MINUTES OF MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL MEETING HELD ON MONDAY, 9th FEBRUARY, 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, G. Murray, M. Adams, M. Ring, T.D.

 

Apology received from Cllr. P. Sweeney for inability to attend the Meeting.

 

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. R. Norton, Dir. of Services, Mr. P. Benson, A/Dir. of Services, Mr. P. Burke, Sen. Engineer, Mr. M. Keating, Sen. Ex. Officer, Mr. P. Flanagan, Sen. Ex. Officer, Mr. J. Moran, Sen. Staff Officer, Mr. P. Brogan, Sen. Staff Officer, Ms. C. Kenny, Asst. Staff Officer.

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Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That this Council supports the campaign for Official Status for Irish in the European Union and that we will write to the Taoiseach, Minister Brian Cowen (Minister for Foreign Affairs), Minister Eamon O Cuiv (Minister for Community, Rural and Gaeltacht Affairs), and Minister Dick Roche (Minister of State with special responsibility for European Affairs)”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. M. Ring

Seconded by Cllr. M. Burke

Resolved:-

“That the Chief Executive of IDA Ireland, Mr. Sean Dorgan, be invited to address a Meeting of the Council”.

 

ITEM  NO.  1.

MIONTUAIRISCI DE CRUINNITHE COMHAIRLE CHONTAE MHAIGH EO A BHI AR SIUL AR AN 12u EANAIR, 19u EANAIR AGUS 23u EANAIR, 2004, A DEIMHNIU.

TO CONFIRM MINUTES OF MAYO COUNTY COUNCIL MEETINGS HELD ON 12th JANUARY, 19th JANUARY AND 23rd JANUARY, 2004.

 

Mhol Comhairleoir P. McHugh

Chuid Comhairleoir P. Kilbane leis

Ghlacu leis an tairiscint:-

 

 

 

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“Go n-aontaiomar le Miontuairisci Cruinnithe Comhairle Chontae Mhaigh Eo a bhi ar siul ar an 12u Eanair, 19u Eanair agus 23u Eanair, 2004”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Mayo County Council Meetings held on 12th January, 19th January and 23rd January, 2004, be taken as read, approved and signed as a correct record”.

 

Referring to Minute No. 35/04 of 19th January, 2004, it was  -

 

Proposed by Cllr. S. Weir

Seconded by Cllr. E. Staunton

Resolved:-

“That public transport be provided and administered by the Council in rural areas”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. F. Chambers

Seconded by Cllr. P. McHugh

Resolved:-

“That a Vote of Congratulations be extended to Ms. Mary Davis, Chief Executive Officer, Special Olympics, on being nominated “Mayo Person of the Year”.

 

ITEM  NO.  2.

TO APPROVE OF THE DISPOSAL OF DERELICT PROPERTY OF CIRCA 85 SQUARE METRES AT AMERICAN STREET, BELMULLET, CO. MAYO, TO HENEGHAN & SONS (BLACKSOD) LTD., TARMON, BLACKSOD, BALLINA, CO. MAYO, IN ACORDANCE WITH NOTICE DATED 26th JANUARY, 2004, ALREADY CIRCULATED.

 

Proposed by Cllr. T. Quinn

Seconded by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of the disposal of derelict property of circa 85 square metres at American Street, Belmullet, Co. Mayo, to Heneghan & Sons (Blacksod) Ltd., Tarmon, Blacksod, Ballina, Co. Mayo, for €50,000, in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, and Notice dated 26th January, 2004, already circulated”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  3.

TO APPROVE OF THE DISPOSAL OF 0.063 ACRES OF LAND AT MARKET STREET, SWINFORD, TO MS. MARY CAMPBELL, c/o JOHN HALLIGAN ARCHITECTS, BARRACK STREET, CHARLESTOWN, IN ACCORDANCE WITH NOTICE DATED 26th JANUARY, 2004, ALREADY CIRCULATED.

 

Proposed by Cllr. J. Mellett

Seconded by Cllr. J. Maloney

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of the disposal of 0.063 acres of Land at Market Street, Swinford, to Ms. Mary Campbell, c/o John Halligan Architects, Barrack Street, Charlestown, for €150,000, in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, and Notice dated 26th January, 2004, already circulated”.

 

ITEM  NO.  4.

