SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 21, 2012 AT 9:30 AM
PRESENT: Richard Strickland, Chairman, District 3
Amy Callaway, Commissioner, District 1
Tom Sublett, Commissioner, District 2
Mary Hunt, Commissioner, District 4
Jerome Clark, Commissioner, District 5
Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2
ABSENT: Clyde Taylor, Vice Chairman, At Large Post 1
ALSO PRESENT: Alan Ours, County Administrator
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney
Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk
Discussion and consideration of the following:
1. Update on Detention Facility Project
Jim Ingram, IPG Inc, the architectural firm overseeing the design of the new jail, updated the Board on the progress. He reported the groundbreaking would be scheduled for August 2012.
2. Update on Spur 25 Highway Project Link
County Engineer Paul Andrews and Billy Gordan, of Moreland Altobelli Associates, provided an update on this four-lane project. Mr. Andrews presented the parcels that still need right-of-way acquisition. Mr. Gordon said the right-of-way must be obtained by July 1 or the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) may not provide the $11 million needed for the project. He is still negotiating with the property owners, but is having difficulties finding some of them because some properties are in foreclosure.
Mr. Gordon said no property owners will be displaced with this project. The property that is needed for the project only consists of small portions of the parcels.
The next step will be to adopt a resolution approving eminent domain and to authorize the acquisition of the properties. GDOT has approved up to $105,150 for the properties. Staff will bring any counteroffers in excess of this amount to the Board for consideration.
3. Historical Society & Land Trust to discuss a maritime museum and lighthouse (Sherri Jones)
Mimi Rogers and Sherri Jones discussed the ways the Historical Society wishes to participate in the County’s Strategic Plan.
Ms. Jones asked the Board to consider leasing the Coast Guard property to the Historical Society. They would like to use the adjacent building to create an archaeological center. They would also like to partner with the County to landscape the area. Ms. Jones proposed that the Historical Society provide the funding and the County provide the labor to install irrigation in the area. She added that new informational and interpretive signage would also be helpful in attracting visitors to the property.
The consensus of the Board was for the County Attorney to prepare a standard lease agreement between Glynn County and the Historical Society for the Coast Guard property.
4. Discuss pain clinics (A. Callaway)
County Attorney Aaron Mumford advised the Board that it could adopt an ordinance regulating pain clinics in the county. He mentioned the General Assembly also may be creating a law regulating the clinics in 2013.
Commissioner Callaway asked Mr. Mumford to draft an ordinance for the Board to consider.
5. Opportunity Zone for the Archway Project (R. Strickland)
Joel Willis, of the Archway Partnership, and Rob Gordon, of the Carl Vinson Institute, provided the Board with an overview of Opportunity Zones. This program is offered by the Georgia Department of Community Affairs and offers tax credit incentives for businesses within the zone. To qualify, the area must have “pervasive poverty, underdevelopment, general distress, and blight.” The Archway Partnership has identified 1600 acres from Parkwood Avenue to Community Road and US Hwy 17 west toward Hwy 341.
6. Receive update from Property Appraisal Office regarding the tax digest (B. Gerhardt)
Tax Assessor Mike Harris and Chief Appraiser Bobby Gerhardt explained a recent error submitted by the Property Appraisal Office. The drop in the 2011 tax digest is projected to be 12% from the 2010 value. It was originally reported to be a 14% decrease.
The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Richard Strickland, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County, Georgia
Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk