Council Minutes December 5, 2005

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
December 5, 2005

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 5, 2005. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Larry Olliff, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Bruce Allen and Councilman Stevie Wall were absent. 

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 Olliff, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

Councilman Oliff 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

Chief C. E. Chan reported that the police department responded to 1586 calls since the last meeting, totaling 14,152 calls for the year and that seat belt demonstrations were held at the elementary schools and the department conducted a safety workshop for city employees. Chief Jay Hillis reported on the fire department activities since the last meeting, which included three (3) structure fires. 

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Seay reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance. 

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Wall was absent. 

RECREATION

Councilman Royal reported that signups for basketball are ongoing. 

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that nine (9) new single family residential, seven (7) attached unit and five (5) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 334 residential, 46 attached unit, 312 multi-family unit permits for the year, with 7598 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of agreement with Jerry Konter to construct model homes

Mr. Baxter presented this item which was tabled at the last meeting to allow Council time to review the agreement to allow Mr. Konter to construct three (3) model homes at his subdivision on Pine Barren Road prior to the improvements being completed. Mr. Baxter stated that the homes will be built at the developer’s own risk and that the city may request at any time that they be removed. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

2. Second Reading on adoption of “Procedures for Administration and Enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance”

Mr. Baxter presented this request for the adoption of the “Procedures for Administration and Enforcement of the Zoning Ordinance”. Councilman Olliff made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the Procedures on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition. 

3. Second Reading on adoption of the City of Pooler Zoning Ordinance

Mr. Baxter presented this request for the adoption of the City of Pooler Zoning Ordinance. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the Zoning Ordinance on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

4. Second Reading on adoption of “The Official Zoning Map of the City of Pooler”

Councilwoman Benton recused herself from any discussion/approval of this item. Mr. Baxter presented this request for the adoption of “The Official Zoning Map of the City of Pooler”. Rebecca C. Benton, resident, requested that her statement made in the November 21, 2005 meeting be made a part of these minutes as follows: that her property, PIN 5-17-1-1, was re-zoned without notice to her or her predecessors, to a use that cannot be used and that she will be bringing a petition to the city next year for a re-zoning that can be used. Councilman Royal made a motion to adopt the Zoning Map on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. Councilwoman Benton returned to her seat. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Aaron Walker’s requested “conditional use” to operate a trailer parts and repair company at 505 W. Highway 80

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request from Aaron Walker to operate his trailer parts and repair company at the property next to All American Glass. After discussion, Councilman Seay made a motion to approve this request, contingent upon all repairs and/or storage being carried out within the confines of the building between the hours of 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of final PUD/proposed development standards for the Hunt Club, Phase I of the Wynn-Capallo Tract

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of the Hunt Club, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present to address the comments from Planning & Zoning, in particular, the reason why there was a building height of 125' for commercial buildings in the development standards. Mr. Kraft explained that the 125' building height was put there as an example and will be removed. Councilwoman Benton asked how the number of 55' lots were arrived at, which Mr. Kraft replied that as each phase is developed the number will be updated. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the final PUD and proposed development standards for the Hunt Club, Phase I of the Wynn-Capallo tract. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of preliminary construction plans for the Hunt Club, Phase I of the Wynn-Capallo Tract

Mr. Baxter presented the preliminary construction plans for the Hunt Club, Phase I of the Wynn-Capallo Tract, stating that this development is located on the southside of Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and consists of 53 single-family residential and 62 townhome lots. Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve these plans, contingent upon the neighborhood grading and drainage plan being submitted and all engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion passed without opposition. 

