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1999 Council Minutes

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January 4, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 4, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 4, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program. He presented a certificate to firefighter Elizabeth Benton for completing a course at the fire academy.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the basketball season is approaching, with the Rama being moved back to January 23rd, and 19 teams participating.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that eight (8) certificate of occupancies were issued last month, with 160 inspections performed. He stated that 109 new single family home permits were issued in 1998, with 1527 inspections performed throughout the year.


Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on proposed revision to the tree ordinance
Councilman Poteet presented the revised tree ordinance, and after discussion, made a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of certified public accountant to perform 1998 audit
Mr. Baxter stated that the audit was bid out, with only one (1) bid received. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brewton, to approve Tindol & Company, CPAs, to perform the 1998 audit, totaling $17,950.00. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approval of water and sewer design for South Pooler Utilities, Phase III
Mr. Baxter presented an engineering proposal from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung, Inc. for Phase III of the water and sewer extension to the southside utility area. Mr. Bill Lovett of HGB&D stated that this project is for the on-site utilities to the development in southwest quadrant of I-16 and I-95 (Hall=s property). He further stated that the amount of this project (approximately $1 million) will be added to the city=s 1998 GEFA loan and will be insured from the Hall=s by an irrevocable letter of credit. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the engineering proposal not to exceed $53,300.00, contingent upon receipt of the Hall=s irrevocable letter of credit. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

2. Adopt 1999 millage rate
Mr. Baxter stated that the 1999 budget did not include an increase to the millage rate, therefore, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to adopt the 1999 millage rate at 4.5 mills. Motion passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter addressed the Council regarding the upcoming ASavannah-Chatham Day@, sponsored by the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, to be held on February 2nd in Atlanta. He questioned the Council if they wanted Mr. Baxter to attend and whether the city would pay for his trip to Atlanta. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve $350.00 for Mr. Baxter to attend this event. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.



There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Seay made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

January 18, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 18, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 18, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Poteet and seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to approve these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall had no report at this time.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that basketball season will begin with the Rama on Saturday.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 10 new single family home permits were issued so far this month.


Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Mr. Ron Stephens request for quit claim deed of unopened portion of Shetall Road
Mr. Tom Cole, representing Mr. Stephens, addressed Council in regards to the unopened portion of Sheftall Road adjacent to his property on E. Hwy 80. He stated that Mr. Stephens is willing to pay the fair market value if the City decides to sell it to him and that ownership of this property would allow more area for the setback requirements. Councilman Poteet stated that there is a request from Mr. Aaron Walker, property owner on Sheftall Road, to rezone his property to light industrial to operate a trucking company there. He further stated that Planning & Zoning had reservations about placing this type of traffic on Old Louisville Road and that access through Sheftall Road would be a more direct route to Highway 80. Mr. Cole stated that Mr. Stephens is willing to deed a portion of his property at the corner of Sheftall and Old Dean Forest Road, making a wider right-of-way and turning radius. Mr. Baxter addressed Council in regards to Aswapping@ land on Old Dean Forest Road for the unopened portion of Sheftall Road. Mr. Ellis stated that if the City decides to sell this property, an appraisal needed to be done and that the adjacent property owner needed to be given the opportunity to purchase it also. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item in order to allow time to look into this matter further. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.


Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approval of revised subdivision plat for Garden Acres Subdivision, Phase X
Councilman Poteet presented the revised subdivision plat for Garden Acres Subdivision, Phase X, stating that the plat was changed to reflect the amendment for the wetland conservation easement to realign lots 300 through 294 to concur with drainage improvements. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve the revised subdivision plat for Garden Acres Subdivision, Phase X. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

2. Request to release bond for Pinehurst Subdivision
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. Jerry Wardlaw, developer, to release the bond and accept the maintenance for Pinehurst Subdivision. He stated that the one year maintenance period expired in November of 1998 and that all deficiencies have been corrected. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on staff recommendation, to release the bond for Pinehurst Subdivision and accept the maintenance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.


3. Amend contract with Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority regarding 1998 loan
Mr. Baxter stated that during the last Council meeting, there was discussion about amending the 1998 GEFA loan to include the amount requested by Hall Development for their on-site utilities. He further stated that after meeting with the people at GEFA, it was determined that the 1998 loan could be amended but that the money would count against the City=s borrowing capacity for 1999. It was the Council=s general consensus that they did not want to commit any money for 1999 without knowing what might be needed for other projects. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to deny the amendment, but to approve the original 1998 loan contract with GEFA. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of fire protection agreement with City of Savannah
Councilman Wall presented this agreement between the City of Pooler and the City of Savannah regarding fire protection for the Savannah Ports Authority Industrial Park. He stated that there were some corrections that needed to be made to this agreement. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of agreement with Utilities Protection Center, Inc.
Mr. Jeff Thornburg, Water & Sewer Superintendent, presented this agreement for membership for the Utilities Protection Center, Inc., stating that the City is required to join by State mandate. The estimated first year=s fee is $1300, which has been budgeted for 1999. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brewton, to approve the agreement with UPC. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Discussion concerning Georgia Municipal Association Gas Aggregation Service
Mr. Baxter addressed Council regarding the recent deregulation of gas service, stating that the Georgia Municipal Association has developed a program to assist municipalities in reducing the cost of natural gas service. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the City participating in this program. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

7. Discussion concerning the Chatham County Service Delivery Program
Mr. Tim Inglis, City Planner, addressed Council regarding a memo from MPC regarding the possibility of consolidating services within the County. He stated that the State has requested each county look into which services are duplicated and can be consolidated. Councilman Brewton stated that he is opposed to any kind of consolidation. Councilman Wall stated that the emergency dispatch (911) service should remain with the County as well as a few other services. After discussion, Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Baxter to meet with the department heads and get their input and bring this back to Council at a later date.


8. Discussion concerning proposed annexation of land south of Savannah Quarters to
Little Neck Road
Mr. Baxter stated that a signed petition for annexation was received last year from the majority of the property owners in the area south of Savannah Quarters (southwest quadrant) to Little Neck Road (west of I-95). This property is mainly undeveloped land but has approximately 90 homes there. Mr. Baxter further stated that this annexation would be introduced by the Legislature to include a dual majority referendum to be voted on in November by both the citizens of Pooler and the property owners in the area proposed for annexation. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve sending this proposed annexation to the Legislation to be introduced in the 1999 session. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:08 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

February 1, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 1, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 1, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilman Sonny DeFilippis was absent.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Bryan.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to approve these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis was absent.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that basketball is underway and that baseball/softball signups are going on now.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 146 inspections were completed in January and that the foundation permit for the JCB plant has been issued.


Ms. Anne Smith of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce presented the awards for the Christmas decorating contest. They were as follows: Residential, 4th place, James & Jenny Barratta; 3rd place, Buford & Louise Mack; 2nd place, Joseph & Ann White; 1st place, Terry & Diane Williamson. Business winners were as follows: 4th place, Lighthouse Harbor Seafood Restaurant; 3rd place, Affordable Floor Covering; 2nd place, Don=s Famous BBQ; 1st place, A Garden & Gift Gallery.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Mr. Ron Stephens= request for quit claim deed of unopened portion of Sheftall Road
Councilman Poteet stated that this item was tabled in order to allow the adjacent property owners to be asked if they were interested in obtaining a portion of this right-of-way. Mr. Billy Dorsey was present and stated that he was interested in purchasing 2 of the property. Councilman Brewton stated that an appraisal of the property had not yet been done, and made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of fire protection agreement with City of Savannah
Councilman Wall presented this agreement, stating that the changes had been made to the language but that the map was still incorrect. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the fire protection agreement with the City of Savannah, contingent upon the correction to the map being completed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approval of engineering proposal for water and sewer extension to JCB property
Mr. Baxter presented an engineering proposal from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung, Inc. for the water and sewer extension to the JCB property. Mr. Bill Lovett of HGB&D was present to answer any questions. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve the engineering proposal. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of bill for proposed annexation of land south of Savannah Quarters to
Little Neck Road
Mr. Ellis presented a draft of the bill for proposed annexation of the land south of Savannah Quarters to Little Neck Road, stating that the legal description has been included. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the bill for annexation and to send in on to the Legislation for their approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.


3. First Reading on amendment to subdivision ordinance
Councilman Poteet presented this amendment to the subdivision ordinance regarding the requirements for street construction. Mr. Tim Inglis, Building Inspector, stated that these requirements (i.e., aggregate base course, minimum thickness of 7.5 inches) conformed to the Georgia Department of Transportation Standard Specifications. He further stated that this requirement is due to the fact that so many of the existing streets in the City are failing due to poor material (soil cement) being used when the streets are constructed. Councilman Poteet stated that the major roads in the area are constructed with the same material (soil cement) and that an aggregate base is much more expensive. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to table this item in order to allow the city=s engineer to comment on this subject. Motion passed without opposition.

4. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding Planning & Zoning members
Councilman Poteet presented this amendment to the ordinance regarding appointing an alternate member to the Planning & Zoning Board, making a motion to approve on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

February 15, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 15, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 15, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to approve these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that basketball is ongoing; that baseball/softball signups are going on now; that there will be a Asign up, batter up@ program on Saturday the 20th and that there was a Valentine=s Day dance held at the gym on Saturday.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet stated that upon the approval on Second Reading to the ordinance regarding Planning & Zoning members, an alternate would be appointed. Therefore, he made a motion to appoint Ms. Billie L. Tyler as the alternate. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.



Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. First Reading on amendment to subdivision ordinance
Councilman Poteet presented this amendment to the subdivision ordinance regarding the requirements for street construction (i.e., aggregate base course, minimum thickness of 7.5 inches). Mr. Bill Nicholson, Engineer representing Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung, was present to answer any questions. He stated that the aggregate base course is more consistent and with the amount of development going on in Pooler, he recommends this type of base. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding Planning & Zoning
members
Councilman Poteet presented this amendment to the ordinance to add an alternate member to the Planning & Zoning Board, and made a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for zoning map amendment at a 2.26 acre tract located behind
1324 S. Rogers Street
A public hearing was held prior wherein the petitioner was not present. Councilman Poteet stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended denial of this request based on the fact that it was Aspot zoning@ and that the rezoning would affect the integrity of the neighborhood. He then made a motion to deny this request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Request for zoning map amendment at a 6.91 acre tract on Pine Barren Road
Councilman Poteet stated that Mr. Clem Burnsed, petitioner, was unable to attend the meeting due to a death in the family, therefore, he made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of site plan for J. C. Bamford plant
Councilman Poteet presented the site plan for the J. C. Bamford plant and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of final plat for Towne Lake Subdivision, Phase I

Councilman Poteet presented the final plat for Towne Lake Subdivision, Phase I, stating that all requirements had been met and a performance bond has been received. Mr. Ellis addressed Council with his concern over the language of the bond and stated that he has submitted the changes to be made to the bond to Ms. Jackie Carver. Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve the final plat, contingent upon the changes being made to the performance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of final plat for Mill Creek Subdivision, Lots 1 and 2
Councilman Poteet presented the final plat for Mill Creek Subdivision, Lots 1
and 2, stating that all requirements had been met and that a performance bond has been received. Mr. Ellis stated that his comments on the prior item were applicable on this item also. Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve the final plat, contingent upon the changes being made to the performance bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of final plat for The Villages, Phase III (Raindance)
Councilman Poteet presented the final plat for The Villages, Phase III, stating that all requirements had been met and an irrevocable letter of credit has been received. He then made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve the final plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of final plat for The Villages, Phase II (The Legends)
Councilman Poteet presented the final plat for The Villages, Phase II, stating that all requirements had been met and an irrevocable letter of credit has been received. He made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve the final plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Brenadette Salter
Mr. Baxter presented this request from Ms. Salter for an alcoholic beverage license at the Country Hearth Inn, stating that this is a transfer in management and that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this alcoholic beverage license. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Approval of budget adjustment for General Fund for 1998
Mr. Baxter presented a budget adjustment, as per the auditor=s request, for the General Fund for 1998. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the budget adjustment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

10. Request from Pooler First Baptist Mission to use fire station
Mr. Baxter stated that the petitioner notified him prior to the meeting that he had found an alternate location, therefore, he asked that this item be removed from the agenda. This request was honored.

Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #11 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

11. Approval of contract with Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Mr. Baxter presented a draft of the contract between the City of Pooler and the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. stating that a few changes were made by Mr. Ellis. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the contract with the Chamber in the amount of $87,360.00 in hotel/motel tax funds, with any additional funds remaining to be negotiated at a later date. Motion passed without opposition.

Councilman Brewton made a motion to add Item #12 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

12. Resolution regarding House Bill 350
Councilman Brewton presented a resolution to support of House Bill 350 which is proposed to provide some relief to residents in Chatham County by allowing an exemption on their homestead from all ad valorem taxes in an amount equal to the amount of the assessed value that exceeds the assessed value of the homestead for the taxable year immediately preceding the year in which the exemption is first granted. After discussion, Councilman Brewton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to adopt this resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:50 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 February 15, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss:

1) A requested zoning map amendment at 2.26 acre tract located behind 1324 S. Rogers Street - Mr. David Stanford, owner, has requested to rezone a 2.26 acre tract behind his residence from R-1A (single family residential) to I-1 (light industrial). Mr. Stanford was not present at the hearing. Councilman Bryan and Councilman DeFilippis stated that they are in support of Planning & Zoning=s recommendation.


