Council Minutes November 2, 2015

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

NOVEMBER 2, 2015

            The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 2, 2015. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton,  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 Mayor Lamb.

            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 October 19th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

            Councilman Royal 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 fire department responded to 288 calls in October, totaling 2860 for the year and that the police department responded to 1650 calls since the last meeting, totaling 28,487 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  

            Mr. Byrd stated that youth basketball practice has begun and that football games at the stadium continue.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that four (4) new single family residential, 19 attached unit and one (1) commercial permit were issued since the last meeting, totaling 146 single family, 59 attached unit and 351 commercial permits for the year, with 4929 inspections performed.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Minor subdivision plat for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC

            Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC submitted a minor subdivision plat of a 12.81 acre portion of Tract 3 of the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters for a proposed grocery store.  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

2.  Site plan for Lot 5, Pooler Development Park

            Coleman Company Inc. submitted a site plan for a proposed 5000 sq. ft. commercial building.  Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed.  Councilman Allen made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal, to approve the site plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

3.  Site plan for Lot 6, Pooler Development Park

            Coleman Company Inc. submitted a site plan for a proposed 5000 sq. ft. commercial building.  Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed.  Councilman Allen made a motion to approve the site plan.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

4.  Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Hunt Club,

            Phase 4-A

            The developer of Phase 4-A of the Hunt Club has submitted a maintenance bond in the amount of $207,916.00.  Mr. Byrd stated that public works performed the final inspection and punch list items have been addressed.  Councilman Wall made a motion to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

5.  Change Order #3 for Key Slot, Godley Station and Towne Lake Lift Station and Sewer project

            Mr. Byrd presented Change Order #3 for the Key Slot, Godley Station and Towne Lake Lift Station and Sewer project.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Royal,  to approve the change order in the amount of $13,553.50.  Motion passed without opposition.

6.   Alcoholic beverage license for Candace Ann Morris Altomare at Bahama Bob’s

            Candace Ann Morris Altomare submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at Bahama Bob’s.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license, to include Sunday sales.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen opposing.

7.  Letter of support for a proposed foreign trade zone for The Gap, Inc. at 125 Distribution Drive

            The World Trade Center Savannah requested support for the establishment of a Foreign-Trade Zone (FTZ) for The Gap at 125 Distribution Drive for warehouse/distribution.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the letter to be executed by the Mayor.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

8.  First Reading on zoning text amendment to add consumer fireworks retail sales facility, store or temporary structure as a conditional use in I-1 (Light Industrial) zoning

            A public hearing was held prior.  Georgia law will allow the sale of consumer fireworks beginning January 1, 2016, after the retailer has obtained the required State license.  Cities cannot ban or restrict fireworks within their jurisdiction, but are allowed to regulate where they can be sold through local zoning regulations.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the zoning text amendment on First Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

            Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:18 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 6:43 p.m.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Allen made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:43 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

November 2, 2015.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, 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 proposed zoning text amendment to add consumer fireworks retail sales facility, store or temporary structure as a conditional use in I-1 (Light Industrial) zoning.  Mr. Byrd stated that Georgia law now allows the sale of consumer fireworks beginning January 1, 2016, after the retailer has obtained the required State license.  Further, that cities cannot ban or restrict fireworks within their jurisdiction, but are allowed to regulate where they can be sold through local zoning regulations. Mr. Scheer presented concern over the new law allowing fireworks to be exploded in any public places, including city parks. 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:50 p.m.

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