AGENDA and MINUTES                                                    

 

      REGULAR MEETING, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS,

           GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA, HELD THURSDAY

JANUARY 19, 1995, AT 6:00 P.M.

 

PRESENT:                  Jack Hardman, Chairman   

                        Milton Lynn, Vice Chair

                                    Commissioner, Virginia Gunn                  

                                    Commissioner, Gladys Martin-Lyde

                                    Commissioner, James E. "Sonny" Miller

                                    Commissioner, Robert E. Strickland

Commissioner, Fred Tullos

 

ALSO PRESENT:      Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

            Gary Moore, County Attorney

            Pamela J. Barton, County Clerk

 

STAFF PRESENT:     Chief Carl Johnson

                                    Keith Flanagan

                                    Dan Reuter

                        Ray Richard

Asst. Chief Nazzrie

                                    Charles Lewis

                                    Becky Rowell

                                    Cynthia Williams

Chief Carl Alexander

Dave Bandy

Robert Benson

  

INVOCATION:        Reverend Ron Smith

                                    Taylors United Methodist Church                                

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

 

INSERT

 

Chairman Hardman explained that the agenda had been revised to make it more user friendly.

 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

Commissioner Gunn set forth corrections in the minutes.

 

     Motion by Commissioner Gunn to approve the 1/5/95      minutes subject to any revisions,

second by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to approve correction of minutes of the 12/15/95 meeting, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

CONSENT AGENDA

 

Chairman Hardman presented the following items for consideration:

 

Consider request for Letter Supporting installation of a magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) unit at Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center;

 

Authorization by the Board of use of State contract for GIS update. (Previously approved budget item, will save money with State contract);

 

Consider request to purchase a 2 Man Self-Propelled Lift for the New Courthouse. (Previously approved budget item);

 

Consider awarding bid for access to Selden Park Drive (Previously approved budget item, staff recommended rejection of bids);

 

Consider purchasing Modems/Multiplexers for the Police Department and the District Attorney's Office (Previously approved budget item);

 

Consider move of house from 950 Old Jesup Highway to Cochran Avenue.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve consent agenda items, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

 

CITIZEN COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

Animal Advisory Board

 


Mr. Dave Rice appeared on behalf of the Animal Advisory Board.  Mr. Rice thanked Carl Alexander, the police chief for his help and support in 1994 and stated that he hoped 1995 would result in Chief Alexander being as supportive.

 

Mr. Rice stated that the 1994 goals were met for the most part.  The animal control facility had been improved by 100%. Mr. Rice stated that one reason for this was increased support from the community.

 

Mr. Rice noted that adoptions had increased by 21% due to the efforts of people who worked at the pound. Ms. Woodman of Canine and Cattery had 66 dogs adopted from her store and The Humane Society has taken 272 animals and adopted them out.

 

Mr. Rice set forth that community service people working at the facility had helped out and thanked County Attorney Gary Moore for his help.

 

     The following statistics were relayed by Mr. Rice:           Two thousand thirty nine (2039) animals were destroyed by Animal Control, 1,211 were destroyed by The Humane Society resulting in a total of 3250 animals being put to sleep in the county.

 

Mr. Rice stated that boarding fees had increased and this had resulted in over $1,000 going back to the county to go against the animal control budget. From 1993 to 1994 the number of animals killed had been reduced by 500.

 

Mr. Rice requested name change approval from the Board from the Animal Control Facility to The Glynn County Animal Care and Control Facility.

 

He stated that the spading and neutering fees would be reduced in 1995 resulting in more animals being adopted.

 

Mr. Rice stated that the two trucks they were using were worn out, and that they would like atleast one new truck placed in the new budget.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to change the name from Animal Control Facility to The Glynn County Animal Care and Control Facility, second by Commissioner Gunn.

Unanimous.

 

Planning Commission

 


Mr. Stewart stated that the commission had been very busy and stated that the commission had met with residents of Jewtown and received some good input from them.

 

Mr. Stewart set forth that the first work session of the Planning Commission had resulted in the review of Article 6 of the Glynn County subdivision regulations; minor changes had been suggested by Mr. Richard that would save the county money.

 

Four proposed comprehensive planning subcommittees were  recommended by the Planning Commission as follows:

 

Land Use Subcommittee;

Economic Development Subcommittee;

Conservation Historical Preservation Subcommittee; and 

Facilities and Services Subcommittee (this included Water and Sewer).

 

Mr. Stewart also set forth that it was the consensus of the Planning Commission that these committees be limited to seven (7) members.

 

Mr. Stewart stated that members of the Planning Commission would serve on subcommittees of interest to them.

 

Mr. Stewart stated that Steering Committee which would consist of the County Administrator, Chair persons of each subcommittee, and Dan Reuter of Planning would be formed. He noted that the appointment process for formation of committees and subcommittees should be complete by March 31, 1995.

