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1997 Zoning Minutes

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July 21, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
July 21, 1997

MINUTES

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on July 21, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilmen Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

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

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Councilman DeFilippis seconded the motion and it passed unanimously. Councilman Jeffcoat presented a budget adjustment for the fire department, decreasing account #6600 (travel) by $850, account #6620 (printing & publications) by $200, account #6690 (office equipment) by $450, account #6692 (building repairs) by $1700, account #6693 (medical supplies) by $675, account #6710 (uniforms) by $400, account #6720 (fire prevention) by $850; and increasing account #6691 (fire equipment) by $5125, to redistribute for the purchase of equipment for the new fire truck. Motion was made by Councilman Jeffcoat, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland had no report at this time.

STREETS/SANITATION
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the streets that were in need of sweeping due to the projects going throughout the City were being taken care of and asked that any complaints be directed to Mr. Baxter.

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

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the all-star Pee Wee girls= softball team would be participating in the State championship this week. He also reported that football and cheerleading signups have begun.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall reported that Planning & Zoning met last Monday, wherein they discussed their concerns about the City=s engineering firm reviewing their own plans.
He also reported that there was an impending vacancy on the Board.

Mayor Carter presented a certificate to the Honorary Councilmember for July, Mr. Tony Noles, thanking him for his service this month.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approve lease/purchase for two (2) vehicles (unbudgeted) for Police Department
Councilman Strickland stated that due to mechanical problems with two (2) of the vehicles in the police department, it has become necessary to either lease or purchase new vehicles to replace them. He presented several options for leasing, and after discussion, made a motion to approve a three (3) year lease with a dollar buy out for an amount of $6,738.62 per vehicle, per year for the lease and $2000.00 per vehicle for the first year to dress them out. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Mr. Jodi Hawks regarding Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce
Mr. Hawks addressed the Council regarding the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc., thanking them for helping him get the Port Wentworth Chamber of Commerce started. He stated that he looks forward to working hand-in-hand with the PCCC, Inc. and presented a certificate of appreciation to Mr. Ron Roberts.

2. Discussion concerning sanitation rate proposal from Waste Management
Councilman DeFilippis presented a proposal from Waste Management for sanitation rates beginning October 1, 1997. The proposed rate would be the same as is currently being charged and would extend for 12 months. After discussion, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to approve this proposal from Waste Management. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed with Councilman Poteet opposing.

3. Approval of proposal from S&ME for underground storage tank closure
Mr. Baxter presented a proposal from S&ME for closure to the underground storage tank located near the old maintenance shop. The cost, $3300.00, includes all permits necessary to complete closure in accordance with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division=s Underground Storage Tank rules and regulations. After discussion, Councilman Strickland made a motion to approve this proposal. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.


4. Approval of revision to DOT=s speed ordinance
Mr. Baxter presented this revision to DOT=s speed ordinance, which includes the new streets. After discussion, Councilman Strickland made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this revision to DOT=s speed ordinance. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Request from BellSouth Mobility to place communication antennas on water tank
Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of site plan for Aqua South Construction Co., Inc.
Councilman Wall stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval of this site plan for Aqua South Construction Co., Inc., and after discussion, made a motion to approve. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

7. Approval of final plat for Cross Creek Subdivision, Phase 1B
Councilman Wall stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval of the final plat for Cross Creek Subdivision, Phase 1B, and after discussion, made a motion to approve it. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

8. Request for recombination of lots 9 & 10, Symons First Addition
Councilman Wall stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended approval of this recombination of lots 9 & 10, Symons First Addition, located at Beatty and Morgan Street, and after discussion, made a motion to approve this recombination. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of change order for Godley Tract water & sewer extension project
Mr. Baxter presented this change order which would provide for the addition of water and sewer services to the Mill Creek Village development located in the Godley Tract. The Branigar Organization, Inc. has presented a contractual agreement to pay for the cost of this change order plus a 6% administrative fee. Mr. Rick White questioned whether or not the City would secure Branigar=s financial obligation. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to approve this change order in the amount of $129,665.00. Motion passed without opposition.

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

10. Mr. Fred Williams regarding Lots 119 & 120, Cross Creek Subdivision

Mr. Williams addressed Council regarding a letter ( copy of which is attached to these minutes) that he has received from the City=s building inspector, citing him on several violations to the building code at these lots. He then presented his appeal of this action. Mr. Williams has been asked to correct the violation of constructing a driveway along a drainage easement that runs between these two (2) lots. He stated that Chatham County required him to provide access to Hardin Canal, which he feels he has, in an aesthetically correct manner. Mr. Ellis stated that the plat that was approved by the City, showed the drainage easement and that the one that was recorded did not. He asked the Council to decide 1) whether residents may use easements to access their property, and 2) whether the installation of this driveway will interfere with the easement. Councilman Strickland questioned who will be responsible for repairs to this driveway if the County damages it. He then stated that Mr. Williams has turned the garages around to the side of the property, therefore, access is by the private drive, not public access by Cross Creek Drive, which is not acceptable to the City. Mr. Rick White questioned why this was not caught during the slab inspection, and why the City has waited until the houses were nearly complete to bring this to Mr. Williams= attention. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the driveway being placed between Lots 119 & 120, contingent upon Chatham County=s approval of the easement being conveyed to them. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed with Councilman Wall opposing.

Mr. Dewey Whitaker addressed Council regarding the Beautification Committee=s plans to begin work in Joe Baker Park.

Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss personnel matter at approximately 7:28 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 8:10 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Strickland made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:11 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

August 4, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 4,1997

MINUTES

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 4, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter. City Attorney, Wiley Ellis was absent, therefore, Attorney Robert Mercer was present.

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, with comments from Mr. Rick White about there being no mention of a budget adjustment in Item #1 under Old Business, and no mention of how the City would secure funds (irrevocable letter of credit) from The Branigar Organization in Item #9 under New Business, upon a motion by Councilman Poteet and seconded by Councilman Strickland, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Councilman Poteet seconded the motion and is passed unanimously.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland had no report at this time.

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

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

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the football season would begin soon.

BUILDING/ZONING

Councilman Wall reported that there was a vacancy on the Planning & Zoning Board. He then made a motion to appoint Mr. Mark Revenew to the Board. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for August, Mr. Robert Bryan.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request from BellSouth Mobility to place communication antennas on water tank
Mr. Baxter presented a lease agreement from BellSouth Mobility to place communication antennas on the water tank on S. Rogers Street. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the lease agreement, to include Mr. Ellis= comments being made a part of it. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.


Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for conditional use at 10 Chamois Court
A public hearing was held prior, wherein no opposition was presented. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this conditional use to allow Mrs. Valorie Kim Jordan to operate a family home daycare at 10 Chamois Ct. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

2. Approve L.A.R.P. list for 1998
Councilman DeFilippis presented a prioritized list of streets being recommended to the State for overlay under their Local Assistance Road Program. After discussion, he made a motion, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to approve this L.A.R.P. list. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approve intergovernmental contract regarding maritime trade center

Mr. Baxter presented this contract, as requested by Chatham County, to allow the City of Pooler to collect an additional 1% hotel/motel tax (approved by the State Legislature) to go to the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority. The City currently collects 5% on hotel/motel tax, this would increase it to 6%. Councilman Wall stated that the City should consider collecting an additional percent over the 6%, which would allow the City to use it at their discretion. Mr. Rick White addressed the Council, stating that there is an 8% limit on hotel/motel tax that can be collected and that this money could be better spent on a welcome center here in Pooler. He further stated that this trade center has no impact on the City of Pooler. Mr. Wade Water addressed Council, stating that the hotel/motel tax law allows money to be used for several places and asked the Council to limit this contract to three (3) years. Mr. Jack Brewton addressed Council, stating that the County shorted the money needed for the trade center and that this was poor planning on the their part. After further discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow time to look further into this matter. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

4. Discussion concerning convention and visitors bureau authority
Mayor Carter stated that there has been some discussion about the idea of forming a convention and visitors bureau authority in the City of Pooler which would supplement the Chambers of Commerce and allow the Council to control how the hotel/motel tax funds are being spent. He stated that he has met with an attorney from the Georgia Municipal Association regarding this matter. This authority could be made up of four (4) councilmembers and two (2) hotel/motel owners. He further stated that one of the most important things about this authority being formed is that it would be controlled by the Council. He then asked the Council to consider submitting this request to the State Legislature during their next session in January of 1998.

5. Approve resolution to allow Elections Board to run November election
Mayor Carter read aloud a resolution regarding the upcoming election, which would allow the Elections Board of Chatham County to run it. Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to approve this resolution. Motion passed without opposition. Ms. Lindler stated that the legislation changed this year regarding the length of the qualification period, and asked the Council to set either a three (3), four (4) or five (5) day consecutive period. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve a five (5) day qualification period, beginning (8:30 a.m.) September 8, 1997 and ending (4:30 p.m.) September 12, 1997. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

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

6. Discussion concerning welcome center of Joe Baker Park
Mr. Baxter stated that he is ready to obtain construction plans for the welcome center. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to authorize the City Manager to obtain these plans. Motion passed without opposition.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss personnel matters at approximately 6:51 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

The meeting was called back to order at 8:30 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:31 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.


Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on Monday, August 4, 1997, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; and City Manager, Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested conditional use at 10 Chamois Court. Mrs. Valorie Kim Jordan has requested to operate a family home daycare to care for three (3) but not more than six (6) children. Mrs. Jordan addressed Council, giving a brief summary of some of her past experience.

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

August 18, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
August 18, 1997
MINUTES

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on August 18, 1997. Mayor pro tem Al DeFilippis called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Bud Jeffcoat, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis. Mayor Buddy Carter and Councilman Jim Poteet were absent.

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

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


Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Councilman Wall seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland had no report at this time.

STREETS/SANITATION
Councilman DeFilippis had no report at this time.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Poteet was absent. Councilman Seay reported that the water and sewer department had performed routine maintenance work.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that football and cheerleading have begun and that tumbling and dancing would begin soon.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall had no report at this time.


There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approve variance request at .4610 acre tract at southwest corner of Symons &
Sheftall Street
A public hearing was held prior to this meeting wherein several residents stated their opposition of this request. Councilman Wall stated that Planning & Zoning has recommended denial, and after discussion, made a motion to deny. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and it passed unanimously.

2. Approve conditional use at 1307 S. Rogers Street
A public hearing was held prior to this meeting wherein no opposition was presented. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this conditional use. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

3. Approve final subdivision plat at 2.15 acre tract on Winskie Road
A public hearing was held prior to this meeting wherein no opposition was presented. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this final subdivision on Winksie Road, contingent upon the plat showing the sewer line being run to the manhole. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

4. Approve recombination of lots 37 and 39 on Morgan Street
Councilman Wall presented this request to recombine lots 37 and 39 on Morgan Street, to establish the legal boundaries of these properties. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this recombination, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

5. Approve budget adjustment for police department
Councilman Jeffcoat presented a budget adjustment for the police department,
decreasing account #5700 (gas/oil) by $4500; account #5743 (court expense - judge) by $1000; increasing account #5650 (repairs/maintenance) by $3500; account #5809 (motorcycles) by $1000; and account #5671 (judicial education) by $1000. After discussion, Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

Mr. G. U. Davis addressed Council with his concern over the drainage ditch at the intersection of Winskie Road and Whatley Street, stating that it is very unsafe. Mr. Baxter stated that he has contacted the contractor about this area.


There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:16 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING


Three (3) public hearings were held on Monday, August 18, 1997, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor pro tem Al DeFilippis called the hearings to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Bud Jeffcoat, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

1) A requested variance at .4610 acre tract at southwest corner of Symons & Sheftall Street - Mrs. Vera Lamb has requested a variance on minimum lot square footage to allow her to subdivide this property. Mr. M. W. Stafford, Mr. Robert Brown and Mr. G. U. Davis were present to state their opposition of allowing smaller lots in the area.


2) A conditional use at 1307 S. Rogers Street - Mrs. Nora Cole has requested a conditional use to operate a group home daycare from her residence. There was no opposition present.


3) A final subdivision plat review for 2.15 acre tract on Winskie Road -
Mr. Blakewood Ryals has requested to subdivide this 2.15 acre tract into four (4) lots. There was no opposition present.

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

September 2, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 2, 1997

MINUTES

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 2, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

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

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Councilman DeFilippis seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland reported that the new police department was would be completed in about six (6) weeks and encouraged the Council to go by and see it. Chief Chan stated that the tentative opening is October 1st.

STREETS/SANITATION
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street and drainage department had performed routine maintenance work.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Poteet had no report at this time.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that football and cheerleading practice is still going on.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall presented a memo from County Manager, Russ Abolt, which states that Chatham County Engineering has agreed to review plans as requested by the City of Pooler, when a conflict of interest occurs with Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung=s projects. Councilman Wall made a motion to set this as a policy of the City of Pooler. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for September, Sandy Roach.

Mr. Miles Pinckney, of the Savannah-Ogeechee Canal Society, presented Mayor Carter with a framed print of the Canal.

Mayor Carter welcomed Senator Eric Johnson and former Chatham County Commissioner, Pat Shay to the meeting.

Mr. Ellis requested that Item #13 under New Business to added to the agenda. Councilman Wall made a motion to add this item regarding the discussion of annexation of the property along the Jimmy DeLoach property. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Mrs. Vera Lamb regarding request for variance at southwest corner of Symons &
Sheftall Street
Due to Mrs. Lamb=s absence, this item was removed.

