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19801210CCMeeting1 1 90 Tybee Island, Georgia December 10, 1980 The regular monthly meeting of the City Council was held at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 10, 1980 at the City Hall with Mayor M.J. Counihan presiding. The following members of Council were present: Nick C. Alexander, Jerome W. Bettencourt, Julianne J. Meyers, Jim Fabrikant, Jr., Jack Owen and W. C. Fleetwood. Mr. James Edward McAleer was also present. Mayor Counihan first asked if any member of the audience wished to speak before the Council. There was no response; the meeting was then opened for business legally presented. Minutes for the meetings of November 5th, 12th and 26th were approved as written. Bills for the month of November were approved as follows: Police Department - $4,428.53, Parking Meter Department - $254.49, Sanitation - $905.84, Public Works - $3,147.37, Fire Department - $427.88, Ceramics - $537.91, Recreation - $193.30, Sewer Department - $782.90, Water Department - $1,187.45, General Government - $6,254.01. In addition, other expenses of $2,275.08 were approved. Capital outlay expenses of $99.95 and Revenue Sharing expenses totalling $454.31 were also approved for payment. During committee reports Mrs. Meyers, Fire Commissioner, commented on the recent Fireman's Dinner, saying that the food was delicious and that a good time was enjoyed by those in attendance. She expressed her regret that more members of Council were not present. Under communications, Councilman Fleetwood noted that he had received a letter from a resident of South Campbell Avenue complaining of the lack of water pressure. Councilman Owen commented that he had investigated this when he was chairman of the water /sewer committee last year and that he had been told 1 1 1 91 that the line from the house to the city lines was too small. A six -inch main is now available in that location and it may be that connection to the larger main line may relieve this problem. Mr. Alexander was asked to bring this to the attention of the water department personnel. Mayor Counihan announced that W. Lance Smith, III, City Attorney, has resigned due to pressure of other business. He recommended that Mr. James Edward McAleer be appointed as City Attorney and that Judge Robert Cook be named Recorder. Councilman Fleetwood moved that the recommendations of the Mayor be accepted, Councilman Owen seconded and the motion carried unanimously. Mayor Counihan then informed Council that Judge Cook was unable to attend the meeting ,abut that Mr. McAleer might like to address a few words to the Council. Mr. McAleer responded with appreciation for the confidence shown by the Council in confirming his appointment. He further promised to be available as needed and expressed his hopes for a very pleasant relationship with all city officials. Mayor Counihan then recommended the following appointments to the Board of Housing Adjustments and Appeals: Edward Jung (reappointment), W. L. Zipperer, and W. C. Fleetwood. Councilman Bettencourt moved that the recommendations be approved by acclamation; there being no objection, it was so ordered. Councilman Fleetwood then presented the First Reading of Ordinance #13 -1980, an ordinance intended to make a $2,000. bond mandatory for construction licensees. In answer to Councilman Alexander's questions, Councilman Fleetwood informed everyone that a bond for $2,000. would actually cost the con- tractor approximately $30.00 per year, and would provide substantial protection from dishonest fly -by- nighters. He stated that it would also guarantee that the City would receive all fees, etc. due from each source. Mayor Counihan supported Councilman Fleetwood by stating that the ordinance is intended to protect Tybee 1 1 92 citizens. Councilman Fabrikant questioned whether contractors making minor re- pairs should be included, stating that some small businessmen can't afford bonds. Councilman Alexander remarked that the city should not get involved in matters between contractors and citizens. During the discussion the matter of inspection fees was raised, and Mayor Counihan requested that this be discussed at a later time. After some further discussion the ordinance was accepted on First Reading and scheduled for Second Reading at the January meeting. Councilman Alexander stated that he would like to recommend some changes in the water /sewer rate schedule. After a short discussion it was decided to refer the matter to the City Attorney who will consult with the water/ sewer committee concerning the possibility of recommending certain changes. Councilman Fleetwood brought before the Council a request by the Shriners Club for alease on city property. He also showed to Council a sketch of the proposed building atop Brumby Battery. He introduced Frank Nelson who gave a brief talk on the purpose and organization of the Tybee Lite Shriners. Councilman Bettencourt wanted to know if the property is presently being taxed; Councilman Fleetwood answered that it is city property and tax exempt. Councilman Alexander wondered if it would be more appropriate to make the lease for $1.00 a year, rather than the proposed $100. per year. After further discussion, Mayor Counihan announced that he would call a special meeting on December 24th, at approx- imately 12:30 p.m. and that the Council would vote on the lease at that time. He instructed the Shriners to present their proposed lease to the City Attorney before that time, so that he might study the lease and advise the Council. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. CLERK OF COUNC L