MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

HELD AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

THURSDAY, JULY 18, 1996 AT 6:00 PM



PRESENT: Milton D. Lynn, Chairman

Fred E. Tullos, Vice Chairman

Virginia Gunn, Commissioner

Jack Hardman, Commissioner

Gladys Martin-Lyde, Commissioner

James E. "Sonny" Miller, Commissioner

Robert E. Strickland, Commissioner



ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

Gary Moore, County Attorney

Cynthia J. McKinley, County Clerk



INVOCATION by Gary Moore



PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG



1. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH



Presentation of plaque and $50 check.



Joe Stone, Supervisor II, Water & Sewer Department, was presented with plaque and check.



POINT OF PRIVILEGE



Appointments



The following names have been submitted by the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority to fill the three positions which will be vacant as of July 31, 1996.



A. William M. Hannon

B. Walter C. McNeely

C. Ben T. Slade, III



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to approve Resolution #R-38-96, a Joint Resolution between the City/County Commissions, appointing the above nominees to the Board of Governors of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority. Motion passed 6-1, Commissioner Lyde opposed.



2. ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS



Recognize Charles Lewis and the Finance Department staff for receiving the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting from the Government Finance Officers Association. (L. Gilmour)



No action required.



3. APPROVAL OF MINUTES



A. Approve Minute Summary of Regular Meeting held Thursday, June 6, 1996.



B. Approve Minutes of SPLOST Meeting held Wednesday, June 10, 1996.



Motion to approve subject to corrections by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous.



4. CITIZEN COMMITTEE REPORTS



a) Airport Commission - Gary Moore present to answer questions.

b) Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board - No report

c) Casino Advisory Board - No report

d) Selden Park Advisory Committee - No report

e) Solid Waste Advisory Committee - No report

f) Tree Advisory Board - No report

g) Planning Commission - No report

h) Animal Advisory Board - No report



5. DELEGATIONS



Mr. Burt Branson, Associate Pastor of the Buckingham Place Church of God, to invite City/County Public Works employees to an appreciation banquet on July 31, 1996 at 6:00 at National Guard Armory. (R. Strickland)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



6. PUBLIC HEARINGS



Planning Commission



A. GC-8-96

Request to Rezone from Conservation Preservation to Planned Development - Residential, 8.854 acres (8.317 upland & .537 wetlands) fronting 577 feet on the south side of the East Beach Causeway, beginning 200 feet east of the East Beach Causeway and Demere Road intersection, and lying east of Island Townhouse Condominiums, St. Simons Island. Property owned by North End Partners, LLC. (D. Reuter)



Mr. Jameson L. Gregg, Attorney for Applicant, spoke on behalf of the Rezoning request outlining several of the improvements and plans for the property. Mr. Gregg also cited various Articles of both the State and Federal Constitutions which he felt the Commission would violate should the Rezoning be denied.



POINT OF PRIVILEGE



General Business



15. Authorize proceeding with Phase II of the grassing at County ballfields. (L. Gilmour)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.



Chairman Lynn presented Wes Davis, Recreation Director, with a check in the amount of $2,000 from Ben Turnipseed Engineering, to be used for the Recreation Department.



REZONING HEARINGS CONTINUE



Chairman Lynn asked to hear from those who opposed the Rezoning:



1. Ms. Eileen B. Hutcheson, Chairperson, Natural Resources Protection Committee of Residents United for Planning & Action. A copy of Ms. Hutchenson's speech is attached and made a part of these Minutes.



2. Dr. Johnny Johnson, spoke on behalf of the 70 million bird watchers in the United States, and the local St. Simons merchants.



3. Mr. John Tucker, drove in from Chattanooga, TN, to speak on behalf of the preservation of the animals, marshlands, and historical landmarks that would be affected.



4. Mr. Terry Harrison, spoke on behalf of the 48 owners of the Island Townhouses, and stated increased traffic as one of their reasons for opposition.



5. Ms. Laura Bell, spoke on behalf of the East Beach Homeowners Association, stated they have never rescinded their opposition to the Rezoning.



6. Ms. Anna Arbo, spoke on behalf of the 42 Island Marshwood Condo Owners, and stated drainage problems, the close proximity, and high density of homes as some of their reasons for opposition. Also mentioned preservation of wildlife as their main concern.



7. Mr. Tim Hightower stated increased density, traffic, and the impact on water, sewage, etc. as reasons for opposition.



8. Mr. Dick Wiederhorn asked the Commissioners to please listen to and reinforce the decision of those whom they appointed to the Planning and Zoning Committee, who recommended denial of this request.



