The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 6, 2003. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Billie Tyler. City Manager Dennis Baxter was also present. City Attorney Steve Scheer was absent. Attorney Travis Windsor was present on his behalf.
The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Cowart.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Bryan, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Bryan 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 gave the fire and police reports.
Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Brewton gave the statistics on water consumption as follows: 17,649,000 gallons of city water pumped, averaging 569,000 gallons per day with 4,718,999 gallons pumped from the City of Savannah, averaging 15,225 gallons per day. Councilman Brewton then reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance, commending the water department for the emergency repair they had to perform on Christmas Day.
Councilman Seay reported that the basketball season begins on January 18th with the Rama, that a new tumbling and dance class will begin soon and that baseball and softball signups begin the end of this month.
Councilman Seay commended the employees for all their hard work.
Councilwoman Tyler gave the building statistics for the past three (3) years as follows: in 2000 there were 276 residential and 22 commercial permits issued; in 2001 there were 230 residential permits and 23 commercial permits issued; and in 2002 there were 245 single-family residential, 160 multi-family and 19 commercial permits issued, totaling 424 for the year, with 5896 inspections performed. Councilwoman Tyler commended the employees of the building and zoning departments on the fine job they are doing in keeping up with the city’s growth.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Discussion concerning site location of new fire station
Councilman Wall stated that, after researching the proposed locations, the site for the new fire station needed to be on Pooler Parkway on the city’s property adjacent to the senior citizens center, and made a motion to approve this location. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall stated that he would like to have signs posted at the entrance that would read “emergency use only”.
2. Approval of storm water master plan, 100-year flood plain impact and mitigation plan for “mega site” in the northeast quadrant of I-95 and I-16
Councilman Cowart presented these plans, stating that the “mega site” is owned by the State of Georgia and, after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition. Councilman Brewton expressed his concern over increased run-off into the Hardin Canal. Ralph Forbes, engineer with Thomas & Hutton, stated that the detention ponds are planned for the area, with monitoring points set up for tests to be performed on a routine basis.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Request for zoning map amendment of eight (8) acres on Pine Meadow Drive from C-2 to I-2
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Ben B. Wall has requested to rezone this property from C-2 (heavy commercial) to I-2 (heavy industrial). Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of site plan for office center at Pooler Park of Commerce
Councilwoman Tyler presented this site plan for an office center at the Pooler Park of Commerce, stating that all engineer’s comments have been addressed, and made a motion to approve, contingent upon the lots being combined prior to any building permits being issued. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of revised site plan for West Chatham Baptist Church
Councilwoman Tyler presented the revised site plan for West Chatham Baptist Church stating that the revisions include moving the improvements closer to the street and changing the sanitary sewer discharge to an onsite individual sewage disposal septic system. Michael Hussey of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that the original plan has been scaled down due to cost restraints and that the reason for the septic system was due to the church not being able to afford the cost of running the sewer line. Councilwoman Tyler stated that any new development within the city’s sewer service is required to tie into such service and that if the church was allowed to install a septic system, Council would be setting a precedence. Councilman Brewton questioned if a grinder pump could be installed on the site and then the sewage pumped into the force main. Mr. Baxter stated that he is not sure this would work, but that a grinder pump could be installed, with a two-inch sewer line being run to the nearest manhole. Pastor David Stanford addressed Council, stating that he was not ready to make that decision, therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of Village Quarter’s Identification and Entrance Features (Blue Moon Crossing Entry)
Councilwoman Tyler presented the plan for the Village Quarter Entrance Feature at Blue Moon Crossing. Steve Wohlfeil of HGB&D was present to answer any questions. Councilman Bryan and Councilwoman Tyler stated that they were very impressed with the entrance plan, but were somewhat concerned about the name being “Savannah Quarters” and Councilman Bryan suggested the name “Savannah Quarters at Pooler”. Mr. Scott Pasalli of Medalist stated that the developer was willing to discuss the name at a meeting to be scheduled in the near future and asked that approval be given on this entrance plan so that construction could begin. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve this plan, contingent upon them not placing a name at the entrance until this matter is resolved. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
5. Approval of recombination of Lots 1, 2 and 3 in the southeast corner of eastbound Highway 80 and S. Skinner Avenue
Mr. Baxter presented this recombination of Lots 1, 2 and 3 in the southeast corner of eastbound Highway 80 and S. Skinner Avenue. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
6. Approval of recombination of Lots 11, 12 and 13 on the northeast corner of N. Rogers Street and Salter Street
Mr. Baxter presented this recombination of Lots 11, 12 and 13 on the northeast corner of N. Rogers and Salter Street. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
7. Approval of release of maintenance bond for Godley Station Boulevard
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the developers of Godley Station Boulevard, stating that all punch items have been addressed. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve the release of the maintenance bond. Motion passed with Councilman Wall abstaining.
8. Approval of cost for city manager to attend Savannah-Chatham Day
Councilman Wall stated that in the past the city has paid the expenses for the city manager to attend the Savannah-Chatham Day seminar in Atlanta and made a motion to approve this expenditure. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.
9. Approval of resolution regarding travel reimbursement for mileage
Mr. Baxter presented this resolution regarding an increase in travel reimbursement for mileage from 34.5 cents per mile to 36.5 cents per mile stating that it will bring the city in line with the State’s allowance. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
Mayor Carter reminded the Council of their upcoming retreat in Atlanta on January 26th.
Mr. Baxter reminded everyone that the next Council meeting would be held on Tuesday, January 21st, due to the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Holiday being observed on Monday the 20th.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:01 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular city council meeting on January 6, 2003. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Billie Tyler. City Manager Dennis Baxter was also present.
The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of eight (8) acres on Pine Meadow Drive from C-2 (heavy commercial) toI-2 (heavy industrial). Mr. Ben B. Wall, President of PMP, Inc., presented this request, stating that the properties to the east, south and west are already zoned I-2. Councilman Wall questioned if the prospective industrial business would require a smoke stack. Mr. Wall stated that it would not, that the business is Cast Stone Products who would make counter tops and similar products.
There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:53 p.m.