MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

HELD AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

THURSDAY, APRIL 17, 1997 AT 6:00 PM





PRESENT: Fred E. Tullos, Chairperson

Geraldine "Gerry" Robertson, Vice Chairperson

A. Jerome Clark, Commissioner

Thomas B. "Tommy" Clark, Commissioner

David L. Dowdy, Commissioner

Jack Hardman, Commissioner

Robert E. Strickland, Commissioner



ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

Gary Moore, County Attorney

Greg Bagley, Assistant County Attorney

Carl Alexander, Chief of Police

Cynthia J. McKinley, County Clerk





INVOCATION AND PLEDGE



1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES



Approve Minutes of Regular Meeting held Thursday, April 3, 1997



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



2. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH



Presentation of Plaque and $50 check to Tony Carden, Electronic Engineer for Maintenance Department.



3. DELEGATIONS



Mr. Victor Howard, representing RUPA, for legal interpretation. (F. Tullos)



Mr. Howard addressed the Board regarding the North End Partners rezoning request.



4. ADOPTION OF RESOLUTION



Request adoption of Resolution supporting the provision of the Region IX EMS Plan for Glynn County, to have EMS emergency response provided by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners only, excluding Jekyll Island. (C. Johnson)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to approve Resolution #R-16-97, which is on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office. Unanimously approved.



5. CITIZEN COMMITTEE REPORTS



A. Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board



1. Request authorization to remove the fee to swim in lake at BIRP.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy. Unanimously approved.



2. Request authorization to establish an overflow area on holiday weekends when all campsites are full, to allow travelers to park for one night and run their generator, for a fee of $6.



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



3. Request authorization to re-establish the position of a "Campground Host", who in lieu of pay receives a free campsite for 1-2 months, and whose duty is to greet late night travelers, help them get situated for the night, and perform various other duties, such as light security.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark, subject to the County Attorney's review to make sure all FLSA regulations, etc. are properly covered. Unanimously approved.



B. Casino Advisory Board



Request authorization to increase the swimming fees for the Casino pool to a $2 per day flat rate for all ages.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Motion passed 5-2, Commissioner Dowdy and Commissioner Strickland opposed.



C. Selden Park Advisory Board



Request authorization to name the Selden Park Baseball field after Mr. Johnny "Bopap" Myers, and the Pool Complex after Mrs. Carrie Simmons.



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



6. PUBLIC HEARINGS



A. Zoning



GC-7-97



Request to Amend Planned Commercial 24-94 Zoning Text to allow a restaurant (not fast-food or drive-in) as a permitted use. Subject property consists of 2.535 acres fronting 248 feet on the South Side of Demere Road, located approximately 2,926 feet west of Retreat Road and lying immediately east of Ace Garden Center. Palm Coast Associates, Owner. (K. Flanagan)



Mr. Carl Bystrom, Attorney for the Applicant, spoke in favor of the amendment request, and asked that the documentation he supplied for the Commissioners' Agenda Briefing Books, as well as his letter dated April 16, 1997, be made a part of the Minutes. These items are on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office.



Ms. Ruthie Cobb, a resident of LaCosta Lane, spoke in opposition of the amendment.



Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to defer this item until the May 15, 1997 meeting to allow for time to gather further information. Motion passed 5-0-2. Commissioner Hardman and Commissioner Robertson abstained.

B. Alcoholic Beverage License



Consider issuance of 1997 Alcoholic Beverage License for The Captain's Table, 3848 Darien Highway, Brunswick, Georgia 31525. LICENSE FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES OF LIQUOR, BEER AND WINE. SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED. (Occupation Tax)



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



7. CONSENT AGENDA



General



A. Request Final Plat Approval - 400 Sea Island Road. A 7 Lot Single-Family Residential Subdivision, consisting of 10.539 acres, located off Sea Island Road. (K. Flanagan)



B. Authorize 5% salary increase for Joe Pereles as Acting Information Resources Coordinator, during Ms. Newbern's absence. (L. Gilmour)



C. Amend By-laws for Blythe Island Regional Park Citizens Advisory Board to clarify residency for Commission Appointments. (W. Davis)



D. Consider issuance of revocable license for Kirk Bridges, 2nd Street, East Beach, St. Simons Island, to place fence in County alley. (E. Carter)



E. Confirm Change Order for well at Demere Annex. (L. Gilmour)



F. Waiver of fee for use of Casino Garden Room by Commissioner Jerome Clark on April 11, 1997, if necessary for him to use same.



