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KILDARE COUNTY COUNCIL

 

Minutes of Monthly Meeting

held at 2.00 p.m. on Monday, 28 February 2011 at

Áras Chill Dara, Devoy Park, Naas, Co Kildare

 

Members Present: Councillor B Weld (Mayor); Councillors F Browne, K Byrne, W Callaghan, R Daly, L Doyle, S Doyle, S Griffin, P Kennedy, S Langan, P MacNamara, P McEvoy, M Miley, S Moore, M Nolan, T O'Donnell, F O'Loughlin, F O’Rourke, C Purcell, D Scully and M Wall.

 

Apologies: Councillor J McGinley

 

Also Present: Mr M Malone, County Manager, Messrs J Lahart and E O’Sullivan (Directors of Services), M O'Leary (Acting Director of Services), C Talbot (Meetings Administrator) and other officials.

 

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The Mayor began by congratulating the members who were elected as TD’s in the recent general election and wished them well in the future. The County Manager also expressed his congratulations.

Councillor Griffin sought clarification on the Progress Report regarding work carried out to tree pruning on the M4 due to of road safety concerns. Mr O’Leary advised the members that the safety issue related to sun shading the road and confirmed that an invitation would be re-issued for representatives of the NRA to attend a meeting of full Council or the Transportation Strategic Policy Committee to address the members concerns.

 

 1/0211

Confirmation of Minutes

The council considered the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 31 January 2011, together with the progress report.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Langan, seconded by Councillor Purcell, that the minutes of the monthly meeting held on 31 January 2011, be confirmed and taken as read.

 

2/0211

Committee Minutes

The Council considered the committee minutes which had been circulated with the agenda.

Athy - 13 December 2010

Clane - 11 January 2011

Kildare - 26 January 2011

Naas - 16 November 2010 and 18 January 2011

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor McEvoy, seconded by Councillor Langan, that the minutes be noted.

 

3/0211

Disposal of Land

0.47 acres at Collaghknock Glebe, Kildare Town

The Council considered statutory notice dated 15 February 2011 which had been circulated to members pursuant to section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 0.47 acres of the council’s land at Coolaghknock Glebe, Kildare Town to Teach Tearmainn Housing Association Company Ltd in consideration of payment of €66,043.00.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor S Doyle, seconded by Councillor O’Loughlin, that pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001 that the Council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice.

 

Apartment 30 Rosconnell Street, Newbridge

The council considered statutory notice dated 16 February 2011 which had been circulated to the members under Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001 signifying intent to dispose of 30 Rosconnell Street, Newbridge, Co Kildare to Tadeusz Pedrak and Anna Pedrak under the Affordable Housing Scheme in consideration of €110,000 and subject to each the terms of the Affordable Housing Scheme.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor S Doyle, seconded by Councillor O’Loughlin, that pursuant to Section 183 of the Local Government Act 2001 that the Council consent to the disposal of the land in accordance with the terms set out in the statutory notice

 

4/0211

Filling of committee vacancies

The council noted that vacancies had arisen in the membership of committees and external bodies as a result of the cessation of former Councillor Paul Kelly’s membership of the council:

Audit Committee

Mid-Eastern Regional Authority

County Joint Policing Committee

Traffic Technical Committee

Water and Environmental Services Strategic Policy Committee

Nominee to witness affixing of the Council’s seal.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor O’Loughlin, seconded by Councillor Callaghan, that Councillor L Doyle be appointed to the Audit Committee.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor O’Loughlin, seconded by Councillor Callaghan, that Councillor Miley be appointed to the Mid-Eastern Regional Authority.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor O’Loughlin, seconded by Councillor Callaghan, that Councillor O’Rourke be appointed to the County Joint Policing Committee, Traffic Technical Committee, Water and Environmental Services Strategic Policy Committee and Nominee to witness affixing of the Council’s seal.

 

 5/0211

To consider letter of 28 January 2011 from Department of Education and Skills regarding proposal to reduce the number of vocational education committees.

