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19840906CCMeeting00043 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6, 1934 The Tybee Island City Council held a regular meeting on Thursday, September 6th at 7:30 p.m. in Tybee's Town Hall. Mayor Charles J. Hosti presided and the following members were present: Christopher P. Solomon, David McCutchen, S. J. Orsini, John Wylly, Jeanne Hutton and Paul Jackson. The City Attorney, Thomas J. Mahoney, Jr., was also present. Mayor Hosti opened the meeting by greeting the audience and inviting those who wished to speak to come forward. There were none. Minutes of the August meeting were approved as written. Mayor Hosti then presented the Citizen of the Month Award to Mr. George Spirides for his many civic activities, especially mentioning his financial contribution to the placement of benches for public use along a portion of the strand. Bills for the month of August were approved as follows: Water /Sewer - $10,369.54 Public Works /Sanitation - $10,639.63 Finance /General Government- $ 4,733.61 Fire /First Responder - $ 2,786.30 Police /Meter Department - $14,459.95 Recreation - $ 1,584.74 Paul Jackson, Chairman of the Water Sewer Committee, re ported that his department had worked most of one night repairing a pump at Number 6 Lift Station and installing a by -pass system which, when completed, will make all night work of this kind unnecessary in future. He also quoted from a letter dated August 23, 1984 from John H. Beall of the Municipal Compliance Section of Environmental Protection Division of DNR. Their 0©014 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6, 1984 Page Two recent inspection of our Waste Water Treatment Plant, to determine progress in correcting problems and deficiencies, was positive - they found most of the deficiencies have been resolved and praised Mr. Art Harden and his staff for the excellent work they have done in recent months. A communication dated August 6, 1984 from Mr. Samuel L. Varnadoe was read. The letter requested considering a change of name for 16th Street, re- naming the street in honor of the late Mr. T.S. Chu whose business (Chu's Department Store) has been a major factor in the island's history over the past thirty or more years. Mayor Hosti appointed a committee to look into this because the Council has already received one suggestion that a street (Second Avenue) be re -named to honor Mr. Chu. The committee is to bring a recommendation back to the October meeting if possible; asked to serve were David McCutchen, Christopher P. Solomon, and Paul Jackson. Councilperson McCutchen then reported on a letter received from our City Attorney regarding a possible suit resulting from the loss of some clothing and make -up left outside a residence and picked up by the Sanitation Department and, for the most part, destroyed in the compactor. The claimant, Ms. Ann Hall, is asking damages in the amount of $1,120.00 for her belongings. After discussion, Councilperson McCutchen moved the claim be denied and turned over to the proper insurance carrier to handle; Uouncilperson Orsini seconded and the vote was unanimously in favor. 1 1 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6, 1984 Page Three 00045 Councilperson Solomon reported that there are still problems with the boat ramp on Chatham Avenue, and that it recently was closed due to hazardous drop -offs. The county has been asked to help try to repair the ramp so that it can be used safely. Recent repairs have also been made to the public dock. Mr. Solomon congratulated the lifeguards who worked this season, stating that he is very proud that there were no drownings reported on Tybee this year. He said that a fall program of recreational activities is beginning; volley ball has already started. Councilperson McCutchen reported that personal pressing business matters have kept him from being as active as he wished in the Fire and First Responder Departments this summer. He added that he is pleased to add two female volunteers to the First Res- ponder's staff; these ladies passed the necessary course with high marks. Mayor Hosti added that he has had many calls from grateful citizens concerning the First Responder's work this summer.. Councilperson Solomon added that the Fire Department performed well in a recent fire, probably due to vandalism, at the Community House. Councilperson Orsini reported that the Police answered 333 calls in August; there were 98 traffic violations and the Police were called in to help in medical emergencies 27 times during the month. He praised the department for their handling of heavy traffic during peak periods of visitation, and expressed satis- faction in their professional response to the many varied calls they received. 1 1 1 00016 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6, 1984 Page Four Councilperson Jackson announced an upgrading and reorgani- zation of the Water /Sewer Department; in an effort to promote efficiency these departments have been combined with the Waste Water Treatment operation, and Mr. Art Harden, as head of the WWTP, is his choice to head the total department. He then so moved, John Wylly seconded, and the motion passed unanimously. Again, the whole department was praised for their devotion to duty in working all night on emergency repairs to #6 Lift Station; Councilperson McCutchen commended Mr. Jackson, informing the audience and the Council that Mr. Jackson himself stayed with his crews all night, too. Councilperson Hutton stated that the winter schedule for public works /sanitation is being drawn up now. She recognized that many jobs had been delayed due to the heavy demands made on the department by removal of garbage, trash and litter, and plans to start work very soon on ditch cleaning, grading, and work in the public parks. Work along the easements has already begun. Councilperson Wylly reported that the Finance (Accounting) Department is moving rapidly forward now that