MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

SCHEDULED AT THE NEW GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 16, 1999 AT 6:00 PM

HELD THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 23, 1999

DUE TO HURRICANE FLOYD

 

 

 

 

 

 

PRESENT:                   Geraldine AGerry@ Robertson Chairperson

David L. Dowdy, Vice Chairperson

Jeff Chapman, Commissioner

Jerome Clark, Commissioner

Thomas B. ATommy@ Clark, Commissioner

Fred E. Tullos, Commissioner     

Henri Woodman, Commissioner

 

ALSO PRESENT:         Rebecca Rowell, Acting County Administrator

Gary Moore, County Attorney

Vanessa D. Mincey, County Clerk

Chief Carl Alexander, Police Department

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

The invocation was given by Rev. Connell, pastor of the First Baptist Church of Brunswick.

 

1.      APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

(A)           Approve Minutes of Regular Meeting held Thursday, September 2, 1999.

(B)    Approve Minutes of Special Meeting held Monday, September 13, 1999.

(C)    Approve Minutes of Special Meeting held Tuesday, September 14, 1999.

 

Motion to approve, subject to any necessary corrections, by Commissioner Woodman, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Jerome Clark abstaining relative to items 1 (B) and 1 (C).  Commissioner Jerome Clark voted to approve item 1 (A).

 

2.                  EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

 


Presentation of Plaque and $50 check to Rachel Boyett, Deputy Clerk I, Clerk of Superior Court office.

 

3.      PROCLAMATIONS

 

(A)              A proclamation designating Saturday, September 18, 1999 as ACourt Appointed Special Advocates Day@ in Glynn County.  (G. Robertson)

 

Motion to approve by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy.  Unanimously approved.

 

(B)              A proclamation designating the week of September 13 - 19, 1999 in honor of Labor Unions and working men and women.  (T. Clark)

 

Motion to approve by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark.  Unanimously approved.

 

4.                  SPECIAL RECOGNITION

 

Recognizing Friday, September 17, 1999 as the 212th anniversary of the Constitution of the United State of America.  (J. Chapman)

 

Presentation by Ms. LaVerta Johnson.  Informational purposes only.  No action required nor taken at this time.

 

5.                  PUBLIC HEARING

 

Alcoholic Beverage License

 

(A)     Consider issuance of 1999 Temporary Alcoholic Beverage License to Sterling Liquors, 7212 New Jesup Highway, GA.  LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE PACKAGE SALES NOT FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  NO SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  (Occupational Tax)  

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to discuss amending the current Liquor, Malt Beverage and Wine Ordinance to provide a provision that would allow the issuance of a temporary license only in the event the applicant cannot attend the meeting/public hearing due to hardship.  Unanimously approved.

 


After further discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Chairman Robertson to approve changing the Liquor, Malt Beverage and Wine Ordinance to provide a provision that will allow the issuance of a temporary license, provisional license for a period not to exceed 90 days in a case when the applicant is unable to attend the meeting/public hearing due to hardship or emergency per the recommendation of the Police Chief.  Unanimously approved as ordinance amendment #0-1999-13 with the original filed per #R-06-98.

 

After further discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to approve the issuance of the above requested temporary alcoholic beverage license.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.

 

(B)              Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to By Air Package Store, 2018 Demere Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522.  LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE PACKAGE SALES NOT FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  NO SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  (Occupational Tax)

 

Due to the absense of the applicant this item was deferred to the Board 10/7/99 meeting.

 

(C)              Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to The Package Store, 2029 Fourth Street, Brunswick, GA 31520.  LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE PACKAGE SALES NOT FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  NO SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  (Occupational Tax)

 

The Board heard from the following person(s)

 

Jeff Bennett (opposed)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to approve the issuance of the above license.  Motion fails for lack of receiving a majority vote.  Vote: 3-3-1 with Commissioner Tullos, Commissioner Jerome Clark and Commissioner Woodman voting in favor, Commissioner Dowdy, Commissioner Chapman and Chairperson Robertson opposed and Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.

 

After further discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to revisit the issue regarding the issuance of the liquor license.  Unanimously approved.

