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19800924SCMeeting1 74 Tybee Island, Georgia September 24, 1980 A special meeting of the Tybee Island City Council was held on Wednesday, September 24, 1980 at Tybee Island City Hall especially for the consideration of a solid waste management program. Mayor M.J. Counihan pre- sided and the following members of Council were present: William C. Fleetwood, Jack Owen, Jim Fabrikant, Jr., Julianne Meyers, Jerome W. Bettencourt and Nick C. Alexander. City Attorney Lance Smith was absent due to a business trip which took him out of the city. The old sewer plant property has been discussed as a possible site for the construction of a transfer station for solid waste. Mayor Counihan informed Council that the present tenant on the property, Dick Meyer, has been reluctant to move, and that a letter requesting he do so had been sent to him with no result. After discussion Councilman Fleetwood moved that the City Attorney be instructed to proceed with whatever legal action is necessary to clear the pre- mises and so facilitate construction of the facility. Councilman Owen seconded and after further discussion the motion passed unanimously. Councilman Fleetwood then explained to the Council the problems that our city, and other areas in the county, have had with sanitary landfills. He stated that only one EPD approved site is located within the county due to the low ele- vation of the majority of the land along the coast. He supported the construction of a transfer station and quoted the following estimates of cost: site preparation - $33,000., Compactor - $30,000. and engineering and contingencies - $12,000. Councilman Fabrikant stated that he believes the condition of the sanitation equipment should also be considered because one truck is currently out of order and the other two trucks are old. Maintenance on all this equipment is high, and the labor for this department all comes from off the island. He stated that the 1 1 1 75 construction of a transfer station will probably create an odor problem, and that some re- surfacing of streets leading to the site will probably be necessary. Councilwoman Meyers questioned whether equipment to be used at the transfer station will be bought or leased. Councilman Fleetwood answered that leasing would release the city from maintenance worries, and might be advantageous. Councilman Alexander noted that the price per ton for use of Savannah's landfill could increase. Councilman Fleetwood stated that a county -wide study is being made and that the decision the City makes now will probably take us to the point where county -wide facilities for resource recovery wil 1 become operative. He presented a copy of a summary of information from the Resource Recovery Committee, of which he is a member, and asked that Council become familiar with it. Council- man Fleetwood then estimated that preparation of the site for the transfer station will take six to eight weeks and that delivery of a compactor could be made within that time. Councilman Alexander asked if private collection services can be in- vestigated as well. Councilman Fleetwood replied in the affirmative, reminding Council that private contractors must show a profit. After further discussion Mayor Counihan directed the Council to study the information carefully, and be prepared to make a decision very shortly. He further directed the Clerk to invite Mr. Tom Pate of Metro Waste to be present at the next meeting to answer questions from the Council. Councilman Fabrikant directed the Council's attention to a drainage problem caused by the increasing height of the landfill area. The adjacent property owner, Mrs. Barbara Pelli, is experiencing more and more flooding of her land due to the fill placed adjacent to it. Councilman Fabrikant stated that he feels the city has a responsibility to this property owner. After some discussion, Mayor Counihan directed Mr. Fabrikant to study this problem and bring a recommendation to the Council. This concluded the agenda for the special meeting; it was adjourned so that Council could discuss informally other issues that are of importance, but that were not a part of the agenda for the special called meeting. CLERK OF LAtIlf 1 1 76