Council Minutes August 15, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
August 15, 2005

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 15, 2005. Mayor pro tem Wayne Seay called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Larry Olliff, Mike Royal, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Mayor Mike Lamb was absent. 

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 Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 559 calls since the last meeting, totaling 9429 calls for the year. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department responded to four (4) structure fires since the last meeting. 

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Mayor pro tem 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 all parameters at the wastewater treatment plant have been met. 

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that football and cheerleading practice has begun with games to begin soon. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 15 new single family residential and one (1) commercial permit have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 239 residential permits for the year, with 4682 inspections performed and that a PUD Review Board meeting is scheduled for August 22nd at 5:30 p.m. Councilwoman Benton thanked those Planning & Zoning members for attending the recent GAZA workshop. 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss. 

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Requested zoning map amendment of 8.311 acres (Old Central Georgia Railroad) south of Highway 80 and west of Pooler Parkway to Wildcat Dam Road from C-1 to R-1A

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Ryan Thompson of Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented this request from Abercorn Site, LLC to rezone 8.311 acres from C-1 (light commercial) to R-1A (single family residential). This parcel is located approximately 650' south of Highway 80 and extends west from Pooler Parkway to Wildcat Dam Road and was once a portion of Central of Georgia Railroad right-of-way. Councilman Wall questioned who would maintain the drainage ditch and road, which Mr. Thompson replied that both are in the City of Bloomingdale. Mayor pro tem Seay questioned if the concrete culvert was still there. Mr. Thompson stated that he was not aware of any culvert. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon a 20' undisturbed buffer being placed on the rear lot lines at the time the plat is recorded. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

2. Requested zoning map amendment of 3.92 acres on E. Highway 80 & Old Louisville Road from R-A-1 to C-2

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Attorney Phillip McCorkle presented this request from Ping Tyner to rezone a 3.92 acre tract from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial). This tract is adjacent to the commercial/retail units currently under construction on E. Highway 80 and extends to Old Louisville Road. Mr. McCorkle stated that the owner is in agreement with the conditions that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon the following recommendations from Planning & Zoning and staff: used auto sales and service, truck service centers, mobile home sales or repairs, bars or nightclubs and family entertainment centers not being permitted uses; the owner agreeing to tie into and pay for water and sewer extensions; an adequate buffer with a fence be placed adjacent to residential property and that the plan show a non-access to Old Louisville Road. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of site plan for a proposed office/warehouse building on Lot 38, Westside Business Park

Joe Marchese of Phillip Kieffer Construction presented the site plan for a proposed office/warehouse building on Lot 38, Westside Business Park. Councilman Olliff questioned the number of parking spaces, which Mr. Marchese replied that the developer does not anticipate a need for additional spaces. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for additional parking at Fred Williams Design Center

Michael Hussey of Fred Williams Homebuilders presented the site plan for the expansion of the parking area servicing the office complex located on Quacco Road, stating that this request is due to the increased number of employees at the Design Center. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of final subdivision plat for Lot 15-B at Pooler Parkway Professional Plaza

Toss Allen of Southeast Engineering and Environmental presented the final subdivision plat for Lot 15-B at Parkway Professional Plaza, stating that the owner wants to sell the units individually. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the final subdivision plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of decorative fence at 221 Rothwell Street

Suzette Rewis presented this request to place a decorative fence at 221 Rothwell Street, stating that she would like the fence to be six (6) feet from the edge of the pavement. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the decorative fence contingent upon Ms. Rewis agreeing to remove the fence if Rothwell Street is widened in the future. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of site plan for proposed building addition to Floyd Medical Center

Mark Crapse of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan for a proposed building addition at Floyd Medical Center. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve the site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of sketch plan for proposed office complex at Lot 17, Pooler Park of Commerce

Mark Crapse presented the sketch plan for a proposed office complex at Lot 17, Pooler Park of Commerce. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the sketch plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

9. Approval of site plan for Park Lane Duplexes on S. Rogers Street

Marlon Jackson of Alpha-Omega Engineering presented the site plan for the Park Lane Duplexes on S. Rogers Street which will consist of seven (7) duplex units that will be leased to senior citizens. Ricky Colby, adjacent property owner, requested that the development’s entrance/exit be a right in, right out due to the potential traffic hazard for this area, particularly at peak times. Leo McDonald, resident on S. Skinner Avenue, expressed concern over the possibility of people avoiding this area by cutting through to Skinner Avenue, reminding Council that this area already has a traffic problem. Mayor pro tem Seay stated that there is a traffic problem on Rogers Street with it being heavily traveled. Red Davis, who owns property to the rear of this land, stated that his property has been infringed upon and that water is backing up, requesting that a fence and shrubbery be placed on the property line. Mr. Jackson stated that the owner has no problem with Mr. Davis’ request. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the site plan, contingent upon a five (5) foot right-of-way dedication for future widening of Rogers Street being placed on the subdivision plat, a fence and shrubbery being placed at the rear of this property and that signs be placed at the entrance/exit to only allow a right in, right out during the hours from 7:00 to 9:00 a.m. and from 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