2. Approve intergovernmental contract regarding maritime trade center
Mr. Pat Shay addressed the Council regarding the Georgia International and Maritime Trade Center Authority, which was created by the Georgia Legislature. He stated that the Legislature created an opportunity for local municipalities to levy an additional 1% of hotel/motel tax they collect. This additional 1% has been set aside for the purpose of either marketing or operating trade and convention facilities. He then presented an intergovernmental contract, stating that the unincorporated area of Chatham County has already approved their contract and other municipalities are in the process of approving theirs. He stated that the residents will not pay this tax, that the success of the center depends on this tax, and that this tax will take the pressure off property taxes. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this intergovernmental contract for a five (5) year period, with the additional 1% of hotel/motel tax collected to go to the trade center and to ask the State Legislature to allow another additional 1% (totaling 7%) to go to the Mighty Eighty Air Force Heritage Center. Mr. Ellis stated that this is not allowed. Councilman Poteet amended his motion to approve this intergovernmental agreement for a five (5) year period, with the additional 1% of hotel/motel tax (totaling 6%) to go to the trade center. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat. Further discussion continued wherein Mr. Shay stated that the 20 year contract would remain current only if the City collects the additional tax. He further stated that the money would be used immediately for marketing efforts. Mr. Rick White, resident, stated that when the sales tax was voted on in June, the people were told that the tax would pay for the trade center. He then asked that this contract be voted on in the November election to let the people decide. He stated that the trade center will not fill the motels in Pooler, that it will drain the community. Mr. Wade Waters, resident, addressed Council with his concern that Pooler is looking forward to receiving an additional 1% tax and asked the Council to not commit the people of this community to this contract. Mr. Jack Brewton, resident, asked why Hutchinson Island was chosen and why the year 2016 was stated as the time when the center would be paid for. Mr. Shay answered that the County chose the land and that 2016 was concurrent with the lease. Senator Eric Johnson confirmed the actions of the Legislature in creating this Authority. He stated that the alternative to not funding this project is to raise property taxes, and the best way to pay for this center is to let the people who use the facility (tourists) pay for it. Mayor Carter then called for the vote and the motion passed with Councilman DeFilippis and Councilman Seay opposing.

3. First Reading on proposed ordinance regarding backflow prevention
Councilman Poteet presented this proposed ordinance regarding to regulate the construction and maintenance of cross-connections affecting the City=s water supply. Mr. Jeff Thornburg, Water & Sewer Superintendent, stated that the State has mandated this under the Safe Drinking Water Act to prevent contamination of the water. He further stated that the City, under this ordinance, would require commercial and industrial sites to install back-flow prevention devices. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion, seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat, to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for conditional use to build two (2) personal care homes at eastside of
S. Rogers Street
A public hearing was held prior, wherein no opposition was present. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this conditional use. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

2. Request for variance at southeast corner of Benton Drive and Pooler Parkway
A public hearing was held prior, wherein no opposition was present. A convenience store is proposed for this area. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this variance, with only the canopy to encroach into the 60' setback. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

3. Approve alcoholic beverage license for Jacqueline Ballew
Mr. Bobby Ballew was present on his wife=s behalf. Ms. Ballew, has requested a transfer of the alcoholic beverage license at the Cooler Lounge. Chief Chan stated that he has approved the application and that there have been no problems at this establishment since they have taken it over. After discussion, Councilman Strickland made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this alcoholic beverage license. Motion passed without opposition.

4. Approve change order for Godley Tract water and sewer project
Councilman Poteet presented this change order, in the amount of $1513.74, for the addition of the material needed to supply the water connection to loop through the Jerry Konter project. Mr. Baxter stated that Mr. Konter would pay for one-half of this change order and that in the event that Mr. Konter does not follow through with his project, The Branigar Organization has agreed to pay this cost. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this change order. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

5. Approve change order for chlorination addition at wastewater treatment plant
Councilman Poteet presented this change order, in the amount of $1613.15, for the additional items needed to complete the design change for this project. He then made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this change order. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approve contract for Post Aeration Addition, Phase II
Councilman Poteet presented this contract from Triangle Construction for Phase II of the post aeration project at the wastewater treatment plant. This project would allow fields 3 & 4 to be re-seeded and a post aeration box be added. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this contract with Triangle Construction Company in the amount of $36,357.00. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

7. Approve additional improvements to 1996 storm drainage project
Mr. Baxter stated that several items were brought to his attention that needed addressing in regards to the drainage improvement project. He then presented a quote from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung for additional improvements to complete this project. He further stated that the amount, $39,462.53, would come out of the current 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve these additional improvements. Motion passed without opposition.

8. Proposal from S&ME for corrective action plan at underground storage tank site
Mr. Baxter presented a proposal from S&ME for corrective action at the site where the underground storage tank was recently removed. He stated that some contamination was found, and therefore, the City is required by the State to follow this procedure. Councilman Strickland stated that this is a normal procedure and that the City has to pay the first $10,000 and any further expenses are covered under the GUST (Georgia Underground Storage Tank) Trust Fund program. After discussion, Councilman Strickland made a motion to approve the proposal from S&ME. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of street sweeping contract for 1997-98
Mr. Baxter presented a proposal from Pope=s Sweeping for one (1) year in the amount of $1530.00 per month, and a proposal for three (3) years in the amount $1380.00. He stated that he recommends the Council approve the one (1) year contract, based on the fact that new streets would be added within the three (3) year period, calling for the contract to be re-worked. Councilman DeFilippis asked that the amount budgeted for street sweeping for 1998 be doubled, so as to allow for the clean-up of storm debris. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the extension of Pope=s Sweeping contract for one (1) year, in the amount of $1530.00 per month. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

10. Proposal from Air Therm to replace two (2) heat pumps at rental property
Mr. Baxter presented a proposal from Air Therm to replace two (2) heat pumps at the rental property at 109 W. Hwy 80. He stated that these units are wore out and that the money would come out of the rent at this property. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this proposal from Air Therm. Motion passed without opposition.

11. Approve maintenance agreement for police department intoximeter
Chief Chan stated that the State mandated that only one type of intoximeter may be used, which was purchased from a single source vendor a few years ago. This piece of equipment, which is currently in for repairs, has an extended warranty that is offered from the manufacturer at a cost of $500.00 per year. After discussion, Councilman Strickland made a motion to approve this maintenance agreement. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

12. Approve budget adjustment for water and sewer department
Councilman Jeffcoat presented a budget adjustment for the sewer department, decreasing account #8800 (sewer collection - capital outlay) by $9000.00; increasing account #9670 (sewer treatment - material & supplies) by $5500.00; increasing account #9675 (sewer treatment - chemicals) by $3500.00. He stated that this adjustment is necessary to offset overruns to these accounts. Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion, seconded by Councilman DeFilippis, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

13. Discussion concerning annexation of property along the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway
At this time, Councilman Jeffcoat and Councilman Strickland excused themselves from the meeting, due to a conflict of interest. Mr. Ellis stated that the City has been petitioned by the owners of the property along the Jimmy DeLoach Parkway (the area between the two Godley Tracts) to be annexed into the City of Pooler. He stated that this annexation application, if accepted by the Council, would be handled under the 60% method. Mr. Rick White questioned why this wasn=t being done under a dual majority referendum and he asked if the Planning & Zoning Board had discussed this. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to accept this application for annexation and to schedule a public hearing for October 6, 1997, at 5:45 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall stated that Planning & Zoning would discuss this at their next meeting.

