Agendas 2010

Agenda of April Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council to be held on 12th April 2010 at 11am


SLIGO COUNTY COUNCIL
Corporate Services
Sligo County Council
County Hall
Riverside
Sligo

Phone: (071) 9111111

6th April, 2010

TO: The Cathaoirleach and Each Member of the Council

An Ordinary Meeting of Sligo County Council will be held:

ON: Monday, 12th April, 2010

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 March Ordinary Meeting held on the 1st March, 2010 (copy attached)
  2. To confirm the minutes of the Ballymote Electoral Area Special Meeting held on 21st January, 2010. (copy attached)
  3. To confirm the minutes of the Ballymote Electoral Area Meeting held on 10th December, 2009. (copy attached)
  4. To approve, pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001, the disposal of a dwelling at Battlefield, Culfadda, Ballymote, Co. Sligo to Robert Newell. (previously circulated)
  5. That Sligo County Council being satisfied of their general public utility
    1. Declare the following roads as public roads in accordance with Section 11(1) of the Roads Act, 1993.(previously circulated)

      Road NumberLocation
      L-71218-0 Roads situate in the housing estate of “The Willows” in the townland of Ballinphull (ed Cliffoney North)
      L-76162-0 Roads situate in the housing estate of “The Crescent” in the townland of Knockmuldowney
      L-76163-0 Roads situate in the housing estate of “Cloondara” in the townland
      of Kilboglashy
    2. That Sligo County Council take in charge the following:
      The housing estate of “The Willows” in the townland of Ballinphull (ed Cliffoney North)
      The housing estate of “The Crescent”, in the townland of Knockmuldowney
      The housing estate of “Cloondara” in the townland of Kilboglashy
  6. To approve the Road Works Scheme 2010 (copy attached)
  7. To approve recommendations on the Sligo County Council Arts Service Arts Grants & Bursaries Programme, 2010 (copy attached)
  8. To consider the Western River Basin Management Plan (previously circulated)
  9. To consider the North West International River Basin Management Plan(previously circulated)
  10. To consider the Shannon River Basin Management Plan (previously circulated)
  11. To nominate one Member to the Joint Homelessness Consultative Forum for the North West Region (copy attached)
  12. To nominate one Member to the Public Art Steering Group (copy attached)
  13. To fix a date for the Annual General Meeting of the Council
  14. To note the Public Consultation Period (26th February, 2010-14th May, 2010) in relation to the review of the Regional Planning Guidelines
  15. Presentation by Mr Joe McHugh, Regional Manager IDA Ireland and Mr Conor Fahy, Regional Director Border Region, Enterprise Ireland


DEFERRED MOTIONS

  1. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor T. McLoughlin
    “To ask the Director of Services to investigate the inconsistency in Speed limit signage in areas throughout the county.”
  2. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor T. McLoughlin
    “To ask for an update on the Housing Capital Scheme for 2010.”
  3. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    “To ask the Director of Services to make Rural Cottages and Improvement Works in Lieu Schemes a priority under the 2010 Housing Programme.”