the NCR programmers are adding the requested programs to allow for more flexibility. In his position as Chairman of the Erosion Committee he informed everyone of last week's meeting of legislators; the Scientific Task Force Committee Chairman, Dr. Henry; representatives from DNR, the Corps of Engineers, the Ports Authority and others. Mayor Hosti added that he will be going to Atlanta before the 1 1 00047 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6, 1984 Page Five end of the month to talk to Mr. Ledbetter personally about the high priority of renourishment. He said that he already has assurances from Congressman Lindsay Thomas that he will help. Councilperson Solomon announced that the fishing pier committee has met twice recently and will soon be ready to make a formal recommendation to the City Council. He stated that he hopes to rebuild in the old location and to include both pavilion and fishing pier - an architect is presently working on preliminary plans. Mayor Hosti added that Joe Tanner, while still DNR Commissioner, has pledged his help with this project. Councilperson David McCutchen reported that he is forming a committee to study the renovation or replacement of the Fire House; he has a builder, se with years of fire fighting ex- perience, and several others in mind to serve. Some have already accepted a position on the committee which plans to meet within a week or so. Mayor Hosti called on Jeff Dukes to report on his work with Tybee's Master Plan. Mr. Dukes reported that we now have a 36% return on the questionnaire; that this amount of response is unusual and has created additional interest at the MPC offices, that the five members that form the total committee hope to meet on September 13th to begin to bring various parts of the plan to- gether. Mayor Hosti commended Mr. Dukes on his speech at the Chatham Municipal Association meeting on September 5th. Councilperson Hutton reported her investigation of getting a 1 1 1 00048 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6,1984 Page Six County library facility here on Tybee Island. City personnel are working on getting this on the agenda of the Library Board meeting later in September; if approved the project could be funded by 1986 and constructed in 1987. The city's portion of cost would be 10% of the cost and the site for the facility. Maintenance, hopefully and probably, would become a part of the county's annual budget, and the city would thus be relieved of some of the costs it presently bears. The City Attorney read an ordinance amending the parking decals ordinance (Section 10 -1 -36 of the present Code of Ordi- nances), and entitled Free Parking Decal. Conditions of Issuance. Councilperson Solomon moved that the ordinance be accepted on Second Reading and adopted; Councilperson McCutchen seconded and the motion passed unanimously. The First Reading of a Speed Ordinance was read. Council - person Orsini and Mayor Hosti indicated that this ordinance is not one the city necessarily wholeheartedly wished for, that they may personally not agree with some of the speeds suggested; however the city holds a radar permit from the state and this ordinance is mandated by the Department of Transportation. Mayor Hosti explained that several changes in the original ordinance asked by the State have been made because of objections of the Police Commissioner and Police Chief and himself, and especially noted that Lewis Avenue has been entirely removed from the ordinance so that the speed there can remain as posted in order to protect children. 1 1 00049 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6, 1984 Page Seven Mayor Hosti stated that one controversial point was the speed limit for the First Street /Butler Avenue curve. There is a history of accidents on this curve; he commended Council - person Hutton for a project she initiated several years ago that beautified this curve stating that accidents have decreased since this work was done. He further noted that a careful re- cord will be kept by the local police of accidents so that, if these speed limits suggested by the State lead to more accidents, we will be in a better position to prove our argument in favor of lowering speed limits. Councilperson Hutton then moved that the ordinance be accepted on First and Second Reading and enacted, Councilperson McCutchen seconded and the motion passed without dissent. Councilperson Wylly stated that we've been very active this year, passing a number of ordinances and that it is now necessary to update the Code Book. We will probably have certain long ordinances that are interesting to many people made into booklets in order to save the staff's time since they are increasingly asked to copy such ordinances for citizens. Councilperson Solomon noted that a copy of the Tybee Island Code of Ordinances is avail- able in the Tybee Branch Library for those citizens who wish to look at any particular part of it, or find information concerning a specific law. It was noted that, in future, pamphlets or booklets of ordinances will be sold for a small fee in order to recover the cost of the printing, and that the Codes themselves will not 1 1 1 00030 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6, 1984 Page Eight be removed from City Hall unless a deposit is paid; the public will be encouraged to come and use the Codes, studying them in City Hall. This action has become necessary due to escalating costs of printing codes and keeping them up -to -date. Councilperson Orsini introduced a request for a transfer of an alcoholic beverage license from Don Howard, owner of the Sea Horse Lounge, to Michael A. White, who is buying the business and changing the name to "The Cove ". It was noted that a police report found no reason to deny the transfer; Mr. Orsini then moved it be granted provided the sale is accomplished; Council - person Solomon seconded and the motion was approved unanimously. Councilperson Wylly noted that the Georgia Municipal Assn. has asked for a donation for the Carl Vinson Institute of Government. Mr. Wylly explained that this institute has performed numerous services for local governments in past, and that he is in favor of the $150..00 suggested donation. He then moved that the donation be made, Councilperson Solomon seconded and the motion passed unanimously. It was noted that a report on the city's status regarding handicapped and nondiscrimination against the handicapped must be made in compliance with Revenue Sharing mandates. This report will be prepared by the City Clerk and City Treasurer, and an ad- vertisement as required has already been run in the Savannah News/ Press on April 12, 1934. 