TO APPROVE OF THE DISPOSAL OF 0.189 ACRES OF LAND AT LAVEY BEG, CHARLESTOWN, TO CHARLESTOWN COMMUNITY CHILDCARE LTD., IN ACCORDANCE WITH NOTICE DATED 26th JANUARY, 2004, ALREADY CIRCULATED.

 

Proposed by Cllr. M. Burke

Seconded by Cllr. E. Staunton

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of the disposal of 0.189 acres of Land at Lavey Beg, Charlestown, to Charlestown Community Childcare Ltd., for an Annual rent of €100 per annum, in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, and Notice dated 26th January, 2004, already circulated”.

 

ITEM  NO.  5.

TO APPROVE OF THE DISPOSAL OF 0.2016 ACRES OF LAND AT DRUMCONLON, CASTLEBAR, TO MR. SEAMUS REGAN, MARYLAND, CASTLEBAR, IN ACCORDANCE WITH NOTICE DATED 27th JANUARY, 2004, ALREADY CIRCULATED.

 

Proposed by Cllr. A. McDonnell

Seconded by Cllr. H. Kenny

Resolved:-

“That we hereby approve of the disposal of 0.2016 acres of Land at Drumconlon, Castlebar, to Mr. Seamus Regan, Maryland, Castlebar, for the transfer of 0.051 acres of Land at Drumconlon, Castlebar, from Mr. Regan, in accordance with Section 183 of the Local Government Act, 2001, and Notice dated 27th January, 2004, already circulated”.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  6.

TO CONSIDER DRAFT DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTION SCHEME AND COUNTY MANAGER’S REPORT THEREON.

 

Proposed by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That a Special Meeting of the Council be held on Monday, 23rd February, 2004, at 5.00 p.m., to discuss this Item”.

 

ITEM  NO.  7.

TO MAKE DEVELOPMENT CONTRIBUTION SCHEME.

 

Proposed by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That a Special Meeting of the Council be held on Monday, 23rd February, 2004, at 5.00 p.m., to discuss this Item”.

 

ITEM  NO.  8.

TO ACCEPT INVITATION RECEIVED BY THE CATHAOIRLEACH TO ATTEND MAYO REUNION FUNCTION IN LIVERPOOL ON 23rd APRIL, 2004.

 

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

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. A. McDonnell

Resolved:-

“That we hereby authorise the attendance of the Cathaoirleach, Cllr. F. Chambers, at Mayo Reunion Function to be held in Liverpool on 23rd April, 2004, and the necessary expenditure is hereby approved”.

 

ITEM  NO.  9

TO CONSIDER REPORT DATED 15th DECEMBER, 2003, IN ACCORDANCE WITH PART 8 OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT) REGULATIONS, 2001, AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 2001, IN RESPECT OF PROPOSAL FOR 3 HOUSE DEVELOPMENT AT TOOCANANAGH, BOHOLA.

 

Proposed by Cllr. J. Mellett

Seconded by Cllr. J. Maloney

Resolved:-

“That we hereby adopt Report dated 15th December, 2003, in accordance with Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 2001, and the Local Government Act, 2001, in respect of proposal for 3 House Development at Toocananagh, Bohola”.

 

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  10.

TO CONSIDER REPORT DATED 18th DECEMBER, 2003, IN ACCORDANCE WITH PART 8 OF THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT (PLANNING AND DEVELOPMENT) REGULATIONS, 2001, AND THE LOCAL GOVERNMENT ACT, 2001, IN RESPECT OF THE CONSTRUCTION OF 1 NO. DWELLINGHOUSE AT SALIA, ACHILL, CO. MAYO, AND 1 NO. DWELLING-

HOUSE AT DOONA, BALLYCROY, CO. MAYO.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Seconded by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Resolved:-

“That we hereby adopt Report dated 18th December, 2003, in accordance with Part 8 of the Local Government (Planning and Development) Regulations, 2001, and the Local Government Act, 2001, in respect of the construction of 1 No. dwellinghouse at Salia, Achill, Co. Mayo, and 1 No. dwellinghouse at Doona, Ballycroy, Co. Mayo”.

 

ITEM  NO.  11.

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 THE CONSTRUCTION OF 1 NO. DWELLING-

HOUSE AT TALLAGH, BELMULLET, CO. MAYO.

