Agendas 2009

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


 
Corporate Services
Sligo County Council
County Hall
Riverside
Sligo

Phone: (071) 9111111

1st December, 2009

TO: THE CATHAOIRLEACH AND EACH MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL

An Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council will be held:

ON: Monday, 7th December 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 Ordinary Meeting held on 9th November, 2009. (copy attached)
  2. To confirm the minutes of the Special Meeting held on 2nd November, 2009. (copy attached)
  3. To confirm the minutes of the Dromore West Area Meeting held on 21st September, 2009. (copy attached)
  4. To consider the minutes of Sub Committee Meeting held on 16th November, 2009 (copy attached)
  5. To consider report in relation to the taking in charge of the following estate ‘Cloondara’ Ballisodare, Co. Sligo (copy attached)
  6. To consider the Water Services Investment Programme - Needs Assessment 2009 report. (previously circulated)
  7. To elect 1 Member to the Board of the Sligo Volunteer Centre (report attached)
  8. To elect four persons to the County Sligo Vocational Education Committee – two male and two female. (previously circulated)

DEFERRED MOTIONS

  1. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “That the system that existed up to now whereby applicants in the rural areas who opt to drill a well for their own water supply are exempt from development contributions”
  2. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “That Sligo County Council call on the Taoiseach and Minister for Social and Family Affairs to publish the National Carers Strategy as committed to in the Social Partnership Agreement - Towards 2016 and in the Programme for Government, as a matter of principal”
  3. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D-Healy McGowan
    “To ask the County Manager for a report on the projects funded by Faillte Ireland in 2008 to the amount of €1.25 million. i.e. 4 walking projects- €468,366, 2 environment projects €438,530, and the Benbulben walk of €341,000”

