MINUTES OF MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, 8th MARCH, 2004, AT 4.00 p.m.

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The Cathaoirleach, Cllr. F. Chambers, was in the Chair.

 

The other Councillors present were:-

 

Cllrs. E. Caffrey, B. Golden, S. Molloy, A.M. Reape, E. Staunton, S. Weir, M. Burke, J. Mannion, D. Ryan, G. Coyle, P. Kilbane, F. Leneghan, T. Quinn, S. Bourke, C. Burke, B.C. Flynn, T.D., H. Kenny, A. McDonnell, J. Mee, M. Carty, J. Cribbin, R. Finn, P. McHugh, J. Flannery, J. Maloney, J. Mellett, M. Adams, M. Ring, T.D., P. Sweeney.

 

The Council Staff in attendance were:-

 

Mr. D. Mahon, Co. Manager, Mr. J. Beirne, Dir. of Services / Co. Engineer, Mr. J. Loftus, Dir. of Services, Mr. J. Condon, Meetings Administrator, Mr. P. Hynes, Dir. of Services, Mr. S. Granahan, Dir. of Services, Mr. R. Norton, Dir. of Services, Mr. I. Douglas, Sen. Planner, Ms. G. Keena, Sen. Ex. Architect, Ms. K. O’Malley-Harlow, Sen. Ex. Planner, Mr. T. McNulty, Sen. Engineer, Mr. P. Duggan, Management Accountant, Mr. R. Maguire, Ex. Architect, Ms. D. Cunningham, Heritage Officer, Mr. P. Brogan, Sen. Staff Officer, Mr. J. Moran, Sen. Staff Officer, Ms. C. Kenny, Asst. Staff Officer.

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Proposed by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Seconded by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Resolved:-

“That a Vote of Congratulations be extended to Mr. James Kilbane, Achill, on his success in the “You’re a Star” Competition and that Good Luck be extended to Mr. Chris Doran in the Eurovision Song Contest in May”.

 

ITEM  NO. 1.

MIONTUAIRISCI DE CRUINNITHE COMHAIRLE CHONTAE MHAIGH EO A BHI AR SIUL AR AN 9u FEABHRA AGUS 23u FEABHRA, 2004.

TO CONFIRM MINUTES OF MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL MEETINGS HELD ON 9th FEBRUARY AND 23rd FEBRUARY, 2004.

 

Mhol Comhairleoir P. McHugh

Chuid Comhairleoir M. Burke leis

Ghlacu leis an tairiscint:-

“Go n-aontaiomar le Miontuairisci Cruinnithe Comhairle Chontae Mhaigh Eo a bhi ar siul ar an 9u Feabhra agus 23u Feabhra, 2004”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. M. Burke

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Mayo County Council Meetings held on 9th February and 23rd February, 2004, be taken as read, approved and signed as a correct record”.

 

 

 

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Proposed by Cllr. J. Mellett

Seconded by Cllr. F. Chambers

Resolved:-

“That Ms. Mary Davis, “Mayo Person of the Year”, be invited to address a Meeting of the Council”.

 

ITEM  NO.  2.

TO APPROVE OF PREFERRED ROUTE FOR N5 BALLYVARY / BOHOLA ROAD.

 

Mr. J. Beirne, Dir. of Services / Co. Engineer, outlined details of this Item.

 

Proposed by Cllr. H. Kenny

Seconded by Cllr. A. McDonnell

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of Preferred Route for N5 Ballyvary / Bohola Road, as circulated”.

 

Cllrs. H. Kenny, A. McDonnell, J. Flannery and J. Mellett requested that the specific concerns of the people involved on this Route be recorded on File.

 

ITEM  NO.  3.

PRESENTATION BY DR. KEN IRVINE, DEPARTMENT OF ZOOLOGY, TRINITY COLLEGE, DUBLIN.

 

Dr. Ken Irvine, Department of Zoology, Trinity College, Dublin, gave a Presentation to the Council.

 

Dr. Irvine and Mr. R. Norton, Dir. of Services, replied to queries raised by the Members.

 

The Cathaoirleach thanked Dr. Irvine for his Presentation.

 

ITEM  NO.  4.

(a)       TO CONSIDER PROPOSALS FOR THE ESTABLISHMENT OF A

            COUNTY MAYO HERITAGE FORUM;

(b)       TO NOMINATE MEMBERS OF THE COUNCIL TO THE COUNTY

            MAYO HERITAGE FORUM.

