MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

HELD AT THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 21, 1996 AT 6:00 PM



PRESENT: Milton D. Lynn, Chairman

Fred E. Tullos, Vice Chairman

Virginia Gunn, Commissioner

Jack Hardman, Commissioner

James E. "Sonny" Miller, Commissioner

Robert E. Strickland, Commissioner



ABSENT: Gladys Martin-Lyde, Commissioner



ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

Gary Moore, County Attorney

Cynthia J. McKinley, County Clerk







INVOCATION



PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG



1. APPROVAL OF MINUTES



Approve Minute Summary of Regular Meeting held Thursday, November 7, 1996.



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



2. EMPLOYEE OF THE MONTH



Presentation of Plaque and $50 check to Donna Miller, Secretary I, Public Defender's Office.



3. APPOINTMENT OF NEW POLICE OFFICERS



Chief Alexander to introduce the following Officers:



Metro Officer Won Thorpe

Patrolman David Paga

Patrolman Todd Simpson

Patrolman John Petty

Patrolman Mark Covington

Patrolman Jeff Kicklighter Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to appoint the new officers. Unanimously approved.



4. ADOPTION OF PROCLAMATION



Adoption of a Proclamation congratulating the Glynn-Brunswick Ministerial Association on their Annual Thanksgiving Day Celebration on November 24, 1996. (J. Hardman)



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



5. DELEGATIONS



A. Judge Amanda F. Williams to discuss a planning grant to establish a "Drug Court" in Glynn County. (J. Hardman)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to approve the 25% Grant up to $5,000. Unanimously approved.

B. Mr. Pete Caye to seek permission to trim crepe myrtles on County property located east of 4th Street, East Beach, St. Simons Island. (J. Hardman)



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



Motion by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Gunn to defer until after staff has looked at the site. Commissioner Gunn, Commissioner Miller, and Commissioner Tullos voted in favor of the motion. Chairman Lynn, Commissioner Hardman, and Commissioner Strickland opposed.



Chairman Lynn called for a vote on the original motion:



Chairman Lynn, Commissioner Hardman, and Commissioner Strickland voted in favor of the motion. Commissioner Gunn, Commissioner Miller, and Commissioner Tullos opposed.



Commissioner Hardman asked Mr. Caye to get with the Tree Board and to present the item again.



C. Ms. Susan Broome to discuss role of Rape Crisis Center, Inc. (S. Miller)



Ms. Broome gave a brief overview of the program and introduced Gail Hutchenson, Director of the Rape Crises Center, and two SANE (Sexual Assault Nurse Examiners) Stephanie Brown and Lisa Esposito, all of whom explained the roles their respective roles in the program. They were requesting Board authorization for their agency to be the coordinating body and clearing house for the federally mandated program.



Motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to support this program. Unanimously approved. Commissioner Strickland out of the room.



6. CITIZEN COMMITTEE REPORTS



A. Airport Commission - Gary Moore continue to oppose military air space.

B. Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board - No Report

C. Casino Advisory Board - No Report

D. Selden Park Advisory Committee - No Report

E. Tree Advisory Board - Randy Dobson asked for clarification of Tree Removal Policy. As a result of that discussion, the following motions were made:



Motion by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to rescind the action taken at the previous meeting to cut down the tree in Ms. Aldridge's yard. Unanimously approved.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to trim the dead branches from Ms. Aldridge's tree instead of cutting it down. Unanimously approved.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to have a couple of public hearings to discuss the change in tree policy. Motion failed 2-4. Commissioner Gunn and Commissioner Miller voted in favor of the motion. Commissioner Tullos, Commissioner Strickland, Commissioner Hardman, and Chairman Lynn opposed.



Commissioner Miller read a letter from RUPA into the Minutes. Commissioner Gunn read a letter from the St. Simons Beautification Council into the Minutes. Both letters attached and made a part of these Minutes.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to add to Item B 1. Of the Tree Removal Policy, that "only if the County has been put on notice that a certain tree of limb was dangerous, would the County assume liability for repairs". Unanimously approved.



