Council Minutes March 21, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 21, 2005

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 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 Royal 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 Councilman Olliff, 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 Wall and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Allen reported on the community service 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 baseball and softball practice has begun with the Rama scheduled for April 16th and that there will be a “sock hop” for adults at the gym on March 26th. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 20 new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 90 residential permits for the year, with 1539 inspections performed.

Under OLD 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

Mr. Baxter presented this request which was tabled last month in order for the city to receive comments back from the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center in regards to the Development of Regional Impact study that has been performed. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers requested that this item be tabled. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Barren Pointe Subdivision, Phase 1

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plans for Barren Pointe Subdivision, Phase 1. Councilman Wall stated that Council would prefer this subdivision having two (2) entrances, but per Mr. Baxter’s recommendation, a study by an independent traffic engineer should be performed prior to Phase 2 being approved. Further, that developers of other projects in the city will be requested to do the same. Jeff Halliburton of Thomas & Hutton Engineering was present and stated that the developer is proposing to place a 4' - 6' high berm with supplemental plantings along the adjacent residential properties and that it is his company’s professional opinion that a second entrance is not needed. Shawn Hobbs, adjacent property owner, stated that he would like the berm to be as high as possible. Councilman Wall asked if an emergency access at the cul-de-sac is being considered, which Mr. Halliburton replied that it is not. Mayor Lamb stated that after Phase 1 is complete, the residents will not want construction traffic going down their road. Councilman Wall requested that the berm/buffer be put in place prior to construction of houses. Mr. Halliburton stated that the dirt for the berm will come from the area where the lagoons will be dug out and that they will make sure the berm does not cut off any drainage. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plans for Barren Pointe Subdivision, Phase 1, contingent upon a traffic study being performed by an independent traffic engineer prior to Phase 2 being approved, with the same applying to all other subdivisions in the city, and contingent upon a 6' high berm with plantings being placed in the area adjacent to the residential properties (Jones Road). Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Requested zoning map amendment of Lot 40, Westside Business Park from C-2 to I-1

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request to re-zone Lot 40 in Westside Business Park from C-2 (heavy commercial) to I-1 (light industrial). Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this zoning map amendment with the condition that the only use allowed under I-1 will be warehousing, storage and distributing of any product or commodity. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of preliminary construction plan for The Gates @ Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for The Gates @ Savannah Quarters, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve this plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of minor subdivision of 91.307 acres into Phase 1 and 2 at The Gates @ Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented this request to subdivide 91.307 acres into Phase 1 and 2 at The Gates @ Savannah Quarters, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 4A-1

Mr. Baxter presented this revised subdivision plat for Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 4A-1, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the revised subdivision plat. Motion passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Westbrook Townhomes

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plans for Westbrook Townhomes, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval but that the project is awaiting EPD approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve these plans, contingent upon EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of recombination plat for William Tice at 409 W. Highway 80

Mr. Baxter presented this request to recombine Lot 2 & 3 of his property. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this recombination. Motion passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of preliminary construction plan for The Retreat at Forest Lakes

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for The Retreat at Forest Lakes, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve, contingent upon EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

8. Award bid for water and sewer extension to “Key Slot” area on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway

Mr. Baxter presented two (2) bids for the extension of water and sewer services to the “Key Slot” area on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, stating that the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) loan the developers have guaranteed will pay for this project. Further, that this project will consist of a metering station for water from the City of Savannah to tie into Pooler’s system, thus providing a looped water system, at no cost to the city. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Southern Champion Construction, Inc. in the amount of $1,752,821.00, contingent upon final approval from GEFA and approval from EPD. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

9. Resolution regarding State funding for prisoners

Mayor Lamb read aloud this resolution asking that the State provide adequate funding for housing prisoners. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to adopt this resolution. Motion passed without opposition. 

10. Resolution regarding municipal election

Mayor Lamb read aloud a resolution regarding Chatham County Elections Board running the city’s municipal election to be held on November 8th. Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt this resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

Mike Wells addressed Council in regards to recent events which took place involving ABATE, asking the Council to not discredit all of its members. Councilman Wall thanked ABATE for all they do for the community. 

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:49 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:56 p.m. 

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:57 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on March 21, 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 Lot 40, Westside Business Park from C-2 (heavy commercial) to I-1 (light industrial). Mark Crapse of Kern-Coleman & Company was present and stated that the developer is requesting this re-zoning with the condition that the only use allowed under I-1 will be warehousing, storage and distributing of any product or commodity. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:53 p.m.

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