Agendas 2009

Agenda of September Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council to be held on 7th September 2009 at 11am


Corporate Services
Sligo County Council
County Hall
Riverside
Sligo

Phone: 071 9111111


1st September, 2009

TO: The Cathaoirleach and Each Member of the Council

An Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council will be held:

ON: Monday, 7th September 2009

AT: 11.00 AM

IN: Council Chamber, County Hall, Riverside, Sligo

You are requested to attend.


Signed
F. Mac Nabb
Meetings Administrator


CLÁR

  1. To confirm the minutes of the Special Meeting held on the 5th August, 2009. (copy attached)
  2. To confirm the minutes of the Special Meeting held on the 20th July, 2009. (copy attached)
  3. To confirm the minutes of the July Ordinary Meeting held on 6th July, 2009. (copy attached)
  4. To approve in accordance with Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 2001 the proposed construction of the N59 Realignment Farranyharpy to Ballygreighan in the townlands of Farranyharpy, Doonflin Lower, Doonflin Upper, Grange Beg, Ballinphull and Ballygreighan in, Co. Sligo. (previously circulated)
  5. To approve in accordance with Part 8 (Article 81) of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 2001 (as amended by the Planning and Development Regulations, 2006) the provision of a demountable dwelling and connection to existing septic tank and all other site services at Drumraine Td, Riverstown, Co. Sligo (previously circulated)
  6. To consider report in relation to the taking in charge of the following estate – “The Crescent”, Ballisodare, Co. Sligo. (copy attached)
  7. That Sligo County Council being satisfied of their general public utility declare the Roads named below to be Public Roads in accordance with Section 11(1) of the Roads Act, 1993 (copy attached)

    Road Number Location and Terminal Points 
     L-45025-0  Road situate off R294 in Teeling Street, Tubbercurry in the housing estate of “Teeling Grove” in the townland of Tubbercurry (road 210 metres in length by 6 metres wide).
     L-61051-0  Road situate in the housing estate of “Mountain Park” in the townland of Coolaney.
     L-13039-1  Road situate in the housing estate of “Brookfield Close” in the townland of Cuiltylough, Riverstown.
  8. To seek approval to borrowing an increased sum not exceeding €10m by way of temporary overdraft for the 4 months to 31st December 2009 (report attached)
  9. To consider and approve the Draft Strategic Policy Committee Scheme 2009-2014 and the process to be followed in the preparation and putting in place of the scheme (report attached).
  10. To establish an Audit Committee (report attached)
  11. To consider the takeover of group water schemes in accordance with Section 95 of the Water Services Act, 2007 (copy attached)
  12. To adopt the Higher Education Grant Scheme for 2009. (report attached)
  13. To note report on the Implementation of the NPPR (Non Principal Private Residence Charge) (copy attached)

 
DEFERRED MOTIONS

  1. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “That the Council provide speed ramps and/or other traffic calming measures on the road linking Strandhill village with the Airport, particularly on the stretch of road adjacent to Lar Easa Cove housing estate”.
  2. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “To ask the County Manager how many licenses have been issued by the Council under the Water Pollution Acts in respect of the discharge of trade effluent and/or sewage effluent, and to ask what level of monitoring the Council has in place and what charge is sought by the Council as a contribution towards the cost incurred in monitoring the discharge, and to ask the Manager if he is satisfied with the level of monitoring that the Council carries out and if it complies with accepted standards and regulations”.
  3. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “Recognising that the Government has no difficulty in providing billions of Euro in grant aid to the private banks, this Council calls on the Government and the Department of the Environment to provide sufficient funding to allow the Council to process and pay Housing Adaption Grants for People with a Disability, Housing Aid for Older People Grants and Mobility Aids Grants, to eligible applicants”.
  4. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “Due to the ongoing problems that exists on the sewerage line on the Charlestown Road, Tubbercurry at the Rectory that the sanitary services section carry out a detailed survey to establish the cause and take the necessary steps to have it rectified”
  5. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    “To ask the Director of Services to give a brief outline on how much property Sligo County Council own in the County, i.e. Land and Buildings
  6. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    “To ask the Director of Services to indicate when Social Housing in Dromore West will be ready for allocating”


