MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

HELD AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

THURSDAY, AUGUST 15, 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 Harold Jennings



PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG



1. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH



Presentation of Plaque and $50 check.



Firefighter Tom Dixon was presented with plaque and check.



2. ACKNOWLEDGMENTS



Presentation of Plaque to Mr. William M. Pickard, Senior Vice President and Trust Officer of Synovus Trust Company and the Coastal Bank of Georgia, on the occasion of his retirement effective July 31, 1996.

Commissioner Tullos read some of Mr. Pickard's accomplishments. Commissioner Hardman made further comments and presented Mr. Pickard with a plaque.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to make William Pickard an asset on the balance sheets of Glynn County. Unanimously approved.

POINT OF PRIVILEGE



Commissioner Gunn introduced Boy Scout Troop 248 from St. Simons Island, who were present at the meeting to study government.



3. DELEGATIONS



A. City Commissioner Ken Plyman to discuss City Prisoner Jail Per Diem. (M. Lynn)



Commissioner Plyman presented the Commission with a check in the amount of $41,600 for the use of the jail by City prisoners.



Commissioner Plyman also inquired about an outstanding bill the County owed to the City with regard to MLK Boulevard. Mr. Gilmour was to look into this matter.



Lastly, Commissioner Plyman asked if the County would be able to honor his request for two full time employees to help with the cemetery clean up. Mr. Plyman was told that the County would continue to supply help on an "as needed" basis, upon request by the City.



B. City Commissioner Harold Jennings to discuss SPLOST. (M. Lynn)



Commissioner Jennings requested that the County enter into a Contract with the People, along with the City, informing the tax payers exactly what the new SPLOST would be spent on.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to sign Contract with the People, seconded by by Commissioner Miller. Unanimously approved.



C. Ms. Gertrude Eulenfeld to discuss improvements at Kings Terrace Park. (F. Tullos\V. Gunn)



Ms. Lisa Norton, presenting Ms. Eulenfeld and other residents of Kings Terrace, stated their oppositions to allowing the Presbyterian Church to turn Kings Terrace Park into additional parking space, and requested that the Commissioners revoke the permit issued last September.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to revoke permit, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Motion passed 6-0-1, Commissioner Strickland abstained.





4. ADOPTION OF PROCLAMATIONS



A. Proclamation recognizing the Glynn County Recreation and Parks Department, volunteers, participants and friends be recognized for their outstanding work on behalf of "Our Gang" and for the honor the National Association of Counties Achievement Award brings to our community. (S. Miller)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman to adopt, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimously approved.



B. Proclamation declaring August 18, 1996 through August 24, 1996 as "National Correctional Employees Week." (J. Hardman)



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



C. Proclamation welcoming Congresswoman Corrine Brown as the featured speaker of the Zion Rock Baptist Church's Annual Women's Day on August 18, 1996. (G. Lyde)



Motion by Commissioner Lyde to adopt, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimously approved.



5. APPROVAL OF MINUTES



A. Approve Minute Summary of Regular Meeting held Thursday, August 1, 1996.



B. Approve Minutes Summary of Called Meeting held Thursday, August 8, 1996.



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



6. CITIZEN COMMITTEE REPORTS



a) Airport Commission



Gary Moore, Managing Director, Airport Commission, was present to answer any questions the Commissioners may have.



b) Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board



Wes Davis and Stanley Santee, representing the Advisory Board, requested that the entrance to BIRP be renamed "Sam Cofer Drive".



Motion to approve by Chairman Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Motion passed 6-0-1, Commissioner Lyde abstained.

c) Casino Advisory Board



Harry Aiken, newly elected Chairman of the Board, informed the Commissioners that the Board was going to work on more direct communication with the Board of Commissioners. Therefore, they will have a representative at the second Commission Meeting of each month to report to the Board.



d) Selden Park Advisory Committee



Gerald Atkinson thanked the Commissioners for all the work done at Selden Park.



e) Solid Waste Advisory Committee - No report



f) Tree Advisory Board



Randy Dobson distributed a copy of a reprinted brochure, Plant a Living Legacy, and stated that First Federal Savings Bank paid for the printing.



Motion by Commissioner Miller seconded by Commissioner Gunn to write a letter of thanks to First Federal. Unanimously approved.



Commissioner Gunn asked Mr. Dobson about the poisonous tree by the post office on St. Simons, where a woman recently got injured. Mr. Dobson stated that he was aware of the tree and that it needed to come down immediately.



Mr. Dobson requested permission to attend the Georgia Urban Forestry Council meeting in Albany in September.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Gunn , seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimously approved.



g) Planning Commission - No report



h) Animal Advisory Board - No report



7. PUBLIC HEARINGS



A. Planning Commission



(1) GC-15-96

Request to Rezone from Planned Development-General to Forest Agricultural a 1.826 acre tract fronting 186 feet on the west side of Highway US 17 North immediately south of the entrance to Deerfield Station Subdivision. Property owned by Linda C. Gillman. (D. Reuter)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimously approved, Commissioner Gunn out of room.