2) A requested zoning map amendment at a 6.91 acre tract on Pine Barren Road -
Mr. Clem Burnsed, owner, has requested to rezone a 6.91 acre tract on Pine Barren Road from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial). Councilman Poteet stated that Mr. Burnsed was unable to attend this hearing due to a death in the family and asked that this hearing be postponed until March 1st. Mr. Richard Burnsed expressed his opposition of this request and asked that this be conveyed at the next meeting. Mr. David Hopkins, adjacent property owner, presented Council with a petition signed by some 120 residents stating their opposition of this request and asked that it be submitted at the next meeting.

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

March 1, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 1, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 1, 1999.
Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:14 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis and Wayne Seay; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilmen Jack Brewton, Jim Poteet and Stevie Wall were absent.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman DeFilippis, seconded by Councilman Bryan, and passed with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Seay reported on the community service program. Chief Chan stated that the police department has been awarded a criminal justice grant which will pay for new computers and software.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton was absent.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the regular basketball season ends Thursday; that the GRPA tournament begins Tuesday; that baseball/softball signups are almost over; and that there will be a dance at the gym on March 13th for ages 5 through 12.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet was absent.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for zoning map amendment of 6.91 acre tract on Pine Barren Rd.
A public hearing was held prior wherein several people presented their opposition of Mr. Clem Burnsed=s request to rezone this property from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial). After discussion regarding rezoning to C-1 (light commercial), instead of heavy commercial, Mr. Burnsed withdrew this request so that he may apply for a C-1 zoning of this property at a later date.

2. Second Reading on amendment to subdivision ordinance
Mr. Tim Inglis, Building Inspector, presented this amendment to the subdivision regarding the requirements for street construction (i.e., aggregate base course, minimum thickness of 7.5 inches). Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for Amedical hardship@ variance at 705 W. Hwy 80
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was present. Mrs. Margaret Stokes has requested this Amedical hardship@ variance to allow a manufactured home to be placed on her property so that she may have medical help for her husband who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer=s. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this variance, contingent upon the manufactured home being removed once the hardship no longer exists.

2. Approval of Aconditional use@ at Pooler Development Park on Pine Barren Rd.
A public hearing was held prior wherein the petitioner was not present. This request is to locate a concrete batch plant in an I-2 (heavy industrial) zone. Councilman Bryan questioned if this plant would create a lot of dust and noise in the area. Due to the fact that the petitioner was not present to answer the question, Councilman Bryan made motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of change order #1 for Southside Water & Sewer Phase I project
Mr. Baxter presented this change order in the amount of $7688.00 for the Southside Water & Sewer Phase I project. Mr. Bill Lovett, Engineer with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung, addressed Council regarding this project. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this change order. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of budget adjustment for fire department
Mr. Baxter asked that this item be removed from the agenda. This request was honored.

5. Approval of addition to personnel policy regarding use of city vehicles
Mr. Baxter presented this addition to the City=s personnel policy regarding the use of city vehicles, stating that it needed to be incorporated into the existing personnel policy. Councilman DeFilippis made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve adding this to the personnel policy. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of agreement for Transportation Enhancement Activity grant
Mr. Inglis presented this agreement with the Department of Transportation for the sidewalks along Hwy 80 (from Bourne Avenue to Rogers Street). This project includes $62,621.00 in federal funds with a local match of $15,655.80, which may be possible to be funded from the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax money. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

7. Mr. David Stanford regarding reconsideration of action taken on February 15th
Mr. Stanford addressed Council regarding the action taken wherein Council denied his request to rezone a 2.26 acre tract of land located behind his house from
R-1A to I-1 (light industrial). He stated that he did not attend the meeting, due to it being President=s Day and he thought it was a holiday for the city. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to rescind his motion on February 15th (motion was to deny the requested zoning map amendment from R-1A to !-2), and to allow Mr. Stanford to bring this request back to Council after proper notification has been given to adjacent property owners. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

8. Resolution regarding legislation pertaining to ASR
Mayor Carter presented a resolution regarding legislation that would impose a moratorium on any research or any permits being granted for Aquifer Storage and Recovery (an option that may be available to municipalities for the availability of water suppliers). Mayor Carter stated that through this resolution, the City of Pooler would send a message to the Legislature that we would like to see options available and that the city does not want to have a single supplier of a natural resource and that the scientific research move forward. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:00 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, March 1, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis and Wayne Seay; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss:

1) A requested zoning map amendment at a 6.91 acre tract on Pine Barren Road -
Mr. Clem Burnsed, owner, has requested to rezone a 6.91 acre tract on Pine Barren Road from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial) to operate a truck service center on his property. Several adjacent property owners as well as residents of Hunter=s Ridge Subdivision and the surrounding area were present to state their opposition of this request, based on the fact it would upset the quiet family residential neighborhood they enjoy and that Mr. Burnsed already has a commercial business on his property near there. Mr. Burnsed stated that he was willing to rezone this property to a light commercial zoning to place a garage (body shop) on it.

2) A request for a Amedical hardship@ at 705 W. Hwy 80 -
Mrs. Margaret Stokes has requested a Amedical hardship@ variance to place a manufactured home on her property so that she may have help for her husband who has been diagnosed with Alzheimer=s. Mrs. Stokes was present to answer any questions.

3) A requested Aconditional use@ at Pooler Development Park on Pine Barren Road -
The petitioner was not present for the public hearing. This property is zoned I-2 (heavy industrial) and Blue Circle Materials has requested to place a concrete batch plant with one office there. This type of operation can be considered as a Aconditional use@ on the property. Ms. Nancy Lucas, adjacent property owner, has submitted a letter stating that she feels the City should require a buffer zone on the left side and front of the property to reduce the noise and dust factor.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:12 p.m.

March 8, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 8, 1999

There was a called meeting of the Pooler City Council on March 8, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of this called meeting was to discuss:

1. Discussion concerning 1999 contract with Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc.
Mayor Carter stated that a contract was offered to the Chamber several weeks ago and that after review by the Board of Directors, it was denied. He further stated that three (3) projects (funding for the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum, Savannah-Chatham Day and building a web page for the City) that were proposed by the Council were denied by the Chamber, therefore, he had a meeting with the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce to determine if they were willing to contract these projects. These were projects and policies that he and the Council wanted to see implemented in 1999. He stated that he wanted to appoint a sub-committee to meet to finalize this contract. Councilman Brewton questioned whose authority it was to say how the Chamber spends the fourth and fifth cent of the hotel/motel tax money, the Council=s or the Chamber=s. Councilman Wall stated that the budget was submitted by the Chamber, outlining the projects and money to be spent and that the only reason the City approached the Savannah Chamber was because certain projects the City wanted performed were left out. Jack Shearouse, resident, addressed Council in regards to why they would give any money to the Savannah Chamber when Pooler had its own. Al DeFilippis, President of PCCC, Inc., addressed Council in regards to communication problems that have been experienced recently and that he hoped these have been resolved and that an agreement could be reached. Marty Jones, Board Member, stated that he felt the City was dictating how the money should be spent. Mr. Barry Buxton of the Mighty Eighth stated that he was grateful for the support from the City and Chamber. Mr. Bill Hubbard, CEO of the Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, stated that he was always ready to help if needed.
Mayor Carter then appointed a sub-committee of Councilman Brewton, Councilman Wall and Councilman Seay to meet with the Chamber to finalize this contract and to meet whenever necessary.
There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:41 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

March 15, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 15, 1999

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 15, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilman Sonny DeFilippis was absent.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Bryan.

The minutes of the previous meetings were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Poteet, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program. Chief Fields presented a certificate to firefighter Daniel Stowers.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis was absent.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that baseball/softball practice is underway, with 27 teams participating; that there are three (3) t-ball teams signed up; and that the recreation committee held a dance on Saturday for ages 5-12.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that construction on the JCB plant has begun.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approval of Aconditional use@ at Pooler Development Park on Pine Barren Road
Councilman Poteet presented this request, tabled from the last meeting in order to allow the petitioner to answer Council=s questions. Blue Circle Materials has requested this Aconditional use@ to operate a concrete batch plant on Pine Barren Road, adjacent to the railroad tracks. Mr. Jay Maupin of EMC Engineering was present to answer Council=s questions regarding noise, dust and traffic. After much discussion, it was determined that the owner of the business needed to be present to answer some of the questions, therefore, Councilman Poteet made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Garden Club of Pooler regarding placing a gazebo in Gleason Park
Mayor Carter stated that the Garden Club was unable to attend the meeting, therefore requested that they be removed from the agenda. This request was honored.

2. Requested height variance to place communication tower behind Food Lion
A public hearing was held prior wherein the petitioner was not present. Mayor Carter stated that the petitioner has requested that this item be tabled in order to allow time to determine what type of lights would be on the tower. Councilman Poteet made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Garden Acres, Phase XI, XII and XIII
Councilman Poteet presented the preliminary construction plans for this subdivision. Mr. Terry Coleman of EMC Engineering stated that all comments by the city=s engineer have been addressed. Mr. Ellis stated that there is a dispute involving access to property adjacent to this subdivision. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the construction plans, contingent upon the agreement between Mr. Tuten and the adjacent property owner being finalized. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of contract with Malphrus Construction
Mr. Baxter presented this contract with Malphrus Construction to run the casing for the water and sewer lines to the Hall and Jabot properties. Mr. Bill Lovett, of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present to answer any questions. He stated that while Malphrus is constructing the Pooler Parkway, they can run the casing much cheaper than anyone else. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this contract, contingent upon an irrevocable letter of credit being received from the Halls. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of amendment to engineering proposal for Southside Water & Sewer Project
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the engineering proposal in the amount of $8000.00. Mr. Lovett was present and stated that they have exceeded the original engineering contract, therefore, needed the Council=s approval. He further stated that this amount will be paid for by the developers, not the city. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed with Councilman Brewton opposing.

6. Approval of lease for fire chief vehicle
Councilman Wall stated that the fire department has contracted with the City of Savannah for fire protection to the Savannah Port Authority Industrial Park in the amount of $22,500. He stated that a new vehicle for the fire chief was talked about in the budget hearings and after discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the lease of a 1999 Ford Explorer for the fire chief. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of budget adjustment for 1999
Mr. Baxter presented a budget adjustment to cover the previous year=s annual leave paid to employees, increasing account #4010 (administration salary) by $2791, increasing account #5010 (police salary) by $2708, increasing account #7010 (street salary) by $1670, increasing account #9010 (recreation salary) by $781; decreasing account #4901 (administration) by $7950. Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

8. First Reading on ordinance regarding fire lanes
Councilman Wall presented an ordinance regarding no parking in fire lanes, and after discussion, made a motion to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:05 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing was held on March 15, 1999 prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested height variance to place a communication tower behind Food Lion. This variance of 125' to place a 160' communication tower is being requested by Mr. George Davis, Acquisition Team Leader for SBA, Inc. The area that is being proposed for location of this tower is zoned !-2 (heavy industrial) and is not in close proximity of residential neighborhoods. Mayor Carter stated that the petitioner has requested that this hearing be tabled in order to allow time to determine what type of lights will be placed on the tower.

There being no further business to discuss, the public hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:52 p.m.

April 5, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 5, 1999

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 5, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program. Chief Fields stated the a Ano burn@ rule was in effect due to the dry conditions.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the Pooler Rama will be held this Saturday; the CAA Rama will be held in Pooler Friday and Saturday, April 16th and 17th; and that two (2) professional men=s softball teams will be playing at Pooler Park on Friday, April 23rd at 8:00 p.m.
Councilman Seay presented the 9 & 10 year old PeeWee boys= basketball team who won the CAA championship with a record of 9 - 1. He also presented the PeeWee boys= all-star basketball team who finished second in the district during the GRPA tournament.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 186 inspections were performed with nine (9) residential permits issued for the month of March.


