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19820210CCMeetingTybee Island, Georgia February 10, 1982 The Tybee Island City Council held its regular monthly meeting at 3:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 10, 1982 at the Tybee Island City Hall. Mayor Michael J. Counihan presided and the following were present: Councilmen Jerome W. Bettencourt, James L. Fabrikant, Jr., John J Owen, Jr., and William C. Fleetwood; City Attorney James E. McAleer also attended. Council members Nick C. Alexander and Julianne J. Meyers were absent. The first visitor to appear before Council was Mr. Reginald Haupt, attorney for Bay View Villas development. Mr. Haupt requested that the city consider rescinding a quit claim deed granted to Mr. Paul Hernandez and granting instead a fee simple deed for a portion of the original land. He stated that he feels a more effective deed can be drawn up, one which will meet the lender's requirements and that will reserve the street (Estill Avenue) for the public's use. He further explained that this small section of right -of -way is needed by the developer for parking. Councilman Fleetwood asked whether it would not be more appropriate to seek a variance for parking. Mayor Counihan asked City Attorney McAleer to study the proposal and advise Council; he further stated his interest in protecting the public's right to use Estill Avenue as an open street. The next visitor was Mrs. Janis Nichols who requested a progress report concerning the Eighteenth Street drainage project. Councilman Fabrikant replied that Thomas & Hutton Engineering is presently surveying elevations in the area from Eighteenth to Inlet Avenue, down to the beach on the river side. He stated that it is hoped that the drainage improvements can start almost immediately, but that the elevations must be adequate. Mr. Chris Solomon spoke for the Jaycees, requesting that the city allow a circus to be held in one of the city parks on April 11, 1982. He stated that the circus is a 1930 model European type circus, accustomed to playing very small towns and that 200 -300 feet area is needed for the one tent they plan to use. Two ninety- minute shows are planned, and the Jaycees, after discussing this with members of the Recreation Board, are requesting that they be allowed to hold it in Memorial Park because the Board expressed concern about harming the playing field and track in Jaycee Park. Mayor Counihan reminded everyone that Memorial Park is partially 1 1 owned by the Department of Education and the Jaycees will need their permission if they plan to use any land area south of the sidewalk. Councilman Fleetwood stated that he has some property north of the North Beach Parking lot which can be used if necessary. After some more discussion Councilman Bettencourt stated that he is always in favor of groups who try to make money on their own, rather than asking the city for funding, and he expressed his willingness to cooperate with the Jaycees in providing a location for the circus. Council- man Fleetwood then moved that authority be given to Councilman Bettencourt to act in behalf of the City Council in this matter; there were no objections to this motion and Mayor Counihan instructed Councilman Bettencourt to act on behalf of the city, both in location to be used, and in assuring that enough insurance is provided to protect the city from any damages that might occur. The meeting was opened for business legally presented. It was announced' that the public hearing on the petition for a flood ordinance variance from BEVA Construction Company has been cancelled because the petitioner has withdrawn the request. Minutes of the meeting of January 13, 1982 were approved as written. Bills for the month of January, 1982 were approved as follows: for General Government - $2,946.71; Ceramics - $600.19, Recreation - $311.67; Sanitation Department - $1,715.79; Public Works - $3,512.98; Fire - $873.34; Parking Meters - $18.79; Police - $3,676.75; Sewer - $6,301.27 and Water Department - $1,277.27. Under Communications letters to Senator Mattingly dated January 29, 1982 (from Mayor Counihan) and a February 8, 1982 letter from City Attorney McAleer to Tybee Villa Development, Inc. were read. Both letters were endorsed by City Council and made a part of these minutes. Additionally, a letter from the Department of Natural Resources dated January 22, 1982 and announcing that the city's public water system is in compliance with state law was read. This letter also was accepted as a part of these official minutes. Councilman Fleetwood then read a letter from Mr. Caldwell of Public Works in which he quoted a price of $75.00 to repair vandalism done to a door at the Community House. Councilman Fleetwood urged that a strong stand against vandalism be made; he encouraged the citizens to aid the police in seeking to apprehend and punish vandals. Councilman Fleetwood also stated that, . in the absence of Fire