 

Mr. J. Loftus, Dir. of Services, and Ms. D. Cunningham, Heritage Officer, outlined details of this Item.

 

(a)            Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

            Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

            Resolved:-

            “That we hereby approve of the establishment of a County Mayo

            Heritage Forum”.

 

 

 

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(b)            Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

            Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

            Resolved:-

            “That Cllrs. F. Leneghan, A. McDonnell, P. McHugh, P. Kilbane, J.

            Mee and J. Flannery be nominated to the County Mayo Heritage

            Forum”.

 

ITEM  NO.  5.

TO NOTE REPORT ON RATE COLLECTION FOR YEAR ENDING 31st DECEMBER, 2003.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That Report on Rate Collection for Year ending 31st December, 2003, as circulated, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  6.

TO APPROVE OF THE DISPOSAL OF 0.201 ACRES OF LAND AT KNOCK-CROGHERY, CASTLEBAR, TO CASTLEBAR TOWN COUNCIL, MARSH HOUSE, CASTLEBAR, IN ACCORDANCE WITH NOTICE DATED 17th FEBRUARY, 2004, ALREADY CIRCULATED.

 

Proposed by Cllr. J. Mee

Seconded by Cllr. H. Kenny

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of the disposal of 0.201 acres of Land at Knockcroghery, Castlebar, to Castlebar Town Council, March House, Castlebar, for €100 per annum, in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, and Notice dated 17th February, 2004, already circulated”.

 

ITEM  NO.  7.

TO APPROVE OF THE DISPOSAL OF 0.042 HECTARES OF LAND AT BRIDGE STREET, BALLINROBE, TO MR. OWEN R. O’NEILL, BRIDGE STREET, BALLINROBE, IN ACCORDANCE WITH NOTICE DATED 18th FEBRUARY, 2004, ALREADY CIRCULATED.

 

Proposed by Cllr. M. Burke

Seconded by Cllr. D. Ryan

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of the disposal of 0.042 hectares of Land at Bridge Street, Ballinrobe, to Mr. Owen R. O’Neill, Bridge Street, Ballinrobe, for the transfer of 0.087 hectares of Land at Abbey Street, Ballinrobe, from Mr. O’Neill to Mayo County Council and the payment of €115,000 by Mr. O’Neill by Mayo County Council, in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, and Notice dated 18th February, 2004, already circulated”.

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  8.

TO APPROVE OF THE DISPOSAL OF 3 BEDROOMED FORMER LOCAL AUTHORITY HOUSE, WITH GARDEN, AT 7, PEARSE TERRACE, WESTPORT, TO SHARON BRESLIN, FARNAUGHT, WESTPORT, IN ACCORDANCE WITH NOTICE DATED 26th FEBRUARY, 2004, ALREADY CIRCULATED.

 

Proposed by Cllr. F. Chambers

Seconded by Cllr. M. Ring

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of the disposal of 3 Bedroomed former Local Authority House, with garden, at 7, Pearse Terrace, Westport, to Sharon Breslin, Farnaught, Westport, for €155,000.00, in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, and Notice dated 26th February, 2004, already circulated”.

 

ITEM  NO.  9.

TO APPROVE PROPOSED PROJECT FOR THE DEVELOPMENT OF CIVIC CENTRE AT TOWN PARK, BELMULLET.

 

Mr. R. Maguire, Ex. Architect, gave a Presentation to the Council on this Item.

 

Proposed by Cllr. T. Quinn

Seconded by Cllr. G. Coyle

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of the raising of a Loan of €1,250,000 in respect of proposed Project for the development of Civic Centre at Town Park, Belmullet”.

 

ITEM  NO.  10.

TO CONSIDER REPORT DATED 8th JANUARY, 2004, IN ACCORDANCE WITH PART 8 OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT) REGULATIONS, 2001, AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 2001, IN RESPECT OF BELMULLET CIVIC CENTRE.

 

Proposed by Cllr. T. Quinn

Seconded by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Resolved:-

“That we hereby adopt Report dated 8th January, 2004, in accordance with Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 2001, and the Local Government Act, 2001, in respect of Belmullet Civic Centre”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  11.

(a)       TO NOTE 2004 NATIONAL ROADS ALLOCATIONS FROM THE

            NATIONAL ROADS AUTHORITY;

(b)       TO NOTE 2004 NON-NATIONAL ROAD GRANT ALLOCATIONS

            FROM THE DEPARTMENT OF THE ENVIRONMENT, HERITAGE AND

            LOCAL GOVERNMENT.