 

After further discussion motion to approve by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tullos.  Motion carries with a vote of 5-1-1 with Commissioner Jerome Clark, Commissioner Tullos, Commissioner Woodman, Commissioner Chapman and Commissioner Tommy Clark in favor, Commissioner Dowdy opposed and Chairperson Robertson abstaining.

 


(D)     Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to Coastal Liquors, Inc., d/b/a The Still, 1226 Ocean Blvd., St. Simons Island, GA 31522.  LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE PACKAGE SALES NOT FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  NO SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  (Occupational Tax)

 

At the request of the applicant, Mr. Donny Cofer, this item is being deferred to the October 7, 1999 Board meeting and requires no action at this time.

 

6.                  DELEGATIONS

 

Update from the Glynn County Ordinance Review Committee and the St. Simons Island Ordinance Review committee.  (C. Taylor)

 

The Board heard from the following person(s)

 

Robert Ussery, Chairman of the Glynn County Ordinance Review Committee

Bill Lorenz-Hooker, Vice Chairman of the St. Simons Island Ordinance Review Committee.

 

Informational purposes only.  No Board action required nor taken at this time.

 

7.      CONSENT AGENDA

 

(A)              CONSENT AGENDA - FINAL PLATS

 

1.                Approve Final Plat for Whip-Poor-Will Park subdivision (FP99-10) - a five (5) lot subdivision consisting of 3.169 acres of land on the East side of U. S. Highway 17 and 310 feet North of the intersection of Altamaha Boulevard.  Zoned Forest Agricultural (FA), this development also contains a paved sixty-foot (60') right-of-way cul-de-sac known as Whippoorwill Lane.  The developer has build this street to County standards and is requesting dedication as public throughfares.  Inland Enterprises, Inc, (Buddy Harris) owners.  (C. Taylor)

 

2.                Approve Final Plat for The Commons at Frederica, Phase IV (FP99-20) - a twenty-four 924) lot additional phase to the above referenced subdivision consisting of 6.584 acres of land.   Zoned Planned Development (PD), the application contains an extension of two existing paved fifty-foot (50') right-of-ways known as West Commons Drive and Commons Road.  The developer has built this street to County standards and is requesting dedication as public thoroughfares.  Sonid Development Company, LLC (John Dinos), owners.  (C. Taylor)


 

(B)    CONSENT AGENDA - GENERAL BUSINESS

 

Authorize acceptance, subject approval by the County Attorney, of $1,500,000.00 Economic Development Administration Financial Assistance Award for PAWS project.  (D. Newbern/R. Rowell) 

 

Motion to approve the above referenced Consent Agenda items was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark.  Unanimously approved.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

8.                  RELEASING/SETTING OF FINANCIAL SECURITIES

 

Letter of Credit - Oak Forest Subdivision, Phase III.  LOC #447 in the amount of $1,000.00  (C. Taylor)

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Chapman to release the above referenced Letter of Credit.  Unanimously approved.

 

9.                  Consider the issuance of a revocable permit to William K. Holmes, 100 Floyd Street, St. Simons Island, to allow existing brick fence to remain on County right-of-way.  (E. Carter)

 

The Board heard from the following person(s)

 

Ellis Carter, Building Official

Jim Bruner, County Engineer

Tom Lee, representing the applicant.

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to issue a 30 day revocable permit with negotiations regarding a provision for parking.

 

After further discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Chapman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to defer this matter until further notice.  Unanimously approved.  

 

10.              Authorize the issuance of a revocable Right-of-Way Permit to Dr. Richard Stobaeus relative to fence placement at Amherst and 3rd Avenue, Brunswick, GA.  (E. Carter)

 


After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to deny the above request.  Unanimously approved.

 

11.           Consider request for revocable permit from Mr. Ray Miller 1708 Ocean Road, St. Simons Island for the placement of shell drive on County right-of-way.  (E. Carter)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Chapman to approve the above request.  Unanimously approved.

 

12.              Consider request for revocable permit from Mr. Rocker Channell, 1609 Bruce Drive, St. Simons Island for placement of landscape materials on County right-of-way.  (E. Carter)

 

The Board heard from the following person(s)

 

Ellis Carter, Building Official

Stephen Scarlett, representing the applicant

Karen Babson

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by by Commissioner Chapman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to approve the issuance of a revocable permit. Unanimously approved.