Dr. Barry Buxton of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum addressed Council in regards to military reunion recruiting and their billboard campaign.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of Aconditional use@ at Pooler Development Park on Pine Barren Road
Councilman Poteet presented this request, tabled from the last meeting in order to allow the petitioner to be present to answer questions regarding noise, dust and traffic. Blue Circle Materials is requesting this Aconditional use@ to operate a concrete batch plant on this property on Pine Barren Road adjacent to the railroad tracks. Mr. Cliff Kennedy of EMC Engineering and Mr. Hugh Papy, General Manager of Blue Circle, were present and stated that there would be minimal noise and dust and that the cement truck traffic should decrease due to the fact that there would be less out-of-town cement trucks coming to the area. Councilman Seay stated that he toured another Blue Circles Materials site and found that it was clean and nearly dust free. Ms. Rebecca Benton, resident, stated her opposition of this request, noting that she was not properly notified nor did she have enough time to review this request. Ms. Benton further stated her objection to any access through Sharon Court. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this Aconditional use@, contingent upon a 200' buffer being left along adjacent properties and Pine Barren Road. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

2. Requested height variance to place communication tower behind Food Lion
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. SBA, Inc. is requesting a height variance of 125' to place a 160' communication tower behind Food Lion on property owned by PV Shopping Center Partnership. Councilman Poteet stated that this was tabled from the last meeting in order to determine what type, if any, lighting would be on the tower. Mr. George Davis of SBA was present and stated that they had received confirmation from the FAA that marking and lighting were not necessary. Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this height variance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Request for zoning map amendment at a 2.26 acre tract located behind 1324 S. Rogers St.
Councilman Poteet stated that this item has been placed back on the agenda for reconsideration from action taken on February 15, 1999. Mr. David Stanford has requested to change the zoning of a 2.26 acre tract located behind his residence from R-1A to I-1, light industrial. Mr. Stanford was present and stated that his son wants to place a small fabrication shop on this property. Mr. Ellis stated that if this rezoning request is granted and the property is ever sold, the new owner could put anything there that is allowed in I-1 zoning. Mayor Carter read aloud the criteria for a zoning map amendment and after discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to deny this request, based on the criteria presented and that this was Aspot zoning@. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Second Reading on ordinance regarding fire lanes
Councilman Wall presented this ordinance and made a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Mr. Rick Tindol regarding 1998 audit
Mr. Tindol presented Council with the audit for 1998 and information regarding the past 10 year=s revenues. He also presented information regarding how the city ranks among other cities, which he stated was at the top of the ranking.

2. Adoption/Resolution regarding service delivery strategy
Mr. Baxter presented Chatham County=s service delivery strategy showing where services are duplicated within the County. He stated that this is required by the State and presented a resolution to be adopted. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to adopt the service delivery strategy and resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of funding for Water Quality Planning Program
Mr. Baxter presented this program as compiled by the Metropolitan Planning Commission. He stated that this program is set up to meet the requirements of the Storm Water Discharge Permits issued by EPD to Chatham County and the six municipalities (co-applicants) under the Clean Water Act. Ms. Jean McDowell of MPC was present to answer any questions. She stated that this program has been funded by a grant for the past two (2) years, and that the next two (2) years funding is the responsibility of the County and municipalities, with Pooler=s cost being $5000 for each year. Councilman Wall requested that the city check into less costly alternatives for storm water sampling and made a motion to table this item. Motion was tabled by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Discussion concerning hotel/motel tax
Mr. Baxter stated that currently there is no signed contract with a Title 501(c)(6) organization to receive the hotel/motel taxes already collected in 1999 and those remaining from previous years, therefore the City either needed to enter into a contract or quit collecting the hotel/motel taxes. Councilman Brewton presented a contract for 1999 from the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. and made a motion to approve. Motion died due to lack of a second. Ms. Cheryl White, Interim President of PCCC, Inc., addressed Council regarding the contracts that were presented to the Chamber. She stated that the City added items to the budget and the Board was unaware of this, due to a lack of communication within the Chamber. Councilman Wall stated that the Chamber has turned down every contract offered and that there is a problem with giving the Chamber 100% of the hotel/motel taxes without the money being budgeted. Ms. White stated that the money will go toward tourist related activities and that there is no other qualified 501(c)(6) organization to receive the money. She further stated that the light bill for the I-95 lights needs to be paid. Councilman Bryan stated that the money from 1999 and the previous years totaled $27,750 and therefore, made a motion to approve a 90-day contract for that amount with the PCCC, Inc. to cover the period of January through March, giving the Chamber five (5) business days to approve the contract. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

5. Discussion concerning proposed annexation
Mr. Baxter stated that the annexation bill for the area south of the Hall property (Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters) to Little Neck Road did not pass in the Senate during this year=s Legislative Session, therefore, the City needed to do one of three (3) things:
1) re-introduce the bill in the Senate during their next Session; 2) drop the proposed annexation all together; or 3) pursue the annexation through the 60% method (petitions being received by at least 60% of the residents/property owners in the area), including the two (2) tracts owned by Union Camp that were left out of the proposed annexation bill. Mayor Carter stated that he was not in agreement with including these tracts for annexation. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to proceed with the proposed annexation of the entire area south of the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters, north and east of Little Neck Road, and west of I-95, through the 60% method. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Request to waive occupational tax fee for Butler Construction
Mr. Baxter presented this request from Butler Construction who has been contracted by JCB to do the material and erection subcontract at their site, to waive their occupational tax fee. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to deny this request. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Approval of change order #1 for South Pooler Utilities, Phase II
Mr. Baxter presented this change order in the amount of $7990.00 for this project. Mr. Bill Lovett, of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering, stated that this work includes a 16" casing being placed to serve the Hall development and that this amount is the difference of the alternate procedure chosen to best complete the project. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this change order. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:09 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on Monday, April 5, 1999 prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested height variance to place a communication tower behind Food Lion. Mr. Jonathan Yates, representing SBA, Inc. was present and stated that he had received confirmation from the FAA that no type of lighting would be needed on the tower.

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

April 19, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 19, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 19, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:26 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Bryan.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to approve these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.
Mayor Carter questioned if the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. has approved and signed the contract offered at the last meeting. Councilman Bryan stated that they did not approve it. Therefore, Mayor Carter appointed a sub-committee of Councilman Bryan, Councilman Seay and Councilman Wall to meet with Ms. Meike Smith of the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce to work on an agreement with her Chamber for the hotel/motel tax money.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis was absent.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported on the baseball/softball rama held this past Saturday and stated that during the past 18 months there have been quite a bit of improvements made to the park.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilmen Poteet reported that nine (9) new home permits and one (1) commercial permit were issued this month.

Mayor Carter presented a 5 year service pin to Tim Inglis, Building Inspector/City Planner.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of funding for Water Quality Planning Program
Mr. Baxter presented this item which was tabled at the last meeting to look into an alternative and less costly method for this program. Mr. Clyde Wester of the Metropolitan Planning Commission was present to answer any questions the Council had. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve the funding of $5000 for the Water Quality Planning Program. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for height variance for privacy fence at 1230 Estates Way
A public hearing was held prior wherein an adjacent property owner expressed her opposition of this request. Mrs. Kathy Vadi is requesting approval to allow an eight (8) foot section of her privacy fence to remain. She presented a list of properties in the city that had privacy fences higher than six (6) feet and chain link fences higher than four (4) feet and requested Council to consider amending the fence ordinance. Mayor Carter instructed Councilman Poteet to place this request on the next Planning & Zoning agenda and bring their recommendation to Council. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to deny this request for a height variance, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation and the opposition presented at the public hearing, but to allow the eight (8) foot portion of Mrs. Vadi=s fence to remain until it was determined whether or not the ordinance would be amended as requested. Further, if the ordinance is not amended, Mrs. Vadi will have to remove the two (2) foot section of her fence and leave it at six (6) feet high. Motion passed without opposition. Mayor Carter then instructed Mr. Inglis to check on the fences that Mrs. Vadi presented that were not in compliance with the city=s ordinance.

2. Approval of minor subdivision for property north of Pooler Parkway between
Benton Blvd. & I-95
Councilman Poteet presented this request from The Zaremba Group and stated that this is the proposed location for the new Wal-Mart, making a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


3. Approval of minor subdivision at Pooler Development Park
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Murray Galin to subdivide his property at the intersection of Highway 80 and Pine Barren Road and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Wal-Mart
Councilman Poteet presented the site plan for the new Wal-Mart to be located on the Pooler Parkway and after discussion, made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Request for curb-cut for Best Western Motel on Bourne Ave.
Councilman Poteet presented this request for a median and curb-cut on Bourne Avenue for the proposed Best Western Motel and after discussion, made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this curb-cut. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of water and sewer construction plan for Garden Acres Mobile Home
Park, Phase I
Mr. Baxter asked that this item be tabled in order to look into other ways to utilize the lift station. Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brewton, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Approval of construction plan for Godley Station Boulevard
Councilman Poteet presented the construction plan for Godley Station Boulevard stating that Davis Engineering, Inc. has reviewed the plan and found the design of the road to be acceptable to the City=s standards. Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of construction plan for Benton Boulevard
Councilman Poteet presented the construction plan for Benton Boulevard, stating that Davis Engineering, Inc. has reviewed the plan and all items have been addressed. Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve the construction plan for Benton Boulevard. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

9. Discussion concerning senior citizen property tax exemption
Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow the finance committee to look over the budget. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed with Councilman Brewton opposing.


10. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fees
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the aid-to-construction fees for the new development at Rogers Street and Pine Barren Road. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this amendment on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

11. First Reading on ordinance regarding speed limit on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway and
Quacco Road
Councilman Wall presented this ordinance to provide for the speed limit to be set on Pooler=s portion of the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway at 50 mph and the portion of Quacco Road that was just recently annexed into the city at 55 mph. Councilman Poteet questioned why the speed limit on Quacco Road was as high as 55 mph, especially since there was so much construction going on there. Chief Chan recommended that the city reduce the speed limit on Quacco Road from the I-16 bridge to Pine Barren Road to 45 mph. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve the speed limit ordinance on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

Mr. Fred Williams and Mr. Rick Fitzer, home builders at The Legends on Quacco Road, addressed Council with a request to allow a sales trailer that has been placed there to be inspected so that power may be hooked up. Mr. Williams stated that the city=s ordinance does not say that sales trailers are allowed or not allowed. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Inglis to inspect the trailer so that power could be hooked up and requested that Planning & Zoning consider amending the ordinance to allow sales trailers. He further informed Mr. Fitzer that if it was decided that sales trailers were not allowed, he would have to remove the trailer immediately.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:39 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested height variance for a privacy fence at 1230 Estates Way. Mrs. Kathy Vadi, owner, was present and addressed Council regarding the need for her to keep an eight (8) foot section of her privacy fence up so that her dog does not jump over the fence. She stated that she has been summoned to court on several occasions because of her dog being out of the fence and has been fined for being in violation. Ms. Judy Harrelson, a next-door neighbor, expressed her opposition of the fence, stating that it was unsightly. Mr. Scott Klar, a resident of Garden Acres, stated that eight (8) foot privacy fences were not allowed under the subdivision covenants.

There being no further business to discuss, the public hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:21 p.m.

May 3, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 3, 1999

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 3, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program. Chief Chan reported on the recent burglaries/vandalism.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that baseball and softball are in full swing.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 20 new single family residential home permits were issued and one (1) commercial permit, with 164 inspections performed in April.
Councilman Poteet stated that at their last meeting, Planning & Zoning discussed the matter of amending the ordinance to allow privacy fences over six (6) feet and cyclone fences over four (4) feet and that it was their recommendation to leave privacy fence height at six (6) feet but to raise the height for cyclone fences to six (6) feet. Councilman Brewton stated that the city has three (3) options; grant a variance, change the ordinance or cut down some fences. He further stated that the ordinance should provide for variances to be heard case by case. Councilman Poteet stated that the current ordinance does allow for variances to be heard individually. Mayor Carter stated that this discussion needed to be brought to some type of resolution. Ms. Kathy Vadi, resident, addressed Council requesting that the Council listen to the people of the city as a whole, and not just one person, as to whether or not the ordinance should be amended. After discussion, Mayor Carter stated that a public hearing will be set for next Monday, May 10th at 7:00 p.m. to further discuss this matter.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for May, Mr. W. L. Wallace.

Mayor Carter presented a 10 year service pin to Jeff Thornburg, Water & Sewer Superintendent.

Mayor Carter read aloud a proclamation, proclaiming May 2nd through 8th as AMunicipal Clerks Week@, and presented it to the City Clerk.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Mr. Ron Stephens request for quit claim deed of unopened portion of Sheftall Road
Mr. Baxter presented an appraisal of this land in the amount of $2300. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to sell this portion of Sheftall Road equally to Mr. Stephens and Mr. Dorsey, adjacent property owners. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of water and sewer construction plan for Garden Acres Mobile Home Park,
Phase I
Mr. Baxter presented this request, tabled from the last meeting in order to allow time to check into whether or not moving the lift station would benefit the city. He stated that it would be more feasible to leave it where it is. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the water and sewer construction plan for Garden Acres Mobile Home Park, Phase I. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition. Councilman Brewton stated that this item was tabled to see if moving the lift station could benefit the city and they found that it would not due to the city=s sewage capacity.

