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2000 Council Minutes

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January 17, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
January 17, 2000



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on January 17, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr. Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 meetings were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Bryan, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, with no opposition.

Mayor Carter made his appointments to the Standing Committees.

Mayor Carter nominated Steve Scheer to serve as Judge Pro tem of the city’s municipal court. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to appoint Mr. Scheer to this position. Motion passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter nominated Rick Gnann to serve as Municipal Court Judge. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to appoint him to this position. Motion passed without opposition. Mayor Carter then administered the oath to Mr. Gnann.

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.
Councilman Bryan addressed the issue regarding the remaining hotel/motel tax money from previous years (as discussed in the December 20, 1999 meeting) and asked Mr. Ellis if he had any information regarding who is entitled to receive this money. Mr. Ellis stated that he has contacted another organization and has not yet heard back from them.

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

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman Cowart reported that he has met with the street & drainage superintendent to discuss ongoing projects and will meet with Mr. Baxter this week.

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

RECREATION
Councilman DeFilippis reported that basketball is underway with 17 teams participating and that the Rama was held last Saturday.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Tyler gave the statistical report for construction, comparing 1999 with 1998, showing a 60% increase in single family residential construction, a 320% increase in new commercial businesses and a 62% increase in number of inspections.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of site plan for Best Western
Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for Best Western to be located on Bourne Avenue and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve with the stipulation that the project will not be approved for construction until the Department of Transportation issues an encroachment permit for the proposed hotel to drain their water into the I-95 drainage system. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. First Reading on ordinance regarding wetlands protection
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance, stating that it will make the city responsible for determining if property is within the wetlands. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for building setback variance around Mill Creek Circle
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was present. Councilwoman Tyler presented this request for a 30' building setback around Mill Creek Circle. Mr. Ralph Forbes of Thomas & Hutton Engineering stated that this setback will enhance all the properties in this area, allowing ample parking for the types of business that it is being marketed for. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this variance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of master sign plan for Wal-Mart and Home Depot development
Councilwoman Tyler presented the master sign for Wal-Mart and Home Depot development, making a motion to approve, contingent upon the developer limiting by deed restrictions, the size, number and height of signs at the out-parcels and that only monument type signs be permitted there. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of Amended and Restated Water and Sewer Service Agreement with City
of Savannah
Mr. Baxter presented this Agreement with the City of Savannah stating that it allows for Pooler to purchase an additional two (2) million gallons of water per day. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this Agreement, with a change to paragraph 25 deleting “if mutually agreeable by both parties at such time”. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of amendment to employee personnel policy regarding nepotism
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the personnel policy regarding nepotism. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of Karp, Ronning, Arkin & Tindol to perform 1999 audit
Mr. Baxter presented a proposal from Karp, Ronning, Arkin & Tindol, Certified Public Accountants, to perform the 1999 audit for the same price as last year. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of budget adjustment for 2000
Mr. Baxter presented this budget adjustment for 2000, to transfer the funds set aside for the salary/wage increase for the city employees. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:23 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.
Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, January 17, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr. Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested 30' building setback variance around Mill Creek Circle. Mr. Ralph Forbes of Thomas & Hutton Engineering presented this request. He stated that this variance would facilitate all lots in this area and would be within the guidelines for all of the surrounding properties.
Mr. Ellis asked that the Standards for Variances be considered when Council makes their decision.

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

February 7, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 7, 2000



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 7, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:10 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 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.
Councilman Bryan presented final budget adjustments for 1999 (copy attached) as submitted by the city’s auditor to close out the audit, making a motion to approve. 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.
Fire Chief Jimmy Fields stated that the city has received two (2) bids on the 1981 fire truck and after discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to accept the City of Oliver’s bid of $7500.00.
Police Chief C. E. Chan stated that Wal-Mart has offered the city an office to be used as a “sub-station” and asked the Council’s permission to utilize it. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve the police department to use this office for a six (6) month trial basis, contingent upon Mr. Ellis determining whether this is allowable.

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

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.
RECREATION
Councilman DeFilippis reported that basketball is winding down; baseball/softball signups have begun; and that a committee has been formed to discuss the proposed recreation facility on Wednesday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Tyler reported that 22 new single family residential permits have been issued with 250 inspections performed.

Councilman Wall made a motion to appoint Wayne Seay as Mayor pro tem. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for February, Mr. Trey Strickland.

Anne Smith, President of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc., presented the winners of the Christmas decorating contest.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on ordinance regarding wetlands protection
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance regarding wetlands protection. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of construction plans for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase I
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilwoman Tyler presented the construction plans for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase I, stating that all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve the plans and the 16" water main/pump station extensions for Bridgewater Subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

2. Request for zoning map amendment of Lots 8, 9 and 10, Pooler Development Park
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilwoman Tyler presented this request from Murray Galin to re-zone these lots from I-1 (light industrial) to I-2 (heavy industrial). After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this zoning map amendment, contingent upon the recombination being recorded prior to the zoning change. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Request for setback variance at Lot 16, Raindance Subdivision
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilwoman Tyler presented this request for a 5' setback variance from Mr. Rick Fitzer of Genesis Designer Homes which would allow him to construct a home on this corner lot with a side entry garage. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this variance. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and did not pass due to Councilmen Bryan, Cowart, Seay and Wall opposing the motion. Request was therefore denied.

4. Approval of site plan for Flash Foods/Movie Gallery
Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for Flash Foods and the Movie Gallery at 1229 W. Hwy 80, stating that all comments have been addressed from Planning & Zoning. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve this site plan, with the stipulation that no work on the Hwy 80 right-of-way be permitted until the Department of Transportation issues an encroachment permit. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of site plan for Arby’s Restaurant
Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for Arby’s to be located on out-parcel #4 of the Wal-Mart Development, and after discussion, made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve, contingent upon the engineer’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of construction plan for spine road to serve commercial development in Southwest Quadrant, Savannah Quarters
Councilwoman Tyler presented the construction plan for the spine road to serve the commercial development in the Southwest Quadrant of Savannah Quarters. Mr. Steve Wohfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present and stated that the comments from Downer Davis have been addressed. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Maria Vargas
Mr. Baxter presented the application for an alcoholic beverage license for Maria Vargas. Chief Chan stated that this is a transfer in management and that he has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this license. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Request from property owners on Carrie Road to widen maintenance road at canal
Councilman DeFilippis removed himself from his council seat at this time. Mr. Baxter presented this request from the property owners to widen the bridge over the drainage canal adjacent to Boatright Estates. He stated that Chatham County and the City of Pooler maintain the canal. Mr. Mike DeFilippis, property owner, addressed Council in regards to the bridge being too narrow. He stated that it was built by Mr. Hiram Boatright, the previous property owner, for access to this property. He asked if the city could contact Chatham County about widening the bridge or if the city can help the property owners with this project. Mr. Ellis stated that before the city can do anything, it needs to be determined if this access is inadequate for providing public service to this area. Mayor Carter reminded the property owners that they were aware of this circumstance before any homes were built in Boatright Estates.

9. Approval of site plan for West Chatham YMCA
Mr. Baxter presented the site plan for the new West Chatham YMCA. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Request from Savannah-Chatham County School Board Campus Police for donation of rear axle for 1994 Ford Crown Victoria
Mr. Baxter presented this request to donate a rear axle from a 1994 Ford Crown Victoria that the city uses for spare parts. Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve this donation to the Campus Police. Motion was seconded by Councilman
Bryan and passed without opposition.

11. Approval of resolution regarding master lease with First Union National Bank
Mr. Baxter presented this resolution regarding a master lease agreement with First Union National Bank for the inspector’s new vehicle and two (2) new police cars. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

12. Approval of policy regarding recovery of moneys due to the city
Mr. Baxter presented this “offset policy” which would allow the city to recover any delinquent money due the city from any of its vendors, contractors, employees and officers. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this policy.
Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

13. Discussion concerning renting out the Senior Citizens Center
Mr. Baxter stated that from time to time citizens have inquired about renting the Senior Citizens Center for the purpose of wedding receptions, birthday parties, etc. Councilman Wall stated that the center should not be rented out due to the fact that the participants leave their belongings there. Councilman Seay stated that the center was meant to be used solely for the seniors program. Mayor Carter stated that the expense for the program has increased over the years and that renting the building could offset this cost. Mr. Ellis cautioned the Council about renting out public buildings.
14. First Reading on ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fees for sewage treatment plant upgrade
Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance to allow the city to charge aid-to-construction fees to any new construction which would connect to the city’s sewer system. He stated that these fees will go toward the cost of the expansion of the wastewater treatment plant. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this ordinance on First and Second Reading (pursuant to Section 2.24(b) of the Charter of the City of Pooler). Motion passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter stated that during the meeting on December 20, 1999, the Council approved him to negotiate a contract with a qualified 501(c)(6) organization to disburse hotel/motel tax funds left over from previous years. He further stated that he has contacted the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and they have agreed to enter into a contract and to distribute this money to the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this contract with the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau and authorize the Mayor to sign. Councilman Cowart questioned Mr. Ellis if the contract had to be for the year the money was collected and if this was legal to do. Mr. Ellis stated that technically the contract should be in place but that this is an unusual case and has happened in other municipalities. Mr. Jack Brewton asked Mr. Ellis if, in his legal opinion, this is right for the city to do. Mr. Ellis stated that as long as the city gives this money to a 501(c)(6) organization which was in existence at the time the tax was collected this is a sustainable position as long as this money is specified to promote tourism in the City of Pooler. Mr. Brewton further questioned Mr. Ellis if they do not have to be, at the time of collection of funds, contracted with. Mr. Ellis stated that it was his opinion; Mr. Brewton asked if this was his opinion legally; Mr. Ellis was in confirmation. Councilman Cowart stated that he would like to have that in writing. Mayor Carter then called for the vote. Motion passed with Councilman Cowart opposing.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:50 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, February 7, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearings to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss:

1) Construction plan for Bridgewater Subdivision - Mr. Steve Wohfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers presented the construction plan for Bridgewater Subdivision.

2) A requested zoning map amendment of Lots 8, 9 and 10, Pooler Development Park -
the owner, Mr. Murray Galin, is requesting to re-zone these lots from I-1 (light industrial) to I-2 (heavy industrial). Mr. Dozier Cook, a partner in the project, stated that a heavy equipment sales and rental office is proposed on this property.

3) A requested setback variance at Lot 16, Raindance Subdivision - Mr. Rick Fitzer of Genesis Designer Homes presented this request for a 5' setback variance to allow him to construct a home with a side-entry garage. Councilman Wall stated that the developer of this subdivision, Mr. Fred Williams, was made aware that because of the small size of these lots, variances would not be granted.

There being no further business to discuss, the public hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:04 p.m.

February 21, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
February 21, 2000


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on February 21, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 with Councilman Cowart requesting that a change be made to the matter regarding the contract with the Savannah Area Convention & Visitors Bureau to provide for the amount of the contract ($28,801.80). Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis to approve these minutes. Motion passed without 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 DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Wall gave the fire report and reported on the community service program. Chief Chan stated that the city has received a pay off from the insurance for the police car that was totaled on November 21, 1999 and presented a budget adjustment, decreasing account #5010 (salaries) and increasing account #5811 (capital outlay) by $6681.00 to pay the difference between the cost of a new police car and the insurance pay off to dress out the new car. Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this budget adjustment and allow the city to purchase a new car outright. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

STREETS/DRAINAGE
Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has begun the drainage project at the park; that Mr. McNelly will be meeting with the representative of the Local Assistance Road Program; and that prep work has begun on the recycling center at the maintenance yard.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance and that they are working on an ordinance regarding no free water service.
RECREATION
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the regular basketball season is over as of tonight, with the GRPA tournaments beginning Tuesday. He stated that the Pooler First Baptist Church has requested to use the gym for a gospel sing to benefit the Monica Ergle fund. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve the Church to use the gym. Motion passed without opposition.
Mayor Carter stated that the city has been approached by the Boy Scouts to use the old senior citizen building at the park for meetings on Monday nights. Councilman Wall requested that this request be brought back to the next meeting.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilwoman Tyler reported that several commercial construction projects have begun in the Pooler Parkway area and that a public hearing will be held on February 28th regarding a comprehensive re-zoning of the north side of Highway 80 to C-P (Commercial-Professional) zoning.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of contract with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering for watershed assessment and modeling study
Mr. Baxter presented this contract stating that the city is to perform a watershed assessment on all streams flowing in the city. He stated that the Georgia Department of Natural Resources requires this be done as part of the requirements for expanding the wastewater discharge capacity. Mr. Bill Lovett, of HGB&D, was present as well as a representative of ATM (Applied Technology & Management), who will actually perform the work. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this contract, not to exceed $76,200. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Godley Villages, Phase I
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilwoman Tyler presented the construction plans for Godley Villages, Phase I, stating that all engineering comments have been addressed. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve the preliminary construction plans for Godley Villages, Phase I, contingent upon a two-year deadline for all sidewalks to be installed; EPD approval of the water and sewer extensions; and Branigar obtaining a drainage encroachment easement on the Pipemaker’s Canal. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

3. Request for minor subdivision of Lot B of the Ernest V. Shearouse Tract
Councilwoman Tyler presented this request to subdivide a 2.89 acre tract into three (3) lots, making a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall. Discussion followed, wherein it was determined that a second access easement was added and, due to the fact that the adjacent property owners were not aware of this change, Councilwoman Tyler withdrew her motion, Councilman Wall withdrew his second. Councilman Bryan then made a motion to table this item to allow the adjacent property owners to be notified of this change. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of minor subdivision for Townelake Phase One-Addition
Councilwoman Tyler presented this request, stating that Lots 56 and 57 were left off the original plat of Townelake Subdivision, but included in the preliminary construction plans of Phase I. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

5. Resolution regarding acceptance of rights-of-way for Pooler Parkway
Mr. Baxter presented this resolution from Chatham County to accept the rights-of-way for Pooler Parkway. 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 Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:02 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 Monday, February 21, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the preliminary construction plans for Godley Villages, Phase I. Terry Coleman of EMC Engineering was present at the meeting on behalf of the developers. Councilman Wall informed Mr. Coleman that the Council does not want any requests for variances and for the developer to make sure the lots are sufficient for the houses that will be constructed on them. Mr. Coleman stated that they are aware of this matter.

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

March 6, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 6, 2000


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March 6, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Wayne Seay and Councilwoman Billie Tyler; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilmen Sonny DeFilippis and Stevie Wall were absent.

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

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

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

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Wall was absent. Fire Chief Jimmy Fields gave the fire report.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department will complete the drainage project at Pooler Park this week and that several roads have been paved (overlaid) recently.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis was absent. Mayor Carter stated that at the last meeting the Boy Scout Troop leader had requested to use the old senior citizens building at the park for a meeting place on Monday nights from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this request. Motion passed without opposition.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that there were 29 single family residential permits issued in February with 331 inspections performed. Councilwoman Tyler informed Council that Mark Revenew has resigned from the Planning & Zoning Board and made a motion to appoint Mr. Judson Trapnell to the Board as an alternate. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for March, Mr. Leo McDonald.

Dr. Barry Buxton of the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum presented a Tourism Master Plan.

Mr. Rick Tindol, CPA, presented the city’s 1999 audit, stating that the City of Pooler ranks among the best in the nation.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for minor subdivision of Lot 8 of the Ernest V. Shearouse Tract

Councilwoman Tyler presented this minor subdivision which was tabled from the last meeting in order to notify the adjacent property owners that an additional access was added. Councilman Seay made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of site plan for Murphy Oil

Councilwoman Tyler presented this site plan, stating that all of the engineer’s comments have been addressed, and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of recombination of Lots 8, 9 and 10, Phase 3, Pooler Development Park

Councilwoman Tyler presented this request to recombine Lots 8, 9 and 10, Phase 3, Pooler Development Park, making a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Request for release of performance bonds/acceptance of one-year maintenance bond for Raindance, The Legends and Greystone

Councilwoman Tyler presented this request from Mr. Fred Williams to release the performance and to accept the one-year maintenance bonds for these subdivisions. Councilman Bryan motion to approve this request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of subdivision of 35 acres out of 521.6 acre tract of Godley Villages

Councilwoman Tyler presented this subdivision, stating that all engineers’ comments have been addressed and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of construction plan for Towne Center spine road

Councilwoman Tyler presented the construction plan for the spine road in Towne Center in the northwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and Benton Boulevard. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Rajendra Patel

Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license (beer and wine) for Rajendra Patel at the new Pranami Food Mart on Pooler Parkway, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Approval of fire protection agreement with City of Savannah for The Savannah Ports Authority area

Mr. Baxter presented this agreement between the City of Pooler and the City of Savannah for fire protection services at The Savannah Ports Authority area. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Discussion concerning aid-to-construction fees

Mr. Ellis addressed Council in regards to the aid-to-construction fees which were adopted in February, stating that it has been questioned whether or not these fees can be construed as “developmental impact fees”. He stated that if they are, the city would have to take steps to revise its Comprehensive Land Use Plan and form a citizens’ advisory board to help with this process. He further stated that he has been in contact with other cities’ attorneys and has determined that the city needed to do two (2) things; 1) pass a resolution instructing the city manager, with respect to the aid-to-construction fees implemented in February, segregate said fees into an interest-bearing account; and 2) allow him to interview a couple of experts in this area to work with the city to determine whether in fact the city has to go through with the aforementioned and to ask for their assistance in this very complicated process. Mr. Ellis also advised Council that the aid-to-construction ordinance adopted in February needs to be amended to exclude the properties including the Godley Tract, the Wilson/Lee Tract and the areas outlined in the Water and Sewer Agreement with the City of Savannah. Ms. Rebecca Benton, property owner in this area, questioned why her property was not included in this Agreement and stated that she has been defrauded. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to segregate the aid-to-construction fees being collected into an interest-bearing account, keeping record of all individual’s names and addresses who have made payments and to amend the ordinance adopted in February to exempt those areas outlined in the Savannah Agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

9. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding sidewalks

Mr. Baxter asked that this item be tabled in order to look into this mater further. Councilman Bryan made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:56 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

March 20, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
March 20, 2000



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on March20, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 Tyler, seconded by Councilman Seay, 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.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance, that the paving projects were complete and that the Street and Drainage Superintendent Shawn McNelly has submitted a five (5) year plan regarding street overlay.

Councilman Cowart made a motion to add Item #9 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that baseball and softball practice has begun.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 13 single family residential permits have been issued this month with several commercial projects being submitted for approval.

Mayor Carter presented a certificate to the Honorary Councilmember for March, Mr. Leo McDonald, thanking him for his service this month.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding sidewalks

Mr. Ellis presented this amendment to the ordinance regarding sidewalks in major subdivisions. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for sidewalk variance at the Pooler Park of Commerce

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

2. Approval of Savannah Quarters Residential Phase I Preliminary Plan

Councilwoman Tyler presented this preliminary plan for compliance with the PUD Master Plan, stating that this is the same plan the PUD Review Board confirmed as meeting the development standards established by the PUD Master Plan and that this item is for information only, not for approval by Council.

3. Approval of recombination of parcels 1-B-1 and 20-B, Phase I, Pooler Development Park

Councilwoman Tyler presented this recombination stating that the subdivision ordinance limits access to two (2) lot and that the reason for the change in access is due to the fact that the owner does not have clear title to a remnant piece of property. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of revised site plan for Blue Circle Materials

Councilwoman Tyler presented the revised site plan for Blue Circle Materials, stating that the plan was changed to include the relocation of the entrance and the water service tie-in point only. The one access will be temporary until such time as title is gained on the remnant piece of property where permanent access will be relocated. Ms. Rebecca Benton, resident, stated that she objects to this matter and wants the access road paved immediately. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve, contingent upon a bond (six month) being posted for the permanent access road to be paved. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of recombination of Lots 15A, 27B and 28, Phase 3, Pooler Development Park

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Mr. Rolland Keller to recombine these lots to allow him to access his property. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Richmond Malphus, Jr.

Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license for Mr. Malphus who is the manager of the Food Lion, stating that this is a transfer in management. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Discussion concerning request from Waste Management to increase sanitation rates

Mr. Baxter presented a request from Waste Management to increase sanitation rates due to a rise in fuel costs. He stated that their current contract addresses increases due to an increase in fuel costs. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item in order to have a representative from Waste Management present at the meeting. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

8. Discussion concerning computers at City Hall

Mr. Baxter stated that new personal computers for city hall employees were approved in the 2000 budget. Mr. Mark Revenew addressed Council, stating that he has researched information and has found that the main computer system in City Hall is in need of being updated. He further stated that he recommends contracting with a qualified network administrator to determine what is needed to accommodate the city’s computer system. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the city contracting with a network administrator for this project. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

9. Discussion concerning painting of caboose in Joe Baker Park

Councilman Cowart presented a proposal to re-paint the caboose in Joe Baker Park for information. It was the consensus of the Council to determine whether or not the caboose will remain in the park before deciding to re-paint it.

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

Public Hearing

A public hearing was scheduled for March 20, 2000, prior to the regular City Council meeting.

Mr. Baxter stated that the petitioner has requested that this request be withdrawn, therefore, no public hearing was needed.

April 3, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 3, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 3, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:25 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 Bryan, 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 Wall and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

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

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that the Recreation Committee sponsored a dance on Saturday, with over 200 kids attending and that the Pooler Rama will be held this Saturday with 14 games to be played.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 28 new single family residential home permits were issued this month, totaling 81 year-to-date, with 384 inspections performed. Also, that Zaxby’s will be opening on Wednesday and that the certificate of occupancy has been issued for JCB.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for April, Mrs. Doris Wallace.

Mrs. Kim Morgan of Pooler Elementary School addressed Council in regards to the school’s “Buddy Program” and asked for any volunteers from the city. Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to allow city employees to participate during working hours at the discretion of the city manager. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Discussion concerning request from Waste Management to increase sanitation rates

Mr. Rick Traub of Waste Management was present and stated that this increase is due to rising fuel costs and landfill fees. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this increase ($.19 for residential and $.06 for commercial) effective May 1, 2000 through July 31, 2000. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding sidewalks

Councilman Wall stated that a correction had been made to this amendment, changing the word “residence” with “structure”, making a motion to approve on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Award bid for sewage lift station, force main and 16" water main extension for Bridgewater Subdivision

Mr. Baxter presented bids for this project, stating that this will be paid for through the GEFA loan. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to award the bid to the low bidder, Triangle Construction Company of Georgia, Inc. in the amount of $325,246.50. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of proposal from HGB&D for master planning services for new Recreation Complex

Mr. Baxter presented this proposal from HGB&D for master planning services for a new recreation complex to be located on the International Paper land that has been offered to the city. Mr. Bill Lovett of HGB&D was present to answer any questions. After discussion, Councilman Seay made a motion to approve this proposal not to exceed $14,800.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of minor subdivision at 134 Houston Street

Mr. Timmy Lovezzola, owner, presented his request to subdivide a .7 acre tract unto two (2) lots. Councilwoman Tyler stated that Mr. Lovezzola has agreed to do whatever is required by EPD to abandon the existing septic tank on the lot. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve this minor subdivision. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Home Depot

Mr. Doug Kirby presented the site plan for Home Depot to be located next to Wal-Mart on Pooler Parkway. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Approval of site plan for J C Bamford Demonstration Area

Mr. Gary Shuman of HGB&D presented the site plan for the demonstration area at JCB. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of decorative fence at 151 Claxton Road

Councilwoman Tyler presented this request from Mr. W. L. Jenkins for a decorative fence on his property and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of agreement with Chatham County regarding solid waste management plan

Ms. Virginia Lamb, Solid Waste Coordinator with Chatham County, presented this agreement for a countywide solid waste management plan. Ms. Lamb stated that this plan will enable the County to reach its goal of reducing solid waste by 25%. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of agreement with Chatham County regarding Countywide Canal Maintenance Program

Mr. Robert Drewry of Chatham County Public Works presented this agreement for a countywide canal maintenance program. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Ms. Rebecca Benton, property owner, asked for a copy of this agreement.

9. Approval of budget adjustment for fire department

Councilman Wall presented this budget adjustment, increasing account #3196 (revenue - sale of fire truck) and increasing account #6800 (expenditures - capital outlay - fire department), making a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

10. First Reading on zoning text amendment

A public hearing was held prior. Councilwoman Tyler stated that this text amendment (R-3A - multi family residential zoning) would allow the developer, Mr. Jerry Braden, to build a retirement community of 66 one (1) bedroom units with 750 square feet and two (2) bedroom units with 850 square feet on this 7.45 acre tract, a community center, beauty shop gazebo and picnic area. Further, that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval but that staff cannot recommend changing the R-3A zoning as proposed. Councilwoman Tyler also stated that there are currently two (2) areas in the city zoned PUD which would allow Mr. Braden’s project and that the 7.45 acre tract on Rogers Street could be developed with duplex units meeting the proposed square footage and amenities package. Councilwoman Tyler then made a motion to deny this request for a zoning text amendment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan. Ms. Rebecca Benton questioned the fact why if Planning & Zoning has recommended approval, how was staff qualified to recommend denial of this request. She then requested a list of these qualifications. Mayor Carter called for the vote and the motion passed with Councilman DeFilippis and Councilman Seay opposing. Mr. Braden then asked for the Council’s support of his future request to develop the project using duplex apartments.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on April 3, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Coward, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a proposed zoning text amendment. Mr. Jerry Braden, a developer from Cartersville, Georgia, has requested to amend the zoning text regarding to R-3A (multi-family dwelling) to allow him to build a retirement community with 66 one (1) and two (2) bedroom apartments with five (5) or six (6) per unit. Mr. Braden would like to build this retirement community on a 7.45 acre tract on South Rogers Street. This zoning text amendment would allow a retirement community designed and limited to seniors age 62 and older where at least 10,000 square feet of total living area is planned and where retirement amenities are provided appropriate to the population, with a 750 sq. ft. minimum requirement for one bedroom and 850 sq. ft. minimum requirement for two bedroom apartments. Several questioned and concerns were raised regarding public safety and the health (emergency services) of the seniors living there and further that there are five (5) other tracts zoned R-3A which would be affected by this text amendment. Councilman Bryan stated that this type of community is needed, but not in this zoning district.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:20 p.m.

