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19840202CCMeeting1 1 00073 Tybee Island, Georgia February 2, 1984 The regular monthly meeting of the Tybee Island City Council was held at Tybee Island City Hall at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, February 3, 1984. Mayor Charles J. Hosti presided and the following members of Council were present: John C. Wylly, Jr., Jeanne Hutton, Paul Jackson, Christopher P. Solomon, Sebastian J. Orsini, and David McCutchen. Herman Coolidge re- presented the City Attorney in his absence. The meeting began with a Public Hearing to discuss a proposed sign ordinance prior to its Second Reading, scheduled tonight. There was a large audience composed of both business people and interested citizens. The following people spoke to Council, all with questions or criticises of the ordinance as proposed: Dick Grosse, Charlie Masterpoulis, Jack Youmans, Charles Ashman, George Farrell, Jack McCusker, Steve McCusker, Hank Buckley, Earl Marlin, Mrs. George McDonald, and Jeff Schroeder. Points raised mostly concerned outdoor advertising off - premise and portable signs. Mayor Hosti emphasized the dangers of portable electric signs that are not properly inspected and maintained. Councilperson Hutton explained that this ordinance primarily addresses structure and safety features; it is not a uniform sign ordinance such as those found in Hilton Head and other more exclusive resort communities. She also noted that several amendments, based on information received at the Chamber of Circe meeting, have been prepared. Copies of these amendments were shared with the audi- ence. Again she stressed that the individuality of the sign owners is not hampered; the ordinance is primarily intended to address safety features of signs. A short recess was called. When the meeting re- convened Mayor Hosti introduced a public hearing about recreational needs. The first speaker was the dha;rman'of the fishing pier committee, Earl Anderson. He asked for community support in his efforts to promote a fishing pier for Tybee Island, and told of the support - -from local clubs and organizations he has already received. 1 1 1 00074 February 2, 1984 Page Two The next speaker was Charlie Masterpoulis who stated that the city needs to provide scene sort of security at the small fishing pier on Back River. Other members of the audience concurred. Councilperson Solomon spoke, stating that the Recreation Board is meeting every Wednesday night in February, planning for the year's schedule and budget. He told the audience that he has recently met with the Director of Parks & Historic Sites who offered encouragement and inform- ation concerning grants. He added that this public hearing on recreational needs will be counted as additional points toward grant monies in future. Jack McCusker said that tennis court(s) in Jaycee Park would be appreciated by those living in Fort Screven. He complimented the city on the heavy >use the park receives, saying that it is a very successful recreational resource. Mrs. George McDonald stated her desire to see the city expand its library facilities, perhaps by moving the library into the firehouse (after renovation) and building a new firehouse. She added that children on the island often must stay in town to do research because our library does not provide an adequate reference roan. Mayor Hosti stated that this is one of his personal priorities, too, and that he hopes this project can be realized in the near future. Councilperson Solomon stated that the Recreation Board is hoping to come up with a plan for both a fishing pier and a pavilion for the community. Jack Youmans said that many people in the community would like to see a gymnasium built, perhaps with kitchen facilities so that it could serve a dual purpose and become a meeting place for convention groups. Local business people discussed recreational needs in light of the summer visitors. The following suggestions, criticisms and comments were made: 1) Restroan facilities are neither adequate nor properly main- tained. Wilma McCusker suggested that the city should consider attendant (s) to protect the facilities fran vandalism and to promote cleanliness. Mrs. Jessie Strickland suggested that the city consult Jacksonville Beach and Daytona Beach because their facilities are well maintained. 2) Trash cans 1 00075 February 2, 1984 Page Three were also mentioned, with merchants requesting that more cans be provided, and that the public beach areas be better kept. Councilperson Hutton spoke of some of the problems the Sanitation Department has - improper use of the cans, rapid deterioration due to salt corrosion, and blowing during windy, stormy weather. She asked the cooperation of the merchants in pro- viding their own cans for commercial trash, asking that the city cans be reserved for use of visitors. 