Council Minutes April 4, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 4, 2005


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 4, 2005. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:21 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). 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 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 Allen and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Allen reported on the community service program and the police and 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 Pooler Rama scheduled for April 16th and the CAA Rama scheduled for April 24th. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 10 new single family and one (1) commercial permit has been issued since the last meeting, totaling 110 residential permits for the year with 1749 inspections performed. 

Rick Tindol of Karp, Ronning & Tindol, CPAs, presented the 2004 audit, stating that the City of Pooler ranks among the best in the nation for financial reporting. Further, that for the third year in a row, the city has received the Government Finance Officer Association’s Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting. 

Mayor Lamb welcomed State Representative Buddy Carter to the meeting. Representative Carter presented a recap of the Legislation Session that ended last week. 

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 at the last meeting. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers stated that the development standards have been revised to show that the minimum lot width of the SF-1 lots is now 55 feet. Further, that this project has been reviewed by the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center and has found that this project is in the best interest of the State. Councilman Wall expressed concern over the amount of lots that are 55' and asked if the developer was willing to reduce the number of 55' wide lots to no more than 35% of the total lots in the PUD. Mr. Wohlfeil stated that the developer would agree to this request. Councilman Wall questioned if the amenities were going to be constructed prior to houses being built. Neal Walsh of Beezer Homes was present and replied that because of the location of the amenity site, it was necessary to begin home construction first, but that his company was willing to post a good faith bond. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon allowing no more than 35% of the total lots in the entire PUD to be 55' wide with the remaining lots being larger than 55' and the amenities being completed prior to the completion of 150 homes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested zoning map amendment of 66.1 acres located on Pooler Parkway, south of Pipemaker’s Canal from PUD-Residential to C-2, C-P and R-4

Councilwoman Benton recused herself from any discussion on this item and stepped down from her seat. A public hearing was held prior wherein several residents were present. Mr. Baxter stated that the developer has requested that this item be tabled until the May 2, 2005 meeting. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat. 

2. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Morgan’s Corner Commercial Development

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for Morgan’s Corner Commercial Development, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilman Wall asked if the developer has been approached about contributing to the cost of the traffic light that is being installed, asking Mr. Baxter if this is a common practice. Mr. Baxter replied that the city has done so in the past and that the developers in this area should be asked to contribute. Clay Loyless of Kern-Coleman & Company, representing the owner, stated that he was unable to commit to this request at this time. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of sketch plan for Roashan Patel to build two (2) hotels on Lot D, Glen Sawyer Subdivision

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Roashan Patel to build two (2) hotels on Lot D. Attorney Tim Wamsley, representing Mr. Patel, stated that the economics of the land purchase require his client to build two (2) hotels. Further, that the plan will be beneficial to the adjoining property owners who have been spoken to about this plan. Jasper Proctor, engineer for the project, stated that the plan has been revised to accommodate two (2) hotels with the same number of rooms as was originally planned in the one (1) hotel. Councilman Wall stated that the original plan approved by Council only allowed one (1) hotel with a berm and fence to be placed along the adjacent residential properties, which has yet to be done and that the developer has not lived up to the promises that have been made to the residents. Mr. Wamsley stated that the previous owner, Glen Sawyer, was required to put the berm up and that his client is willing to do so if Mr. Sawyer does not follow through with this requirement. John Doonan, adjacent property owner, addressed Council with regards to the fact that the Council has already denied a previous request for two (2) hotels and that the developer should be made to stick to the original plan. Further, that the developer needs to follow through with the project as it was agreed to and approved by Council. Leo McDonald, property owner on S. Skinner Avenue, stated that the drainage in the area has already been affected, with water standing and that the original plan for one (1) hotel should be left alone. Angela Snider, adjacent property owner, stated that she has not been contacted by the owner in regards to this matter. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of revised master plan for new recreation park

Bill Lovett of HGB&D Engineers presented a revised master plan for the new recreation park, stating that he recently met with the recreation director and Councilman Royal in regards to this matter. The ball fields have been relocated to provide better playing and parking area and, in an effort to reduce costs, the lagoon has been removed. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the revised plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Mei Ying Chan at Yummy House Restaurant

Mr. Baxter presented this request for an alcoholic beverage (beer and wine) license for Mei Ying Chan at Yummy House Restaurant, stating that there has been a change in ownership. Chief Chan has recommended approval, therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this license, excluding Sunday Sales. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing. 

