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19811014CCMeeting1 1 56 Tybee Island, Georgia October 14, 1981 The Tybee Island City Council held its regular meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 14, 1981 at City Hall. Mayor - pro -tem William C. Fleetwood presided in the absence of Mayor Michael J. Counihan. The following members of Council were present: Nick Alexander, Jerome Bettencourt, Jim Fabrikant, Jr., Julianne J. Meyers and John J. Owen. City Attorney James E. McAleer was also present. The meeting was opened for a public hearing on Revenue Sharing Uses for Entitlement Period XIII (October 1, 1981 through September 30, 1982). Mr. Fleetwood explained to the audience that the City of Tybee Island has always used its revenue sharing monies for capital improvements, thus eliminating the danger of budgeting these monies for on -going expenses which will continue whether or not Revenue Sharing is re- enacted. He then asked for participation from the audience, requesting that the citizens present name their priorities for consideration. Mrs. Marion Dean requested that consideration be given to the recently opened Tybee Island Welcome Center which needs funding for operation at least until it qualifies for state aid, and even then will need funding for fifty percent of its total operating budget. She also suggested that streets in the Fort Screven area need improving and that paving might be another good use of the funds. No other suggestions were forthcoming; Mr. Fleetwood then stated that the City Council will consider these suggestions, and others and will prepare a budget which will be publicly adopted at a later meeting, probably the regular November meeting. The first visitor to appear before Council was Mr. Earl Anderson, who displayed a set of rattles taken from a snake killed in his front yard. He stated 1 57 that he believed the snake came from an open drainage ditch adjacent to his pro- perty and asked that this ditch be culverted and covered. Councilman Owen noted that everyone should be cautioned about snakes due to the unusually high tides of this week. There was a lengthy discussion of costs and methods, with the result that this work will be done immediately if a reasonable price estimate makes it possible to do so. Mrs. Karen Losey was the next person to speak; she called Council's attention to damages caused by an automobile accident on Sixteenth Street, stating that a dangerous hazard had been left unrepaired. Councilman Fabrikant promised to correct the hazardous condition immediately. Mrs. Marion Dean then spoke to the Council concerning the Welcome Center. She read a statement giving Council an update on the activities of the Chamber of Commerce, and advocating support of the Welcome Center. Councilman Fleetwood replied with encouraging remarks concerning the Welcome Center, and explaining that many civic and fraternal organizations appeal to the City Council for aid. He stated that he believes that reasonable requests made to the City Council will be approved. Mr. Fleetwood then announced that State Representative Bobby Phillips had been expected to attend this meeting, but was unable to come. The meeting was then opened for business legally presented. Minutes for the meeting of September 9th were approved as written. Bills for the month of September, 1981 were approved as follows: Capital Outlay - $1,244.91, Other expenses - $24.00, Police Department - $4,176.95, Parking Meter Department - $5.00, Sanitation = $4,113.50, Public Works - $1,565.11, Fire Department - $323.13, Sewer Department - $2,949.25, Water Department - $297.69, Recreation - $83.90, Ceramics - $698.37 and General Government - $1,420.81. Under Committee Reports, Councilwoman Meyers reported that a bid is in for a 1966 American LaFrance pumper which City of Savannah is offering for sale to the highest bidder. She also announced that the consultant's report on the Fire Department should be completed very soon. Under Communications two letters from Ms. Irma Harlan, Director of the CEL Library were read, both dated October 12, 1981. The letters were (1) to thank the City for the recent remodeling of the Tybee Island Branch Library and (2) an invitation to an open house to be held on Sunday, October 18th. Councilman Betten- court invited those citizens present to stop by the library after the meeting to view the improvements. Councilman Fleetwood explained the Mayor's absence, stating that he was meeting with the Chatham County Tax Assessors. He expressed his personal con- cern with the recent reassessments of property by Chatham County, stating that he fears many people will be forced to sell their homes if taxes continue to go up. He also stated that this was a matter of discussion at a recent GMA District meeting and that he intends to bring his concern before the GMA leaders in Atlanta. Councilwoman Meyers then reported that the 911 number for emergency is use will be ready to go into effect soon, probably by the first of the month. She reminded everyone that Tybee Island will be the first municipality in Chatham County with this service which is something of which we should be proud. Councilman Fleetwood reported to the public that the certifications of elevation of structures requested by FEMA were mailed to them this week. He noted that providing this information cost the city approximately $2400.00. Councilman Fleetwood further informed everyone that plans for opening Rosewood Avenue (beach access road adjacent to Oceanside Nursing Home) are pro- gressing, with a permit application planned to be heard by the Coastal Committee at their November meeting. The agreement for sanitary waste hauling, prepared by City Attorney McAleer for consideration by the city and by Thompson Sanitation Company, was discussed at length. Mr. Thompson was present, and was called before Council to participate in this discussion. Councilman Alexander asked about times of pickup as specified in the agreement; Mr. Thompson replied that the times must correspond with the hours of the City of Savannah landfill which closes at 3:30 p.m. each afternoon. Mr. McAleer stated that the 24 -hour notification period was much longer that that verbally agreed upon, and can be shortened. After further discussion it was agreed that the notification period should be shortened to four hours with the understanding that notification cannot be made late in the day when it would be impossible to coordinate a haul with the hours of the City of Savannah landfill. Mr. Alexander then questioned clean -up around the facility and it was agreed that Mr. Thompson's company is responsible for any spillage of their own making; the City is responsible for other clean -up. After some further discussion Councilman Fabrikant moved that the agreement be accepted, with changes as noted. Councilman Owen seconded the motion which carried unanimously. Councilman Fleetwood reported that the GMA District meeting centered around the issues of revenues and taxes, and that he is serving again this year on the state GMA Committee to form policy concerning these issues. He then called on Mr. Bettencourt for comments and Mr. Bettencourt stated that he found the meeting very interesting and received a lot of good information from it. Councilman Bettencourt then reported on a recent meeting with Colonel Dominy of the Corps of Engineers. Colonel Dominy is the newly assigned District Engineer and the meeting included a tour of the beach, especially those areas with severe erosion problems, and was followed by a luncheon hosted by the Mayor. He and Mr. Fleetwood both agreed that Colonel Dominy seemed impressed with what he saw and heard, and is inclined to help Tybee Island. Mr. Fleetwood further reported that he believes we will have to work hard toward helping ourselves, but that he believes the Colonel will be very cooperative. Councilman Fleetwood then announced that the November meeting will be held at the regular time and date even though it will be Veterans Day. He also announced that the Optimist Youth Council will be held at that time, and invited everyone to come support the Optimists in their youth recognition program. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. 1