Council Minutes July 18, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
July 18, 2005

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 18, 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 Mr. Baxter 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 and 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

Fire Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities since the last meeting, noting that the department responded to 65 calls. Councilman Allen reported that the police department has responded to 593 calls since the last meeting. Police Chief C. E. Chan reported that members of the police and fire departments are attending a defensive driving course this week. 

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 the G.R.P.A. tournaments for baseball and softball have concluded, that football and cheerleading signups are on-going and that the replacement of the storage building at the park has begun. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that five (5) new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 209 residential permits for the year, with 4028 inspections performed this year. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 20-year service pin to Linda Smith, Finance Officer, thanking her for her service. 

Mayor Lamb presented a 15-year service pin to Kay Sapp, Director, Senior Citizens Program, thanking her for her service. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Christy Lawrence’s request for clarification of motion to approve Amendment #4 to the Jabot PUD Master Plan

Ms. Lawrence requested that this item be tabled until the next meeting. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

2. Second Reading on amendment to Retirement Ordinance

Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the city employees’ retirement ordinance. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Request to add 21.83 acres on the north side of Pine Barren Road to the Morgan Family PUD and rezone the tract from R-3B to a multi-family zoning in the PUD

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request from the Morgan Family to add a 21.83 acre tract on the north side of Pine Barren Road to the Morgan Family PUD and to rezone it from R-3B to a multi-family zoning within the PUD. Jim Woods of J. M. Woods, Inc. was present to answer any questions. Mr. Baxter stated that staff has concern about the developer changing the density (number of units per acre), due to the fact the city has to notify the Justice Department of any changes to any areas zoned multi-family. Mr. Woods stated that the development standards for the Morgan Family PUD provide for six (6) dwelling units per acre for one-story; twelve (12) dwelling units per net acre for two-story; and eighteen (18) dwelling units per acre for three-story. Jackie Carver, Zoning Administrator, stated that the city’s zoning ordinance for R-3B allows a maximum of sixteen (16) units per net acre. Leo McKitrick, resident, presented concern over the increased amount of traffic that will be generated from this project, mainly due to the fact that it is on the east side of Pooler Parkway. Mr. Baxter reminded Mr. McKitrick that this area is already zoned for multi-family use. After further discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this request to add 21.83 acres on the north side of Pine Barren Road to the Morgan Family PUD and rezone the tract from R-3B to a multi-family zoning in the PUD. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of modification to the development standards for Phase 9 of the Savannah Quarters PUD (The Gates)

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of The Gates to add the provision that this project be a “gated community”, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall questioned whether access would be granted for public safety vehicles. Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that there will be limited access at the gate (open during the daytime) and that emergency vehicles would be provided access by either a code or key to the gate. Further, that the streets would be privately maintained. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this modification to the development standards for Phase 9 of the Savannah Quarters PUD (The Gates). Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of site plan for proposed office buildings on Lot 12, Pooler Park of Commerce

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for proposed office buildings on Lot 12 in the Pooler Park of Commerce to include a medical family practice and a pediatrician’s office. Michael Willoughby of Southeast Engineering and Dr. David Kim were present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of site plan for proposed office warehouse on Lot 31, Westside Business Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a proposed office warehouse on Lot 31 in Westside Business Park, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of site plan for proposed Spanky’s Restaurant in Pooler Business Development Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for the proposed Spanky’s Restaurant to be located in the Pooler Business Development Park, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed and that the driveway entrance has been relocated. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve the site plan for Spanky’s. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 4B

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for Westbrook Subdivision, Phase 4B. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plan, subject to EPD approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Towne Park Pooler

Adam Ragsdale of Ward Edwards, representing D J Development, presented the preliminary construction plans for Towne Park Pooler. Mr. Baxter stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval, but that staff has recommended approval with the condition that a note be placed on the construction drawings and subdivision plat that the entrance road will be maintained by the owner/homeowners’ association and not the City of Pooler, since it will only provide access to this development. Councilman Wall thanked the developer for changing the plans to remove a cul-de-sac and requested that a sign be placed at the entrance to identify the subdivision. Mr. Scheer requested that all necessary documents be provided by the developer in regards to perpetuity for maintenance of the entrance road. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plans, subject to staff’s aforementioned condition and the city attorney’s comments. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of City Right of Way Agreement for resurfacing of various streets under the Local Assistance Road Program

Mr. Baxter presented this Agreement which is needed in order to enter into a contract with the State of Georgia for the resurfacing of various streets. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this Agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

9. Discussion concerning proposed annexation of land to the south of current city limits

Mr. Baxter stated that during the recent planning retreat, the Council discussed the proposed annexation of land to the south of the current city limits, following I-95 (excluding Berwick Lakes Subdivision) to the right-of-way of Little Neck Road, extending to meet the City of Savannah’s current city limits. Further, that the city has petitions for annexation signed by residents/property owners in this area. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to move forward with this proposed annexation. Motion passed without opposition. 

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:45 p.m. to discuss personnel and legal matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:15 p.m. Councilman Olliff made a motion to authorize the city manager to make salary adjustments as was discussed prior and endorsed by City Council. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:17 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 July 18, 2005. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45p.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 a request to add 21.83 acres on the north side of Pine Barren Road to the Morgan Family PUD and rezone the tract from

R-3B to a multi-family zoning in the PUD. This parcel is owned by the Morgan Family and if this request is approved, it would give the developer more flexibility in how the tract is developed. Jim Woods of J. M. Woods, Inc., presented this request on behalf of the Morgan Family. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:48 p.m.

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