TUESDAY, MAY 17, 2011 AT 9:30 AM



PRESENT:                     Tom Sublett, Chairman, District 2

                                    Amy Callaway, Vice Chairman, District 1

Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3

Mary Hunt, Commissioner, District 4

Jerome Clark, Commissioner, District 5

Clyde Taylor, Commissioner, At Large Post 1

                                    Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2


ALSO PRESENT:           Alan Ours, County Administrator

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk


Discussion and consideration of the following:

1.         Accommodation Excise Tax at RV Parks

Earl Perry, the owner of a local campground, asked the Commission not to enforce the accommodation excise tax at campsites and RV parks.


2.         Friends of Harrington School


St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition President Ron Upshaw asked the Board to assist in developing the school. The Coalition currently leases the school from the County on a yearly basis. He said the one year lease prevents the Coalition from receiving grants, but it the County would consider a 99-year lease, the Coalition would be eligible for grant funds.


3.         Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) local law enforcement


            Mark Carson with DNR provided information on the DNR’s law enforcement endeavors.

            4.         DNR Sea Level Rise Project


Beth Blalock with the Georgia Conservancy reported on the projected sea level rise. By the year 2100, it is expected that the sea level will rise one meter. She reported this decrease in land mass should be kept in mind when planning future infrastructure and land use.


5.         SPLOST 6 revised list     Overview   City of Brunswick  Airport Commission 

Jekyll Island Authority  E911  JWSC   Comm Dev   Fire  IT  Police   Public Works  Recreation   Sheriff                  --- All reports Combined


            The revised list was presented as follows:

City of Brunswick


Airport Commission


Jekyll Island Authority


Joint Public Safety Communications Department


Joint Water and Sewer Commission


Community Development / Engineering


Fire Department


Information Technology


Police Department


Public Works


Parks & recreation


St. Simons Parking


Sheriff's Office





The Board felt the SPLOST list was too large and asked staff and the other agencies to once again reduce their projects and resubmit them. A 10% reduction from all agencies was suggested.


6.         Altamaha Canal Vision


Community Development Director David Hainley updated the Board on the canal project.  The reutilization plan includes the following:

-     Perform the reutilization in accordance with all archeological and environmental standards.

-     Perform the reutilization with the least impact to the environment.

-     Incorporate access and design features for people with a wide range of physical abilities and interests.

-     Incorporate design features to avoid conflicts between cars and pedestrians cars and boaters and boaters and pedestrians.

-     Restore adequate flow ability to the canal

-     Develop the canal as an ecotourism destination.

The reutilization plan will not involve a restoration requiring the entire original 330’ width of the canal.  A narrower minimum section will be used with increased width used at venue sites or trailheads.  Certain portions of the canal that have had a large amount of sedimentation and resultant creation of wetlands may have a reduced channel width.  Where the original tow path/bank of the canal may be degraded it may be necessary to construct a low level boardwalk path through the area.   This will be required where wetlands are encountered to minimize the impacts to the wetlands. One of the stated design principles was to restore adequate flow to the canal. This will help reduce maintenance and aid in drainage.   Another principle was to avoid conflicts between different transportation modes.  To accomplish both of these principles, existing drainage structures and some small bridges will be replaced.  ADA compliant pedestrian bridges will be installed where necessary to view sites on the opposing side of the canal and where the pathway needs to change to the opposing side due to obstructions.


Mr. Hainley added that grants will be the major source of funding for this project.


7.         Health Department regulations on swimming pools and septic tanks  Link


Terry Driggers, of Driggers Construction, said the County’s pool regulations are more stringent than the State’s regulations. He said neighborhood pools should not be considered public. This designation puts too many requirements on the pools, such as requiring daily testing by a certified pool operator, restrooms, showers, and other items that are too expensive for homeowner’s associations, condominiums, etc.

Chairman Sublett asked the County Attorney to research State law and the ordinance to see if there are any changes that can be made.


8.         Memorandum of Understanding Between the City of Brunswick, Glynn County Board of Commissioners, and the Glynn County Board of Education for the Ninth Street Extension Project, with funding not to exceed $65,000 to come from the County Administrator's Contingency Fund.    Link   Link  Link


It was decided that this item would be placed on the next Finance Committee meeting for a recommendation.




The Board did not hold an executive session during the meeting.






Tom Sublett, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County , Georgia





Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk