CITY OF POOLER
JULY 16, 2018
The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 16, 2018. Mayor Mike Lamb called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Bruce Allen, 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 Mayor Lamb and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Olliff.
The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Royal, seconded by Councilman Olliff, with no opposition.
The minutes of the July 2nd Executive Session were approved upon a motion by Councilman Wall, seconded by Councilman Royal, with no opposition.
Report from the Standing Committees:
Councilman Wall presented bills in excess of $1500.00 for payment and made a motion to pay, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition.
Councilman Royal reported that the fire department responded to 158 calls since the last meeting, totaling 2253 for the year and that the police department responded to 1168 calls, totaling 15,353 for the year, noting that the total for the year reported at the previous meeting was incorrect.
Councilman Royal reported that the street department picked up trash throughout the City, performed road repairs on Magnolia Drive and sidewalk repairs at 124 Barrington Road, 11 Throgs Neck Way and at the municipal complex, assisted the fire department with cleanup of concrete on the westbound Highway 80 ramp, assisted the water department with a leak repair on West Tietgen Street, assisted the police department with the shutdown of Pooler Parkway for accident reconstruction and swept 24 miles of streets. Further, that the drainage department performed routine maintenance, removed six (6) beaver dams along Governor Treutlen Boulevard, continued mapping of the stormwater system and picked up trash. Additionally, that Savannah River Utilities continued work along Benton Canal. Mr. Byrd reported that Quacco Road will be closed at the Quacco Canal while the contractor places box culverts for the drainage improvement project, which could take up to 120 days.
Councilman Olliff reported that the water department inspected five (5) new construction meters, repaired three (3) leaking water laterals and one (1) leaking main, notified 35 residents of continuous water usage in an effort to reduce bill adjustments/water loss, witnessed the testing and certification of 19 backflow preventers and performed 420 line locates requested by the Utility Protection Center. Further, that EOM responded to five (5) sewer leaks/repairs and performed maintenance on lift stations and at the wastewater treatment plant.
Mr. Byrd reported that registration for youth football, fall soccer and cheerleading will end this week.
Councilman Allen reported that two (2) single-family residential and three (3) commercial permits were issued since the last meeting, with 189 inspections performed.
Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Second Reading on amendment to occupational tax ordinance regarding regulatory fees for transient merchants (door-to-door sales)
A public hearing was held on July 2nd. Mr. Scheer presented a proposed amendment to provide for transient merchant (door-to-door sales) to pay a per person, per day fee of $50.00 in lieu of $25.00 per day that was initially proposed. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve the amendment on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.
Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:
1. Site plan for KB Kitchen & Bath Concepts
The intent is to construct a 9,950 sq. ft. kitchen and bath product showroom and warehouse at 54 Columbia Drive. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Olliff, to approve the plan. Motion passed without opposition.
2. Alcoholic beverage license for Turan Strange at Another Broken Egg Café
Turan Strange submitted an application to serve alcoholic beverages at a new breakfast/lunch restaurant at 201 Tanger Outlets Boulevard, Suite 530. Mr. Byrd stated that Police Chief Ashley Brown has performed the background investigation and recommends approval. Councilman Royal made a motion to approve the license, including Sunday sales. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Allen in opposition.
3. Special event permit for Pooler Chamber of Commerce Food Truck Festival on September 23rd
The Pooler Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a Food Truck Festival to be held on September 23rd on the West Chatham Middle School grounds. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the permit, contingent upon the Savannah-Chatham Board of Education’s approval and a security plan being approved by Chief Brown. Motion passed without opposition.
4. Adoption of 2018 millage rate
Mr. Lightle presented information regarding the proposed 2018 millage, stating that the roll-back rate is 3.799 mills, noting that the 2017 millage rate was 3.849 mills. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt the millage rate at 3.799 mills. Motion was seconded by Councilman Olliff and passed without opposition.
5. Utility easement agreements with 929 Properties, LLC, Jabot Investments N.V. and Somersby Homeowners Association, Inc.
Mr. Byrd requested the item be tabled. Councilman Olliff made a motion to table. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
6. Mutual Aid and Assistance Agreement with City of Savannah
Mr. Byrd requested the item be tabled. Councilman Royal made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to table. Motion passed without opposition.
There being no further business to discuss or the need for an Executive Session, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:22 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Royal and passed without opposition.