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19890209CCMeeting1 1 Tybee Island, Ge rgia February 9, 19 9 The City of Tybee Island held its regular monthly meeting of the City Council on February 9, 1989 at City Hall, with Mayor Walter W. Parker presiding. John Cullum acted for the City Attorney and the following members of Council were present: Chris Solomon, Jack Youmans, Bill Walsh, John O'Neill and Jean Davis. Councilman Paul Jackson was absent on business, and Thomas J. Mahoney, Jr., was absent due to illness Steve McCusker spoke for a petition for a change in PUD for the approximately 10 acres of the Old Golf Course property east of Off cers' Row. The existing PUD is for condominium units, but the change sh ws 28 single family units and is almost an overlay of the 1946 Fort Screk en sub- division map, according to Mr. McCusker. There will be a 100' right of way, 80' of which will be paved. Jim Kluttz questioned whether a bond for the infrastructure is in place, and asked about a time limit on the bond. In answer to a question from Councilman Solomon, Mr. McCusker stated that the group plans to offer lots for sale, with protective covenants mandating that the design, etc. be conformable to the Officers' Row historic properties. No one spoke against the petition; Sam Adams spoke briefly in favor of it. It was noted that the planning commission recommends approval. A request for a zoning change from R -2 to C -1 for 1801 Butler Avenue was postponed at the request of the petitioner, Kathy Lascak. An opportunity was given for anyone who wished to speak to this matter because it had been advertised, but no one spoke. Tony Abbott, attorney, spoke for David Steffes concerning subdivision of 1.3 acres zoned for duplexes on Chatham Avenue. The planning commission approved the application for subdivision with a variance to allow for a private drive, which would have a 50' turnaround. Mr. Abbott stated that Code Section 8 -3 -56(6) conflicts with 8 -3 -26(1) and 8 -3 -9. He presented an aerial photo which shows surrounding lots as dense or more dense than the proposed develop- ment, especially citing Nelson Apts. which has 14 units on 1/3 acre. He told of protective covenants that would assure quality development. He then intro- duced Mr. Steffes as the person who built the new library. Speaking for the development were: Fitz Simmons and Bonnie Gaster. Mr. Steffes spoke to point 1 Tybee Island, Georgia February 9, 1989 Page Two out that he did research before buying the property and might have acted differently if he had believed the ordinances disallowed his plan. Mr. R. Meigs, an adjacent property owner, spoke to say that he had considered buying the land, and would have developed it more densely. Speaking against was attorney Brooks Stillwell who represented the Tybee Island Neighborhood Assn., saying that they don't want increased density and don't want their way of life changed. He cited Code Section 8 -3 -56 which he argued precluded the planned development. He also stated that three adjacent property owners believe they will be impacted harmfully by the proposed plan. Speaking against the proposed development were: Billy Dyer, Jr. who believed the planned dock could be hazardous to his own; Chuck Powell, acting president of the Tybee Island Neighborhood Association, who said the shape of the lot is not an unusual one and who asked for a show of opposition resulting in a group of people standing; Gloria Allen who spoke of an article concerning Isle of Hope and saying, "Just say no "; Jay Kaminsky whose family has owned the tract next door for fifty years, who believed his property value would be hurt; Rox&nh Reep; and Sam Adams. Summation by Brooks Stillwell and Tony Abbott followed. The planning commission recommended approval by a tie vote, broken by the chairman, and this was announced. The public hearing portion of the meeting was closed. Visitors speaking on other matters followed, with Gary Conleay and Bob Pratt of the Tybee Youth Athletic Association speaking for improved recreational facilities for youngsters, raised standards for city recreational programs which could provide a positive outlet for young energy and create an improved economy through increased