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19881013CCMeetingTybee Island, Georgia October 13, 1988 The Tybee Island City Council held its regular monthly meeting on Thursday, October 13, 1988 at 7:30 p.m. in the meeting room of the Tybee Branch of the CEL Library, next door to City Hall. Notice of the change of location had been given, as required. The change was caused by the use of the City Hall Auditorium for the Second Annual Tybee Island Fine Arts Exhibit & Sale, "Tybee Scenes ". Mayor Walter W. Parker presided and the following members of Council were present: Bill Walsh, Chris Solomon, Jean Davis, John O'Neill and Jack Youmans.. Mayor pro tem Paul Jackson was absent on a Marine Rescue Squadron cruise. City Attorney Thomas J. Mahoney, Jr. was present. Mayor Parker announced that Phyllis Cary retired as City Treasurer on September 30th, and that Mrs. Patricia B. Pagan has assumed the position as of October 1, 1988. In her first official appearance before Council Mrs. Pagan announced the fifa sale of two pieces of property, as follows: PIN #4 -05 -09 -008, 610 Butler Avenue - $1,711.89 PIN #4- 09 -04- 013, 8 17th Place - $ 394.15 In the absence of any bidding from the audience, the City bid in these two properties for back taxes owed. Ann Monaghan represented Tybee Beautification Committee asking for a position as a line item in the budget immediately. The amount requested is $25,000. for this fiscal year, to be used toward the Butler Avenue beautification project. She enumerated some of the accomplishments of the committee in its two years of activity: median planting on U.S. 80, the Tybee Welcome sign by Sally Bostwick, the creation of a landscape department with DPW, the "Yard of the Month" program, and the Annual Arbor Days. She said the committee has spent $20,000. and all but $5,000. came from sources other than city funding - donations and a state grant. She said the Butler Avenue planting can be completed by February if the city supports the plan. John Jarvis, from the audience, questioned why the rest of the island is being left out, saying that Butler isn't the only island street. Ted Solomon asked if the trees might not interfere with parking. Mrs. Monaghan answered that the four -lane highway is the most travelled street and that the traffic and parking situation had been carefully considered Tybee Island, Georgia October 13, 1988 Page Two by the state DOT and the city from the plan's inception. Jim Lynes asked if any meters would be eliminated and the answer was negative. Bob Wheat said the beautification committee has done a great job but that the city needs to negotiate with Waste Management about the trash can problem. Mrs. Wheat remarked that rental property trash & garbage areas are especially bad. There was discussion about the size of the median plantings, and the arrangements for watering, etc. It was noted that the city won the state award for its beautification committee work, and was nominated the year before. Marianna Seyden spoke to say that it is hoped the improvements will be permanent; the initial investment is large, but that there is justi- fication for including this award - winning program in the city's budget, and there is a great deal of support for it throughout the community. Mayor Parker agreed that the request for funding will be considered during the budget process. Councilman Solomon remarked that youpon holly grows all over the island, and he hates to spend money for it. Ann Monaghan said she'd be delighted to involve Mr. Solomon in the final plan preparation. Nancy Frankenhauser reported for the beach litter committee on the September 24th beach sweep, part of a concerted effort all up and down the east coast. Tybee's sweep was successful, with many local citizens and groups, such as the Boy Scouts, participating. Mayor Parker reminded everyone that a number of local business people and Chamber members also participated. Waste Management, Inc. provided a container for the trash. John Jarvis remarked that the trash on Butler Avenue needs to be handled better. He asked the status of the street paving. Councilman Walsh answered that the contractor has 180 days to complete the job. The meeting was opened for business legally presented. Minutes of the September meeting were approved. Bills for September, 1988 were approved as follows: Recreation & Parks Fire /First Responder Water /Sewer Public Works /Sanitation General Government Police - Held for Police $ 5,820.91 $ 8,065.82 $13,839.72 $11,124.27 $ 4,742.94 Commissioner to Approve The minutes of the October Planning Commission were entered 1 1 Tybee Island, Georgia October 13, 1988 Page Three into the record and Chairman John Hutton gave a verbal report of the meeting. A subdivision of three duplexes on Chatham Avenue was given preliminary sketch approval, and some work went forward on the Master Plan revision. Councilman O'Neill moved, and Councilman Solomon seconded, a motion to approve the addition of liquor to the beer and wine alcoholic beverage license held by "The Galley" on 16th Street. The vote was 5 - 0 in favor. A flood elevation variance for 717 First Street was next on the agenda., The city attorney explained the procedure, and the criteria for granting a variance according to the provisions of the local ordinance. The request was for an addition to an existing shopping center, the addition planned to be retail space for a doughnut & coffee shop. In the interests of consistency, and conformity with the other businesses within the shopping complex, Councilman Youmans moved to approve the variance so that the building was approved for a elevation of 8.87' in a 12' foot flood zone. The vote was 5 - 0 in favor of the motion, and the variance was approved. The City Attorney reminded all that the granting of the variance must be reported in writing to the petitioner and to FEMA. It was noted that an increase in the city's liability coverage has been recommended by the city's insurance agent, and that this may not be possible due to budget tightness, but will be considered as the Finance Committee considers the November budget adjustments. An ordinance concerning vacation leave policy was read by the City Attorney. Councilman O'Neill moved its acceptance, and Councilman Youmans seconded. The vote was 5 - 0 in favor. A second reading followed immediately, with Councilman O'Neill and Councilman Walsh sponsoring the motion which passed again by the vote of 5 - 0. The ordinance was therefore adopted, and a copy is attached to, and becomes a part of, these minutes. After a long discussion of possible changes to the FEMA ordinance, primarily the changing of "mobile homes" to "manufactured housing" the further discussion of possible amendments was tabled until the November meeting. The first reading of a change to Code Section 4- 1 -1(7) was read by Councilman Youmans who moved its adoption. Councilman O'Neill 1 Tybee Island, Georgia October 13, 1988 Page Four seconded. Councilman Walsh stated that he would rather Police Commissioner Paul Jackson be present since he is the committee head, and the change concerns his department. Councilman O'Neill affirmed that Councilman Jackson is aware, and in favor of, the proposed change, which only makes the Police Department fall in line with the way the other committees are run. The vote was 5 - 0. A second reading followed immediately. Councilman Youmans moved, and Councilman Solomon seconded; and the motion was passed by 5 - 0. The ordinance is attached to, and becomes a part of, these minutes. The meeting was adjourned.