Council Minutes October 19, 2015

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

OCTOBER 19, 2015

            The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 19, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were  Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman David Burke, Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present.

            The invocation was given by Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Burke.

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilman Wall, 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 Royal reported that the police department responded to 1621 calls since the last meeting, totaling 26,837 for the year and that the fire department responded to 152 calls, totaling 2705 for the year.   

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilman Royal 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 youth basketball practice has begun.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilwoman Black reported that seven (7) new single family residential, one (1) attached unit and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 142 single family, 40 attached unit and 350 commercial permits for the year, with 4752 inspections performed.

            Pam Southard, Executive Director of the Pooler Chamber of Commerce & Visitors Bureau updated Council on recent changes to the Chamber’s bylaws and invited them to several new businesses’ ribbon cuttings as well as the “Meet & Greet the Candidates” to be held October 29th at the Holiday Inn.

            Mayor Lamb read aloud proclamations in regards to November 1st being “Color the World Periwinkle Day” and the month of November being “ Pulmonary Hypertension Awareness Month”, in recognition of the disease.  Linda Santos, leader of a support group, expressed appreciation to the Council for this honor.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

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

            Mr. Byrd stated that the petitioner has requested this item be withdrawn.  This request was honored.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Minor subdivision plat of 5 acres on Big Bend Road for Joseph Austin

            Joe Austin, property owner, submitted a minor subdivision plat to create Parcel A, consisting of 4.11 acres and Parcel B, consisting of .89 acres.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

2.  Acceptance of maintenance bond/approval of final plat for Durham Park, Phase 3

            The developer has submitted a cash bond in the amount of $54,397.25.  The purpose of the plat is to dedicate access and utility easements to the City.  Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to accept the maintenance bond and approve the final plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

3.  Recombination plat of Parcel A, Parcel B, even-numbered lots 226 through 280, an amenities site, and to create a 60' drainage, access and maintenance easement across Tract 7 for Durham Park Townhomes

            The purpose of the plat is to recombine Parcel A, Parcel B, lots 226, 228, 230, 232, 234, 236, 238, 240, 242, 244, 246, 248, 250, 252, 254, 256, 258, 260, 262, 264, 266, 268, 270, 272, 274, 276, 278 and 280, an amenities site and to create a 60' drainage, access and maintenance easement across Tract 7.  Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

4.  Alcoholic beverage license for King Chan at Sapporo Japanese Restaurant

            King Chan has submitted an application to serve beer and wine at Sapporo Japanese Restaurant at 120 Towne Center Drive, Suite 100.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.   Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the license, to include Sunday sales.  Motion passed without opposition.

5.  GMEBS Life & Health Program Employer Declaration & Application for Employee       Health and Dental Benefits

            Mr. Byrd presented the GMEBS Life & Health Program Employer Declaration & Application for Employee Health and Dental Benefits.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without oppositiion.

            Councilman Royal made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:21 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:31 p.m.

            Mr. Scheer stated that a settlement has been reached with Pizza Hut Inc., to buyout their leasehold in the amount of $285,000.00.  Mr. Scheer noted that the appraised value of the leasehold is $300,000.00, and after moving forward with an eminent domain procedure due to the lack of communication with Pizza Hut’s corporate office, the matter was able to be resolved without going to court.  Further, that the City has offered to allow Pizza Hut to remain in their current location until March 1, 2016, at which time their new building will be ready for occupancy, thus ensuring no loss of business or jobs for the employees.  Mr. Scheer also stated that out of all the tenants in the shopping center, the only use of eminent domain was with Whiteway Laundry.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the leasehold buyout in the amount of $285,000.00 and to allow Pizza Hut to remain in their current location until

March 1, 2016.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:34 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

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