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19880908CCMeeting1 1 Tybee Island, Georgia September 8, 1988 The Tybee Island City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, September 8, 1988, at 7:30 p.m. Mayor Walter W. Parker presided and the following members of Council were present: Jack Youmans, Chris Solomon, Bill Walsh, Jean Davis, John O'Neill and Paul Jackson. John Cullum represented the city as its attorney in the absence of Tom Mahoney. Mayor Parker opened the meeting, welcoming an unusually large audience, and invited Phyllis Cary to come forward. He presented a watch to her from the city fathers in recognition of her many years of service as City Treasurer, and announced that she has chosen to retire at the end of September. He also announced that Pat Pagan has begun to train and will become acting City Treasurer. A public hearing on Revenue Sharing Funds was held for the purpose of reallocating small remaining balances of funds from projects funded by Revenue Sharing; there were small amounts left in several line items from storm drainage, to beautification, to benches for the parks. Mayor Parker invited the public to express their views on how the funds should be used. Dottie Kluttz spoke to ask that the funds be allocated to the Clean Beach Committee for their litter control campaign; she said that the money could be used to implement the enforcement program at the beginning of next season. Councilman Youmans questioned why the funds weren't used as originally allocated, and it was explained that most of the funds had been and that the remaining monies represent balances left in a line item account after the project had been completed. Mary McAfee spoke to ask consideration for fixing up the public restrooms and maintaining them better. There were no others wishing to speak on the subject, but there was a letter requesting that funds be allocated to buy duck food for the ducks in Jaycee Park. Mr. Tommy Newsome presented a corrected plat, stating that the street in front of his house is actually on his property; he has requested that the city trade with him, giving him 10' on the rear to make up for the street encroachment on the front. (PIN #4- 2- 18 -1). This was held over to be considered during regular business. Mr. Nathan Godley spoke against the recent skateboard ordinance, asking that it be reconsidered for the sake of the island's children. Tybee Island, Georgia September 8, 1988 Page Two R. Joyner also spoke on this subject. It was asked that skateboards not be outlawed in most areas, since kids ride bikes all over the island. Alice Martin spoke of a rumor that the property on the corner of U S 80 and Miller Avenue is being considered for a skateboard park, and voiced her opposition. John Jarvis suggested roping off an end of the parking lot near the showers on the south end and using it for skateboarding. He also said that 19th Street needs to be opened since the plan has not been carried through that the 19th Street neighborhood proposed. He said the island needs the access to the beach there. Bert Barrett, Jr. said the city needs to look again at the skateboard ordinance and make it less strict. He said he realizes the city is trying to safeguard children, and that the city does have concerns about liability. Gary Conleay gave an update of the situation with the Tybee School. He announced that members of the School Board will attend the next meeting of the "Save Our School Committee" on September 15th at 7:30 p.m. He said the committee's goal is to reopen Tybee School next year. Mayor Parker announced that the planning commission will be updating the Master Plan and asked for volunteers to help. The meeting was opened for business legally presented. Steve Thompson of Tindal and Smith presented the 1988 audit. He said there are very few changes in this report - it primarily is the same as the monthly finance report for April, 1988. He added that there will be letters forthcoming that will recommend a few changes, and he especially thanked Phyllis for her cooperation. Minutes for August 11, 1988 were approved as written. Bills for August, 1988 were approved as follows: Police /Parking $15.,796.24 General Government $ 6,251.21 Public Works /Sanitation $11,815.00 $16,313.00 Water /Sewer $14,660.49 Fire /lst Responder $ 3,725.13 Parks & Recreation $ 2,335.15 The following communications were accepted as information: 1) Letter from John Tidwell of Savannah Leisure Services congratulating the city on better beach appearance. 2) Letter from Philip O'Dell praising Mr. Roman Patel's efforts to improve the Sundowner Motel. 3) Minutes of the Planning Commission 1 Tybee Island, Georgia September 8, 1988 Page Three Dottie Kluttz spoke for the Beach Litter Committee, saying their attack will be two - pronged: education and enforcement. She announced that September 24th is beach clean -up day all along the east coast, sponsored by the Clean American Foundation. Volunteers will gather data about kinds of trash. Mrs. Kluttz says the concern is for life as well as aesthetics since many kinds of trash are deadly to marine and bird life. The local group will gather on Saturday, October 24th between 10 a m and 2 p m in Memorial Park to volunteer as beach cleaners. Waste Management, Inc., as a public service, will provide a container for the trash collected. It was noted by Mayor Parker that Captain Clyde's Seafood Company has a grandfathered sign on Highway 80 for which they are seeking a permit to continue. He referred this application to the city attorney for review. Councilman Youmans moved that "pawn shop" be added to the schedule for business licenses and Councilman Solomon seconded. There were questions from Councilman O'Neill about regulation of this kind of business and Chief McCutchen said that he foresees no problems for the TIPD if the license . category is created. The fee, unless otherwise stipulated by the Finance Committee, will be that of a miscellaneous category of license. Amendments to the Flood Damage Control Ordinance were considered, and were accepted on final reading by motion of Councilman Jackson, seconded by Councilman Davis. The vote was unanimous in favor, and the ordinance was adopted. A copy is attached to, and becomes a part of, these minutes. John Cullum brought two ante litum notices to the attention of the Council: Susan Gale and Dylan McDaniel. After a brief explanation by him, Councilman Walsh moved the claims be denied and Councilman Youmans seconded. The vote was unanimous, in favor of the motion for denial. Mayor Parker asked Councilman Walsh if he would like to reconvene the skateboard committee. Mr. Walsh declined, saying he would rather another group review the ordinance, since his best effort went into the ordinance as passed. It was mentioned that bicycles, so often used as a comparison by those against the ordinance, are controlled by vehicular and traffic laws. The balance of the Revenue Sharing Funds, $2,724. more or less, after necessary expenses such as advertising, be allocated and immediately transferred into the General Fund under Parks Revitalization, and used for immediate improvements there, including the recommendation that the 1 1 1 Tybee Island, Georgia September 8, 1988 Page Four request for duck food be taken care of by the Recreation Department in whatever manner seems best. The remainder of the funds, coming to a grand total of $6,603.00, would be allocated to the Beach Litter Committee for their campaign, and would be administered through the parks & recreation budget. Councilman O'Neill moved, and Councilman Walsh, seconded the motion that Mr. Newsome's property on Van Horne Street be made conformable by having. Mr. Newsome's attorney draw the necessary papers to quit claim the 10' of street to the city, in return to 10' on the back or park side of the property. Councilman Solomon spoke of the need to be very cautious when dealing with the public domain, and said he didn't see the need to give away city property to square up a surveying error made years ago. Mr. Cullum said that, in order for the quit claim to be executed, a Resolution must be passed by the City Council and the decision can be taken at that time. Councilman O'Neill said that it is better to square up the land now that to allow an irregularity to continue to plague a later City Council twenty years or more from now. The vote was four in favor, two against. Mr. Newsome's attorney will present the necessary documents to the city for consideration at a later meeting. The meeting was adjourned, and Mayor Parker invited everyone to remain for a Reception in honor of Mrs. Phyllis Cary's impending retirement. CLERKOF CLERK OF COUNCIL WALTER W. PARKER