Council Minutes June 6, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 6, 2005


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 6, 2005. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Larry Olliff, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Mike Royal was absent. 

The invocation was given by Councilman Allen 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 Wall, 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 police department activities for the month and gave the community service report. Fire Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities for the month. Mr. Baxter reported that the traffic lights have been installed at Pooler Parkway/Pine Barren Road and will be flashing soon and be operational sometime later in 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 and commended the city crews on their clean-up efforts of the recent sewage spill. 

RECREATION

Councilwoman Benton reported that there are three (3) regular games left and that tournament play begins next weekend. Mr. Scheer reported that the city has received a clear title to the land for the new recreation park by way of a quit claim deed from International Paper. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 17 new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 180 residential permits for the year, with 3088 inspections performed. 

Elinor Minshew, Executive Director of the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce, addressed Council in regards to the new city map and introduced the steering committee for the upcoming festival that is planned for this fall. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Kalpesh Patel at the new Holiday Inn, Pooler, GA

Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license for Kalpesh Patel at the new Holiday Inn Pooler, GA. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton to approve this license to include Sunday Sales. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of Change Order #1 for Morgan Family Tract Water & Sewer Project

Mr. Baxter presented a change order in the amount of $11,220.00 for the Morgan Family Tract Water & Sewer Project for the disposal of debris which was found. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that the GEFA loan for this project provides for a contingency of $10,000 and that if necessary, the loan and the Morgan Family’s letter of credit will need to be increased by $1200. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this change order in the amount of $11,200. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of recombination plat for two (2) lots at 1307 S. Rogers Street

Mr. Baxter presented a recombination plat for Lot D and Lot 57 at 1307 S. Rogers Street, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve. Motion passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of recombination plat for Lots 38 & 40 of Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented a recombination plat for Lots 38 & 40, Westside Business Park and a quit claim deed regarding the drainage and access easements for the subdivision. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this recombination plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of revised plat for Sixteen West Subdivision, Phase I, parcelization of a portion of Tract II in the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters

Mr. Baxter presented this revised plat, stating that the change was needed to exclude the log cabin because it is possibly a historical structure. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the revision to the plat. Motion passed without opposition. 

5. Approval to release maintenance bond for The Arbors @ Godley Village, Phases 5A, 5B and 5C

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developers of Godley Station, stating that the public works department has given their approval. Councilman Allen made a motion to release the maintenance bond for The Arbors @ Godley Station, Phases 5A, 5B and 5C. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

6. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for The Village Green Townhomes

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer, stating that construction of this project has been completed and that the public works department has signed off on the project to begin the 12-month warranty period. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond for The Village Green Townhomes, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of proposal from Mizelle, Hodges & Associates, Inc. to conduct a Pre-ISO Survey

Mr. Baxter presented this proposal in the amount of $4000.00 for a Pre-ISO survey to be conducted by Mizelle, Hodges & Associates, stating that this will help identify any problems or areas that may need to be addressed before a formal ISO inspection is performed. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this proposal. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

8. Resolution regarding 2003 GEFA loan

Mr. Baxter presented a resolution in regards to the city’s 2003 Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority loan. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this resolution. Motion passed without opposition. 

9. First Reading on ordinance regarding Mixed Drink Excise Tax

Mr. Baxter presented an ordinance regarding a three percent (3%) excise tax on mixed drinks, stating that State law provides that the county can collect this tax in all municipalities if the cities do not collect the excise tax. Further, that he has been in contact with the county manager, who has stated that the county will notify the cities prior to adopting this type of ordinance within the county. All restaurant/lounge owners have been contacted, but only one (1) was present at the meeting. Councilman Wall recommended that if this tax were going to be considered, it be at a lesser percentage. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow additional feedback to be received. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

10. First Reading on amendment to hotel-motel tax ordinance

Mr. Baxter presented an amendment to the city’s hotel-motel tax ordinance, stating that a provision regarding the proceeds of the tax needed to be added. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this 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 6:48 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

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