April 17, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
April 17, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on April 17, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman 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 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 and reported on the community service program and presented several letters of commendation to the police department.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance; that the city is working on beautifying the old city hall/parking lot area and that Mr. Baxter has contacted the Department of Transportation regarding a turning lane at Rogers Street at Highway 80.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that baseball and softball season begins today.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 15 new single family residential home permits have been issued this month, totaling 96 for the year; that the permit for Sonic Restaurant and Murphy Oil have been issued and that the PUD Review Committee will meet next Monday to discuss the Pooler Park of Commerce.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of proposal for additional work on Watershed Assessment project

Mr. Baxter presented this proposal from HGB&D for additional work on the Watershed Assessment project. Mr. Bill Lovett of HGB&D was present and stated that this is a requirement of EPD which his firm believed would not have to performed. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this proposal, raising the current contract amount to not exceed an additional $3500.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Request for variance at Garden Acres Mobile Home Park

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Ellis addressed Council, stating that the type of variance Mr. Tuten has requested applies to a residential subdivision, and that the city’s ordinance does not provide for a “model mobile home” in mobile home parks but that it does permit “model homes” in residential subdivisions, with no time limit specified as to how long the model home may be used for such purpose. Further, he is recommending that the city request Mr. Tuten withdraw his petition and that a permit is granted with the understanding that the “model mobile home” is set up according to the city’s regulations, and that it will be used as a sales office for mobile homes that will be installed only in Garden Acres Mobile Home Park. Mr. Bob Galloway withdrew Mr. Tuten’s request. Mr. Ellis further stated that he is recommending that Planning & Zoning look over the ordinance regarding how long a “model home” or “model mobile home” should be allowed to be used as such.

3. Approval of site plan for Dorsey Properties expansion at 1490 E. Hwy 80

Councilwoman Tyler presented this site plan, making a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Savannah Quarters, Phase I

Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plan for Savannah Quarters, Phase I, stating that all engineers comments have been addressed, and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Request for release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Hunter’s Ridge, Phase I Mr. Baxter presented this request to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond for Hunter’s Ridge, Phase I. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve, contingent upon the date of the maintenance bond being changed to April 18, 2000. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of Fire Services Agreement with Tim Kilmer d/b/a Firefighter Personnel Services

Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

7. Request from Life Line Screening to rent gym

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Mr. Randall Sandin of Life Line Screening, to allow the gym to be rented for purposes of screening to be performed on May 23, 2000. Mr. Sandin was present and stated that his company performs four (4) types of tests, a carotid vascular test, an abdominal aortic aneurysm test, an ankle brachial index test and can detect osteoporosis in 60 seconds. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve Life Line Screening to rent the gym for the amount of $150 with a $50 refundable deposit. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

8. Discussion concerning lighting at I-17 & Pooler Parkway interchange

Mr. Baxter presented Council with a letter from the Department of Transportation asking the City of Pooler to submit a request to them for this lighting project, to include the acceptance of responsibility for the installation cost, operation/maintenance of the system and energy cost. Mr. Baxter stated that the installation cost will be approximately $120,000 and that it has not yet been determined who will pay this cost. It was mentioned that the developers in the area be contacted as to participating in this cost.

9. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding unauthorized use of water system

Councilman Seay presented this amendment to the ordinance prohibiting unauthorized use of the city’s water system, and after discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

10. First Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding replacement of settlements in excavated areas

Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the ordinance regarding procedures for replacing settlements in excavated areas, including the requirement that a warranty bond be posted in the amount of 150% of the dollar amount of work being performed. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed without opposition.

Mr. Jerry Braden of Harbor Pointe, L.P. addressed Council asking for a resolution of support for his proposed project (a 68 unit senior citizen housing complex on S. Rogers Street). He stated that this resolution is needed to submit to the Department of Community Affairs along with his application for funding. It was the general consensus of the Council that they could not support a project that they had very little information on.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:20 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. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested variance at Garden Acres Mobile Home Park. Mr. Donny Tuten is requesting a temporary variance to set up a sales office within his mobile home park to enable him to control the quality of homes brought into the park, the set up and the landscaping of each home. Attorney Bob Galloway was present on behalf of Mr. Tuten to answer any questions. Mr. Galloway stated that this mobile home would be used solely to sell homes to be installed in Garden Acres Mobile Home Park.

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

May 1, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 1, 2000


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 1, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman 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 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 DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Wall gave the fire report.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that baseball and softball are in full swing.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 34 new single family residential permits were issued in April, totaling 113 for the year, comparing only 44 at this time last year.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding unauthorized use of water system

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

2. Second Reading on amendment to ordinance regarding replacement of settlements in excavated areas

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

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of Conceptual Master Plan for Towne Center at Godley Station

Councilwoman Tyler presented the conceptual master plan for Towne Center at Godley Station, and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Release of construction bond for Brickyard Subdivision

Mr. Baxter presented a request from the developer to release the construction bond for Brickyard Subdivision. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Greg Woolard

Mr. Baxter presented this application for an alcoholic beverage license for Greg Woolard at the proposed Flash Foods on Hwy 80. Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Award bid for watershed assessment project

Mr. Baxter presented bids for the laboratory work associated with the watershed assessment project and after discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to award the bid to the low bidder, General Engineering Laboratories, Inc. in the amount of $18,457.60. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Discussion concerning plans for new recreation complex

Mr. Bill Lovett of HGB&D Engineers presented a sketch, in phases, of the proposed recreation complex on the Pooler Parkway, along with a conceptual cost estimate. He stated that Phase One totals approximately $4.2 million. Mr. Baxter stated that a bond referendum would have to be voted on in the November election to let the citizens decide on funding this complex. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to adopt this conceptual plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition. Mayor Carter stated that there would be several public hearings held prior to the November election to educate the public on this proposed recreation complex.

6. Approval of funding for MPC to prepare the city’s 2000 annual stormwater report

Mr. Baxter presented this request for funding in the amount of $8500 for the Metropolitan Planning Commission to prepare the city’s annual stormwater report. He stated that this amount was included in the 2000 budget. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

7. Discussion concerning purchase of new computers for City Hall

Ms. Linda Smith, Finance Officer, presented Council with a cost breakdown for labor and materials to install a new "networked" system of personal computers for the administration department at city hall. She informed Council that the original amount budgeted for this year only included the cost of the hardware and that the software on the existing operating system needed to be upgraded as well as rewiring in the building to accommodate a "networking" system. She informed Council that there was an excess revenue from the 1% Local Option Sales Tax in the amount of $17,800 that could be used to cover the additional cost. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve the budget adjustment of $17,800 from LOST revenue to administration capital outlay. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Resolution regarding E-Commerce sales tax

Mr. Baxter presented a resolution regarding E-Commerce sales. Mayor Carter stated that the city has been requested by the Georgia Municipal Association to adopt this resolution which asks our congressional delegate to urge them to oppose any move in Congress to extend or expand the current moratorium which is in effect to prohibit collecting local and state sales taxes as well as other fees on Internet purchases. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt this resolution. 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 7:07 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

May 15, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
May 15, 2000



The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on May 15, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 Cowart, 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. 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. He read aloud a letter of commendation regarding a teenage resident that found and returned a large sum of money into the police department.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER & SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance. He read aloud a letter of commendation regarding water department employees Willie Harley and Thomas Verdree.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that baseball and softball season is in full swing.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 12 new single family residential permits have been issued this month, totaling 125 for the year, with 338 inspections performed in April.

Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to add Item #1 under Old Business. Motion passed without opposition.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request from Department of Community Affairs regarding comments on proposed senior housing development on S. Rogers Street

Mayor Carter presented a letter from DCA asking that the Council submit any formal comments relating to this proposed development. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow the developer to be notified. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed with Councilman Cowart opposing.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Mr. Fred Williams regarding landscape plan review for Timberland Gap Subdivision Mr. Michael Hussey of Steven & Palmer Engineering addressed Council in regards to Mr. Williams’ appeal of Planning & Zoning’s recommendation to require a tree survey for Timberland Gap Subdivision, Phase II. He stated that in July of 1998, Council granted a waiver of the tree survey. Councilman Wall stated that since that time the tree ordinance was amended. Mr. Ellis stated that in his opinion the waiver of the tree survey was still in effect but that Mr. Williams still had to adhere to the current tree ordinance regulations. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to uphold the waiver on the tree survey for this phase of Timberland Gap, and to require Mr. Williams to adhere to the tree ordinance regulations by submitting a landscape plan to the Planning & Zoning Board. Motion passed with Councilman Cowart and Councilman DeFilippis opposing.

2. Approval of revised site plan for commercial tract at Pine Barren Plantation Mr. Michael Hussey presented a revised site plan for Mr. Fred Willliams’ commercial tract. Councilman Bryan stated that Council had turned down a similar site plan a few years ago due to the fact that too many buildings would possibly create a traffic problem in the area. Mr. Williams stated that Quacco Road would soon dead end at I-16 once the Pooler Parkway is completed. Councilman Bryan made a motion to deny the revised site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman DeFilippis opposing.

3. Release of performance bond/acceptance of maintenance bond for Timberland Gap, Phase I M r. Baxter presented this request to release the performance bond and accept the maintenance bond for Timberland Gap, Phase I. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of resolution regarding master lease with Georgia Municipal Association - Mr. Baxter presented this resolution regarding a master lease agreement with GMA for vehicles/equipment. Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:55 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

June 5, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 5, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 5, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman 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 made by Councilman Cowart, 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.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that the regular season for baseball and softball has ended, with four (4) Pooler teams finishing undefeated. He stated that the recreation committee was sponsoring a youth tournament this Thursday, Friday and Saturday at the park and that the new playground equipment was being installed.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 22 new single family residential permits were issued in May, totaling 135 for the year, with 673 inspections performed this month.

Mayor Carter presented a plaque to Trey Eitel, who on April 20, 2000, found a large sum of money at the Enmark Station that belonged to a person from Connecticut and turned it into the police. He was honored for his act of honesty and integrity.

Mayor Carter read aloud a proclamation regarding Management Week in America.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request from Department of Community Affairs regarding comments on proposed senior housing development on S. Rogers Street Mayor Carter presented this request from DCA for Council’s comments regarding Mr. Jerry Braden’s proposed low income senior housing development on S. Rogers Street. Mr. Braden was present at the meeting to answer any questions. Councilman Wall made a motion opposing the proposed low income housing development taking place on this property based on it not being in accordance with the neighborhood plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition. Mayor Carter stated that this information would be forwarded to DCA.

Councilman Seay made a motion to add Item #4 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of master drainage and recreation plan for Garden Acres Mobile Home Park

Councilwoman Tyler presented Mr. Donny Tuten’s master drainage and recreation plan for Garden Acres Mobile Home Park, stating that Planning & Zoning had concerns regarding the "recreation" areas. Mr. Steve Wohfeil of Hussey, Gay,

Bell & DeYoung Engineering was present to answer any questions. Mayor Carter questioned what Mr. Tuten had planned as "recreation" (i.e., playground equipment or picnic tables). Councilwoman Tyler noted that the areas were very close to mobile homes and asked if Mr. Tuten could move them. After further discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed without opposition. Mayor Carter asked that Planning & Zoning look into the ordinance regarding recreational areas in subdivisions.

2. Release of performance bond for utilities installed by Wal-Mart for out parcels fronting on Pooler Parkway

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Zaremba Group, LLC to release the performance bond for the utilities which were installed to serve the out parcels fronting on Pooler Parkway. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Godley Station Amenities

Councilwoman Tyler presented the construction plan for Godley Station amenities, stating that this recreational area will be adjacent to Godley Station Boulevard. Mr. Jack Wardlaw was present on behalf of the developer. After discussion, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to approve this plan, contingent upon the engineer’s comments being addressed and the sidewalk being placed on both sides of Godley Station Boulevard along the amenity area. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

4. Discussion concerning amendment to employee sick leave policy

Mr. Baxter stated that the personnel committee has discussed an amendment to the city employee’s sick leave policy regarding employees being able to voluntarily donate their sick leave hours to a "pool" to be utilized by others who have exhausted their sick leave. He stated that one (1) employee has exhausted all of his sick time due to his son being diagnosed with cancer, and is being forced to take time off without pay. This provision to the policy would apply to those employees who (1) have completed their probationary period, (2) have exhausted all of their sick leave time and (3) have a valid medical emergency (doctor’s verification). After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to table this item to allow the personnel committee to draft this amendment on paper, and further, that the aforementioned situation could be handled accordingly. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:04 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

June 19, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
June 19, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on June 19, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman 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 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.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance and informed the public on the state mandated water restrictions in effect as of today.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that the recreation committee held a girls’ softball tournament this past weekend.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 10 new single family residential permits have been issued this month, totaling 138 year to date and that the Goodwill store will be opening this Thursday.

