Council Minutes August 17, 2015

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

AUGUST 17, 2015

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 17, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke 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 Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Burke, with no opposition.          

            The minutes of the August 3rd Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Allen, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

            Councilman Burke presented bills in excess of $1500.00 and made a motion to pay, subject to funds.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Wall reported that the police department responded to 1567 calls since the last meeting, totaling 20,200 for the year and that the fire department responded to 134 calls, totaling 2111 for the year.   

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street and drainage departments performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Wall reported that the water and sewer departments performed routine maintenance and that all parameters are being met at the wastewater treatment plant. 

RECREATION         

            Councilwoman Black reported that registration for youth basketball is ongoing. Further, that the stadium will be open for the first high school football on September 4th.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that four (4) new single family residential and four (4)  commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 112 single family and 335 commercial permits for the year, with 4029 inspections performed.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Zoning map amendment of approximately 16.014 acres located on Pine Barren          Road, adjacent to Somersby Subdivision, from R-1A to R-3A

            A public hearing was held prior.  Forest Lakes Developers, LLC is requesting to re-zone 16.014 acres on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Somersby Subdivision, from

R-1A (single family residential) to R-3A (multi-family) to construct 69 multi-family residential units.  Travis Burke of Coleman Company requested this item be withdrawn.  This request was honored. 

2.  Zoning map amendment of approximately 17.239 acres at 1335 S. Rogers Street from R-1A to R-A

            A public hearing was held prior wherein several adjacent property owners presented opposition.  Chelsea Henneman, owner, presented a request to re-zone 17.239 acres to construct a 3600 sq. ft. high-end facility to provide pet daycare, overnight boarding and grooming services.  Councilman Burke made a motion to deny the request, based on it not meeting any of the criteria for granting a zoning map amendment.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.  Councilman Wall stated that a similar request on Old Louisville Road was turned down several years ago and that while these types of services are needed, Rogers Street is not a suitable area.

3.  Acceptance of performance bond/approval of final plat for Westbrook, Phase 6A

            Phase 6A of Westbrook Subdivision consists of 10 single-family residential lots, located at the end of Blue Moon Crossing.  The developer has posted a performance bond in the amount of $108,344.00.  Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed and that an inspection has been performed by the public works department.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton,  to accept the performance bond and approve the final plat, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond.  Motion passed without opposition.

4.  Preliminary construction plan for Hunt Club, Phase V

            Hunt Club, Phase V consists of 25 single-family residential lots at the end of Southwilde Way.  Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff recommend approval.  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plan, contingent upon the engineering comments being addressed.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5.  Site plan for Applebees’s Restaurant at 160 Tanger Outlets Boulevard

            Mr. Byrd presented the site plan for an Applebee’s Restaurant to be constructed at 160 Tanger Outlets Boulevard, stating that all of the engineering comments have been addressed.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the site plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

6.  Application for Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages at Bootleggers

            Reed Blair submitted an application to be permitted to serve alcoholic beverages on Sunday at Bootleggers.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has recommended denial.  Councilman Burke made a motion to deny the request.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

7.  Alcoholic beverage license for Hetal Patel at OM SAI 1333 (231 E. Hwy 80)

            Hetal Patel, new owner of the BP Station at 231 E. Highway 80, submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the convenience store.  Mr. Byrd stated that Chief Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the license.  Motion passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

8.  Proposal from Savannah Systems for fire suppression system at stadium

            Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Savannah Systems for the fire suppression system at the stadium.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $17,240.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

9.  Proposal from Cameron Metalworks, LLC for hood system at stadium concession stand

            Mr. Byrd presented a proposal from Cameron Metalworks, LLC for the hood system, Ansul system and exhaust fan for the concession stand.  Councilwoman Black made a motion to approve the proposal in the amount of $22,634.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

10.  Change order from J. L. Hardin, Inc. for parking lot at recreation park

            Mr.  Byrd presented a change order for the parking lot at the recreation park.  Councilwoman Black made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the change order from J. L. Hardin, Inc. in the amount of $55,250.00.  Motion passed without opposition.

11.  Change order from Central Fence Company

            Mr. Byrd presented a change order for the fence at the stadium.  Councilwoman Black made a motion to approve the change order from Central Fence Company in the amount of $10,778.00.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

           

12.  Resolution for Declaration of Official Intent to Reimburse Costs of Acquiring Public Safety Vehicles with Tax-Exempt                   Financing

            Ms. Warner presented a resolution regarding the financing of eight (8) police vehicles and one (1) fire vehicle with the approximate cost of $400,000.00.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the resolution.  Motion passed without opposition.

13.  Resolution regarding Budget Adjustment 2015-01

            Ms. Warner presented Budget Adjustment 2015-01 (copy attached to and made a part of the minutes).  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the resolution.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

            Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:50 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 7:15 p.m.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:15 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

                                                                       

Public Hearing

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on August 17, 2015.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:30 p.m.   Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke 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 16.014 acres located on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to Somersby Subdivision, from R-1A to R-3A.  Travis Burke of Coleman Company Inc. presented the request, stating that the petitioner would like to table it.  Charlie Thornburgh, resident on Somersby Subdivision, presented a petition in opposition of the zoning map amendment, stating that the request is not a logical extension of the zoning boundaries (single-family residential) and that it would not improve the pattern of uses in the area.  Further, that the re-zoning would precipitate similar requests in the future which will adversely affect the neighborhood.  Pat Lynch, resident of Somersby, stated that property values will decrease if apartments are allowed. 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:41 p.m.

Public Hearing

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on August 17, 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 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 17.239 acres at 1335 S. Rogers Street from R-1A to R-A.  Chelsea Henneman, owner, presented the request to re-zone her property from R-1A (single-family residential) to R-A (residential-agricultural) with the intent to construct a 3600 sq. ft. high-end facility which will offer dog daycare, overnight boarding, grooming services and a dog park.  Ms. Henneman addressed the concerns presented at the Planning & Zoning meeting, stating that the plan is harmonious with the City’s comprehensive plan and that it will have a positive impact on the community.  Further, that if approved, the use will be deed restricted as the only use allowed.  Maureen Tapley, adjacent property owner, stated that residential-agriculatural zoning is not the same as single-family residential and that the re-zoning will be permanent.  Ms. Tapley presented concern over the dog park that is proposed, questioning how many people and dogs would be utilizing it.  William Baker, adjacent property owner, presented a petition in opposition of the request.  Clilfford Morgan, adjacent property owner, stated that he would like the neighborhood to remain single-family residential, to maintain its peacefulness.

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:00 p.m.

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