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



GENERAL BUSINESS



8. Request Drainage Easement Abandonment, Lot 9, Block M, St. Simons Heights Subdivision. (R. Richard)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimously approved.



9. Determination by Board on whether to close any portion of Glynn Marsh Drive/Village Drive/South Palm. (D. Dowdy)



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark, to temporarily close this road at the end of South Palm Drive for a period of one year, and to further study the eastern portion of the East/West Corridor. Motion failed 3-4. Commissioner Dowdy, Commissioner Jerome Clark, and Commissioner Hardman voted in favor of the motion. Chairperson Tullos, Commissioner Robertson, Commissioner Strickland, and Commissioner Tommy Clark opposed.



10. Recommend the 1st option year under a contract with Waste Recovery Inc., Atlanta, GA, be exercised to provide Tire Disposal for the Cate Road Landfill at a cost of $600.00 per 28 foot trailer load. (Deferred from 4/3/97 Meeting)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Robertson. Motion passed 6-1, Commissioner Tommy Clark opposed.



11. Discussion of future Solid Waste Collection policy. (Deferred from 4/3/97 Meeting)



Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to defer this item to a Work Session, which will be held at 5:00 pm on Thursday, May 1, 1997, prior to the regularly scheduled meeting and to have this also placed on the May 1, 1997 Agenda for Board action. Unanimously approved.



12. Recommendation from County Administrator and County Attorney regarding employee's spouses assisting with County sponsored trips for seniors. (Referred from 4/3/97 Meeting)



Motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark, to accept the County Administrator's and the County Attorney's recommendation to not allow any spouse of a County employee to assist on County sponsored trips. Motion passed 6-1, Commissioner Hardman opposed.



13. Consider request from Veteran's Council of the Golden Isles to support name change of Spur 25 to "Veteran's Memorial Highway". (K. Flanagan)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark. Motion passed 4-2-1. Commissioner Strickland and Commissioner Hardman opposed. Commissioner Robertson abstained.



14. Consider request from LL Snack Wagon to be the sole vendor to provide refreshments at Coast Guard beach area for summer season. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to extend all contracts issued last year for an additional year, and to send back to Finance Committee to decide future policy. Motion passed 6-1. Commissioner Robertson opposed.



15. Adoption of Ordinance to amend the Code of Ordinances to adjust process for calculation of impact fees when there is a change of use. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Robertson, to approve Ordinance No. O-1997-10, which is on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office. Unanimously approved.



16. Consider adjustment to impact fee charges for building at Exit 8. (R. Strickland)



Motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Hardman, to do a more extensive "like use" study and to defer until the May 1, 1997 meeting. Unanimously approved.



Motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Hardman, to defer until the second meeting in May when all Commissioners will be present. Unanimously approved.



17. Authorize extension and/or upgrade of services in Kelvin Grove Subdivision. (B. Benson)



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



18. Discussion of turn lanes for Highway 303/Highway 82. (T. Clark)



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark, to contact DOT to put in turn lanes at this location. Unanimously approved.



19. Discussion of parcel of surplus property located adjacent to the Brunswick Altamaha Canal and the proposed disposal of same. (J. Hardman)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to advertise this property with the 30 foot easement, which is between Walker Road and the Canal and is directly behind the Baptist Church and Tharion Pittman's property and can only be accessed through his property, for sale at a price of $9,530, and to pay for the advertising and survey out of the Surplus Property Fund. Unanimously approved.



