MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

HELD AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 16, 1997 AT 6:00 PM





PRESENT: Fred E. Tullos, Chairperson

A. Jerome Clark, Commissioner

Thomas B. "Tommy" Clark, Commissioner

David L. Dowdy, Commissioner

Jack Hardman, Commissioner

Robert E. Strickland, Commissioner



ABSENT: Geraldine "Gerry" Robertson, Vice Chairperson



ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

Gary Moore, County Attorney

Cynthia McKinley, County Clerk



INVOCATION AND PLEDGE



1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES



A. Approve Minutes of Regular Meeting held Thursday, October 2, 1997.



B. Approve Minutes of Called Meeting held Tuesday, October 7, 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 Lt. David V. Harvey, Lieutenant/Mechanic for the Glynn County Fire Department.



3. PROCLAMATIONS



A. Adoption of Proclamation October 1997 as "National Disability Employment Awareness Month in Glynn County" (F. Tullos)



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

B. Adoption of Proclamation of Appreciation to Ray Richard. (F. Tullos)



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



4. DELEGATIONS



A. Douglas Alexander requests reaffirmation of contract with James Yancey for indigent defense, when conflict of interest occurs with Public Defender. (J. Hardman)



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



B. Clarke Wiggins to discuss Christian Television Channel. (T. Clark)



No action taken.



5. PUBLIC HEARINGS



Zoning

A. GC-25-97



Request to Rezone from R-12 One-Family Residential to Highway Commercial, a parcel of land consisting of 43,545 square feet located on the northeast corner of Old Jesup Road and Cypress Mill Road; subject property's easterly property line beginning 97.30 feet west of Colonial Way (Helveston Oaks). Property owned by Southtrust Bank of Georgia. (K. Flanagan)



Mr. George Skarpalezos, potential buyer and developer of the property spoke in favor of the application.



The following people spoke in opposition to the re-zoning:



1. Mr. Robert Gillespie

2. Mr. Ripley Williamson, Jr.

3. Mr. Charlie Brown

Motion to deny by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark. Motion passed 4-0-2. Commissioner Strickland and Commissioner Dowdy abstained.



B. SUP-3-97

Request for a Special Use Permit for a restaurant in the General Commercial Zoning district located within the St. Simons Village Preservation District. Business to be known as "Hole in One Bagels," located in an existing building with the portion being utilized consisting of approximately 1,168 square feet; subject property located on the southwest corner of Neptune Avenue and Ocean Boulevard. Property Owners William Downey and J. Thomas Whelchel. Business Owners Peter and Jamie Kendall. (K. Flanagan)



Applicants spoke in favor of the application.



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Hardman to approve Resolution No. R-58-97, which is on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office. Unanimously approved.



C. SUP-4-91

Consider Request from James E. Cowan, Sr. for Extension of a Special Use Permit approved as a Medical Hardship; Lot 74 Village Subdivision, Blythe Island (6381 Blythe Island Highway). (K. Flanagan)



Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to approve Resolution No. R-59-97, which is on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office. Unanimously approved.



6. CONSENT AGENDA



General

A. Request authorization for St. Simons Island Optimist to hold annual Christmas tree sale at Demere Annex. (L. Gilmour)



B. Request authorization to waive fee for use of Selden Park for Habitat for Humanity Homeowners Christmas Party on December 15, 1997. (L. Gilmour)



C. Request authorization to waive fee for use of Selden Park by mental health organization for a fellowship gathering. (J. Clark)



D. Request authorization for Massengale Park survey, with funding from Commissioners Discretionary account. (R. Richard)

E. Consider acceptance of drainage easement and quit claiming existing drainage easement in Hampton Point Subdivision for property owned by Barbara DeRatto. (R. Richard)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark. Motion passed 5-0-1, Commissioner Hardman abstained.



GENERAL BUSINESS



7. Mr. Randy Turner to discuss weight restriction on 10 - 12 year old children in County Recreation. (T. Clark)

This item withdrawn.



8. Request acceptance of Parker Drive as a County maintained dirt road. (T. Clark)



Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to approve subject to County Attorney approval, right of way being deeded to the County, and that it be put at the bottom of the paving list. Unanimously approved.



9. Consider request for support from Citizen's Group to name I-95 from the Little Satilla River to the Altamaha River "Davis Love, III Highway." (F. Tullos)



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



10. Adoption of Comprehensive Plan. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Tommy Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to approve Resolution No. R-56-97, which is on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office. Unanimously approved.