Ms. Jean Iaderosa, Advisory Committee Representative for Tourism 2010, addressed Council regarding this community partnership.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of amendment to employee sick leave policy Councilman Seay presented this amendment to the city employees’ sick leave policy which would create a “pool” for those eligible employees to utilize in the event of a catastrophic illness (self or immediate family member’s). This pool will be used in the event that the employee has exhausted his/her sick and annual leave. After discussion, Councilman Seay made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of engineering proposal for Hwy 80/Pooler Parkway utility line relocation Mr. Baxter presented this proposal from HGB&D for engineering services for the design of the utility line relocation at Hwy 80 and Pooler Parkway. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this proposal. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

2. Request for “conditional use” at 108 Sharon Court A public hearing was held prior. Councilwoman Tyler presented this request from Mr. Rolland Keller to expand his mini-storage business to include renting moving vans. Councilwoman Tyler stated that this item comes from Planning & Zoning with no recommendation and after discussion, made a motion to approve this conditional use. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of decorative fence at 114 E. Tietgen Street Councilwoman Tyler presented this request from Ms. Anne Smith to place a three (3) foot chain link fence along the Morgan Street right-of-way on her property. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Schlotszky’s Deli Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for Schlotszky’s Deli, and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of final plat for Towne Lake Subdivision, Phase II Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Towne Lake Subdivision, Phase II, stating that all engineer’s comments have been addressed. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve this final plat. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of site plan for SunTrust Bank Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for SunTrust Bank and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Garden Acres Mobile Home Park, Phase I Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plans for Garden Acres Mobile Home Park, Phase I, stating that all engineer’s comments have been addressed. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of site plan for Carlton Company truck maintenance building Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for a truck maintenance building at Carlton Company, stating that all engineer’s comments have been addressed, and therefore, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Pooler Park of Commerce, Phase I & II Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plans for Pooler Park of Commerce, Phase I & II, stating that all engineer’s comments have been addressed. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve, contingent upon the water and sewer superintendent’s comments being addressed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

10. Discussion concerning city employees’ retirement plan Mr. Baxter stated that the retirement committee has met and unanimously voted to transfer the city employees’ retirement fund to the Georgia Municipal Employees’ Benefit System.

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

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on June 19, 2000, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss a requested “conditional use” at 108 Sharon Court. Mr. Rolland Keller, property owner, presented his request to expand his mini-storage warehouse to include renting moving vans. Ms. Rebecca Benton, property owner, presented Council with a letter in opposition of this request to be made verbatim a part of the public hearing and Council minutes. She expressed her concern over traffic problems in the area of Sharon Court and Hwy 80, especially due to the fact that there are no acceleration/deceleration lanes. Ms. Benton further stated that she feels that the city has not planned for the increased traffic in this area. Mayor Carter instructed staff to contact the Department of Transportation in regards to installing acceleration/deceleration lanes on Hwy 80.

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

July 3, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
July 3, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 3, 2000. In Mayor Buddy Carter’s absence, Mayor Pro tem Wayne Seay called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter. City Attorney Wiley Ellis was absent. Attorney Tracy O’Connell was present on his behalf.

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

Mayor Carter returned to preside over the meeting.

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

Report from the Standing Commitees:

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.

STREETS/SANITATION

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that the G.R.P.A. tournaments have begun.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 19 new single family residential permits were issued in June, totaling 154 for the year, with 702 inspections performed; further that the SunTrust Bank permit has been issued. Councilwoman Tyler invited the Council to an informal session with local developers regarding model sales homes in residential and mobile home subdivisions on Thursday, July 6th from 9:00 a.m. until 10:00 a.m.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for zoning map amendment of 6.3 acres located on Hwy 80 from Sheftall Street to Coastal Bank

Mayor Carter stated that the petitioner, Regency Retail Partnership, L.P. has submitted their request to withdraw this item.

2. Approval of roadway construction and water/sewer plans for Towne Center at Godley Station, Parcels 1 thru 7

Councilwoman Tyler presented the construction plans for Towne Center at Godley Station, Parcels 1 thru 7, stating that the conceptual master plan was approved by the PUD review board and Planning & Zoning. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of final plat for Godley Station Villages, Phase IA

Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Godley Station Villages,

Phase IA and made motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of master plan for Pooler Parkway Access at Godley Station

Councilwoman Tyler presented this item. Mr. Steve Wohfeil of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung presented the master plan for Pooler Parkway Access at Godley Station. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve the master plan for Pooler Parkway Access at Godley Station, with the understanding that the City of Pooler will not be obligated for installing any traffic lights. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Williams Hollow & The Bramblings

Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plans for Williams Hollow & The Bramblings and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of recombination of Lots 1-I and 1-B, Galin Tract on Hwy 80

Councilwoman Tyler presented this recombination of lots on the Galin Tract on Hwy 80. Councilman Wall questioned which lots were being recombined as there appeared to be a typographical error on the plat, and after discussion, made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of recombination of Lot E of the CC Jones Tract on Sangrena Drive

Mr. Baxter stated that the plat has not yet been submitted to the city, therefore, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Mahesh A. Patel

Mr. Baxter presented this alcoholic beverage license application, stating that it is a transfer for the Country Hearth Inn and that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to approve. Motion passed with Councilman Cowart opposing.

9. Approval of agreement for lighting at I-16/Pooler Parkway interchange

Mr. Baxter presented this agreement along with a resolution regarding the lighting at the I-16 & Pooler Parkway interchange. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

10. Approval of budget adjustment for street department

Mr. Baxter presented a budget adjustment for the street department, increasing account #3070 (beverage tax) by $3000.00 and increasing account #7820 (capital outlay) by $3000.00 to purchase the equipment to update the city’s radios and base station. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

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

Public Hearing

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

July 3, 2000, to discuss a requested zoning map amendment of 6.3 acres on Hwy 80 from Sheftall Street to Coastal Bank from C-1 (light commerical) to C-2 (heavy commercial). Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter.

Mr. Baxter stated that the city has received notice from the petitioner, Regency Retail Partnership, L.P. to withdraw this request.

Therefore, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:46 p.m.

July 17, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
July 17, 2000


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 17, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:25 p.m. (postponed due to absences of councilmembers). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Wayne Seay and Councilwoman Billie Tyler; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilmen Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis and Stevie Wall were 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 Bryan, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, 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. Councilman Bryan stated that the millage rate for 2000 is to be officially adopted at the next meeting, and made a motion for preliminary adoption of the millage rate to 4.22 mills (a reduction of .28 mills). Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Wall was absent. Councilman Seay gave the police, community service and fire report for the month.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart was absent.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis was absent. Mr. Baxter stated that the 10 & under boys’ all-star baseball team and the 10 & under girls’ all-star softball team have advanced to the state championship.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 12 new single family residential permits have been issued so far this month, totaling 166 year to date. She informed Council of a PUD Review Board meeting to discuss the Jabot project on Monday, July 24th at 5:30 p.m.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of master drainage and recreation plan for Garden Acres Mobile Home Park

Councilwoman Tyler presented the master drainage and recreation plan for Garden Acres Mobile Home and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of recombination of Lots 1-I, 1-B and 1-B-1, Galin Tract on Hwy 80

Mr. Baxter presented this recombination of lots in the Galin Tract. Mr. Baxter stated that he is in receipt of written comments from Ms. Rebecca Benton to be made part of the record. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve this recombination, contingent upon the 60 foot access easement being extended all the way to the property line and this being shown on the plat prior to recording. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of recombination of Lot E of the CC Jones Tract on Sangrena Drive

Mr. Baxter presented this recombination of Lot E of the CC Jones Tract. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

Councilman Seay made a motion to add Item #9 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of final plat for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase I

Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase I, stating that all engineer’s comments have been addressed and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve, contingent upon the bond being amended as recommended by the city attorney. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of preliminary construction plans for Ashwood Subdivision, Phase II

Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plans for Ashwood Subdivision, Phase II, and after discussion, made a motion to approve, contingent upon the drainage being re-worked as per Ms. Clifton’s request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Request from Blue Circle Materials for temporary certificate of occupancy to operate out of office trailer

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Blue Circle Materials for a temporary certificate of occupancy to operated out of an office trailer at their site. Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve. Motion died due to a lack of a second. Mr. Andy Young of Blue Circle Materials was present at the meeting. He stated that due to circumstances beyond their control, the purchase of the land was delayed and has put them behind their construction schedule. Further, that they now have commitments to supply concrete to projects in close proximity to this site and need to be able to operate from an office trailer until construction of their permanent building is complete. Mr. Baxter stated that he has inspected the site and found that the improvements (water/sewer lines, road) have not been installed to date. Mr. Young stated that it will take approximately 30 days to complete this work. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to table this item until such time when the improvements are completed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

4. Request from Zaremba Group/Home Depot for full access entrance with signal on Pooler Parkway

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Zaremba and Home Depot for a full access entrance off the Pooler Parkway with a traffic signal. Mr. Gary Biales of Zaremba was present at the meeting. Councilwoman Tyler stated that Council has just received a report from the city’s engineer today regarding this matter and therefore, made a motion to table this item to allow time to look over this information. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Discussion concerning water department staffing

Councilman Seay stated that due to the recent increase in the workload in the water and sewer departments, it was necessary to look into hiring an additional two (2) employees. Mr. Jeff Thornburg, Water & Sewer Superintendent, stated that currently there only two (2) employees in the water department itself and there is quite a bit of overtime. After discussion, Councilman Bryan asked Mr. Thornburg to submit the dollar amount of overtime worked to them as soon as possible.

6. Resolution regarding Georgia Civil War Heritage Trail

Mayor Carter read aloud a resolution regarding “Georgia’s Civil War Heritage Trails” initiative to establish a Civil War trail. Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition. Ms. Susan Steinhauser of the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce was present and asked Council to consider a monetary contribution to this project. Mayor Carter instructed Ms. Linda Smith, Finance Officer, to look into this matter.

7. First Reading on ordinance regarding water conservation shortage measures

Councilman Seay presented this ordinance regarding water conservation shortage measures that will allow the city to enforce the provisions of mandatory water restrictions. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

8. First Reading on ordinance regarding wellhead protection

Councilman Seay presented this ordinance regarding wellhead protection. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to approve on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Approval of action on ordinance regarding city employees’ retirement plan

Councilman Seay presented an ordinance regarding the transfer of the city employees’ retirement plan from Transamerica to the Georgia Municipal Employee Benefits System. Councilman Bryan stated that the retirement committee should meet with several (comparable) companies before making a decision to change. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Seay made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:15 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

August 7, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
August 7, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 7, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:35 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman 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 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.

Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the adjustments to the police department employees’ salaries which were recommended by the Police Chief. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed with Councilman Cowart and Councilwoman Tyler opposing.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart commended the street department on the fine job they were doing.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance. Councilman Seay stated that a request for one (1) additional employee for the water department had been discussed at the last meeting, and therefore, made a motion to approve the hiring of this employee. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that football and cheerleading practice have begun.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 31 new single family residential permits were issued in July, totaling 185 for the year, with 619 inspections performed.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request from Zaremba Group/Home Depot for full access entrance with signal on Pooler Parkway

Mr. Baxter presented this item tabled from the last meeting in order to allow the Council to further review. Mr. Gary Biales of Zaremba addressed Council with this request to place a traffic signal with a full access entrance in front of the Wal-Mart and the proposed Home Depot site. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve, with the understanding that the cost of this project to be paid for by the developer. Motion passed with Councilwoman Tyler opposing.

2. Adoption of 2000 millage rate

Mr. Baxter stated that the millage rate for 2000 has been proposed for a reduction from 4.5 mills to 4.22 mills. Councilman Cowart made a motion to adopt the 2000 millage rate at 4.22 mills. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Second Reading on ordinance regarding water conservation shortage measures

Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance, stating that it has been approved on First Reading at the last meeting. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Second Reading on ordinance regarding wellhead protection

Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance, stating that it has been approved on First Reading at the last meeting. Councilman Seay 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. Approval of preliminary PUD zoning for 1807.57 acres northwest and northeast of I-95 and I-16 interchange

A public hearing was held prior wherein several residents were present to state their concerns (i.e., traffic, safety of children, quality of life, property value of homes depreciating) about this proposed development. Their main concern was in the area directly to the south of the Pine Barren/Quacco Road subdivisions, which has been proposed to be zoned commercial-professional and light commercial and industrial. Due to these concerns, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to table this item for 30 days in order to allow a committee (to be appointed later by the Mayor) to address the items of concern and come up with an alternate plan or at least some suggestions to give the developer. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition. Mayor Carter than appointed a committee of Councilwoman Tyler, Councilman Bryan and Councilman Stevie Wall, Mr. Fred Williams, Mr. Bill Darfler and Ms. Cathie Krathaus.

