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19800611CCMeeting1 50 Tybee Island, Georgia June 11, 1980 The regular monthly meeting of the Tybee Island City Council was held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, June 11, 1980 at the Tybee Island City Hall. Mayor Michael J. Counihan presided and the following members of Council were present: William C. Fleetwood, Jack Owen, Edward Jung, Jerome Bettencourt and Nick Alexander. W. Lance Smith, City Attorney, was also present. Mayor Counihan asked if there were any visitors present who would like to speak. The first person to speak was Mr. Chester Penny, owner of the Seaweed Sno -cone stand who complained about a parking meter that had been placed in front of his business. After some discussion it was decided that the meter would be removed. Mr. Moye of Tybee Tavern next appeared; he wished to protest the handling of a court case - defendant Russell Pye. Mayor Counihan stated that he was familiar with the action of the court, which was a 60 -day postponement and called on Reverend Byron Twigg who spoke about the counseling effort he is undertaking and about his concern for all of the young people on Tybee Island. Lance Smith then explained that no determination in the above case has yet been made; the case was postponed for sixty days which was his decision as the Recorder so that a period of counseling could be undertaken. Mr. Joseph Agnew was the next petitioner; he presented a petition signed by more than 100 residents of Tybee who are concerned about certain conditions presently existing on the island. He stated 51 that no personal animosity should be involved, that the citizens who signed the petitions are concerned about such matters as minors drinking and upholding local ordinances and want to help the Mayor and Council by showing their support for proper law enforcement. Mayor Counihan responded by stating that he is personally committed to upholding the law and intends to see that all bars comply with both city and state ordinances. He asked the City Attorney, Lance Smith, to speak to the audience concerning the City's Recorder Court. Mr. Smith stated that he has been in contact with state law enforcement agency who recommended that the city adopt an ordinance requiring bar licensees to sign an affadavit stating that 50% of their income is derived from food if they are open on Sundays. The first reading of this ordinance is scheduled for today's meeting. He stated that he personally feels that 16th Street needs to be cleaned up; that he has requested this be done to prevent further cases of potential violence. He said that he has recently had two cases in Recorder's Court that involved knives and guns. He further stated that after discussing this situation with the Mayor he did personally call state law enforcement officials who prefer that this clean -up of 16th Street be handled by local action. Mayor Counihan then requested the Police Commissioner, Mr. Edward Jung, to speak to the audience. Mr. Jung stated that our police force is small, but is composed of efficient, dedicated officers who are doing the best they can. He says that he is asking them to strictly enforce all laws concerning alcoholic beverage sales, closing hours, underage drinking and bar cards. He asked Chief John Price to provide some statistics and Chief Price stated that the bars are being closed on time, and that 71 cases of public 52 drinking have been made in the past four weeks, as well as 67 cases of traffic violations in which drinking was cited. He says that the police log shows that his department answered 2,512 calls from May 5, 1980 through June 10, 1980. He stated that he personally feels the department is short - handed with eight full -time officers and three extra part -time officers on weekends. Mayor Counihan asked if the police are being hindered from doing their duty and the Chief stated that he gets good cooperation from everyone, and that no one has attempted to interfere with his department's duties. Chief Price then asked David McCutchen, police officer, to speak. Lieutenant McCutchen stated that it is always difficult to please everyone, especially in police work, but that he sincerely believes the department is trying to help people, especially young people. He stated that vandalism has been a major problem, and that some people blame this on the city government or on the local police, but he does not agree. He says that the department is doing a good job, but also recommends that more personnel and equipment would increase the efficiency of the department. Mrs. Carolyn Golden then asked if any progress is being made in the control of litter. She wondered whether people could be deputised to issue citations for littering. Mayor Counihan stated that the