Council Minutes July 19, 2004

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
July 19, 2004


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 19, 2004. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, Jr., 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 Wall, seconded by Councilman Seay, without opposition.

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 reports.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

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

WATER/SEWER

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

RECREATION

Councilman Seay reported that baseball and softball wrapped up last week; that football and cheerleading signups are going on, and that a cheerleading camp will be held the week of August 2nd. 

PERSONNEL

Councilman Seay reported that the work force is stronger.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Benton reported that 28 new single family residential and one (1) commercial permit were issued this month, totaling 188 residential permits for the year, with 3506 inspections performed year-to-date. Councilwoman Benton stated that there will be a PUD Review Board meeting on July 26th at 5:30 p.m.

There was no Old Business to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

Councilman Wall made a motion to move Item #2 to Item #1 and move Item #1 to Item #2. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

1. Requested zoning map amendment at 115 Parsons Avenue from R-1A to C-2

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request from Ms. Georgia Mae Wilson to rezone her property from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial) to be included in the development of a proposed motel. Mr. Baxter stated that if this request is approved, the commercially zoned area on both sides of Parsons Avenue (Econolodge property to the east) will be even. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon Planning & Zoning’s recommendation to require dedication of 16.25' for widening and improvements of Parsons Avenue, restricting the use to a hotel/motel and the possibility of additional building setback requirements imposed upon site plan submittal. Discussion followed, wherein Councilman Wall expressed concern about Gray Street, asking the developer to consider widening it. Councilman Cowart expressed concern regarding why the 300' commercial depth was put in place some years ago, stating that it was put there to protect the adjacent residential properties, that it was not done to create a “domino” effect. Councilman Wall reiterated the fact that if this rezoning is approved, it will make the commercial property lines on both sides of Parsons Avenue even and that due to the proximity of I-95, this rezoning to heavy commercial would not be in conflict with existing zoning. Further, that the adjacent property owner’s concerns regarding privacy and drainage would be reviewed during site plan approval. Councilman Allen stated that the dedication of the additional right-of-way will solve the issue of the substandard road. Mayor Lamb called for the vote; motion passed with Councilman Cowart opposing.

2. Requested zoning map amendment or 7' strip of land along the north property line of 109 Parsons Avenue from R-1A to C-2

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request to rezone the remaining 7' portion of the Fortner’s property so that the entire lot is zoned C-2. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon the dedication of 16.25' for widening and improvements of Parsons Avenue, restricting the use to a hotel/motel and the possibility of additional building setback requirements imposed upon site plan submittal. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of change in site plan for Parcel 10, Phase II, Pooler Park of Commerce

Mr. Baxter presented this change in the site plan involving a placement of a retaining wall on the building side of the detention area to prevent erosion. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4. Approval to release performance bond/accept maintenance bond for improvements at a minor subdivision at Whatley & Newton Street

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Karen & Jeff Thornburg, stating that all inspections have been performed. Councilman Wall made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond for this project. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of engineering proposal from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers for update of water and sewer master plans

Mr. Baxter presented this proposal from HGB&D for an update to the city’s water and sewer master plans. Bill Lovett of HGB&D was present to answer any questions.

After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Allen, to approve this proposal not to exceed $49,500. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of water and sewer agreement with Pine Barren Partners, LLC

Mr. Baxter stated that the developer of Barren Pointe on Pine Barren Road has asked to transfer 102,000 gallons of water capacity from the Jabot Tract and that the standard water and sewer agreement will be submitted by the developer along with an irrevocable letter of credit. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this agreement, subject to the city attorney’s approval. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition. 

7. Discussion concerning violation of zoning ordinance at 1333 LaVista Circle

Mr. Baxter presented this item, stating that Ms. Marilyn Pottorff has been sent a letter regarding complaints the city has received about the accessory building on her property being used as a residence. Further, that Ms. Pottorff has been subpoenaed to appear before Council to explain why she cannot comply with the zoning regulations. Ms. Pottorff has submitted a letter to Council in regards to the hardship she is enduring. Mr. Scheer stated that this issue should be forwarded to municipal court. Chief Chan recommended that the property owner be given 30 days to comply with the zoning ordinance. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to have this matter referred to the municipal court upon proper review by the zoning administrator. Motion passed without opposition. 

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Rameshchandra R. Patel at Pooler Beverage Center

Mr. Baxter presented this alcoholic beverage license application for Rameshchandra R. Patel for a new package shop to be located at 1109 E. Highway 80, stating that Police Chief C. E. Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing and Councilman Cowart abstaining.

9. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Jeremy Miles at Wal-Mart

Mr. Baxter presented this alcoholic beverage license application for Jeremy Miles at Wal-Mart, stating that this due to a change in management and that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve. Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:42 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 July 19, 2004. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, Travis Cowart, 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:

1) A requested zoning map amendment of a 7' strip of land along the north property line of 109 Parsons Avenue - Pam Lossing of Metro Properties and Ms. Dorothy Fortner, property owner, presented this request to rezone the remaining 7' portion of the lot at 109 Parsons Avenue to make the entire property heavy commercial.

2) A requested zoning map amendment at 115 Parsons Avenue - Ms. Georgia Mae Wilson presented this request to rezone her property from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial) to allow the sale for this lot to be included in the development of a motel. Councilman Cowart asked if the sale of the property was contingent upon the rezoning being approved, which Ms. Wilson replied that it was. Ms. Joy Larrick, adjacent property owner, expressed concerns regarding privacy and drainage, asking for adequate buffers and fencing to be required. Councilman Wall stated that these concerns needed to be brought up during site plan review and approval.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m.

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