2. Approval of final plat for Towne Center at Godley Station

Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Towne Center stating that all items have been addressed, and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase II

Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plan for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase II. Mr. Downer Davis of Davis Engineering stated that upon his review of this plan, he found that a private easement was required for stormwater run off. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve this preliminary plan, contingent upon the necessary easements being obtained from the property owners where the stormwater is to be stored. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Savannah Quarters Golf Clubhouse

Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for Savannah Quarters Golf Clubhouse, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed, and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of site plan for Carlton Company truck wash building

Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for Carlton Company’s truck wash building, stating that the purpose of this project is for washing heavy equipment at their existing to bring them up to EPD compliance. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Councilman Wall expressed concern over the drainage retention areas, and whether or not this building would impact these areas. Mr. Jay Maupin of EMC Engineering was present to answer any questions. He stated that this facility is a self-contained storage wash system with no wastewater being discharged to the storm drainage system. Councilman Cowart stated that Dublin Road was being used as a construction entrance and asked that this traffic be re-routed. Councilman Wall reiterated his concern over the drainage since two (2) new buildings have now been added to this site. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler withdrew her motion; Councilman Bryan withdrew his second. Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item to allow Council to review the entire site plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of revised site plan for YMCA

Mr. Baxter presented the revised site plan for the YMCA, stating that this revision was for the relocation of the water line. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Approval of change order #1 for Southside Water & Sewer, Phase 2 project

Mr. Baxter presented this change order in the amount of $471,211.67 for the Southside Water & Sewer, Phase 2 project. Mr. Bill Lovett of HGB&D Engineering was present and stated that this change has been made to the original plan to better facilitate the wastewater needs of the Hall’s development (southwest quadrant of Savannah Quarters). Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this change order, contingent upon a letter of credit being received by the developer and GEFA approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of revision to speed limit ordinance for Department of Transportation

Mr. Baxter presented this revision to the speed limit ordinance as required by the Department of Transportation. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Approval of amendment to street sweeping contract

Mr. Baxter presented this amendment to the city’s current street sweeping contract, stating that the increase was due to the additional streets being added in the new subdivisions. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment to the street sweeping contract. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

10. Approval of budget adjustment for 2000

Mr. Baxter presented a budget adjustment for 2000, increasing account #3905 (activity fees - revenue) by $1000 and increasing account #9776 ) activity fees - expense #1) by $1000; increasing account #3310 (State of Georgia - grant GEFA) by $20,000 by $20,000 and increasing account #8719 (recycling program) by $20,000. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

11. Approval of Critical Work Force Policy

Mr. Baxter presented this policy regarding a policy for the critical work force during mandatory evacuations. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

12. Approval of City Vehicle Use and Travel Policy

Mr. Baxter presented this policy regarding the use of city vehicles by employees. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:50 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, August 7, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler, Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested preliminary PUD Zoning for 1807.57 acres northwest and northeast of I-95 and I-16 intersection. The petitioner, Jabot Investments, is requesting this to establish the Savannah Lakes Preliminary PUD. Mr. Jeff Halliburton of Thomas & Hutton Engineering and Mr. Jose’ Gonzalez of Gonzalez Architects presented this planned unit development which includes multi-family zoning at the northwest quadrant of I-16 and Pooler Parkway; commercial-professional, heavy commercial and light industrial zoning at the area north of I-16 between Pooler Parkway and Quacco Road; commercial-professional and light industrial zoning at the area east of Quacco Road to I-95; and heavy industrial at the large tract east of I-95. Several residents of the Pine Barren Plantation/Hunter’s Ridge/Cross Creek Subdivisions were present and addressed Council with the following concerns if this proposed development is approved: 1) their quality of life and what impact this development will have on it, 2) traffic in the Pine Barren/Quacco Road intersection, 3) drainage, 4) property value of their homes depreciating, and 5) safety of their children. Mr. Fred Williams, developer in Pine Barren Plantation, addressed Council with his concern that their was no single family residential zoning proposed for this project. He stated that it has been mentioned that the areas adjacent to I-95 and

I-16 are not conducive to single family residential. Mr. Rick Fitzer, developer, presented the plans for Southbridge, which is adjacent to I-16 and I-95, stating that it has been a very successful residential development. Councilman Wall questioned the combination of commercial-professional, commercial and industrial zoning. Mr. Gonzalez stated that these zoning classifications have been "blended" and are all allowed uses in the city.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:25 p.m.

August 21, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
August 21, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 21, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Wayne Seay, and Councilwoman Billie Tyler; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilman Sonny DeFilippis and Councilman Stevie Wall were absent.

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

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion made by Councilman Bryan, seconded by Councilman Seay 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 Wall was absent. Chief Chan reported that the police department responded to 532 calls last month.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis was absent, therefore, Pappy Johnson, Recreation Director, reported that football and cheerleading season begins soon.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that six (6) new single family residential permits were issued this month and that the Jameson Inn, Flash Foods, Movie Gallery and Sonic opened recently. Councilwoman Tyler stated that Don Taylor, Chairman of Planning & Zoning, has resigned effective August 31, 2000 and that a vacancy needed to be filled.

Mayor Carter presented the GRPA District 2 "Sonny Miller Award" plaque to Pappy Johnson, Recreation Director, stating that he was chosen by the other members in District 2 as being the best programmer for the year 2000.

Wendell Smith of the Pooler Reunion Committee addressed Council about their upcoming reunion, inviting all to attend.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of site plan for Carlton Company truck wash building

Councilwoman Tyler presented this item which was tabled at the last meeting to allow the Council to review the entire site plan showing all the existing and proposed buildings, and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Award bid for upgrade of I-95, Gulfstream and Garden Acres lift stations project

Mr. Baxter requested that this item be tabled in order to allow him to check into a different funding source. Councilman Seay made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of engineering proposal for pressure control valve at Godley Station

Mr. Baxter presented this proposal for engineering services to design a pressure control valve to serve the Home Depot/Wal-Mart/Red Roof Inn portion of the city’s water system. Mr. Bill Lovett stated that this will allow the city to provide domestic use water from the groundwater system for this area and during periods of low pressure/high demand (i.e, fire protection), the pressure control valve will open and additional water will be supplied from the City of Savannah’s surface water system. Councilman Seay made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this engineering proposal. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of engineering proposal for water study update

Mr. Baxter presented this engineering proposal for the update of the water system analyses that was prepared in 1997, stating that this update is necessary due to the extensive amount of water lines that have been added to the city since that time. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this engineering proposal. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of conceptual site plan for car dealership/mini storage on Hwy 80 across from Coleman Boulevard

Councilwoman Tyler presented this site plan for a car dealership/mini storage warehouse on E. Hwy 80, stating that staff has recommended that a traffic study be done in this area. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to table this item in order for this study to be performed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of minor subdivision on W. Tietgen Street

Councilwoman Tyler presented this minor subdivision on W. Tietgen St. This 2.32 acre tract is bounded on the north by Tietgen Street, on the east by Rogers Street, on the south by Whatley Street and on the West by Newton Street. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of final plat for Pooler Park of Commerce, Phase I

Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Pooler Park of Commerce, Phase I stating that all items have been addressed and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of contract with Douglas Asphalt for water line relocation at Pooler Parkway/Hwy 80

Mr. Baxter presented a proposal from Douglas Asphalt Company for relocating the 10-inch water main at the Highway 80/Pooler Parkway interchange. He stated that Chatham County has approved this contract and that they will be paying for this work. After discussion, Councilman Seay made a motion to approve this contract, contingent upon the signing of an intergovernmental agreement with the County. Motion was seconded by Councilman Tyler and passed without opposition.

8. Discussion concerning Rogers Street extension to Benton Blvd.

Mayor Carter stated that Ms. Rebecca Benton has requested that this item be tabled in order to allow her legal counsel to be present. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Discussion concerning de-annexation of Rebecca Benton’s property

Mayor Carter stated that Ms. Rebecca Benton has requested that this item be tabled in order to allow her legal counsel to be present. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to table this item. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Request from The Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum for waiver of permit fees for chapel

Mr. Baxter presented a request from The Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum to waive the permit fees for the construction of the Chapel of the Fallen Eagles. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

11. Discussion concerning painting proposal for caboose in Joe Baker Park

Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item indefinitely. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

12. Discussion concerning city employees’ health insurance plan

Mr. Baxter stated that the city employees who have dependent coverage have been offered to change their major medical insurance from the current type, a PPO, to an HMO plan. This change must be made to the coverage for the employee and their dependent(s) and will reduce the amount the employee has to pay for dependent coverage. He further stated that the premium for dependent coverage has increased drastically in the past two (2) years and has become a financial burden to those employees. The premium for HMO coverage is less for both the employee and the dependent(s), therefore, he is requesting that the difference in premium be applied toward the cost of dependent coverage for those employees who must have it. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the city employees with dependent coverage changing their major medical coverage to an HMO plan, with the difference in savings being used strictly to offset the cost of their dependent coverage. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

13. Approval of budget adjustment for 2000

Mr. Baxter presented this budget adjustment for the water department, increasing account #6030 (water taps/meters - revenue) by $20,000 and increasing account #7640 (systems repairs/maintenance - expense) by $20,000. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

14. Resolution calling for a bond election on November 7, 2000

Mr. Ellis presented this resolution regarding a bond referendum to be placed on the November 7, 2000 ballot. This referendum will be voted on by the citizens of Pooler to determine whether or not the city should issue general obligation bonds (15 year amortization) in the principal amount not to exceed $3,300,000 to pay the cost of acquiring, constructing and equipping a new recreation park and related facilities. The area proposed for this new park is adjacent to the new West Chatham YMCA site on Pooler Parkway. If approved by the voters, an increase in the millage would be applied in 2001 to re-pay this obligation. Mayor Carter stated that there would be several public hearings held prior to the election to inform the citizens of how much this would raise their taxes. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this resolution. Motion passed with a unanimous vote.

Councilman Seay made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:13 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 7:35 p.m.

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

September 5, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 5, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 5, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis. Councilman Robert Bryan 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 Cowart, seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Bryan was absent. Councilman Cowart 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.

STREETS/SANITATION

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that there will be two (2) football games this Saturday at the park and that the Recreation Committee has purchased new playground equipment to go in between fields 1 & 2.

Mayor Carter stated that Mr. Baxter has been in contact with Billy Strozier, Mayor of Bloomingdale, regarding the matter of the funding for the Senior Citizens Program. Mayor Carter appointed a committee made up of Councilman DeFilippis, Councilman Bryan and himself to meet with Bloomingdale’s committee to discuss this matter.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that new 22 single family residential permits were issued in July, totaling 207 for the year, with 1038 inspections performed for the month.

Mayor Carter presented a plaque to Don Taylor, outgoing Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Board, thanking him for his dedicated service.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Discussion concerning Rogers Street extension to Benton Blvd.

Ms. Rebecca Benton, property owner, and her attorney, Richard Hubert, addressed Council regarding the inability to use Ms. Benton’s property (tract bordered on the east by I-95 and the north by the Pipemaker’s Canal). Ms. Benton presented Council with a memorandum regarding this matter and the Chatham Urban Transportation Study Committee’s reports on extending Rogers Street to Benton Boulevard. Mr. Hubert stated that due to the close proximity of the airport, this property is unable to be developed as residential. Further, there is no access to this property so there is no possibility for commercial development. Mr. Hubert stated that a reasonable and appropriate use can be obtained by widening Rogers Street to a 60' right-of-way, carrying it through Ms. Benton’s property to Benton Boulevard. He further stated that the CUTS Committee has approved this extension (subject to funding), and that it needs the city’s support before it can be placed on their priority list as a "Tier 1" project and that the denial of any reasonable access has forced Ms. Benton to have no productive use of her property. Therefore, her only recourse would be to ask for de-annexation of her property if she was not afforded the right to use her property productively by way of reasonable access. Mr. Hubert presented Mr. Scott Martens, a real estate expert. Mr. Martens stated that this extension could only enhance the "downtown" area. Mr. Ellis stated that this matter should go before the Planning & Zoning Board first and then on to Council with the Board’s recommendation. Ms. Benton stated that the CUTS Committee tried to move this project to the "Tier 1" level, but it was not approved. Mayor Carter stated that this unsuccessful attempt was not the city’s fault and presented four (4) options the Council came up with at their recent retreat. Ms. Benton stated that she was not aware of this discussion, that it was a bias opinion with inaccurate facts and stated that one member of the Council was in direct conflict of interest with this matter. Mayor Carter requested that this matter be placed on the next Planning & Zoning agenda for discussion and a recommendation to Council.

2. Discussion concerning de-annexation of Rebecca Benton’s property

Attorney Richard Hubert, representing Ms. Rebecca Benton, stated that as stated previously in Item #1, his client would be forced to request de-annexation of her property if reasonable access was denied. Therefore, since Item #1 was tabled, this item would be discussed at a later date.

3. Approval of preliminary PUD zoning for 1807.57 acres northwest and northeast of I-95 and I-16 interchange

Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary PUD zoning for the Jabot Tract which was tabled at the August 7th meeting in order to allow a committee to meet with the developer, The Foram Group, Inc., to look into several concerns that were presented at the meeting. Mr. Jeff Halliburton of Thomas & Hutton Engineering and Mr. Jose’ Gonzalez of Gonzalez Architects presented this PUD zoning, stating that the area of most concern to the residents (between Quacco Road and I-95) has been changed to an "undefined PUD zoning" which would remain as such until the surrounding area is developed to determine what type of zoning is needed in this area. Councilman Wall questioned the area shaded in purple being zoned with a mixture of C-P (commercial-professional) and I-1 (light industrial), stating that the city’s ordinance does not allow this mixture. Mr. Gonzalez stated that under the PUD zoning, any of the city’s zoning classifications were allowed to be combined. There was discussion regarding the zoning of the large tract east of I95. Mr. Halliburton stated that this large tract to the east of I-95 could be changed to an I-2 (heavy industrial) zoning and will therefore be marketed to attract a single use industrial company, but that the developer would prohibit any type of business that would produce injurious or noxious noise, vibration, smoke, gas, fumes, odor, dust or fire hazard; open yard use for sale, rental, dismantling and/or junk materials or equipment; landfills; live adult entertainment; adult media stores; adult movie theaters; tattoo parlors or establishments selling non-prescription drug paraphernalia. Further, that the area shaded in purple (adjacent to the east of Quacco Road approximately 1000' feet) would be changed to a C-2 (heavy commercial) zoning. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve the preliminary PUD zoning for the Jabot Tract, contingent upon the map being amended to show the two (2) zoning changes as previously stated, with the condition that 1) the area east of I-95 may not be subdivided without the approval of the City of Pooler and 2) that the use of the area shaded in yellow on the master plan submitted by the Foram Group, Inc. shall be "undefined PUD" until a future application for amendment to said master plan depicting the use of said area is submitted; said future application shall be considered as an amendment to the zoning ordinance and shall be administered and processed accordingly and if the area east of I-95 is ever proposed to be subdivided, the City of Pooler reserves the right to require the upgrade of the zoning to other zoning classifications. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Cowart opposing.