F. Planning Commission - No Report

7. PUBLIC HEARINGS



A. Zoning



SUP-6-96



Request for a Special Use Permit in a General Commercial Zoning District to permit an Amusement Center/Outdoor Commercial Recreation Facility on a 5.47 acre tract of land fronting 199.28 feet on the east side of Altama Avenue and having a depth of 1,129.52 feet. Subject property located north of Hardee's, south of St. David Episcopal Church and west of Beverly Shores Subdivision Section Two. Property owned by Edward and Samatha Rose. (D. Reuter)



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



B. Abandonments



Consider request to abandon a portion on Ribault Lane between 14th and 15th Streets, Block 38, Sea Island Subdivision #1, Sea Island, Georgia. Mr. & Mrs. Michael Dunn, Mr. & Mrs. Isaac M. Aiken, Jr., Mrs. Harris Robinson, and Mr. & Mrs. Raymond Riddle applicants. (R. Richard)



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



C. Business Licenses



(1) Consider issuance of 1996 Alcoholic Beverage License for Fancy Bluff Food Mart, 7552 Blythe Island Highway, Brunswick. LICENSE FOR PACKAGE SALES OF BEER ONLY. SUNDAY SALES PROHIBITED.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Motion passed 5-1, Chairman Lynn opposed.



(2) Consider issuance of 1996 Alcoholic Beverage License for Applebee's Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 177 Altama Connector, Brunswick. LICENSE FOR CONSUMPTION ON PREMISES OF LIQUOR, BEER & WINE. SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed 5-1, Chairman Lynn opposed.



(3) Renewal of 1997 Alcohol Beverage Licenses per attached exhibit. (Business License)



Motion to approve by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed 5-1, Chairman Lynn opposed.



8. CONSENT AGENDA



A. Personnel Committee



(1) Recommend a salary increase of 5% for a Technician II in the Community Development Department due to an increased workload and added responsibilities in the absence of a GIS Coordinator. (Vote: 3-0-0)



(2) Recommend employee hearings on proposed changes to Chapter III (Salary Administration) and Chapter VII (Promotion, Transfer and Demotion) of the Personnel Policy to provide for the transfer of an employee to another position at the same rate of pay, if it is within the range of pay of the new position; to provide for an increase or decrease in the rate of pay when the range of pay of the new position is outside that of the transferring employee's current base pay; and for other purposes. (Vote: 3-0-0)



(3) Recommend that Animal Control Officers and their Supervisor be transferred as one division from Police to Community Development; that the Occupational Tax Constable remain in the Finance Department with responsibility only for business license/tax enforcement; that two Sanitation Constables be transferred from Public Works to Community Development; and that the Zoning Enforcement Constable remain in Community Development with supervision to be decided by the Director.



Recommend that the Code of Ordinances be amended to remove the arrest powers of the Constables and to prohibit Constables from carrying firearms and other weapons. Also, to assign litter, noise and animal control enforcement responsibilities to the Department of Community Development. (Vote: 3-0-0)



Item 8A(3) deferred.



B. General



(1) Request Final Plat Approval - Hamilton Island Subdivision. An eleven lot subdivision on the south side of Sea Island Road. (D. Reuter)



Item 8B(1) deferred at request of developer.



(2) Request Final Plat Approval - Ocean Forest Phase I. Acceptance of a portion of Ocean Road as meeting County standards located on the north end of Sea Island. (D. Reuter)



(3) Request authorization for the Chairman to sign an Agreement between the Department of Natural Resources, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, and Glynn County Board of Commissioners to receive a Georgia Heritage 2000 Grant in the amount of $3,600 for repairs to the roof of the St. Simons Lighthouse Keeper's Dwelling. (V. Gunn)



Motion to approve Item 8B(3) and to include authorization for the Chairman to sign a Resolution authorizing same by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimously approved.



(4) Authorize Commissioners to attend NACo Legislative Conference, February 28, 1997 - March 4, 1997. (L. Gilmour)



Motion to approve Consent Agenda with exception of pulled items by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimously approved



GENERAL BUSINESS



9. Consider lease with Murray Fields. (G. Moore)



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



10. Consider adoption of Ordinance #O-1996-12 to amend Chapter 2-15, Traffic Control, to prohibit overnight parking in County medians. (G. Moore)



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



11. Presentation by the Savannah Group Water Services, Inc. and consideration of County position. (L. Gilmour)



The Commissioners heard a brief presentation from The Savannah Group outlining their request.



Motion by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to defer any action until the EPD could be present at a meeting to state their point of view. Motion failed 2-4. Commissioner Strickland and Commissioner Miller voted in favor of the motion. Commissioner Hardman, Commissioner Tullos, Chairman Lynn, and Commissioner Gunn opposed.