6. Request to surplus 2001 Ford Crown Victoria to be sold to Tennille Police Department

Mr. Baxter presented this request to surplus the 2001 Ford Crown Victoria that the police department has placed out of service, stating that Tennille Police Department has submitted a bid in the amount of $500 to purchase this vehicle to be used by their department. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the surplus of this vehicle to be sold for no less than $500. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

7. Resolution regarding re-appointment of current members/appointment of two (2) new members to the Pooler Development Authority

Mayor Lamb presented a resolution regarding the re-appointment of the current members and appointing two (2) new members to the Pooler Development Authority. Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt this resolution, appointing Councilman Mike Royal and Ms. Elinor Minshew as new members to the Authority. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

8. First Reading on zoning text amendment to allow parking in the front setback in planned industrial parks

A public hearing was held prior wherein changes were discussed. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this zoning text amendment 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 8:08 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 April 4, 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: 

1) A requested zoning map amendment of 66.1 acres located on Pooler Parkway, south of Pipemaker’s Canal from PUD-Residential to C-2, C-P and R-4 - Councilwoman Benton recused herself from any discussion on this item. This request is to remove the R-8 Tract located on Pooler Parkway, south of Pipemaker’s Canal, currently zoned PUD-Residential within the Godley Station Branigar PUD and to re-zone the 66.1 acres as follows: 18.6 acres to C-2 (heavy commercial), 12.9 acres to C-P (commericial-professional) and 28 acres to R-4 (townhome/condominium). Mr. Baxter stated that the developer has requested that action on this item be tabled until May 2, 2005, but that the public hearing would proceed as scheduled. Jack Wardlaw, developer, was present and stated that plans are being made to meet with the residents and other members of the Branigar Planned Unit Development (PUD). George Dodd, resident on Durden Drive in Gleason Heights Subdivision, presented concern with this request to allow R-4 zoning (townhomes and condominiums), stating that this request is not a logical extension of the zoning in the area (R-1, single family residential) and that the property was bought as single-family residential and should remain that way. Further, that he is concerned about the drainage in the area. Holly Young, resident on Purple Finch Drive, presented concern about removing this land from the PUD, asking the city attorney if this was allowable without the other members of the PUD being able to vote, being that they have very high standards about what type of development is allowed in heavy commercial areas and asked the city attorney if this land could ever be added to another PUD. Ms. Young stated that the residents are requesting that a 100' undisturbed buffer (without utilities) be left with the possibility of a 30' berm being placed adjacent to the residential properties. Further, that the residents are not opposed to a church locating in this area, reminding the Council that churches are allowed in R-1 zoning, asking that a deed restriction be considered to only allow churches on the lot if the property is ever sold. Ms. Young expressed concern that the Council could be opening a “Pandora’s Box” if this land is allowed to be taken out of the PUD with the possibility of being added to another PUD. Mr. Wardlaw welcomed any comments to be addressed during their meeting. Danny Clark, resident on Wild Turkey Lane, expressed concern regarding information he has received about there being only 20 usable acres in this tract of land. Steve Kroy, commercial developer in the area, presented opposition of this request, stating this area is predominantly commercial. Councilman Wall stated that the 100’ buffer should extend all the way to the cemetery.

2) A requested zoning text amendment to allow parking in the front setback in planned industrial parks - John Kern, who is working with the developer of Westside Business Park, presented this request for a zoning text amendment to allow vehicles to park in an area no more than 20 feet from the right-of-way in a planned industrial park where no road widening will occur. Councilman Wall stated that he feels that Westside Business Park is not a true industrial park because there is commercial property also. Mr. Kern stated that the back portion, accessed by Coleman Boulevard, is zoned industrial. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:16 p.m.

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