 

13.              Consider request for revocable permit from Ms. Elizabeth Jones, 1709 Bruce Drive, St. Simons Island to use County alley as drive.  (E. Carter)

 

This item was removed from the agenda at the request of Mr. Carter and requires no Board action at this time.

 

14.           Authorize acceptance of FAA grant offers for the following projects; (S. Brian)

 

$                   FAA AIP Project No. 3-13-0020-08, Design Phase for the Rehabilitation of Runway 4/22 at Malcolm B. McKinnon Airport in the amount of $89,647.00

 

$                   FAA AIP Project No. 3-13-0018-15, Runway 7/25 Marking and Taxiway Fillets Drainage Rehabilitation at Glynco Jetport in the amount of $180,135.00.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Woodman to approve acceptance of the above referenced grant offers.  Unanimously approved.

 


15.              Consider applying for free Arcview Software from the ESRI Livable Communities Law Enforcement Grant Program and the ESRI Public Safety Government Grant Program.  (D. Newbern)

 

After brief discussion motion to approve by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark. Unanimously approved.

 

16.              Consider an amendment to the Glynn County Code of Ordinance relative to False Alarms.  (C. Alexander)

 

Motion to approve by Commissioner Woodman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos.  Unanimously approved as ordinance #0-1999-12 with the original filed per #R-06-98.

 

17.              Consider approval to purchase one 1999 pursuit vehicle for the County Police department.  (J. Chapman)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Woodman, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark motion to approve the purchase of one (1) 1999 pursuit vehicle for the police department.  Unanimously approved.

 

18.              Consider citizens request to reduce speed limit on Blythe Island Drive from 35 mph to 25 mph and erect a ASlow Children Playing@ sign at the Blythe Island Ballpark.  (T. Clark)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to approve the erection of a ASlow Children Playing@ sign at the ball park.  Unanimously approved.

 

19.              Deferred from the Board of Commissioners September 2, 1999 meeting to award the bid,

for Office Supplies for all County departments/agencies. (R. Guarracino)

 

The Board heard from the following person(s)

 

Kevin James, Accounts Manager for Staples

Stef Cornet, Distribution Sales Manager for Staples

Mr. Finleyson, President Glynn Office Supplies

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Chairperson Robertson to award the bid to the low bidder, Staples.  Motion fails for lack of receiving a majority vote.  Vote: 3-2-2 with Commissioner Tommy Clark, Commissioner Tullos and Chairman Robertson in favor, Commissioner Chapman and Commissioner Woodman opposed and Commissioner Jerome Clark and Commissioner Dowdy abstaining.

 


After further discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Chapman, seconded by Commissioner Woodman to award the bid for office supplies to Glynn Office Supplies.

 

After further discussion Commissioner Chapman rescinds his motion with Commissioner Woodman rescinding her second.

 

After further discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to extend the current contract with Glynn Office Supplies for a period of 30 days and send the item back to the Finance Committee.  Unanimously approved.

 

20.           Consider recommendations from the County Engineer regarding Beach Drive, Blythe Island.  (J. Bruner)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to approve the following recommendations made by the County Engineer.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark, Commissioner Tullos, Chairperson Robertson, Commissioner Woodman, Commissioner Chapman and Commissioner Dowdy in favor and Commissioner Jerome Clark abstaining.

 

$                   Beginning at Midway Circle to the west, pave Beach Drive to Landing Street then pave Landing Street back to Midway Circle.  The section would be as wide as possible with minimum impact on trees and existing fencing.

 

$                   Install a sidewalk (approximately 5 feet wide) winding along Beach Drive from Landing Street to Park Street.  The sidewalk would not likely require the removal of any trees.

 

$                   Pave Park Street as a loop road from Midway Circle to Beach Drive, then along Beach Drive at the boat ramps, then back to Midway Circle.

 

$                   Install a sidewalk (approximately 5 feet wide) winding along Beach Drive from Park Street to the end at I-95.  End the sidewalk with a cul-de-sac.

