Council Minutes October 5, 2015

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

OCTOBER 5, 2015

            The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 5, 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 Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd was present and due to City Attorney Steve Scheer’s absence, Attorney Craig Call was present on his behalf.

            The invocation was given by Councilman Allen 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 Royal, with no opposition.

            The minutes of the September 8th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

            The minutes of the September 21st Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

            Councilman Wall 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.

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 290 calls in September, totaling 2552 for the year and that the police department responded to 1591 calls since the last meeting, totaling 25,216 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.  Further, that a water test sample showed coliform bacteria, corrective measures were performed and the public was notified.

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that football and soccer games continue and that registration for youth basketball is ongoing.  Further, that the senior citizens have participated in charity walks recently.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that nine (9) new single family residential, four (4) attached unit and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 135 single family, 39 attached unit and 348 commercial permits for the year, with 4630 inspections performed.

            Mayor Lamb read aloud a proclamation in regards to First Baptist Church of Pooler’s 130th Anniversary, proclaiming October 18th as “First Baptist Church of Pooler Day”.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Amendment to Savannah Quarters, Phase 1 Development Standards

            The amendment to the development standards for Savannah Quarters, Phase 1 was tabled at the last meeting to allow the engineer to meet with the developer to discuss the city manager’s recommendation.  Mr. Byrd stated that he has met with the developer about the street repairs needed.  After discussion, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the amendment, contingent upon the developer signing an agreement to repair the streets prior to the first permit being issued.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  10' side yard setback variance at 405 Sikes Drive

            A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented.  Edwin Smith, owner, requested the item be tabled in order to allow him to have a survey performed on his property to determine how much of a variance is needed.  Mr. Call stated that if there is a change in the amount of variance needed, the request will have to be re-advertised.  Councilman Wall made a motion to table the item until the next meeting.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2.  Jabot PUD Master Plan Amendment #6

            A public hearing was held prior.  Jeff Halliburton of Thomas & Hutton Engineering, on behalf of 929 Properties, LLC, presented the Jabot PUD Master Plan, stating that Amendment #6 includes the following changes: incorporate Parcel 2 of the Baker Tract into the PUD and designate the land use as multi-family; incorporate Parcel 2A of the Armstrong Tract into the PUD, leaving it zoned heavy commercial; revise the land use of Parcel B to allow net acreage adjacent to Pooler Parkway and a portion adjacent to the pond as heavy commercial; and add development standards for mid-rise multi-family residential allowing four (4) stories.  Councilman Wall questioned the multi-family density regarding the maximum number of units.  Mr. Halliburton replied that the maximum residential density throughout the entire PUD is 7230 dwelling units, with a maximum of 1380 of the units being multi-family land use.  The amendment for mid-rise multi-family will allow reallocation of net density greater than 18 dwelling units per acre with four (4) stories specifically on Parcels A, B and the Baker Tract of the Jabot PUD.   Maximum net density for the mid-rise multi-family development would be approximately 28 dwelling units per acre.  Further, that an approximately 300' natural wetland  vegetative buffer will remain between the single-family residential property (Somersby Subdivision) and the proposed mid-rise multi-family land use.  Councilman Wall made a motion, after reviewing the criteria, to approve the amendment.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

3.  Zoning map amendment of 305 Carver Street from R-1A to R-2C

            A public hearing was held prior.  Holly Young, on behalf of the owner, Lovezzola Investments, LLC, presented a request to re-zone the property from R-1A (single-family residential) to R-2C (two-family residential).  Councilman Wall expressed concern over Carver Street being a substandard road, stating that allowing duplexes would create a traffic problem.  Councilman Allen questioned whether the proposed duplex would be made of brick, similar to the ones in the near vicinity.  Ms. Young replied that the petitioner has plans to use brick.  After review of the criteria, Councilwoman Black made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Wall opposing.

4.  Zoning map amendment of 309 Carver Street from R-1A to R-2C

            A public hearing was held prior.  Councilman Wall expressed concern over Carver Street being a substandard road, stating that allowing duplexes would create a traffic problem.  Councilman Allen questioned whether the proposed duplex would be made of brick, similar to the ones in the near vicinity.  Ms. Young replied that the petitioner has plans to use brick.  After review of the criteria, Councilwoman Black made a motion to approve the zoning map amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Wall opposing.