1 1 00051 Tybee Island, Georgia September 6, 1984 Page Nine Mayor Hosti elaborated on the subject, stating that the city has provided, in cooperation with Post Office officials, a hand- icapped access to the local post office, that our Community House (used for recreational purposes by the Golden Agers and many other groups) has a wheelchair ramp, that our Public Safety Building is accessible to the handicapped, including those in wheel chairs, for use of public restrooms as well as for the business they might need to conduct with the Clerk of the Re- corder's Court. It was noted that the City Hall Auditorium is also accessible to wheelchair patients, and that many come to vote, and for other purposes. Finally, it was stated that dune crossover structures presently under construction will be ramped for easier access to elderly or handicapped people. Mayor Hosti concluded by stating that he believes the City of Tybee Island has made a strong effort to make our facilities available to all our citizens and visitors. There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned on motion made by Councilperson McCutchen and unanimously carried. CLERK OF CO CI 1 1 00052 Ordinance # 1984 -11 AN ORDINANCE OF THE CITY OF TYBEE ISLAND, GEORGIA, AMENDING THE TYBEE ISLAND CODE OF ORDINANCES, SECTION 10 -1 -36. FREE PARKING DECAL. CONDITION TO ISSUANCE. BE IT ORDAINED, AND IT IS HEREBY ORDAINED BY THE MAYOR AND COUNCIL IN OPEN MEETING ASSEMBLED, THAT SECTION 10 -1 -36 OF THE TYBEE ISLAND CODE OF ORDINANCES BE DELETED IN ITS ENTIRETY: AND IT IS FURTHER ORDAINED THAT THE FOLLOWING SHALL BE INSERTED IN ITS STEAD: Section 10 -1 -36 These decals shall be issued to any person or family who are property owners or residents of the city, provided that the decals shall be issued for a eriod of no longer than one (1 ear, coinciding with the cit 's fiscal year, and with the reservation that the decals only be distributed upon the presentation of a current, valid automobile registration of the State of Georgia; indicatin registration and address from the Cit of T bee Island and also indicating that the ad valorem thereon has been paid to the city. Persons whose automobiles are not registered to a City of Tybee Island address ma obtain a decal b •urchase, u.on •a ment of a fee set b the governing body. CLERK OF OUNCIL Adopted this 6th day of September 1984 . 1 1 1 00®,3 pepartment of 'Transportation District isle �)esup, (iearain 31545 State Route 26, Chatham County City of Tybee Island Speed Ordinance August 9, 1984 Mr. C. J. Hosti, Mayor City of Tybee Island Post Office Box 128 Tybee Island, GA 31328 Dear Mr. Hosti: We are attaching a proposed speed ordinance for State Route 26 in the City of Tybee Island. Please have the City Council adopt this ordinance and return a copy to this office for our files. We did not include any city streets on this ordinances; Therefore, it will not be necessary to change the detection device permit. However, we would like to remind you that the detection device cannot be used on any street that is not listed on your detection device permit. -Use of the detection device on a street that is not on the permit would jeopardize the detection device permit. Jones Avenue is the only street, other than U.S; 80, that is on the permit. Thank you for your interest in safety matters; if we can be of any further assis- tance to you, please call. CEL:JDC:b Attachment Yours very truly, DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION JESJJP� DISTRICT 5 William J. "JAai" Durrence District Engkeer Telephone 912/427-9081 SPEED ZONE ORDINANCE CITY OF Tybee Island Chatham 00034 COUNTY GEORGIA ORDINANCE #1984 -12 Speed Limits - Section 10 -1 -4 T bee Island Code •f s .I.. es Pursuant to Georgia Code, 40 -6 -183 of that Title known as the Uniform Act Regulating Traffic are hereby adopted as and for the traffic regulations of this municipality with like effects as if recited herein. BE IT ORDAINED that the following speed zones are established. STATE ROUTE 26 (First Street) from Byers Street (mile post 33.17) to Lewis Avenue (mile post 34.11) a distance of 0.94 miles to be zoned for 45 MPH. State Route 26 (First Street) from Lewis Avenue (mile post 34.11) to Lovell Avenue (mile post 34.37) a distance of 0.26 miles to be zoned for 35 MPH. State Route 26 (First Street - Butler Avenue) from Lovell Avenue (mile post 34.37) to Third Street (mile post 34.61) a distance of 0.24 miles to be zoned for 30 MPH. State Route 26 (Butler Avenue) from Third Street (mile post 34.61) to Thirteenth Street (mile post 35.55) a distance of 0.94 miles to be zoned for 35 MPH. State Route 26 (Butler Avenue) from Thirteenth Street (mile post 35.55) to east end of State Route 26 (mile post 36.17) a distance of 0.62 miles to be zoned for 30 MPH. State Route 26 (Butler Avenue) School Zone: From Fourth Street (mile post 34.65) to 25 MPH between 7 :30 A.M. - 8:15 A.M. distance of 0.49 P.M. - miles :0tP zoed for P.M. on school days only. BE IT RESOLVED that any person convicted of a violation of this ordinance shall be punished as provided for by law. ALL ORDINANCES and parts of ordinances in conflict with this ordinance shall be repealed. THIS ORDINANCE shall become effective when appropriate signs are erected. APPROVED September 6, 1984 DATE