3. Second Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fees
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fees for the new development on S. Rogers Street. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

4. Second Reading on ordinance regarding speed limit on Jimmy DeLoach Parkway
and Quacco Road
Mr. Baxter presented this speed limit ordinance to set the speed limit on the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway at 50 mph and the speed limit on Quacco Road (from Pine Barren Road to the I-16 overpass) to 45 and on Quacco Road (from the I-16 overpass south to the city limits) to 55. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this ordinance on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Award bid for Southside Water & Sewer - Phase II project
Mr. Baxter presented bids for this project. Mr. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering was present to answer any questions. Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to award the bid to the low bidder, Omni Construction, in the amount of $1,142,179.85, to be funded by the GEFA loan. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of amendment to Water & Sewer Agreement with Branigar
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the water and sewer agreement with The Branigar Organization as an additional assistance toward the repayment of the GEFA loan. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of recombination of Lots 15 & 16, Pooler Development Park
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. Rolland Keller, to combine Lots 15 &16 in order to place a mini-warehouse facility there. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning recommendation, to approve this recombination. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for proposed mini-warehouse facility on Sharon Court
Councilman Poteet presented this site plan and after discussion, made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve the site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of final plat for ATietgen Place@ Subdivision
Councilman Poteet presented the final plat for this subdivision, and after discussion, made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed with Councilman Wall abstaining (he removed himself from his Council seat). Councilman Wall then returned to his seat.

6. Approval of final plat for Greystone at Pine Barren Plantation
Councilman Poteet presented the final plat for this subdivision and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of final plat for Timberland Gap, Phase I, at Pine Barren Plantation
Councilman Poteet presented the final plat for this subdivision and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of contract with Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce for hotel/motel tax
funds
Mr. Baxter presented a proposed contract with the newly formed Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for hotel/motel tax funds for 1999. Mayor Carter stated that the sub-committee of Councilman Bryan, Seay and Wall met with representatives of the PACC, Inc. recently. Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this contract. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay. Discussion followed wherein Councilman Brewton stated that he was not aware of the formation of a new chamber and that he did not have, but needed, a copy of their by-laws, the names and addresses of the officers and board members, and confirmation of the new chamber=s 501 (c) (6) authorization. Mr. Ellis stated that their article for incorporation a of 501 (c) (6) organization has been filed but that it takes six (6) to nine (9) months to be certified by the IRS. He further stated that he has a draft of their by-laws but did not have a list of board members with him. Ms. Brenadette Salter, representative of the PACC, Inc., addressed Council, stating that she would provide a list of officers and members. Councilman DeFilippis questioned why the city was so quick to award a contract to the new chamber when they could not resolve the issues with the Pooler Crossroads Chamber for quite some time. Councilman Bryan stated that the Pooler Crossroads Chamber was offered contracts on more than one occasion, which they turned down. Councilman Brewton stated that the main problem was with the attorney for the chamber and the city=s attorney and asked if the chamber=s attorney helped them prepare another contract. Ms. Cheryl White, Interim President of the PCCC, Inc., addressed Council in regards to the problem the city had with giving 100% of the hotel/motel tax money to the Chamber, questioning why the new chamber was being given 100%. She stated that the PCCC, Inc. board members believed that the 90-day contract offered them was a Atemporary fix@ and therefore, they turned it down and signed the 12 month contract. Councilman Wall addressed Ms. White=s comment about giving the Chamber 100%, stating that this agreement limits them to $91,450. Mr. Ellis stated that this is a draft of the agreement and that he would make any changes the Council requested. Ms. White questioned how the city=s attorney and his law firm were incorporating the new chamber and Mr. Ellis is the registered agent with the Secretary of State. Mr. Ellis stated that he would be glad to not represent the chamber and that in no way was he petitioning for the city to award this contract. There were questions raised as to how this chamber was formed. Ms. Salter stated that the chamber was formed from a group of local business people that had been meeting as a group known as the AExit 18 Association@ to work on advertising for their businesses.
After further discussion, Mayor Carter then called for the vote on the motion to approve the contract with the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for hotel/motel tax funds in the amount of $91,450, effective April 1, 1999 through December 31, 1999. Motion passed with Councilman Brewton and Councilman DeFilippis opposing.

9. Approval of budget adjustment for 1999
Mr. Baxter presented a budget adjustment, decreasing account #4901 (general fund contingency) by $5000 and increasing account #7677 (drainage improvements) by $5000 to cover the funding of the Water Quality Program that was approved at the last meeting. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Request to reduce bond by 50% for Blakewood Ryals= Shearouse Tract
Subdivision
Mr. Baxter presented this request to reduce the bond for Mr. Ryals by 50%, stating that Mr. Thornburg has made an inspection and found it to be in order. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve the reduction of the bond by 50%. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:26 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

May 17, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 17, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 17, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:
FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to approve, subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program. He stated that the fire department is requesting $550 for the cost of renting two (2) vans for the combat challenge team to travel to their competition. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this amount. Motion passed without opposition. Councilman Wall then presented a letter of commendation regarding Officer Wright.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that baseball and softball is in full swing and stated that the city appreciated all the volunteers and their hard work.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 21 new single family residential permits were issued this month. He stated that Ms. Jackie Carver, Census Liaison, has completed the pre-census housing count.

Councilman Poteet further stated that the Garden Club of Pooler has been raising money to build a gazebo in Gleason Park, with the labor being donated by Fred Williams. He then made a motion to allow the gazebo to be placed in the park, to waive all permit fees and to place a plaque recognizing the Garden Club=s accomplishments and its members, further that the gazebo would become property of the city once completed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter presented a certificate to the Honorary Councilmember for May, Mr. W. L. Wallace, thanking him for his service this month.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Discussion concerning privacy and chain link fence heights
Councilman Poteet stated that a public hearing was held last Monday, May 10th, wherein residents requested that the Council consider amending the ordinance to allow privacy fences to be eight (8) feet high and chain link fences to be six (6) feet high.
He further stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended leaving the privacy fence height at six (6) feet, but to raise the height of chain link fences from four (4) to six (6) feet. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to deny the request to raise the privacy fence height. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Brewton opposing. Ms. JoAnne Remppel questioned the legality of the Council not amending the ordinance and stated that it was a hindrance on her 14th Amendment rights.

Mr. Ricky Hearn, resident, addressed Council with his concern over the safety factor in there not being any ingress or egress lanes to the new subdivisions on Pine Barren and Quacco Roads, asking that the city look into this matter. Mayor Carter instructed the public safety committee to do so.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Award bid for JCB Grinder Pump Station, Force Main and 12-inch Water Main
Extension
Mr. Baxter presented bids for this project, stating that the city=s engineer has recommended the contract be awarded to the low bidder, Dixie Excavating, Inc. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to award the bid to the low bidder, Dixie Excavating, Inc., in the amount of $151,407.50. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Request for side lot line variance for Wal-Mart
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilman Poteet presented this request from JDN Development Company, Inc. for a 10' side lot line variance in order for Wal-Mart to purchase this building. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this variance, contingent upon the required fire wall which meets the standard building code, being built for their side of the building, if the plans called for an adjoining building. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of minor subdivision for Lot 1 in Mill Creek Village
Councilman Poteet presented this minor subdivision plat of Lot #1 into Lots 1A and IB, and made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Red Roof Inn
Councilman Poteet presented the site plan for the Red Roof Inn. He stated that the developer obtained a 16' building height variance on October 6, 1997, which needed to be extended due to the time that has passed. He further stated that all engineer=s comments have been addressed and that the FAA has no problem with the height of the building. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this site plan and to extend the variance to be valid now. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Discussion concerning condition of property at 1137 W. Hwy 80
Mr. Baxter presented Council with a letter to Mr. Terrell Rogers in regards to the unsightly condition of the property at 1137 W. Hwy 80, which he is renting. He stated that upon Mr. Inglis= inspection of the property on Friday, a numerous amount of tires were found being stored on this property. Mr. Rogers stated that he placed the tires there a few years ago with the intention of removing them within a couple of months time. Mr. Baxter informed Mr. Rogers that this was a violation of State law and that the city would be notifying the Environmental Protection Division of this matter. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to give Mr. Rogers 60 days to have all the tires removed or he would be placed on the court docket. Motion passed without opposition.

Councilman Bryan made a motion to add Item #6 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of contract with Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for
reimbursement of I-95 light bills
Councilman Bryan presented a contract with the PCCC, Inc. to reimburse them for the I-95 light bills for January and February 1999, and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

Mr. Ed Pulkinnon addressed Council in regards to placing a Sports Camp on the 12 acre piece of land adjacent to the Senior Citizens Center, stating that he would be willing to either purchase the land or lease it from the city. Mayor Carter asked Mr. Pulkinnon to leave the information for them to discuss at their bi-annual retreat in June.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to adjourn at approximately 6:50 p.m. Motion passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on May 17, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested side lot line variance for the proposed Wal-Mart on the Pooler Parkway. The petitioner, JDN Development Company, has requested this variance in order to allow Wal-Mart to locate in the building. Councilman Brewton requested that a fire wall be placed on the side of the building where it may be added onto in the future.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:51 p.m.

June 7, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 7, 1999



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 7, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilman Sonny DeFilippis was absent.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Bryan.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Councilman Poteet, seconded by Councilman Bryan, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment, making a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program. He also reported that the Public Safety Committee has looked into the city requiring excel/decel lanes at the new subdivisions on Quacco Road and determined that they are not needed now, but that the police department will monitor the area. Firefighter Patrick Hauger reported on the recent competition the department participated in. Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #6 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis was absent.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the regular baseball/softball ended today and that the G.R.P.A. tournaments would begin in July.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 22 new single family home permits were issued in May, with 195 inspections performed.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for June, Mr. T. J. Lane.

Mayor Carter read aloud a proclamation for Mrs. Bruce Byrd, proclaiming June 8, 1999 as her day.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for recombination of Lots D, E & F, Collins Subdivision
Councilman Poteet presented this request to recombine these lots (adjust the lot line so the house would be located entirely on Lot 2, formerly Lot E) and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Discussion concerning subdivision plat signing
Mr. Ellis stated that there was a discrepancy over who would have the authority to sign certain plats that were exempt from the city=s subdivision ordinance. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to require the plats that are exempt from the subdivision ordinance to still come before the Council for their approval and signatures, but that these plats did not need to come before Planning & Zoning for their recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

3. Request from Rape Crisis Center for funding for 1999
Councilman Wall presented this request for funding in the amount of $1000 and after discussion, made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

4. First Reading on proposed zoning text amendment regarding sales office trailers
A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Poteet presented this zoning text amendment to allow for sales office trailers in newly constructed residential subdivisions of 20 lots or more, and after discussion, made a motion to approve on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Thomas E. Rushing at Downtown Texaco
Councilman Wall presented this request for an alcoholic beverage (beer & wine) license at the new Downtown Texaco, stating that the Police Chief has approved the application. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve. Motion passed with Councilman Bryan abstaining. (Councilman Bryan removed himself from his Council seat during the vote.)

6. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding fire lanes
Councilman Wall stated that the ordinance needed to be amended so as to call for the lines to be Aproperly marked@ and not Amarked with red painted lines@, and made a motion to amend this ordinance on First and Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed unanimously.

Mayor Carter invited everyone to attend a reception in honor of Mrs. Bruce Bryd which was being put on by Mrs. Seay.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:32 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 7, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a proposed zoning text amendment regarding sales office trailers being permitted in residential subdivisions under construction.

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

June 21, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 21, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 21, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment, making a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program and the fire department calls for the month.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported on the youth baseball tournament held this past weekend, stating that it was a success.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that the permit for Wal-Mart has been issued and that the master plan for Godley Station Apartments will be discussed at the next Planning & Zoning meeting.

Mayor Carter read aloud a proclamation, proclaiming June 22, 1999, as ABetty Roach Day@.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on proposed zoning text amendment regarding sales office trailers
Councilman Poteet presented this amendment, and after discussion, made a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Mr. Baxter stated that Councilman Brewton brought to his attention the matter of some particular information that was left out of the minutes from the April 5th meeting. This information was regarding a question Councilman Brewton asked Mr. Ellis about who has the authority to set the budget for the hotel/motel tax money and that Mr. Ellis stated that it was his opinion that the Council would be the one responsible for setting the budget. Mayor Carter asked that this information be put in writing and be brought back to Council at their next meeting.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for zoning map amendment at 91 Brighton Woods Drive
Councilman Wall removed himself from his Council seat due to a conflict of interest. A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was present. Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mrs. Cheryl White to rezone her property at 91 Brighton Woods Drive from R-1A (single family residential) to C-P (Commercial-Professional). After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this zoning map amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed with Councilman Wall abstaining. Councilman Wall then returned to his seat.