MOTIONS

  1. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “That Sligo County Council agrees to install Speed Ramps and/ traffic calming measures on the Burma Road, Strandhill. This will ensure that the road becomes much safer for both motorists and pedestrians”
  2. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “To ask the County Manager for an update on the High Court case taken against the Council by the Owners of Lissadell, and to ask the County Manager why the Council Defence was not ready on 20th April in the High Court, so that the Judge indicated that the Council had delayed the proceedings, when we were told at the Council Meeting of 6th April, that the Council had a strong prima facie defence, and that the defence would be filed?”
  3. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “That Sligo County Council commits itself to fully supporting the Nurses of Sligo General Hospital in their campaign to increase staffing levels, since 2007 Sligo General Hospital has lost 65 Nurses and is now expected to operate and function with a serious staffing deficit.  This needs to be addressed so that the best care and attention can be provided to patients by front-line staff”
  4. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on Sligo County Council to improve the junction on the N59, turn off for Dromore West National School, Tubbercurry known locally as Joyce’s Cross, and to incorporate a separate lane for traffic turning right coming from the Ballina direction”
  5. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on Sligo County Council to improve road safety at Skreen/Dromard Community Centre and to provide yellow rippled road makings, flashing amber lights and speed cameras”
  6. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on Sligo County Council to replace footpaths at Abby Drive Ballisodare and Castle Heights Easkey”
  7. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor P. McGrath
    “To ask Sligo County Council for an update regarding the Ballymote Area Office/Library and the HSE facilities”
  8. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor P. McGrath
    “To ask Sligo County Council for an update on Ballymote Fire Station.”
  9. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Barrett
    “That this Council call on the Minister for Agriculture to reverse his decision to close REPS 4 to all new applicants as well as those completing their current 5-year REPS contract”
  10. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Healy McGowan
    “To ask the County Manager, in light of the current economic difficulties facing the small and family business that the Manager and the Executive of Sligo County Council consider a reduction in the commercial rates in the 2010 book of estimates”
  11. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “Sligo County Council calls on the Government to support the Family Resource Centre Programme and, in particular, the four Family Resource Centres based in County Sligo.  We support the three campaign principles of the Family Resource Centre National Forum, which are:
    • The Family Resource Centre programme delivers a value-for-money support for families across Ireland.  At times of financial hardship, the services of Family Resource Centres will be needed more than ever. Rather than considering closing or reducing the FRC programme, it should be developed and expanded.
    • The Family Resource Agency is the best vehicle to deliver the Family Resource Centre programme and the Agency should be maintained.
    • If any changes are to be made to the FRC programme or Family Support Agency, the Family Resource Centre National Forum must be consulted on the way forward.”
  12. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming
    “In relation to development charges levied on rural dwellings being constructed, which are not connected to water or sewerage services provided by Sligo County Council, that those developments be exempt from the charges relating to provision of community services including libraries, lighting, footpaths etc”.
  13. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming
    “Broadband Service in County Sligo can provide much needed benefits to individuals and communities.  I request Sligo County Council to request Minister Eamonn Ryan to confirm a plan for the rollout of the service for Sligo, including timescale, service providers, etc”
  14. 33.  To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming
    “In the light of current budgetary constraints, to request the Minister for the Environment and Transport to allocate the maximum funding possible to maintain County Roads”
  15. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “Due to the ongoing disruptions to the water supply to the Cloonloo, Gurteen, Monasteraden and surrounding areas due to deficient pipes in the Monasteraden area, that this Council take immediate steps to have these pipes replaced”
  16. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
     “That the Council be provided with a full report on all developments in the past five years where the County Manager agreed to off set development contributions against works carried out by developers, including the planning file numbers; the amount of development levies offset in each case; the work undertaken by the developer and to ask if quotations were sought from other contractors in respect of the works, and further to ask if the allocation of monies collected from development levies is a reserved function of the elected Council or an Executive function of the County Manager.”
  17. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Barrett
    “Due to the absence of an ambulance base in South Sligo that this Council calls on the HSE to have the Rapid Response Vehicle retained in the area”
  18. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy
    “That Sligo County Council calls on the Government to continue to support the family resource programme, in particular the family resource centre in Tubbercurry and also in Ballymote, Easkey and Sligo”
  19. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “Due to the absence of an ambulance base in South Sligo that this Council calls on the HSE to have the Rapid Response Vehicle Retained in the area”
  20. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor T. Collery
