Council Minutes September 21, 2015

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

SEPTEMBER 21, 2015

            The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 21, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were 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.  Councilman Bruce Allen was absent due to work.

            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 Wall, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, 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 Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 203 calls since the last meeting, totaling 2465 for the year and that the police department responded to 1338 calls, totaling 23,625 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 football and soccer games continue and that registration for youth basketball is ongoing.  Further, that the Patriot Weekend Festival held recently was a success, thanking staff for their hard work.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilwoman Benton reported that four (4) new single family residential, four (4) attached unit and 1 commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 126 single family, 35 attached unit and 346 commercial permits for the year, with 4503 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Offer from Cricket Communications to leave equipment in place on telecommunication tower at public works

            Cricket Communications is in the process of terminating their lease agreement on the telecommunication tower located at public works and has offered the City $15,000.00 to be permitted to leave their equipment in place.  Councilman Burke made a motion to deny their request, based on a potential liability issue of leaving the equipment in place.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Variance to allow family members to reside in an existing structure located behind primary residence at 1118 Forest Drive on a temporary basis

            A public hearing was held prior, wherein James Faulkner, owner, was not present.  Mr. Faulkner has requested a variance to allow his daughter and granddaughter to reside in an existing structure located behind the primary residence on a temporary basis for a minimum of one (1) year for his daughter to be eligible for in-state college tuition rates and allow her to reside there until she completes her degree (approximately two and a half (2½) to three (3) years).  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to deny the variance, based on the request not meeting any of the criteria.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition. 

2.  Amendment to Savannah Quarters, Phase 1 Development Standards

            Mr. Byrd presented an amendment submitted by the developer of Savannah Quarters to change the number of multi-family units in Phase 1 from 754 to 789, within an area that was previously slated for a third phase of townhomes and has since been relinquished by the townhome developer.  Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning and staff recommend denial.  Further, that there is an issue with on-street parking within the Village Green Townhomes, which creates public safety issues.  Councilwoman Benton stated that an additional 35 multi-family units will cause increased overload to the already overloaded school system as well as public safety services.  Mr. Byrd recommended the streets be made private and after discussion, Hal Kraft of Hussey Gay Bell Engineering Consultants requested the item be tabled to allow him to meet with the developer to discuss the matter.  Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to table the amendment.  Motion passed without opposition.

            Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:21 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 6:42 p.m.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:42 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on

September 21, 2015.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.  Present were 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 variance to allow family members to reside in an existing structure located behind primary residence at 1118 Forest Drive on a temporary basis.  The petitioner was not present at the meeting. James Faulkner, owner, has submitted a request to allow his daughter and granddaughter to reside in an existing structure located behind the primary residence on a temporary basis.  Mr. Faulkner’s  intent is to renovate the rear detached building into a temporary residence for a minimum of one (1) year for his daughter to be eligible for in-state college tuition rates and allow her to reside there until she completes her degree (approximately two and a half (2½) to three (3) years.  Mr. Byrd stated that Planning & Zoning has recommend denial, based on the request not meeting any of the criteria for granting a variance.

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:47 p.m.

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