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19850912CCMeeting1 1 00031 Tybee Island, Georgia September 12, 1985 The regular monthly meeting of the Tybee Island City Council was held on Thursday, September 12, 1985 at Tybee City Hall. Mayor Charles J. Hosti presided, opening the meeting at 7:30 p.m. The following members of City Council were present: Paul Jackson, Jeanne Hutton, J. C. Wylly, Jr., Earl Marlin, S. J. Orsini, and Christopher P. Solomon. The City Attorney, Thomas J. Mahoney, Jr., was also present, as was the City Administrator, Bob Thomson. Mayor Hosti opened the meeting for a public hearing on rezoning for a tract of land (approximately 14.66 acres) owned by Charles and Sylvia I. Bishop and bounded by the ocean, Lighthouse Point, city property and the Riversend Campground. The plan was presented by Mr. Jim McCaller, attorney for the developers, and consists of twenty -nine (29) lots, with a minimum size of 6800 square feet. Mr. McCaller showed a site plan of the tract and pointed out that the developer is inside the dune protection line by twenty -five feet (25') and that the plan shows water and sewer lines as well as streets and utilility easements. The following citizens spoke in favor of the project: 1) Mrs. Merle K. Howard, owner of Lots 1 & 2 2) Mr. John L. Sapp No one spoke against the project. Mayor Hosti thanked everyone, and placed the question on the agenda to be discussed later in the meeting. Mayor Hosti then invited visitors to speak to Council. The first to do so was Mrs. Jane Feiler, #4 Ninth Street, who requested that storm drainage be given priority status when the capital expenditures budget is planned. She gave each member of Council a handout describing the problems citizens in her neighborhood are experiencing, and signed by many of her neighbors. Mayor Hosti explained to Mrs. Feiler that he is aware of the problem, has had engi- neering advice, and hopes to begin by installing a French drain on her street within the next few months. The work will be done by city forces, and so it will be scheduled during the off - season winter months. The next visitor was Mr. Dave Steele of Tybee Cable TV, Inc. He asked for permission to increase the fees for basic service by $1.30, approximately 10 %.. The increase is needed because several stations are being added, and be- cause WTBS and others have increased their fees. 1 1 1 3 -0032, Tybee Island, Georgia September 12, 1985 Page Three The re- zoning petition for the Bishop subdivision was brought before the Council by Mayor Hosti. He asked that letters received concerning the Fort Screven zoning be read. Councilmember Hutton then offered a motion that the property be rezoned according to the density recommended in the Master Plan (6000 square feet for single family, 1200 square feet for duplex). Councilmember Marlin objected, saying that there is no provision in the present zoning ordinance for this. The motion died for lack of a second. Councilmember Marlin then moved to approve the petition, Councilmember Solomon seconded and the motion passed by a vote of five (5) to one (1) with Councilmember Hutton casting the dissenting vote. The fee increase of Tybee Cable TV, Inc. was considered. Councilmember Orsini moved that the $1.30 increase be approved, Councilmember Jackson seconded, and the motion passed by a vote of four (4) in favor, one (1) opposed [Hutton], and one (1) abstaining [Solomon]. The sanitation policy, with revisions, was re- introduced. Councilmember Hutton moved its adoption, Councilmember Orsini seconded and the vote was four (4) in favor, two (2) [Solomon and Marlin] opposed. The policy was therefore passed and ordinances, if needed to support the policy, will be forthcoming. A pamphlet will be produced for citizen information. Mayor Hosti announced that the municipal election will be held on Tuesday, November 5, 1985 and that qualification of candidates begins Saturday, September 21, 1985 and ends Monday, October 7, 1985. He recommended that the County Election Board be authorized to supervise the election. Councilmember Orsini moved that this be done, Councilmember Solomon seconded and the motion passed without dissent. Mayor Hosti then introduced the city's new City Administrator, Bob 1 00033 Tybee Island, Georgia September 12, 1985 Page Four Thomson, welcoming him. Mr. Thomson spoke a few words in return, pledging his best efforts toward serving the citizens of Tybee Island. Councilmember Wylly reported that the audit for FY'85 has been completed and citizens who wish may stop by during regular office hours to examine it. He also remarked that the city came out a little ahead financially and that every department stayed very close to budget. Councilmember Solomon reported for the fishing pier committee saying that three companies have been contacted for estimates and a cost of 1.75 to 2.00 million dollars seems to be a good guess. He also noted that