The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 21, 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 and Councilwoman Billie Tyler. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
Councilman Stevie Wall was absent.
The invocation was given by Mayor Carter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Cowart.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Cowart, 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 Cowart and passed without opposition.
Councilman Wall was absent. Fire Chief Jimmy Fields reported on the first responder program. Police Chief C. E. Chan stated that the police department responded to 488 calls this month.
Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Brewton presented the statistics for the water department for 2002 and reported that the sewer department has performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Seay reported that the basketball season has officially begun with the Rama being held last Saturday.
Councilman Seay commended the city employees, especially those that work outdoors.
Councilwoman Tyler reported that 23 new single family residential permits have been issued this month and that several members of the Planning & Zoning Board, along with Zoning Administrator Jackie Carver, will be attending a workshop in Athens the end of this month.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of revised site plan for West Chatham Baptist Church
Councilwoman Tyler presented this revised site plan, which was tabled from the last meeting to determine whether the Church would be able to incur the cost of running the sewer line to the nearest manhole, in lieu of a septic system being installed. Michael Hussey of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers addressed Council, stating that the church has decided to install a grinder pump that will be able to be tied into the city’s force main. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the site plan for West Chatham Baptist Church. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Request for variance to place three (3) billboards on southside of I-16 between Pooler Parkway and Quacco Rd.
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation and the variance request meeting two (2) out of the three (3) criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of decorative fence at 216 E. Whatley Street
Councilwoman Tyler presented this request from Ms. Nadine Beatty for a decorative fence permit at her residence, and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of revised site plan for Westbrook Golf Villas
Councilwoman Tyler presented the revised site plan for Westbrook Golf Villas stating that the changes were to decrease the pavement width of the internal driveways and to delete the retaining walls on the lagoon banks. Councilwoman Tyler also stated that the Planning & Zoning Board has concerns about the roadway staying clear for emergency vehicles and is requesting the developer to restrict on-street parking. Hal Kraft of HGB&D stated that the developer is in the process of amending the covenants to restrict on-street parking. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve the revised site plan for Westbrook Golf Villas, contingent upon on-street parking being restricted in the covenants. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of recombination of Lots 1 and 2, Phase One of Wilkes Subdivision
Mr. Baxter presented this recombination of Lots 1 and 2 of Phase One, Wilkes Subdivision. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brewton, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
5. Approval of site plan for Pooler Commons
Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for the Pooler Commons on E. Highway 80, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.
6. Mr. George Lewis regarding a permit for public demonstration
Mayor Carter stated that this item has been withdrawn, due to the parties involved settling this matter.
7. Approval for Karp, Ronning & Tindol, CPAs, to perform 2002 audit
Mr. Baxter presented an audit engagement letter from Rick Tindol of Karp, Ronning & Tindol, CPAs, to perform the 2002 audit for basically the same cost as last year. Councilman Cowart questioned if this service was bid out. Mr. Baxter stated it was not and, after discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to table this item to allow this service to be bid out. Motion passed without opposition.
8. Discussion concerning amendment to ordinance regarding non-conforming uses
Councilwoman Tyler presented the proposed amendment to the zoning ordinance regarding non-conforming uses for discussion only, stating that Mr. Scheer has presented his comments and that Ms. Carver will begin procedures for having it adopted.
Councilman Cowart made a motion to add Item #9. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.
9. Discussion concerning Garden Arena
Councilman Cowart stated that he recently heard from a citizen who attended a Pooler Rotary Club meeting where an announcement was made that a professional hockey rink was to be located between I-16 and Pine Barren Road. Councilman Cowart expressed his concern about the fact that neither he, nor any other member of Council had heard about this, but that the individual said he has been dealing with the city for years. Mr. Baxter stated that he has just met with the representative today and received this information and is going to pass it along to the Council. Mayor Carter stated that he has also met today with the representative who wants to meet with Council individually and then collectively, to discuss this venture.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
January 21, 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 and Councilwoman Billie Tyler. City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested variance to place three (3) billboards on the southside of I-16 between Pooler Parkway and Quacco Road. Mr. Richard Estus, agent for Hall Development, explained that three (3) sign permits were approved by the Department of Transportation between Quacco Road and I-95, but the signs would have to be at least 130 feet high to clear the trees in the right-of-way. Further, that if these billboards were moved to the other side of Quacco Road, closer to the Pooler Parkway, the signs could be built lower because there are no trees in the right-of-way. Councilwoman Tyler stated that the variance request must meet two (2) of the three (3) criteria.
There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:53pm.