 

21.    Approve, subject to final approval by the County Attorney, entering into a contract, with Philip Utilities for the operation of the Water and Sewer divisions.  (R. Rowell)

 


After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Chapman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to approve entering into a contract with Philip Utilities, subject to final approval by the County Attorney.  Motion carries with a vote of 5-1-1 with Commissioner Chapman, Commissioner Dowdy, Commissioner Jerome Clark, Commissioner Tullos and Commissioner Woodman in favor, Commissioner Tommy Clark opposed and Chairperson Robertson abstaining.

 

$                   County retains ownership of facility, permits and responsibility for billing.  Contract between Glynn County Board of Commissioners and Philip Utilities to be renewed annually and may be terminated if Philip Utilities does not perform as expected.

 

$                   Employees will be transferred to company with same salaries and better benefits.

 

$                   Philip Utilities will be responsible for:

 

$                   The handling of customer complaints and emergencies.

$                   Hurricane preparedness plan.

$                   Safety Plan

$                   Bonds and insurance

$                   Payment

$                   Capital improvements.

 

22.     Consider the Glynn County Community Development department 1999-2000 Planning Initiatives.  (C. Taylor)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to approve the following items as the 1999-2000 Planning Initiatives.  Unanimously approved.         

 

$                   Update and rewrite of the Glynn County Comprehensive Plan

 

$                   Update and rewrite of the Transportation Plan

 

$                   Creation of a Growth Management Plan for Glynn County

 

$                   Historic Preservation Planning Program

 

$                   Urban Design/Land Use Strategy

 

23.              Consider request to close Community Development Department on Friday, October 8, 1999 to allow for move to new offices.  (C. Taylor)

 


A motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Chapman to approve the closing of the Community Development Department on Friday, October 15, 1999.  Unanimously approved.

 

24.              Consider request for Southeast Georgia EMS Council to open the ambulance zoning process in Glynn County.  (C. Johnson)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark not to open the EMS ambulance zoning process in Glynn County.  Unanimously approved.

 

25.              Designate County=s ACCG Fall Policy Conference voting delegate.  (R. Rowell) 

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Chapman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy designating Chairperson Robertson as the County=s voting delegate.  Unanimously approved.

 

26.           Discussion and approval regarding the recommended 2000 LARP List.  (J. Bruner)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve the recommended 2000 LARP list with the addition of Glyndale Drive.  Unanimously approved.

 

27.           Discussion regarding rough railroad crossings in Glynn County.  (J. Bruner)

 

Informational purposes only.  No Board action required nor taken at this time.

 

28.           Discussion regarding interview process for County Administrator position.

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Chapman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to interview all five (5) candidates in person with interviews scheduled over a two (2) day period with travel funding source identified to come from  Fund Balance.  Motion carries with a vote of 5-2 with Commissioner Chapman, Commissioner Dowdy, Commissioner Woodman, Chairperson Robertson and Commissioner Jerome Clark in favor and Commissioner Tommy Clark and Commissioner Tullos opposed.

 

COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS

 

Commissioner Tullos - Called meeting of the Finance Committee, October 5, 1999 at          4:00 PM.

 

Commissioner Woodman - None


 

Commissioner Tommy Clark - Comments of thanks for actions during Hurricane Floyd.

 


Commissioner Chapman - Comments of thanks for actions during Hurricane Floyd.

 

Commissioner Jerome Clark - Comments of thanks for actions during Hurricane                                                                  Floyd.

 

Commissioner Dowdy - None

 

Chairman Robertson - None

 

COMMISSIONER REPORT ON MEETINGS & LETTERS

 

CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS - None

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS -   Items of pending/potential litigation for discussion in Executive Session.

 

ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS - None

 

PRESS INQUIRES - None

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss items of pending/potential litigation.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Chapman abstaining.

 

Back in Regular Session

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to accept the recommendations made by the Asst. County Attorney.  Unanimously approved.

 

There being no further business, meeting adjourned.

 

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

 

 

Attest:                                                         ____________________________________

Geraldine Robertson, Chairman

 

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Vanessa D. Mincey, Clerk