Council Minutes March 7, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 7, 2005


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 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 and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Stevie Wall was absent. 

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 Olliff, seconded by Councilman Allen, 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 and presented a letter of commendation for Detective Sergeant Randy Lindler, who with the assistance of patrol officers, apprehended an armed robbery suspect recently. Fire Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities, reminding residents to obtain permits for open burning. 

STREETS/DRAINAGE

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

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Wall was absent. 

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that basketball has ended, with the 9 & 10 year-old boys’ team being defeated in the championship game in the GRPA district tournament. Further, that baseball and softball signups have been extended. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 12 new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 70 residential permits for the year, with 1323 inspections performed.

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to appoint Jim McQueeney as alternate on the Planning & Zoning Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to appoint Elinor Minshew, John Henry, Bob Bukowski, Peggy Cowan and Greg Long to serve on the PUD Review Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

Anne Smith of the Pooler Welcome Center presented a plaque to Officer Damon Aanerud, Police Officer of the Year for 2004. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

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

Mr. Baxter presented this item which was tabled from the last meeting, stating that the developer has submitted a newly revised sketch plan wherein the cul-de-sacs have been looped together. Councilman Allen questioned the width of the road adjacent to Lot 8, asking that it be made wider. Dan Fisher of EMC Engineering stated that the curve will reconfigured. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this sketch plan, contingent upon the curve at Lot 8 being widened. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

2. Second Reading on franchise ordinance with Comcast of Georgia/South Carolina Inc.

Mr. Baxter asked that this item be tabled to allow the city attorney time to further review it. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of sketch plan for Pooler Townhomes for compliance with R-4 zoning requirements

Mr. Baxter presented this sketch plan for compliance with the city’s R-4 zoning requirements, stating that the re-zoning of this property was contingent upon Wildcat Dam Road being improved with a 60' paved right-of-way using the most stringent standards of either the City of Pooler or the City of Bloomingdale and that a resolution has been approved in context by the City of Bloomingdale in regards to this matter. Mr. Baxter further stated that the proposed plan meets all of the requirements set forth in the R-4 zoning district and that the developer has requested the project be called “Woodlake Townhomes” instead of Pooler Townhomes. After discussion, Councilman Olliff made a motion to approve this sketch plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of sketch plan of proposed office building on Lot 11, Pooler Park of Commerce

Mr. Baxter presented this sketch plan for a proposed office building on Lot 11, Pooler Park of Commerce. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this sketch plan, contingent upon three (3) handicap parking spaces being provided on the surface lot of this development. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of site plan of proposed retail center on Lot 39, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a proposed retail center at Lot 39, Westside Business Park, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of preliminary construction plan of Morgan Pines located on the north side of Pine Barren Road

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for Morgan Pines, a 126 lot subdivision with an amenity area, located on the north side of Pine Barren Road, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this preliminary construction plan, contingent upon EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

5. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for The Arbors, Phase 7A

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Arbors, Phase 7A, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat for The Arbors, Phase 7A, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond (letter of credit). Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of site plan for office building on Lot A, Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for an office building on Lot A in Savannah Quarters, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Sangrena Woods Subdivision, Phase IV

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plans for Phase IV of Sangrena Woods Subdivision, stating that the city engineer and Planning & Zoning have recommended approval, but staff has recommended that approval of this project be contingent upon the plans showing an easement for access to the recreational area from the subdivision to be maintained by the developer or homeowner’s association. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company was present and stated that a pedestrian access will be recorded on the plat. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plans for Sangrena Woods Subdivision, Phase IV, contingent upon the access easement being recorded on the plat and that the easement be maintained by the developer or the homeowner’s association. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

8. Approval to release Darrell Glick’s maintenance bond for cutting of Arnold Street

Mr. Baxter presented this request to release the maintenance bond for Mr. Glick. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this request. Motion passed without opposition. 

9. Approval of change order #10 for new Wastewater Treatment Plant project

Mr. Baxter presented this final change order for the new wastewater treatment plant project in the amount of $31,364.23 for items which were added during the final phase of construction. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this change order. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

10. Approval of final budget adjustments for 2004

Mr. Baxter presented a list of budget adjustments for 2004 as requested by the city’s auditor to complete the audit. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve. Motion passed without opposition. 

Dave “Junkyard” Jackson, President of ABATE, District 11, addressed Council in regards to concerns over their recent “Run to the Sun” Festival, stating that he is unhappy with the way they were treated. Mayor Lamb responded that the City Council should not be blamed for the group’s poor planning. 

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:46 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:51 p.m. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:52 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

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