    “I would like to ask Sligo County Council to provide funding for 200 metres of footpaths, plus provision of street lighting at Athvalid, Ballintogher, Co. Sligo”
  21. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor T. Collery
    “I would like to ask Sligo County Council to make enquiries with Coillte to erect an 8ft high deer fence from the Gleanagoals towards Ballygawley area”
  22. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor T. Collery
    “I would like to ask Sligo County Council to allow funding for 60 metres of piping plus 3 grates at Kieran Avenue, Collooney to stop house flooding”
  23. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor G. Mullaney
    “To call on the Minister for Agriculture, Mr. Brendan Smith to bring forward the Single Farm Payment to October 1st in light of the severe financial and weather related difficulties being experienced by farmers.”
  24. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor G. Mullaney
    “To ask the Minister for Education, Mr. Batt O’Keefe to allow accounts for the self-employed for 2008 to include an estimate of income for 2009 based on the experience of the first six months when assessing applications for Higher Education Grants in the current year.”
  25. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor G. Mullaney
    “To call on the Director of Services for Infrastructure to prioritise the roads that were removed from the 2009 Programme for immediate attention in 2010.”
  26. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “That this Council calls on the Government to rescind its proposal to establish the National Assets Management Agency (NAMA).”
  27. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy
    “In view of the re-occurring problems of burst water mains in the Gurteen, Monasteraden and Cloonloo areas of South Sligo, what plans have this Council in place to solve this serious problem”
  28. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Mulvey
    “To ask the Director of Services if funding will be provided as a matter of urgency for the provision of traffic calming measures in Woodbrook Heights Estate in Ballisodare in the interests of the safety of its residents”
  29. 48.  To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Mulvey
    “To ask Sligo Co Council if there are any plans in place to have the bridge widened on Road Number 4, between Coolaney Village and Rockfield in the interests of the safety of pedestrians and motorists, and that the work could be carried out as a matter of urgency”
  30. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Mulvey
    “To ask the Director of Services if funding will be provided as soon as possible for the installation of traffic calming measures in Fort Haven estate in Coolaney, due to the dangers imposed on the residents by speeding cars in the estate.”
  31. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “That this Council calls on the Minister for Justice to retain and upgrade rural Garda Stations”
  32. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Baker
    “To ask Sligo County Council when works will be proceeding on Road 290 on section leading to the roundabout in Collooney”
  33. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Baker
    “To ask Sligo County Council when the provision of street lighting will take place on the junction beside Church of Ireland, Ballysadare”
  34. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Baker
    “To ask Sligo County Council that hedges and grass be cutback on secondary roads.”
  35. Votes of Sympathy
  36. Votes of Congratulations
  37. Conferences
  38. Correspondence
    1. Letter dated 17th July, 2009 from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding resolution passed.
    2. Letter dated 20th July, 2009 from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding allocation of funding for grants.
    3. Letter dated 20th July, 2009 from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs regarding the evening rural transport service for County Sligo.
    4. Letter dated 20th July, 2009 from the Department of Health and Children regarding the provision of finances to maintain services at Sligo General Hospital.
    5. Letter dated 21st July, 2009 from the HSE in relation to services at Sligo General Hospital.
    6. Letter dated 21st July, 2009 from the HSE in relation to Medical Card services retained at local level.
    7. Letter dated 21st July, 2009 from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding housing aid for the elderly.
    8. Letter dated 21st July, 2009 from the Department of Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding housing grants.
    9. Letter dated 21st July, 2009 from Limerick County Council regarding resolution passed in relation to the Christmas bonus for social welfare recipients.
    10. Letter dated 22nd July, 2009 from Clare County Council regarding resolution passed in relation to medical cards.
    11. Letter dated 23rd July, 2009 from the Department of Transport regarding Rural Transport Services.
    12. Letter dated 28th July, 2009 from Iarnrod Eireann regarding the provision of an early morning commuter service from Carrick-on-Shannon to Sligo.
    13. Letter dated 31st July, 2009 from the Department of Community and Rural Affairs regarding the rural transport night scheme.
    14. Letter dated 4th August, 2009 from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding the General Purposes Grant.
    15. Letter dated 7th August, 2009 from the Department of Education and Science regarding reducing the qualifying age for mature students.
    16. Letter dated 14th August, 2009 from Sligo General Hospital regarding clarification sought on ward closures.
    17. Letter dated 17th August, 2009 from the Department of Agriculture and Food regarding REPS 4 and the Disadvantaged Area Scheme.
    18. Letter dated 18th August, 2009 from the Department of Agriculture and Food regarding the request for a meeting with the Minister.
    19. Letter dated 23rd August, 2009 from the National Roads Authority regarding N59.
    20. Letter dated 26th August, 2009 from the Departmet of Agriculture and Food regarding the Disadvantaged Areas Scheme and the Rural Environment Protection Scheme.
    21. Letter dated 27th August, 2009 from the Natonal Roads Authority regarding the management of the regional and local roads programme.
  39. Matters Arising from Minutes
  40. Any Other Business

Meeting Date 07/09/2009