Council Minutes June 20, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 20, 2005


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 20, 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 Councilman Seay. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Seay, 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 the month and stated that the traffic light at Pooler Parkway & Pine Barren Road will be operational Tuesday. Police Chief C. E. Chan stated that he attended a meeting with Chatham County Manager Russ Abolt in regards to the 911 service that the County has promised to improve. Councilman Allen reported that Fire Chief Jay Hillis is attending a search and rescue training seminar and that the pre ISO survey is scheduled for July 10th. 

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 that a meeting with the contractor for the wastewater treatment plant is forthcoming to discuss the recent sewage spill. 

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that the G.R.P.A. tournaments for baseball and softball will begin soon and that football and cheerleading signups are underway. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 15 new single family residential permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 195 for the year, with 3396 inspections performed and that a PUD Review Board meeting is scheduled for June 27th at 5:00 p.m. Councilwoman Benton then made a motion to appoint Elinor Minshew to fill the vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to outgoing Planning & Zoning member, Dennis Jones, in appreciation for his years of service on the Board. 

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to move Item #1 under Old Business to the foot of the agenda to discuss New Business Item #7 first. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of minor subdivision/recombination of Singing Pines Subdivision on Pine Barren Road

Mr. Baxter presented this minor subdivision/recombination of Singing Pines Subdivision on Pine Barren Road, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve. Motion passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Godley Station Parcel 5A Commercial Subdivision

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for Godley Station Parcel 5A Commercial Subdivision, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of preliminary construction plan for the Daniel Tract, Commercial Subdivision

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for the Daniel Tract, Commercial Subdivision, stating that staff has recommended approval subject to the revised EPD approval. Councilman Wall questioned whether a privacy fence was included on the plan, which Mark Pickering of Thomas & Hutton Engineers replied that there is a 6' privacy fence shown on the plan approximately 10' off the property line, noting that there is a 50' undisturbed buffer also. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this plan, contingent upon revised EPD approval and a 6' privacy fence being placed within the 50' undisturbed buffer, approximately 10' from the property line. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Morgan Lakes, Phase I

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plans for Morgan Lakes, Phase I, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed, but that he is recommending approval contingent upon all easements being signed. Mr. Scheer stated that one of the properties involved has been recently sold, therefore, the easement had to be redone. Mr. John Binder of DR Horton Builders was present at the meeting and stated that his company was aware of the sale of the property and the problem with the easements. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plans, contingent upon all easements being signed and the developer agreeing that the water and sewer extension project may be delayed due to the easements not being signed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

5. Approval to release maintenance bond for The Crossings

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Crossings, stating that all inspections have been performed. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to release the maintenance bond. Motion passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of minor subdivision to create Tracts A & B of the Harmony Tract

Mr. Baxter stated that the petitioner has requested that this item be tabled. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of Second Amendment to Intergovernmental Contract with the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the Trade Center Authority to renew the contract with the City of Pooler, stating that the Authority has asked for a three-year extension. Mark Smith, Chairman of the Trade Center Authority, and Bob Coffey, General Manager of the Trade Center, were present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall questioned how many referrals have been sent to Pooler for motel rooms, which Mr. Coffey replied that the Center does not book rooms in Pooler, that only when rooms in the downtown area fill up does it bring people to other nearby motels (Pooler included) and that the Trade Center has provided an overall economic impact for the whole county. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the Second Amendment to the Intergovernmental Contract for a period of 12 months. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Second Reading on amendment to hotel-motel tax ordinance

This item was moved to the foot of the agenda in order to discuss Item #7 under New Business first. Mr. Scheer presented this amendment to the hotel-motel tax ordinance to add a provision regarding the proceeds of the tax. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

Charles Archer, resident, thanked the Council for the new traffic light on Pooler Parkway and requested that a light at the entrance to the YMCA on the Parkway be considered.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at 7:02 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:54 p.m. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:54 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

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