2. Approval of site plan for Zaxby=s Restaurant
Councilman Poteet presented this site plan for a proposed restaurant on Lot 3B in Mill Creek Subdivision, and after discussion, made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of recombination of Lot 1B and Lot 2 on Wild Turkey Lane
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. Randy Grovenstein and after discussion, made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of minor subdivision of a portion of Lot A on Coleman Boulevard
Councilman Poteet presented this plat that has been developed to create Lots A-1 and
A-2 and made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of minor subdivision on northside of Old Louisville Road
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Buford McGraw to subdivide a 1.69 acre tract out of a 22 acre tract, a made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of contract with S&ME to complete Site Investigative Report for underground
storage tank removal project
Mr. Baxter presented this contract in the amount of $3560.00 to complete this project, which was begun nearly a year ago by Whitaker Labs. He stated that the city received bids from S&ME and Whitaker Labs for the services to complete the underground storage (gas) tank removal. He further stated that the city awarded the contract to the low bidder, Whitaker Labs but, since that time, the city has learned that this portion of the service (the Site Investigative Report) was not able to be performed by Whitaker Labs, therefore, the city needed to contract with S&ME. Mr. Jeff Thornburg, Water & Sewer Superintendent, stated that the information regarding the Site Investigative Report was submitted to Whitaker Labs and was supposed to be included in the contract. There was some question of misrepresentation by Whitaker Labs. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

7. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding excavations and utility installation
Mr. Ellis stated that he has prepared a draft of this amendment to the ordinance and has faxed it to city hall this afternoon. Councilman Poteet made a motion to table this item to allow the Council to review it. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday,
June 21, 1999. Mayor Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment at 91 Brighton Woods Drive. Mrs. Cheryl White, owner, was present and is requesting to rezone her property from R-1A (single family residential) to C-P (Commercial-Professional). Mrs. White stated that she has a contract for sale pending the outcome of this petition.

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

July 19, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
July 19, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 19, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet and Wayne Seay; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilman Wall was absent.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Councilman Poteet, seconded by Councilman Bryan, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to approve these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall was absent.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance. Mr. Baxter presented an agreement for a recycling and waste reduction grant in the amount of $20,000 which will be used to construct a recycling and waste reduction center, along with the $10,000 previously given to the city for recycling. He stated that the project is estimated at a cost of $30,000 and will allow citizens to dispose of yard clippings, appliances, etc. Councilman DeFilippis made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve the grant and authorize the mayor to sign. Motion passed without opposition.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that there was a problem with a lift station in the city and that it has been repaired.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the 9 & 10 year old and 11 & 12 year old girls are going to the district G.R.P.A. tournament in Baxley and the 11 & 12 year old boys are going to the district G.R.P.A. tournament in Alma. He also reported that the 9 & 10 year old boys came in third place in the sub-district G.R.P.A. tournament held in Pooler, which he thanked the recreation staff for their hard work.



BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that eight (8) new single family residential permits were issued this month, totaling 86 for the year.

Mayor Carter presented a 10 year service pin to Nell Anderson, employee with the senior citizen center.

Mark Revenew stated that the City of Pooler=s Web page is available and that the address is www.pooler-ga.com, inviting everyone to visit the Web.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding excavations and utility installation
Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this amendment to the ordinance on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request to place decorative fence along Pine Barren Road at Timberland Gap Subdvision
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. Fred Williams, and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of final plat for Ashwood Subdivision
Councilman Poteet presented the final plat, making a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of minor subdivision of 53.22 acre tract on Pine Barren Road
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. Buddy Bragg, owner, to sub-divide this 53.22 acre tract into two (2) lots. After discussion, Councilman Brewton made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of Chatham County Storm Water Management Ordinance
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance, stating that it was prepared by Chatham County for a unified countywide storm water management plan and that the city has been following it but the approval simply Aslipped through the cracks@. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve the Chatham County Storm Water Management Ordinance. Motion passed without opposition.


5. Approval of Emergency and Disaster Mutual Aid Agreement
Mr. Baxter presented this mutual aid agreement involving Pooler and the other municipalities in Chatham County. Fire Chief Jimmy Fields stated that this is a renewal and that there have been no changes in the mutual aid procedures within the County. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of affidavit regarding executive sessions
Mr. Baxter presented an affidavit regarding the process of going into executive sessions., stating that the State has passed legislation that requires the Chief Elected Official to sign an affidavit when executive sessions are held. He stated that the affidavit has been written to include all elected officials= signatures, so that just one person is not held liable. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve the affidavit. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

August 2, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
August 2, 1999



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 2, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. Councilman Bryan presented a budget adjustment for 1999, making a motion to decrease account #9030 (contract labor) by $2225.00, decrease account #9670 (materials & supplies) by $809.00; increase account #9800 (capital outlay - treatment plant) by $3034.00 to purchase a 2-ton heat pump for the treatment plant. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program. He presented a budget adjustment for 1999, decreasing account #6660 (vehicle repairs) by $900.00; increasing account #6650 (maintenance and repairs) by $900.00 to activate the (5) 800 Mhz radios given to the fire department by CEMA. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve the budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the 9 & 10 year old girls softball team won the State championship last weekend.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 25 new single family residential permits were issued in July, totaling 104 for the year, with 223 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of amendment to tower lease agreement with BellSouth
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the tower lease agreement with BellSouth. This item was tabled from a previous meeting in order to contact BellSouth about removing the unsightly telephone polls in the city. Mr. Baxter stated that there has been no progress in the endeavor. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the amendment to the tower lease agreement in the amount of $7000.00/year, contingent upon Mr. Ellis’ approval of the agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for variance at Lot 3, Pooler Square Subdivision
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilman Poteet presented this request from Lodging Development Group, LLC for a 28' front yard setback variance to construct a drive-under canopy at the proposed Travel Lodge. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve this variance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of street lights in Ashwood Subdivision
Mr. Baxter presented a map showing the placement of street lights for Ashwood Subdivision. He stated that the developer has requested to place decorative lights, which will be completely maintained by Savannah Electric, at this subdivision. He further stated that this type of light is not as bright as the standard street lights. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve the street lights in Ashwood Subdivision, contingent upon their placement being in compliance with the ordinance. Motion passed without opposition.

Councilman Bryan made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 5:34 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. Councilman Brewton asked Mr. Ellis if this was legal. Mr. Ellis stated that the Mayor and Council would be signing an affidavit (attached) regarding the executive session.

Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 6:40 p.m.




Councilman Seay made a motion to advance one of the city’s employees annual and sick leave that the employee could accrue within 12 months, not to exceed four (4) weeks. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:42 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
August 2, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 4:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; and City Manager Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested variance at Lot 3, Pooler Square Subdivision. The owner, Lodging Development Group, has requested a 28' front yard setback variance to construct a drive-under canopy at the proposed Travel Lodge. Mr. Troy Reddick of The Temples Company was present to answer any questions and stated that the canopy would enable customers to check in and check out without exposure to bad weather.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 4:55 p.m.

August 16, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
August 16, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council meeting was held on August 16, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilman Sonny DeFilippis was absent.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman Bryan.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall gave the fire department report.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis was absent. Councilman Poteet reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water department experienced a couple of breakdowns recently and that the necessary repairs have been made.
Councilman Brewton made a motion to add Item #12 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that football and cheerleading practice has begun; tumbling is in session; that there will be a dance at the gym on Friday for ages 5 - 13. He then presented the State Champion 9 & 10 year old girls softball team and Mayor Carter introduced Coach Anna Stephens. Ms. Stephens presented Mayor Carter with a plaque and trophy to be placed at City Hall. She then introduced the girls, Maddison Gracen, Miranda Hudson, Kate Powell, Bailey Bazemore, Anna Stevens, Carrie Allmond, Whitney DeFilippis, Alex Lukas, Cayla Wise, Tiffany Munn, Krystle Frost and Brittany Miller and Coaches Gerard Vining, Ammy Allmond and Linda Stevens.
BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that the plat for Ashwood Subdivision has been recorded and that the Planned Unit Development review board met last Monday to discuss changes to the Godley Tract. He invited everyone to attend a “town meeting”, sponsored by Congressman Jack Kingston, on August 24th from 8:30 a.m. until 9:30 a.m. at City Hall.

Mayor Carter presented a 10 year service pin to Fire Chief Jimmy Fields and City Clerk Maribeth Lindler, thanking them for their dedicated service to the city.

Mayor Carter presented a 20 year service pin to Captain David Burke, thanking him for his dedicated service to the police department.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of site plan for Krystal Restaurant
Councilman Poteet presented the site plan, making a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of final Planned Unit Development for 24 acre tract within the Godley Tract
Councilman Poteet stated that this tract was approved for multi-family zoning for the Godley Station apartments, “The Preserve”. A motion for approval was made by Councilman Poteet, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of site plan for “The Preserve” (Godley Station Apartments)
Councilman Poteet presented the site plan for “The Preserve”. Mr. Ralph Forbes of EMC Engineering was present to answer any questions. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve this site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of major subdivision on E. Hwy 80
Councilman Poteet presented Murray Galin’s sketch plan for a major subdivision on E. Hwy 80. Mr. Jay Maupin of EMC Engineering was present to answer any questions. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve the sketch plan for this major subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.




5. Approval of minor subdivision of Lot 3 Mill Creek Village
Councilman Poteet presented this request to divide Lot 3 into Lots 3A, 3B and 3C in Mill Creek Village subdivision and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of contract with Municipal Code Corporation for recodification of City’s
Charter/Code of Ordinances
Mr. Baxter presented this contract in the amount of $13,500 to recodify the charter and code of ordinances which is needed to bring it up to date. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to table this item in order for Mr. Ellis to look over the contract. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Approval of contract with Total Phase to install generator
Mr. Baxter presented bids for the installation of a generator to run city hall and the police station. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve the contract with Total Phase (low bidder) in the amount of $5619.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of lease agreement with Governmental Leasing Group, Inc. for police cars
Councilman Wall presented this lease agreement along with a resolution and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of contract with Insituform for sewer rehab on Gleason Ave.
Mr. Baxter presented bids for the sewer rehab project on Gleason Ave., stating that the low bidder, Insituform, has done work for the city in the past. After discussion, Councilman Brewton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this contract in the amount of $102,775.00. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Approval of recombination of Lots 58 & 59, Gleason Heights Subdivision
Councilman Poteet presented this request to recombine Lots 58 & 59 in order to allow the owner, Mr. Albert Klein, to sell Lot 58. There was much discussion over the fact that this recombination would cause the existing driveway to the house on Lot 59 to encroach on Lot 58, thus creating a “common” driveway. Councilman Wall stated that the city has experienced problems in the past with common driveways and does not want any in the future. Mr. Klein stated that his intentions are to renovate the house and place a driveway on the other side to be used for access to the house. Councilman Wall reiterated the fact that there would still be a “common” driveway unless Mr. Klein removed it. There was further discussion wherein Mr. Baxter suggested that the culvert pipe in the driveway be removed, disabling the driveway from being used as one. Councilman Brewton made a motion to approve this recombination, contingent upon the culvert pipe in the existing driveway being removed prior to the mylar being recorded at the time of sale of Lot 58. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.
11. Approval of minor subdivision of 133.55 acre portion of the Godley Tract
Councilman Poteet presented this minor subdivision and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

12. Approval of water line upgrade on Pine Barren Road east to Timberland Gap Subdivision
Councilman Brewton presented a proposal from Atlantic Underground Utilities, Inc. to upgrade the water line to a 12" line from Rogers Street & Pine Barren Road east to serve the Timberland Gap Subdivision. He stated that the developer, Fred Williams, will be responsible for the cost of an 8" water main along with the cost to jack and bore the 8" line under Pine Barren Road. He further stated that Atlantic Underground Utilities’ cost is lower than the proposal from Southern Champion Construction (original contractor for the water line extension project). After discussion, Councilman Brewton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the water line upgrade on Pine Barren Road east to Timberland Gap Subdivision. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:14 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

September 7, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 7, 1999



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 7, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall gave the fire department report, stating that the hurricane preparedness plan was available for information. He presented a letter of commendation to Cpl Stanley and Officer Schmitt for their fine work in apprehending the burglary suspect/prison escapee recently.
Councilman Wall presented an Agreement for Probation Services with Southeastern Corrections Services, Inc. to handle the city’s probation services, fine payments, collections and probation hearings at no cost to the city. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this Agreement. Motion passed without opposition.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that football and cheerleading practice were ongoing with the Rama to be held on September 18th and that a dance for ages 5 thru 12 was held on August 20th and was a success.
BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 15 new single family residential permits were issued last month with 240 inspections performed.

Mayor Carter introduced 7th District Chatham County Commissioner Eddie DeLoach. Commissioner DeLoach introduced Chatham County Manager Russ Abolt. Mr. Abolt, along with the County’s public works director Robert Drewry, John Walz and County Engineer Al Bungard, gave a summary of the drainage and road projects allocated under the 1% Sales Tax (fifth penny).

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of contract with Municipal Code Corporation for recodification of City’s
Charter/Code of Ordinances
Mr. Baxter presented this contract to redo the city’s charter and recodify the code of ordinances. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow a representative from Municipal Code to be present to answer the Council’s questions. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of engineering proposal for force main extension to Hall property
Mr. Baxter presented this proposal from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung for engineering services for the force main extension to the Hall property. He stated that the amount of this proposal would be covered by the GEFA loan and that $75,000 was added to the Hall’s letter of credit. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this contract, not to exceed $75,000. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Discussion concerning ditch at 415 S. Skinner Avenue
Mr. Baxter stated that from time to time he is approached by property owners, particularly Mrs. Julia Wilson at 415 S. Skinner Avenue, requesting that their ditches be piped. He presented a letter from Mr. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers, recommending that the ditch not be piped at this time, that it is able to transport far more water than a pipe and will keep water from running into the homeowner’s yard. After discussion, Mayor Carter instructed the Street & Drainage Committee to look into this matter and to bring their recommendation (policy) back to Council for approval.