20. Hearing Officer's Report on proposed change to Personal Policy regarding Holiday Pay for K-9 Handlers. (D. Bandy)



Motion by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark, to approve Resolution No. R-17-97, which is on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office. Unanimously approved.



21. Hearing Officer's Report of Adverse Action Appeal of Jackson Sellers. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Chairperson Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Robertson, to uphold the Hearing Officer's recommendation to dismiss Mr. Sellers, but to not deny him COBRA benefits, should he desire to apply for same. Unanimously approved.



22. Authorize letter of support to FEMA and the State's Federal Delegation for grant to update the 1980 Natural Disaster Study for Coastal Georgia. (F. Tullos)



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



COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS



Commissioner Dowdy



One item regarding personnel for executive session.



Commissioner Jerome Clark



Motion by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark, to have a joint City/County Commission Meeting on Monday, May 5, 1997, with County hosting. Unanimously approved.



Commissioner Robertson



1. Request authorization to attend Washington Fly-In sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce. They have had a cancellation and Commissioner Robertson was offered the spot.



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



2. The Coastal Georgia Land Trust, which is getting established and joining the Savannah Land Trust, is having a seminar on May 9, 1997 at the Cloister Hotel. The fee to attend is $35. Request authorization for one County Attorney, one Planner and Commissioner Robertson to attend seminar.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Robertson, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimously approved.



Commissioner Jerome Clark



Commissioner Jerome Clark thanked the Commissioners for waiving the fee to use the Casino Garden Room for a Teacher's Picnic, which was rained out and needed indoor facilities.



Commissioner Strickland



1. Mr. Al Sullivan, a resident of Deerfield Station, is requesting a 3-way stop be placed at the end of the entrance road to that subdivision.



2. Mr. Walker from The Savannah Group is requesting the County follow the City's action to write a letter supporting his group to do a study regarding the water withdrawal application for the Altamaha River.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to not send the letter. Unanimously approved.



Chairperson Tullos



1. Received a letter from Rudolph Beggs complimenting Robert Howe and the Public Works staff on all their help with the St. Simons Garden plots.

CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS



1. Request authorization to finalize the Wrecker Ordinance for illegal parking on St. Simons Island and to go to bid for towing service.



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Robertson, to go to bid for towing service for illegal parking on all of St. Simons Island. Unanimously approved.



After further delineation of restricted parking areas on East Beach, Ordinance will be brought back at a later date for approval.



2. Request authorization to accept offer from the Glynn Place Mall for free office space for County Police Officers to file their reports.



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

3. Request authorization to miss May 1, 1997 meeting, if necessary.



COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS



1. Items of pending litigation for Executive Session.





ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS



1. Request authorization to participate with City in the cemetery clean-up on April 24, 1997 and May 1, 1997.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark. Unanimously approved., Commissioner Hardman out of room.



2. Request date for Unity Breakfast on either May 20th or 27th. Will poll Commissioners later for best date.



3. Request authorization for County Engineer to use Management Incentive Bonus money to purchase a utility vehicle for the Survey Crew, and to utilize the February 4, 1997 bid price from Kings Colonial Ford, which is good for 60 days.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark. Unanimously approved. Commissioner Robertson out of room.



4. Forestry Commission is requesting adoption of a Proclamation, signed by Chairperson Tullos declaring February 20, 1997. This document is necessary to complete the Tree City USA application.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark. Unanimously approved. Commissioner Robertson out of room.



5. The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring an Industry Appreciation luncheon on April 25, 1997 at the King and Price. Request authorization for Commissioners to attend.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark, for Chairperson Tullos, Commissioner Robertson, and Commissioner Jerome Clark to attend. Unanimously approved.



EXECUTIVE SESSION



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Hardman, to adjourn to Executive Session. Unanimously approved.



BACK IN OPEN SESSION



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to approve the Executive Session Minutes of April 3, 1997. Unanimously approved.



ADJOURNMENT



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark, to adjourn. Unanimously approved.



Meeting adjourned.









Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia



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Fred Tullos, Chairman



Attest:





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Cynthia J. McKinley, Clerk