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HomeMy Public PortalAbout19830511CCMeeting1 1 1 Tybee Island, Georgia May 11, 1983 The regular monthly meeting of the Tybee Island City Council was held on Wednesday, May 11, 1983 at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall, with Mayor Charles J. Hosti presiding. The following members of City Council were present: James L. Fabrikant, John C. Wylly, Jeanne M. Hutton, Kilma J. McCutchen, Sebastian J. Orsini and Jerome W. Bettencourt. John Ranitz acted as City Attorney in the absence of Thomas J. Mahoney, Jr. Mayor Hosti welcomed the audience and called for visitors who wished to speak to Council. Mrs. Genevieve O'Connor asked again about the drainage problems along Eighth Street and Fifth Avenue and Mr. Orsini reported on his recent meeting with the Mosquito Control Commission telling Mrs. Q''Connor that:Mr. Fultz has assured the city that the drainage in that area will improve when the contemplated work is finished. The second visitor was William O. Lewis, III representing Birthright Inc. and asking permission to operate a coke stand on Memorial Day to raise money for the organization. Mayor Hosti stated that the matter could be discussed during the business portion of the meeting. The meeting was then opened for business legally presented. The Minutes of the previous meeting were approved as presented. Bills for the month of April, 1983 were approved as follows: Police Department - $4,891.92, Parking Meters - $1,099.75, General Government - $2,008.32, Sanitation - $2,575.87, Public Works - $5,145.21, Fire Department - $1,670.55, Recreation (Various) - $1,333.17, Ceramics - $818.42, Sewer - $9,132.70, Water Department - $3,481.95. In addition, Capital Budget Outlay was approved in the amount of $18, 190.32, and Other Expenses totalling $32,248.86 were also approved for payment. These last two items (capital budget and other expenses included a new dump truck for Public Works and a new computer for the Accounting Office. Councilperson Wylly reported on the meeting of the Coastal Committee at Tybee City Hall yesterday, and explained that the city has had an application approved to remove hazards from the shallow waters along the public beaches on the north end of the island, but that there are no funds budgeted for the project. 1 1 1 Mayor Hosti informed the public that the city does not intend to try to move the whole submerged seawall at once; that the city also is making every effort to provide safety for present beach users as well as relying on expert advice in hopes of preventing future problems. Councilperson Bettencourt reported that the Little League program, other children's programs for smaller ballplayers, and the adult softball leagues are all underway. He invited the public to cone out to the park and watch a game. Councilperson Orsini reported that the Water /Sewer Department has hired a Class II Operator to operate the wastewater treatment plant; that three pumps for the liftstations have arrived, and that lab equipment has been ordered so that we can cut down on the expense for having tests run by outside laboratories. Councilperson Hutton reported that the number of trash barrels on the beach has been greatly increased; she asked the people of the island to cooperate with Public Works by not putting residential or commercial trash and garbage in these cans, but to leave then for the exclusive use of the tourists and visitors, explaining that the barrels are larger than the size allowed for garbage cans. She also added that 100 more barrels have been donated by Ken Distributors and will soon be available for use. Councilperson Fabrikant reported the numbers and kinds of calls answered by the police this month. He reported that the drinking in public ordinance is being enforced and that 18 such cases were made last weekend. He added that Chief Price has promoted Sergeant James Lee to full -time inves- tigative work which has already been proved successful as quite a few bur- glary cases have been solved. Mayor Hosti stated that his goal is for Tybee to become a family - oriented beach and that he is personally concerned by complaints concerning disorderly people. He reiterated that the local ordinances will be enforced. Councilperson McCutchen reported that the First Responder van is being readied and should be in operation soon. She said that the renovation of the Fire Department building has resulted in a much better looking area for training and classes. Councilperson McCutchen then read the ISO letter which reported a lowered fire rating for Tybee - from an "8" to a "6 ". Fire Chief Solomon then spoke, stating that we lacked 1.12 points of reaching a rating of "5" 1 1 1 and this would mean a savings of approximately $30,000 per year to taxpayers, fran.now on. To achieve these 1.12 points would probably cost the town $10,000.00 (cost of purchasing new equipment for fire engines) and if done now no re- survey would probably be required; if we put it off until next year a complete re- survey would be needed. Mayor Hosti asked the Fire Chief to cone by his office and talk about this in detail. He then expressed his appreciation for the tremendous amount of work and effort the volunteers put into preparing for the recent ISO survey, stating that the town will benefit fran this for years to cane. Under Communications the Clerk read an Agreement, signed by Jack Brady, dated April 22, 1983, and concerning storm drainage for his property along Sixth Street. This Agreement becomes a part of, and is attached to, these minutes. Also under Communications a letter of commendation for the Police Department was read. This was accepted as information. A Proclamation was read by the Clerk and Mayor Hosti explained that this Proclamation was issued in recognition of Poppy Day, and in honor of the local American Legion Auxiliary. It was accepted as information. A letter was read free Barnard Portman, Chatham County Commissioner, dated April 29, 1983 and addressing the question of county funding for our costs for maintaining a public beach. Mayor Hosti agreed with Canmi_ssioner Portman's assertion that the county spends a great deal of money on recreation, and that a portion of the monies spent should come to help support the beaches because they are the most used recreational facility in the county. The letter was accepted as information. The matter of the request from Birthright, Inc. was then discussed. The representatives explained that the non - profit organization was seeking to raise funds to help with emergency pregnancy services, either financial, emotional or social. Councilperson Fabrikant stated that he is sure the organization is a very fine one, with worthy goals, but he is against any kind of mobile stand because it is not fair to the local business people. Councilperson Hutton suggested that perhaps the concession stand in Jaycee Park might be used for this purpose for a limited time, since we do not presently have it leased. Mayor Hosti said that if Birthright will investi- gate locations and cane back with a specific request for a time and place, he will have the Council consider it. 1 1 1 Mayor Hosti then announced that the recent referendum held on May 3rd was successful, and that the next municipal election will therefore be held on the second Tuesday in November, or November 8th, 1983. A copy of the certification of this referendum is attached to, and becomes a part of, these minutes. Councilperson Orsini then read a Resolution endorsing the con- struction of a fishing pier. It was explained that the Mayor has appointed a committee of local business people to look into ways and means of financing, operating and maintaining the facility. After a few encouraging remarks fram Council members, the Resolution was adopted unanimously. A copy is attached to, and becomes a part of, these minutes. Councilperson Hutton reported that the Hubbard Company has submitted a bid of $17,500.00 for repair of the Public Works Building and that modifications suggested by the City Engineer increases this bid amount to $20,060.00. We have invited at least four other campanies to bid and are actually expecting two more bids. Another question that must be resolved satisfactorily is whether the building is sound enough to warrant such expenditure in repairs. It was agreed that the final decision will be made after careful consideration of the advice of the engineers and construction experts who are examining the problem. A Resolution in recognition of Clerks Week, and honoring all municipal clerks, was read by Mayor Hosti. The Clerk of Council was then presented a dozen red roses, beautifully arranged. The Clerk accepted the roses with a grateful thank -you, informing everyone that the City Hall staff are all municipal clerks, each serving the community, and all who are presently working here have had some training sponsored by the Georgia Clerks and Finance Officers Association who deserve a great deal of credit for the professionalism of our clerks because they advocate better service through training and continuing education. Mayor Hosti then contented on the fire at the Izlar House on May 10th, congratulating the volunteers on a job well done. The meeting was then adjourned. 