11. Receive report from staff on all existing hardship Special Use Permits which extend beyond a second two-year time period. (K. Flanagan) (Referred from 9/18/97 Meeting)



Report received for informational purposes.



12. Receive report from staff on recommendations for Clean Community Code Enforcement. (K. Flanagan) (Referred from 10/2/97 Meeting)



Report received for informational purposes.



13. Discussion of railroad crossing clean up and length of time spent at same. (T. Clark)



Staff was directed to expedite an ordinance to address the concerns.



14. Request adoption of Fire Prevention Ordinance. (C. Johnson)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy to approve Ordinance No. O-1997-23, which is on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office. Unanimously approved.



15. Request adoption of Resolution declaring certain assets as surplus property. (L. Gilmour)



School Board has requested one swa car, and City of Kingsland wished to purchase the Emergency Squad. Request these two items be pulled.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Jerome Clark to approve Resolution No. R-57-97, which is on file and made a part of the permanent records in the Clerk's Office. Unanimously approved.



16. Call Meeting date for discussion on HB 489. (F. Tullos) (Deferred from 10/2/97 Meeting)



Staff directed to set up meeting as soon as possible after the City election is held.



17. Receive report from staff on making Water & Sewer Department services more "User Friendly" (L. Gilmour) (Deferred from 10/2/97 Meeting)



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark, to approve list without #6. Unanimously approved.



18. Request approval of Change Order No. 1 on Mallory Street Rehabilitation. (B. Benson)



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to approve Change Order not expected to exceed $3,000. Unanimously approved.



19. Request approval of Surplus Properties Committee recommendation to sell a piece of property located behind the Emanuel Baptist Church adjacent to the Altamaha Canal. (G. Moore)



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to approve with price to start at $2,300 plus costs of sale, to be auctioned on Courthouse steps. Unanimously approved.



20. Request approval of Amendment to Lease between the City of Brunswick, Glynn County and the Georgia Ports Authority. (G. Moore)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark. Motion passed 5-0-1, Commissioner Hardman abstained.



COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS



Commissioner Hardman



1. Had questions regarding travel expenses and reimbursement for employees.



2. One item regarding Personnel for Executive Session.



Commissioner Dowdy



1. Upon Commissioner Dowdy's request from last meeting, Police Chief Carl Alexander present a comparative report on Police Department Activities.



Motion by Commissioner Dowdy, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, that banks be included in the enforcement of the False Alarm Ordinance. Unanimously approved.



Commissioner Dowdy went on record as commending the Police Department.



Chairperson Tullos



1. Would like to reappoint Sam Cofer to his position on the BIRP Advisory Board.



Motion to approve by Chairperson Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimously approved.



2. Made the following Chairperson appointments to replace Commissioner Strickland on various boards and committees:



LEPC - Commissioner Hardman

Rape Crises Board - Commissioner Robertson

BATS - Commissioner Dowdy

Surplus Property Committee - Commissioner Tommy Clark

Inter-Agency Criminal Justice Task Force - Commissioner Jerome Clark



CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS



None.



COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS



1. Wanted to clarify that the Planning Commission Meeting recently held, when both the Chairman and Vice Chairman were absent, was not illegal as stated by the press. The meeting was conducted under procedures outlined in Roberts Rules of Order.



2. Items for pending and potential litigation for Executive Session.



ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS

1. Discussion of the award of contract for disposal of yard debris on St. Simons Island.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to allow the Administrator to operate under the emergency provision, and to have the vendors, the County Attorney, the County Administrator and Ms. Rowell to meet and come back with recommendation. Motion passed 4-2, Commissioner Tommy Clark and Commissioner Strickland opposed.



2. The City has requested we authorize two workers for two days cemetery cleanup.



Motion to approve upon written request by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimously approved.



3. Received request from Children & Youth Services for a letter of support for their organization, subject to no County dollars being involved.



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

4. Request authorization for money budgeted for GIS scanning be redirected to Tax Assessors for a flyover.



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



5. Item regarding Personnel for Executive Session.



EXECUTIVE SESSION



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tommy Clark, to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss matters of pending and potential litigation and personnel. Unanimously approved.



BACK IN OPEN SESSION



Motion by Commissioner Jerome Clark, seconded by Commissioner Dowdy, to adopt October 2, 1997 Executive Session Minutes. Unanimously approved.













Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia



______________________________

Fred Tullos, Chairman

Attest:







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Cynthia J. McKinley, Clerk