3. Approval of median cut on Pooler Parkway for Towne Center
Mr. Baxter presented this request for a median cut on the Pooler Parkway to serve the Towne Center commercial area. Mr. Steve Wohfiel, of HGB&D Engineers, was present to answer any questions. He stated that this median cut was needed in order to alleviate traffic problems on Benton Boulevard and to deter vehicles from making a u-turn on the Parkway. Councilman Wall stated that this would create a traffic problem and would probably necessitate a traffic light in the future. Councilman Poteet questioned if there were any more median cuts proposed for this area of the Parkway (from Hwy 80 to I-95). Mr. Wohfeil stated that there would not be, but that this question should be addressed to Branigar (the owner of the property). Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the median cut, contingent upon Branigar realizing that this is the last median cut allowed on Pooler Parkway between I-95 and Hwy 80 and contingent upon a traffic study being done to determine if a red light is necessary and that the developer will be responsible for the cost of installing a red light. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Sonic Restaurant
Councilman Poteet presented this site plan, stating that it comes from Planning & Zoning with a recommendation for approval but that a mistake was discovered on the site plan and a setback variance is needed on the canopies. Councilman Wall stated that the variance issue was overlooked, and then made a motion to approve the site plan with the canopy setback variance for Sonic Restaurant. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of site plan for Blue Circle Batch Plant
Councilman Poteet presented this site plan, stating that all items have been addressed, and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of subdividing 5.10 acre tract out of Lot 1-B, Dylan Subdivision
Councilman Poteet presented this request, stating that the 5.10 acre tract would be Lot 1-B-1, and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

7. Discussion concerning extension of contract with Waste Management
Mr. Baxter presented a proposal from Waste Management to extend the city’s waste hauling contract for another three (3) years. He stated that the rate has been reduced by 13.5% for residential and 3.4% for commercial. Councilman Bryan stated that this service should be bid out, due to the fact that there were several other companies who were interested. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the extension of Waste Management’s contract for three (3) years. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed with Councilman Brewton and Councilman Bryan opposing.


8. Approval of streets to be recommended to the L.A.R.P. (Local Assistance Road
Program) for the year 2000
Mr. Baxter presented this list of streets to be recommended to the State for overlay under the L.A.R.P program. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this list, excluding Coleman Blvd. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of installation and monthly costs for lights at Gleason Park
Mr. Baxter presented a breakdown of the installation and monthly costs for decorative lights at Gleason Park, which have been requested by residents to better facilitate the park now that the gazebo is complete. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

10. Resolution regarding 912 Area Code
Mr. Baxter presented a resolution requesting the Georgia Public Service Commission to consider keeping the 912 Area Code for the coastal counties. Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to adopt this resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

Ms. Rebecca Benton, resident, addressed Council in regards to her wanting her ditches piped too, stating that the city paved a portion of her property (field) and that she wants it removed. Further, that a few of the streets on the L.A.R.P. list have to be accessed through her property (Second Street) and that she has not been given time to object to this.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:52 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

September 20, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 20, 1999



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 20, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearings held prior). Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter. Attorney Ben Ellis was present for the absent City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

The minutes of the previous meetings were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Poteet, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Brewton abstaining due not having ample time to review the payables.
Councilman Brewton stated that he was rescinding his vote on the payables that were approved on September 7, 1999.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall gave the fire report. He commended the public safety and city employees on a job well done during the recent evacuation.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton addressed the issue of the water being off during the hurricane, explaining the city’s contingency plan for emergencies such as this one.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the Football Rama held this past Saturday was a success, and commended the recreation department staff and the volunteers for their hard work.




Councilman Seay addressed Council with an issue from the Personnel Committee regarding paying the hourly employees who did not work during the hurricane evacuation period. After discussion, Councilman Seay made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to pay those employees who did not work, straight time for an eight (8) hour workday, and to pay those employees who did work, time-and-a-half. Motion passed without opposition.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that Domino’s Pizza opened today and that nine (9) new single family residential permits have been issued so far this month, with 116 year to date.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approval of contract with Municipal Code Corporation for recodification of City’s
Charter/Code Ordinances
Mr. Baxter presented this item which was tabled in order to allow a representative from Municipal Code Corporation to be present. Mayor Carter stated that Mr. Ellis had questions regarding the number of pages that were allowed for in the contract. Mr. Dale Barstow, representative from MCC, addressed the Council regarding this process. He stated that they have allowed for 450 pages of 8 ½" x 11" paper and that he felt it would not exceed 550 pages. Councilman Wall questioned if a “cap” amount could be placed so as to not run up the cost of the project and if it could be budgeted over a period of years. Mr. Barstow stated that he was willing to “cap” the contract at $12,500, which is $2000 more than the original and that the city could budget it over a two (2) year period. He further stated that this price would include their attorney’s review of the city’s charter and a review and recodification of the city’s ordinance, with recommendations to be brought to the city for consideration. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this contract for $10,500 with a “cap” of $12,500. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for zoning map amendment at 704 W. Hwy 80
A public hearing was held prior wherein several residents were present to state their opposition of this request. Councilman Poteet stated that this comes from Planning & Zoning with a unanimous recommendation for denial. Mayor Carter read aloud the “Standards for Zoning Ordinance or Map Amendment”, asking the Council to consider each item. Mr. Jesse Cosby, property owner, questioned why his property could not be zoned commercial like the area surrounding it. Councilman Poteet made a motion to deny this request. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition. Mayor Carter instructed Planning & Zoning to look into the possibility of a comprehensive rezoning of this area of Hwy 80.

2. Approval of final plat for Garden Acres Subdivision, Phase XI
Councilman Poteet presented this plat and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve, contingent upon the issue of the lift station upgrade being resolved. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of major subdivision of parcels 1 thru 6, Mill Creek Subdivision
Councilman Poteet presented this major subdivision for parcels 1 thru 6 of Mill Creek Subdivision. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve this major subdivision, contingent upon the city attorney’s approval of the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of recombination of .90 and 6.34 acre tracts into a 4.4 acre tract
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. & Mrs. Buford Mack to recombine (move the lot line) on these two (2) tracts, making a 4.4 acre tract and a 2.84 acre tract. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of combination of Lots 13 ½ and 14, Block 1, Symons 2nd Addition
Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. Clyde Clarke, making a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of contract with Department of Transportation for resurfacing various streets
Mr. Baxter presented this contract with the DOT to resurface Rogers Street between the Hwy 80 pair, Pine Barren Road from A.J. Garcia Road to Hwy 80 and Pine Meadow Drive. He stated that the city has budgeted for one (1) mile of road to be resurfaced and that by contracting with the State, it saves the city quite a bit of money. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this contract. Motion passed without opposition.

7. First Reading on zoning text amendment regarding “common driveways” Mr. Baxter presented this zoning text amendment which would prohibit common driveways (those serving more than one lot) in a residential subdivision, stating that a public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.


There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:22 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.



Public Hearing

Public hearings were held prior to the regular City Council meeting on September 20, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the first hearing to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter.

5:30 p.m. - the purpose of this hearing was to discuss the construction of a sidewalk along E. Hwy 80. Mayor Carter stated that the property owners have been notified that a 5' permanent utility easement is needed in order to construct and maintain this sidewalk. Mr. Joey Maxwell of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present to answer questions. Mayor Carter stated that this sidewalk will aid pedestrian traffic in this area of Hwy 80.

5:45 p.m. - the purpose of this hearing was to discuss:

1) A requested zoning text amendment regarding “common driveways” - Councilman Poteet presented this text amendment to prohibit common driveways in residential subdivisions. He stated that a common driveway serves more than one (1) lot.

2) A requested zoning map amendment at 704 W. Hwy 80 - Mayor Carter stated that the city has been petitioned by Mr. Jesse Cosby, owner, to rezone his property from R-1A (single family residential) to C-1 (light commercial). Several residents were present to voice their opposition of this request, based on the potential buyer, Enmark Stations, Inc., proposing to construct a service station/convenience store on this property. The residents, Romanda Talley, Sandy Glick, Sam Young, Greg Long, Rita & Larry Channel, Kevin Walton, Milton McLaurin and Bonnie Emminger addressed Council with their concerns about the safety, increased traffic, noise, crime and health hazards they would experience as well as their property values being decreased. Mr. Dwight Harrison of Enmark, addressed Council stating that this corridor of Hwy 80 is zoned light commercial and the four (4) parcels that remain residential on Hwy 80 will someday be commercial. He asked Council to be objective in their decision and reminded them that this is a commercial area that has been established years ago.

October 4, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 4,1999



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 4, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall gave the fire report. Chief Fields reported that October was fire prevention month and presented certificates and commendation letters to several of the firefighters.
Chief Chan reported that the police officer of the year has been chosen. He is Officer Dennis Wright and he will receive this award at the West Chatham Exchange Club.
Councilman Wall presented a budget adjustment for the fire department, decreasing capital outlay by $8500 to allow the department to purchase a new air compressor to fill the air tanks. He made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this budget adjustment.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that football and cheerleading are ongoing.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that the permit for the 220 unit Godley Station Apartments has been issued and that as of September 30th, a total of 125 new single family detached residential home permits were issued, making a total of 345 detached and attached single family residential units permitted this year.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on zoning text amendment regarding common driveways
Mr. Baxter presented this zoning text amendment prohibiting common driveways being allowed in residential subdivision. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Discussion concerning revision of water & sewer agreement with City of Savannah
Mr. Baxter presented this revision to the water and sewer agreement with the City of Savannah stating that the changes reflect work that has been completed and that certain areas have been added to the water capital cost recovery charges. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve the appointment of a committee to review this agreement. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of engineering proposal for antidegradation review economic analysis and
water shed assessment scope of work
Mr. Baxter presented this proposal for this project which is the first step to begin the design to increase the capacity at the wastewater treatment plant. Mr. Bill Lovett, of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung was present to answer any questions. He stated that the EPD requires all municipalities planning to expand wastewater treatment capacity to complete an Antidegradation Review Economic Analysis and a Watershed Assessment, which will take place after the Analysis is completed. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this engineering proposal not to exceed $28,850.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of site plan for YMCA
Councilman Poteet presented the site plan for the YMCA and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve this site plan, contingent upon DNR’s approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of final PUD on Godley Station POD #1
Councilman Poteet presented this request for final PUD (Planned Unit Development) on Godley Station POD #1. Mr. Terry Coleman of EMC Engineering, presented sketches of the development and the overall development in the area. Several questions were raised as to the size of the lots and types of houses proposed to be built. Several residents addressed Council with their concern over this becoming an area unsuitable to Pooler. Mr. Steve Hall and Mr. Jerry Wardlaw, developers, were present to answer these questions. They stated that they are planning to build fine quality homes, ranging from $130,000 to $200,000, with square footage of the houses starting at 1350 square feet. Councilman Brewton asked Mr. Hall what type of financing would be made available to the buyers. Mr. Hall stated that Conventional, FHA and VA loans would be the type of financing obtained for these homes. Councilman Poteet then made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve the final PUD on Godley Station POD #1. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and did not pass, due to Councilmen Brewton, Bryan, DeFilippis and Seay opposing. Request denied.

5. Approval of combination of Lots 2 & 3, Brighton Woods Drive/W. Hwy 80
Councilman Wall stepped down at this time due to a conflict of interest. Councilman Poteet presented this combination of Lots 2 & 3, Brighton Woods Drive at Hwy 80 and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed with Councilman Wall abstaining. Ms. Annette Bryant, owner of the property, addressed Council with her concern that the subdivision sign for Brighton Woods is in the city’s right-of-way and offered to remove the sign and place a new one on her property. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Baxter to notify the homeowners in Brighton Woods of Ms. Bryant’s offer.
Councilman Wall returned to his Council seat.

6. Approval of minor subdivision of 664.674 acre portion of Godley Tract
Councilman Poteet presented this minor subdivision, stating that it is exempt from our subdivision ordinance, based on the amount of acreage. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Approval of gas aggregation services agreement with Georgia Municipal
Association
Mr. Baxter stated that he has just received comments from Mr. Ellis on the agreement and has not had time to contact GMA. Councilman Poteet made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

8. Request to waive regulatory fee for circus to be held at Oglethorpe Speedway Park
Mr. Baxer presented this request from Mr. Andy Stone to waive the regulatory fee ($500 per day) for a permit to hold a circus at Oglethorpe Speedway Park on October 9th and 10th. Mr. Stone stated that the promoters of the circus have donated 1000 free tickets to local organizations to distribute through the community. He further stated that the permit fee in other municipalities in southeast Georgia is no more than $50.00. After discussion, Councilman Brewton made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to reduce the regulatory fee by one-half, making the two-day total at $500.00. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Acceptance of petition for annexation from landowners/electors in the Little Neck
Road/Quacco Road area
Mr. Baxter presented a signed petition from over 60% of the landowners/electors in the Little Neck/Quacco Road area. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to accept this petition and to set a public hearing. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Approval of minor subdivision of 112.97 acre portion of the Godley Tract
Councilman Poteet presented this minor subdivision and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

11. First Reading on amendment to utilities ordinance
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the utilities ordinance regarding water tap in and meter fees. Mr. Jeff Thornburg, Water & Sewer Superintendent, was present to answer any questions. He stated that the changes reflect the process of purchasing and installing water meters. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this amendment to the utilities ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

Ms. Rebecca Benton presented the City Clerk with a letter regarding de-annexation of her property to be made verbatim a part of the minutes.

