Council Minutes May 3, 2004

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 3, 2004

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 3, 2004. Mayor pro tem Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, Jr., Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer.

The invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Seay.

Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to appoint Mike Lamb as Mayor. Motion passed without opposition. 

Mike Lamb was then sworn in as Mayor, with City Attorney Steve Scheer officiating. 

Councilman Wall made a motion to appoint Wayne Seay as Mayor pro tem. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb welcomed Senator Eric Johnson, Mayor Walter Parker of Tybee Island, Councilmen Ed Young and Jimmy Gunby of Port Wentworth, and former Councilmembers Billie Tyler and Robert Bryan to the meeting. 

Report from the Standing Committees: 

FINANCE

Councilman Allen 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 community service program and gave the police and fire report.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance and that several streets have been overlaid through the Local Assistance Road Program. 

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Allen reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman Seay reported that baseball and softball games are underway and that the recreation committee is sponsoring a barbecue dinner sales on Saturday.

PERSONNEL

Councilman Seay made a motion to add Item #10 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 17 new single family residential permits were issued in April, totaling 102 for the year, with 2268 inspections performed.

Mayor Lamb presented a plaque to former Mayor Buddy Carter, thanking him for his many years of service with the City of Pooler. Senator Eric Johnson thanked Buddy for his service to the community. Representatives from the offices of Senator Saxby Chambliss and Zell Miller presented letters of appreciation and support for Buddy Carter. Vernon Martin, Executive Director of the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center, presented Buddy with a resolution passed by the RDC. 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of sketch plan for Hamilton Inn & Suites at corner of Parsons/Gray Street

At the request of the petitioner, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on ordinance regarding establishment of information technology fee

Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this ordinance on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Requested zoning map amendment of 12.97 acres off the Pooler Parkway next to the fire station from R-1A to R-3A

A public hearing was held prior wherein Mr. Baxter stated that he has not heard from the developer who has been chosen to construct low-income senior housing in the City of Pooler. Therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of Final PUD and development standards for Southwest Quadrant, Phase 6

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the Final PUD and development standards for Southwest Quadrant, Phase 6. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart. Discussion followed, wherein Steve Wohlfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers presented the plan to the Council, pointing out the similarities between this phase and the previous five (5) phases, comparing the 50' lots in Phase 6 to the “equestrian” lots in Phase 1. Councilman Wall questioned if this phase was the first actual development that will be across the Pooler Parkway, which Mr. Wohlfeil replied that it was. Councilman Wall stated that he feels that this phase is different from the previous phases and asked what type of amenities were planned and if the minimum front yard setbacks were 25 feet. Mr. Wohlfeil explained that the same development standards are being used for these smaller lots as was used for the “equestrian” lots and that the developer is willing to have a 20' setback instead of 15'. Councilman Wall stated that there weren’t that many “equestrian” lots in Phase 1 and requested more information, particularly a breakdown of the square footage of all the lots. Mr. Wohlfeil stated that larger lots are planned for future development, with the possibility of some of the multi-family tracts becoming single family tracts. Councilman Wall reiterated the fact that this phase is different, due to it being on the other side of the Parkway, again requesting that definite setbacks be submitted in writing prior to the Final PUD being approved. Councilman Cowart stated that he was not aware of the amount of 50' lots that were planned and withdrew his second to the motion for approval. Councilwoman Benton withdrew her motion as well. Councilman Wall then made a motion to table this item to allow the developer to submit the information requested. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition. 

3. Approval of site plan for office building on Lot 10, Pooler Park of Commerce

Councilwoman Benton made a motion, based on staff recommendation, to approve the site plan for an office building on Lot 10, Pooler Park of Commerce. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition. 

4. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Godley Villages, Northern Tract, The Arbors, Phase 5A

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond for Godley Villages, Northern Tract, The Arbors, Phase 5A, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

5. Approval of final plat/acceptance of maintenance bond for Godley Villages, Northern Tract, The Arbors, Phase 5B

Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the final plat and accept the maintenance bond for Godley Villages, Northern Tract, The Arbors, Phase 5B, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

6. Approval of final plat/acceptance of maintenance bond for Godley Villages, Northern Tract, The Arbors, Phase 5C

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the final plat and accept the maintenance bond for Godley Villages, Northern Tract, The Arbors, Phase 5C, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. 

7. Approval of recombination of Lots 6, 8 and 10 at the corner of S. Chestnut/Whatley Street

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the recombination of Lots 6, 8 and 10 at the corner of S. Chestnut Street and Whatley Street. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of recombination of Lots B2 and B4, Galin Tract

Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the recombination of Lots B2 and B4 of the Galin Tract on E. Highway 80 adjacent to the Savannah Electric right-of-way. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Fai Chan at the Yummy House Restaurant

Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Police Chief C. E. Chan’s recommendation, to approve this alcoholic beverage license for Fai Chan at the new Yummy House Restaurant, to include Sunday Sales. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton. Councilman Allen, Councilman Cowart and Councilman Seay voted in opposition and the request was therefore denied. 

Councilman Seay made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:05 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:11 p.m. 

Councilman Seay made a motion to reconsider Item #9 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. Councilman Seay then made a motion to approve the alcoholic beverage license for Fai Chan at the new Yummy House Restaurant, without Sunday Sales. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Allen opposing. 

10. Appointment of councilmember to fill vacancy

Councilman Seay made a motion to appoint Mike Royal to fill the vacancy on Council. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:12 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. 

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on May 3, 2004. Mayor pro tem Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart Jr., Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Rebecca Benton. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of 12.97 acres off the Pooler Parkway next to the fire station from R-1A to R-3A. Mr. Baxter stated that the developer chosen by the city to construct 68 low-income senior citizen housing units would like to obtain this land, but that an agreement has yet to be worked out and that he has not heard anything back from the developer. 

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

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