MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

HELD AT THE NEW COURTHOUSE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 18, 1999 AT 6:00 PM

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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

 

POINT OF PRIVILEGE

 

Introduction of Mr. Mark S. Eckert as the new County Administrator.

 

1.     APPROVAL OF MINUTES


 

(A)    Approve Minutes of the Regular Meeting held Thursday, November 4, 1999

 

Motion to approve, subject to any necessary corrections, by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tullos.  Unanimously approved.

 

(B)              Approve Minutes of the Special Meeting held Monday, November 8, 1999

 

Motion to approve, subject to any necessary corrections, by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark.  Unanimously approved.

 

(C)              Approve Minutes of Joint Meeting held Tuesday, November 9, 1999

 

Motion to approve, subject to any necessary corrections, by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Chapman, Motion carries with a vote of 5-0-2 with Commissioner Dowdy and Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining,

 

 

 

 

2.               EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH

 

Presentation of Plaque and $50 check to Sonia Raines, Accounting Technician II, Glynn County Finance Department.

 


*3.      PROCLAMATION

 

A Proclamation honoring Bill Elliott as an AHonorary Member@ of the Glynn County Fire Department.  (G. Robertson)

 

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

 

4.                  PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

(A)           Renaming of Road/Street

 

Consider request from Brunswick and Glynn County Development to rename Connole Street Extension to Airport Industrial Drive.  (J. Bruner)

 

At the request of Mr. Steve Brian this item is pulled from the Agenda and requires no Board action at this time.

 

(B)              Alcoholic Beverages Licenses

 

1.                  Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to Marsh Point Bar & Grill, 253 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, GA.  LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  NO SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  Owner change - 2000 (Formerly Marsh Point) (Occupational Tax)

 

There being no citizen response opposed motion to approve by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Woodman.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.


 

2.                  Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to Circle K #5392, 3801 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA.  LICENSE TO SELL MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE SALES NOT FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  NO SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  Owner change - 1999 (Formerly Smile Gas) (Occupational Tax)

 

There being no citizen response opposed motion to approve by Commissioner Chapman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.

 

3.                  Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to Triton #605, 2764 U. S. Highway 17 South and Triton #621, 4999 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA.  LICENSE TO SELL MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE SALES NOT FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  NO SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  Licensee change - 1999  (Occupational Tax)

 

There being no citizen response opposed motion to approve by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.

 

4.                  Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to Little St. Simons Island, St. Simons Island, GA.  LICENSE TO SELL MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE SALES FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  Licensee change - 2000  (Occupational Tax)

 

There being no citizen response opposed motion to approve by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.

 


5.                  Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to Publix Supermarkets, Inc., #431, 110 Altama Connector, Brunswick, GA.  LICENSE TO SELL MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE SALES NOT FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  NO SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  Licensee change - 2000   (Occupational Tax)

 

There being no citizen response opposed motion to approve by Commissioner Chapman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.

 

6.                  Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to Applebee=s Neighborhood Grill and Bar, 177 Altama Connector, Brunswick, GA.  LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRIRS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  Licensee change - 2000  (Occupational Tax)

 

 

There being no citizen response opposed motion to approve by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.

 

7.                  Consider issuance of a 1999 Alcoholic Beverage License to Halyard=s, 600 Sea Island Road #19, St. Simons Island, GA.  LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE PACKAGE FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES.  SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.  Owner change - 2000 (Formerly Courtney=s) (Occupational Tax)

 

There being no citizen response opposed motion to approve by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by  Commissioner Dowdy.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.


 

8.                  Consider renewal of 2000 Alcoholic Beverage Licenses. (Occupational Tax)  See attached listing located in Agenda Briefing Book.

 

There being no citizen response opposed a motion was made by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to approve renewal of the 2000 Alcoholic Beverage Licenses as listed with the exception of Rafters, 315 2 Mallory Street, St. Simons Island, which was deferred to the Board=s December 2, 1999 meeting.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.

 

9.                  Consider denial to renew 2000 Alcohol License for I-95 Exxon, 5055 New Jesup Highway, Brunswick, GA.  (Occupational Tax)

 

At the request of the Occupational Tax Officer this item is deferred to the Board=s December 2, 1999 meeting and requires no action at this time.

