MINUTES

PUBLIC HEARING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

HELD AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

THURSDAY, JUNE 18, 1998 AT 5:00 PM













PRESENT: Fred Tullos, Chairman

Gerry Robertson, Vice Chairperson

A. Jerome Clark, Commissioner

Tommy Clark, Commissioner

David Dowdy, Commissioner

Jack Hardman, Commissioner

Robert Strickland, Commissioner

ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

Gary Moore, County Attorney

Chief Carl Alexander, Police Dept.

Vanessa Mincey, County Clerk



INVOCATION AND PLEDGE



5:00 PM PUBLIC HEARING



Proposed "Community Art Project" sponsored by the Glynn Arts Association"



After a brief presentation from sponsor, the Board heard from the following persons in favor of the

project.



Tory Braden Gary Renfroe

Miriam Perrone Carmen Robinson

Nancy Thomason Tech. Sgt. William Thompson

Bill Baxter Brian Thompson

Madge Bellinger



The Board heard from the following persons opposed to the project.



S. C. Andersen Ann Henry



After brief discussion, motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Hardman to accept the grant funds and approve Glynn Art Association's proposal for a community art

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project mural at Casino Building, St. Simons Island, subject to the signing of an agreement approved by the Board of Commissioners. Vote: 6-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark opposed.

Public Hearing meeting adjourned.



























































































PRESENT: Fred Tullos, Chairman

Gerry Robertson, Vice Chairperson

A. Jerome Clark, Commissioner

Tommy Clark, Commissioner

David Dowdy, Commissioner

Jack Hardman, Commissioner

Robert Strickland, Commissioner

ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

Gary Moore, County Attorney

Chief Carl Alexander, Police Dept.

Vanessa Mincey, County Clerk



INVOCATION AND PLEDGE



1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES



Approve Minutes of Regular Meeting held Thursday, June 4, 1998.



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



POINT OF PRIVILEGE



A. Presentation from Chief Johnson regarding the possible cancellation of the July 4th fireworks display at Neptune Park and the fireworks display 50th anniversary of the Brunswick Country Club scheduled for the July 2nd.



B. Presentation from Mr. Wesley Davis regarding Georgia Forestry Commission issuance of a "No Campfire" ban at Blythe Island Regional Park.



2. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH



Presentation of Plaque and $50 check Ms. Tammie Thomas, Administrative Secretary, Office of Building Inspection, Community Development.

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3. PROCLAMATION

Adoption of Proclamation honoring the "1998 Risley Alumni Association All-Class Biennial Reunion", July 3 - 5, 1998. (J. Clark)



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



4. PUBLIC HEARINGS

A. Abandonment

Consider Application for Abandonment of a portion of Pine Place. Mr. Sam Cooper, applicant. (J. Bruner)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Vote: 6-0-1 with Chairperson Tullos abstaining. Approved as resolution #R-38-98 with document(s) filed per #R-06-98.



B. Alcoholic Beverage License



(1) Consider issuance of 1998 Alcoholic Beverage License to Mulligan's Bar & Grill, 5250 New Jesup Highway, Brunswick, GA. LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES WITH SUNDAY SALES. (Occupation Tax)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy. Vote: 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.



(2) Consider issuance of 1998 Alcoholic Beverage License to Outback Steakhouse, 1609 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA. LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES WITH SUNDAY SALES. (Occupation Tax)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Vote: 6-0-1 with Commissioner Tommy Clark abstaining.



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(3) Consider issuance of 1998 Alcoholic Beverage License to Pat's Panama Lounge, 5446 New Jesup Highway, Brunswick, GA. LICENSE TO SELL DISTILLED SPIRITS, MALT BEVERAGES AND WINE FOR

CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES. NO SUNDAY SALES. (Occupation Tax)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Vote 4-3 with Commissioner Tommy Clark, Commissioner Robertson, and Commissioner Dowdy opposed.



5. APPOINTMENTS



A. Animal Control Advisory Board - 2 Year Term (2 positions)

(1) Henri Woodman - (Currently serving)

(2) Lisa Steele - (Currently serving)

(3) Diane K. Hughes

(4) Paula Meuschke

By majority vote the following persons were reappointed to serve:



Henri Woodman

Lisa Steele

B. Board of Family and Children Services (DFCS) - 5 Year Term (1 position)



(1) Vercie Thomas - (Currently serving)

(2) Michael William Howell

(3) Paula Meuschke



By majority vote the following person was reappointed to serve:

Vercie Thomas



C. Coastal Area District Development Authority (CADDA) Board - 3 Year Term (2 positions) - (6 nominations required)



(1) Walter McNeely - (Currently serving)

(2) William A. Cullens

(3) William Green



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Motion by Commissioner Hardman seconded by Commissioner Robertson to submit the 3 names listed above to the Development authority for consideration. Unanimously approved.