tourism. They requested that land be set aside for recreational use through the Master Plan. Councilman Solomon spoke in favor of these ideas, suggesting that the city dedicate by resolution existing city property to be used to build a gymnasium and more ballfields. He asked that this be placed on the agenda for the next meeting. The meeting was opened for business legally presented. The vote on the approval of the McCusker PUD change was as follows: Councilmember Davis made the motion; it was seconded by Councilman O'Neill and unanimously adopted. A motion to deny the subdivision petition for 1619 Chatham Avenue was made by Councilman Youmans, seconded by Councilman O'Neill and unanimously passed. Tybee Island, Georgia February 9, 1989 Page Three Following a five minute recess, during Old Business, the allocation by contract of 40% of the hotel /motel tax revenues was discussed. Mayor Parker called on Gary Greenhut of the Greater Savannah Area Chamber of Commerce, and Visitors and Convention Bureau, to speak. Councilman Walsh then moved that the contract be finalized with the Tybee Council of the Savannah Chamber, and the motion was seconded by Councilman O'Neill. Jim Kluttz spoke to say that the two groups, the historical society and the Tybee Council, do not have a signed agreement but do have an agreement in principle, but Gary Greenhut needs both contracts to take to his Board to have them signed. He suggested a two - week timeframe for accomplishment of this. The vote to accept the contract contingent upon a signed agreement between the two groups (historic society and chamber) was unanimous. The minutes of the January 26th special meeting for budget revision were accepted after striking in its entirety the line concerning a change in the recreation budget, which correction was requested by Councilman Solomon. Bills for the month of January were accepted as follows: Police /Parking $ 9,747.90 General Government $ 5,757.73 Pubic Works /Sanitation $27,680.28 Water /Sewer $15,030.24 Fire /lst Responder $ 2,578.09 Recreation $ 1,344.39 A letter from the Savannah Junior League was read, announcing a grant for filming litter control advertisements. Mrs. Jeanne Hutton spoke of the grant, saying that the $450.00 is for purchase of video film, and that the filming will be done free by Savannah College of Art and Design. She added that Councilman Youman's nephew, who is on the faculty of the college, is in charge of the project. A letter from Waste Management was read. It announced an additional charge of approximately $543.00 per month, made necessary by an increase in dumping fees charged by the City of Savannah for the use of their landfill. A letter from Jack Boyleston of the Tybee Island Recreation Board, dated January 24th, was accepted as information. An alcoholic beverage license for The Anchor Lounge & Restaurant was delayed to be sure that the restaurant and lounge licenses were in the same name. A poll was later taken and is attached to these minutes. Tybee Island, Georgia February 9, 1989 Page Four Dates were set for open meetings for budget hearings for the two Thursdays following the city's regular monthly meeting on March 9th. These meetings will therefore be held on Thursday, March 16th and 23rd, at 7:30 p.m. at City Hall. Department Heads and other appropriate city officials will be asked to attend. Councilman Solomon made an announcement regarding the feeding of the ducks in Jaycee Park. The meeting was adjourned. CLERK OF COUNCIL NOTE: JUST PRIOR TO THE BEGINNING OF THE PUBLIC HEARING, MAYOR PARKER RECOGNIZED MISS KATY McNAUGHTON, A STUDENT AT ST. MICHAEL'S SCHOOL, WHO WON THE CATHOLIC SCHOOL SPELLING BEE, COMPETING AGAINST SIX (6) OTHER SCHOOLS. SHE WAS THE FIRST ST. MICHAEL'S STUDENT TO WIN THE EVENT, ALTHOUGH HER SISTER WAS FIRST RUNNER -UP SEVERAL YEARS AGO. MAYOR PARKER PRESENTED MISS McNAUGHTON WITH A CERTIFICATE OF ACHIEVEMENT FROM THE CITY COUNCIL. 1 R POLL OF COUNCIL ALCOHOLIC BEVERAGE LICENSE FOR THE ANCHOR LOUNGE DO YOU APPROVE ANNETTE BLEVINS' APPLICATION FOR RESTAURANT AND ALCOHOL LICENSES FOR THIS LOCATION? IT IS A TRANSFER OF PERMITS FORMERLY IN BEN ALEXANDER'S NAME. JACK YOUMANS BILL WALSH JEAN DAVIS JOHN O'NEILL PAUL JACKSON CHRIS SOLOMON yes yes e44, yes