 

5.      APPOINTMENTS

 

(A)    Glynn County Pension Administration Committee - two (2) Non-Management Employees to represent Public Safety - two (2) year term

 

1.                Jonathan Hardwick, Glynn County Fire Department

2.                Delores Simmons, Glynn County Sheriff=s Office


3.                Ridley Watson, Glynn County Police Department

 

 

The following persons received majority votes by the Board and are appointed to served on the above committee.

 

Jonathan Hardwick, Glynn County Fire Department

Ridley Watson, Glynn County Police Department

 

(B)    Glynn County Tree Advisory Board - 3 positions remaining- 4 year term

 

4.                David P. Grumme

5.                Sara Lanier

 

This item is deferred to the Board=s December 2, 1999 meeting.  No Board action taken at this time.

 

6.                  CONSENT AGENDA -  General

 

Approve request from Joel Willis, St. Simons Island Council, regarding the planting of an oak tree in Neptune Park.  (F. Tullos)

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Chapman to approve the above request.  Unanimously approved.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

7.        RELEASING/SETTING OF FINANCIAL SECURITIES

 

Letter of Credit - Skylane Court at McKinnon Airport, St. Simons Island, GA.  LOC #458 in the amount of $50,000.00  (C. Taylor)

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to reduce the amount of the letter of credit from $50,000.00 to $1,000.00 and extend it for a period of six (6) months.  Unanimously approved.

 

8.                  Delegation

 

Mr. Bill Hook to discuss east/west road divider on St. Simons Causeway.  (G. Robertson)

(This item was deferred from the Board=s November 4, 1999 meeting.)

 


The Board heard from the following person(s)

 

Bill Hook

Bob Coleman

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy directing staff to address a letter to GA/DOT regarding traffic safety concerns on the F. J. Torras Causeway, not limited to the use of road dividers and calling for a review of the GA/DOT traffic safety study of the causeway.  Unanimously approved.

 

9.                  Authorize request for Information Technology Department for $10,000.00 for Y2K, for the contingency funds that were deleted from the original budget. (Vote: 2-0)

 

$2,000.00  -  environmental control computer for Glynn County Courthouse

$4,000.00 -  upgrade Finance Department computer

$4,000.00  - Y2K contingency funds.

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve the above request with the funding source identified as Fund Balance.  Unanimously approved.

 

10.           Authorize purchase of equipment for Blythe Island Regional Park in an amount not to exceed $4,100.00, to replace stolen maintenance and revenue producing equipment.  (W. Davis)

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve the above request with funding source identified as Blythe Island Timber Fund.  Unanimously approved.

 

11.              Consider the recommendations of the Massengale Park Citizens Advisory Board to amend the Massengale Park Master Plan.  (D. Newbern)

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissoner Chapman to approve the above recommendations to amend the Massengale Park Master Plan, subject to approval by the Traffic Safety Engineer.  Unanimously approved. 

 

12.              Consider approval of agreements, subject to approval by the County Attorney, between GA/DOT and Glynn County for improvements to the following roadways.  (J. Bruner)

 

S                    S. R. 99 from U. S. Highway 17/S. R. 25 to I-95

S                    S. R. 25 Spur from Cate Road along Canal Road, C. R. 588 to S. R. 99


 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Woodman, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve the agreements, subject to approval by the

 


County Attorney with funding source for engineering work identified as Fund Balance.  Motion carries with a vote of 4-2-1 with Commissioner Woodman, Commissioner Tommy Clark, Chairperson Robertson   and Commissioner Jerome Clark in favor, Commissioner Tullos and Commissioner Chapman opposed and Commissioner Dowdy abstaining.

 

13.              Consider recognition of Sublease Agreement between the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and the United States of America General Services Administration for lease of office space, warehouse space, outside storage area and vehicle parking area at 575 Connole Street, Brunswick, Georgia for use by the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.  (G. Moore)

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve by the above referenced sublease agreement.  Unanimously approved. 

14.              Consider amendment of lease dated October 11, 1988, as amended, between Glynn County, as Lessor, and the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, as Lessee, to extend the term of said lease to October 10, 2048, and to exempt from said lease that certain road known as ASandcastle Drive@.  (G. Moore)

 

At the request of Mr. Steve Brian this item is pulled from the Agenda until further notice and requires no Board action at this time.

 

15.              Consider an appeal from the decision made by the Board of Appeals at their October 14, 1999 meeting related to the denial of a variance request submitted by Mr. Russel Sewell and Mr. Thomas Boller.  (C. Olness)

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to uphold the decision of the Board of Appeals regarding denial the variance request.  Unanimously approved.

 

16.             Consider request from Joe Williams, Chief Appraiser to appoint Real Property Supervisor and Real Property Mobile Home Appraiser positions as authorized agents under O. C. G. A. 15-11-9 (11) to issue citations to owners failing to properly display mobile home decals.  (J. Williams) (This item was deferred from the Board=s November 4, 1999 meeting.)

 

At the request of Commissioner Chapman this item is deferred to the Board=s December 2, 1999 meeting and requires no Board action at this time.

 

 


17.              Discussion regarding the Tax Assessors Office ability to perform its duties under the ATax Payers Bill of Rights@ legislation and other functions directly associated with Tax Assessor office.  (J. Chapman)  (This item was deferred from the Board=s November 4, 1999 meeting.)

 

At the request of Commissioner Chapman this item is deferred to the Board=s December 2, 1999 meeting and requires no Board action at this time.

 

18.              Receive report from Georgia Bureau of Investigations report regarding St. Simon Island vandalism investigations.  (D. Dowdy) (This item was deferred from the Board=s November 4, 1999 meeting.)

 

Discussion only.  No Board action required nor taken at this time.

 

19.     Discussion regarding mobile home permit fee procedures.  (E. Carter)  (This item was deferred from the Board October 21, 1999 meeting.)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark directing Ellis Carter to continue study regarding mobile home permit fees and bring recommendations back to the Board at its second meeting in January, 2000.  Unanimously approved.

 

19.              Consider request from MedTran EMS to be part of the 911 EMS service.  (D. Dowdy)

 

At the request of Commissioner Dowdy this item is deferred to the Board=s December 2, 1999 meeting.

 

20.              Consider awarding the bid for the purchase of storm drain pipe.  (J. Bruner)

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to award the bid to Advanced Drainage Systems, Savannah, GA, in the amount of $18,792.00.  Unanimously approved.

 

*22.   Consider approval of contract with Mark Eckert to be County Administrator.  (G. Moore)

 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Woodman, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to discuss issue of relative to contract in Executive Session, Unanimously approved.

 

 

23.              Hearing Officers report on Evorah Baerga.  (R. Rowell)


 

After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to uphold the recommendation as outlined in the Hearing Officers Report.  Unanimously approved.

 

COMMISSIONER REPORT ON MEETINGS & LETTERS

 

Commissioner Jerome Clark

 

Announcement of Children & Youth Organization Breakfast

 

Commissoner Chapman - None

 

Commissioner Dowdy

 

One item regarding Personnel for discussion in Executive Session

 

Commissioner Tullos - None

 

Commissioner Woodman  - None

 

Commissioner Tommy Clark  - None

 

Chairman Robertson  - None

 

CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS  - None

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS

 

1.        Request authorization from the Board of Commissioners to discuss an item not published on the Agenda relative to Barnes Plantation Pump Station.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Woodman to allow the discussion of the above referenced item.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-1 with Commissioner Tullos opposed.     

 


After brief discussion a motion was made by Commissioner Woodman, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve entering into an agreement, subject to approval by the County Attorney, and authorize the Chairman to execute necessary documents relative to the Barnes Plantation pump station.  Items still to be addressed are finishing of the  rip-rap work, pay reasonable legal expenses, correcting an existing erosion problem.  County would accept ownership of pump station immediately and pay past and future utility bills for its operation.  The County would require Barnes Plantation to replace the current letter of credit in the amount of $14,800.00 with one in the amount of $51,000.00 for a period of six (6) months and transfer the property to the County.  Motion carries with a vote of 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tullos opposed.

 

2.        Items of pending/potential litigation for discussion in Executive Session.

 

ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS  - None

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to go into Executive Session for discussion of items of Personnel and Pending/Potential Litigation.  Unanimously approved.

 

Back in Regular Session

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Chapman to approve the contract between Glynn County and Mark Eckert relative to the County Administrator position with recommended changes and subject to approve by the County Attorney.  Unanimously approved.

 

There being no further business, meeting adjourned.

 

 

 

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

 

Attest:

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Geraldine Robertson, Chairman

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Vanessa D. Mincey, County Clerk