Councilman Jeffcoat and Councilman Strickland returned to the meeting.

Ms. Anne Smith addressed the Council regarding the success of the Acoffee break@ held over the Labor Day weekend. She stated that 320 people attended.

Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:47 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

The meeting was called back to order at 8:45 p.m.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to adjourn at approximately 8:46 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing was held on September 2, 1997, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of this public hearing was to discuss:

1) A requested conditional use to build two (2) personal care homes on the
eastside of S. Rogers Street - Assisted Living Care has submitted this request to construct these homes for senior citizens to be used as an alternative to a nursing home. Mrs. Mary Mohr was present to answer any questions.


2) A requested variance at southeast corner of Benton Drive and Pooler Parkway - W.V.T. Enterprises has submitted this request for a 9.46' variance encroachment into the 60' front building setback from Benton Drive. A convenience store with fuel sales and food service is proposed for this site. Mr. Jack Brewton, resident, questioned if the canopy only would encroach the setback, not the structure. Mr. Downer Davis, of W.V.T. Enterprises, stated that only the canopy would.


There being no further business to discuss, the public hearing was adjourned at 5:53 p.m.

September 15, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
September 15, 1997


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on September 15, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis. Councilman Marvin Strickland 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 by Councilman Poteet and seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.


Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Councilman DeFilippis seconded the motion and it passed unanimously.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland was absent.

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

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

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that there are 100 girls participating in cheerleading, 80 boys participating in football and 45 participants in dance.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall had no report at this time.


Mayor Carter presented a certificate to the Honorary Councilmember for September, Sandy Roach, thanking her for her service this month. Sandy thanked the Council, stating that she has enjoyed serving in this capacity.


Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on proposed ordinance regarding backflow prevention
Mr. Baxter stated that this ordinance was approved on First Reading at the last meeting. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this ordinance regarding backflow prevention on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.


Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for variance at 124 Pine Meadow Drive
A public hearing was held prior, wherein there was discussion over the change in ownership of the property as it pertains to the access. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow the Council to further look this matter over. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

2. Approval of lease for two (2) motorcycles for police department
Chief Chan presented this lease for two (2) new motorcycles for the police department, stating that the old lease has terminated. After discussion, Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion, seconded by Councilman Wall, to approve this lease. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of proposal from H.P. Davis Co., Inc. to clean Benton Canal
Mr. Baxter presented a proposal from H.P. Davis Co., Inc. to clean the Benton Canal. He stated that several canals were left out of the bid specs for the drainage improvement project to allow the City to determine which canals they could clean; Benton Canal being one that the contractor (HP. Davis) would need to do. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the contract with H.P. Davis Co., Inc. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.


4. Discussion concerning sidewalks
Mr. Baxter presented an estimate from Hussey, Gay, Bell & DeYoung for sidewalks on S. Rogers Street from Hwy 80 to Quacco Road. This estimate showed two (2) different types of sidewalks, one with a ditch and one with pipe. He stated that the sidewalk on S. Rogers Street from Hwy 80 to the Recreation Park was to be completed within the contract the City has with Yates Paving & Grading, for an amount of $22,875. He further stated that the sidewalk would not include the header curb that was taken out with the old sidewalk. Councilman DeFilippis stated that this would cause a dangerous situation for the children. Mr. Rick White, resident, questioned if the money out of the 1% Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax that was voted on in June of this year was going to be used for the sidewalks. He then stated that the City needed to consider adopting an ordinance that would require new subdivision developments to include sidewalks on a major frontage road such as Hwy 80 or Pine Barren Road. After further discussion, it was the general consensus of the Council to wait to replace the sidewalk to the Park until after the entire project can be bid out.

5. Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. request for allocation of hotel.motel
tax to fund advertising
Mr. Terry Tuten, Lead Negotiator for the finance Committee of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc., presented Council with the 1997 Guide to Savannah. He stated that the Chamber is requesting to purchase a full page ad in this Guide, and, therefore is requesting funds that are set aside by the State for tourism. The cost of the ad is $2595.00 and the cost for the proof is $100.00. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the allocation of $2695.00 of hotel/motel tax funds to go to the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. to fund this advertising project. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition. Councilman Wall then stated that there is no current contract for the lights at I-95 and asked Mr. Tuten and the Chamber=s finance committee to attend a meeting to discuss this matter. Mr. Tuten stated that this would be done.

Mr. Leo McDonald, resident, presented the Council with pictures of Collins Street, showing how Hwy 80 drains onto the street. He then asked the Council to address this problem. Mayor Carter stated that the Council is aware of this ongoing problem, adding that Collins Street is owned by the railroad. He instructed Mr. Ellis to look into this matter. Mr. Travis Barlow, resident, stated that it is time the City took measures to get the railroad out of owning streets in Pooler.

Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 7:03 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 7:40 p.m. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve the salary adjustments for City employees for 1997 and to add a maintenance person at the recreation department. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:42 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.

Public Hearing

A public hearing was held on Monday, September 15, 1997, prior to the regular City Council Meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested 10' variance on the access easement at 124 Pine Meadow Drive. This easement would extend from Pine Meadow Drive to the location. Mr. Larry Lagasse of Palmer Wireless, addressed the Council, stating that his company has recently purchased this land and that the standard 25 foot easement would not be feasible due to the existing paved driveway, which is why the variance is being requested. Councilman Wall questioned the fact that originally Palmer Wireless was leasing the land, not buying it. He stated that granting this variance could cause problems if they ever sold the land.

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

October 20, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
October 20, 1997


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on October 20, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis. Councilman Bud Jeffcoat 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 by Councilman Strickland and seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat was absent, therefore Councilman DeFilippis presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.
Councilman Seay presented a budget adjustment for the recreation department, decreasing account #9900 (park improvements) by $4600 and increasing account
#9701 (building overhead capital outlay) by $4600 to cover the cost of renovating the restrooms in the gym. Councilman Seay made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland reported that the new fire truck was here.

STREETS/SANITATION
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street & drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Poteet reported that the water & sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that football and cheerleading is in full swing; that signups for basketball have begun; October 25th there will a Halloween Dance at the gym; and the recreation department, along with Fred Williams Homes, is sponsoring a Haunted House at the upside down house on October 30th through November 1st; Homecoming is November 6th and the Homecoming Dance is November 7th.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall reported that the PUD review board had there first meeting recently.

