The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 19, 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, seconded by Councilman Olliff, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
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.
Councilman Allen reported that the police department responded to 631 calls since the last meeting, totaling 10,584 calls for the year. Chief Jay Hillis reported that the fire department has responded to 65 calls, nine (9) of them being structure fires.
Councilman Seay reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance and that there is a labor shortage.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Royal reported that the Rama was held last Saturday at Pooler Park, with the first regular games scheduled for this Saturday.
Councilwoman Benton reported that five (5) new single family residential and two (2) new single family attached unit permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 256 single family residential and 33 attached units for the year, with 5545 inspections performed.
Mayor Lamb introduced the city’s newest employee, Lynn Wilson, who is the assistant zoning clerk.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Request from Pooler Welcome Center for permit for upcoming “Flying Pig BBQ Festival” and to waive permit fees
The Flying Pig, aka Anne Smith, presented this request to Council to permit the upcoming Festival, to waive all permit fees and for the city to provide security by way of off-duty police officers. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of site plan for Cobb Theater in Savannah Quarters
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Cobb Theatre, a 16-screen movie theater, to be located in Savannah Quarters. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung, Inc. was present to answer any questions. Councilwoman Benton questioned whether the tree islands had been added to the plan, which Mr. Kraft replied that they were, with 801 parking spaces still being provided. Ryan Cronk of Premier Properties presented a brief overview of the overall development which is comprised of large and small retail spaces and restaurants. After discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Approval of sketch plan for proposed warehouse on Pine Barren Road for Charlie Williams
Mr. Baxter presented the sketch plan for a proposed warehouse on Pine Barren Road and after discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of recombination plat for Lots 36 & 37 in Westside Business Park
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developers of Westside Business Park to recombine Lots 36 & 37 to be developed into a commercial site. Councilman Wall stated that he has been opposed to this subdivision which consists of mixed uses (commercial and industrial), reminding Council that he has recommended traffic be routed to the back of the park instead of through the commercial area. Further, that recombinations have been approved in the past, allowing developers to make larger lots, noting that this creates a safety concern. Councilman Wall recommended that a weight limit be put on the roads. Mr. Baxter stated that he would look into this matter. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman Company stated that the developer is reducing the lot size to accommodate a smaller business. After further discussion, Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this recombination. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Wall opposing.
5. Approval of recombination plat for Lots 390 & 391, The Arbors, Phase 5A
Mr. Baxter presented this recombination plat for Lots 390 & 391 in The Arbors, Phase 5A, stating that the house on Lot 391 was built on the property line in error. Therefore, additional land was acquired from Lot 390. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this recombination. Motion passed without opposition.
6. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Woodlake Townhomes
Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plan for Woodlake Townhomes, stating that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval and that staff recommends approval contingent upon the city attorney’s approval of the agreement between the City of Bloomingdale and the City of Pooler in regards to a 60' right-of-way being paved using the most stringent standards of either City, with maintenance being provided by Bloomingdale. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the preliminary construction plans for Woodlake Townhomes, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval of the aforementioned agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
7. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Jeffrey P. McGuire at Daiquiri Depot
Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license for Jeffrey P. McGuire who is purchasing the Daiquiri Depot Restaurant. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this license to include Sunday Sales. Motion passed with Councilman Allen and Councilman Seay opposing.
8. First Reading on amendment to subdivision ordinance to require a neighborhood grading and drainage plan for all subdivisions
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the subdivision ordinance to require a neighborhood grading and drainage be shown on all subdivision site plans to make sure the lots are graded properly. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment to the subdivision ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:44 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:52 p.m. Mr. Scheer stated that he and the Council have come to an agreement with the city manager for his continued employment, with a salary adjustment made and certain definitions being provided in a contract to be ready for the mayor’s signature. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this contract, effective September 20, 2005. 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 6:54 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.