3) Mr. Van Winkle complained of loose dogs and asked that the city enforce the leash laws. Mayor Hosti explained that the city contracts with the county for this service, but agreed that better control is needed. There was some discussion of local enforcement, and dog control in general. Mayor Hosti promised to promote` :better service in this area. 4) Mrs. Joan Guyer of Cobb's Apartments asked about benches for the strand in the vicinity of 17th and 18th Streets. Mayor Hosti ex- plained that the city is trying for a DOT grant to build new sidewalks, and- avwavesplash structure for this area. If this plan is implemented, benches would be incorporated into the design. He added that a telephone call was received earlier today and that DOT is now preparing cost estimates for this project. Mayor Hosti then called Mrs. Connie Bell to the front and pre- sented her with a framed certificate naming her Citizen of the Month. He explained to the audience that Tybee Island has received some adverse pub- licity about the beaches this past year, and that Mrs. Bell wrote a very thoughtful and intelligent defense of our community which was published in the Savannah Morning News, on the editorial page, on November 2, 1983. Mayor Hosti opened the meeting for business legally presented. The first item of business, under old business, was the Second Reading of the Sign Ordinance. Councilperson Hutton moved that the Second Reading be postponed and the issue tabled until the next regular meeting so that copies of the ordinance, with the suggested amendments incorporated, can be prepared and made available to the business community. Councilperson Soloman seconded, and the motion passed without dissent. Mayor Hosti then appointed Jack McCusker and Hank Buckley to join with the sign committee and the planning commission to offer further 1 1 February 2, 1984 Page Four amendments if the business community, after reading the revised ordinance, still feel further changes are necessary. Councilperson Hutton promised the members of City Council that these revisions will be available by the next agenda meeting, allowing time for study prior to the regular meeting in March. Mayor Hosti announced that a blood pressure program will begin and that this service will be offered on each 2nd and 4th Tuesday from 10 a.m. until Noon at City Hall. Earl Anderson spoke, explaining the goals of the program, its sponsorship by the Optimist Club and the city, and asking for volunteers to learn to take blood pressures. Mayor Hosti then announced that a special drive to register voters will be held on February 10th from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Registration is also possible, as usual, during normal business hours at City Hall. Minutes of the January 11, 1984 meeting were accepted as written. Bills for the month of January, 1984 were approved as follows: General Government - $1,730.17, Water /Sewer - $2,976.64 and $3,887.95 res- pectively, Public Works - $3,847.34, Sanitation - $2,328.08, Police/Parking - $3,836.52, Fire - $708.57, and Parks /Recreation - $195.51. Mayor Hosti announced two appointments to the Recreation Board: Dorothy vanWinkle and John Hankey. These were unanimously endorsed by the City Council. A petition of Thanas W. and Julie R. Stanfield was presented by Michael Gannem, their attorney. They wish to obtain ownership of a small triangle of property bounded by the Coast Guard lands, Meddin Drive and Thrushwood Avenue - this small land area separates the Stanfields fram access to their property fram Meddin Drive. An appraisal stated that the property, because too small to be buildable, is worth $1,140.00 or one/ fourth the average value of $1.39 per square foot for Tybee land. Council- person Wylly moved that the city accept this price provided the Stanfields 1 1 February 2, 1984 Page Five grant the city a ten -foot easement, with a twenty -foot construction ease - ment, the center of the easement being the present sewer line. Mr. Gannem stated that this would be satisfactory to his clients. The question was raised as to whether this sale can take place without advertising since the City Council has recently passed a Resolution on the subject. City Attorney's ruling was that, since the Resolution requested a change in the City Charter not yet acted on by the State Legislature, the new re- quirement of advance advertising is not yet in effect, and that a decision could be made .immediately. Councilperson Hutton seconded and the motion passed by a vote of five (5) to one (1) with Councilperson Solomon casting the negative vote. A copy of the plat becomes a part of these minutes. The meeting was adjourned. * Gu eQa e \C . 1 Ci e Corn UNITED STATES COAST GUARD • USCG Cont. Mon. LANDS OF THE TOWN OF TYBEE ISLAND 5.80°49' . 80° 49' E. " 46.1B• co 0 0 N• z rn r S.73 °01 55'W, cam' `Kr 5.77' LA o$ f .. . I.: • Q =I .."-eS.46 °58'05' (—� 5.77 X LOT 1 THRUSH WOOD STATE OF GEORGIA CHATHAM COUNTY 0 0 0 N UI m Z . o • AVENUE 1. Pin Found A 10.70 • < PLAT OF A 2334.70 SQ. FT. PORTION OF THE LANDS OF THE TOWN OF TYBEE ISLAND ADJACENT TO LOT 1, BLOCK 22 , FORT SCREVEN WARD , TYBEE ISLAND , GEORGIA. SURVEYED FOR THOMAS W. STANFIELD d JULE R. STANFIELD 4 ICERTIFY THAT THIS PLAT 13 A CORRECT REPRESENTATION 0f THE LAND PLATTED AND HAS BEEN PRtiPARED IN CONFt'RMITY WITH THE MINIMUM STANDARDS ,ARID °.' ^.'.'aiEIMENTS OF GIFAIRGI A LAW OF 197], AND 15 5'1.'1'.