Mayor Carter presented a certificate to the Honorary Councilmember for October, Carol Purcell, thanking her for her service this month.,

Mayor Carter read aloud a proclamation, recognizing Mrs. Bessie Beery, who recently celebrated her 101st birthday. Mayor Carter proclaimed October 14th as ABessie Beery Day@ in Pooler, Georgia.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for variance at 124 Pine Meadow Drive
Mr. Vic Landau and Mr. Larry Lagasse of Palmer Wireless were present. Mr. Ellis stated that he has met with their attorney to determine whether a condition could be recorded on the plat that would restrict the use of the property. He stated that the city would not be able to enforce such a restriction. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to deny this variance request. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed with Councilman DeFilippis opposing.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for variances at Lots 151,152 and 140, Cross Creek Subdivision
A public hearing was held prior, wherein no opposition was present. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve these variances, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

2. Request for minor subdivision of Pinehurst Subdivision in three (3) phases and
minor subdivision of Lot 9 (Phase I)
A public hearing was held prior, wherein no opposition was present. Ms. Rebecca Benton asked that her comments, (i.e., trespassers, lack of play space for children) be made a part of the record. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve these minor subdivisions, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

3. Approve annexation and zoning of 1713.88 acre tract adjacent to Jimmy DeLoach
Parkway
A public hearing was held prior, wherein no opposition was present. This property consists of six (6) parcels and the owners have petitioned the City to be annexed. This land is currently zoned R-A (residential-agricultural and surface mining) under Chatham County=s classification and the proposed Pooler=s classification is
R-A (residential-agricultural). Marty Jones and Kelly Praino addressed Council with their concern over letting the people have more say in the decision to annex. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve this annexation and zoning. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed with Councilman Strickland abstaining due to a conflict of interest.

4. Approve site plan for W.V.T. Enterprises convenience store
Councilman Wall presented this request from W.V.T. Enterprises for their convenience store located in Mill Creek Subdivision. He stated that all requirements have been met, including the LDA approval. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this site plan based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion passed without opposition.

Mr. Jack Brewton invited everyone to the candidates forum being held on Tuesday, October 21st from 7:00 to 9:00 p.m. at Pooler School, the Neighborhood Watch meeting on October 23rd at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, and the Mayoral candidate forum on October 28th at Pooler School.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 6:51 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.



Public Hearing

Two (2) public hearings were held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, October 20, 1997. Mayor Carter called the hearings to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of the hearings were to discuss:


5:30 p.m. - 1) Requested variances at Lots 151, 152 and 140, Cross Creek Subdivision - Mr. Fred Williams, owner, presented requests for a 15' variance on each of these lots. He stated that the subdivision was designed with the County=s setbacks in mind, therefore, the houses planned for these (corner) lots will not fit under the City of Pooler=s setback requirements.

2) Requested minor subdivision of Pinehurst Subdivision - Mr. Jerry Wardlaw has requested this minor subdivision in three (3) phases and Lot 9 to be Phase I. Ms. Rebecca Benton, adjacent property owner, stated that there should be standards in place to protect the City from these small subdivisions, adding that they cause problems with noise and trespassers and that the children have no where to play. She further stated that this is an example of greed on the part of the former owner and the developer.


5:45 p.m. - proposed annexation and zoning of 1713.88 acre tract adjacent to Jimmy DeLoach Parkway - Councilman Poteet stated that 100% of the owners of this property have requested to be annexed into the City.

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

November 3, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 3, 1997


The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 3, 1997.
Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

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

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to approve these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland had no report at this time.

STREETS/SANITATION
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street & drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Poteet reported that the water & sewer department has performed routine maintenance work.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that AHomecoming@ is on Thursday and the dance is on Friday; basketball sign-ups have begun; and the recent Ahaunted house@ at the upside down house was a success, with over 900 people attending. He thanked Mr. Fred Williams and his staff for all their help.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall had no report at this time.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for November, Mr. Ron Roberts.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.


Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for zoning map amendment of Godley Station
A public hearing was held prior wherein no opposition was presented. Councilman Wall made a motion, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation, to approve the preliminary PUD zoning of this 1750 acre tract, which establishes the total allowable net density, total residential units and total acreage allowances for all proposed land use zones such as residential, commercial and industrial. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

2. Request for variance at 1239 Estates Way
A public hearing was held prior, wherein several residents expressed their concern over the condition of this property. Mr. Michael Pope has requested a 29'6" side setback variance in order to allow him to place a privacy fence where an existing cyclone fence exists. Councilman Strickland stated that this would cause a visibility problem if a 6' privacy fence was placed there. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item to allow time to check on the safety. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

3. Approve revised subdivision plat for Cross Creek Subdivision, Phase 1B
Councilman Wall presented this revised plat, and after discussion, made a motion to approve, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of site plan for Assisted Living Care
Councilman Wall presented the site plan for Assisted Living Care, stating that all requirements have been met. After discussion, he made a motion to approve this site plan, based on Planning & Zoning=s recommendation. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

5. Approve budget adjustment for water & sewer department
Councilman Jeffcoat presented a budget adjustment for the water department decreasing account #7800 (water capital outlay) by $4000 and increasing account #7650 (repairs and maintenance) by $500 and account #7670 (materials and supplies) by $3500; a budget adjustment for the sewer department, decreasing account #8800 (sewer capital outlay) by $5000 and increasing account #8650 (repairs and maintenance) by $500, account #8670 (materials and supplies) by $2000 and account #8677 (grinder pump repairs) by $2500. Councilman Jeffcoat then made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve these budget adjustments. Motion passed without opposition.


6. Approve budget adjustment for recreation department
Councilman Jeffcoat presented a budget adjustment for the recreation department, decreasing account #4901 (administration contingency) by $5900 and increasing account #9701 (building overhead capital outlay) by $5900. This adjustment will cover the balance due needed to complete the renovation of the restrooms in the gym. Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to approve this budget adjustment. Motion passed without opposition.

Councilman DeFilippis made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to add Item #7. Motion passed without opposition.

7. Mr. Ty Cobb, resident of 203 Durden Drive, regarding culvert in his driveway
Mr. Cobb addressed Council regarding the culvert pipe in his driveway being cracked. He requested that the City repair the pipe and his driveway. He stated that the area of his driveway affected is dirt, not concrete. Councilman DeFilippis stated that contractors place these culverts in the driveways at the time when houses are built, therefore, the City does not accept responsibility for the repairs. Mr. Baxter stated that the unstable soil in our area causes culverts to move and separate at times. Mr. Cobb stated that he knew of other driveways that were repaired by the City when similar circumstances occurred. Mr. Jeff Thornburg, Water & Sewer Superintendent, stated that his department repaired a driveway on Holly Avenue after it was damaged during a sewer line repair. Mr. Cobb questioned if the sewer line has caused the damages to his culvert. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Baxter to research this matter.

Councilman Wall asked Mr. Ellis to update the Council on any information he had received about Collins Street. Mr. Baxter stated that Mr. Charlie Strickland of the railroad would be getting in touch with him in the near future to set up a meeting to discuss the possibility of deeding the street to the City, in return for an opening at the end of Skinner Avenue.

Mr. John Powell, resident, addressed Council with his concern over the manner in which senior citizens file for homestead exemption. He questioned why it has to be filed every year, and not just one time, as Chatham County does theirs. Mayor Carter instructed Mr. Ellis to look into this matter.

Ms. Anne Smith addressed Council regarding the upcoming Acoffee break@ weekend to be held on Thanksgiving weekend. She stated that they would be placing a 24' Christmas tree in Joe Baker Park and would need power to it.