 

(a)            Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

            Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

            Resolved:-

            “That 2004 National Roads Allocations from the National Roads

            Authority, as circulated, be noted”.

 

(b)            Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

            Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

            Resolved:-

            “That 2004 Non-National Road Grant Allocations from the

            Department of the Environment, Heritage and Local Government, as

            circulated, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  12.

INTERNATIONAL CHILDRENS GAMES – CLEVELAND, OHIO – 29th JULY TO 2nd AUGUST, 2004.

 

The County Manager outlined details of this Item.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Seconded by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of a contribution of €10,000 towards International Childrens Games to be held in Cleveland, Ohio, from 29th July to 2nd August, 2004”.

 

ITEM  NO.  13.

TO NOTE MINUTES OF CLAREMORRIS ELECTORAL AREA COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 6th JANUARY, 2004.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. R. Finn

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Claremorris Electoral Area Committee Meeting held on 6th January, 2004, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  14.

TO NOTE MINUTES OF CASTLEBAR ELECTORAL AREA COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 26th JANUARY, 2004.

 

Proposed by Cllr. A. McDonnell

Seconded by Cllr. H. Kenny

Resolved:-

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“That Minutes of Castlebar Electoral Area Committee Meeting held on 26th January, 2004, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  15.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND ANNUAL HOUSING PRACTITIONERS CONFERENCE 2004 – “CHARTING THE FUTURE OF SOCIAL HOUSING” – TO BE HELD IN KNOCKRANNY HOUSE HOTEL, WESTPORT, ON 11th AND 12th MARCH, 2004.

 

The Council were informed of the estimated cost of sending a Delegate to this Conference.

 

ITEM  NO.  16.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND CONFERENCE – “THE ROLE OF PUBLIC REPRESENTATIVES IN PROMOTING POLITICAL AWARENESS IN SCHOOLS” – TO BE HELD IN THE DUHALLOW PARK HOTEL, KILLARNEY ROAD, KANTURK, CO. CORK, FROM 18th TO 21st MARCH, 2004.

 

The Council were informed of the estimated cost of sending a Delegate to this Conference.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That Cllrs. S. Bourke, M. Carty, F. Leneghan, J. Maloney, P. McHugh, S. Molloy, D. Ryan, R. Finn, E. Caffrey, J. Cribbin, P. Kilbane, J. Mannion, M. Ring, T.D., and S. Weir be nominated to attend Conference – “The Role of Public Representatives in promoting political awareness in Schools” – to be held in the Duhallow Park Hotel, Killarney Road, Kanturk, Co. Cork, from 18th to 21st March, 2004”.

 

ITEM  NO.  17.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND CONFERENCE – “IRELAND’S POSITION IN THE FUTURE OF EUROPEAN REGIONAL POLICY” – TO BE HELD IN THE SHANNON OAKS HOTEL AND COUNTRY CLUB, PORTUMNA, CO. GALWAY, ON 25th MARCH, 2004.

 

The Council were informed of the estimated cost of sending a Delegate to this Conference.

 

Proposed by Cllr. S. Bourke

Seconded by Cllr. P. McHugh

Resolved:-

“That Cllr. R. Finn be nominated to attend Conference – “Ireland’s Position in the Future of European Regional Policy” – to be held in the Shannon Oaks Hotel and Country Club, Portumna, Co. Galway, on 25th March, 2004”.

 

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  18.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATEND CONFERENCE – “ENHANCING LOCAL DEMOCRACY – THE ROLE OF THE LOCAL COUNCILLOR IN IRELAND” – TO BE HELD IN UNIVERSITY COLLEGE, CORK, ON 26th MARCH, 2004.

 

The Council were informed of the estimated cost of sending a Delegate to this Conference.

 

ITEM  NO.  19.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND LOCAL AUTHORITY MEMBERS ASSOCIATION ANNUAL CONFERENCE TO BE HELD IN THE WEST COUNTY HOTEL CONFERENCE AND LEISURE CENTRE, ENNIS, CO. CLARE, ON 15th AND 16th APRIL, 2004.

 

The Council were informed of the estimated cost of sending a Delegate to this Conference.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That the Cathaoirleach, Cllrs. M. Adams, F. Leneghan, T. Quinn, A.M. Reape, C. Burke, E. Caffrey, G. Coyle, J. Cribbin, P. Kilbane, J. Mannion and M. Ring, T.D., be nominated to attend Local Authority Members Association Annual Conference to be held in the West County Hotel Conference and Leisure Centre, Ennis, Co. Clare, on 15th and 16th April, 2004”.