Motion by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Hardman, to send letter drafted by Bob Benson, Water & Sewer Engineer, stating the Board's position on the request. Motion passed 5-1, Commissioner Strickland opposed.



12. Consideration of establishing an advisory Committee for Altamaha Park. (L. Gilmour)



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



13. Adoption of Accessibility to the Disabled Policy for the Recreation Department. (L. Gilmour/W. Davis)



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



14. Discussion of weekly rental rates at the St. Simons Island Farmer's Market for the month of December. (W. Davis)



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



15. Status on drainage pumps for Frederica Road/Barnes Plantation area. (R. Richard)



Report received for informational purposes.



16. Consideration of relocating Bell South Digital Looper Carrier Equipment on Kings Way at Ashantilly Avenue, St. Simons Island. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Hardman, to reiterate previous motion to request Southern Bell to remove their equipment. Unanimously approved.



17. Authorize purchase of playground equipment at Altamaha Park to replace unsafe units. (W. Davis)



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



18. Report on Septic Tanks as requested by the Board. (E. Carter)



Report received for informational purposes.



19. Establish a time and process for the dedication of the Courthouse Annex Building. (L. Gilmour)



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to have dedication on Thursday, December 5, 1996 at 5:00 pm and to name the building the "W. Harold Pate Building". Unanimously approved.





COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS



Commissioner Strickland



1. Commissioner Strickland stated that he would like to be the person representing the County Commission at the meetings regarding the military use of air space in Glynn County.



Chairman Lynn appointed Commissioner Strickland to that position.



2. Commissioner Strickland stated that he would like Mr. Gilmour to coordinate and plan a conference or retreat for the three sitting Commissioners and the four new Commissioners.



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



3. Commissioner Strickland said that he took offense to the statement made by Ken Plyman in the Brunswick News about County people dumping trash in City easements.



Commissioner Hardman



1. Commissioner Hardman distributed a copy of the recommended changes to the Liquor, Malt Beverage and Wine Ordinance.



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



2. Commissioner Hardman stated he had a request from a citizen regarding a "frequent user" discount for use of the boat lift at Blythe Island Park. Recommend either a 35% discount. Commissioner Miller recommended giving 1 for 5. Use it 5 times and the 6th time was free.



Motion to approve "one for five" by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimously approved.



Commissioner Tullos



1. Commissioner Tullos said he had some calls regarding the extra charge for a second garbage can from Southland, and wanted some clarification.



Commissioner Strickland stated that in all the negotiations the term "a little extra" was used and a definite amount was never stated.



Commissioner Gunn



1. Commissioner Gunn stated that if they were going to take down the tree in front of the Courthouse Annex, it should be replaced.



Commissioner Miller



1. Commissioner Miller said he had a personnel item for Executive Session.



Chairman Lynn



1. Chairman Lynn said that he, too, had a personnel item for Executive Session.



CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS



No items



COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS



1. Gary Moore distributed a copy of the requested Ordinance to prohibit citizens from blowing yard trash into County easements.

Motion by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Tullos, to approve the Ordinance giving a warning the first offence, then up to a $100 fine for second time offenders. Unanimously approved. Commissioner Gunn out of room.



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



ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS



1. Bid had come in for renovations to the second floor of the Historic Courthouse for the Attorney's Office. Recommend going with the low bidder, Jack O'Quinn, in the amount of $34,075.



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



2. Request from the Red Cross to use the County's portable stand for a Thanksgiving choral presentation. Recommends not approving because of setting a precedent.



Motion to approve request by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimously approved. Commissioner Gunn out of the room.



3. Recommend approval of increasing the daily rate for people serving on the Board of Equalization from $25 to $60. This is a budgeted item.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to approve a increase to $50. Unanimously approved. Commissioner Gunn out of the room.



4. The Explorers Post 268 is requesting a waiver of the fee for use of the Selden Park gym.



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



5. Mr. Gilmour advised the Board that in order to finish up the renovations to the Historic Courthouse, the handicap lift would have to be disabled. Therefore, it will be necessary to make other arrangements to accommodate handicapped people should we be advised of their desire to attend a Commission Meeting during that time.



EXECUTIVE SESSION



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



BACK IN REGULAR SESSION



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



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