police department is making some cases, and that the summer youth program is helping with beach clean -up. He personally feels that the problem can soon be brought under control. Mayor Counihan then announced that Senator Talmadge will be speaking at City Hall at 8:30 a.m. on Friday, June 13th, and that the-public is invited to attend, and to enjoy a breakfast at that time. 1 1 1 53 Mayor Counihan also announced that the Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a beauty contest on Saturday, June 14th and urged all citizens to support the chamber in the accompanying festivities. The meeting was then opened for business legally presented. Mr. Fleetwood moved that the minutes of the meeting of May 5, 1980 be approved with one correction: he did not abstain from voting on one motion voluntarily, but was asked to abstain. This correction was noted, and the minutes were approved. Bills for the month of June, 1980 were approved as follows: General Government - $1,013.46, Recreation - $263.13, Ceramics - $47.47, Sewer Department - $4,971.26, Water Department - $1,223.04, Police Department - $3,184.29, Parking Meter Department - $332.55, Fire Department - $206.87, Public Works - $3,868.72, Sanitation - $3,211.15, Capital Outlay - $2,624.96 and Other expenses of $854.03. A resolution honoring Councilwoman Karen Young Losey was read. Councilman Fleetwood moved its adoption and Councilman Owen seconded. The resolution was unanimously adopted and Mr. Bobby Losey accepted it and expressed Mrs. Losey's thanks in her absence. A resolution honoring Councilman Edward Jung was read and Councilman Fleetwood moved its adoption, with Councilman Bettencourt seconding. The resolution was unanimously adopted and was presented to Councilman Jung by Mayor Counihan. Copies of both resolutions accompany these minutes. An amendment to the ordinance on Sunday beverage sales was read and Councilman Fleetwood moved its adoption on First Reading. Councilman Bettencourt seconded and the vote was unanimously in favor. Second Reading is sheduled for the regular meeting in July. 1 1 54 Bids for the parking lot in front of Tybee Museum were read and discussed. Councilman Fleetwood stated that bids were accepted for paving and for crusher run. As finance chairman he recommended that crusher run be used because he did not feel we can afford paving at this time. Af the time of the meeting one more bid that had been solicited had not been received, but the low bid presently is $33,366.00 from Porter Contracting Company. Councilman Owen moved that the low bid be accepted, Councilman Jung seconded and the vote was unanimously in favor. The amendment to the ordinance on density was read for the second time and Councilman Jung moved its adoption. Councilman Fleetwood seconded and the vote was unanimously in favor. The ordinance is enacted and a copy is attached to, and a part of, these minutes. Mayor Counihan invited the audience to attend the Inaugural Ceremonies scheduled for 7:30 p.m. on Monday, July 7, 1980. He informed the public that Mrs. George McDonald is in charge of the program and that the public will be invited to a reception at the Ladha Beach Hotel immediately following the ceremonies. Mayor Counihan then appointed a committee to investigate annexation. The committee is composed of the following Councilmen: William C. Fleetwood and Jerome W. Bettencourt. They are to be assisted by the City Attorney. There was a short discussion by Council as to what the committee should investigate and what areas should be considered for annexation. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. r /v e4- 1Q� �I.ERK OF COUNCIL VI 1 1 54A R E S O L U T I O N WHEREAS, the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources is authorized by the Solid Waste Management Act of 1972 to make grants to municipalities, counties and public agencies to assist them in the construction of solid waste handling systems where the need is shown; and WHEREAS, the City of Tybee Island is eligible under this law to receive a grant for the purpose of establishing a trans- fer station for solid waste management improvement; and WHEREAS, the City of Tybee Island has demonstrated the necessity of financial assistance in order to comply with the laws governing solid waste management; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council of the City of Tybee Island, in Council assembled, that the City of Tybee Island contract with the Environmental Protection Division of the Georgia Department of Natural Resources \ for a 50/50 matching funds grant not to exceed $50,000.00; AND BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Mayor be authorized to execute such a contract agreement on behalf of the City of Tybee Island. This Eleventh Day of June, 1980. CLERK OF COU