(2) GC-16-96

Request to Rezone from Highway Commercial to General Commercial a .55 acre portion of the Brunswick Peninsula tract, located at the northwest corner of Old Cypress Mill Road and Benedict Road fronting 533 feet on the west side of Old Cypress Mill Road an 160 feet on the north side of Benedict Road. Property owned by KEGLAPP. (D. Reuter)



Motion to approve with setbacks by Commissioner Hardman, Commissioner Lyde. Motion passed 6-0-1, Commissioner Tullos abstained.



(3) GC-18-96

Request to Rezone from Forest Agricultural to Basic Industrial a 10.18 acre tract located on the east side of Green Swamp Road/Hopeton Drive immediately north of the Norfolk Southern Railroad right of way, east of Vulcan Materials and west of the Coastal Georgia Gun Club, Inc. Property owned by Gisco, Inc. (D. Reuter)



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



(4) GC-19-96

Request to Rezone from R-9 One-Family Residential to M-20 One-family Residential for location of a manufactured home on a 2.87 acre tract fronting 200 feet on the south side of Glyndale Drive, located approximately 175 feet east of Picric Street, formerly right of way of CSX Transportation. Property owned by Otto and Elizabeth Johnson. (D. Reuter)



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



(5) GC-2-96 A

Consider Amending Article VIII, Section 804.8.2 A) Interstate Highway System/I-95, of the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance, regarding outdoor advertising signs located on sites which abut I-95. (D. Reuter)



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

(6) GC-2-96 B

Consider Amending Article V, Section 507. Use of Substandard Lots of Record of the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance, to provide for use of substandard lots of record and resubdivision prior to July 1, 1996. (D. Reuter)



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



(7) SR-1-96

Consider Amending Article VIII, Section 802. Resubdivision of Land, of the Glynn County Subdivision Regulations, to provide for a procedure for resubdividing lots previously subdivided in recorded plats, and for other purposes. (D. Reuter)



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



B. Business Licenses



(1) Consider issuance of 1996 Alcoholic Beverage License for Rafters, 315 Mallory Street, St. Simons Island, Georgia. LICENSE FOR CONSUMPTION OF LIQUOR, BEER AND WINE ON PREMISES. SUNDAY SALES PROHIBITED. (Business Licenses)



The Commission heard from the Mr. Dale Provenzano, owner and applicant who spoke in favor of the application.



The Commission heard from the following, who spoke in opposition to the application:



Mark Johnson, representing a group of business owners, stated that the applicants had not met the requirements of the Ordinance for opening an alcoholic beverage establishment in the Village area.



The County Attorney responded that to date the applicant was in compliance with the Ordinance.



Bob Fell, resident of Butler Mews and a member of the Planning Commission, stated that the tapping fees were not properly paid.



Janice Taylor, property owner, stated that the applicant had not provided the Health Department with a menu, and that the Health Department had informed her that Rafters would only be granted restricted permit to serve food, meaning they could not be a full service restaurant.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Commissioner Miller, Commissioner Lyde, and Commissioner Strickland voted in favor of the motion. Commissioner Hardman, Commissioner Tullos, and Chairman Lynn voted against the motion. Commissioner Gunn abstained.



Motion by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Gunn to reconsider. Motion passed 5-2, Commissioner Hardman and Chairman Lynn opposed.



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



(2) Consider issuance of 1996 Alcoholic Beverage License for El Potro Mexican Restaurant #23, 2205 Demere Road, St. Simons Island, Georgia. LICENSE FOR CONSUMPTION OF LIQUOR, BEER AND WINE ON PREMISES. SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED. (Business Licenses)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Motion passed 5-2, Commissioner Hardman and Chairman Lynn opposed.



(3) Consider issuance of 1996 Alcoholic Beverage License for Walmart, 150 Altama Connector, Brunswick, Georgia. LICENSE FOR PACKAGE SALES OF BEER AND WINE. SUNDAY SALES PROHIBITED. (Business Licenses)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed 5-2, Commissioner Hardman and Chairman Lynn opposed.

8. CONSENT AGENDA



A. Personnel Committee



(1) Recommend a clean break after June 30, 1996 from the old pay plan, and not to offset any merit increases due on or after July 1, 1996 by a market adjustment received by an employee in the previous fiscal year. (Vote: 3-0-0)



(2) Recommend paying a retired employee an additional 24.68 hours of accrued vacation as an exception to the Attendance and Leave policy due to a possible miscommunication and/or misunderstanding in this regard between the employee and his Supervisors. (Vote: 3-0-0)



(3) Recommend preparing an RFP for employee purchases of prescription drugs per specifications developed by the Personnel Director, on the basis of employee feedback about the current contract with Walmart that expires on October 31, 1996. (Vote: 3-0-0)



B. General



Request authorization for St. Simons United Methodist Church Youth/Children Ministries to us the Demere Annex for their Annual Pumpkin Patch Sale. (L. Gilmour)



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



GENERAL BUSINESS



9. Consider exchange of Drainage Easements for Lot 1, River Ridge Subdivision, Phase I, Block E. Property owners Dan and Betty Ray. (R. Richard)



Motion by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Chairman Lynn to abandon County easement. Unanimously approved.



Motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Hardman to reconsider previous motion. Motion passed 4-3, Commissioner Strickland, Commissioner Tullos, and Commissioner Lyde opposed.



Motion by Chairman Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Hardman to accept easement from property owners. Unanimously approved.



Motion by Chairman Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Hardman to grant easement to property owners. Unanimously approved.





10. Receive report relative to Tax Digest. (Motion by . Lynn)



Joe Williams, Chief Appraiser, informed the Commissioners that they were running the consolidated totals as he spoke and they would be ready with the digest within the next few days.



11. Response to Citizen Concerns raised by Habersham Road residents relative to Chapman Waste. (L. Gilmour)



Report and discussion was received for information purposes.



12. Ordinance to Amend the Code of Ordinances to limit types of activities on certain County facilities. (W. Davis/L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman to defer until next meeting, seconded by Chairman Lynn. Unanimously approved.



Wes Davis stated he had a group of parents who wanted to place a plaque at the Ballard Ballfield recognizing 1995 State Championship winners.



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





FY 97 BUDGET



Adoption of FY 97 Operating Budget (Motion by . Lynn)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland to increase the monthly supplement to the Probate Judge by $1,000. Motion passed 5-2, Commissioner Lyde and Chairman Lynn opposed.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Chairman Lynn to adopt the FY 97 Budget. Motion failed 3-4, Commissioner Strickland, Commissioner Tullos, Commissioner Gunn , and Commissioner Miller opposed.



The next Budget Meeting was scheduled for Thursday, August 22, 1996, at 5:00 p.m.





COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS



Commissioner Gunn



1. Commissioner Gunn asked the County Attorney what was the status of his research regarding the placing of stanchions around the gas tanks at convenience stores.



Ms. Gunn was told that this type of thing was governed by the State, and if they felt there was a safety problem, they would have dealt with it.



2. Request permission to allow citizens to place a small "Duck Crossing" sign near the pond at Butler Mews.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimously approved.



3. Request permission to allow citizen to place "Lights Out for Turtles" stickers on County garbage cans.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimously approved.



4. Requested from Mr. Gilmour copies of letters written to hotel owners regarding mosquito control.



Commissioner Strickland



Commissioner Strickland gave a brief report on his Town Hall meeting.



Chairman Lynn



1. Chairman Lynn stated he would like to get funds from somewhere to reimburse the Sterling Recreation Department for the $300 spent on concrete for the horseshoe area.



2. Request authorization to go to bid on new playground equipment for Sterling Park, not to exceed $5,000.



Motion to approve by Chairman Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimously approved.



CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS



None



COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS



1. Request authorization to amend Occupation Tax Ordinance.



Motion to approve Ordinance No. O-10-96 by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Chairman Lynn. Unanimously approved.



2. Request authorization to amend Liquor, Malt Beverage and Wine Ordinance.



Motion to approve Ordinance No. O-9-96 by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Chairman Lynn. Unanimously approved.



3. Request authorization to adopt Resolutions to go to Condemnation of four parcels on Green Swamp Road.



Motion to approve Resolution Nos. R-47-96, R-47-96, R-47-96, R-47-96, by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Motion passed 6-0-1, Commissioner Strickland abstained.



ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS



1. Gregory Herrington has requested that he be allowed to resign from the County, rather than have the dismissal on his record.



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



2. Received two proposals in response to the County's Request for Proposal regarding the telecommunication towers, and recommend going with the low bidder, Hasty Communications.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Chairman Lynn, to go with the recommendation of the Administrator.



Commissioner Strickland stated had he had spoken with a Mr. Dave Harrell, who was the second bidder, and asked Mr. Harrell to address the Commissioners regarding his proposal.



After hearing from Mr. Harrell, Commissioner Hardman withdrew his motion in order to defer this item until the other bidder could be present to discuss his proposal. Commissioner Tullos stated that Mr. Harrell was a client of his, therefore, he was removing himself from any voting.



Motion to defer by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Motion passed 5-0-1, Commissioner Tullos abstaining and Commissioner Gunn out of room.





3. Request from area merchants that the extension of Tourist Drive on the north side of 341 be named Tourist Drive as well.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimously approved. Commissioner Gunn out of room.



4. The Board had requested that staff look into adding the $1.50 ser charge for 911 users to owners of cell phones. Recommend writing to ACCG requesting that they bring it up at their fall policy meeting, to implement legislation giving cities and counties the jurisdiction to collect this fee.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed 6-1, Chairman Lynn opposed.



5. Recommend restricting vessels tying up to St. Simons Island Pier to Board approved users. There is a problem with shrimpers disturbing people with their fishing lines.



Motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to have one end of the pier designated for fishers and one end for the boats to tie up. Motion passed 5-1-1, Commissioner Tullos opposed, Commissioner Hardman abstained.



6. Request authorization to enter into a lease agreement, not to exceed six months, with the sole vendor, The Carlton Company, for a tractor to replace the one damaged by fire.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. U



EXECUTIVE SESSION



Motion by Commissioner Hardman to adjourn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimously approved.