D. Glynn County Forestry Board - 5 Year Term (1 position)



(1) John Lane, Jr. - (Currently serving)

(2) Marty Meuschke

By majority vote the following person was reappointed to serve:



John Lane, Jr.



E. HB 489 Citizen Advisory Committee (4 positions)

(1) Tim Chandler

(2) William Green

(3) E. D. Gornto

(4) Vel Duncan Guerrieri

(5) Thomas Fuller

(6) Kay Harrell

(7) Ulrich Keller

(8) Kendall Mattina

(9) Gerald L. Moody

(10) Dean H. Overall

(11) Richard L. Parker, Jr.

(12) William Prendergast

(13) Roman Tarver III

By majority vote the following persons were appointed to serve:



E. D. Gornto

Thomas Fuller

William Prendergast

Roman Tarver III



F. Planning Commission - 3 Year Term (2 position)

(District #1 and District #2 Appointment)



(1) Jeff Shell, District 1- (Currently serving)

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Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to reappoint Jeff Shell. Unanimously approved.

(2) Iris Touw, District 2 - (Currently serving)



Motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy

to reappoint Iris Touw. Unanimously approved.



(3) S. C. Anderson, Jr.

(4) James William Barrow

(5) Tommye Cashin

(6) Robert A. Fell

(7) William R. Graham

(8) Kay Harrell

(9) Bill Lorenz-Hooker

(10) Marty Meuschke

(11) Frank L. Quinby



G. RDC Aging Services Advisory Council - 3 Year Term (3 positions)

(1) Walter Belton, Jr. - (Currently serving)

(2) Charles Crumbliss - (Currently serving)

(3) One Vacancy

Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to reappoint persons currently serving. Unanimously approved.



H. Region IX EMS Council



(1) Chief Carl Alexander - (Currently serving)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to reappoint Chief Alexander. Unanimously approved.



6. CONSENT AGENDA



A. Information Technology Committee



(1) Recommend establishing a County policy prohibiting the installation of personal software on County-owned computers. (Vote: 2-0-0)

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(2) Recommend staff go out to bid for the following items:

A. A standard County-wide Internet Service Provider. (Vote: 2-0-0)

B. Standard internet/intranet - capable copier that prints, scans and faxes. (Vote 2-0-0)

(3) Recommend renaming the Information Resources Department to Information

Technology Department. (Vote: 2-0-0)

B. General

(1) Consider approval of the Final Plat for Altama Connector Extension West. This is a 90' road Right-of-Way running from Spur 25 to Cypress Mill Road. Three outlots are included on the Plat. Athens Vest, Inc., applicant. (D. Newbern)



(2) Consider approval of Minor Plat application to reconfigure Lots #9 and #10 in the Cart Subdivision on St. Simons Island, and accept a 10' wide public drainage easement. Joe Fendig, applicant. (D. Newbern)



This item required no Board action.



(3) Consider approval of Minor Plat application to re-subdivide property at the Head and Henry Drive intersection, and accept a 10' wide public drainage easement. Edwin Fendig, applicant. (D. Newbern)



This item required no Board action.



(4) Consider request to issue revocable right-of-way permit - 213 Peachtree Street, SSI. Cindee Waters, applicant. (E. Carter)



(5) Consider request to issue revocable right-of-way permit - Broadway Street, Lot 17, St. Simon Heights Subdivision. W. A. Hamby, Jr., applicant. (E. Carter)



(6) Consider request to issue revocable right-of-way permit - Broadway Street, Lots 12 & 13, St. Simons Height Subdivision. W. A. Hamby, Jr., applicant. (E. Carter)

(7) Consider request to issue revocable right-of-way permit - Intersection of Oyster Road and Oyster Circle, Brunswick, GA. OREMC, applicant.

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Motion to approve, with the exception to items 6 B(2) and 6 B(3), by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy. Unanimously approved.

GENERAL BUSINESS



7. Consider resolution to adopt FY 99 Budget. (L. Gilmour)



After brief discussion motion by Commissioner Hardman seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to approve budget adjustment for Public Defender of $2,500 for this year and with the commitment for the same amount next year as part of the budget process. Unanimously approved.



After brief discussion motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Hardman to formalize a policy to address fee cost to low income families. Same criteria used to determine the waiving of fees for garbage collection fee is to be applied. Unanimously approved.



After brief discussion motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to approve increase to recreation fee schedule by $5.00, with the exception of cheerleading which will be increased by $8.00. Unanimously approved.



After brief discussion motion by Commissioner Robertson seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve recommended budget. Vote: 5-2 with Commissioner Dowdy and Commissioner Strickland opposed. Approved as resolution #R-41-98 with document(s) filed per #R-06-98.

8. Mobile home tax assessment report from Tax Assessors office. (R. Strickland)



Mr. Joe Williams, Chief Appraiser provided a report to the Commission regarding mobile home tax assessment for informational purposes only.



9. Consider Letter of Credit #2156 for Ridgewood Plantation Subdivision, Phase II, Brunswick, GA. LOC Amount - $500.00. (C. Taylor)

Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to continue the LOC for one (1) year at the amount of $500.00. Unanimously approved.



10. Consider ratifying the action taken by the Chairman of the Finance Committee to select the successful bidder to purchase $4,800,000.00 in Glynn County TANs, Series 1998, adopt a resolution on the TANs, authorize the Chairman to sign the TAN documents, and consider other matters concerning the sale of the TANs, Series 1998. (C. Lewis)

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Motion by Commissioner Robertson seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to award to low bidder SunTrust Equitable Securities, Atlanta, GA. Unanimously approved.

11. Consider exercising 1st option year of pest control services. (C. Lewis)



Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to exercise 1st year option year Sunbelt Termite and Pest Control in the amount of $18,420.00. Unanimously approved.

12. Consider award of bid for New Courthouse Repairs and Improvements. (E. Carter)

Motion by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to award to low bidder, Metro Waterproofing, Inc., Atlanta, GA, in the amount of $13,359.00. Unanimously approved.



13. Report on Employee Hearings regarding proposed changes to the Glynn County Personnel policy. (R. Rowell)

Amendment #1 - Drug Test Reporting



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve Amendment 1 regarding correction to tolerance levels for reporting of results of drug testing, changing Methanol to Ethanol, 40 nanograms to 40 miligrams/deciliter. Unanimously approved as resolution #R-39-98 with document(s) filed per #R-06-98. .



Amendment #2 - Witness Fees



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to approve Amendment 2 regarding witness fees for employees appearing on behalf of Glynn County. Employees will receive their regular hourly rate of pay as well as a $25 appearance fee. Unanimously approved as resolution #R-40-98 with document(s) filed per #R-06-98.



14. Consider application for variance to Article VIII, Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance - residence located at #22 Seventh Street, Brunswick, GA. Sonny Jones applicant. (E. Carter)



Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Strickland to grant variance request of 6 inches. Vote 2-5 with Chairperson Tullos, Commissioner Robertson, Commissioner Jerome Clark, Commissioner Dowdy, Commissioner Hardman opposed. Application denied.



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Motion by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Hardman to table discussion of this item to allow Mr. Carter and Mr. Jones an opportunity to get together with figures. Unanimously approved.



15. Consider proposed regulations for newsboxes. (G. Moore)



Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy authorize beginning process for proposed regulations for newsboxes. Unanimously approved.



16. Consider proposed lease agreement between Glynn County and P & M Cedar Products, Inc. (G. Moore)



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approved proposed lease agreement with County correcting existing deficiencies for cosmetic purposes. Unanimously approved.



17. Status report regarding St. Simons Island water/sewer system. (R. Strickland)



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Strickland to authorize, on an emergency basis, awarding contract to Woodrow Sapp, Well Contractors, for drilling and installation of a 16" well. Unanimously approved.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to hire the engineering firm of Thomas & Hutton to do engineering work on water well and tower on St. Simons Island. Unanimously approved.



Motion by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to continue to use the services of Buddy Archer on an emergency basis. Unanimously approved.



18. Discussion regarding the possibility of having an advisory council for ballfields/athletic fields. (J. Hardman)



Per Commissioner Hardman this item is deferred until further notice.



