Council Minutes March 1, 2004

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 1, 2004


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 1, 2004. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, Jr., Mike Lamb, Wayne Seay and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. Councilman Stevie Wall was absent. 

The invocation was given by Mayor Carter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Cowart. 

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilman Cowart, with no opposition. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

Councilman Lamb 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 Wall was absent. Major David Burke reported that the police department responded to 462 calls in February. Fire Chief Jay Hillis gave the fire report, stating that 262 volunteer hours were performed last month. 

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance and that the annual overlay program has begun. 

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Allen reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters have been met at the wastewater treatment plant. 

RECREATION

Councilman Seay reported that the 9 & 10 year old boys’ basketball team has advanced to the second round of the GRPA tournament, and will travel to Moultrie this Friday. 

PERSONNEL

Councilman Seay reported that the employee handbook is being worked on.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 11 new single family residential and three (3) commercial permits were issued in February and announced that a PUD Review Board meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 8th at 5:30 p.m. Councilwoman Benton then made a motion to appoint Mary Louise Lanier to fill the alternate position on the Planning & Zoning Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss. 

Mr. Baxter stated that he received a request from Chatham County Engineering for an encroachment permit to allow the County to run a low pressure sewer main in the right-of-way at Coleman Boulevard. Councilman Cowart made a motion to add this request as Item #8 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed: 

1. Approval of site plan for renovations, additions and improvements at Gate Food Post #209

Councilwoman Benton presented this site plan and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart. Councilman Allen questioned whether the backflow preventor will have to be moved again and whether there will be diesel fueling stations, which was determined that four (4) of the six (6) will be diesel. Motion passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of name for portion of Old Central of Georgia Railroad right-of-way

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the property owner to name this right-of-way “Old Central Road”. Councilman Cowart questioned if it is common for the city to name private roads, which Mr. Baxter stated that it is for public safety purposes. Councilman Cowart then made a motion to approve the naming of this right-of-way, contingent upon the property owner furnishing a proper legal description. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

3. Resolution to adopt the Coastal Georgia Greenway Through-Corridor Route

Mayor Carter presented this resolution, stating that this item and the following two (2) resolutions all pertain to each other. Councilman Seay made a motion, seconded by Councilman Lamb, to approve. Discussion followed wherein Ms. Jo Hickson, consultant on this project, presented information on this corridor which lies within the City of Pooler along the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal, stating that it will provide an economic benefit for all communities involved. Ms. Hickson requested the Council to adopt this resolution and also to create a regional development authority to oversee the implementation of this project to be funded by special tags. Mayor Carter questioned if the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Society was in agreement with this request, which Ms. Hickson replied that they were. Councilman Cowart stated that the information mentioned funding which is not being requested at this time, that the initial operating fees will call for at least 200 auto tags being sold, but that he is confused about the provision regarding operating expenses being paid by each of the six (6) coastal counties and related municipalities, based upon a weighted average as outlined by population. Ms. Hickson replied that this is a “starting point” consideration of how this authority could be funded, but that the steering committee has been operating for three (3) years with only the counties participating. Councilman Cowart asked if this was a project that hotel/motel tax funds could be used for, based on it being tourism related. Mayor Carter presented concern about the authority being able to recover their operating expenses by levying a tax on the city, which Ms. Hickson stated that there is no taxing authority, rather that the authority would operate by agreement with local communities, with priority projects being set and funding requests to follow. Further, that the authority has the power to tax if Council agrees to fund a particular project, but that they are not asking for any at this time. Ms. Hickson also requested that the City of Pooler and the other local cities and counties come together to formalize the final wording on the regional development authority legislation and that this does not have to be approved at this time, but in time to go before the State Legislature. Councilman Cowart asked what would happen if there is a municipality that does not participate, which Ms. Hickson stated that their voice to the Legislature would be weakened and if the route is not located in a certain city, they will not be asked to participate in funding. Councilman Allen questioned the status of participation by other cities, which Ms. Hickson replied that she has made presentations to all but three (3) cities in Chatham County, which she will make next month, and that no one has approved the resolutions yet, asking for the route to be approved with funding through the prestige license tags and to have the city attorney review the draft resolution to create the authority which Council would approve later. Councilman Cowart stated that other municipalities are holding back on their approval and made a motion to table this item until the first meeting in April to give Council time to review this request. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

4. Resolution regarding support to enact legislation to establish the Coastal Georgia Greenway Regional Development Authority

Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item until the first meeting in April. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

5. Resolution regarding request for the State of Georgia to print “prestige license tag” for the Coastal Georgia Greenway for the purpose of raising funds

Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item until the first meeting in April. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

6. Resolution to approve issuance of multifamily housing revenue bonds by the Pooler Development Authority for the benefit of Alta Towne Lake, LLC

Attorney Harris Odell presented this resolution on behalf of the Pooler Development Authority. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve this resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Lamb and passed without opposition. 

7. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding Planning & Zoning members

Councilwoman Benton presented this amendment to the ordinance regarding Planning & Zoning members being compensated for meeting they attend and made a motion to approve on First Reading. Motion died due to lack of a second. Mayor Carter stated that this means that the members will not be paid, and since they are volunteers, the city should not create a precedence by paying them for this service. 

8. Approval of encroachment permit for Chatham County to install low pressure sewer main in Coleman Boulevard right-of-way

Councilman Cowart presented this request and made a motion to approve, contingent upon the city’s attorney approval of the permitl. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. 

Ms. Missy Ondriezek addressed Council in regards to the gymnastics program being moved to the yellow building at the recreation park, stating that the parents were just informed that this was going to happen. Further, that they realize the space previously used was needed for additional office space, but that the ceiling is too low in the building they have been moved to and that the children cannot jump onto the vault and asked the city to look into this problem. Mr. Baxter stated that the instructor was notified in January of this change. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Baxter to make improvements to the building and to look into the immediate problem to allow the children to practice in the gym. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:03 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

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