4. Approval of action on ordinance regarding city employees’ retirement plan

Mr. Baxter presented an amendment to the city employees’ retirement plan, stating that the retirement committee has already voted to switch the plan from Transamerica to the Georgia Municipal Employee Benefits System. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment on First Reading, contingent upon Mr. Ellis’ approval. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay. Councilman Cowart, Councilman DeFilippis and Councilwoman Tyler opposed the motion. Request denied.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request for setback variances at 118 N. Skinner Ave.

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. James R. Massey, property owner, is requesting a 3'6" variance from Skinner Street and a 24' variance from Carver Street to allow him to construct a home on this lot where an old house was demolished. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve these variances. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

2. Request for variance to relocate one of the billboards on JCB’s property

A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Mr. Baxter presented this request from JCB to relocate the southern most billboard to a point approximately 400' north of the southwest property corner. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this variance, contingent upon the billboard being at least 500 feet from any other billboard. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Timberland Gap Subdivision, Phase II

Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plan for Timberland Gap Subdivision, Phase II, stating that all items have been addressed, but that easements have not been obtained for the outfall sewer. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to table this item until such easements were obtained. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of easements for The Crossing (Pooler Parkway loop @ Godley Station)

Mr. Steve Wohfeil of HGB&D Engineering presented this request stating that the city’s subdivision ordinance provides that the Council may approve a residential, commercial and/or industrial lot which does not abut a public street but which is served by a perpetual privately-maintained access easement. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the access easements for The Crossing. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

5. Acceptance of Garden Acres lift station

Mr. Baxter presented this request from EMC Engineering Services, Inc., on behalf of the owner, Mr. Donny Tuten, to accept the lift station at Garden Acres Subdivision. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to accept this lift station. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of tree replanting plan for Williams Hollow & The Bramblings Subdivisions

Mr. Michael Hussey of Stevenson & Palmer Engineering and Ms. Valerie Hinesley, landscape architect, presented a tree replanting plan for Williams Hollow & The Bramblings Subdivisions. Mr. Williams addressed Council, stating that his property was clear-cut without his permission and that he has filed a police report. Mr. Ellis stated that this matter (violating the tree ordinance) needed to be sent to court for prosecution and that the tree replanting plan needed to be before the Planning & Zoning Board for their recommendation and then to Council for final approval. Councilman Wall made a motion to prosecute those persons found to be in violation of the tree ordinance and the erosion and sedimentation control act in the city’s municipal court. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed with Councilman Cowart and Councilman DeFilippis opposing. Councilman Seay made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to send the application for approval of the revised tree plan to Planning & Zoning for their recommendation and back to Council for final approval. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Approval of revised site plan for Home Depot

Mr. Baxter presented the revised site plan for Home Depot, stating that the developer found it necessary to move the building 17' to the west, due to Wal-Mart not agreeing to a "No Build Easement" and the fact that according to the fire code, no building can be closer than 40 feet to a property line. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the revised site plan for Home Depot. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Richard A. Gunter

Mr. Baxter presented this alcoholic beverage license application for Richard A. Gunter, stating that Chief Chan has recommended approval. Mr. Ronnie Morgan, current owner of Foy Lanier’s, stated that he has a contract pending to sell his interest in this establishment to Mr. Gunter and asked for the Council’s consideration to pro-rate the alcoholic beverage license fee due to the fact that there were only three (3) months remaining in the year. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this alcoholic beverage license application and to pro-rate the amount to $1000.00 for the remainder of 2000. Motion passed without opposition.

9. Appointment of new Planning & Zoning member

Councilwoman Tyler stated that there was a vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board and recommended Mr. Timmy Lovezzola. Councilman Wall made a motion to appoint Mr. Lovezzola as alternate. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

10. Resolution regarding Transportation Enhancement Activity Grant

Mr. Baxter presented this resolution regarding the Transportation Enhancement Activity Grant that has been approved by the Department of Transportation for funds to assist in the cost of sidewalks along Hwy 80. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt this resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

11. Amendment to Resolution calling for bond election on November 7, 2000

Mr. Ellis welcomed Mr. Jim Pannell, bond counsel from Oliver Maner & Gray, Attorneys at Law. Mayor Carter stated that this amendment is due to an oversight on the amount needed ($4.3 million instead of $3.3 million) to construct Phase I of the proposed recreation park. Mr. Pannell explained the procedure for this bond referendum. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve this amendment to the resolution calling for a bond election on November 7, 2000. 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 8:48 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 on September 5, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss:

1) Requested setback variances at 118 N. Skinner Avenue -

Mr. James R. Massey, owner, and Mr. David Nelson presented this request for a 3'6" variance from Skinner Street and a 24' variance from Carver Street to construct a house where an old house has been demolished.

2) A requested variance to relocate one of the billboards on JCB’s property -

Steve Wohfeil of HGB&D Engineering presented this request on behalf of the owner, JCB. He stated that this request is to relocate the southern most sign along the I-95 right-of-way to a point approximately 400' north of the southwest property corner. Councilman Wall stated that the city’s ordinance requires that billboards are at least 500' apart from one another.

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

September 18, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
September 18, 2000


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 18, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 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. He commended the fire, police and street department for the work at the fire at I-16 over the weekend.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that the football season has begun.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 11 new single family residential permits were issued this month, totaling 220 for the year. She presented Council with a draft ordinance regarding model sales offices in residential and mobile home subdivisions and asked for their input. Councilwoman Tyler commended the volunteers of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, mentioning their recent nomination of being the "Hometown Heroes" by WTOC-TV.

Mayor Carter welcomed Ms. Susan Steinhauser, Executive Director of the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce. Ms. Steinhauser presented a video entitled "Discover Pooler".

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of preliminary construction plan for Timberland Gap Subdivision, Phase II

Mr. Baxter presented this item, tabled from the last meeting, stating that the sewer easement needed has been agreed upon by the adjacent property owner. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this preliminary construction plan, contingent upon the change being made to the easement to refer to it as a "utility" easement. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of site plan for Mighty Eighth Air Force Chapel

Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for the chapel at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of minor subdivision for portion of the Helmey Home Place tract on JimmyDeLoach Parkway

Councilwoman Tyler presented this minor subdivision and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of minor subdivision plat for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase 2

Councilwoman Tyler presented this minor subdivision for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase 2 and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of proposal for bond referendum campaign

Mayor Carter introduced Mr. Lee Hughes, presenting his credentials, which include experience in governmental affairs and media relations. Mr. Hughes presented Council with a proposal in the amount of $6000.00 for a two-phase campaign for the city’s upcoming bond referendum (to determine the question of whether general obligation bonds of the city in the maximum principal amount of $4,300,000 shall be issued to provide funds needed to pay the cost of acquiring, constructing and equipping a new recreation park and related facilities). Mr. Hughes further stated that this proposal to coordinate this bond election could be paid for in phases, with phase one (1) and two (2) being $2000.00 each and the final payment of $2000.00 being paid only if the bond referendum passes. Mr. Baxter stated that the money for this project has been found but that a budget adjustment would be necessary. Councilman Cowart stated that he could not make a decision on this matter due to the fact that he has just received the information. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this project, with funds not to exceed $10,000, transferring this amount from account #3040 (revenue - utility franchise taxes) and putting it into account #9702 (new recreation complex). Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed with Councilman Cowart opposing.

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

October 2, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 2, 2000


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 2, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 Cowart.

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 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. He presented letter of commendation to members of the police and fire department.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis was absent. Mr. Baxter stated that the homecoming parade held on Saturday was a success.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 14 new single family residential permits were issued in September, totaling 221 for the year with 945 inspections performed for the month.

Mayor Carter addressed the Council about an issue from the last meeting regarding the motion to grant a transfer of funds from one account to another to be used for the support of passage of a bond referendum to build a new recreation complex. He stated that at the time the motion was made, the Council was informed by Mr. Ellis that they were in compliance with the law, but that the next day they were notified by him they could not use city funds. Further, that Mr. Ellis was wrong, and at that time he directed staff to stop any transfer of funds. Mr. Ellis stated that he first believed it to be an "educational" funding and after researching the law, he found that, under the ruling of the State Ethics Commission, city funds cannot be used for any campaign, in favor or against any bond referendum. Further, that he has sent a letter to Mayor Carter outlining his recommendations on actions to be taken. Mayor Carter read aloud those four (4) recommendations as follows: 1) that he apprize the Council of the contents of this letter, which he has; 2) at the next Council meeting, a motion be passed rescinding the action taken at the last meeting in reliance on the legal advice Mr. Ellis gave. Councilman Wall then made a motion to rescind the motion taken at the September 18, 2000 Council meeting regarding the approval of the proposal for a bond referendum campaign. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan. Discussion followed wherein Councilman Cowart stated that he asked Mr. Ellis at the last meeting if it was legal (city funds being used for the bond referendum campaign) and that he was given wrong information. Further, that the others may have based their decision on the fact that they were told that this was legal and he questioned how many other issues have come before the Council that might have been illegal. He stated that he has asked the State Ethics Commission to investigate this matter. Councilwoman Tyler questioned if Mr. Hughes was still employed to coordinate this campaign and where the funds were coming from. Mayor Carter stated that the funding was being handled through private donations to a campaign committee. Mayor Carter then called for the vote. Motion passed without opposition. Mayor Carter then continued with the third recommendation from Mr. Ellis which was that he send a memo to the city manager instructing him to advise the city employees that they may not work for or against the passage of the bond referendum during working hours and may not make city facilities available for meetings by any group to discuss or work on the bond referendum unless such facilities are made available to all such groups whether or not they are for or against the passage of the referendum, however the employees have every right while they are not working to campaign for or against the referendum; also that the facilities can be used by either a group for or against, as long as facilities are made available to both; and the fourth item being that he advise the citizens of the volunteer recreation committee that they may not use the money earned at the concession stand to support or oppose the bond referendum. Mr. Baxter stated that the employees and the recreation committee have been notified.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Request from Blue Circle Materials for temporary certificate of occupancy to operate out of trailer

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Blue Circle Materials, stating that he has inspected the plant and they are near completion of their permanent building. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this request for a 45-day temporary certificate of occupancy. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Approval of tree replanting plan for Williams Hollow & The Bramblings

Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to table this item. Motion passed with Councilman Cowart opposing.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of site plan for Hendrix Machinery expansion

Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for Hendrix Machinery’s expansion, and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

2. Discussion concerning advertisement in publication for JCB

Mr. Baxter presented this item and after discussion, Councilman Wall recommended that the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce consider this advertisement request.

3. Request from Rape Crisis Center for yearly allocation

Mr. Baxter presented this request from the Rape Crisis Center for a yearly allocation of $1000.00. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to approve this allocation. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approval of budget adjustment for 2000

Mr. Baxter stated that the developer of Tietgen Place has defaulted on his improvements, therefore, the city has "called in" his bond. He presented a budget adjustment for the General Fund, increasing account #3892 (cash bond restricted) by $6211.00 and increasing account #7819 (capital outlay - special projects - street) by $6211.00. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this budget adjustment. Mr. Baxter then presented a budget adjustment for the Water & Sewer Fund, decreasing account #9650 (repairs & maintenance - pond) by $5000.00 and increasing account #8677 (grinder pump repairs) by $5000.00, to cover the cost of grinder pump repairs. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve these budget adjustment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #5 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of resolution regarding Chatham County Community Greenspace Program

Mr. Baxter presented this resolution regarding the city’s option to participate in Chatham County’s Greenspace Program and to receive any revenues available from this program. Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt this resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:35 p.m. to discuss legal matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 7:09 p.m. Councilman Wall made a motion to give Mr. Ellis the approval to check into the Justice Department complaint and to take necessary action as to what needed to be done. 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 7:10 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

October 16, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
October 16, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 16, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 7:00 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 Cowart, seconded by Councilman Seay, 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 stated that fire prevention week was a success, ending with Sunday’s display at Wal-Mart.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance. Councilman Wall presented a memo from John Winn, Operator at the Wastewater Treatment Plant which outlines the provisions of the new permit, which includes the influent flow going back into it. Mr. Ellis stated that this will create a problem, causing the city to be in violation once again. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Ellis to look into this matter immediately and Mr. Baxter to contact the Environmental Protection Division.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that football is ongoing, with the peewee team being undefeated at this time.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 19 new single family residential permits have been issued this month, totaling 240 for the year.

Mayor Carter announced that a public hearing will be held on Tuesday,

October 24th at 7:00 to discuss the upcoming bond referendum for the proposed recreation park.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed.