MOTIONS

  1. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “That Sligo County Council supports the Labour Party’s private Member’s motion calling on the Government to bring forward a Moratorium Scheme that would provide for a minimum period of 24 months from the time that mortgages first go into arrears, before repossession proceedings can be taken where a borrower makes reasonable efforts to meet their obligations to pay the Mortgage on a principal private residence.”
  2. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Lyons
    “To ask the Director of Services to have the following works carried out at Rosses Point Promenade:
    • Complete kerbing around the green areas at the Promenade and Village Road
    • Erect green and white poles to indicate the entrances from the Promenade to the village
    • Remove tree stump from area known as Kelly's Garden at the Promenade
    • Replace broken wooden fences in the village”
  3. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Lyons
    “To ask the Director of Services, what progress has been made following the latest meeting with the Planning Department and the Foresthaze company regarding the essential works to be carried out on Hazelwood House, as laid out in the Section 59 order that has been imposed on the company.”
  4. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Healy McGowan
    “To empathise with the loss of 250 jobs at Stiefel in Sligo”
  5. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor P. McGrath
    “Due to the recent spate of job losses in County Sligo, to call on the Government to start addressing the problem of the retention of existing jobs both locally and nationally”
  6. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor P. McGrath
    “That Sligo County Council would grant a 25 year lease of the property known as the Abbey Cinema, Teeling Street, Ballymote to Ballymote Community Enterprise Limited at a nominal rent. The property will be restored by Ballymote Community Enterprise Ltd and held in trust for the benefit of the local community. The centre will be used for the purpose of promoting and developing theatre, cinema, music, arts, and culture in the community and local schools. A detailed feasibility study has been carried out by the Enterprise Company, together with costings (see attached document), and an assessment of the ability of the Enterprise Company to raise the necessary finance has also been completed. Once the lease with the council is in place the funding for the project will be ratified. The restoration project will take 12 months to complete. Ballymote Community Enterprise Ltd is a company limited by guarantee with charitable status, (register number CHY11108.)”
  7. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on the Council to write to the British and Irish Governments condemning and opposing  British Government plans to build 7 Nuclear reactors on their west coast on the Irish Sea”
  8. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on the County Council to write to the Minister for Finance and demand that he does not cut social welfare payments in the budget”
  9. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on the Council for a report regarding the N59
    1. What funds was spent in 2009
    2. what funds can we expect to receive in 2010
    3. what visible improvements will we see on the ground in 2010”
  10. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “That Sligo County Council commits to improving signage in the Strandhill area to make it more accessible to Tourists and to draw attention to all the amenities the area has to offer”
  11. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “That Sligo County Council investigates the cost of providing Playground facilities at Strandhill to add to the Recreational Amenities which already exist there. This will also enhance it’s desirability as a tourist location for families”
  12. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Healy McGowan
    “To ask the County Manager what safety measures do Sligo County Council intend putting in place at Ballyfree Carokeel, in light of all the accidents that have occurred there over the last number of years”
  13. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor G. Mullaney
    “To call on the Minister for Enterprise, Trade and Employment, Ms Mary Coughlan to set up a high level specific task force to examine employment options in light of the recent job losses in Sligo”
  14. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor Sean MacManus
    “That Sligo County Council would provide traffic calming measures to the R284 Carraroe/Ballygawley road adjacent to Jinks Cross, Drumiskibole. Such works would include traffic islands, all necessary signage and appropriate road markings”
  15. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    To call on the Minister for Environment to transfer the responsibility for maintenance of all the rivers in the county to the local authority and allocate funding on a yearly basis to finance the up keep of these rivers”
  16. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    “To ask the County Manager to allocate funding in the 2010 Estimates for Village Enhancement Schemes”
  17. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    “To ask the Director of Services to indicate when will the water pressure improve in Castle Heights, Easkey and at Ballyglass, Kilglass”
  18. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor V. Cawley
    “That this Council prioritise improvement works on the N16 at Dunally Junction with the NRA on health and safety grounds and ask engineering staff of the council to prepare a supporting report”
  19. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “To ask the Director of Services for Infrastructure if this Council made an application to the OPW for funding to carry out works on the Owenmore River to reduce the risk of flooding?”
  20. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor S. MacManus
    “That Sligo County Council recognising that Strandhill is now one of the largest urban areas in County Sligo and also recognising that there is no Garda station in Strandhill, requests the Department of Justice, Equality and Law Reform and the Commissioner of an Garda Siochana to inform this Council of the steps which they are taking to provide a Garda station in Strandhill”
  21. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy
    “To request the Council to erect crash barriers and more Chevrons on R294 east of Lough Talt in the interest of road safety”
  22. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy
    “To ask that all special areas of conservation (SAC’s) along rivers be re-examined in view of the recent heavy rainfall and severe flooding and that all rivers in the county be drained and deepened” 
  23. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy
    “I will ask the Director of Services for Community and Enterprise to provide funding in the 2010 estimates for a major tourist/walking festival to be held next August in Tubbercurry & Sligo”
  24. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “That this Council calls on Iarnrod Eireann to honour the commitment made by Mr Barry Kenny to have on line ticket facilities available at Ballymote Station”.
  25. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming
    “Bothar are a major charitable organisation who propose to organise a 3-day fundraising walk in South Sligo next year, which can become an Annual Tourist attraction for the area.  I request that this project be financially supported by Sligo County Council by including €5,000 in the Estimates”
  26. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming and Councillor G. Mullaney
    “That this Council opposes the planning bill 2009 being introduced by the Minister for the Environment in the Houses of the Oireachtas and call on TD’s and Senators to amend sections of the bill aimed at centralising decision making, thus reducing the power of local government”
  27. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming
    “To request the N.R.A. and Minister for Transport to allocate funding in the 2010 roads programme to carry out improvement works on road R294 and 448.2 at Gorterslin including drainage of surface water”
  28. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor H. Keaney
    “In light off the recent flooding and persistent rainfall that this Council would prioritise the cleaning of roadside drainage in partnership with householders and landowners”
  29. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor H. Keaney
    “That this Council seek an urgent meeting with the Minister for Trade and Employment and IDA representatives to address the recent job losses in Sligo”
  30. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor H. Keaney
    “To ask this Council for an update on the process of ensuring that the repairs to Hazelwood House are carried out”
  31. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Barrett
    “That this Council take immediate measures to make safe junctions on Road 19 with N59 and Road 20 with the N59”
  32. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    To ask the Director of Services for Infrastructure to provide the list of applications made to the NRA for 2010 low cost safety remedial works and Specific Improvement Grants on National and Non National Roads”
  33. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor G. Mullaney
    “To call on the Director of Infrastructure to resurface the road in lower Kiernan Avenue, Collooney and to take immediate action to have the water gullies unblocked”
  34. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor V. Cawley
    “That Sligo County Council apply for funding to the Department of the Environment to fund the carrying out a full survey on drinking water lead piping on houses throughout Sligo City and other areas of the County that have lead piping”
  35. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “To ask the County Manager if the works as required in the Notice issued under Section 59 of the Planning and Development Act 2000, in respect of Hazelwood House have been carried out and to ask what is the current position relating to the matter.”
  36. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree 
    “That the Council be provided with a report on the current situation regarding the upgrading of the Strandhill Sewage Scheme and to ask if loan approval has been granted by Government for the scheme.”
  37. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree 
    “To ask the County Manager whether an energy audit has been conducted on the operations of the Council and to indicate what savings if any, have been identified as a result of the audit.”
  38. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Baker
    “To ask Sligo County Council for update report on sewerage system in Ballintogher Village”
  39. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Baker
    “To ask the County Manager to examine the possibility of using workers employed under Rural Social Schemes to carry out work such as opening of culverts, cleaning gullies, etc, in light of the reduction to Council Outdoor Staff”
  40. Votes of Sympathy
  41. Votes of Congratulations
  42. Conferences
  43. Correspondence
    1. Letter dated 30th October, 2009 from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural Resources regarding Broadband.
    2. Letter dated 30th October, 2009 from the Department of Social and Family Affairs regarding the National Carers Strategy.
    3. Letter dated 5th November, 2009 from the Department of Health and Children regarding centralisation of medical cards.
    4. Letter dated 13th November, 2009 from the Department of Transport regarding funding for County Roads.
    5. Letter dated 16th November, 2009 from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding Radon grants.
    6. Letter dated 23rd November, 2009 from the Department of Health & Children regarding funding for Little Haven Crèche in Coolaney.
    7. Letter dated 23rd November, 2009 from Seamus Finn regarding his retirement.
    8. Letter dated 23rd November, 2009 from the Minister for Social and Family Affairs regarding the Christmas bonus.
    9. Letter dated 23rd November, 2009 from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding septic tank licensing.
    10. Letter dated 23rd November, 2009 from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding funding for Tidy Towns.
    11. Letter dated 23rd November, 2009 from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding funding for infrasturture projects in 2010.
    12. Letter dated 25th November, 2009 from the Department of Defence regarding the contribution made by the FCA to the Defence Forces.
    13. Letter dated 25th November, 2009 from the Minister for Lifelone Learning regarding school catchment boundaries.
    14. Letter dated 26th November, 2009 from Iarnród Éireann regarding increased rail charges.
    15. Letter dated 30th November, 2009 from the Department of Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs regarding maintaining funding on social inclusion programmes.
  44. Matters Arising from Minutes
  45. Any Other Business

 


Meeting Date 07/12/2009