Commissioner 1 1 Julianne J. Meyers, he'd like to report that the city, with the cooperation of the volunteer firemen, is actively seeking to lower the fire rating. He quoted from an IRS letter requesting information for this purpose. A resolution was read by the City Attorney requesting that the Chatham County Election Board be named superintendent for the upcoming muni- cipal election, setting the date of the election, and giving Mayor Counihan authority to name the manager and clerks. This resolution is attached to, and becomes a part of, these minutes. Councilman Fleetwood moved that the resolution be adopted and sent to Mr. Richardson of the Chatham County Election Board. Councilman Owen seconded and the motion passed unanimously. A letter from Mrs. Pat Marlin, editor of Tybee News was read. The Tybee Women's Council, publishers of the Tybee News requested that funding be increased to $100.00 per month. Councilman Fleetwood expressed his opinion that the monthly publication is valuable to the city's churches, clubs and civic organizations and helps keep our citizens informed of local events. He moved that the city increase its donation to $100.00 per.,month beginning with this calendar year and extending through July 1, 1982. He stated that he did not wish to obligate a future City Council, but that the next group of:elected officials may extend the funding, or not, as they see fit. Councilman Fleetwood then introduced Mr. David Steele of Tybee Cable Television, Inc. Mr. Steele explained the status of the cable tele- vision franchise and requested a six -month extension. He stated that he actually hopes to be able to have service begin in six weeks but that past delays have made him cautious. He added that Tybee will be the first in Chatham County to be offered three choices (Home Box Office, Showtime, and another optional service). Customers may choose to take only the basic service (11 channels) or any combination of the other three at $9.00 per month each. After Mr. Steele's presentation, and some questions and answers concerning the cable service, Council unanimously approved the six -month extension. Councilman Fleetwood spoke briefly of the training programs the City Council has encouraged for the city . hall staff. He told the public that the clerk has recently been elected to serve a second term as Director of the First Congressional District for the Georgia Municipal Clerks & Finance Officers Association. He praised the entire office staff for their devotion to the city's best interests, and for their willingness to serve the people. 1 1 Councilman Fleetwood informed the audience that a study will be made to determine the best traffic flow for the North Beach Parking Lot, and that an effort will be made to curb vandalism in that area. In the absence of Councilman Alexander no report was available on the progress of the waste water treatment plant repairs; however, Mr. Fleetwood told the audience that the work is progressing rapidly and that everything is on schedule at present. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. CLERK OF COUNCIL e2114elit MAYOR 1 1 R E S O L U T I O N WHEREAS, the charter of the City of Tybee Island,Section 19, provides that a regular election shall be held on the first Monday in May each even year at the City Hall for the election of a Mayor and six (6) Councilmen; WHEREAS, 1982 is an even year; WHEREAS, the charter provides for the appointment of a super- intendent of the election, a chief manager, two (2) assistant managers and clerks to conduct such elections; BE IT RESOLVED BY THE MAYOR AND ALDERMAN OF THE CITY OF TYBEE ISLAND and it is hereby resolved by the authority thereof: (1) That an election for a Mayor and six (6) Councilmen, qualified as provided for in the charter of the City of Tybee Island, will be held on the first Monday, that being the 3rd day of May, 1982, at the Town Hall; (2) That the Elections Board of Chatham County, Georgia is hereby appointed as the municipal elections superintendent to exercise those powers set forth in the Georgia Municipal Election Code; (3) That the Mayor is hereby authorized to appoint a chief manager, two (2) assistant managers and three (3) clerks for said election. The chief manager to receive as compensation Thirty -Eight and Fifty One Hundreths($38.50)Dollars, the two (2) assistant managers to receive Twenty Nine($29.00) Dollars each and the three (3) clerks to receive Twenty Seven and Fifty One Hundreths($27.50)Dollars each. (4) That the cief manager, assistant managers and the clerks shall exercise those powers and duties set forth in the Georgia Municipal Code. The above and foregoing Resolution having been adopted and approved this 10th dat of February, 1982. CLE !F COUNCIL 7"..1q1 ;Lt NA ty • PHUT 7Fif. 1 1 ( 17 OF TYBEE ISLAND t-' ; '.'PEE ISLAM.), GA 31 ';'211 February, 8, 1982 Island Vila Development, Inc. 1 1 0)6} ] Ahc rcorn Street S;:vannah, (;.eorgia 314)6 ATTENTION: Mr. Bill S1:ory, Agent Gentlemen: 4-B CO(JNC•t a?= N NICK C. A; ti, •. a :. JEFIOA1t W Et Jt JAMES I. F tB' t"i%1 Wit. JAN'C t; '.f JULIANNE . v : ti!• JOHN J OVJEP ft has come to oup• attention that you have placed an obstruc- tion in an unnamed alley or street in the City of Tybee Island. This street runs across Lots 33 and SS of a re- subdivision of Lots 95 and 96 Ward Four Tybee Island, Georgia. This obstruction :interferes with the use of a right -of -way that has been in existence in excess of Thirty (30) years. It has been used by the general public and the public vehicles of the City of Tybee Island. The placing of these obstructions interferes with the ability of the police and the fire departments to serve that part of the City and we must insist that they be removed immediately. Should these obstructions not be removed by 5 P.M. February 9, 1982, we will be forced to institute legal procedures in the Courts of this State to force their removal. In the meantime, you w11 he held strictly accountable for any damages incurred by the City or it's citizens as a result of the illegal closing of a public thoroughfare. J I` "•1. (1 j r cc: Mrs. I owena B. Iripp Respectfully yours, ' JAMES EDWARD McALEER City .Attorney PHYLLIS L. CARY CITY TREASURER ROWENA B. FRIPP CLERK OF COUNCIL IW. LANCE SMITH. III RECORDER AND CITY ATTORNEY PHONE 786 -4573 1 1 M. J. COUNIHAN. MAYOR CITY OF TYBEE ISLAND Executive Offices — City Hall P 0. Box 128 TYBEE ISLAND, GA. 31328 January 29, 1982 The Honorable Mack Mattingly 456 Richard B. Russell Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senator Mattingly: 4 -;C COUNCILMEN NICK C. ALEXANDER JEROME W. BETTENCOURT JAMES L. FABRIKANT. JR. WILLIAM C. FLEETWOOD JULIANNE J. MEYERS JOHN J. OWEN Tybee Island's only access to the mainland is a two -laned federal highway which is often very congested during peak hours in the summer season. We have depended on emergency medical transport furnished us by the USCG Air Station in Savannah in recent years, and it has given our people a sense of safety to know that this service was readily available to them. We are also very interested in Coast Guard Station Tybee, a search and rescue facility located at Lazaretto Creek. There are plans to move this station to Cockspur Island; we ask that it be allowed to retain its historic tradition- al name of Tybee. Again, we urge that federal cuts not be allowed to close those facilities that are necessary to marine safety. As islanders, the Coast Guard is import- ant to us, and we thought you'd like to know how we feel. Thank you. M.JC /rf CC: Savannah Delegation Sincerely, ;f vMichael J. Counihan Mayor 1 1 JOE D. TANNER Commissioner J. LEONARD LEDBETTER Division Director artm.ent of Natural Aesourres ENVIRONMENTAL PROTECTION DIVISION 270 WASHINGTON STREET, S.W. ATLANTA. GEORGIA 30334 22 January 1982 The Honorable M. J. Couniham Mayor City of Tybee Island P. 0. Box 128 Tybee Island, GA 31328 Reply To: qirr 1200 Glynn Avenue Brunswick, Georgia 31523 (912) 264 -7284 L /./,'? . ? ,A 4 ) RE: Tybee Island Water Supply System 96)6 Fi 0 c3 /4 Chatham County -In c4', 41 c P. Dear Mayor Couniham: a �� On 20 January 1982, I inspected the water supply system serving the City of Tybee Island to determine compliance with the Permit to Operate a Public Water Supply System, No. 2025A0274, issued to the City on 2 August 1981, and the Georgia Rules for Safe Drinking Water. Mr. Donald Meyer, City Water Superintendent, accompanied me on the inspection. The system was found to be in compliance. If I can answer any questions or if you have any comments, please contact me. JK:rlt cc: John Fernstrom Roland Brandt Sincerely, 4/) rry o n nvironmental Specialist 1 1 TYBEE WOMENS' COUNCIL Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 City of Tybee Island ATTN : L'iayor and Councilmen Tybee Island, Ga. 31328 SUBJECT: Tybee Trews Gentlemen: 8, 1982 4 -14' The Tybee News is in financial difficulties due to increased expenses associated with its expanded size and other relates costs. The Tybee Womenst Council believes that the Tybee News provides a valuable service to the residents of Tybee Island and, therefore, is requesting the City of Tybee Island to increase its support to $100.00 per month. Efforts are being made to improve the paper's financial condition by increasing member sponsor dues (civic organizations and churches) and the rates for advertising, as well as conducting fund raising activi- ties, such as bake sales, etc. riowever, these actions take time to show results. We believe that the Tybee News is worth saving. Please help by providing the financial assistance re- quested, namely, $100.00 each month for the year 1982. Than you. Editor, Tybee News For: Tybee Womenst Council NOTE: On 2/10/82 City Council voted to increase support to $100.00 per month beginning as requested on 1/1/82 and continuing through 7/1/82, at which time a new City Council may or may not vote to continue this support.