Mr. Ricky Hearn addressed Council with his concern over the apartments that have been allowed in the new funeral home. (At this time, Councilman Bryan stepped down, due to a conflict of interest.) Mr. Ellis stated that the plans were approved with one (1) living area and after the funeral home was completed, it was discovered to have two (2) living areas. Mr. Baxter stated that he has issued a permit for only one (1) living area. Mr. Hearn stated that this was not fair to allow this to happen for one individual and not any others and questioned why the owner has not placed the tree buffer required and has covered up the adjacent drainage ditch. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Baxter to look into this matter.

Mr. Hearn addressed Council with his concern over the way the asbestos shingles were removed from the building next to Don’s BBQ, asking for confirmation that they were removed properly. Mr. Inglis, Building Inspector, stated that he has this information.

Mr. Hearn addressed Council with his concern over whether or not Councilman Wall’s house being constructed in Worthington Estates is too close to the property line (encroaching the building setback). Mr. Baxter stated that he has measured the distance from the property line and the house is within the building setback.
Ms. Rebecca Benton addressed Council, stating that the complaints being made should be from an adjacent property owner to make them legal.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:17 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

October 18, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 18, 1999



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 18, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program and gave the fire report. Chief Fields reported on the success of the recent open house at the fire department and stated that the conclusion of fire prevention week is near.

STREET/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that there will be two (2) football games this Thursday at Port Wentworth; that there will be a homecoming parade this Saturday and that the homecoming game is next Thursday.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that the permit for the Red Roof Inn has been issued and that the issue concerning the removal of the asbestos shingles at the old H & R Block building has been addressed by the building inspector, Mr. Tim Inglis.

Mr. Baxter addressed Council with the issue regarding the subdivision sign at Brighton Woods. He presented them with a petition signed by approximately 50 residents, requesting that the sign remain where it is and that they will be responsible for maintaining it and that they will soon form a homeowner’s association. Mr. Ellis stressed the importance of the homeowner’s association, to allow the city to deed the property the sign is sitting on to the association, to relieve the city of any liability. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Baxter to notify the residents that they need to form a homeowner’s association as soon as possible.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of gas aggregation services agreement with Georgia Municipal Association
Mr. Baxter stated that this item was tabled in order to allow Mr. Ellis’ questions to be answered by GMA. Mr. Ellis stated that he was satisfied with their answers, therefore, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this agreement. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on amendment to utilities ordinance
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the utilities ordinance. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of preliminary construction plans for expansion of Garden Acres Mobile Home Park
Councilman Poteet presented the construction plans for the expansion of Garden Acres Mobile Home Park, stating that all items have been addressed . After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve, contingent upon the lift station being owned and maintained by the City. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of plat of a 31.35 acre portion of Parcel “A” of the Josie Lee Herrin Tract
Councilman Poteet presented this plat, stating that it is exempt from the city’s subdivision ordinance, and made a motion, seconded by Councilman Brewton, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of Termination of Agreement with Chatham County regarding reconstruction of wastewater treatment facility impacted by the Pooler Parkway, Phase II
Mr. Baxter presented this Termination of Agreement with Chatham County, stating that the city has received the $500,000 from the County to cover the portion of the wastewater treatment plant that is impacted by the Pooler Parkway. He further stated that this termination of agreement is required to free up unencumbered funds that the County has been put aside in error. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve the Termination of Agreement with Chatham County. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of request from Family Services Program for funding
Mr. Baxter presented this request from Family Service Program, formerly Homemaker Services, for funding in the amount of $529.16. This Program serves children, frail elderly and disabled adults who are in need of assistance. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this funding. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

5. Discussion concerning installation of irrigation meters
Mr. Baxter stated that with the new development coming, the developers are requesting to tap into the city’s potable water lines for purposes of irrigation. He stated that the city has always stressed that the preferred method is for the developers to dig shallow wells, due to the fact that water is such a precious commodity in Chatham County. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Baxter to research how other municipalities in the County handle irrigation for developments.

6. First Reading on ordinance regarding wetland protection
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance regarding wetland protection as mandated by the State. Mr. Tim Inglis, stated that this ordinance needed to be adopted by February 29, 2000, and that the process will involve the city’s building department researching the wetland maps and if the development interferes with the wetlands, it is referred to the Corps of Engineers. Councilman Poteet stated that this is a very involved process as well as an unfunded mandate which puts a lot of pressure on the city. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to table this item in order to speak with our State representatives on this matter. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:40 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

November 1, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 1, 1999



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 1, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter. City Attorney Wiley Ellis was absent. Attorney Paul Meyer was present.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by the Webelos present from Troop 297.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approve as printed upon a motion by Councilman Poteet, seconded by Councilman Seay, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment, making a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall reported on the community service program.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that “Homecoming” was celebrated at Pooler Park with a parade on Saturday, October 23rd, football games on October 28th and a dance on Friday, October 29th.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that 141 new single family residential permits have been issued as of November 1st and that this time last year there were only 81. He further reported that the permit for the Red Roof Inn and the Krystal Restaurant have been issued and that a groundbreaking ceremony was held at the Godley Station Apartments last week.
There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of site plan for Travelodge
Councilman Poteet presented this site plan and after discussion, made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of construction plan for Parkway Loop
Councilman Poteet presented the construction for the Parkway Loop. Mr. Steve Wohfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present to answer any questions. Councilman Poteet stated that sidewalks will be placed on both sides of the Loop, and then made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall informed Mr. Wohfeil that a maximum of four (4) traffic lights would be allowed on Pooler Parkway.

3. Approval of engineering proposal for pump station, force main and waterline design for
Bridgewater Estates
Mr. Baxter presented this engineering proposal which includes the design of a 138 GPM pump station, approximately 4000 linear feet of 4-inch diameter force main and approximately 2500 linear feet of 12-inch diameter water line. He stated that the funds for this would come from the GEFA loan, guaranteed by an irrevocable letter of credit from the developer. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve the engineering proposal, contingent upon receipt of the irrevocable letter of credit. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of zoning for Quacco/Little Neck Road property
A public hearing was held prior. This land is bordered to the east by I-95, to the south by Little Neck Road and to the north by the city limits of Bloomingdale and Savannah Quarters property. The areas that are currently zoned R-A (Residential-Agricultural) will remain R-A and the areas that are zoned PD-R-SM (Planned Development-Reclamation Surface Mining) and RAWT (Residential Agricultural Wireless Telecommunication) would be changed to R-A. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the zoning for this property. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

5. First Reading on ordinance regarding annexation of Quacco/Little Neck Road property
A public hearing was held prior wherein property owners from the area presented their questions regarding this annexation. Councilman Bryan stated that he would like to know if the citizens of Pooler want this area annexed. Mr. Baxter stated that attempts were made to have a dual majority referendum but that this was not approved by the State Legislature, therefore, the 60 percent method for annexation was used. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this annexation ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Ms. Rebecca Benton, resident, presented Council with a letter requesting de-annexation of her property.

Mr. Jerry Jackson, manager of the new Wal-Mart, was present and introduced himself to the Council.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:41 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.


PUBLIC HEARING

Two (2) public hearings were held on Monday, November 1, 1999, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the first hearing to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter. City Attorney Wiley Ellis was absent. Attorney Paul Meyer was present.

The purpose of these hearings was to discuss:

5:30 p.m. - to discuss the zoning of the Quacco/Little Neck Road Property
Mayor Carter stated that the city has accepted an annexation petitioned signed by over 60% of the residents/landowners in the Quacco/Little Neck Road area, south of the recently annexed southwest quadrant of Savannah Quarters. This property, approximately 3360 acres, currently zoned R-A (Residential-Agricultural), PD-R-SM (Planned Development-Reclamation Surface Mining) and RAWT (Residential Agricultural Wireless Telecommunication). The areas currently zoned R-A would remain R-A and the areas zoned PD-R-SM and RAWT would be changed to R-A. Several property owners were present at the hearing with questions regarding the annexation.


5:45 p.m. - to discuss the proposed annexation of the Quacco/Little Neck Road
property
Mr. John Yates, property owner, addressed Council stating that he was opposed to this annexation and that he felt there were no advantages to being annexed into the City of Pooler. He further stated that he contacted other property owners who were opposed but they were unable to attend the hearing. Mayor Carter stated that they would have an opportunity at the next meeting on November 15th to address Council. Mr. William Driggers questioned if water and sewer would be available in the near future. Mayor Carter stated that these services were not available at this time but that as requests were received, the city would look into this matter and determine if most of the property owners in this area wanted these services.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearings were adjourned at approximately 5:55 p.m.

November 15, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 15,1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 15, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall gave the fire report.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the mini boys football team has a record of 8-0 in the league and that the Rebel Bowl in Garden City begins this evening.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that six (6) new single family residential permits have been issued this month; that the permit for the Travelodge has been issued and that the traffic light at Coleman Blvd. and Hwy 80 is operational.

Mayor Carter welcomed Council-elect Billie Tyler and Travis Cowart, Jr. to the meeting.

Mayor Carter read aloud a proclamation, proclaiming November 16, 1999 as “Pooler School Day” in recognition of the school placing first in Chatham County for the 1999 standardized tests.

Ms. Susan Steinhauser, Executive Director of the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. addressed Council in regards to the progress of the Chamber.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on ordinance regarding annexation of Quacco/Little Neck Road
property
Mayor Carter presented this ordinance for Second Reading, stating that it was approved on First Reading at the last meeting. Mr. John Yates, property owner in the area proposed for annexation, was present and stated his opposition of this annexation. He presented Council with a petition signed by over 60 residents/landowners who were in opposition also. Mr. David Kuhn and Ms. Nicole Whittenberger, residents, were present and stated their opposition. Mr. David Driggers questioned whether or not he would be allowed to place a mobile home on his lot. Ms. Gale Coleman of ABC Waste addressed Council in regards to the sanitation service for this area, asking whether or not the current contract with her company would remain for this area. Several questions were presented regarding the services, particularly water and sewer, that would be available to this area. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to table this item to determine if the residents/landowners want to be annexed into the City of Pooler. Motion was seconded by Councilman Brewton and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of final PUD on Godley Station POD #1
Councilman Poteet presented the final Planned Unit Development at The Villages of Godley Station, approximately 400 acres of land which is currently owned by The Branigar Organization and is under contract for sale. Mr. Steve Hall, one of the prospective buyers, presented this request, asking for approval of the first POD which consists of 253 home sites as well as a reaffirmation of the guidelines of the existing PUD ordinance that have been approved previously by the Council in regards to the density in single family zoning throughout the future phases of the Planned Unit Development. He presented Council with the proposed covenants, architectural quality control highlights, proposed amenity package, standard features on homes and the option and price sales sheet for this development. He stated that this project included a number of amenities, including a large recreation facility. Further, that this development would include pedestrian access to the retail and professional area and he feels that the development is a quality one that will have an architectural review committee to observe the quality and construction of the project. Councilman Brewton addressed Mr. Hall regarding the density (four units per acre) of this development. Mr. Cameron Bland of The Branigar Organization reiterated the fact that confirmation was needed from the Council that the guidelines of the existing PUD ordinance have been established and will be in place at the time of future phases. After further discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve the final PUD on Godley Station POD #1, contingent upon staff approval of the architectural criteria. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Request for fence variance at 504 Pinewood Drive
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was present. Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. & Mrs. Dewey Whitaker. Mr. Whitaker was present and stated that he is requesting permission to construct a 6' privacy fence with two (2) feet of lattice on top between his lot and the lot beside him. Councilman Poteet stated that two (2) of the three (3) criteria listed in the standards for granting variances have been met, therefore, he made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation and the fact that the adjacent property owners were notified of this request and none were in opposition. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Brewton opposing.