Mr. Ron Roberts, President of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc., and Chief Chan presented the recently arrested AFlying Pig@. Mr. Roberts asked that the APig@ be granted immunity for his charge of vagrancy, if he agreed to do community service by promoting the upcoming AFlying Pig Veteran=s Day Barbecue Festival@. Mayor Carter granted the pig immunity.

Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to add Item #8 under New Business. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

8. Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce request for additional funds for Festival
Mr. Ron Roberts presented Council with an itemized statement of additional funds needed to complete the tasks for the festival. He stated that the amount requested is $10,000, which would allow the Chamber to put some of the money back into the community, which was their intention of the festival. Councilman Wall stated that there were still some legal matters not yet resolved with the Chamber of Commerce of West Chatham County, Inc. After much discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve an amendment to the Chamber=s contract, allocating additional funds not exceeding $10,000 through the rest of 1997, to go towards this festival. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Wall made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:10 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING

Two (2) public hearings were held on Monday, November 3, 1997, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearings to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of these hearings were to discuss:

1) A requested zoning map amendment of the Godley Station - The Branigar Organization has requested preliminary rezoning of approximately 1750 acres to PUD (Planned Unit Development). Mr. Chuck Mitchell was present to answer any questions. Ms. Rebecca Benton, adjacent property owner, stated her support of this rezoning. Mr. Wayne Johnson of the Savannah Airport Commission, addressed Council with the Commission=s concern about the zoning allowing two (2) residential units per acre in the flight path where noise and safety factors must be considered.


2) A requested 29'6" side setback variance at 1239 Estates Way - Mr. Michael Pope has requested this variance to allow him to replace an existing cyclone fence with a privacy fence. Several residents were present and expressed their concern over the condition of the property.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearing was adjourned at approximately 5:59 p.m.

November 17, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
November 17, 1997

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on November 17, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

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

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.
Councilman Jeffcoat presented a budget adjustment for the recreation department, decreasing account #9902 (capital outlay park lights) by $2500; account #9701 (capital outlay gym) by $1700; and increasing account #9660 (building repairs) by $4200. This adjustment is to cover the cost of redoing the gym floor. Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion to approve this budget adjustment. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland had no report at this time.

STREETS/SANITATION
Councilman DeFilippis reported that the street & drainage department has performed routine maintenance.

WATER/SEWER
Councilman Poteet reported that the water & sewer department has performed routine maintenance.

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that the regular football season is over; the Rebel Bowl is underway this week; basketball signups are going on; and the restrooms in the gym are being redone.


BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall reported that Planning & Zoning is looking into redoing the subdivision ordinance.

Mayor Carter presented a certificate to the Honorary Councilmember for November, Ron Roberts, thanking him for his service this month.

Mayor Carter welcomed Councilmen-elect Jack Brewton, Robert Bryan and Sonny DeFilippis to the meeting.

Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approve variance at 1239 Estates Way
Mr. Michael Pope presented his request, which was tabled from the last meeting, wherein a public hearing was held. Mr. Pope stated that the Council was concerned about visibility if the privacy fence was placed where the existing chain link fence is. He showed a video of a mock fence he constructed. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this variance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed with Councilman Wall opposing.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Approval of sketch plan of proposed subdivision at northeast corner of S. Rogers
Street & Pine Barren Road
Mr. Terry Coleman, EMC Engineering, was present for the owner, J. Michael Jones. Mr. Jones has submitted a sketch plan for this proposed 99 lot subdivision. Mr. Coleman stated that Planning & Zoning had concerns regarding the drainage, the 25' buffer and Aopen space@ not being shown on the plan. He presented a revised sketch plan which provided for retention areas. Mrs. Pete Clifton addressed Council with her and her husband=s concern over the drainage, including any excessive run-off that might end up on their property, the size of the lots being too small and the 25' buffer that is shown on the plan. Mr. Coleman stated that the buffer would be given to the neighborhood association and it would be their responsibility to make sure it was not removed. Councilman Wall stated that a drainage plan would have to be submitted at a later date for approval, as well as final approval of the subdivision plans. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this sketch plan, contingent upon the 25' buffer being given to the neighborhood association. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition. Mr. Larry McKendree, resident, requested that the Council make sure that the Cliftons are in approval before approving any final plans.


2. Award bid for fences at lift stations
Mr. Baxter presented bids for the construction of privacy fences at the Brighton Woods and Joel Street lift stations. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to award the bid to Howard App Home Improvement, in the amount of $6250.00. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approve alcoholic beverage license for Walter D. Hrab
Mr. Baxter presented this request for a transfer of the alcoholic beverage license at the Savannah Airport Inn (formerly the Ramada Inn). He stated that Chief Chan has approved the application. After discussion, Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion to approve this license. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

4. First Reading on zoning text amendment
A public hearing was held prior. Mr. Baxter presented this zoning text amendment which would allow for funeral homes to be listed under Aconditional uses@ in light commercial zoning. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this zoning text amendment on First and Second Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition (pursuant to Section 2.24 (b) of the Charter of the City of Pooler).

Mr. John Powell, resident, expressed his appreciation to the City for handling a problem he experienced with the water at his house recently.

Ms. Anne Smith invited everyone to the Christmas tree lighting to be held on November 29th and the upcoming Acoffee break@ weekend.

Mrs. Kelly Praino of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. addressed the Council with regards to the food/toy drive being held.

Mr. Baxter updated the Council on a meeting he had with Mr. Strickland of the railroad regarding Collins Street. He stated that further negotiations would be ongoing.

Mr. Ron Roberts of the Chamber thanked the Council for all their help with the festival.


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 DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, November 17, 1997. Mayor Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a proposed zoning text amendment to add funeral homes under conditional uses in light commercial zoning.

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

December 1, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
December 1, 1997

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 1, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:00 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis. Councilman Bud Jeffcoat 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 by Councilman Poteet and seconded by Councilman Wall, with no opposition.

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat was absent, therefore, Councilman DeFilippis presented bills for payment and after discussion, made a motion to pay these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Councilman Strickland had no report at this time.

STREETS/SANITATION
Councilman DeFilippis had no report at this time.

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

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that football is over; basketball signups are underway, with the season beginning December 10th; and that the gym floor and restrooms are being restored.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall reported that Planning & Zoning would begin work on the revision to the subdivision ordinance.

Mayor Carter presented the Honorary Councilmember for December, Kelly Praino.

There was no OLD BUSINESS to discuss.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Request for zoning map amendment/minor subdivision at 216 E. Hwy 80
A public hearing was held prior wherein opposition was present. The owner, Ms. Carolyn Sikes has requested to subdivide this .566 acre tract into two (2) lots, with the front portion to remain C-1 (light commercial) and the back to be rezoned to R-2C to allow her to build a duplex. Councilman Wall stated that the adjacent property owners were concerned about parking and that this would be Aspot@ zoning, and after discussion, he made a motion to deny this request. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

2. Request for minor subdivision Big Bend Road
Mr. Ralph Phillips, owner, has requested a minor subdivision of his property on Big Bend Road. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this minor subdivision. Motion passed without opposition.

