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1 <br />1 <br />1 <br />@ @ITEM 2002 -02 -14 City Council Minutes <br />Mayor Walter Parker called the Special Council meeting to order at 6:30 PM. <br />with the following members of Council present: James Burke, Jack Youmans, Whitley <br />Reynolds, Walter Crawford, Jason Buelterman and Richard Barrow. City Attorney <br />Edward Hughes and City Manager Tom Cannon were present. <br />Mayor Parker announced that the reason for this meeting is to hold a public <br />hearing on the Community Block Grant that the city is applying for with Department of <br />Community Affairs. The city would have to adopt the resolution presented tonight in <br />order to go forward with the application. The Reverend David Laughner gave the <br />invocation, which was followed by the Pledge of Allegiance. <br />Charlie Waggoner explained that this grant would allow the city to construct a <br />multi- purpose complex: Senior Citizens /Convention Center /Gym Complex. Waggoner <br />said that the public hearing notice was in the Savannah Morning News on February 7, <br />2002 as per the rules of applying for the grant. Waggoner said that funds are needed in <br />order to do a cost analysis — engineering and architecture — the grants are in the $500,000. <br />range — most cities in Georgia have received one — low to moderate income. Waggoner <br />said that we have a good chance. The Federal government says that senior citizens are <br />classified as low to moderate income. There is a $10,000.00 matching cash requirement. <br />Youmans asked if this $10,000. will come out of the reserve gym fund account. <br />Waggoner said he has shown what the preliminary study would be. Youmans said that <br />there is over $700,000. in the reserve gym account and that the $10,000 could be paid out <br />of that account and not general fund. Waggoner stated Bazemore said the gym part <br />would cost the most, not to exceed $3,500, he would bill by the hour and hopefully less <br />for the study of the gym. Youmans asked then no money out of gym fund? Waggoner <br />said the city could use that for maintenance. Waggoner told Council that the more money <br />that Tybee was willing to put up it will mean more leverage. Reynolds asked what else <br />other than the gym would the grant be used for. Waggoner answered saying Carl <br />Thompson did the drawing and you can see that all the buildings will be combined; this is <br />a neat project as you can use a gym for so many different things. <br />Don Johnson asked if the operation costs would be at the taxpayers expense or <br />would the city have user fees. Parker said it would be a combination with the antenna <br />leases revenue paying for the maintenance. Cannon mentioned that it would take about <br />$133,000 a year in maintenance. Rachel Perkins told Council this would be a tremendous <br />boost for Tybee. Crawford said he did not think the land and buildings could be used as <br />equity. Barrow said this is a leg up. Cannon told Council that it is good that the city has <br />clear title to the property. <br />Mayor Parker closed the special meeting and opened the regular meeting for <br />business legally presented. <br />Rachel Perkins addressed Council on the issue of the resolution for green space <br />requesting that Council use caution if the city ever decides to sell city land or right of <br />ways, don't throw out the baby with the bath water. <br />Sallie Keller addressed Council on two issues: the proposed fence ordinance from <br />the January meeting and the Historic Districts. Keller explained the historic district by <br />telling Council the history of how it came about. Keller said proper notice was not given <br />