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19870709CCMeeting1 1 1 Tybee Island, Georgia July 9, 1987 The regular monthly meeting of the Tybee Island City Council was called to order by Mayor Walter W. Parker at 7:30 P.M. on Thursday, July 9, 1987. The following members of City Council were present: Chris Solomon, Kilma McCutchen, Bill Walsh, Phil O'Dell, Jean Davis and Paul Jackson. John Cullen acted in place of City Attorney Thomas J. Mahoney, Jr. Bob Thomson, City and Zoning Administrator, was present. Charles Leonard was greeted by Mayor Parker after a general welcome to the audience. Mr. Leonard is an artist who has just released a print of Tybee Light. He presented Mayor Parker, the Attorney, the Administrator, and the members of City Council with signed copies. The first print off the press was presented, already framed, to Mayor Parker. Mr. Leonard spoke of his great love for Tybee Island, and his hopes that the pier and pavilion will soon be a reality. Mayor Parker announced that no public hearings will be held this month, saying that several zoning matters are presently being considered by the Planning Commission, but no recommendations from them were forthcoming this month. Mary McAfee spoke for the Planning Commission, saying that they did recommend that they hold a special meeting later this month to consider a question raised about re- considering a zoning request within six months of its original hearing. John Cullen read an opinion written by City Attorney Mahoney relating to the Code Section 8- 4- 71•(Public Hearings). Roy Rowell, a local developer, asked permission to speak concerning this code section. He brought a copy of a file giving the history of his re- zoning petition of January, 1987. The file contained documentation of evidence, not all of which was available to the City Council when they voted on his petition six months earlier. He was supported by Randy Warner, who stated that, having heard Mr. Rowell's presentation to the Planning Commission, he believed there was merit in his case. Michael Graham, an attorney, spoke for Mr. Rowell, saying that a very expensive injustice had been done his client and citing a recent Supreme Court decision that landowners must be compensated when any government, even temporarily, bars them from reasonable use of their property. 1 Tybee Island, Georgia July 9, 1987 Page Two There was a very long discussion. Councilmember Jackson questioned whether there is not already a suit pending in Superior Court filed by Mr. Rowell against the city. The answer was affirmative; Mr. Graham said that it was filed solely to meet the time requirements of state law and there is no plan to continue it if an agreement can be reached. Mr. Jackson firmly supported single - family development for the island, Council as a whole agreed that the city cannot properly act at this meeting. The Council concurred in asking the Mayor to request that the Planning Commission hold a special meeting to decide whether to recommend a change from 12 months to 6 months in Code Section 8 -4 -71, so as to allow Mr. Rowell to bring his petition to Council again at its next regular meeting. Anita Merritt Ivey also spoke, saying that she would have built the triplex she wanted on this land, if zoning could have been changed last year. Terrence Myers spoke for his jet ski rental business, asking about the area in which his license would allow rentals. Chief McCutchen spoke to clarify what the DNR will allow; it was decided to allow rentals on the south end of the island on a trial basis. Pat Locklear spoke of a problem jet skis have caused fishermen recently; he acknowledged that the jet skis were not rentals from Mr. Myers' business. Mayor Parker opened the meeting for business legally presented. Minutes of the June llth meeting were approved as written. Bills for June, 1987 were approved as follows: Water /Sewer $19,357.62 General Govt. 12,469.30 Police /Parking 17,197.05 DPW /Sanitation 28,629.33 Fire /lst Responder 2,652.63 Recreation /Parks 2,884.09 Councilmember Solomon explained that the recreational expenses reflect some improvements to the lighthouse property, which he thinks is a worthwhile expense, and an improvement for the community. Bob Thomson explained that he has developed a new formula for allocating percentages of gasoline expenditures; one that he thinks will be fairer to the Recreation 1 1 Tybee Island, Georgia July 9, 1987 Page Three Department. A communication from a tourist paying a parking ticket of $6.00 and complimenting the island was read, for its novelty. Councilmember Walsh moved that the Housing Code be updated to the 1985 edition and Councilmember Davis seconded. The vote was unanimously in favor, but the Second Reading will be held later so that the Council can be sure of the provisions of the Housing Code that will change. The update was requested by the County, with whom the city has a contract for these inspections. The attorney read the contract provisions for the JMERS of GMA pension fund and Councilmember Davis moved its adoption. Councilmember Jackson seconded. The vote was five to zero, with Councilmember O'Dell abstaining. The second reading will be held at the next regular meeting. It was announced that July 12th through 18th the National Academy of Georgia Chiefs will meet in Savannah, and that there will be regular shuttle bus service to Tybee for them. Everyone was encouraged to give them a special welcome. Mary McAfee asked about change for parking meters; it was discussed with the general consensus that it is good for businesses to have people coming in for change, and that it is not that much of a hardship for people to keep extra quarters for this purpose. Mayor Parker read a letter from ex -Mayor Hosti who couldn't be here tonight, but who wanted to voice a concern about Code Section 9 -2 -9, having to do with consumption of alcoholic beverages on the public beaches, etc. Mayor Parker then stated that he has conferred with the police and with the Council and that no problem with the present conditions is apparent. He expressed the opinion that this summer has been among the best ever for orderliness of the crowds. The meeting was adjourned. CLERK OF COUNCIL