Council Minutes October 3, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 3, 2005


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 3, 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 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 Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Wall reported on the police department activities. Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities for the month of September, stating that Fire Prevention Week is next 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 and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that the football season is underway with the homecoming parade scheduled for October 22nd. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 16 new single family residential permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 267 for the year, with 5890 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to Tim Lovezzola, outgoing Planning & Zoning member, thanking him for his service on the board. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Second Reading on amendment to subdivision ordinance to require a neighborhood grading and drainage plan for all subdivisions

Mr. Baxter presented an amendment to the subdivision ordinance to require a neighborhood grading and drainage plan for all subdivisions. Councilman Allen made a motion to approve this amendment on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Requested zoning map amendment of 14.06 acres off Pine Barren Road from R-1A to I-2

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request from Richard Barrow to re-zone a 14.06 acre tract off Pine Barren Road, stating that during the public hearing he recommended this property be re-zoned to I-1 (light industrial) which would permit the type of use (warehousing, logistics) that Mr. Barrow is requesting. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve a zoning map amendment for 14.06 acres off Pine Barren Road from R-A to I-1, allowing all permitted uses except “manufactured home sales” and “bars or nightclubs”. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of recombination of Lots 1, 2 and 3 on Bluffton Road for Jeanette Jeffers

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Jeanette Jeffers to recombine Lots 1, 2 & 3 on Bluffton Road to construct a single family residence. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve this recombination. Motion passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of site plan for a retail business strip center on Lot 1, Pooler Business Development Park

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a 15,650 square foot building for nine (9) retail businesses. Councilman Wall questioned if the plan included adequate parking for a restaurant. Clay Loyless of Kern-Coleman & Company was present and stated that there are a few extra spaces to provide for a restaurant. Robbie Byrd, City Planner, stated that this plan possibly has enough parking for one (1) restaurant and that this matter will be resolved as the center develops. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

4. Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for Park Lane Duplexes on S. Rogers Street

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of the Park Lane Duplexes to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton questioned whether a deed was necessary for the additional five (5) feet of right-of-way that is being added to the plat. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat for Park Lane Duplexes on S. Rogers Street, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond and the owner agreeing to convey a deed for the additional right-of-way, if needed. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of recombination of Lots 39, 40, 41, 48, 49 & 50 at 323 E. Mell Street

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Neal & Patti Simmons to recombine Lots 39, 40, 41, 48, 49 & 50 at 323 E. Mell Street. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this recombination. Motion passed without opposition. 

6. Approval to release maintenance bond for Towne Center Spine Roads

Mr. Baxter presented this request to release the maintenance bond for Towne Center Spine Roads, stating the project has been inspected. Councilman Wall made a motion to release this maintenance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of site plan for Parkway Plaza located in the southwest corner of Godley Station Boulevard South & Pooler Parkway

Mr. Baxter presented this site plan, stating that all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed and that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Councilman Wall reiterated the fact (as stated in Item #3) that adequate parking must be provided if a restaurant is to locate in this Plaza and then made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve this site plan. Motion passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Antonio Guerrero at Guerrero Mexican Restaurant

Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license for Antonio Guerrero at the new Guerrero Mexican Restaurant at 1109 E. Highway 80, Suite A, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this application. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen and Councilman Seay opposing. 

9. Resolution regarding 2005 GEFA loan

Mr. Baxter presented this resolution in regards to the 2005 Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority loan the city has applied for in an amount not to exceed $2,153,000 for the water and sewer extension to the “key slot” area on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway. Mr. Baxter stated that this loan has been guaranteed by letters of credit from the developers in this area. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to adopt this resolution. Motion passed without opposition. 

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:32 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 7:08 p.m. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:08 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held on October 3, 2005, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 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 purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of 14.06 acres off Pine Barren Road from R-A to I-2. Richard Barrow has requested to rezone this property from residential-agricultural to heavy industrial, due to its proximity to the “mega” site. The site is accessed by the frontage road that extends from Pine Barren Road to the “mega” site and is currently undeveloped and Mr. Barrow intends to use it for warehousing and logistics. Mr. Baxter recommended that this property be re-zoned to I-1, a light industrial zoning, which would allow for the types of uses Mr. Barrow is requesting. Councilman Wall asked Mr. Barrow if he would consider a light industrial zoning, stating that if this property is re-zoned heavy industrial, certain uses would have to be limited. Councilwoman Benton recommended that manufactured home sales and bars or nightclubs (permitted uses in I-1) be eliminated. 

There being no further discussion, this hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:51 p.m.

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