The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 19, 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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer.
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 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 reported on the community service program and gave the police report. Mr. Baxter stated that the fire department is applying for a grant for fire apparatus. Councilman Wall stated that the ad for a permanent fire chief would be run soon.
Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance and that all parameters at the wastewater treatment plant have been met.
Councilman Seay reported that baseball and softball games are continuing and commended the employees at the park for getting the fields ready after the rain. Councilwoman Tyler stated that she has received complaints about adults smoking in the dugouts at the park. Councilman Seay stated that he would check into this matter.
Councilman Seay reported that the draft of the new Charter is complete except for sections concerning the mayor’s veto power and powers of the city manager.
Councilwoman Tyler reported that 7 new single family residential permits have been issued this month, totaling 132 for the year; that two (2) commercial permits have been issued for office buildings at the Pooler Park of Commerce; and that Chick Fil A will be opening this week.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of site plan for Fortune Plaza
Attorney Adam Kirk, representing the owner, presented this item as well as the traffic study Council requested to be done, stating that Planning & Zoning has recommended denial of this project based on traffic concerns. Further, that the traffic study was performed at the owner’s cost and that it is obvious that any commercial business would generate more traffic to the area of Skinner Avenue at Highway 80. Mr. Stephen Staley, Engineer who performed the study, stated that his recommendations are to place two (2) turn lanes, one at N. Skinner Avenue and one at S. Skinner Avenue and for the Council to consider placing a traffic light at this intersection. Councilman Cowart questioned whether the unopened right-of-way (Collins Street) was considered or was a part of this development. Councilwoman Tyler questioned whether any portion of the 40' section owned by the railroad would have to be acquired in order to put the turn lane on S. Skinner Avenue. Mr. Staley stated that there is ample right-of-way for three (3) lanes of traffic. Mr. Kirk reiterated the fact that this property is zoned light commercial and that no special conditions are called for in the ordinance. Mr. Scheer stated that Council’s concerns are that there was a fatality at this intersection, that it is a bad traffic area and questioned what the owner was willing to do to minimize the potential risk for the health and safety of residents. Mr. Staley presented a drawing of his plan to add the turn lanes. Mr. Baxter questioned what type of drainage would be planned for this area. Mr. Staley stated that the drainage plan would be completed in the near future. Councilman Wall expressed concern that the drainage plan had not been submitted. Mr. Scheer stated that reasonable regulations could be required to minimize hazards. Councilman Wall asked if the owner would consider reducing the plans for the second lot and stated that he realizes that the owner is trying to get the most use out of his property. Further, that the drainage plan should be submitted before site plan approval. Mr. Staley stated that all the city’s requirements have been met. Mr. Kirk stated that there has been a lot of additional work and expenses for this project and that his client has done everything to comply with the city’s ordinance. Mr. Scheer reiterated Council’s concerns about traffic and asked that the owner work with them to develop this property at its highest use and to come up with a plan that will not create a dangerous situation. Further, that the Council cannot deny this plan unless there is a reasonable basis. Councilwoman Tyler asked if the plans could be revised to show the turn lanes. Mayor Carter asked that the drainage plan be included also. Mr. Kirk expressed his concern that the Council was creating an ordinance in the middle of the meeting. Mr. Scheer reiterated the fact that the Council has a problem with the project as designed, that it poses a danger with traffic and safety and that the Council is simply asking the owner to design a plan that would alleviate this danger. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item in order to allow the owner to submit a new site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.
2. Request for conditional use to build a family amusement park at the northwest corner of Highway 80 and Coleman Boulevard
Councilwoman Tyler presented this item which was tabled in order to allow the engineer to meet with the city manager, zoning administrator, police and fire chief to discuss alternate access and exit to this property. Mr. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman Engineers stated that an additional exit has been added at the northeast corner of the property and that the bus parking area would be in the front. Councilman Wall stated that at the last meeting there was discussion on security being provided on site as well as the park closing no later than 11:00 p.m. on Sunday through Thursday and 12:00 midnight on Friday and Saturday. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve this conditional use, contingent upon security being provided, the hours of operation being set as aforementioned and staff’s recommendations being followed. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed without opposition.
Councilman Wall asked Mr. Scheer to update Council on the status of the dilapidated houses in the city. Mr. Scheer stated that there is a proposed settlement for the Vaughn properties and that the remaining properties could be handled under the new nuisance ordinance. Councilman Wall asked City Planner Robbie Byrd to look into this matter.
