The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 4, 2004. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, 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 Allen, 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 fire and police reports. Fire Chief Jay Hillis stated that this is “Fire Prevention Week” and encouraged everyone to check their smoke detectors.
Councilman Cowart was absent; out of town on business.
Councilman Royal reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Seay reported that the homecoming parade was held last Saturday, with the games to be played this Thursday evening and a dance to be held on Saturday. Further, that all football teams are currently undefeated.
Councilman Seay commended the employees for their hard work and thanked the volunteers, who are a crucial part of the success of the City’s programs.
Councilwoman Benton reported that 6 new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits have been issued since the last meeting, totaling 241 (residential) for the year, with 4877 inspections performed.
Charles Archer, Sergeant at Arms of the Pooler Rotary Club, presented a check in the amount of $500 to the Pooler Recreation Committee.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Adoption of 2004 millage rate
Mayor Lamb stated that the city has held three (3) public hearings as required by law in regards to a proposed millage rate increase from 3.669 mils to 4.25 mils. Councilman Allen made a motion to adopt the millage rate at 4.25 mils. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall. Jack Brewton, resident and former councilmember, questioned the funds being spent on proposed projects, stating that some of them are already in the budget. Mr. Brewton compared the proposed expenditures for the recreation department with those proposed for public safety, asking the Council to re-adjust spending the revenue from the increased tax increase. Steve Hartley, resident, questioned why the proposed projects could not be paid for with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax funds. Mr. Baxter replied that the latest SPLOST funds provide only a limited amount of money spread out over a five (5) year period. Mr. Hartley asked that the Council make a responsible decision for the betterment of Pooler. Mayor Lamb then called for the vote on the motion. Motion passed unanimously.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Requested zoning map amendment of 24.43 acres at the end of Governor Treutlen Road
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter requested that this item to tabled until final approval of the zoning text amendment which will provide for R-3D zoning. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to table this request. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Approval of site plan for Fortune Plaza at the corner of Skinner Avenue and E. Highway 80
Mr. Baxter presented this site plan for the Fortune Plaza at the corner of S. Skinner Avenue & Highway 80, stating that Planning & Zoning and staff have recommended approval. After discussion. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan, contingent upon the curb cut on Highway 80 being conveyed to this site and there being no access from S. Skinner Avenue. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of conceptual plan for Westbrook Townhomes - Blue Moon Crossing
Mr. Baxter presented the conceptual plan for Westbrook Townhomes located on Blue Moon Crossing, stating that the project meets the requirements of the existing PUD for single family/attached/townhomes. Hal Kraft of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers stated that this project consists of 99 units. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of recombination of Lots 59, 60 & 61, Barrington Estates, Phase 6B
Mr. Baxter presented this request from Fred Williams to recombine these lots to add land to Lot 60. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
5. Approval of site plan for Pooler Family Dental Clinic
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for Pooler Family Dental Clinic, stating that a declaration of reciprocal easement agreement has been provided. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
6. Approval of conveyance of access rights (curb cut) on Highway 80 to Fortune Plaza site
Mr. Baxter presented this item for approval to transfer the curb cut the City currently has at the area in front of City Hall to the Fortune Plaza site on E. Highway 80, which will allow access for this project. After discussion, Councilman made a motion to approve, contingent upon there being no access from S. Skinner Avenue and, that if for some reason this site is not developed within one (1) year as approved, the curb cut will revert back to the City. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
7. Approval to waive permit fees for Flying Pig Festival on October 8th - 10th
The “Flying Pig”, also known as Anne Smith, presented this request from the Pooler Welcome Center, asking the City to waive the permit fees; to provide trash receptacles; to provide security (off-duty police); and assistance in setting up the tents for their upcoming festival. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve these requests. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
8. Approval for Boy Scout fundraiser to be held at Joe Baker Park
Mr. Baxter presented this request to allow a fundraiser (BBQ dinner sale) to be held one weekend to benefit a local Cub Scout troop. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this request with the hours to be set as follows: 10:00 a.m. until 7:00 p.m. on Saturday and 12:00 noon until 5:00 p.m. on Sunday. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
9. First Reading on ordinance to de-annex 29.90 acres of the Morgan Family Tract
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance to de-annex 29.90 acres of the Morgan Family Tract to allow the City of Bloomingdale to annex this land. In return, the City of Bloomingdale is going to de-annex a 29.90 acre tract to be annexed into the City limits of Pooler. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this de-annexation ordinance on First Reading, contingent upon the City of Bloomingdale approving their de-annexation ordinance. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
10. First Reading on proposed zoning text amendment to create a zoning classification, R-3D
Mr. Baxter presented this request from Attorney Harold Yellin for a zoning text amendment to create a new zoning classification, R-3D for multi-family development. Councilman Wall requested that Mr. Yellin consider increasing the front setback from 20' to 25' and made a motion to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
11. First Reading on ordinance regarding outdoor (street) lighting
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance regarding outdoor (street) lighting. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.
12. Discussion concerning indigent defense
Mr. Scheer stated that on January 1, 2005, the City’s municipal court will be required to provide a public defender for the indigent at the City’s cost and that he has been negotiating a proposal with Chatham County’s public defender for this service. Mr. Scheer stated that this is an unfunded state mandate and that it will have to be provided for in the budget. Further, that he will bring the proposal to Council for their approval as soon as it is ready.
Mr. William J. Hunter, resident, addressed Council in regards to a problem he has encountered in trying to sell some property located on Old Louisville Road at Highway 80 near the curve, stating that he has been unsuccessful due to the road being too narrow and a traffic light being needed at this intersection. Mr. Hunter asked the Council to consider widening Old Louisville Road and installing a traffic light. Mr. Baxter stated that he will contact the State Department of Transportation and ask them to perform a study to see if the light is warranted. Further, that widening the road would be a huge undertaking, with the City having to acquire additional right-of-way from every property owner.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:18 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular city council meeting on October 4, 2004. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Bruce Allen, 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 proposed zoning text amendment to create a new zoning classification,
R-3D - Attorney Harold Yellin of Hunter, Maclean, Exley & Dunn has petitioned the City for a zoning text amendment to create a classification that would provide for multi-family development that would include condominiums and townhomes. Ten units per acre are proposed for this zoning classification, which is less that R-3A, R-3B and R-3C. Mr. Yellin was not present at the hearing.
2) A requested zoning map amendment of 24.43 acres at the end of Governor Treutlen Road from C-2 to R-3D -
Attorney Harold Yellin has petitioned the City to rezone a 24.43 acre tract at the end of Governor Treutlen Road from C-2 (heavy commercial) to R-3D (a proposed zoning classification) which would provide for condominiums and townhomes to be constructed on this site.
There being no further discussion, this hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:48 p.m.