1. Approval of site plan for proposed crane and rigging facility on Sharon Court

Councilwoman Tyler presented this site plan and made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of recombination of Lots 325 and 326, Garden Acres Subdivision,Phase XI

Mr. Baxter presented this request from Mr. Donny Tuten. There was discussion over whether the request was for a recombination of lots or a minor subdivision. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

3. Request from Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce for city crews to cut area for upcoming festival

Mr. Baxter stated that in the past the city has cleaned and cut the area for the "Flying Pig Festival". After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to allow the city crews to cut the area for the festival to benefit the citizens of the City of Pooler. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Request for funding for 2001 from Adult Services Advisory Council (Family Services Program)

Mr. Baxter presented this request, stating that the city has provided their fair share in the past. There were questions as to how many people in the city have been provided this service, therefore, Councilman Seay made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to add Item #5 to the agenda. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of tax exemption for senior citizens for upcoming bond referendum

Councilman Wall made a motion, contingent upon Mr. Ellis’ approval, to exempt senior citizens 65 years or older or those totally disabled, whose income (excluding Social Security and pension benefits) does not exceed $11,500.00 from the increase in the millage rate if the bond referendum passes in November. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed with Councilman Cowart abstaining.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held before the Mayor and Aldermanic Board of the City of Pooler on Monday, October 16, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss the upcoming bond referendum for the proposed recreation park. Mr. Ellis went over the provisions of the bond referendum to be voted for in November. Mr. Pappy Johnson, Recreation Director, gave a brief overview of the current growth of the programs, stating that there is a definite need for additional facilities.

Mr. Jack Shearouse, resident, stated his opposition of the proposed site. He pointed out that there were other sites available in the city that would be more feasible. Mr. Bill Lovett of Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers was present at the meeting. He pointed out the fact that any site in Pooler would require fill dirt and that his cost estimate on the fill dirt is a "worse case scenario" and hopefully it would not cost that much. Mr. Tommy Shearouse, resident, questioned the feasibility of constructing ball fields at Tom Triplett Park and asked the Council to approach Chatham County about this matter. Further, that someone from Pooler be appointed to the County’s recreation board to make sure that our tax dollars for recreation in the County are being properly used. Mayor Carter stated that Tom Triplett Park was built for "passive" recreation, but that he would check into Mr. Shearouse’s request. Ms. Laura Chan, resident in Sangrena Subdivision, presented her concern over the possibility of traffic and safety problems in her neighborhood. Mr. G. U. Davis, resident, asked if other types of recreation (i.e., fishing ponds) were included in the plans.

Mr. Jim Poteet, Chairperson for C.A.R.E. (Citizens Assisting Recreational Enhancement) presented his committee’s concerns that the present recreation facility has reached its maximum capacity and that the City of Pooler does not want to have to turn any children away from its programs. Mr. Travis Barlow, representing the Pooler Taxpayer’s Association, questioned Council’s practices on determining the plans for this project, stating that it was suspicious and that they (Council) had no desire on offering property tax relief to senior citizens. Further, that the Taxpayer’s Association will work to stop the bond issue and then discuss the recreation needs to all citizens. Mr. Jack Brewton, resident, addressed Council in regards to the need for figures on the increase in taxes this bond will necessitate. He questioned the legality of disclosing the site before the bond referendum is voted on. Mr. Ellis stated that the Council cannot make a final decision on the site until after the referendum is passed. Mayor Carter presented a map outlining the roads in the city, stating why the site on Pooler Parkway is being considered.

Mr. Steve Hartley, resident, asked that other sites be looked at and if the actual bid comes in lower, what would be done with the excess amount (up to $4.3 million). Mr. Ellis stated that the bonds would be issued after the bid was received. Mr. Al DeFilippis, resident, addressed Council with his concern over the recreational needs. Mr. Ricky Huggins, resident, presented his views (parental and coaching) on the city’s programs.

Mayor Carter stated that his hopes are to decrease the millage rate to offset the increase that this bond referendum will cause.

There being no further discussion, the public hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:52 p.m.

November 6, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 6, 2000

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 6, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 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 Cowart and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

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

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that the regular football season has ended, with the PeeWee team going undefeated.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 25 new single family residential permits were issued in October, totaling 250 for the year, with 602 inspections performed last month.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of tree replanting plan for Williams Hollow & The Bramblings

Michael Hussey presented the tree replanting plan for Williams Hollow & The Bramblings. This item was tabled from the September 5th meeting to allow the legal issue (violation of the tree ordinance) to be resolved, which Mr. Hussey stated that it has been through the court proceedings. There was some question over the amount of the fine for this offense, therefore, Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Ellis and Mr. Baxter to look into the matter of revising the tree ordinance. Councilman Wall asked if Mr. Williams could place larger trees in the subdivision. Mr. Hussey stated that this plan is in compliance with the city’s current tree ordinance. After discussion, Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to approve the tree replanting plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay. Councilmen Bryan, DeFilippis and Wall opposed the motion; Mayor Carter voted in favor of the motion to break the tie. Motion passed.

2. Request for funding for 2001 from Adult Services Advisory Council (Family Service Program

Mr. Baxter presented this item that was tabled from the last meeting in order to determine how many people have been served in the past year. He stated that eight (8) people have been served in the past year on a part-time basis, which they consider one (1) full time person. Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to approve this funding in the amount of $529.70. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Approval of preliminary construction plans for The Villages, Phase V

Councilwoman Tyler presented the preliminary construction plans for The Villages, Phase V, stating that all comments have been addressed, and after discussion, made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of final plat for Pooler Park of Commerce, Phase II

Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Pooler Park of Commerce, Phase II, stating that all comments have been addressed, and made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of final plat for Godley Villages, Phase 1B/release or performance bond on Phase 1A/acceptance of maintenance bond for Phase 1A & 1B

Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Godley Villages, Phase 1B, stating that Council approved Phase 1A on July 3, 2000 with the posting of a performance bond for improvements. The improvements for Phase 1B have been completed, therefore, the developer is requesting the final plat to be recorded once the maintenance bond is posted. Councilwoman Tyler stated that they have posted a maintenance bond in the amount of $532,593.30 for both phases, and made a motion, based on staff recommendation, to approve contingent upon the mylar showing the street name “Golden Brook” to “Silver Brook”. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for proposed car dealership/mini storage on Hwy 80

Councilwoman Tyler presented this site plan submitted by ACT Holdings for a proposed car dealership/mini storage on Hwy 80 across from Coleman Boulevard. Mr. John Kern, of John S. Kern Consulting Engineers, was present to answer any questions. Councilwoman Tyler stated that the fire chief has recommended that the water system to looped to provide adequate water pressure to the fire hydrants. Councilman Wall stated that the plans do provide for the entrance to be directly across from Coleman Boulevard and further, that there was a need for an access easement on the front of the property. Mr. Kern stated that they have provided one for the city’s use. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this site plan, contingent upon the water system being looped and an access easement being provided. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Discussion concerning boat parked in front setback at 435 Cliff Dr.

Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Discussion concerning appeal of EPD permit at wastewater treatment plant

Mr. Ellis stated that renewal of the EPD permit at the wastewater treatment plant has been issued, but that they put back into the permit a limitation on the amount of flow (water that can pass from the retention ponds at the plant out into the spray fields). He reminded the Council that this is was one of the items the city negotiated on settling the lawsuit filed against the city by GEO. He stated that the reason the city asked for it to be removed is because when there is a major rainfall, in order to prevent the ponds from overflowing, a lot more water has to be pumped out of the ponds into the fields, as long as the basic monitoring (dissolved oxygen, etc.) is taking place as the effluent leaves the fields and goes into the Hardin Canal. Further, that the city argued, and EPD agreed at that point, that it didn’t matter what was coming out of the ponds onto the fields, as long as what went from the field to the Hardin Canal met the standards of the environmental laws. The notations for the renewal of the permit say that there are no changes in it, but the EPD put back into the permit the restriction on the amount of effluent that the city can pump from the ponds back into the fields. The city didn’t learn about this until a couple of weeks ago, and that information was recalculated on how many times the city would have violated the permit over the last three (3) years if the flow restriction would have been there, which would have been once per year or once over the three (3) year period. However, the operator has a lot of concern about the city’s ability in the future if there is a heavy rainfall to only violate the permit once. Therefore, Mr. Ellis stated that he has gone to an environmental attorney in Atlanta for their advice, which was that the EPD was mis-applying the rules. In certain instances the EPD was to put this restriction on the amount of flow going into stream in permits, but that this is not what the city’s permit reflects. It is not a restriction on the amount going from the fields into the stream. Based on that information, an appeal was submitted to prevent a subsequent violation of the permit and to convince the EPD that it is not required by the law and that it achieves nothing, and hopefully this will get the EPD to remove the restriction from the permit or give some protection against a lawsuit in the future if there is a violation because they won’t take it out.

7. Approval of additional full-time employee for inspections department

Mr. Baxter stated that the hiring of an additional inspector was discussed during the Council’s retreat in July. He stated that funds are available to cover the cost of this employee’s salary for the remainder of the year. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the hiring of an additional full-time employee for the inspections department. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

8. First Reading on proposed zoning text amendment regarding parking requirements for grocery stores/shopping centers

A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment to the zoning ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

9. First Reading on proposed zoning text amendment regarding temporary sales offices/model homes

A public hearing was held prior. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment to the zoning ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

10. Request from Jerry Jackson to place containers at Wal-Mart

Mr. Jackson, manager of Wal-Mart, presented Council with a letter requesting permission for 23 containers to remain on site temporarily to store merchandise through the holiday season. After discussion, Councilman Cowart made a motion to approve the containers to remain for a period of no longer than 90 days. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition. Mayor Carter instructed staff to look into the matter of Planning & Zoning working on an ordinance regarding this matter.

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

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on November 6, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the upcoming bond referendum for a proposed recreation park. Mr. Baxter presented information regarding the different sites available and stated he would answer any questions. Mr. Bill Lovett, Engineer with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineers, presented the preliminary plan for the park. Mr. Pappy Johnson, Recreation Director, stated the need for the new facility is due to the growth of the enrollment in the programs.

Mr. Emmett Walker questioned the land retention capabilities and the erosion control costs, stating that development would put stress on the Pipemaker’s Canal.

Several residents questioned the amount of increase in taxes this bond would require and if the city has a plan if this referendum does not pass. Mr. Baxter stated that if the referendum does not pass, the city would be faced with the possibility of limiting the number of children participating in the program.

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

Public Hearing

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

November 6, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:55 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss two (2) proposed zoning text amendments regarding:

1) Parking requirements for grocery stores/shopping centers -

Mayor Carter presented this amendment to the zoning ordinance for commercial district parking requirements for grocery stores/shopping centers less than 10,000 sq ft to 6.5 spaces per 1000 sq ft of total floor area and grocery stores/shopping centers greater than 10,000 sq ft to 5.0 spaces per 1000 square feet of total floor area.

2) Temporary sales offices/model homes

Mayor Carter presented this amendment to the zoning ordinance to add temporary use of a dwelling unit or manufactured home to be used as a model home or temporary sales office as long as the list of criteria is met and a permit is issued by the city manager.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:57 p.m.

November 20, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
November 20, 2000


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 20, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:15 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Stevie Wall and Councilwoman Billie Tyler; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The invocation was given by Mr. Baxter and the Pledge of Allegiance was led by members of Boy Scout Troop #297.

The minutes of the previous meeting were approved as printed upon a motion by Councilman Wal, 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 subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

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

STREETS/DRAINAGE:
Councilman Cowart had no report at this time.

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

RECREATION:
Councilman DeFilippis reported that basketball signups are going on.

BUILDING/ZONING:
Councilwoman Tyler reported that 6 new single family residential permits have been issued this month and an additional building inspector has been hired.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on proposed zoning text amendment regarding parking requirements for grocery stores/shopping centers Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this zoning text amendment on Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on proposed zoning text amendment regarding temporary sales offices/model homes 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 resolution regarding GEFA loan Mr. Baxter presented this resolution regarding the GEFA loan to apply for additional funds for the year. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this resolution authorizing the city to apply for these funds and for the city manager to sign any documents relating to the GEFA loan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of engineering proposal for Environmental Review and Planning Document Mr. Baxter presented this proposal from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung Engineering for an Environmental Review and Planning Document. Mr. Bill Lovett was present and stated that this is required for the city’s SRF loan for the wastewater treatment plant expansion. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Request for zoning map amendment of 125 acre Herrin Tract on Pine Barren Road Mr. William Herrin is requesting to re-zone this property on Pine Barren Road at Pooler Parkway from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial). A public hearing was held prior wherein concern over truck service centers being allowed in a C-2 zoning was discussed. Councilman Wall stated that he was concerned abot the close proximity to the schools on Pine Barren Road and after discussion, made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition. Mayor Carter instructed Planning & Zoning to consider a comprehensive re-zoning of the Pooler Parkway/Pine Barren Road area.

4. Approval of site plan for equipment storage at Lot 18, Pine Barren Road Councilwoman Tyler presented this site plan, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed, and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

5. Approval of site plan for Hilton Garden Inn Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for the Hilton Garden Inn, making a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Seay and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of site plan for proposed maintenance building at Lot 5, Sharon Court Councilwoman Tyler presented the site plan for a proposed maintenance building at Lot 5, Sharon Court, stating that all the engineer’s comments have been addressed and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of final plat for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase II Councilwoman Tyler presented the final plat for Bridgewater Subdivision, Phase II, making a motion, based on Planning & Zoning and staff recommendation, to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

8. Approval of revised subdivision plat of Garden Acres Estates, Phase XI Councilwoman Tyler presented a revised subdivision plat of Garden Acres Estates, Phase XI. The revision is to allow Lot 326 to be reserved for a right-of-way to the property behind it that belongs to Mr. Robert Anderson and Mr. Louis Mitchell. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion, seconded by Councilman Seay, to approve this revised subdivision plat. Motion passed without opposition. Mr. Ellis stated that by means of this approval, the city was not passing on the legality of this right-of-way being used by property owners who are not a part of the subdivision.