 

The Mayor stated that the following motion would be considered in conjunction with this item:

 

Item No 17 - Councillor Daly

That Kildare actively pursues that Kildare (Naas) is selected as the location for the head office for the new amalgamation of Kildare, Carlow and Kilkenny VEC’s.

The administrator read a letter dated 28 January 2011 from the Deopartment of Education and Skills. The members expressed their concerns that Kildare VEC would not lose out under the proposed amalgamation with other counties and that Naas would remain as the location for the headquarters. The members felt the proposed motion by Councillor Daly should be amended so as not to include any specific counties. Councillor Daly agreed the motion should be amended as follows: That Kildare actively pursues that Kildare (Naas) is selected as the location for the head office for any new amalgamation.

Resolved that a letter be sent to the Minister for Education and Skills outlining the members concerns regarding the proposed amalgamation of Kildare VEC with other counties and that Naas headquarters would be considered as a base.

 

6/0211

To approve policy on care facilities for the elderly in County Kildare

The administrator outlined the proposed policy on the care facilities for the elderly in County Kildare. Councillor L Doyle referred to item 6(i) of the proposed policy “There is a presumption against this type of development in the open countryside for reasons relating to sustainability, poor accessibility, lack of public transport, social exclusion and isolation”. He expressed concern that such facilities would only be directed towards town centres. The members discussed a number of issues including the possibility of re-zoning land specifically for this purpose, consumption of water, ratios, urban verses rural settings. Mr Lahart indicated that this nursing home policy drafted by the Planning and Economic Development Strategic Policy Committee was included as part of the County Development Plan (CDP) review process. Changes to this policy were made by the members at Draft CDP stage to allow for "a mixed urban/rural setting" for Nursing homes in the county subject to them being located close to community and social facilities, the requirement for a mobility strategy, etc. (refer to policy OP3 in section 11.14.3 of the Draft CDP 2011-2017).

The members agreed to amend the proposed wording of the SPC's Nursing Home policy to reflect this change by stating that: Such facilities should generally be located close to community and social facilities required by occupants (e.g. shops, post office, community centres, etc) thereby ensuring that older people can remain part of existing communities.

Resolved that report be noted.

 

7/0211

Planning and Development Act 2000

Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2008 – Part VIII

To consider proposed extension to Donaghcumper Cemetery

Mr Dunne presented a report dated 18 February 2011 to the members in relation to the proposed Donaghcumper Cemetery extension. He informed the members that the proposal is for a two phased extension to the existing Donaghcumper cemetery. The overall proposed combined area is c.0.8 hectares and will have a total of 1,030 plots. He advised the members that two submissions had been received during the consultation period and recommended the Part 8 for the Donaghcumper Cemetery extension to the members. The Mayor thanked Mr Dunne and his staff in the Environment Department for the good work on this project.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor Byrne, seconded by Councillor Griffin, with all members in favour, that in accordance with the Planning and Development Act 2000 and Planning and Development Regulations 2001-2008, the proposal under Part VIII (Donaghcumper Cemetery extension) be agreed.

 

 8/0211

Mayor’s Business

The Mayor and members noted that Mr Talbot, Meetings Administrator, would shortly retire and together with the County Manger paid tribute to him for his many years of dedicated service to Kildare County Council. The administrator returned his thanks to the members and County Manager.

 

 9/0211

Votes of Sympathy

 

The Mayor and members expressed sympathy with the following:

 

Geraldine Power, Housing Department, on the death of her father.

Kathleen Finnegan, Transportation Department, on the death of her brother.

Olive Kavanagh, Partnership Facilitator, on the death of her sister

Karen Digan-Harris, Corporate Affairs, on the death of her sister-in-law

Breda Houlihan, Health and Safety Section, on the death of her father.

 

 10/0211

Development Contribution Scheme 2011

The County Manager outlined the proposed schedule to commence the review of the Development Contribution Scheme 2011, as follows:

 

19 May 2011 – Advertise the review of scheme

25 May 2011 – Proposed scheme to go on public display

6 July 2011 – To consider submissions and prepare report

3 August 2011 – To present report to members

7 September 2011 – To consider the report

14 September 2011 – Decision of members to ratify the scheme

 

Resolved that the proposed meeting schedule be agreed.

 

11/0211

Draft Transport Strategy for the Greater Dublin Area and

Associated Strategic Environmental Assessment

The administrator advised the members that the National Transport Authority would make a presentation to the Planning and Economic Development and Transportation Strategic Policy Committees on the Greater Dublin Area Draft Transport Strategy 2011–2030 on 3 March 2011 in Aras Chill Dara and all members were welcome to attend.

 

 12/0211

Correspondence

The Council noted receipt of the following correspondence:

• Letter from Galway City Council requesting support for resolution calling on the Government to lobby Iran to rescind the stoning to death of Sakineh Ashtiani for alleged adultery and furthermore make it known that such killing is both barbaric and cruel. Noted.

• Letter from the Minister for Education and Skills, in response to our correspondence in relation to provision of new secondary school for Monasterevin. Noted.

• Letter from Office of the Taoiseach, in response to our correspondence supporting resolution of South Tipperary County Council in relation to the sugar beat industry. Noted.

• Letter from Comhairle na Mire Gaile in relation to the work of the Council for Bravery Awards. Noted.

• Letter from Fonduireacht an Phiarsaigh in relation to the Padraig Pearse Award 2011.

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor O’Loughlin, seconded by Councillor S Doyle, that Mary Davis from Active Citizenship be nominated for this award.

 

13/0211

Conferences

The administrator confirmed that the following list of upcoming Conferences had been considered by the Group Leaders in the Chamber and found to be suitable for attendance:

 

3-5 March 2011

9th National Tourism Conference

Seven Oaks Hotel, Carlow

Approximate cost per delegate €500

Nominees Councillor Colm Purcell

 

4 March 2011

Irelands Energy Opportunity – Cork’s Response

Inchydoney Hotel, Clonakilty, Co Cork

Approximate cost per delegate €

Nominees:No Nominees Received

 

10 March 2011

Conference on STEM Education 2011

Tullamore Court Hotel, Tullamore, Co Offaly

Approximate cost per delegate €360

Nominees:Councillor Brendan Weld, Councillor Senan Griffin

 

11-13 March 2011

The Local Government Planning Service

Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Approximate cost per delegate €750

Nominees:Councillor Martin Miley

 

18-20 March 2011

Equal Status Legislation and its effect on Service Provision in Local Authorities

Westport Plaza Hotel, Westport, Co Mayo

Approximate cost per delegate €750

Nominees:Councillor Martin Miley

 

23 March 2011

Smarter Travel = Traffic and Travel Information

Cork

Approximate cost per delegate €

Nominees:No Nominees received

 

25-27 March 2011

Changing Trends In Drug and Alcohol Abuse

Silver Tassie Hotel, Letterkenny, Co Donegal

Approximate cost per delegate €800

Nominees:Councillor Paddy Kennedy

 

7-10 April 2011

20th Annual Kerry Environmental Conference and Training Seminar

Meadowlands Hotel, Tralee, Co Kerry

Approximate cost per delegate €750

Nominees:Councillor Liam Doyle, Councillor Kevin Byrne.

 

29-30 April 2011

Economic Revival –A Role for Local Government

Fairways Hotel, Dundalk, Co Louth

Approximate cost per delegate €600

Nominees:Councillor Senan Griffin, Councillor Brendan Weld, Councillor Michael Nolan

 

 14/0211

Decalaration of a Public Road at Scrawtown Lane, Curryhills, Prosperous

Section 11 of the Roads Act 1993

The members considered report on the taking in charge of public road at Scrawtown Lane, Curryhills, Prosperous, Co Kildare under Section 11 of the Roads Act 1993. The administrator confirmed that this request had been approved by the Clane Area Committee.

Resolved with all members in favour that, in accordance with Section 11 of the Roads Act 1993, Scrawtown Lane, Curryhills, Prosperous be taken in charge.

 

 15/0211

Water Supply

At the Mayor’s suggestion it was agreed to take the following motions together:

 

Motion in the name of Councillor S Doyle:

In light of recent issues regarding water supply, can we have a report on sources of water supply for the County, a breakdown showing the proportion of water from each resource with relevant costs and a report identifying geographical locations that are dependent on each of these resources.