446 CLERK OF COUNCIL l Mr. Jack Brady Post Office Box 1016 Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 April 22, 1983 The Mayor and Councilpersons of The City of Tybee Island, Georgia Post Office Box 128 Tybee Island, Georgia 31328 Dear Mayor Hosti & Members of Council: In connection with the placing of the 24 -inch culvert on my property, please be advised as follows. I have engaged in this work in full compliance with a permit obtained • from the Corps of Engineers for that purpose. I hereby certify to you that the pipe is proper and that it has been properly joined to prevent leakage and stoppage of the natural flow of water which runs through the drainage ditch on my property wherein this culvert has been placed. I hereby agree that in the future, if drainage becomes a problem and water is allowed to stand on properties caused by the work I am doing on my property, that at my sole expense and without delay, I will be responsible for all costs, damages and problems which arise. This commitment on my behalf is binding on my heirs, successors and assigns, and should be considered as a valid binding contract, but is restricted to damage which occurs and which is related to the work which I have done on my property. This agreement should not be considered as insurance to provide damages or repairs for any reason beyond my control and which is not related to the work in which I am engaged in on my property. It is my understanding upon the execution of this letter by me, that the stop permit order will be removed and that I can resume and complete my project which had already been started. With best wishes, I am Sincerely, �1ax CEelanb SECRETARY OF STATE (404) 656 -2881 1 1 Honorable Joe Frank Harris Governor of Georgia State Capitol Atlanta, Georgia 30334 Dear Governor Harris: 'trrrtarg of ttatr $lrrtiun �iuiaiun 11u Stale irupitnl Atlanta.Grargia 311334 4—B Franrrs Es. Duncan This is to certify that the returns of a referendum election held in City of Tybee on May 3, 1983 on the question "Yes /No Shall the Act providing for election of the mayor and councilpersons of the City of Tybee Island in odd- numbered years beginning in 1983 and shortening terms of office in connection therewith and changing provisions relative to penalties for the violation of city ordinances be approved ?" are of file and record in this office and show the foilcwing results: Yes No 307 60 GEORGIA 25 r73.3 - I9ED DIRECTOR ;4041 65(5:2 7, Given under my hand and seal of office on this the 10th day of May, 1983. SECRETARY OF STATE 1 1 1 R E S O L U T I O N WHEREAS, the City of Tybee Island, Georgia deems it desirous to provide a municipal fishing pier for the use of the citizens of and the visitors to said City; and WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council have appointed a committee to actively seek ways and means for the location, erection and operation of said fishing pier; and WHEREAS, we, the Mayor and Council of the City of Tybee Island, Georgia, endorse this worthy effort on behalf of our citizens and visitors, NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Mayor and Council in Open Meeting assembled, that we do hereby endorse all efforts to locate, build, maintain and operate a municipal fishing pier in the City of Tybee Island, Georgia. ATTEST: Adopted this llth day of May, 1983. CLERK OF COUNCIL 1 1 1 P R O C L A M A T I O N WHEREAS, the municipal government, in order to best serve the needs of the citizenry, must be operated with efficiency and in an orc9Pr_ly manner, and WHEREAS, the efficiency and order with which government carries out its public functions is strongly reliat on procedures and records; and WHEREAS, the Municipal Clerks administer the procedures and keep the records; and WHEREAS, an organized source of knowledge about a community and its government activities is vital to the smooth governing of that muncipality; and WHEREAS, the Municipal Clerks provide and maintain such a body of knowledge; and WHEREAS, the strength of local government depends upon the citizens' opinion of it, and such opinion is formed largely by the image set forth by the municipal government employees; and WHEREAS, the Municipal Clerk is the municipal official most closely in daily contact with the citizenry, and therefore is a key position to mold public opinion; and WHEREAS, it is most appropriate for us, the Mayor and Council of the City of Tybee Island, to recognize an historic municipal office which grew out of the traditions of our democratic heritage; NOW, THEREFORE, WE the Mayor and Council of the City of Tybee Island, Georgia, do hereby proclaim the week of May 8th through May 14th, 1983, as Mt]NICPAL CLERKS WEEK in recognition of the vital services they perform and their outstanding dedication to the communities they represent. 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