3. Request for zoning map amendment at 317 W. Collins Street
A public hearing was held prior wherein opposition was presented. Councilman Poteet presented this request from Mr. Joe Woods, owner, to rezone his property R-1A (single family residential) to C-P (Commercial-Professional). There was much discussion about the access (Collins Street) being a dirt road and private property owned by the railroad. Mr. Woods was present and stated that he has a contract for the sale of this property contingent upon it being rezoned so that the prospective buyer, Mr. Phuong Nguyen, can renovate the house into a restaurant. Further, that he has tried unsuccessfully to sell the property as residential because no one wants to live so close to the highway. Mayor Carter read aloud the criteria for a zoning map amendment, asking the Council to consider each item when making their decision. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to deny this zoning map amendment, based on the adjacent property owner’s opposition and the fact that access is inadequate and on property owned by the railroad. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of Southwest Quadrant Phase One final PUD Master Plan and proposed
development standards
Councilman Poteet presented the final PUD Master Plan and proposed development standards for this project which is approximately 2588 acres located at the southwest quadrant of I-95 & I-16. Councilman Poteet made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve the final PUD Master Plan, contingent upon staff approval of the architectural criteria and review of the restrictive covenants. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of minor subdivision for Lot 4, Mill Creek Subdivision
Councilman Poteet presented this minor subdivision for Lot 4, Mill Creek Subdivision, stating that the plat has been revised to show a 60' building setback from Mill Creek Circle. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of minor subdivision of 68.27 acre tract in the Godley Tract
Councilman Poteet presented this request to subdivide a 68.27 acre tract out of the Godley Tract, stating that is exempt from the subdivision ordinance since it is more than five (5) acres. Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition.

7. First Reading on zoning text amendment regarding C-P Zoning
A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Poteet presented this amendment to delete “Grocery Stores”, “Dry Good Stores” and adding “no drive-thru” for eating establishments under 2000 square feet with no live entertainment. He stated that these items have been deleted/added after review of the Commercial-Professional zoning ordinance by the Planning & Zoning Board. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this zoning text amendment on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Bryan made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:16 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing

Three (3) public hearings were held prior to the regular City Council meeting on November 15, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the first hearing to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of these hearings was to discuss:

5:30 p.m. - A requested fence variance at 504 Pinewood Drive - Mr. & Mrs. Dewey Whitaker are requesting to construct a 6' privacy fence with a 2' lattice top between his property and the adjacent property. Mr. Whitaker was present and stated that his fence would be attractive and would not be visible from the road. There was no opposition present at this hearing.

5:45 p.m. - (1) A requested zoning map amendment at 317 W. Collins Street - Joe and Susan Woods have petitioned the city to rezone their property from R-1A (single family residential) to C-P (Commercial-Professional). Mr. Phuong Nguyen, prospective purchaser of the property, was present and addressed Council with his plans to renovate the house into a restaurant. Mr. Bruce Allen, present on behalf of his father, O.D. Allen, an adjacent property, stated his opposition of this request and concerns about health and safety, access to the property being inadequate, drainage and increased traffic in the area.

(2) A proposed zoning text amendment regarding C-P Zoning - Mayor Carter read aloud the proposed changes to the C-P Zoning ordinance as follows: delete “Grocery Stores”, “Dry Good Stores” and add “no drive-thru” for eating establishments under 2000 sq. ft. with no live entertainment.

There being no further business to discuss, the public hearings were adjourned at approximately 5:55 p.m.

December 6, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
December 6, 1999



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 6, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilmen Jack Brewton, Sonny DeFilippis and Jim Poteet were absent.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Pooler cheerleaders Danielle Pfleger and Erin Wilson.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment, making a motion to pay them subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall gave the fire report and reported on the community service program.
Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #16 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis was absent.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton was absent.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the regular activities and basketball signups were ongoing, the football banquets were being held tonight and Tuesday night and that a baseball camp is scheduled for December 29th & 30th.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet was absent.

Mayor Carter introduced the mini cheerleading competition team and their advisors to the meeting. The girls won four (4) awards at the Rebel Bowl competition last month. The girls performed a cheer for the audience.

Mayor Carter welcomed Council-elect Travis Cowart, Jr. and Billie Tyler to the meeting.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on ordinance regarding annexation of Quacco/Little Neck Road
property
Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan to reconsider this item and furthered the motion after Mr. Ellis read aloud a resolution allowing the Council to terminate the petition for annexation and requesting the petitioners to re-apply once the petition meets all requirements under the law. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on zoning text amendment regarding C-P zoning
Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this zoning text amendment on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of engineering proposal regarding upgrade of lift stations
Mr. Baxter presented this engineering proposal for the upgrade of the lift stations at I-95, Garden Acres Subdivision and the one behind the Country Hearth Inn. Mr. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present to answer any questions. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this engineering proposal. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of Change Order No. 2 regarding Southside Water & Sewer, Phase I
Mr. Baxter presented this change order in the amount of $4523.00 to close out this project. Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of resolution regarding GEFA (Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority)
loan for water and sewer extensions to Bridgewater Subdivision
Mr. Baxter presented this resolution, authorizing him to sign all documents relating to a new GEFA loan to cover the cost of the water and sewer extensions to Bridgewater Subdivision. This loan will be insured by an irrevocable letter of credit from the developer. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this resolution. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Request for “conditional use” at 901 W. Hwy 80
Councilman Bryan stepped down from his council seat at this time due to a conflict of interest. A public hearing was held prior wherein several adjacent property owners were present to state that they were in favor of this request. With Councilman Bryan removing himself from his council seat there was no longer a quorum. Therefore, Councilman Wall requested that this item be tabled. This request was honored. Councilman Bryan returned to his seat.

5. Approval of final plat for Garden Acres Subdivision, Phase XII and XIII
Mr. Baxter presented the plat for Garden Acres Subdivision, Phase XII and XIII. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve, contingent upon the Mr. Ellis’ approval of the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of final plat for Hunter’s Ridge Subdivision, Phase 4B
Mr. Baxter presented the final plat for Hunter’s Ridge Subdivision, Phase 4B. Councilman Seay made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve, contingent upon Mr. Ellis’ approval of the bond. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of bond release for Lots A. B. C. & D, Blakewood Ryals’ Tract
Mr. Baxter stated that a final inspection was done and that the water & sewer superintendent has recommended that the bond be released for this subdivision. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to release the bond. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of bond release for Brickyard Subdivision
Councilman Wall stated that a final inspection was done and that the street & drainage superintendents has recommended that the bond be released for this subdivision, contingent upon the drainage being corrected. Councilman Wall made a motion to release the bond, contingent upon the superintendent’s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of recombination of 23.75 acre portion of Godley Tract
Mr. Baxter presented this recombination of a 23.75 acre portion of the Godley Tract located on Benton Boulevard. Councilman Seay made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

10. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Jerry Jackson
Mr. Baxter presented this request for an alcoholic beverage license for Jerry Jackson, manager of Wal-Mart, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this license. Motion passed without opposition.

11. Approval of contract with Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for 2000
Mr. Baxter presented this contract for the PACC, Inc. to receive funds for the year 2000. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this contract. Motion passed without opposition.

12. Approval of contract with Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. for 2000
Mr. Baxter presented this contract for the PCCC, Inc. to receive funds for the year 2000. Councilman Wall made a motion to deny this contract, based on the fact that the Council had just approved the contract for the PACC, Inc. Travis Cowart addressed the Council, requesting that the two (2) groups work together towards unity of the Chambers. Mayor Carter invited each Chamber to meet with him to work towards this goal. Motion passed without opposition.

13. Approval of budget adjustment for 1999
Mr. Baxter presented a budget adjustment to allow additional funds for paving, decreasing account #7010 (salary - street department) by $48,000 and increasing account #7675 (street paving) by $48,000. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

14. First Reading on ordinance regarding water and sewer/re-connection fee
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the ordinance regarding water and sewer rates and the re-connection fee for water service when it is turned off for non-payment. The proposed water and sewer rate increase is $.10 per one thousand gallons for residential and commercial customers, excluding those senior citizens who qualify for the homestead exemption. The proposed increase to the re-connection fee is from $10.00 to $50.00 for service discontinued due to non-payment. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment to the ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

15. First Reading on proposed 2000 budget
Mr. Baxter presented the proposed budget for 2000, stating that the General Fund balances out at $4,212,531 and the Water & Sewer Fund balances out at $866,045 for water and $1,021,075 for sewer and that it reflects a reduction in the millage rate to 4.25 mills. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the 2000 budget on First Reading. Councilman Seay stated that there was one portion of the budget (pay scale) that he could not endorse, based on it being inadequate. Motion passed with Councilman Seay opposing.

16. Discussion regarding ladder truck for fire department
Councilman Wall stated that representatives from E-One have been in the area demonstrating a new ladder truck which Council discussed purchasing during the 2000 budget hearings. Chief Fields stated that normally it takes one (1) year for this type of truck to be ordered and built, but that the demo is available now. The first lease payment for this truck will not be due until January 10, 2002, due to the city’s outstanding lease payment history. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the lease of this ladder truck. Motion passed without opposition.

Ms. Anne Smith thanked Mayor Carter for attending the Christmas tree lighting at Joe Baker Park and asked Mr. Baxter to extend her thanks to the employees that dug the hole for the tree to set in.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:36 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on
December 6, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilman Bryan did not take his council seat due to a conflict of interest.

The purpose of the hearing was to discuss a requested “conditional use” at 901 W. Hwy 80. Mr. Tommy Strickland, owner, presented this request to allow a residential apartment in a commercial zoning. Ms. Helen Harrelson and Mr. Tom Garner, adjacent property owners, were present to state that they are in favor of this request.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:55 p.m.

December 20, 1999

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
December 20, 1999


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 20,1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by Councilman DeFilippis.

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Councilman Wall seconded the motion and it passed without opposition.
Councilman Bryan stated that there is approximately $30,000 in hotel/motel tax money left from the years of 1996, 1997 and 1998, and that this money needed to be expended to a 501c(6) organization. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this money to go through a qualified 501c(6) organization to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum for tourism and convention related activities, and to authorize the Mayor to negotiate a contract. Councilman Brewton stated that part of this money is due the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. according to their 1998 contract, and, since there was no signed contract in the months of January through March of 1999, part of this money belongs to the PCCC, Inc. Councilman Bryan amended his motion to be contingent upon Mr. Ellis determining whether any of the money is due the PCCC, Inc. Councilman Wall amended his second to the motion and it passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall gave the fire report and reported on the community service program.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Brewton reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that tumbling and dance classes ended; basketball signups are ending and that a dance was held at the gym last Friday.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Poteet reported that eight (8) new single family home permits were issued in November and 10 in December. Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to appoint Fleta Pepper to another four (4) year term on Planning & Zoning and to appoint Larry McKendree as Alternate.


Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for “conditional use” at 901 W. Hwy 80
Councilman Bryan stepped down from his council seat at this time. Councilman Poteet presented this item which was postponed from the last meeting due to not having a quorum. Mr. Tommy Strickland, owner, was present at the meeting. A public hearing was held on December 6th wherein no opposition was present. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, to approve this conditional use. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed with Councilman Brewton opposing. Councilman Bryan returned to his council seat.

2. Second Reading on ordinance regarding water and sewer/re-connection fee
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance which would increase the variable rate for water and sewer service $.10 per one thousand gallons and would increase the re-connection fee from $10.00 to $50.00 for those meters disconnected for non-payment. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve the amendment to the water and sewer ordinance on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Second Reading on proposed 2000 budget
Councilman Bryan presented the proposed 2000 budget, stating that it included an increase to the variable rate for water and sewer services, a reduction in the millage rate from 4.5 to 4.25 mills and including pay raises for all hourly employees. Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve the 2000 budget on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of site plan for Kole Warehouse Addition at 101 Coleman Blvd.
Councilman Poteet presented this site plan, making a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation, contingent upon a backflow preventor being installed at the site. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of conceptual site plan for car dealership/mini storage on Hwy 80
Councilman Poteet presented this site plan for a car dealership/mini storage on Hwy 80 across from Coleman Boulevard, making a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning’s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of site plan for Best Western
Councilman Poteet made a motion to table this item, based on the engineer’s comments not being addressed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Discussion concerning Wal-mart sign adjacent to I-95
Councilman Poteet stated that the developer is requesting to place a second free-standing (80') sign on the Wal-Mart property adjacent to I-95. Mr. Ron Bryson, of JDN Development, addressed Council asking for their interpretation of the sign ordinance. He stated that there are other businesses along the interstate that have free-standing signs there. Mr. Ellis stated that this type of sign does not meet the requirements of the ordinance, therefore a variance would be needed. Councilman Wall requested that this item be brought before Planning & Zoning for their consideration of amending the ordinance to permit this type of sign. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Inglis to work with Planning & Zoning on this matter.

5. Approval of bid for street paving
Mr. Baxter presented bids for street paving, and after discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to award the bid to Pave Tec in the amount of $153,968.20. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:26 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on Monday, December 20, 1999, prior to the regular City Council Meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the proposed 2000 budget. Councilman Robert Bryan presented the 2000 budget stating that the General Fund balances at $4,212,531 (including a reduction in the millage rate from 4.50 to 4.25 mills) and the Water Department balances at $866,045 and the Sewer Department balances at $1,021,075.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:49 p.m.































December 20, 1999 Approved________

MINUTES

A special called of the Pooler City Council was held on December 20, 1999. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 5:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan, Sonny DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this called meeting was to discuss the proposed 2000 budget in regards to the proposed employees’ raises.

Councilman Seay made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 5:02 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

The meeting was called back to order at 5:40 p.m. Councilman Bryan made a motion to include all hourly employees pay raises in the proposed 2000 budget. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to adjourn at approximately 5:43 p .m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Respectfully submitted,



Maribeth Lindler
City Clerk

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Mayor