Council Minutes November 16, 2015

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

NOVEMBER 16, 2015

            The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 16, 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.

            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 Councilwoman Benton, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.          

            The minutes of the November 2ndExecutive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

            There was no report.

PUBLIC SAFETY

            Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 138 calls since the last meeting, totaling 2860 for the year and that the police department responded to 1780 calls, totaling 30,267 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 youth basketball practice has begun and that the seniors participated in the Veterans Day Parade in Savannah.

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilwoman Benton reported that seven (7) new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, totaling 153 single family and 353 commercial permits for the year, with 5071 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Second 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

            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.  After reviewing the criteria, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the zoning text amendment on Second Reading, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.  Mr. Scheer stated that cities cannot restrict the use of fireworks and that the Fire Chiefs Association has approached the State Legislature about their safety concerns.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1.  Minor subdivision/recombination plat of 323 E. Mell Street

            Neal Simmons has submitted a minor subdivision plat of a 1.05 acre tract, known as Lots 39, 40, 41, 48, 49 and 50 of Collins Subdivision into Parcel 1 and Parcel 2, both consisting of 0.522 acres.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, based on the plat meeting the subdivision requirements, to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2.  Revised minor subdivision plat for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC

            The developer has submitted a revised minor subdivision plat for a portion of Tract 3 of Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC which was platted without going before Council for approval.  Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

3.  Right-of-way plat for Southwest Quarter Holdings, LLC

            East Haven Boulevard, Phase 4 is a small portion of right-of-way that was approved on December 15, 2008 and, due to the recession, the project did not move forward.  The developer has updated the plat.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the plat.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Burke and passed without opposition.

4.  Site plan for Dozier Crane

            A site plan for a sales and service location for Dozier Crane has been submitted to include an office building, canopy, parking lot and two (2) concrete gravel crane parking areas.  The site is located at the corner of E. Highway 80 and Pine Barren Road.  Mr. Byrd stated that all of the engineering comments have been addressed.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton,  to approve the site plan.  Motion passed without opposition.

5.  Acceptance of maintenance bond for Outlet Mall of Georgia lift station and force main

            Mr. Byrd stated that a final inspection was performed on September 29th, and that all of the punch list items have been addressed.  Councilman Wall made a motion to accept the maintenance bond in the amount of $268,734.15, contingent upon the city attorney approving the bond.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

6.  Yash Desai’s request for water and sewer service to 1507 Quacco Road

            The owner, Yash Desai, is requesting sewer and water service to his property at 1507 Quacco Road, the site of a proposed convenience store.  David Aspinwall, representing Mr. Desai, stated that he is aware that there is an existing water system in the area, but no plans for a sewer system.  Mr. Byrd stated that the City does not run water or sewer lines for property owners, and therefore, the cost would have to be borne by Mr. Desai.  Mr. Aspinwall stated that he has met with Tony Abbot who owns a nearby water and sewer system, to request tying into it.  Mr. Abbot has agreed to provide the services, but not if the City ever has plans to take the customer back at a later date.  After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table the request.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition. 

7.  Alcoholic beverage license for Yun Jin Xie at Xie’s Garden

            Yun Jin Xie submitted an application to serve beer and wine at Xie’s Garden, located at 1014 E. Highway 80.  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.

8.  Alcoholic beverage license for Daniel Keith Schmidt at Applebee’s

            Daniel Keith Schmidt submitted an application to serve liquor, beer and wine at the new Applebee’s Restaurant, located at 160 Tanger Outlets Boulevard.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Burke made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license, to include Sunday Sales.  Motion passed without opposition.

9.  Alcoholic beverage license for Jon Seabolt at Jon E’s Liquor Store

            Jon Seabolt submitted an application to sell liquor, beer and wine at Jon E’s Liquor Store located at 930 Morgans Corner Road, Suite C1.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Mark Revenew has performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, to approve the license.  Motion passed without opposition.

10.  Special event application for retail sale of fireworks (sparklers) in parking lot at Walmart on December 26th through December 31st

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

            Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #11 to the agenda.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.

11.  Quote for preparation to relocate existing AT&T facilities for municipal complex

            Mr. Byrd presented a quote from AT&T for the preparation to relocate the existing facilities along Highway 80.  Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Burke, to approve the quote in the amount of $4853.59.  Motion passed without opposition.

            Councilman Royal made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:32 p.m. to discuss personnel, legal and real estate matters.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

            Mayor Lamb called the meeting back to order at 7:25 p.m.

            There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:25 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

                                                                       

Public Hearing

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

November 16, 2015.  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 the proposed 2016 budget.  Ms. Warner presented the budget, stating that the General Fund balances at $21,837,126.00, the Hotel/Motel Tax Fund balances at $800,000.00, the SPLOST Fund balances at $3,662,000.00, the Capitol Projects Fund balances at $14,449,905.00 and  the Water & Sewer Fund balances at $7,260,117.00. Councilman Wall stated that the budget includes a millage rate of 4.019 mills, noting that it was not increased.

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

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