Councilman Wall asked Mr. Baxter to report on the status of the new interchange proposed at I-95 and Pine Barren Road. Mr. Baxter stated that this would be an independent interchange and that he is waiting on the plan to be submitted.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of site plan for Daiquiri Island Restaurant
Mark Crapps of Kern-Coleman & Company presented the site plan which has been amended to "mirror" the original plan submitted. Mr. Crapps stated that the only change was to move the building to the other side of the lot, with no re-engineering being done. Councilwoman Tyler stated that all the engineers’ comments have been addressed and made a motion to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
2. Approval of amendment to Final PUD for Phase V of the Northern Tract of Godley Villages
Mr. Terry Coleman of Kern-Coleman & Company presented this amendment to the Final PUD for Phase V of the Northern Tract of Godley Villages, stating that the plan has been changed to show a 15' front building setback instead of the approved 25' in the neo-traditional neighborhood and that the homes will have rear entry garages accessed from paved alleys located along the rear of the lots. Further, that there will be no parking around the rotary. Councilman Wall asked that the developer place "no parking" signs along this area. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve this amendment to the Final PUD. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
3. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Phase V of the Northern Tract of Godley Villages
Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plan for Phase V of the Northern Tract of Godley Villages and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.
4. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Allison Gallier at Schlotzsky’s Deli
Councilman Brewton stepped down from his council seat. Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license to include Sunday sales for Allison Gallier to sell beer and wine at Schlotzsky’s Deli. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this application. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed with Councilman Bryan opposing.
Councilman Brewton returned to his seat.
5. Approval of funding for Daimler-Chrysler impact study
Mayor Carter stated that an impact study is being considered to address infrastructure needs for the proposed Daimler-Chrysler plant and that funding is based on participation of counties and municipalities and is determined by population. Further, that Pooler’s current portion is $1038.00, but that this fee could change due to the fact that other counties may want to participate or some may decide not to participate. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the funding of this impact study with Pooler’s share not to exceed $2000.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
6. Discussion concerning renewal of agreement with Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority
Mr. Patrick Shay of the Trade Center addressed Council in regards to the city renewing the agreement for funding. Councilman Wall asked that a contact person be appointed to find out what Pooler is getting from conventions that are held at the Trade Center. Councilman Cowart updated Council on the Trade Center’s recent activities, stating that Pooler has submitted approximately $80,000 of sales tax to the Center, that the city is seeing some referrals for motel rooms and that a kiosk has been ordered to highlight Pooler at the Trade Center. Councilman Cowart recommended that funding be continued in the spirit of cohesion and cooperation. Councilman Wall stated that he would like to see a little more cohesiveness and cooperation with Chatham County and made a motion to table this item pending the outcome of the County’s decision on the proposed City of Savannah annexation of land in West Chatham County. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed with Councilman Cowart opposing.
7. Approval of zoning for properties on Quacco Road to be annexed into the city
A public hearing was held prior wherein the property owners were in agreement with the zoning remaining as Residential-Agricultural. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the zoning for this property. Motion passed without opposition.
8. First Reading on ordinance regarding annexation of properties on Quacco Road owned by Joseph H. Wilson, Charles & Anna King, E. W. & Patricia Ann Ennis, C. E. & Edna C. Sandefur, Robert H. & Hazel Clifton and Shannon Lyndell Gross
Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve this annexation ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:24 p.m. to discuss legal and personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.
Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 8:00 p.m.
It was the general consensus of Council to allow the city manager to appoint City Planner Robbie Byrd as the Interim Public Works Director and to ask Mr. Byrd to pursue his studies in Civil Engineering.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Bryan made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:01 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular city council meeting on May 19, 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 and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the proposed zoning for properties on Quacco Road owned by Joseph H. Wilson, Charles & Anna King, E. W. & Patricia Ann Ennis, C. E. & Edna C. Sandefur, Robert H. & Hazel Clifton Ennis and Shannon Lyndell Gross. This property is currently zoned R-A (Residential-Agricultural) within Chatham County and would remain the same when annexed into the city. The property owners questioned what services they would be receiving. Mayor Carter stated that police, fire and sanitation services would be provided. Councilwoman Tyler stated that the property owners would continue using their private wells and septic tanks, which was agreed upon by the owners.
There being no further business to discuss, this hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:55 p.m.