 

ITEM  NO.  20.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND EUROPEADE CONFERENCE 2004 TO BE HELD IN HOTEL WESTPORT, WESTPORT, CO. MAYO, ON 22nd AND 23rd APRIL, 2004.

 

The Council were informed of the estimated cost of sending a Delegate to this Conference.

 

ITEM  NO.  21.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND ENVIRON-

MENTAL CONFERENCE – “PROTECTING OUR NATURAL HERITAGE : WHAT WILL BE OUR LEGACY?” – TO BE HELD IN THE CARRIGALINE COURT HOTEL, CARRIGALINE, CO. CORK, ON 22nd AND 23rd APRIL, 2004.

 

The Council were informed of the estimated cost of sending a Delegate to this Conference.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

 

 

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“That Cllrs. M. Adams, S. Bourke, J. Maloney, P. McHugh, S. Molloy, A.M. Reape, D. Ryan, C. Burke, M. Burke, E. Caffrey, G. Coyle, M. Ring, T.D., and

S. Weir be nominated to attend Environmental Conference – “Protecting Our Natural Heritage – What Will Be Our Legacy?” – to be held in the Carrigaline Court Hotel, Carrigaline, Co. Cork, on 22nd and 23rd April, 2004”.

 

Association of Health Boards in Ireland Annual Conference – Tullamore, Co. Offaly – 26th and 27th March, 2004.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That Cllrs. M. Adams, M. Carty, F. Leneghan, J. Maloney, A. McDonnell, P. McHugh, A.M. Reape, R. Finn, G. Coyle and M. Ring, T.D., be nominated to attend Association of Health Boards in Ireland Annual Conference – “Health Services in Ireland – Current Issues” – to be held in the Bridge House Hotel, Tullamore, Co. Offaly, on 26th and 27th March, 2004”.

 

International Peace Conference – Tipperary Town – 16th to 18th April, 2004.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Seconded by Cllr. G. Coyle

Resolved:-

“That Cllr. M. Ring, T.D., be nominated to attend International Peace Conference – “Peace On Earth” – to be held in Tipperary Town from 16th to 18th April, 2004”.

 

NOTICES OF MOTION.

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(a)            Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

            Seconded by Cllr. A. McDonnell

            “That Mayo County Council on the appointment of a new sports

            officer in the county, would examine the feasibility of the building of

            a tartan track within the County of Mayo to service the needs of our

            Athletes.   This should be done in conjunction with the Mayo Athletic

            clubs”.

 

(b)       “What progress has been made to date with the provision of housing

            for our emigrants and what procedures, if any, have been put in

            place to include them on our housing list for serious consideration”.

 

            It was agreed to defer this Notice of Motion to the April Meeting of

            the Council.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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(c)       “The Members of Mayo County Council hereby resolve to delete the

            appropriate part of Section 4.16.3 Page 100 of the Mayo County

            Development Plan which requires all suitably qualified personnel i.e.

            Architects and Engineers to have Public Liability Insurance”.

 

            It was agreed to defer this Notice of Motion to the April Meeting of

            the Council.

 

VOTES OF CONGRATULATIONS.

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Proposed by Cllr. G. Coyle

Seconded by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Resolved:-

“That a Vote of Congratulations be extended to Erris United on their win against Cork City in the FAI Under-18 Cup Competition”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. J. Mellett

Seconded by Cllr. J. Maloney

Resolved:-

“That a Vote of Congratulations be extended to Mr. Steven Walsh, Midfield, Swinford, who won a Silver Medal in the Three A’s International Hurdling Event in Birmingham”.

 

RESOLUTIONS OF SYMPATHY.

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Proposed by Cllr. J. Mellett

Seconded by Cllr. J. Maloney

Resolved:-

“That the sympathy of the Council be extended to the McEvaddy family, Cloonlara House, Swinford, on the death of Mrs. Margaret McEvaddy”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. J. Mellett

Seconded by Cllr. J. Maloney

Resolved:-

“That the sympathy of the Council be extended to the Moore family, Sancta Maria Terrace, Swinford, on the death of Mrs. Eileen Moore”.

 

 

 

 

 

The Meeting concluded at 7.00 p.m.