9. Approval of minor subdivision of 28.62 acre portion of the Godley Tract Councilwoman Tyler presented this minor subdivision of a 28.62 acre portion of the Godley Tract and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

10. Approval of minor subdivision of 64.73 acre tract located north of Jimmy DeLoachParkway Mr. Baxter presented this minor subdivision of a 64.73 acre tract located north of the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway near Godley Road. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Cowart, to approve. Motion passed without opposition.

11. Approval of contract with GMA to provide revenue enhancement services regarding hotel/motel and alcohol beverage taxes Mr. Baxter presented a contract between the Georgia Municipal Association and the City of Pooler to provide revenue enhancement services for hotel/motel and alcohol beverage taxes. This program is to assist cities in realizing additional revenue through the identification of unreported, under-reported, delinquent and otherwise uncollected revenue. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve this contract, contingent upon Mr. Ellis’ clarification of the terms of the contract. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed without opposition.

12. Approval of alcoholic beverage license for Marsha Walls Mr. Baxter presented an application for alcoholic beverage license for Marsha Walls, who has just recently purchased the business at the Cooler Lounge. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this alcoholic beverage license. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

13. Approval of franchise agreement with Hargray Wireless Mr. Baxter presented this request from All-Call, a division of Hargray Wireless. Mr. Ed Hoyt, representing All-Call, stated that his company is requesting a permit to install fiber optic cable in the city. He stated that he has been approached by the developers in the Godley Station area for this service. Mr .Ellis stated that this is a very complicated matter because the city doesn’t have a franchise ordinance at this time. Further, that he needed time to draft such an ordinance. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilwoman Tyler and passed with Councilman Bryan and Councilman Cowart opposing.

14. First Reading on ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fee for water and wastewater systems improvements for customers connecting to Bridgewater Subdivision area Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fees for those customers who wish to connect to the water and wastewater systems improvements in the Bridgewater Subdivision area. Mr. Bill Lovett stated that the developer of Bridgewater up-sized the lines so others could tie in and that this was only fair that the adjacent property owners pay their portion of these costs. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Councilman Seay made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:15 p.m. to discuss personnel and legal matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 8:35 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:36 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on November 20, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment for a 125 acre portion of the Herrin Tract on Pine Barren Road. Mr. William Herrin is requesting to re-zone his property from R-1A (Single Family Residential) to C-2 (Heavy Commercial). Mr. Herrin was present and stated that he has potential sales for this property which require a C-2 zoning . Mr. Henry Morgan, property owner in this area, stated his concern over the fact that a truck service center was allowed in C-2 zoning. Councilwoman Tyler stated that the Planning & Zoning members were concerned with the permitted uses in the C-2 zoning and would be more comfortable with a C-1 zoning.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 6:07 p.m.

December 4, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
December 4, 2000


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 4, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:07 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearings held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman 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 Bryan, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE

Councilman Bryan presented bills for payment and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY

Councilman Wall reported on the community service program and presented letters of commendation to Officer Kenny Meeks and Corporal James Derryberry.

STREETS/DRAINAGE

Councilman Cowart reported that the street and drainage department has performed routine maintenance. He also reported that the street department assisted the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce with the Christmas decorations.

WATER/SEWER

Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION

Councilman DeFilippis reported that basketball signups are going on.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilwoman Tyler reported that 16 new single family residential permits were issued in November, totaling 262 for the year, with 320 inspections performed last month. Councilwoman Tyler stated that the Planning & Zoning Board discussed the possibility of a comprehensive re-zoning for the area of Pooler Parkway from Hwy 80 to I-16 and recommended that this not be done at this time. Also, that the Board discussed changes to the C-1 (light commercial) and C-2 (heavy commercial) zoning ordinances as well as a proposed change to the PUD zoning ordinance. Further, that there will be a PUD Review Board meeting on December 11th at 5:30 p.m. Councilwoman Tyler then introduced Mr. Paul Stanford, who has been hired as an additional building inspector.

Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to add Item #10 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Under OLD BUSINESS the following was discussed:

1. Discussion concerning Rogers Street Extension to Benton Boulevard

Mayor Carter stated that this item was discussed several months ago by Council who forwarded it on to Planning & Zoning for their recommendation. He stated that the city has received a petition from over 30 residents opposing this extension. Attorney Richard Hubert, representing Ms. Rebecca Benton, addressed Council with the problems Ms. Benton has been experiencing with her property (a 190 acre tract bordered on the east by I-95 and the north by the Pipemaker’s Canal), one being that the proximity of the airport has made it undevelopable for residential use and the other being that the city has not approved a feasible access to this property. Mr. Hubert reiterated that Ms. Benton’s full right of use of this property has been lost because of these reasons. He stated that there is a lawsuit pending against the Airport Commission and that the city is not a victim of any lawsuit. Further, that they support the adjacent property owner’s request (Fayrene Sturgis Wilson et al and Lee, West & Walsh, L.P.) to rezone their 257.4 acre tract from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial), but that they would still like to see Rogers Street extended, with no widening, and that their suggestion is to use traffic devices to maintain the residential character of the street. Councilwoman Tyler stated that several Rogers Street residents were present at the Planning & Zoning meeting when this matter was discussed and that there was much concern over what impact extending Rogers Street into a commercial area would have on their quality of life. Mr. Ellis stated that the city has rights in regards to zoning and access (condemnation). Mayor Carter stated that access has been offered by the adjacent property owner by way of a cul-de-sac at the end of Benton Boulevard. Mayor Carter presented the options as submitted by the Metropolitan Planning Commission, which included this cul-de-sac (Option #3 of MPC’s staff report). He stated that approval from the city would be needed in order for this project to be identified for funding. Several residents of Rogers Street addressed Council stating that they did not want Rogers Street extended and especially not widened because this would be detrimental to the historic homes along the street. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to approve Option #3 of the MPC’s staff report on alternatives, to extend Benton Boulevard southward over the Pipemaker’s Canal connecting to Ms. Benton’s property to form a cul-de-sac and to recommend to the CUTS Committee that this project be funded. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fee for water and wastewater systems improvements for customers connecting to Bridgewater Subdivision area

Mr. Baxter presented this ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fees for water and wastewater systems improvements for customers connecting to the Bridgewater Subdivision area to help pay for the GEFA loan. Councilman Wall 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. Request for zoning map amendment of a 257.4 acre tract located in the southwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and I-95, north of Pipemaker’s Canal

A public hearing was held prior wherein the proposed amendment to the C-2 zoning ordinance was discussed. Councilwoman Tyler made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of minor subdivision of Phase 3, Scottsdale Subdivision

Councilwoman Tyler presented this minor subdivision and made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

3. Approval of Home Depot revised plan and median opening

Mr. Baxter presented the revised plan for Home Depot, stating that since approval of the original plan, a traffic light was approved at the entrance of the shopping center several months ago, which made it necessary to revise the plan to show a median opening. Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to approve the revised plan and median opening. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed with Councilwoman Tyler opposing.

4. Release of maintenance bond for Garden Acres Subdivision, Phase XI

Mr. Baxter presented this request stating that all inspections have been performed. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve the release of the maintenance bond for Garden Acres Subdivision, Phase XI. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Discussion concerning containers being stored at retail establishments

Mr. Baxter stated that Planning & Zoning had been asked by the Council to look into amending the ordinance regarding the storage of shipping containers at retail establishments and that they recommended to not make any changes to the ordinance. Mayor Carter stated that the city has allowed Wal-Mart to keep the containers that are currently on site for a maximum of 90 days (to be removed by January 1st). Mr. Jerry Jackson, manager of Wal-Mart, addressed Council stating the need for these containers at this time of year for storage of layaway items and overflow inventory during the holiday season. Mayor Carter instructed staff to look into how other municipalities are handling this matter.

6. Resolution regarding Chatham County Comprehensive Water Supply Management Plan - 2000 Update

Mr. Baxter presented this update to Chatham County’s Comprehensive Water Supply Management Plan. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow further research of this plan. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

7. First Reading on franchise ordinance

Mr. Ellis presented an ordinance to provide for the granting of one or more non-exclusive franchises for cable services and other telecommunications services within the city. He stated that the city has been approached by All-Call, a division of Hargray Wireless, to place underground cable to service the Godley Station area and that the city does not currently have a franchise ordinance pertaining to this matter. Mr. Alan Godbee of All-Call addressed Council, requesting that his company be allowed to go ahead and install the underground cable but not provide the service to customers until this ordinance has been approved on final reading. Mr. Ellis stated that an additional franchise agreement (ordinance) with All-Call would have to be approved prior to any work being performed in the city. Mayor Carter appointed a committee of Councilman Bryan, DeFilippis and Seay to work with Mr. Godbee on this franchise agreement. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilwoman Tyler, to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

8. First Reading on proposed 2001 budget

Councilman Bryan presented the proposed 2001 budget, stating that the millage rate for 2001 will be reduced by .22 mills and that funds have been set in reserve for salary increases at a later date. Councilman Seay stated that the city employees salaries are well below the state’s averages. Councilman Wall requested that the finance committee meet with members of the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss their proposed contract for 2001. Councilman Bryan made a motion to approve the proposed 2001 budget on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and was opposed by Councilmen Cowart, DeFilippis, Seay and Councilwoman Tyler. Therefore, the proposed 2001 budget was not approved on First Reading.

At this time, Councilman DeFilippis excused himself from the meeting.

9. First Reading on amendment to hotel/motel tax ordinance

Mr. Ellis presented an amendment to the hotel/motel tax ordinance to incorporate recent additions to the State of Georgia’s hotel/motel laws and to clarify the payments of taxes to the Georgia International Trade Center Authority. He stated that the current agreement with the Trade Center Authority is due to expire on September 30, 2002, not the year 2000 which was reflected in this amendment. Councilman Cowart made a motion, seconded by Councilman Bryan, to approve this amendment on First Reading, contingent upon the change being made to the expiration date of the Agreement from the year 2000 to 2002. Motion passed without opposition.

10. Approval of site plan for Ron Stephens’ mini storage on E. Hwy 80

Councilwoman Tyler presented this site plan, stating that Mr. Stephens has received DOT approval, and made a motion to approve, contingent upon the shipping containers on site being removed. Motion was seconded by Councilman Cowart and passed without opposition.

Councilman Bryan made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:49 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and was opposed by Councilman Cowart, Councilman Seay and Councilwoman Tyler. Motion denied.

Councilman Cowart made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:50 p.m. to discuss employee Christmas gifts. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition. Mayor Carter remained at his seat while Council adjourned. Mr. Ellis notified Mayor Carter that this was not an issue to be discussed during Executive Session, therefore he called the Council back to their seats.

Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 7:58 p.m.

After discussion regarding Christmas gifts given to employees in the past, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve employee Christmas gifts in the amount of $100.00 each. Motion passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:04 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.

Public Hearings

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on December 4, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the first hearing to order 5:30 p.m. Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter and City Attorney Wiley Ellis.

5:30 p.m. - The purpose of this hearing was to discuss the proposed 2001 budget. Councilman Bryan presented the budget, stating that it reflects a reduction in the millage rate of .22 mills. Councilman Wall requested that the finance committee meet with members of the Pooler Area Chamber of Commerce to discuss their proposed contract for 2001.

5:45 p.m. - The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a zoning map amendment of a 257.4 acre tract of land located in the southwest quadrant of Pooler Parkway and I-95, north of Pipemaker’s Canal. The owner, Fayrene Sturgis Wilson et al and Lee, West & Walsh, LP are requesting to rezone this property from R-1A (single family residential) to C-2 (heavy commercial). Mr. Roy Smithberg, agent for the property owners, was present and stated that concerns were presented at the Planning & Zoning meeting regarding the usages allowed in a C-2 zoning (i.e., truck service center, mobile home sales). Further, that his client is aware of the proposed amendments to the zoning ordinance and that he is willing to wait for approval until these amendments are finalized. Attorney Richard Hubert, representing adjacent property owner Ms. Rebecca Benton, stated that this is a worthwhile re-zoning to his client because it will provide for access to her property. Ms. Benton stated her support of this request.

There being no further discussion, the hearings were adjourned at approximately 6:01 p.m.

December 11, 2000

CITY OF POOLER
CITY COUNCIL MINUTES
December 11, 2000

There was a called meeting of the Pooler City Council on December 11, 2000. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 4:59 p.m. (delayed due to the budget hearing held prior). Present were Councilmen Robert Bryan, Travis Cowart, Jr., Sonny DeFilippis, Wayne Seay, Councilwoman Billie Tyler and Councilman Stevie Wall; City Manager Dennis Baxter.

OLD BUSINESS

1. First Reading on proposed 2001 budget

A budget hearing was held prior wherein the city employees’ annual raises were discussed. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the 2001 budget on First Reading, to include a 5% across the board raise for all employees. Motion died due to lack of a second. After discussion, Councilman Bryan made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve the 2001 budget on First Reading to include a 4% across the board raise for all employees with the longevity plan being implemented on each employee’s anniversary date, effective January 1, 2001. Mayor Carter called for the vote; Councilmen DeFilippis, Councilman Seay and Councilwoman Tyler opposed the motion. Mayor Carter voted in favor of the motion, breaking the tie. Motion passed.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 5:28 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Bryan and passed without opposition.