilman Wall reminded Mr. Wohlfeil that Council has limited the number of smaller lots in other Planned Unit Developments to only 15 to 20 percent of the entire development and that Council would like to have lots that are at least 55' to 60' wide. 

Mr. Hillis Byrd addressed Council, requesting that speed bumps be placed on N. Rogers Street. Mayor Lamb stated that this matter would be looked into. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:10 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held on February 7, 2005 prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, 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 purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of 27.89 acres on the south side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and 33.48 acres on the north side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to C-2. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company was present and stated that his client was in agreement with the provisions that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended. Further, that the adjacent property owners are satisfied with this proposed re-zoning. 

There being no further discussion, this hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m

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