4. Approval of final plat for subdividing Lot 1 of the Westside Business Park into seven (7) lots

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developer of Westside Business Park to subdivide Lot 1 into seven (7) lots. Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver pointed out that the curb cuts were not added to the plat. Chad Zittrouer of Kern-Coleman & Company explained that curb cuts are shown on the plat as a joint access between the lots. Councilwoman Benton requested that the letter submitted from the Department of Transportation in regards to the curb cuts be made a part of the minutes and then made a motion to approve the final plat, contingent upon the letter from DOT being part of the minutes. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of site plan for Auto Zone located at the corner of Brighton Woods Drive & Highway 80

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for the proposed Auto Zone to be located at the corner of Brighton Woods Drive and W. Highway 80, stating that staff recommends approval, subject to DOT approval of the permit. Further, that there is some concern about traffic entering off of Brighton Woods Drive. Councilman Seay stated that two (2) driveways across from each other on Brighton Woods Drive as well as the proximity of the one on Highway 80 were too much for this area. Councilwoman Benton agreed, stating that the entrance/exit should be off Highway 80 and not Brighton Woods Drive. Connor Mok of CEI Engineering, Inc. stated that initially two (2) driveways were proposed on Brighton Woods Drive, but that DOT recommended one of the driveways be moved to Highway 80, which is in the permitting process now. In regards to the traffic concerns, Mr. Mok stated that the driveway on Highway 80 is being proposed as a “right-in, right-out” to not impact the adjacent church property. Mayor Lamb reiterated the fact that there is already a lot of traffic on Brighton Woods Drive, asking that consideration be given to keep all traffic for this business on Highway 80, which Mr. Mok responded that this would be nearly impossible, that the driveways on both roads will be needed for traffic circulation. Roger Livingston, resident of Brighton Woods Subdivision, stated that the city needed to control the traffic in this area, not create more. Pastor Weber of Calvary Assembly Church addressed Council, stating that there are traffic issues already and any additional traffic will affect getting in and out of the Church property. Mark Bryant, joint owner of this property, stated that delivery trucks will only arrive one (1) or (2) times a week. Councilman Seay stated that the traffic issue has become more complicated and made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of site plan for Sam’s Club located off Mill Creek Circle

Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Sam’s Club proposed off Mill Creek Circle, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Councilman Olliff asked if the Red Roof Inn has been contacted about the change in their access, which Tom Cetti of Thomas & Hutton Engineering replied that all the issues have been worked out, including quit claim dedication. After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Danny Bennett at Wal-Mart

Mr. Baxter presented an application for alcoholic beverage sales (beer and wine) at Wal-Mart, stating that Mr. Bennett is the new store manager and that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve this license. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

8. First Reading on proposed 2006 budget

Mr. Baxter presented the proposed budget for 2006, stating that a public hearing is scheduled for December 19th at 5:30 p.m. After discussion, Councilman Seay made a motion to approve the proposed 2006 budget on First Reading, to include the proposed pay scale and four percent (4%) cost of living adjustment for all city employees. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition. 

Roger Livingston addressed Council with his concern regarding the construction traffic from “The Grove” Subdivision on Brighton Woods Drive, asking why trucks are not using the alternate access proposed at a prior meeting when the preliminary constructions plans for this subdivision were discussed. Mr. Baxter replied that this access was only going to be allowed if the residents agreed to having a recreational area constructed, which they did not want and that all traffic problems are to be handled as a public safety issue. 

Julie Gerbsch addressed Council in regards to her plans to run for School Board Representative, District 7, next November. 

Leo McDonald, on behalf of the Pooler Crossroads Visitors Center, expressed appreciation to the Council and staff for their support of the Christmas tree lighting ceremony as well as the Flying Pig Festival. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on December 5, 2005. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45p.m. Present were Councilmen Larry Olliff, Mike Royal, Wayne Seay 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 “conditional use” to operate a trailer parts and repair company at 505 W. Highway 80. Aaron Walker presented this request to allow him to move his business, Walker Trailer Company, from its current location on E. Highway 80, stating that there is not enough room to safely park trailers at this location. The proposed building will be next All American Glass Company, which Mr. Walker also owns. Councilwoman Benton asked where the vehicles would be parked while repairs are being done to the trailers, wherein Mr. Walker replied that they would also be inside the building and the people would have a waiting area in the building.

There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:50 p.m.

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