Council Minutes February 21, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 21, 2005

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 21, 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 Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Seay. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Olliff, 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 Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Allen reported on the community service program and the police department activities for the month. 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. 

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that the regular basketball season has ended, with teams participating in the GRPA tournaments this week. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton stated that 15 new single family residential permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 58 for the year, with 1077 inspections performed. 

Elinor Minshew, Executive Director of the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce, addressed Council in regards to advertising projects that have been completed. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 5-year service pin to Park Foreman/Master Gardener Ralph Wright, thanking him for his service.

Mayor Lamb presented a 5-year service pin to Building Inspector Robert Wellmaker, thanking him for his service. 

Mayor Lamb read a letter from Ms. Celestia Herrin commending the Pooler Senior Citizens Program and its employees. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

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

Mr. Baxter presented a revised sketch plan of Towne Park, stating that the cul-de-sac has been removed, with the roads now intersecting. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the revised plan, contingent upon the amenities being constructed first. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

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

Mr. Baxter presented this request that was tabled at the last meeting for further review by Police Chief C. E. Chan, stating that a background check has now been performed on Karen Key, manager of the restaurant and that neither Ms. May nor Ms. Key have any criminal record and that there have been no incidences at this establishment. Therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this alcoholic beverage license, to include Sunday Sales. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Requested zoning map amendment of 717.5 acres on the north and south side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to PUD

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request to re-zone 717.5 acres on the north and south side of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to PUD (Planned Unit Development) and asked that this item be tabled until comments have been received from the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center in regards to the Developments of Regional Impact study that is needed. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Barren Pointe, Phase I

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plans for Barren Pointe, Phase I, stating that staff has concerns about the buffer that is proposed between the existing properties and the new development and there being only one (1) entrance to this development. Councilman Wall stated that he has the same concerns as staff, particularly there being only one (1) entrance, asking for two (2) entrances to be considered in the interest of public safety. Christy Lawrence of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company was present and stated that a traffic engineer has determined that one entrance is sufficient. Further, that the master plan has already been approved with one entrance. Councilman Olliff had questions in regards to the width of the lots and a corner lot that, if fenced, would be in the front of the adjacent lot. Ms. Lawrence addressed Council in regards to the buffer, stating that the trees were removed prior to the sale of this property, and that the current owner has been talking with the adjacent property owners about putting up a berm. Mayor Lamb questioned if a construction road is being proposed, stating that when Phase II is developed, the property owners in Phase I will not be happy with construction traffic. Ms. Lawrence replied that the road is being designed with heavy duty pavement to be able to withstand construction traffic. Jackie Carver, Zoning Administrator, mentioned that the city engineer’s comments submitted during the master plan approval addressed the issue that Pine Barren Road should be widened by the developer, providing a 150' long left-turn lane. Ms. Lawrence stated that her client should only be required to do what other developers are being required to do. Mr. Baxter stated that the city has required other developers to do certain things along Pine Barren Road (i.e., sidewalks adjacent to the new schools). Shawn Hobbs, adjacent property owner, addressed Council in regards to concerns he has about the buffer being removed, stating that he would like to see the berm being higher than what is being proposed (3-4'). Barbara Sherrod, adjacent property owner, presented concern about the fact that Pine Barren is too narrow and that there is only one entrance to this subdivision. After further discussion, there was no motion to approve nor deny this request. 

3. Approval of revised sketch plan for Roy Patel’s commercial subdivision on E. Highway 80

Mr. Baxter presented this revised sketch plan for a commercial subdivision on E. Highway 80, stating that staff has recommended that the cul-de-sacs be connected, making a loop. The developer was not present, therefore, Councilman Allen made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

4. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of subdivision plat for Hamilton Grove, Phase I

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of Hamilton Grove Subdivision in Savannah Quarters, stating that it meets the city’s requirements. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the subdivision plat for Hamilton Grove, Phase I, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

5. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of subdivision plat for Hamilton Grove, Phase IV

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of Hamilton Grove Subdivision in Savannah Quarters, stating that it meets the city’s requirements. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the subdivision plat for Hamilton Grove, Phase IV, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of preliminary construction plans for The Arbors, Phase 7

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Arbors, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve the preliminary construction plans for The Arbors, Phase 7. Motion passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of sidewalk revisions for Easthaven Blvd. (Formerly East Spine Road)

Mr. Baxter presented the revisions to the sidewalk on Easthaven Boulevard, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve these revisions. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of Franchise Agreement with Comcast of Georgia/South Carolina Inc.

Mr. Baxter presented a franchise agreement with Comcast of Georgia/South Carolina Inc. Councilman Wall stated that a provision needed to be added in regards to a time frame for repairs to be made to utilities/rights-of-way if they are damaged or disturbed. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this agreement, contingent upon the aforementioned provision being added and the city attorney approving the agreement. Motion passed opposition. 

9. First Reading on Franchise Ordinance with Comcast of Georgia/South Carolina Inc.

Mr. Baxter presented this franchise ordinance to coincide with the agreement approved previously, and after discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

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.

Public Hearing

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

February 21, 2005. 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 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 this request, stating that the project consists of a mixed-use master-planned community located on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway north of Godley Station. The proposed uses include single-family attached and detached residential and commercial (retail and office) and access will be from Jimmy DeLoach Parkway with no additional median cuts. Councilman Wall and Councilman Seay stated that they are not in favor of approving lots that are only 51' wide. Councilman Wall suggested that the developer meet with the mayor and members of the recreation committee about the proposed amenities for this project. 

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

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