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1 <br />1 <br />@ @ITEM 2002 -12 -12 City Council Minutes <br />Mayor Walter W. Parker called the December 12 meeting to order at 7 P.M. The <br />following members of Council were present: James Burke, Jack Youmans, Whitley <br />Reynolds, Jason Buelterman and Richard Barrow. Mayor Pro tem Crawford was absent <br />do to being on vacation. City Manager Bob Thomson and City Attorney Edward Hughes <br />were present. <br />The Reverend Hale Bishop gave the invocation. All recited the Pledge of <br />Allegiance. <br />Paul Wolff presented Council with a suggestion for charging a real estate transfer <br />fee. Wolff said that the last thing he wants to see is Tybee to end up like Hilton Head. <br />Wolff also said that the revenue could be placed in the green space fund. Parker asked if <br />this was legal? Hughes responded by saying that the State of Georgia controls and a fee <br />is paid to the Clerk of Superior Court when a deed is filed. Carolina laws are different <br />from Georgia. Hughes was requested by Parker to look onto this issue. <br />The petition presented to Council by Freda Rutherford becomes a part of the <br />minute file. The petition request that Council publish a list of city owned property, <br />personnel conduct a search to determine if records are available to support ownership, <br />charge the City Attorney with obtaining the deeds and records in securing title to city <br />property. Reynolds said that the city has a list. Someone needs to go over the list, some <br />type of citizens committee, not city personnel or funds at this time. <br />Former Mayor Pat Locklear said that the gym should be added to the 2003 <br />SPLOST items and to take the reserve funds for maintenance and operation of the gym. <br />Locklear also said that former Council member Ed Merves' son Jake is in ICU at the <br />Medical College in Augusta. <br />Henry Levy said that he is co -chair of the Tybee Park Commission, he conceived <br />and designed the park of 7 Flags, this is s very progressive movement, it will solve traffic <br />problems in the area and that Chief Price has given his approval. Levy said the citizens <br />should boycott Arby's. On the C -2 set back issue Levy said the City should leave it the <br />way it is now. <br />Dr. Jim Hissem addressed Council on the health insurance issues facing the <br />employees. Hissem gave background on Blue Cross/Blue Shield of Georgia <br />Charlie Waggoner the other co -chair of the Park of 7 Flags agrees with everything <br />that Levy said. Waggoner suggested that the City contact the contractor and tell him to <br />proceed with the project. <br />Mayor Parker opened, asked for comment and closed the following public <br />hearings according to law. <br />DNR Coastal Georgia Local Government Service Coordinator Teresa Concannon <br />presented the Solid Waste Plan STWP Update, explaining the process in order to get this <br />in place. Parker told Council that this is mandated by the State. Concannon urged <br />Council to appoint an advisor committee for the short-term comprehensive plan. <br />Concannon said that the wish list should be included in the plan. Thomson reaffirmed <br />stating that it should include major project and should blend with the 5 year CIP. The <br />State will look favorably. <br />Hughes explained the C -2 set back zoning amendment to the Land Development <br />Code. Section 8 -3 -090 C -2 Front from 20 feet to 10 feet; rear from 20 feet to 6 feet; side <br />