5.  Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Durham Park, Phase II

            The developer of Durham Park has posted a cash bond to have the plat for Phase II recorded.  Councilman Allen made a motion to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6.  Release maintenance bond for North Godley Industrial Park

            A final inspection was performed on July 29th.   Councilman Wall made a motion to release the maintenance bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

7.  Alcoholic beverage license for Rajendra M. Patel at 231 E. Highway 80 (BP Station)

            Rajendra M. Patel has submitted an application to sell beer and wine at OM SAI, 1333, Inc, the BP station at 231 E. Highway 80.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed a background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

8.  Resolution regarding Lease Supplement with Georgia Municipal Association for fire department vehicle (2015 Chevy Tahoe)

            Mr. Byrd presented a resolution regarding a Lease Supplement with Georgia Municipal Association for the fire department’s 2015 Chevy Tahoe.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the resolution.  Motion passed without opposition.

9.  Resolution regarding Lease Supplement with Georgia Municipal Association for eight (8) police vehicles (Explorers)

            Mr. Byrd presented a resolution regarding a Lease Supplement with Georgia Municipal Association for the eight (8) Police Department Explorers.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the resolution, Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

            Jeff Rayno, resident, addressed Council in regards to the notification about the water sample test showing coliform bacteria in the water, asking why the notice was not given until October, with the bacteria being found in the month of June.  Mr. Byrd stated that the incident was reported immediately to the EPD, with the City following proper protocol issued by the EPD.

            There being no further business to discuss or the need for an Executive Session, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:14 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Allen and passed without opposition.

                                               

Public Hearing

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

October 5, 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 Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd was present and due to City Attorney Steve Scheer’s absence, Attorney Craig Call was present on his behalf.

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested 10' side yard setback variance at 405 Sikes Drive for the owner, Edwin Smith, to construct a 27' x 27' open-face brick carport onto his existing residence.  Mr. Byrd stated that Mr. Smith requested at the Planning & Zoning meeting for the item to be tabled in order to allow him to have his property surveyed to determine how much of a variance is needed. 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:33 p.m.

            Public Hearing

 

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

October 5, 2015.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:40 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd was present and due to City Attorney Steve Scheer’s absence, Attorney Craig Call was present on his behalf.

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss the Jabot PUD (Planned Unit Development) Master Plan Amendment #6.  Jeff Halliburton of Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented the revisions, stating that the intent is to add a 24.89 acre parcel, formerly known as Parcel 2 of the Baker Tract, designating the land use as multi-family, and a 21.73 acre parcel, formerly known as Parcel 2A of the Armstrong Tract (to remain heavy commercial), to the Jabot PUD.  Further, to revise the land use of Parcel “B” to allow net acreage adjacent to Pooler Parkway and a portion adjacent to the pond as heavy commercial and add development standards for mid-rise multi-family residential, allowing four (4) stories.  Charlie Thornburgh, resident of Somersby Subdivision, presented concern about a four-story apartment complex not being aesthetically pleasing, stating that it will have a negative impact on property values and be a disadvantage to the traffic, utilities and local schools.

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m.

Public Hearing

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

October 5, 2015.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:52 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior).  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall. City Manager Robbie Byrd was present and due to City Attorney Steve Scheer’s absence, Attorney Craig Call was present on his behalf.

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss:

(1) A requested zoning map amendment of 305 Carver Street from R-1A to R-2C -

            Holly Young of ReMax Properties, presented a request from the owner, Lovezzola Investment, LLC, to re-zone 305 Carver Street from R-1A (single family residential) to R-2C (two-family residential).  Ms. Young presented a map of the lots in the adjacent area and stated that the intent is to demolish the existing house to construct a duplex apartment similar to the one across the street.

(2) A requested zoning map amendment of 309 Carver Street from R-1A to R-2C -

            Holly Young of ReMax Properties presented a request from the owner, Lovezzola Investment, LLC, to re-zone 309 Carver Street from R-1A (single family residential) to R-2C (two-family residential).  Ms. Young stated that the intent is to demolish the existing house to construct a duplex apartment similar to the one across the street.

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:55 p.m.

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