MOTIONS

  1. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “Cut backs in funding to the arts have had exponentially devastating effects on artists and venues throughout the country. In the Sligo area alone 5 of the key arts concerns have lost close to €250,000 in total between them, an average of 20% being cut from each organisation. This pattern is being repeated throughout the country, with up to a fifth of an annual budget being taken from organisations that were desperately underfunded and resourced to begin with. Jobs are being cut, venues are being closed, artists and the value of their work is being lost to our country and culture, our collective heritage is being sacrificed. With one of the lowest per capita levels of investment in the Arts in Europe to begin with, it is a sad irony that at the same time this damage is being inflicted, culture and the arts are widely recognised as being one of the key potential driving forces behind the social, moral and economic recovery of the nation in the years ahead. This motion asks the Council to call on the Government to effect no further cutbacks or curtailment on funding to the arts and at its earliest opportunity it calls on the Government to reverse the recent cuts in funding imposed on this exceptionally vulnerable yet invaluable sector of Irish life”
  2. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on Sligo County Council to write to the Minister for Agriculture and his Department, requesting that all applications will be accepted and all queries be dealt with in the Ballina office for the herd numbers and farmers in West Sligo”
  3. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on Sligo County Council to write to the NRA advising them that the speed limit of 100km is dangerous on the N59 Ballisodare to Ballina road and should be reduced in the interest of public safety”
  4. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Barrett
    “That this Council call on the Agriculture and Environment Ministers to ensure that the proposed new Agri-Environment Scheme Objectives, of which include the addressing of specific challenges including;  a) Climate Change, b) Renewable Energies c) Water Management and biodiversity will be of benefit to farmers and support the sustainability of farm families”
  5. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Barrett
    “That this Council call on the HSE to provide information on the Medical Card application and assessment process and the reversal of the centralisation of the Medical Card Services”
  6. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor P. McGrath
    “I call of the Minister for Justice and the Courts Service to retain the Courts Service in Ballymote”
  7. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “Due to the widespread dumping of litter in this County and in particular at Cloonacleigha Lake, Clooncoose Bog, Clooneen Bog and roads throughout the County, that this Council appoint a Litter Warden immediately”
  8. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. McGarry
    “That Sligo County Council agrees to take in charge the third road to the right past Doherty’s Shop in Rosses Point Village going North, which runs parallel to the main road”
  9. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor P. McGrath
    “To call on Sligo County Council to clarify outstanding issues in Stonepark Estate, Ballymote”
  10. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor S. MacManus
    “In light of the recent decision of this Council to assume control of the maintenance and upkeep of the National Primary Roads within the city of Sligo, I now ask as to who has responsibility for the maintenance and provision of road safety on the Pearse Road/MCR/Temple Street corridor. If it is determined that this matter is the responsibility of Sligo County Council, I ask that this Council would allocate funding for provision of a pedestrian crossing between St. Patrick’s Terrace and Temple Street adjacent to the entrance of the Fairgreen Recreational Facility. Further, I ask for an up-to-date report on the need for provision of other pedestrian crossings along the Pearse Road/MCR/Temple Street traffic corridor from the roundabout adjacent to Cleveragh Retail Park to the Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception”
  11. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor P. McGrath
    “To call on Sligo County Council to fill the vacant position of Litter Warden for the County immediately”
  12. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy
    “In view of the very serious issue regarding illegal dumping on local and bog roads in south Sligo what action can the Council take to prevent this and encourage more people to use the recycling centre in Tubbercurry”
  13. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor J. Lundy
    “As County Sligo is being prioritised for foreign direct investment I will ask this Council to call on the I.D.A.to consider Tubbercurry as a primary location for industry and the creation of much needed jobs”
  14. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “To ask the Director of Services for a report on works to be undertaken in the current year on the N17 and when its expected work will commence on the long awaited by-pass of Tubbercurry”
  15. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor M. Clarke
    “To call on Sligo County Council to prepare a report on the Collooney to Claremorris Railway line:
    (a) What action is being taken by the Council to promote this project?
    (b) What co-operation is there between Sligo and Mayo Councils?
    (c) To ask the Minister for an up to date report.”
  16. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor M. Lyons
    “To ask Sligo County Council (Water Section) that in view of the very serious situation with regard to the supply, quality and pressure of water throughout the North Sligo area, what action is being taken to provide a proper supply of high quality water to all the residents of North Sligo”
  17. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “Aware that an historic banner belonging to Na Fianna Eireann is located in the British Imperial War Museum in London, and aware that the said banner was seized by British forces from the Dublin home of Countess Markievicz in the aftermath of the 1916 Rising, this Council calls on the British Government and the British Imperial War Museum to return the banner to Ireland and further we request the Taoiseach Mr Brian Cowen T.D. and the Director of the National Museum of Ireland Dr. Pat Wallace to contact the British authorities with a view to having the Banner returned to Ireland at the soonest possible time.”
  18. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor S. MacManus
    “That Sligo County Council contacts the Imperial War Museum, London seeking the repatriation of a ‘Na Fianna Eireann’ banner seized by British Crown forces during the weeks following the Easter Rising, 1916. Further, that as Countess Markievicz was the founder of Na Fianna Eireann that consideration would be given to placing this historic item on display in Sligo to coincide with the centenary celebrations of the 1916 Rising”
  19. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor D. Healy-McGowan
    “To ask the County Manager that community non-profit organisations be exempt from water charges and further more, that no community centre be cut off from water and be dealt with on a fair and case by case basis”
  20. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor G. Mullaney
    “To ask the Director of Services for Environment for a report on a sheep kill at Drumederalena on 10th march, 2010 and a subsequent attack on the 26th March, 2010 and the actions taken by Sligo County Council thereafter”
  21. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor G. Mullaney
    “To call on Bus Éireann to re-route the day bus service through Ballinafad Village in the interest of public safety”
  22. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor G. Mullaney
    “To call on Bus Éireann to provide an alternative transport for passengers whose services are being disconnected”
  23. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “Recognising the significant difficulties which pedestrians, both young and old, have to cope with while crossing the R287 at Temple Street/St Patrick’s Terrace, Sligo, this Council resolves that a Pedestrian Crossing be provided in Temple Street near the proposed entrance to the Fairgreen Park and Recreation area”
  24. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor D. Bree
    “Recognising the financial difficulties facing the management of many Community Centres, this Council agrees to either (a) reduce the cost of the water being supplied to community centres or (b) provide a subsidy to assist Management Boards of Community Centres to cover the costs of water services”
  25. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    “To ask the Director of Services to indicate why the sewerage system in Easkey Village is not working properly”
  26. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    “To ask the Director of Services for Housing to make the Housing Aid Scheme for the Elderly a priority in 2010”
  27. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor J. Queenan
    “To ask the County Manager to indicate is the cost of upgrading the road network much cheaper than in 2008”
  28. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming
    “To request the Minister for Health and the H S E to honour their promise to breast cancer patients that mamogram services would be provided at Sligo General Hospital as usual”
  29. To consider the following notice of motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming
    “To ask the Director of Services are there any plans to take in charge Flowerhill Estate, Bunninadden and what is the progress on provision of a sewerage treatment plant”
  30. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor S. MacManus
    "That Sligo County Council revokes it's decision of February 1st 2010 in relation to the maintenance and construction of the National and Regional Roads in the Borough of Sligo"
  31. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor T. Collery
    “To ask Sligo County Council as to when they intend to take over the Ballygawley and Sooey water scheme. Could they also give an indication as to what cost will be put on household use and also agriculture taping”
  32. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor T. Collery
    “To ask Sligo County Council to provide funding for a pedestrian crossing at Sooey National School, Co.Sligo”
  33. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Mulvey
    “I call on Sligo County Council to work in conjunction with Iarnród Éireann to recommence work on widening the road at the Railway Crossing on Road 311 Coolaney to Templehouse Road. Iarnród Éireann have stated that they will consider a formal request from the relevant Local Authority, so I would ask the Council to make contact with Iarnrod Eireann as a matter of urgency. This road services three new housing estates as well as pedestrians and other users”
  34. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Mulvey
    “I am calling on Sligo County Council to provide a footpath from Coolaney to Rockfield. A footpath is provided on both sides of the road up to the cemetery. In the interests of Health and Safety, given the amount of pedestrians using this road which services the National School and Church, it is vital that this essential piece of infrastructure would be provided”
  35. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor D. Mulvey
    “I call on Sligo County Council to indicate a timeframe on when work at the Junction on the N17 at Sommerton, Ballinacarrow will commence in light of the recent NRA allocation of €50,000 for remedial works to be carried out at this highly dangerous junction, and that Sligo County Council would ensure that this funding is ring-fenced for this project only”
  36. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Gormley
    “To ask the Director of Services for the up-to-date position on the extension of the burial grounds at Mountirwin and Court Abbey”
  37. To consider the following motion as submitted by Councillor M. Fleming
    “To request the Minister for Education to reverse the government decision to reduce the number of Special Needs Assistants in our primary schools”
  38. Votes of Sympathy
  39. Votes of Congratulations
  40. Conferences
  41. Correspondence
    1. Letter dated 16th February, 2010 from An Garda Síochána regarding Review and Audit of the Garda Pulse System.
    2. Letter dated 23rd February, 2010 from the Department of Foreign Affairs regarding plans by the UK to build nuclear power plants.
    3. Letter dated 25th February, 2010 from An Garda Síochána regarding Review and Audit of the Garda Pulse System.
    4. Letter dated 1st March, 2010 from Tipperary Town Council regarding recent motion passed.
    5. Letter dated 3rd March, 2010 from Iarnród Éireann regarding on-line ticket bookings at Ballymote Station.
    6. Letter dated 3rd March, 2010 from Dublin City Council regarding recent motions passed.
    7. Letter dated 3rd March, 2010 from South Tipperary County Council regarding recent motion passed.
    8. Letter dated 3rd March, 2010 from HSE North West regarding review of GP’s contracts.
    9. Letter dated 4th March, 2010 from Kildare County Council regarding recent motion passed.
    10. Letter dated 5th March, 2010 from the Department of the Environment, heritage and Local Government regarding Local Government Funding.
    11. Letter dated 8th March, 2010 from the Department of Social and Family Affairs regarding social welfare entitlements of the self employed.
    12. Letter dated 8th March, 2010 from Thomas King, Kiltullagh, Oranmore, Co. Galway regarding election of President.
    13. Letter dated 8th March, 2010 from the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Food regarding REPS Payments.
    14. Letter dated 9th March, 2010 from the Office of the Taoiseach regarding ‘Head Shops’.
    15. Letter dated 12th March, 2010 from the Department of Communications, Energy and Natural resources regarding Broadband.
    16. Letter dated 15th March, 2010 from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding Strandhill Wastewater Sewerage Scheme.
    17. Letter dated 15th March, 2010 from the Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding rainwater harvesting.
    18. Letter dated 18th March, 2010 from the Health Service Executive regarding Gurteen Health Centre.
    19. Letter dated 19th March, 2010 from the Tánaiste regarding Job Losses in County Sligo.
    20. Letter dated 23rd March, 2010 the from Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government regarding rainwater harvesting.
    21. Email from Clonmel Borough Council regarding resolutions passed at the March meeting.
    22. Letter dated 23rd March, 2010 from Thomas King regarding the Presidential election.
    23. Email dated 25th March, 2010 from Ballbriggan Town Council regarding resolution passed at meeting on 2nd March, 2010.
    24. Letter dated 30th March, 2010 from the Minister for Transport, acknowledging receipt of letters dated 4th March, 2010.
    25. Letter dated 30th March, 2010 from the Minister for Transport, regarding resolution on suspension of NCT testing.
  42. Matters Arising from Minutes
     
  43. Any Other Business
     

Meeting Date 12/04/2010