Council will need to act very soon if a referendum for a bond issue is to be held in conjunction with the regular municipal election scheduled for Tuesday, November 5, 1985. Councilmember Marlin informed Council that the Vehicle Storage Facility for the Fire Department has been bid, and that the low bidder is J.L. Sapp Construction Company, Inc. with a bid of $69,963.60. He then moved that this bid be accepted and Councilmember Orsini seconded. The vote was five (5) to one(1) with Councilmember Hutton opposing; she stated that she is opposed to voting on bids that the Fire Committee has not first met to examine and approve. Police Commissioner Orsini reported that the Police Department made 488 calls in August. He mentioned a letter of commendation received concerning the handling of a personal illness case - the officers answering the call were O'Neill and Aaron. Councilmember Jackson said that the Water /Sewer Department is running smoothly, and is very glad to have some new equipment: a backhoe which will be shared with Public Works, a 5" pipe cutter, and a Mighty Mo which has just been ordered. It was further noted that bids have been received for the painting of the Recreation Building and Community House, and that a contract will be finalized for this work, probably before Council's next regular meeting. If necessary, Council will be polled for a vote prior to signing of the contract. The Public Works Department is planning its winter schedule according to Councilmember Hutton, who also reported that those wishing to 1 1 1 Tybee Island, Georgia September 12, 1985 Page Two Mayor Hosti asked if the federal law allows a 5% per year increase. Mr. Steele answered affirmatively, saying that the law entitles the franchisee to impose ,the same increase, but in two steps - 5% in 1985, and 5% in 1986. He said that his requested 10% increase, if granted, will take the place of the two iflcreases allowed by federal law. Mayor Hosti promised to bring the question before the Council during the regular meeting. Earl Anderson, President, spoke for the Tybee Island Chamber of Commerce. He reminded everyone of the boat races scheduled for the upcoming weekend, and gave a raindate of September 28th & 29th. The annual Tybee Jubilee will take place on September 27, 28 and 29. He thanked Mayor Hosti and the Council for the support they have given the Chamber of Commerce, and said more help is expected from the State Department of Industry and Trade. The Citizen of the Month Award was presented to Skip Sasser in appre- ciation for the work he did on the fund - raising drive for the Jaws of Life, and other volunteer work. Mr. Sasser is a volunteer fireman and Emergency Medical First Responder. Minutes for the meeting of August 9, 1985 were approved unanimously with the motion made by Councilmember Orsini and the second by Councilmember Wylly. Bills for August, 1985 were approved as follows: Water /Sewer - $17,379.29, Public Works /Sanitation - $10,594.47, General Government - $4,491.55, Recreation - $1,960.96, Fire Department - $2,754.95 and Police - $7,031.63. No inspections reports were given. The Zoning Administrator, Earl Anderson, said that there are one or two possible violations being investigated and they will be reported next month. A letter from Dent Teeples of the State Library Board was read. He offered to support funding for the Tybee Library, in the amount of $308,572.00, through the legislative process. The monies are in the State Board of Education budget. City Attorney Mahoney reported on a hearing of a temporary injunction which kept the Planning Commission from meeting to discuss the final plans for the Williams PUD. The injunction was lifted and the plaintiffs were ordered to pay court costs. 1 1 1 00035 Tybee Island, Georgia September 12, 1985 Page Five request work be placed on this winter schedule should let Mr. Thomson know immediately. Councilmember Wylly read a letter from the City Attorney reporting work done by his firm on the injunction sought by Eldridge, etc., plaintiffs, concerning the Williams PUD. It was stated that the city's attorneys had no control over the number of depositions requested and, although the plaintiffs were made responsible for court costs, this did not include legal fees incurred by the city. These fees totalled $7,302.78 and Councilmember Wylly moved that they be paid. Councilmember Marlin seconded and the motion passed unanimously. Councilmember Wylly also announced that a supplemental agreement for beach erosion has been signed by the city, state and federal government. The agreement allocates $1,369,000.00 for beach erosion control and this in- cludes the building of the South Groin, the raising of the North Groin and some renourishment. He added that the Senate Natural Resources Committee will meet at Tybee on September 20, 21, and 22, 1985. There was no further business and the meeting was adjourned. CLERK OF COUNCIL