The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 20, 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 Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Mayor Lamb.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Seay, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
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.
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program and gave the police and fire reports.
Councilman Cowart had no report at this time.
Councilman Royal reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Seay reported that the Football Rama was held in Bloomingdale last Saturday and that the regular season begins this week.
Councilman Seay reported that the employees are doing a good job and that it is time for the committee to look into annual raises.
Councilwoman Benton reported that 7 new single family residential permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 235 for the year, with 4607 inspections performed.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of change in contract with R. B. Baker Construction for clearing/grading of Phase I of new recreation park on Pooler Parkway
Mayor Lamb requested that this item be moved to the foot of the agenda to allow Council to meet in executive session prior to discussing this matter. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to move this item accordingly. Motion passed without opposition.
Under New Business, the following was discussed:
1. Approval of minor subdivision/recombination at 306 Old Pine Barren Road
Mr. Baxter presented this request from Del Ferguson. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this minor subdivision/recombination at 306 Old Pine Barren Road. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Forest Lakes Subdivision, Phase III
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developers of Forest Lakes Subdivision, stating that the engineer’s comments have been addressed. Travis Burke of Kern-Coleman Company was present to answer any questions. Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve these preliminary construction plans, contingent upon the lots having a minimum front width of 55' at the right-of-way, excluding lots on cul-de-sacs. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. Councilman Cowart stated that Council had asked that the ordinance regarding lot sizes in Planned Unit Developments be reviewed to address minimum lot width. In response, Jackie Carver, Zoning Administrator, stated that the PUD Review Board has discussed this matter.
3. Approval of site plan for Coldbrook Properties’ commercial building on 1.29 acre tract next to the Waffle House
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for a single-story retail strip on E. Highway 80 between the Waffle House and Ramada Inn, stating that all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed and that a letter of intent from the Department of Transportation has been received as well as EPD approval. Councilman Wall questioned whether the development provided for retention. Stephen Staley of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers replied that the developer plans to enlarge the existing retention pond already on the site. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss legal matters at approximately 6:22 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:32 p.m. and brought Item #1 under Old Business back up for discussion. Councilman Wall made a motion to authorize the city manager to make arrangements with Robert Baker of R. B. Baker Construction to change the contract for clearing/grading of Phase I of the new recreation park on Pooler Parkway to set a completion date. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:36 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.