10. Christy Lawrence’s request to discuss the contingency for construction approval of Barren Pointe Subdivision

Ms. Lawrence of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company requested that this item be tabled, due to the owner not being able to be present at the meeting. Councilman Olliff made a motion to table this item. Motion died due to lack of a second. Councilman Allen stated that several residents/adjacent property owners were present and should have the opportunity to comment on this item. Ms. Lawrence, on behalf of the owner, Pine Barren Partners, stated that all the trees in the 25-foot buffer would have to be removed in order to construct a six (6) foot berm with plantings and that the owner does not think that the residents will be happy with this plan. Councilman Wall stated that he has met with the adjacent property owners who have expressed that they want a berm, even if the trees have to be removed and that drain pipes should be placed under it, encouraging the owner of this development to not infringe upon the adjacent property as has recently been reported. Ms. Lawrence reiterated the fact that all the trees would have to be removed and stated that all parties have been notified to remain off the adjacent properties. Arlene Hobbs, adjacent property owner, stated that she and her husband are aware that the trees would have to be removed and that a berm with plantings is a much better resolution for all parties. Further, that changing what was already approved would set a precedent. Rebecca Henry, adjacent property owner, stated that she would like a berm. 

11. Ryan Thompson’s request for consideration and approval of a new median break on Pooler Parkway at Parcel 5A, Godley Station

Mr. Thompson of Thomas & Hutton Engineering Company presented this request on behalf of their client, Development Associates, Inc., for consideration of a new median break on Pooler Parkway, stating that the conceptual master plan for Parcel 5A was approved by Council on January 3, 2005, with the request for the median break being withdrawn by the owner, reserving the option to present it to Council at a later date. Thus, Mr. Thompson presented reasons why the median break is needed by way of exhibits showing the distance between the current median breaks at Godley Station Boulevard and the road leading to the YMCA entrance, stating that a large amount of traffic leaving this development will be forced to turn right onto the Parkway and go to the next median break at the YMCA and make a u-turn. Further, that the proposed median break will allow for safer traffic flow. Councilman Wall stated that there is not a problem with traffic in this area and that a new median break will create a need for a red light, which will probably be needed once the new recreation park is built. Mr. Thompson stated that the median break at the YMCA is the worst area to make a u-turn. Mike Kistler, owner of Parcel 5A, stated that the need for a traffic signal is not anticipated. Charles Archer, resident, presented concern over the fact that people have to make u-turns on the Parkway. Ralph Forbes of Thomas & Hutton, stated that the Department of Transportation likes to see the plans for median breaks to make sure it meets their requirement in case they take ownership of the road in the future and agreed that this is not the best spot for a traffic light. Ron Walker, realtor, addressed Council in regards to potential buyers in the area being concerned about getting in and out of the property. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny this request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:10 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

Mayor pro tem Seay called the meeting back to order at 7:18 p.m. Councilman Wall made a motion to give the City Attorney and Mayor the opportunity to make the City Manager an offer for continued employment based on the terms discussed in the executive session to be made a matter of public record. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:19 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 August 15, 2005. Mayor pro tem Wayne Seay called the hearing to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Larry Olliff, Mike Royal, 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: 

(1) A requested zoning map amendment of 8.311 acres (Old Central Georgia Railroad) south of Highway 80 and west of Pooler Parkway to Wildcat Dam Road from C-1 to C-1A - Grant Beeson of Abercorn Site, LLC presented this request to rezone 8.311 acres from C-1 (light commercial) to R-1A (single family residential), stating that this parcel was once a portion of the Central of Georgia Railroad right-of-way. Councilwoman Benton questioned who will maintain the ditch and the road (Wildcat Dam Road), to which Mr. Beeson replied that during the construction phase, the developer will post a maintenance bond for the road. Further, that both the ditch and road are in the City of Bloomingdale and that the newly constructed road will be built in accordance with their standards. 

(2) A requested zoning map amendment of 3.92 acres on E. Highway 80 & Old Louisville Road from R-1A to C-2 - Attorney Phillip McCorkle, agent for the owner, Ping Tyner, presented this request to rezone 3.92 acres from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial), stating that this property is adjacent to the Haygood tract which was previously rezoned to C-2. Further, that single family residential development of this property is unlikely and that the owner has agreed to the conditions for rezoning that Planning & Zoning has recommended as follows: uses not permitted include used auto sales and service, truck service centers, mobile home sales or repairs, bars or nightclubs and family entertainment centers. In addition, the owner has agreed to provide a fence and adequate buffer for adjoining residential property and has agreed to tie into and pay for water and sewer extensions to this property. 

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:42 p.m.

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