 

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 the construction of 1 No. dwellinghouse at Tallagh, Belmullet, Co. Mayo”.

 

ITEM  NO.  12.

TO CONSIDER AND ADOPT DRAFT SCHEME OF ALLOCATION PRIORITIES FOR AFFORDABLE HOUSING.

 

Mr. P. Hynes, Dir. of Services, outlined details of the Draft Scheme of Allocation Priorities for Affordable Housing.

 

A detailed discussion took place on this Item.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That we hereby adopt Draft Scheme of Allocation Priorities for Affordable Housing”.

 

 

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  13.

TO CONSIDER AND ADOPT REVISION OF DISABLED PERSONS GRANT AND ESSENTIAL REPAIRS GRANTS SCHEMES.

 

Mr. P. Hynes, Dir. of Services, outlined details of the Revision of Disabled Persons Grant and Essential Repairs Grants Schemes.

 

A detailed discussion took place on this Item.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That we hereby adopt Revision of Disabled Persons Grant and Essential Repairs Grants Schemes”.

 

ITEM  NO.  14.

TO RATIFY THE NOMINATION OF ONE MEMBER OF THE COUNCIL TO THE BOARD OF DIRECTORS OF CLAR LAKE DEVELOPMENT COMMITTEE.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. J. Maloney

Resolved:-

“That Cllr. R. Finn be nominated to the Board of Directors of Clar Lake Development Committee”.

 

ITEM  NO.  15.

TO NOTE MINUTES OF WATER SUPPLY AND SEWERAGE STRATEGIC POLICY COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 20th OCTOBER, 2003.

 

Proposed by Cllr. M. Burke

Seconded by Cllr. D. Ryan

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Water Supply and Sewerage Strategic Policy Committee Meeting held on 20th October, 2003, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  16.

TO NOTE MINUTES OF CLAREMORRIS ELECTORAL AREA COMMITTEE MEETINGS HELD ON 1st SEPTEMBER, 6th OCTOBER, 3rd NOVEMBER AND 1st DECEMBER, 2003.

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. R. Finn

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Claremorris Electoral Area Committee Meetings held on 1st September, 6th October, 3rd November and 1st December, 2003, be noted”.

 

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  17.

TO NOTE MINUTES OF SWINFORD ELECTORAL AREA COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 11th NOVEMBER, 2003.

 

Proposed by Cllr. J. Mellett

Seconded by Cllr. J. Maloney

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Swinford Electoral Area Committee Meeting held on 11th November, 2003, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  18.

TO NOTE MINUTES OF BALLINA ELECTORAL AREA COMMITTEE MEETINGS HELD ON 11th NOVEMBER AND 19th DECEMBER, 2003.

 

Proposed by Cllr. A.M. Reape

Seconded by Cllr. S. Molloy

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Ballina Electoral Area Committee Meetings held on 11th November and 19th December, 2003, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  19.

TO NOTE MINUTES OF BELMULLET ELECTORAL AREA COMMITTEE MEETINGS HELD ON 18th NOVEMBER AND 16th DECEMBER, 2003.

 

Proposed by Cllr. F. Leneghan

Seconded by Cllr. T. Quinn

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Belmullet Electoral Area Committee Meetings held on 18th November and 16th December, 2003, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  20.

TO NOTE MINUTES OF CASTLEBAR ELECTORAL AREA COMMITTEE MEETING HELD ON 15th DECEMBER, 2003.

 

Proposed by Cllr. A. McDonnell

Seconded by Cllr. H. Kenny

Resolved:-

“That Minutes of Castlebar Electoral Area Committee Meeting held on 15th December, 2003, be noted”.

 

ITEM  NO.  21.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND CONFERENCE – “GROWING TOURISM TOGETHER” – TO BE HELD IN THE SEVEN OAKS HOTEL, CARLOW, ON 26th AND 27th FEBRUARY, 2004.

 

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

 

 

 

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Proposed by Cllr. P. McHugh

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That Cllrs. B. Golden, J. Maloney and E. Caffrey be nominated to attend Conference – “Growing Tourism Together” – to be held in the Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow, on 26th and 27th February, 2004”.