3. Approval of sketch plan for proposed 267 lot subdivision at southeast corner of Pine
Barren & Quacco Road
Councilman Wall presented a sketch plan for Mr. Fred Williams= proposed 267 lot subdivision on Pine Barren & Quacco Road. He stated that all requirements have been met and that Mr. Williams has agreed to abide by any changes in the subdivision ordinance. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this sketch plan, contingent upon Mr. Williams= agreement to abide by any changes in the subdivision ordinance. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without oppostion.

4. Approval of wrecker service/storage area at 1523 E. Hwy 80
Mr. Donald Lockard, owner, presented his request for approval to operate a wrecker service at his Westside Collision location. He stated that the fence had been placed in accordance with the City=s regulations. Councilman Strickland questioned Mr. Lockard about whether or not he would be storing automobiles behind the fence, thus creating a problem with a salvage yard. Mr. Lockard stated that automobiles would remain only as long as to allow the owner to claim them, and after that time had expired and the owner did not claim them, they would be publicly auctioned. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to approve the wrecker service/storage area at 1523 E. Hwy 80. Ms. Rebecca Benton stated that she agreed with Councilman Strickland=s concerns. Motion passed without opposition.

5. Request for funding for the Family Services Program (formerly Homemaker
Services)
Mr. Baxter presented this request in the amount of $511.29 for the Family Services Program. This program serves children, frail elderly and disabled adults who are in need of protection. After discussion, Councilman Strickland made a motion to approve this funding. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

6. Approval of amendment to agreement with Bloomingdale regarding sewage
collection
Mr. Baxter presented this amendment for information only to allow the Council to look it over and bring it back to Council for their approval at a later date.

7. First Reading on amendment to subdivision ordinance
Councilman Wall presented this amendment to the subdivision ordinance, requiring sidewalks on one side of all marginal access streets within subdivision and where a subdivision abuts or contains an existing or proposed arterial or collector street, the Mayor and Aldermanic Board may require sidewalks to be installed along these streets. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this amendment to the subdivision ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

8. First Reading on proposed 1998 budget
Councilman DeFilippis read the proposed 1998 budget (a copy of which is attached to and made a part of these minutes) along with an amendment to the utility rate ordinance regarding an increase to the water and sewer tap in fees and an increase to the variable rate for sewer service. Councilman DeFilippis then made a motion to approve the proposed 1998 budget on First Reading and to amend, on First Reading, Chapter 19, Article II, Section 19-21, Subsection (e) and Chapter 19, Article III, Section 19-61 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pooler, by increasing the amount of tap in fees for water and sewer from $300 to $500; to amend Chapter 19, Article III, Section 19-46, Subsections (a), (b) and (c), by increasing the variable rate for sewer service $.40 per thousand gallons. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

At this time, Mayor Carter complimented Ms. Anne Smith and Mr. Ron Roberts on the fine job they did on the recent Acoffee break@ weekend. He also complimented Dewey & Peggy Whitaker and Inez Nowell on the Christmas decorations, stating that they are more beautiful than ever.

Mr. Ron Roberts, President of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc. presented Council with a preliminary financial report on the festival. He stated that a final report would be presented before the end of the year.


Ms. Anne Smith thanked everyone for their help during the Acoffee break@ weekend.

Councilman Poteet made a motion to adjourn to Executive Session at approximately 6:54 p.m. to discuss personnel matters. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

Mayor Carter called the meeting back to order at 7:30 p.m. Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve Christmas bonuses for all City Employees. Motion was seconded by Councilman Wall and passed without opposition.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:32 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC HEARING

A public hearing was held prior to the regular City Council meeting on Monday, December 1, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the hearing to order at 5:45 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; and City Manager, Dennis Baxter.

The purpose of this hearing was to discuss a requested zoning map amendment and minor subdivision at 216 E. Hwy 80. The owner, Ms. Carolyn Sikes, is requesting to subdivide a .566 acre parcel of land into two (2) lots. The lot is presently zoned C-1 (light commercial). Ms. Sikes would like to leave the lot fronting on Hwy 80 as commercial and requests the rear lot to be rezoned to an R-2C Zoning to allow her to construct a duplex there.

Mr. Randy Morgan and Mr. Emerson Holland, adjacent property owners, addressed the Council with their concerns over the driveway being on a 90 degree curve, thus creating a problem with parking and safety for the children playing in the area, and also that they felt like this would be Aspot@ zoning and that they were opposed to the rezoning of this property.

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

December 15, 1997

CITY OF POOLER
PLANNING AND ZONING MINUTES
December 15, 1997

The regular meeting of the Pooler City Council was held on December 15, 1997. Mayor Buddy Carter called the meeting to order at 6:24 p.m. (delayed due to the public hearings held prior). Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

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

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

Report from the Standing Committees:

FINANCE
Councilman Jeffcoat presented bills for payment, and after discussion, made a motion to approve these bills subject to funds. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

PUBLIC SAFETY
Chief Chan stated that Corporal Neal Owens is being recognized as Pooler=s police officer of the year by the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce at their meeting on Tuesday, December 16th.

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

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

RECREATION
Councilman Seay reported that basketball signups have ended, with participation up 50 children from last year.

BUILDING/ZONING
Councilman Wall had no report at this time.

Mayor Carter presented a certificate to the Honorary Councilmember for December, Kelly Praino, thanking her for her service this month.

Mayor Carter presented each of the three (3) wives of the outgoing Councilmen, Mrs. Betsy DeFilippis, Mrs. Debbie Jeffcoat and Mrs. Gail Strickland with a silk flower arrangement, thanking them for supporting their husbands during their terms of office. Mayor Carter then presented a plaque to Councilman DeFilippis in appreciation of his 12 years of service as Alderman. He presented a plaque to Councilman Jeffcoat in appreciation of his 8 years of service as Alderman and Councilman Strickland a plaque in appreciation of his 10 years of service as Alderman. Mayor Carter thanked each of them for all they have done.


Under OLD BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Second Reading on amendment to subdivision ordinance
Councilman Wall presented this amendment to the subdivision ordinance, requiring sidewalks on one side of all marginal access streets within subdivisions and where a subdivision abuts or contains an existing or proposed arterial or collector street, the Mayor and Aldermanic Board may require sidewalks to be installed along these streets. Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this amendment on Second Reading. Motion passed without opposition.

2. Second Reading on proposed 1998 budget
Councilman Jeffcoat presented the 1998 budget, stating that a public hearing was held prior. He then made a motion to approve the 1998 budget on Second Reading and to amend on Second Reading, Chapter 19, Article II, Section 19-21, Subsection (e) and Chapter 19, Article III, Section 19-61 of the Code of Ordinances of the City of Pooler, by increasing the amount of tap in fees for water and sewer from $300 to $500; to amend Chapter 19, Article III, Section 19-46, Subsections (a), (b) and (c), by increasing the variable rate for sewer service by $.40 per thousand gallons. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Under NEW BUSINESS, the following was discussed:

1. Mr. Jodi Hawks regarding Mulberry Grove Foundation
Mayor Carter stated that Mr. Hawks was unable to attend the meeting.

