Council Minutes June 18, 2018

CITY OF POOLER

COUNCIL MINUTES

JUNE 18, 2018

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 18, 2018.  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 Larry Olliff,  Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Chris Lightle and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

 

            The invocation was given by Councilman Allen and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilwoman Benton.

 

            The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Olliff, seconded by Councilwoman Benton, with no opposition.

 

            The minutes of the June 4th Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

 

Report from the Standing Committees:

 

FINANCE

            Councilman Wall presented bills in excess of $1500.00 for payment 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 189 calls since the last meeting, totaling 1932 for the year and that the police department responded to 1277 calls, totaling 14,925 for the year.

 

STREET/DRAINAGE

            Councilwoman Benton reported that the street department picked up trash throughout the City, performed road repairs at 407 Cliff Court and 631 Ryan’s Lane, repaired potholes on Canal Bank Road, Glenwood Court and Longleaf Circle, delivered six (6) new trash and six (6) recycling carts, repaired/replaced 30 carts and performed sign maintenance as needed.  Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, repaired two (2) storm inlets in Hunter’s Ridge Subdivision, continued mapping of stormwater system and picked up trash in designated areas.

 

WATER/SEWER

            Councilman Olliff reported that the water department inspected 16 new construction meters, repaired one (1) leaking lateral and one (1) leaking main, repaired  hydrants on Fire Thorn Lane and Royal Lane, repaired leak at 6" main on E. Whatley Street, notified 49 residents of continuous water usage in an effort to reduce bill adjustments/water loss, witnessed the testing and certification of 16 backflow preventers and performed 536 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center.  Further, that EOM responded to four (4) sewer calls and performed maintenance on lift stations and at the wastewater treatment plant.

 

RECREATION  

            Councilwoman Black reported that registration for summer gymnastics in ongoing, summer youth basketball practice has begun and that registration for tackle football, cheerleading, fall soccer and flag football continues.  Further, that the senior citizens will be participating in a Smart Senior Expo on June 21st.  

 

BUILDING/ZONING

            Councilman Allen reported that eight (8) new single family residential and two (2) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 278 inspections performed.

 

            Mayor Lamb welcomed State Representative Ron Stephens to the meeting.

Representative Stephens commended Council on the progress of the City.

 

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Second Reading on ordinance regarding door-to-door sales

            Mr. Scheer presented an ordinance to provide regulations for door-to-door sales to add more stringent regulations, based on recent complaints of a merchant going door-to-door.  Further, that after a public hearing is held, an ordinance to change to a per day/per person fee will be considered, noting that the current fee will remain in place until the new ordinance is adopted.  After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the ordinance on Second Reading.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition.

 

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

 

1.  Conditional use for proposed independent living facility on San Drive

            A public hearing was held prior.  Councilman Allen made a motion to deny the request, based on it not meeting all of the criteria for granting a conditional use.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilwoman Benton and Councilwoman Black in opposition.

 

2.  Building height variance for IMAX theater

            A public hearing was held prior.  Councilman Wall stated that the airport and the Godley Station Architectural Review Board have approved the height and made a motion to approve the variance, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and  passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

3.  Parking space variance for Aldi’s

            A public hearing was held prior.  After discussion and defeat of a motion to deny the request, Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the variance, based on the request meeting #1 and #3 of the criteria.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black.  Councilman Allen, Councilman Olliff and Councilman Wall opposed the motion, creating a tie.  Mayor Lamb voted in favor of the motion and it passed.

 

4.  Site plan for Pooler Parkway Retail Center

            The intent is to construct a 6,550 sq. ft. retail center in front of Lowe’s on Pooler Parkway.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion to approve the plan, contingent upon the trees near the 16" water main and reuse force main being relocated per City staff recommendation, EPD and NRCS approval.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Black and passed without opposition.  Mark Crapps of Kern Company stated that he agreed with relocating the trees.

 

5.  Recombination plat of Lots 124 - 129, Berkeley Walk, Phase II

            Mr. Byrd presented a recombination plat of Lots 124 - 129, Berkeley Walk, Phase II.  Councilwoman Benton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve the plat.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

6.  Alcoholic beverage license for Amy Mae Lane at Parkers #68

            Amy Mae Lane submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the new Parkers at 2111 Pooler Parkway.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Ashley Brown performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the license.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

7.  Alcoholic beverage license for Shivam Patel at convenience store, 1715 Dean Forest Road

            Shivam Patel submitted an application to sell beer and wine at the convenience store at 1715 Dean Forest Road.  Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Ashley Brown performed the background investigation and recommends approval.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the license.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.

 

8.  Rental Agreement with AMJ Leasing for copier

            Mr. Byrd presented an agreement for a copier to be leased for the police department.  Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the agreement.  Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Benton and passed without opposition.

 

9.  First Reading on amendment to alcoholic beverages ordinance regarding disciplinary action reporting

            Mr. Scheer presented an ordinance to provide for the City to report any disciplinary actions against alcohol licensees to the Georgia Department of Revenue, per State Code.  Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the amendment on First Reading.  Motion passed without opposition.

 

            There being no further business to discuss or the need for an Executive Session, Councilman Olliff made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:52 p.m.  Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

 

                                               

 

 

 

Public Hearing

 

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 18, 2018.  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 Larry Olliff,  Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Chris Lightle and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use for a proposed independent living facility on San Drive.  Jay Maupin of Maupin Engineering, on behalf of Sawyer Enterprises, Inc., presented a request to allow construction of a four-story, 25,000 sq. fr. independent living facility.  Councilman Allen questioned whether the residents will be driving, noting that the intersection at Highway 80 can be very busy at times.  Mr. Maupin replied that approximately 50% of the residents could drive their own vehicles, with many using other transportation methods. 

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:45 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing

 

            A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on June 18, 2018.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Larry Olliff,  Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Chris Lightle and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested building height variance for the IMAX theater on Towne Center Court.  Dan Fisher of EMC Engineering and Falgun Patel, owner, presented a request for a 45' building height variance to replace the existing IMAX screen.  Mr. Fisher stated that the height is needed due to recliner seating being required to accommodate the new screen.  Councilwoman Benton questioned whether the height is required by IMAX and whether there are any other theaters (IMAX) in the area.  Mr. Patel replied that in order to have recliners, the screen and building height must be increased and that there are no other IMAX theaters in the area.

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:48 p.m.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Public Hearing

 

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

June 18, 2018.  Mayor Mike Lamb called the hearing to order at 5:50 p.m.  Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, Councilwoman Rebecca Benton, Councilwoman Shannon Black, Councilman Larry Olliff,  Councilman Mike Royal and Councilman Stevie Wall.  City Manager Robbie Byrd, Finance Officer Chris Lightle and City Attorney Steve Scheer were also present. 

 

            The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested parking variance for Aldi’s at 152 Traders Way.  Al Keebler of Aldi’s presented a variance to reduce the required number of parking spaces to 4.6 spaces for every 1,000 sq. ft. instead of five (5) spaces.  Mr. Keeler stated that due to the increased size of the proposed, stand-alone grocery store, the variance is needed.  Councilman Allen stated that there is a shortage of parking throughout the City already. 

 

            There being no further discussion, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:54 p.m.

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