 

Motion in the name of Councillor L Doyle:

That the council be advised as to;

(a) The estimated use of water from existing system to (i) flush toilets, (ii) wash cars, (iii) water plants, (iv) other uses of non treated water

(b) the feasibility of drawing water from our two canals to facilitate the above uses in (i) Kilcock, (ii) Maynooth (iii) Leixlip, (iv) Celbridge from the Royal Canal and (v) Sallins, (vi) Monasterevin, (vii) Naas from the Grand Canal.

I appreciate that this would involve the running of a second mains which would not require treatment in any treatment plant, but with the present shortage of treated water and the cost of treating it and the number of people unemployed at present, this may be an opportune time to investigate the benefits or otherwise of such a project

The members were circulated with a report indicating that there were twenty sources of water supply in the county and that all water used by consumers and supplied by public water mains must comply with EU Drinking Water Regulations 2007. Typically 40% of household water does not strictly require treatment to drinking water standard because it is not consumed. However, water from storage tanks in house attics is used for many household purposes other than flushing toilets, such as brushing of teeth etc, and hence is subject to quality standards. As a means to manage the health risks, it would be preferable to have a totally separate supply of household water for use other than human consumption, and therefore not requiring full compliance with drinking water regulations. This would require two supply sources, one treated and one untreated, as well as a dual distribution network. It would also require a dual pluming system in the household. There would be a requirement for significant capital investment to construct a source/storage facility and a public distribution network, as well as the additional ongoing maintenance costs. Additional costs would also arise in upgrade of private household and commercial units. Due to financial constraints the proposal to run a dual watermain would not be feasible. Water harvesting, where rainwater is collected and used as an alternative to treated water as appropriate, is being promoted as a water conservation measure. The members discussed the report and felt that the Council should consider a second water supply for non-treated water.

 

Resolved on the proposal of Councillor L Doyle, seconded by Councillor Griffin, that the report be noted.

 

 16/0211

Pay Parking

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor S Doyle:

That the council be advised in relation to pay parking in the county, as follows;

- Breakdown of revenue for each town for 2009 and 2010

- Breakdown of operating costs for each town in 2009 and 2010

- Breakdown of projects supported by revenue from paid parking in 2009 and 2010

- Breakdown of number of tickets issued in each town and collection/resolution of same

with details of how many were paid at what point and for how much ultimately

- Breakdown of court costs for pursuit of tickets, number of court cases taken, number

settled prior to court hearing and number of cases lost on petition of ticket recipient.

 

Resolved that this motion be deferred to the March Council meeting.

 

 17/0211

Approval of Annual Budget

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor Moore:

That legal advice be sought from the Financial Regulator, Ombudsman or appropriate Government Minister on the validity and legality of councillors signing off and approving of annual estimates in which they have only 20% input and are uninformed about the bundled up details of the other 80% of information.

Councillor Moore felt that the members did not have sufficient involvement in the making of the annual estimates and were supplied with too much paperwork. The administrator confirmed to the members that the Council are fully compliant with all internal and external procedures and that there was a legal requirement to supply information to the members in this format but that the Finance Department would gladly discuss the provision of additional budget figures in an alternative format if required.

Resolved that the report be noted.

 

18/0211

Review of Higher Education Grants Qualifying Criterion

The council considered the following motion in the name of Councillor MacNamara:

That this council calls on the incoming Minister for Education to review the changes to Higher Education Grants following Budget 2011 and also review qualifying criterion regarding income and to include imputed earnings from assets. In particular with a view towards reversing the changes to the qualifying distance criterion.

The members discussed the changes to the Higher Education Grant Scheme following the Budget 2011 and in particular the qualifying distance of 24kms to 45kms. It was felt that this amendment would place undue hardship and was targeted at young people who may choose an alternative course due to cost and time to attend a particular college. Mr O’Sullivan advised the members that Kildare County Council would shortly be notifying all existing grant holders of this amendment which will come into place in the next academic year.

 

Resolved that the report be noted

 

 

The meeting concluded.

 

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