Council Minutes May 2, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 2, 2005

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 2, 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 Councilwoman Benton. 

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 police department activities for last month. Fire Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities for last month stating that the new mini pumper has been delivered and that the department has received a grant for 250 smoke detectors to be given out. 

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance. 

STREETS/DRAINAGE

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

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that the baseball and softball seasons are in full swing. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 13 new single family (131 total for the year) and one (1) commercial permit has been issued since the last meeting, with 2287 inspections performed. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Request 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 to C-2, C-P and R-4

Councilwoman Benton stepped down from her council seat. Mr. Baxter stated that the petitioner has requested this item be removed from the agenda. Councilman Wall made a motion to remove this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat. 

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

Attorney Tim Wamsley presented this item which was tabled from the April 4th meeting in order to allow the developer to meet with the adjacent property owners, which has since taken place where several issues were discussed and have now been incorporated into the new plan. Mr. Wamsley stated that Mr. Patel has agreed to re-engineer the berm and try to work with the promises made by the former owner, Glen Sawyer. Councilman Wall made a motion to deny this request, based on the original developer’s plan being approved with only one (1) hotel. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. Mr. Wamsley stated that the new plan for two (2) hotels ensures that privacy for the residents is provided; that a three-story hotel may create a privacy issue; and that this sketch plan complies with the city’s zoning requirements. Councilman Wall stated that he appreciates the developer working with the residents and that the city’s ordinance regarding height restriction will take care of the privacy issue for the residents. Kathy Lariscy, adjacent property owner, addressed Council in regards to her not receiving notification, stating that she is opposed to this request. Leo McDonald, resident on S. Skinner Avenue, expressed concern over the fact that this item keeps coming back to Council. John Doonan, adjacent property owner, stated that the residents feel comfortable with the new plan which includes a berm. Angela Snider, adjacent property owner, stated that she is not happy with the plan for a three-story hotel, presenting Council with pictures of the berm which she feels will not provide adequate privacy if a three-story hotel is built, further stating that she is comfortable with the plan for two smaller hotels. Mr. Wamsley presented Council with his client’s “Reasons and Certifications” to be made part of the record. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of site plan for Risen Savior Lutheran Church in Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Risen Savior Lutheran Church, stating that the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this site plan, contingent upon landscape plan approval. Motion passed without opposition. Discussion followed wherein John Mendrala, Jr. of Cogdell & Mendrala Arthitects, P.C. asked that the issue of the tree ordinance be waived. Councilman Wall replied that this could not be done, requesting that Mr. Mendrala meet with Mr. Baxter to discuss this matter.

2. Approval of preliminary construction plans for “The Grove” at Brighton Woods Subdivision

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Slyland Development, LLC for approval of the preliminary construction plans for “The Grove” to subdivide 27.9 acres of undeveloped land south of Brighton Woods Subdivision. This development consists of 65 single-family residential lots. The developer previously requested approval on November 17, 2003, which Council denied. The plans have since been revised. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item, based on lack of confidence with this proposal and the developer. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of minor subdivision for Fred Williams to subdivide Lot 3 out of Lot 2, Villages Commercial Tract on Pine Barren Road

Mr. Baxter presented this request to subdivide Lot 3 out of Lot 2 in the Villages Commercial Tract on Pine Barren Road for financing purposes. The use will be restricted to an office use only and parking requirements will be addressed during the site plan submittal. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this minor subdivision, contingent upon restrictive covenants being recorded along with the subdivision plat restricting the parcel to professional office use only. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of decorative fence permit at 1209 S. Rogers Street

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Ms. Mattie Cross who has installed a decorative fence in the front setback, unaware that approval from Council was needed. Ms. Cross has since submitted an application, therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this decorative fence permit. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of entrance features in Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters at Intersection of Easthaven Blvd. and Pooler Parkway

Mr. Baxter presented this request, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall requested that the sign read “Pooler, Georgia” and made a motion to approve the entrance features at the intersection of Easthaven Blvd. and Pooler Parkway, contingent upon the words “Pooler, Georgia” being placed on the sign in similar proportion to the sign at Godley Station. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of site plan for Regions Branch Bank

Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for the proposed Regions Branch Bank on Lot 1-A in Godley Station, stating that all engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of site plan for Jenkins Plumbing on Lot 21, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for a 7000 square foot plumbing supply business with a 2000 square foot showroom, stating that all engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of recombination plat for Brighton Coastal Properties

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Annette M. Bryant, owner, to recombine Lots 2 & 3 by shifting the lot line 23.19', stating that the lots will still meet the subdivision ordinance requirements. Councilman Olliff made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this recombination plat. Motion passed without opposition. 

9. Request from owners/developer of Westbrook Subdivision for police department to patrol private streets

Mr. Baxter presented this request by way of petition of at least 50% of the property owners and the developer of Westbrook Subdivision, to allow the police department to patrol the private streets. Police Chief C. E. Chan stated that speed limit and use of radar detection signs will be required to be placed in the subdivision, reminding the residents that anyone can be issued a citation. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this request. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

Robert Morgan, resident, addressed Council in regards to concern about the need for holding ponds to be maintained for quality, stating that the EPA may in the future require certain levels to be maintained. Further, that the developers should be responsible. 

Holly Young, resident, was present at the meeting and asked Council to consider implementing a Historical/Architectural Board to approve building colors (exterior) in certain districts. 

Councilman Seay made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:08 p.m to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:22 p.m. 

Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #10 under New Business to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

10. Approval of application from Minority Development Corporation and SAMS Memorial Community Economic Development, Inc., non-profit corporations, to develop and build 68 low-income senior housing units in the City of Pooler

Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the application to be sent to the Department of Community Affairs from Minority Development Corporation and SAMS Memorial Community Economic Development, Inc., non-profit corporations, to develop and build 68 low-income senior housing units in the City of Pooler, subject to all provisions of the agreement with the Department of Justice being fulfilled. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:24 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

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