Council Minutes November 3, 2003

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 3, 2003

 

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 3, 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 Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Brewton, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Wall reported on the community service program and gave the police report. Fire Chief Jay Hillis gave the fire report, stating that fire prevention month was a success.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage departments have performed routine maintenance, particularly with the street signs.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer departments have performed routine maintenance, with over 100 line locates being performed.

RECREATION

Councilman Seay reported that the football season is winding down, with games to be played Tuesday and Saturday and that basketball signups are underway.

PERSONNEL

Councilman Seay reported that the city has hired a few new employees.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 31 new single family residential permits were issued in October, totaling 287 for the year, with 539 inspections performed.

Mayor Carter presented the Police Officer of the Year, Karen Zantow, commending her on this achievement.

Heidi Reeder, employee of MedStar, commended the fire department on the fine job they were doing in assisting on medical calls, particularly the recent accident on Dean Forest Road.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of First Amendment to Water & Sewer Agreement with Savannah Developments, LLC and Southwest Quadrant Development Co., LLC

Mr. Baxter requested that this item be tabled in order to allow the Council to have more time to review this agreement. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition. 

2. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Darshna Patel at Grego’s Beverage Warehouse

Councilman Brewton stepped down from his council seat. Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license, stating that it was tabled in order for Chief Chan to hear back from the State’s alcohol agent regarding how many times a liquor store can change ownership. Chief Chan stated that the State has no limitation, therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this license. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed without opposition.

Councilman Brewton returned to his seat.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for side setback variance to construct an addition at 608 W. Tietgen Street

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this variance, based on his belief that it meets #2 and #3 of the criteria and that there was no opposition from the adjacent property owners. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed with Councilman Cowart and Councilwoman Tyler opposing.

2. Approval of final plat for Barrington Estates Subdivision, Phase 6A

Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Barrington Estates Subdivision, Phase 6A, 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 Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of Wastewater Treatment Capacity Reservation Agreement

Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item to allow the Council to review this agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of Wastewater Treatment Capacity Reservation Agreement with Savannah Developments, LLC and Southwest Quadrant Development Co., LLC

Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item to allow the Council to review this agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of Third Amendment to Wastewater Agreement with City of Bloomingdale

Councilman Brewton made a motion to table this item to allow the Council to review this agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of Standard Operating Guidelines for First Responder’s Program

Councilman Wall presented the Standard Operating Guidelines for the First Responder’s Program, stating that Mr. Scheer has approved them and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:37 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing 

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on November 3, 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 a requested 1'6" side setback variance to construct an addition at 608 W. Tietgen Street. Mr. William Peeples has petitioned the city for a variance to build an addition onto his rental property to upgrade the property. Mr. Peeples addressed Council, stating that he believes he meets two (2) of the three (3) criteria for allowing a variance. Councilman Wall questioned whether the adjacent property owners were aware of this request and if they were opposed. Mr. Peeples stated that they were aware and had no problems with his plans. Councilwoman Tyler reminded Mr. Peeples that this request must meet two (2) of the three (3) criteria for allowing a variance, stating that the Planning & Zoning Board felt it did not. Further, that the Board has recommended some alternatives that Mr. Peeples can consider. 

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:58 p.m.

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