Monthly Meeting of the Members for the Carrick-on-Suir Municipal District held in the Council Chamber, Town Hall, Carrick-on-Suir on the 28th of July, 2016 at 2:00p.m
In the Chair: Cllr. Imelda Goldsboro
Members Present: Cllr. Kieran Bourke Cllr. David Dunne, Cllr. John Fahey, Cllr. Eddie O’Meara.
Appologies Cllr. Louise McLoughlin
In Attendance: Mr Sean Keating, Director of Services, Mr Martin Nolan, District Administrator, Ms Nicola Keating, District Engineer, Mr Seamus Loughlin, Executive Engineer, Mr Jim Ryan Assistant Engineer, Ms Fiona Crotty, Staff Officer, Ms Anne Dunne, Assistant Staff Officer, Ms Clare Curley, Director of Housing, Mr Jim Dillon, Administrative Officer, housing, Mr Sean Lonergan, Senior Staff Officer, Housing, Ms Ita Horan, Local Enterprise Office, Ms Valerie Connolly, Sports Partnership.
Minutes of Meetings On the proposal of Cllr. David Dunne, seconded by Cllr. Eddie O’Meara the minutes of the annual general meeting held on the 26th of June, 2016 were adopted and signed by the Cathaoirleach.
On the proposal of Cllr. David Dunne, seconded by Cllr. Eddie O’Meara, the minutes of the monthly meeting held on the 26th of June, 2016 were adopted and signed by the Cathaoirleach.
Withdrawal of Cathaoirleach At this point (2:10 pm approximately) the Cathaoirleach withdrew to attend another meeting, and the chair was taken by the Leas Cathaoirleach, Cllr. John Fahey
Update from Director of Housing A presentation was given by the Director of housing in relation to the activities of her Directorate within the Municipal District. Members raised the following issues with the Director:
Cllr. John Fahey:
• Whether progress was being made in dealing with applications for Housing Adaption grants for private houses
• How were houses selected for inclusion in the Energy Efficency Programme
Cllr. David Dunne
• Whether progress was being in meeting housing need, particularly for single men.
• Which housing schemes were covered by the Energy Efficiency Work
• Whether the Housing Section has sufficient staff resources to meet the demands of Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness
Cllr. Kieran Bourke
• Enquired as to the working of the Housing Assistance Payment (HAP)
• Spoke on the difference in income limits between Counties.
• Asked about the houses to be included in the Energy Efficiency Programme
Cllr. Eddie O’Meara
• Asked about the number of approved applicants in Mullinahone
The Director responded as follows:
• The difficulty facing single applicants is acknowledged, and the County Council endeavours to source suitable accommodation for such applicants.
• The Energy Efficiency Works being contemplated are Phase I works consisting of insulation. Phase II work in relation to doors and windows could not be contemplated until phase I completed. A list of houses to be included will be circulated.
• Existing applications for the Housing Adaption Grant assessed as category 2 were being reassessed to see if there was any change in circumstances.
• The figures circulated in relation to housing need were for first preferences only, and were accurate.
• The implementation of the Action Plan for Housing and Homelessness would be undertaken on a multi departmental basis.
• The operation of the Housing Assistance Payment and its relationship with the Rent
• The income levels in relation to the Homeless Assistance Payment were set nationally.
It was proposed by Cllr. Kieran Bourke, seconded by Cllr. David Dunne and agreed that the Minister for Housing, Planning and Local Government be written to requesting that income levels be equalised across the country.
Update from Director of Community and Economic Development Ms Ita Horan and Ms Valerie Connolly gave a presentation outlining the activity of the Community and Economic Development directorate. The following points were raised by the members:
Cllr. John Fahey
• Whether a new business could avail of the Rates Incentive Scheme and the assistance from the Local Enterprise Office.
• Commended the Thodsel project in Fethard
• Commended the organisers of the Sean Kelly Classic Leisure Cycle
• Asked whether any progress had been made in relation to making a replica of the Derrynaflan Chalice
Cllr. Eddie O’Meara
• Raised the issue of the maintenance of tourist information signage
Cllr. Kieran Bourke
• Asked what the difference was between Microfinance and a conventional bank loan
• Spoke of the work on social inclusion in the Sean Kelly Sports centre
Cllr. David Dunne
• Commended the FAI on the Football festival
• Raised the issue of Japanese Knotweed
• Cllr. Eddie O’Meara
• Commended Sean Bennett on his success in the 2016 Tour de France
It was agreed to write to Sean Kelly, thanking him for his involvement with the Cycling Classic, and to Sam Bennett, congratulating him on his success.
District Engineer’s Report: The District Engineers report was circulated prior to the meeting. Members raised the following points:
Cllr. John Fahey
• Asked that the proposed footpath in Killenaule be placed inside the boundary wall rather than outside as proposed.
Cllr. David Dunne
• Asked about the refurbishment of the Old Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir
• Can vegetation on the New Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir be removed.
