The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 6, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:39 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilwoman Black.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Allen, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Burke presented bills in excess of $1500.00 and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the police department responded to 1866 calls since the last meeting, totaling 15,920 for the year and that the fire department responded to 327 calls in June, totaling 1678 for the year.
Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.
Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant.
Councilwoman Black reported that baseball and softball teams participated in GRPA tournaments and that registration is open for football, pep squad and fall soccer.
Councilman Allen reported that 12 new single family residential, five (5) attached unit and 20 commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 96 single family, 26 attached unit and 318 commercial permits for the year, with 3308 inspections performed.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Zoning map amendment of approximately 328.23 acres on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A to I-1
A public hearing was held prior wherein several residents of the Hunt Club Subdivision presented opposition. Councilman Wall questioned the size of the development, whether the warehouse area would definitely by less than 500,000 sq. ft. and if warranted, would the developer be willing to install a traffic light. Further, if a berm would be placed prior to any certificate of occupancies being issued and when it was anticipated that the dump truck traffic would be reduced. Also, if a stop sign was going to be placed to ensure that dump trucks yield the right-of-way to traffic and whether an alternate exit for the Hunt Club Subdivision would be considered. Chad Zittrouer of Kern & Company Engineering replied that dump truck trips should be reduced within five (5) years at the least. Attorney Phillip McCorkle replied that the developer is willing to install a traffic light when warranted, but that he could not commit to the developer participating in a plan for an alternate exit for the subdivision. Councilman Wall stated that without the guarantee of a traffic light as with another development on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway, he cannot be in favor of this type of development. After consideration of the standards for a zoning map amendment, Councilman Burke made a motion, based on public safety, to deny the request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition. Mr. McCorkle stated that there will be less traffic with the proposed development, adding that the residents will be worse off in that traffic lights will not be placed on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway if the development does not happen, which will be a detriment to the City.
2. Revised preliminary construction plan for Harmony, Phase 2
Coleman Company, Inc. submitted a revised preliminary construction plan for Phase 2 of Harmony Subdivision to separate it into Phase 2 and 3. Phase 2 will consist of 24 lots and the proposed Phase 3 will consist of 15. Construction in Phase 2 has been completed and the owner’ s intent is to post a maintenance bond and record the subdivision plat, with Phase 3 to be platted at a later date once constructed is complete. Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plan. Motion passed without opposition.
3. Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Harmony, Phase 2
The developer submitted a final plat for Hamony, Phase 2 and posted a maintenance bond in the amount of $96,745.50. Mr. Byrd stated that the final inspection was performed and all of the punch list items have been addressed. Councilman Allen made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and approve the plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.
4. Proposal from Hussey Gay Bell for Structural Observations Fee for new municipal complex
Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Hussey Gay Bell for structural observations service for the new municipal complex. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the proposal in the amount of $17,050.00. Motion passed without opposition.
5. Proposal from Rody’s Audio Warehouse for sound system at stadium
Mr. Byrd presented bids for the installation of a sound system at the new stadium. Councilwoman Black made a motion to approve the proposal from Rody’s Audio Warehouse in the amount of $15,617.20. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
6. Change Order #1 for grandstands and press box at stadium
Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #1 for the grandstands and press box at the new stadium. Councilwoman Black made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the change order in the amount of $26,050.00. Motion passed without opposition.
7. Proposal from Crout Electrical Company, Inc. for electrical work at stadium concession building
Mr. Byrd presented bids for the electrical work at the concession stand at the new stadium. Councilwoman Black made a motion to approve the proposal from Crout Electrical Company, Inc. in the amount of $94,890.00. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
8. Proposal from HARCO Construction for utility work at recreation complex
Mr. Byrd presented bids for the utility work at the recreation complex. Councilwoman Black made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the proposal from HARCO Construction in the amount of $84,772.00.
Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:14 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.
Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:26 p.m.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:26 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.
A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on July 6, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Michelle Warner and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.
The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of approximately 328.23 acres on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway from R-A (Residential-Agricultural) to I-1 (Light Industrial). Attorney Phillip McCorkle, representing the developer, Morgan Lakes Property, LLC and North Godley Developers, Inc., presented the request, stating the five (5) warehouses are proposed on the property to be less than 500,000 sq. ft. in size. Mr. McCorkle stated that he has spoken with an advisory group from the Hunt Club Subdivision and noted that Jimmy DeLoach Parkway was designed to be a direct truck route to and from the Port of Savannah. Jim McGaffin, resident of the Hunt Club, presented a petition signed by 144 residents in opposition of the re-zoning, stating that there has been tremendous growth in this area already, creating an increase in traffic which has caused a safety hazard to residents leaving the neighborhood. Further, that an alternate exit to Benton Boulevard was needed to ensure a safe way in and out of the subdivision. Mr. Byrd stated that development of the property would decrease the amount of dump trucks on the Parkway. Mr. McGaffin noted that the dump trucks do not yield the right-of-way to traffic and that a stop sign should be placed on the property so that trucks will stop before entering onto the Parkway. Further, that when he bought his house, he had no idea that the Parkway was intended for truck traffic. Chad Ebel, resident, stated that trucks are often sitting on the roads, waiting for the gate at the ports to open, recommending that holding lanes be provided and that the Parkway be developed into an expressway with on and off ramps. Karen Iversen, resident, asked whether the Parkway could be monitored by the police in the same fashion that Governor Deal is monitoring the interstate highways in regards to the recent fatalities caused by semi truck drivers. Keith Candeline, resident, questioned what will happen to residential property values. Mr. McCorkle reviewed the Standards for a Zoning Map Amendment, providing statements as to how the petition meets all of the standards.
There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:39 p.m.