19. Hearing officers report relative to Larry Waters. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark that the Board of Commissioners ask Judge Sognier to make a recommendation as to whether Mr. Waters waived the right to cross examine the witnesses against him by agreeing to go ahead with affidavits in the record and if there was no waiver asking Judge Sognier to hold a hearing to allow Mr. Waters to cross-examine those witnesses. Also that Judge Sognier be asked to make specific findings of fact as to what information Gynn County had about Mr. Waters misconduct before the initial adverse

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action, when it had that knowledge and who knew it on Glynn County's behalf. Vote: 5-0-2 with Commissioner Dowdy and Commissioner Hardman abstaining.

COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS



Commissioner Dowdy



1. Invitation to commission members to attend upcoming Hospital Authority meeting.



2. Proposed Community Building Use Application.



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Hardman to approve the use application and initiate the policy of accepting $50 refundable deposit, subject to approval of the agreement by the County Attorney. Unanimously approved.



Commissioner Tommy Clark - None



Commissioner Jerome Clark



Status report regarding MLK and 6th Street intersection.



Commissioner Robertson



1. Invitation to Commission to attend Eagle Scout recognition ceremony.

2. Report regarding speeding at the intersection of Brown and Sherman Drive and Ashantilly and Martin.



Motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark authorizing the installation of 4 way stop signs at Brown and Sherman Drive and 3 way stop signs at Martin and Ashantilly Streets. Vote: 5-1-1 with Commissioner Hardman opposed and Commissioner Strickland abstaining



3. Discussion regarding commercial and multi family site plans.

Motion by Commissioner Robertson seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark request to send issue regarding all commercial and multi family site plans to the planning commission for recommendation to the Board. Unanimously approved.



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Commissioner Hardman

Report regarding traffic light at Demere and Brockington.



Commissioner Strickland



1. Discussion regarding a specific form of service agreement or maintenance contract for telephone/telecommunication. This item to be reviewed by the IT Committee (Information Technology.)



2. Report regarding GA/DOT Transportation Funds.



3. Hospital Authority meeting.



4. Personnel item for discussion in Executive Session.

POLICE CHIEF



1. Request for Vacation/Annual Leave



2. One item of Personnel matter for Executive Session



COUNTY ATTORNEY



1. Consider an amendment to the Code of Ordinances to amend chapter 2-16, Utilities and Services, Article II, Water and Sewer, Divisions 1 and 3, to provide for the definition of "Water Shortage"and designation of penalty provisions.



Motion to approve Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark. Unanimously approved as resolution #0-1998-09 with document(s) filed per #R-06-98.



2. Item of pending and potential litigation for Executive Session.



ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS



1. Speed limit on Hendrix Lane.

After brief discussion motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to begin the process to reduce the speed limit on Hendrix Lane off of B & W Grade road to 15 miles per hour.



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After further discussion motion by Commissioner Dowdy to defer posting 15 mile per hour speed limit signs until the issue of the 10 mile speed enforcement limit leeway is addressed. Then exact enforcement of the 25 mile per hour speed limit can be enforced without giving the 10 mile per hour leeway.

After further discussion the motion by Commissioner Robertson and seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark was withdrawn. This item is deferred to allow for additional study.



2. Sale of Surplus Landfill Heavy Equipment.

Motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to approve sale of surplus equipment to the following bidders. Unanimously approved.



Ryals Equipment Co Compactor & Loader $239,553.52

Dixie Surplus Bulldozer 96,378.00

Elco Eastern Motor Grader 33,998.00



3. Capital transfer request from District Attorney.



Motion by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the transfer of $2,000.00 designated as capital expenditure to appropriations for the purpose of purchasing small office machines. Unanimously approved.



4. Letter of Credit from St. Simons Gates Condo development project.

It was the consensus of the Board to deny this request at this time. No response or action taken.



5. Request from ACCG that all association members send letters of opposition to their senate representative regarding the appeals process for property owners regarding zoning issues/problems.



Motion to authorize letter for Chairman's signature by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy. Unanimously approved.



6. Request authorization for an additional seasonal position in the Camp Challenge program with no change in funding.



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



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark to adjourn to Executive Session for discussion of items of pending and potential litigation. Unanimously approved



Meeting adjourned.



Back in regular session.



Motion by Commissioner Robertson seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to follow County Attorney's recommendation in the Stone Case. Vote: 6-0-1 with Commissioner Dowdy opposed.



Meeting adjourned.













Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia





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Fred Tullos, Chairman



Attest:





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Vanessa D. Mincey, Clerk