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Posted on: March 16, 2022

March 15 Council Recap

City Council Recap


Axe Throwing Venues
The City Council conducted a Public Hearing on a request to amend the Code of the City of Seabrook, Appendix A, Comprehensive Zoning, to add Axe Throwing as a Conditional Use to the Land Use Matrix in C-2, C-3, WAD, MMU, POD, STCOD, OS, LI, 146-S, and 146-M Zoning Districts. No speakers came forward to speak for or against the requested amendment.


Ordinance 2022-07 Axe Throwing Venue
The City Council unanimously approved Ordinance 2022-07 on first reading to allow axe throwing venues as a conditional use in several zoning districts: C-2, C-3, WAD, MMU, POD, STCOD, OS, LI, 146-S, and 146-M. These venues operate like a mixture of a bowling alley and a shooting range, with specific lanes rented and assigned to customers. There are expert axe throwers on staff to assist customers at any skill level. Typically, these venues serve food and beer and wine. The Planning & Zoning Commission recommended adding axe throwing venue to the Land Use Matrix as a conditional use so that Planning & Zoning and City Council has the opportunity to determine certain conditions required before such a venue is open for business. 


Resolution 2022-08  EMS Billing and Write-Off Policy
By unanimous vote, the City Council approved Resolution 2022-08 to create an EMS Billing and Write-Off Policy so that while the city uses a third-party collection service, there is an annual process to bring accounts that are 180 days or more delinquent back to City Council for approval of write-off.


EMS Fee Schedule with Emergicon
The City Council unanimously approved an update to the City’s EMS fee schedule in order to receive the max paid out by commercial insurance companies, such as BlueCross BlueShield. The City and Emergicon did not receive historical data from the previous EMS provider when the EMS Department was established in 2019; therefore, the fees that were originally set for commercial insurance fees were below the max that some of the commercial insurance companies will pay. The change in fees does not affect Medicare, Medicaid, or Private Pay patients.


Comprehensive Master Plan Review Commission
By roll call vote and general consensus, the City Council approved the appointments of Richard Cucco, Joseph Culligan, Gary Johnson, Randall Miller, Hill Powell, Elaine Renola, and Ann Wacker to the Comprehensive Master Plan Review Commission for terms to expire six (6) months from appointment date, or no later than September 15, 2022.


May 7, 2022 General Election
City Secretary, Robin Lenio, stated that the ballots have been proofed and are now printed and received by the vendor. Ms. Lenio is waiting on the audio cards from the vendor. Equipment testing will take place on April 14, and Early Voting begins April 25.

City Manager Update
Gayle Cook, City Manager, gave the attached updates on the SH 146 Expansion Project, City of Seabrook CIP Projects, and City of Seabrook Grant Administration:   


There will be a joint meeting of the City Council and the Planning & Zoning Commission on Tuesday, April 5, at 5:00pm.


The next regular City Council meeting will be held on Tuesday, April 5, at 6:00pm. 

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