2. Request for final PUD zoning on approximately 103 acres of the Godley Tract
A public hearing was held prior to this meeting. Councilman Strickland made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve the final PUD zoning of Towne Lake Village, a 103 acre tract of the Godley Tract. Motion passed without opposition.


3. Approval of sketch plan for proposed 160 lot subdivision south of Pine Barren Road
and west of Hunter=s Ridge
A public hearing was held prior to this meeting. Councilman Wall made a motion to approve the sketch plan for Mr. Fred Williams= proposed 160 lot subdivision, south of Pine Barren Road and west of Hunter=s Ridge, contingent upon Mr. Williams= agreeing to abide by any changes that are made to the subdivision ordinance. Motion was seconded by Councilman DeFilippis and passed without opposition.

4. Approval of final plat of Pinehurst Subdivision
Councilman Wall presented this request from Mr. Jerry Wardlaw for final plat approval of Pinehurst Subdivision, noting that one of the corrections had not been made yet due to the rain. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this final plat, contingent upon the correction on Pinehurst Lane being complete. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition. Ms. Rebecca Benton stated that she objects to this subdivision, adding that she blames the City for not having higher subdivision standards, that this subdivision is too close to I-95 and that it will turn into a slum.

5. Approval of Right of Way Agreement with the DOT regarding construction of
sidewalks
Mr. Baxter presented an agreement with the Department of Transportation, for the City to furnish sufficient title to provide 50' - 100' right of way for the construction of sidewalks on S. Rogers Street at Hwy 80, ending at Pine Barren Road; beginning at Rogers Street and ending at Hunter=s Ridge; and beginning N. Newton Avenue and ending at Pooler Elementary School. After discussion, Councilman DeFilippis made a motion, seconded by Councilman Poteet, to approve this Agreement. Motion passed without opposition.

6. Approval of resolution regarding Emergency Management Ordinance
Mr. Baxter presented a resolution authorizing the application of the Emergency Management Ordinance of Chatham County to the areas within the City of Pooler. After discussion, Councilman Poteet made a motion to approve this resolution. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

7. Approve request for funding from the Rape Crisis Center
Mr. Baxter presented this request from the Rape Crisis Center for funding in the amount of $1200. He stated that the City has allocated this in the past. Councilman DeFilippis made a motion, seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat, to approve this funding. Discussion followed, wherein Chief Chan stated that the State mandated a victim witness fund to be collected on certain fines, which he believed was going to the Rape Crisis Center. He then asked the Council to consider tabling this matter to further investigate this matter. Councilman DeFilippis withdrew his motion; Councilman Jeffcoat withdrew his second. Councilman Wall made a motion to table this item. Motion was seconded by Councilman Strickland and passed without opposition.

8. Adopt 1998 millage rate
Mr. Baxter stated that the proposed 1998 millage rate is the same as the last several years, 4.5 mills. Councilman Wall made a motion to adopt the 1998 millage rate at 4.5 mills. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

9. Approval of Tindol & Company, CPAs, to perform 1997 audit
Mr. Baxter presented a letter from Tindol & Company, CPAs, offering to perform the City=s 1997 audit with an increase of 3% from last year. After discussion, Councilman Jeffcoat made a motion to approve Tindol & Company to perform the 1997 audit. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

10. Request for legislation to approve a convention & visitors bureau authority
Mr. Baxter stated that after researching the records, the Council had not yet approved to have a bill drawn up to allow for a convention & visitors bureau authority. This bill would then be given to the State Representative to be introduced to the Legislature. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion, seconded by Councilman Strickland, to approve the City to draw up this document. Motion passed with Councilman DeFilippis opposing.

11. Request to change date, time and place of first organizational meeting in
January 1998
Councilman Wall stated that the first organization meeting (at which time the 1998 Inauguration ceremony would take place) needed to be changed in order to not conflict with other municipalities= inaugurations. He made a motion to change the date to Tuesday, January 6, 1998, at 7:00 p.m. at the Mighty Eighth Air Force Heritage Museum. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

12. First Reading on proposed ordinance regarding aid-to-construction fees for
water and wastewater systems improvements
Mr. Baxter presented an ordinance allowing for the City to charge aid-to-construction fees for the areas in the Godley Tract, Pine Barren Road and S. Rogers Street. These fees will be used to recoup the cost of extending water and sewer lines to these areas. After discussion, Councilman Wall made a motion to approve this ordinance on First Reading. Motion was seconded by Councilman Poteet and passed without opposition.

Mr. Robert Drewry, Chairman of the Planning & Zoning Board, addressed Council in regards to the subdivision ordinance changes the Board has been working on. He asked for the Council=s consideration in hiring a professional to help with this project. Councilman Wall stated that Mr. Howard Bellinger, who is retired from the Metropolitan Planning Commission, will be contacted.


Mr. Ron Roberts, President of the Pooler Crossroads Chamber of Commerce, Inc., presented the Council with a financial statement of the festival held in November. He stated that there were a few bills that he was still waiting on.

There being no further business to discuss, Councilman Strickland made a motion to adjourn at approximately 7:30 p.m. Motion was seconded by Councilman Jeffcoat and passed without opposition.
Public Hearing

Three (3) public hearings were held on Monday, December 15, 1997, prior to the regular City Council meeting. Mayor Carter the first hearing to order at 5:30 p.m. Present were Councilman Al DeFilippis, Bud Jeffcoat, Jim Poteet, Wayne Seay, Marvin Strickland and Stevie Wall; City Manager, Dennis Baxter and City Attorney, Wiley Ellis.

The purpose of these hearings were:

5:30 p.m. - to discuss 1) the Branigar Organization=s request for final PUD zoning on approximately 103 acres of the Godley Tract, known as Towne Lake Village. Mr. Chuck Mitchell, Senior Vice President of Branigar, gave a short presentation of the Planned Unit Development (PUD) that is planned for the area. Mr. Rick White, resident, addressed the Council with his concern over the fact that the City=s minimum lot sizes (10,500 sq. ft.) were not being met under the PUD zoning. He asked the Council to consider the fact that the Planning & Zoning Board has not signed off on this request. He then stated that these new minimum lot sizes will have to be permitted for other developers also. Ms. Holly Young questioned whether protective covenants would be required for this development and whether or not an ambulance could get through to any of the lakes if need be. Mr. Mitchell stated that each developer would provide covenants for their subdivisions and that there was a 15' access to the lakes.

2) Mr. Fred Williams= request for approval of a sketch plan for a proposed 160 lot subdivision, south of Pine Barren Road and west of Hunter=s Ridge Subdivision - Mr. Williams presented the Council with a sketch plan of this proposed subdivision, stating that he has agreed to abide by any changes being made to the City=s subdivision ordinance.

5:45 p.m. - to discuss the proposed 1998 budget - Mayor Carter stated that this hearing was being held to discuss the proposed 1998 budget.

There being no further business to discuss, the hearings were adjourned at approximately 6:16 p.m.