Council Minutes May 16, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 16, 2005


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 16, 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 Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Royal. 

The minutes of the previous meeting, with a change noted, 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 police department activities and presented a letter commending Corporal Selton Morrow in apprehending a burglar. Police Chief C. E. Chan thanked the Pooler Rotary Club for recognizing Sandy Talley as an outstanding volunteer. Fire Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities, stating that the firefighters recently participated in a mock disaster drill and thanked the Pooler Rotary Club for recognizing volunteer firefighter John Hinely. 

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 baseball and softball games are ongoing and that the Morning Star Baptist Church will be using the recreation fields on May 29th. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 32 new single family residential permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 163 for the year, with 2609 inspections performed and that Planning & Zoning member Dennis Jones has submitted a letter of resignation effective June 17, 2005. 

Mayor Lamb presented a five (5) year service pin to Gwen Duquette, School Crossing Guard, thanking her for her service. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

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

Mr. Scheer presented this ordinance, stating that changes have been made in regards to a set time frame for repairs (not to exceed 24 hours) and that all excavations shall be done under such conditions as required by the city manager or his designee. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the franchise ordinance with Comcast of Georgia/South Carolina Inc. on Second Reading as amended by the city attorney. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of proposal for engineering services for drainage study and master plan for the undeveloped area between Westside Business Park & Dean Forest Road

Mr. Baxter presented this proposal for engineering services for a drainage study and master plan for the undeveloped area between Westside Business Park and Dean Forest Road. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that drainage studies were performed several years ago in quadrants of the city, prior to the majority of this area being annexed. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve this proposal, not to exceed $26,000. Motion passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of minor subdivision plat of Lot 35, Westside Business Park, into three (3) lots

Mr. Baxter presented this minor subdivision of Lot 35 in Westside Business Park, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of site plan for union hall and training facility on Lot 35, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for the union hall and training facility for the Operating Engineers. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan, contingent upon NRCS approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of minor subdivision plat of 11.54 acres out of the Morgan Tract adjacent to West Chatham Elementary School

Mr. Baxter presented this request to subdivide 11.54 acres out of the Morgan Tract adjacent to the West Chatham Elementary School on Pine Barren Road to allow the Morgans to sell this tract, which is currently zoned R-3B (multi-family). Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

5. Request from B & M Development to subdivide 12.94 acres on Old Louisville Road into two (2) equal tracts

Mr. Baxter presented this request from B & M Land Development to subdivide 12.94 acres on Old Louisville Road into two (2) equal tracts for future development, stating that both parcels front on Old Louisville Road and Parcel B has frontage on Sheftall Road, stating that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval subject to a 10' right-of-way being dedicated for the portion of Old Louisville Road that has a 40' right-of-way. Councilwoman Benton requested that no high traffic use be allowed on these tracts, stating that they are not developable as heavy commercial. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this minor subdivision, contingent upon a 10' right-of-way being dedicated, with documents executed, for future widening of Old Louisville Road and that any development on these tracts be limited to a low traffic use due to the narrowness of the road. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of revision to Parkway Professional Plaza plat to change addresses

Mr. Baxter presented this revised plat, stating that the only change was to the street addresses. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve the revised plat for Parkway Professional Plaza. Motion passed without opposition. 

7. Request to subdivide Lot 15-A, Parkway Professional Plaza in the Pooler Park of Commerce, into four (4) individual units to sell

Mr. Baxter presented this request to subdivide Lot 15-A of the Parkway Professional Plaza to allow the owner to sell the units individually. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of final plat for Sixteen West Subdivision, Phase I, parcelization of a portion of Tract 11 of Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented the final plat for Sixteen West Subdivision, Phase I, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this final plat. Motion passed without opposition. 

9. Approval of site plan for office warehouse for Kole Management at 115 Coleman Boulevard

Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for an office warehouse at 115 Coleman Boulevard. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this site plan, contingent upon the city attorney approving the drainage easement for the future detention area. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

10. Approval of contract with Department of Transportation to resurface five (5) streets

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the Department of Transportation to allow them to prepare a City Contract covering 2.671 miles of plant mix resurfacing on five (5) streets in the City. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this request and the contract, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval. Motion passed without opposition. 

11. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Mahesh A. Desai at Comfort Inn & Suites

Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license for Mahesh A. Desai, owner of the Comfort Inn & Suites, stating that there has been a change in management at this establishment and that Police Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this alcoholic beverage license (without Sunday Sales). Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing. 

12. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Kalpesh Patel at the new Holiday Inn Savannah West/Pooler

Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license for Kalpesh Patel, owner of the new Holiday Inn, stating that there will be a full-service restaurant at the hotel. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this request to allow the owner to meet with Mr. Baxter. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

13. Approval of budget adjustments for 2005

Mr. Baxter presented a list of budget adjustments (copy attached ) in the General Fund and Water & Sewer Fund, stating that each item was budgeted but was put in the wrong accounts. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve these budget adjustments. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

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