 

ITEM  NO.  22.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND COLMCILLE WINTER SCHOOL CONFERENCE – “SHOULD PUBLIC SERVICES BE SUPPLIED BY DIRECT PROVISION OR BY CONTRACTING TO PRIVATE ENTERPRISE?” – TO BE HELD IN THE COLMCILLE HERITAGE CENTRE, GARTAN, CHURCHILL, LETTERKENNY, CO. DONEGAL, FROM 27th TO 29th FEBRUARY, 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. S. Bourke, M. Carty, F. Leneghan, P. McHugh, S. Molloy, D. Ryan, R. Finn, M. Burke, J. Cribbin, P. Kilbane, J. Mannion, M. Ring, T.D., E. Staunton and S. Weir be nominated to attend Colmcille Winter School Conference – “Should Public Services be supplied by Direct Provision or by Contracting to Private Enterprise?” – to be held in the Colmcille Heritage Centre, Gartan, Churchill, Letterkenny, Co. Donegal, from 27th to 29th February, 2004”.

 

ITEM  NO.  23.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND TOURISM CONFERENCE – “OUR TOURISM – NEW OPPORTUNITIES OR NEW THREATS?” – TO BE HELD IN THE DUNADRY HOTEL & COUNTRY CLUB, MUCKAMORE, DUNADRY, CO. ANTRIM, FROM 27th TO 29th FEBRUARY, 2004.

 

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

 

Proposed by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Seconded by Cllr. P. McHugh

Resolved:-

“That Cllr. H. Kenny be nominated to attend Tourism Conference – “Our Tourism – New Opportunities or New Threats?” – to be held in the Dunadry Hotel & Country Club, Muckamore, Dunadry, Co. Antrim, from 27th to 29th February, 2004”.

 

 

 

 

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ITEM  NO.  24.

TO CONSIDER NOMINATING REPRESENTATIVES TO ATTEND GENERAL COUNCIL OF COUNTY COUNCILS ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2004 TO BE HELD IN THE NEWPARK HOTEL, KILKENNY, FROM 11th TO 13th 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. McHugh

Resolved:-

“That Cllrs. M. Adams, S. Bourke, M. Carty, B. Golden, F. Leneghan, J. Maloney, P. McHugh, S. Molloy, D. Ryan, E. Caffrey, G. Coyle, J. Cribbin, H. Kenny, P. Kilbane, J. Mannion, E. Staunton and S. Weir be nominated to attend General Council of County Councils Annual Conference 2004 to be held in the Newpark Hotel, Kilkenny, from 11th to 13th March, 2004”.

 

NOTICES OF MOTION.

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(a)            Proposed by Cllr. R. Finn

            Seconded by Cllr. D. Ryan

            “As pertains in other Counties, that Mayo Co. Council as part of its

            planning consultation process, introduce the principle of “Prior

            Notice” in relation to Planning Applications where Members of Mayo

            Co. Council have observations to make on behalf of applicants”.

 

(b)            Proposed by Cllr. J. Mellett

            Seconded by Cllr. M. Adams

            “Asking Mayo County Council if they have any policy in relation to

            the use of Jet Skis on the Lakes and Waterways in the county and if

            they intend introducing By Laws to curtail the use of Jet Skis and to

            give the numbers of fatalities and accidents caused by Jet Skis in

            the county for the past five years”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. M. Ring

Seconded by Cllr. J. Maloney

Resolved:-

“That the April Meeting of the Council be held in Newport”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. F. Chambers

Seconded by Cllr. P. Kilbane

Resolved:-

“That Best Wishes and Congratulations be extended to Gary O’Malley, Westport and James Kilbane, Achill, on their performances in “You’re a Star”.

 

 

 

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RESOLUTIONS OF SYMPATHY.

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Proposed by Cllr. S. Weir

Seconded by Cllr. S. Molloy

Resolved:-

“That the sympathy of the Council be extended to the Hughes family, Coolcran, Foxford, on the death of John Hughes”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. S. Weir

Seconded by Cllr. E. Caffrey

Resolved:-

“That the sympathy of the Council be extended to the Colman family, Carramore, Cloghans, Ballina, on the death of Joe”.

 

Proposed by Cllr. S. Weir

Seconded by Cllr. E. Caffrey

Resolved:-

“That the sympathy of the Council be extended to the McShane family, Coolcran, Cloghans, Ballina, on the death of Terence”.

 

 

 

 

 

The Meeting concluded at 6.45 p.m.