Chairman Lynn allowed Mr. Gregg five minutes for rebuttal. Mr. Gregg introduced Mr. Les Alderman, a scientist from Environmental Services out of Savannah, who addressed both the issue of the endangerment to the wood stork and also the archeological concerns regarding Bloody Marsh. Neither of which would be affected, according to Mr. Alderman.



Commissioner Gunn asked Mr. Gregg if he was still asking her to recuse herself from the vote, and if so would he please read for the record his letter to her requesting this. A copy of Mr. Gregg's letter is attached as a part of the Minutes.



In return, Commissioner Gunn read letters from two attorney's (copies attached) advising her that there was no reason for her to be recused.



Motion by Commissioner Miller to deny, seconded by Commissioner Gunn. Motion passed 4-3, Commissioner Strickland, Commissioner Hardman, and Commissioner Lyde opposed.



B. GC-11-96

Request to Rezone from Planned Development - General to R-20 One-Family Residential, 36.7 acre tract fronting 281.72 feet on the wet side of US Highway 17 North lying north of Deerfield Station Subdivision, south of Thornhill Creek and east of Glynn Industrial Park. Property owned by Pyramid Projects Incorporated. (D. Reuter)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous, Commissioner Lyde out of room.



C. GC-12-96

Request to Rezone from Planned Development - General to M-20 One-Family Residential Manufactured Home 5.097 acres located immediately north of Middleton Drive and east of Golden Isles Vacation Park; subject property known as "Plott Subdivision". Property owned by Charles Plott. (D. Reuter)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Motion passed 5-0-1, Commissioner Hardman abstained. Commis-sioner Lyde out of room.



D. GC-13-96

Request to Rezone from R-12 One-Family Residential to General Commercial, a 20,389 square foot lot fronting 101.39 feet on the south side of Community Road beginning 170.5 feet east of Old Jesup Highway; being a portion of Lot 6 of Community Subdivision and address known as 307 Community Road. Property owned by First Credit Corporation. (D. Reuter)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous, Commissioner Lyde out of room.



E. GC-14-96

Request to Rezone from Forest Agricultural to M-12 One-Family Residential Manufactured Home, a 9.438 acre tract fronting 190.43 feet on the east side of Old Cate Road (beginning point 710.32 feet north of New Cate Road), lying immediately across said road from Pine Haven Subdivision and north of North Cate Subdivision and having 75.82 feet of frontage on New Cate Road (beginning 1,350 feet east of Old Cat Road); known as a portion of Tract 19 North Brunswick Farms. Property owned by Terrell D. Williams and Willie D. Williams. (D. Reuter)

Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous, Commissioner Lyde out of room.



7. CONSENT AGENDA



General



A. Letter of Credit Release - Oak Forest Subdivision, Phase II, currently has a $500 grassing and street sign Letter of Credit. Oak Forest Phase II is a 30 lot subdivision on the west side of Brockinton Drive on the north side of Demere Road. (D. Reuter)



B. Request authorization for Piping Petition from Terry Lawson. (R. Richard)



C. Request authorization for Piping Petition from James Lowder. (R. Richard)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous, Commissioner Lyde out of room.



8. APPOINTMENTS



The following names have been submitted by the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority to fill the three positions which will be vacant as of July 31, 1996.



A. William M. Hannon

B. Walter C. McNeely

C. Ben T. Slade, III



This item handled at beginning of meeting.



GENERAL BUSINESS



9. Consideration of a by-pass lane on Frederica Road at the entrance to Heritage Inn and Villas between Youngwood Drive and Ledbetter Drive. This was a condition of a rezoning approval in 1984 for the Heritage Inn and Villas. (D. Reuter)



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to deny, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous, Commissioner Lyde out of room.



10. Request approval of contract with the Golden Isles Soccer Association for the operation of the County's 1996 soccer program. (Deferred from 7/2/96 Meeting.)



Item withdrawn.



11. Adopt Resolution calling for the Special Election for SPLOST. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to approve Contract between City of Brunswick and Glynn County. Motion passed 5-0-1, Commissioner Tullos abstained, and Commissioner Lyde out of room.



Motion by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to adopt Resolution #R-40-96. Motion passed 4-1-1. Commissioner Gunn opposed, Commissioner Tullos abstained, and Commissioner Lyde out of room.



12. Review request from Rafters to use portion of alley for fire escape. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to rescind previous action. Motion passed



Motion to approve the use of a portion of ally for fire escape by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed 4-2, Commissioners Hardman and Lynn opposed. Commissioner Lyde out of room.



