The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 2, 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 were also present.
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 by Councilwoman Tyler, seconded by Councilman Cowart, 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 reported on the community service program and gave the police and fire reports.
Councilman Cowart reported that the drainage department has been monitoring the ditches after heavy rainfall and that the fabri-forming of Benton Canal is almost complete.
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance; that the State is implementing new water restrictions on June 3rd; and that all parameters have been met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilman Seay reported that baseball and softball is winding down, with the GRPA tournaments beginning June 24th.
Councilman Seay commended the city employees on the fine job they were doing.
Councilwoman Tyler stated that 23 new single family residential permits were issued in May, totaling 144 for the year, with 502 inspections performed.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Discussion concerning SEDA’s alternate plan for masonry wall behind Country Homes Subdivision
Mr. Rick Winger of the Savannah Economic Development Authority addressed Council, stating that an agreement has been reached between the residents and SEDA to require a 75' undisturbed buffer with a retention pond and compensation to the property owners to be paid within 30 days of signing the agreement. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to substitute this new plan as the condition to the zoning amendment previously approved on May 6, 2002, contingent upon a written agreement being approved and signed by all property owners. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.
2. Second 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 Ennis and Shannon Lyndell Gross
Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve this annexation ordinance on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Westside Business Park
Councilman Bryan stepped down from his council seat. Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plan for Westside Business park, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.
Councilman Bryan returned to his seat.
2. Approval of parade permit for Rothwell Baptist Church
Councilman Wall presented this request from Rothwell Baptist Church’s vacation bible school program for a permit to have a parade on June 7, 2003, and made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Approval of Change Order No. 3 for wastewater treatment plant expansion project
Mr. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers presented Change Order No. 3 for the wastewater treatment plant expansion project, stating that this change is due to bad material (dirt) that was found when constructing the road. Further, that the contractor is bearing the majority of the cost. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve this change order. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed with Councilman Brewton opposing.
4. Approval of Change Order No. 4 for wastewater treatment plant expansion project
Mr. Lovett presented Change Order No. 4 for the wastewater treatment plant expansion project, stating that it is needed to provide water service from the existing treatment plan site. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.
Mr. Val Ervin, resident on Symons Street, addressed Council with his concern over the number of people speeding on Symons and N. Newton Street, asking for something to be done to prevent an accident or death. Police Chief C. E. Chan stated that the police department has conducted two (2) traffic studies in that area. Councilman Wall requested that another study be conducted to determine whether speed bumps can be placed.
Mr. David Crosby, representative of the first responders’ program, addressed Council with concern that the program is going to be done away with, following a recent accident involving a fire truck. Councilman Wall stated that the accident is being investigated and that the first responders’ program is going to be discussed at the upcoming planning retreat.
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 Wall and passed without opposition.