• 9LE s0R / )� Iru. 933 Q. �c") q \ yr % RECOROINR •• WR(GK1 C. ?QV,EPS t 2.7P.410 n[a. LAY.n 181IVEYOM F'0 .0311 WR I GHT C. POWERS Land Surveying P.C.. 222 EAST FACTORS WALK/ SAVANNA H,GA. 31401 1:0' •'EEI. .APE LIEF ' • "ANSIT SCALE: DATE : PIA I" = 20' ?0/94 a4 -03 ce318 STATE OF GEORGIA 9 9 COUNTY OF CHATHAM q RESOLUTION WHEREAS JULE R. STANFIELD is the owner in fee simple of Lot 1, Block 22, Fort Screven Ward, Tybee Island, Georgia, that being the property adjacent to the hereinafter described real property; and WHEREAS JULE R. STANFIELD has petitioned the Mayor and Aldermen of the Town of Tybee Island requesting that the said hereinafter described real property be sold to her as the adjacent land owner; and WHEREAS said hereinafter described real property is not necessary for use by the City of Tybee Island, Georgia; and WHEREAS an appraisal has been submitted to said Mayor and Aldermen indicating the value of said property to be $1,140.00. NOW, THEREFORE, the Mayor and Aldermen of the City of Tybee Island, Georgia, in regular meeting assembled, do hereby declare the hereinafter described real property not needed for purposes of the Town of Tybee Island and hereby resolve to sell said real property to JULE R. STANFIELD as the adjacent land owner and the Mayor of the City of Tybee Island is hereby authorized and directed to execute a Quit Claim Deed to said property and the Clerk thereof is authorized and directed to attest said Quit Claim Deed and to affix the official seal of the City thereunto. Said real property is more particularly described as follows: ALL that certain lot, tract or parcel of land situate, lying and being in the Town of Tybee Island, County of Chatham, and State of Georgia, adjacent to Lot 1, Block 22, Fort Screven Ward, Tybee Island, Georgia, and being more particularly described as follows: Commencing at a point 6.89 1 1 December 14, 1983 Page Five 1985. Mayor Hosti then explained that, because of the Charter changes that cause elections to take place in November, and new Councils to meet for the first time in December, he has adjusted the dates of service on all volunteer boards. In future all terms will begin on January 1st, and end on December 31st. This is intended to allow a newly elected Mayor and Council the opport- unity to fill all appointments for the coming year at their first official meeting. Other vacancies then filled by the Mayor are as follows: on the Planning Commission - Jeff Dukes, George Spirides, Frank Mills and Joe Agnew. These are four -year terms, beginning January 1, 1984 and ending December 31, 1987. A vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals exists and Lou Arcange lip will be asked to accept this appointment for a four -year term, ending on December 31, 1987. The Housing Adjustments & Appeals Board also has a vacancy; Mayor Hosti stated that he had wished to ask the Fire Chief, John P. Solomon, to sit on this Board, but that he has learned that this might be considered a conflict of interest. He therefore nominated W.W. Ingram for this term, beginning January 1, 1984 and running through December 31, 1987. No objections from City Council members were expressed and the appointments are therefore confirmed as nominated. Councilperson Wyll.y introduced budget amendments for the General Fund and Water /Sewer Fund and stated that these are normal, mid -year adjustments, to reconcile the anticipated budget with the actual revenues and expenses year -to -date, and that anyone wishing to examine the changes may do so during regular business hours by seeing the City Treasurer.. It was noted that no insurance settlement has been reached for damages resulting from the Public Works Shop fire, and that this insurance money will be needed to meet the obligations incurred by the contract for the new buildings. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned. CLERK OF COUN GOti 7 1 TEMPORARY CCMMItibb ASSIGNMENTS Finance /General Government John Wylly, Chairperson Jeanne Hutton Chris Solomon Fire David McCutchen, Chairperson Jeanne Hutton John Wylly Police S. J. Orsini, Chairperson David McCutchen John Wylly Public Works /Sanitation Jeanne Hutton, Chairperson Paul Jackson David McCutchen Recreation Chris Solomon, Chairperson Paul Jackson S. J. Orsini Water /Sewer Paul Jackson, Chairperson S. J. Orsini Chris Solomon 1 1 1 00058 RESOLUTION WHEREAS, the Mayor and Council deem it well and proper; and WHEREAS, the Georgia Municipal Election Code, as amended, 1982, allows a municipality to elect either to maintain its own registration or to provide for the City to use the County registration list; NOW THEREFORE BE IT RESOLVED that the City of Tybee Island hereby elects to use the County Registration list and that any person who is a resident of the municipality and who is registered as an elector with the Board of Registrars of the County shall be eligible to vote in a municipal primary or election; and BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the City Clerk is hereby authorized to make the necessary arrangements for this transition and will assure that all citizens of Tybee Island that are now registered to vote on the City's voting list will in no instance be rejected from voting. This day of , 1983.