13. Authorize adding additional members to the Long Range Water Resource Committee. (L. Gilmour)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.



14. Determination of whether or not to allow Officer Gregory B. Herrington COBRA insurance coverage. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Chairman Lynn to deny, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Commissioners Strickland, Hardman and Lynn voted in favor of motion. Commissioners Tullos, Gunn and Miller opposed. Commissioner Lyde out of room.



15. Authorize proceeding with Phase II of the grassing at County ballfields. (L. Gilmour)



This item handled earlier.



16. Authorize County participating in School Board project regarding parking lots. (L. Gilmour)

Motion to approve by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimously passed, Commissioner Lyde out of room.



17. Discussion of political signs. (S. Miller)



Motion by Commissioner Miller to have County Attorney write ordinance making it illegal to tamper with political signs.



Motion died for lack of second.



18. Discuss Options for Collection of Solid Waste in the Village. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to use funds from the Hotel/Motel Tax to pick up garbage at Casino/Neptune Park/Pier Area, Massengale Park and Blythe Island Regional Park and to go to bid for this service. Motion passed 5-1, Commissioner Tullos opposed, Commissioner Lyde out of room.



19. Consider reduction in speed limit on Sea Island Causeway. (R. Richard)



Motion by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Gunn, to reduce speed limit to 35 mph from Dunbar Creek Bridge to intersection of Frederica Road on the Sea Island Causeway, and to have the Clerk advertise same. Unanimous.



20. Discuss vending in Neptune Park. (V. Gunn)



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to notify Donnie Cofer that he cannot vend with the exception of shaved ice.



Motion died for lack of second.



COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS



Commissioner Strickland



Requested traffic study for purposes of raising speed limit on Highway 341 from the Huddle House north, and on Old Jesup Road from Walker Road north.



Commissioner Hardman



Would like to add Cypress Mill Road in front of old Mall, for purposes of reducing limit.





Commissioner Tullos



Requested report from Mr. Gilmour on work being done at Kings Terrace Park and the concerns of Ms. Gertrude Eulenfeld.



Mr. Gilmour stated this was Board approved work, in the form of a revokable permit to allow the Presbyterian Church to use this area for additional parking, and at the present time they are not in violation of that permit.



Chairman Lynn



Chairman Lynn said he had had people calling him about the voter registrations cards. He understands the problem, but doesn't know what to do about it. He received in the mail six cards, his wife received four, and his two daughters received three a piece.



Chairman Lynn stated he would also like to have the Flanders Drive petition brought up again at the next meeting.





CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS



Requests authorization for the Chairman to sign Hold Harmless Agreement between SeaPak and County for use of one of their buildings for K-9 Program.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS



Item of pending litigation for Executive Session.



ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS



1. Request authorization to apply for an Urban and Forest Assistance Program Grant to grow seedlings.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



2. Request authorization to go to bid to replace mowing tractor at Public Works.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



3. Request authorization to amend Minutes of November 2, 1995 and December 7, 1995 regarding the 800 MHz Communications System. The Minutes indicate that this system is to be implemented "at no cost to the County," and should be amended to state "the Hospital has agreed to pick up the cost of the first year of the lease/purchase."



Motion to approve amendment by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



4. Request confirmation of the passage of the Resolution to amend the Personnel Ordinance regarding the change in the usage of sick leave time.



Motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to confirm Resolution. Unanimous.



5. Request authorization to transfer Data Entry Clerk, whose position will be impacted by the privatization, from sanitation to Fire Fund, where there is a vacancy for same.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



6. Request confirmation of the Board's policy to no allow anyone to have access to the Executive Session Minutes, unless by Court Order. There has been a request recently by a former Commissioner to view same.



Consensus of Commissioners to uphold Board policy.



EXECUTIVE SESSION



Motion by Commissioner Tullos to adjourn to Executive Session, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous.



BACK IN REGULAR SESSION



Request determination of policy direction relative to the sanitation employees who will be impacted by the switch over to privatization. It is Management's understanding that people who were offered the opportunity to go with the private vendor would have to go, and those who were not offered employment would be shifted to another position, through attrition, with guaranteed employment up to a year. Then Management would come back to the Board to get further direction at that time.



Some of the meetings with sanitation employees indicated the employees understood that if they were offered a job with the new vendor, they didn't have to take it if they didn't want to and would still be maintained by the County for the year's time.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to affirm original intent, that those who were not offered employment with the vendor would be kept on with the County for up to one year. Unanimous.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.