• Asked about the resurfacing of the roadway at the Warhouse in Ballingarry
Cllr. Kieran Bourke:
• Asked about the Old Bridge n Carrick-on-Suir
• Asked about the removal of vegetation on the flood defence walls
• Asked about an amenity area in Dunbane
The District Engineer responded as follows:
• The Old Bridge in Carrick-on-Suir will be assessed, and the most important issues will be prioritised.
• The possibility of removing vegetation from the New Bridge will be examined either for the current year or the 2017 programme
• The Warhouse Road in Ballingarry had been repaired using severe weather funding. The visit of a foreign ambassador following the work was co-incidental.
• Funding will be sought from the Office of Public Works for the removal of vegetation from the Flood Walls.
• The amenity area in Dunbane would be examined
District Administrator’s Report:
The District Administrator reported as follows:
1. The Water Services Directorate and the Environment Directorate will attend the September Meeting to be held on the 22nd of September, 2016.
2. Ask that the LAMA PRSI survey forms be completed at the meeting to allow return to LAMA by the 29th of July, 2016.
3. It is hoped that Taking in Charge notices for three estates, Gleann an Locha, Carrick on Suir,Oaklands, Carrick on Suir and Cois na Habhainn, Mullinahone will be published next week.
4. The Contractor on the Graigue Watermain and Borehole project has now completed pipelaying and testing. The boreholes and pumps are installed and the final ESB connection is scheduled to be carried out at the end of August. The new scheme is expected to be commissioned in September 2016. This new borehole scheme will supply the existing Graigue Water Supply Scheme area including the Ballyneill area.
District Tidy Towns Competition 2016 A draft competition for the towns and villages in the Municipal District that participated in the National Tidy Towns Competition had been circulated. The competition proposed two classes, one foe smaller centres, and one for the larger centres. A prize of €500.00 was proposed for the committee with the highest increase in marks in each class, and the new committee with the highest marks in each class. An overall prize of €1,000 for the committee with the highest marks in the Municipal District.
It was proposed by Cllr. David Dunne, seconded by Cllr. Eddie O’Meara and agreed that as it was in the interest of the local community, the competition be approved pursuant to Section 66 of the Local Government Act, 2001, and that €3,000 be allocated to the scheme from the General Municipal Allocation.
Delegated Employee’s Orders A list of orders circulated was noted.
Correspondence The following correspondence was circulated to the members:
a. A letter from the Environment Section was circulated with the results of the tidy schools competition as follows:
1st Place: Ballyneale National School
2nd Place: Scoil Mhuire, Kilnevon
3rd Place: Presentation Primary, Greenside, Carrick-on-Suir
4th Place: Little Flower National School, Ballytarsna
5th Place: Kilburney National School.
Tidiest National School: Moyglass National School
Best Waste Recycling Project: Cloneen National School
Most Consistent School: St Patricks National School, Ballingarry.
b. Correspondence from the Sonny Cash Commemoration Committee acknowledging assistance from the General Municipal Allocation.
c. Correspondence from Carrick-on-Suir Brass Band Committee acknowledging assistance and outlining compliance with the conditions of the grant
d. Letter from the Department of Arts Heritage and the Gaeltacht indicating that the remit of Waterways Ireland would not be extended to include the Navigation of Barrow and Suir Estuaries
This concluded the business of the meeting.
1. Meeting Summons and Prayer
2. Minutes of Meetings
a. Monthly Meeting 28/07/2016
3. Update from Director for Environment
4. Update from Director of Water Services
5. District Engineers Report
6. District Administrators Report
7. General Municipal Allocation 2016
8. Town/ Village Centre Painting Scheme
9. Tidy Towns Competition (Report to Follow)
10. Chief Executive Orders Relating to District
a. Acknowledgment from the Minister for Housing and Planning
12. Any other business arising with the consent of the Cathaoirleach
Carrick on Suir Municipal District
General Municipal Allocation 2016
General Municipal Allocation €68,745.00
Allocated Committed Expended
Residents Associations €2,338.00 €2,338.00 €2,338.00
Community Waste Management €10,000.00 €1,875.00 €0.00
Sports and Community Facilities Scheme €14,497.00 €14,497.00 €10,747.94
Christmas Lights Scheme €15,000.00 €0.00 €0.00
Tidy Towns Committees €7,600.00 €7,600.00 €6,000.00
Ballingarry World War I memorial €800.00 €800.00 €0.00
Festivals €6,000.00 €6,000.00 €3,375.00
Sonny Cash Exhibition €300.00 €300.00 €0.00
Heart save Committee, Carrick-on-Suir €1,500.00 €0.00 €0.00
District Painting Scheme €3,040 €0.00 €0.00
District Tidy Towns Awards €3,000 €0.00 €0.00
Totals €64,075.00 €33,410.00 €22,460.94
Unallocated/Unexpended €3,670.00 €35,519.00 €46,284.06