 

He also set forth that advertisements for qualified persons to serve on the various subcommittees would be placed in the local newspaper. Various county services would also be contacted such as the Chamber of Commerce, Tourist Visitors Bureau and The Development Authority.

 

Commissioner Gunn requested that the advertisements appear in The Islander in addition to The Brunswick News. Chairman Hardman agreed to this additional publication.

 

Mr. Stewart then presented Mr. Reuter to the assembly.  Mr. Reuter handed out The 2015 Brunswick Area Transportation Study Interim Long-Range Transportation Plan prepared by Glynn County Metropolitan Planning Organization for review by the Board.

 

Pension Committee

 


Commissioner Tullos presented his report to the Board.  He stated that Synovus Trust Company and Marshwinds Advisory had reduced the contract fee with the County from one percent (1%) to nine tenths of one percent resulting in additional savings of $44,000 to the plan over and above the original savings of $53,000.00.

 

Commissioner Tullos stated that the committee had passed two resolutions.  One resolution pertained to the pension benefit of the sheriff and other elected officials not covered by the Glynn County pension plan. The resolution read "To recommend to the local delegation of the Georgia General Assembly that the Sheriff and the Clerk of the State Court of Glynn County be included in the Glynn County Employees' Defined Benefit Pension Plan, and that $2.00 be added to each criminal and civil action processed by the Sheriff and the Clerk of the State Court of Glynn County, payable to Glynn County and earmarked for the Glynn County Employees' Defined Benefit Pension Plan." 

 

Commissioner Tullos stated that the Sheriff was currently a participant in the Sheriff's Association Pension plan and that the Sheriff was responsible for funding 100% of his current pension plan and that the Clerk of the State Court is not covered under any plan.

 

Commissioner Tullos also stated that this action was a unanimous vote by the Pension Committee. 

 

Motion by Commissioner Tullos to recommend to the local delegation of the Georgia General Assembly that the Sheriff and Clerk of State Court of Glynn County

be added to the Glynn County Employees' Defined Benefit Pension Plan, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Tullos then presented the fact that Synovus Trust Company had taken over the duties of the Trust Department of The Coastal Bank of Georgia, which would continue to do business under the new name.

 

A resolution to that effect was approved by the committee as follows: "To appoint by resolution Synovus Trust Company as Trustee of the Glynn County Employees' Defined Benefit Pension Plan, and to authorize the Chairman of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners to sign an amendment to the Pension Plan for this purpose.  Synovus Trust Company is the successor to the Trust Department of The Coastal Bank of Georgia, which will continue to do business as before under this new name."

 

Motion by Commissioner Tullos to approve the resolution as stated and to accept the resolution as an amendment to the Pension Plan, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 


Contract between Visitor's Bureau and African American Consortium Inc.

 

Chairman Hardman presented the Contract between the Visitor's Bureau and the African American Consortium Inc. for consideration. Chairman Hardman brought up the fact that this matter was to be deferred as decided in the work session.

 

Motion to defer this matter by Commissioner Lyde, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.

 

 

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Miniature Golf Course

 

Mr. Taylor Adams asked if the Casino Advisory Board would appear on the Agenda or if he needed to request that it appear.  Chairman Hardman stated that the Board would be happy to hear his report. Mr. Adams was inquiring as to the status of the miniature golf course.  Mr. Gilmour requested that the Board recommend authorization to obtain RFP's.

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to authorize obtaining RFP's, second by Commissioner LynnUnanimous.

 

Audio taping of Advisory Boards

 

Mr. Gilmour presented this matter which had been referred from the 12/15/94 meeting.  He stated that discussion had occurred regarding this being done, and also mentioned that the Board meetings and work sessions are videotaped. Mr. Gilmour stated that any committee that wished to could audio tape and the only required taping would be on the part of the Planning Commission.  If the Board determined there was a need later, this could be revised.

 

Motion by Commissioner Strickland to require Planning Commission to audio tape, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.

 

EMS Fee Schedule

 

Mr. Gilmour presented the fact that the Federal Government will not pay for oxygen as listed in our billing system.  Mr. Gilmour requested that we revise our current billing system to show a flat fee of $250.00 for ambulance transport, this would allow a buffer for the oxygen.

 

Commissioner Lynn stated that he would like to see the information prior to the meeting.  Mr. Gilmour apologized for the delay in providing the information.


 

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve change, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

 

Resolution Setting Forth Duties of County Attorney

 

Chairman Hardman presented this matter for review.  County Attorney Gary Moore stated that ACCG had forwarded this in conjunction with the Sheriff's Association. Mr. Moore stated that the Sheriff had asked for more time to review this.  Mr. Moore set forth that this was the system we operated under and there should be no problem with a delay.

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to defer, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

 

Municipal Services to Jekyll Island

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that discussion had taken place between various groups regarding municipal services to Jekyll Island.  He stated that this had been discussed in the work session on Tuesday.  Mr. Gilmour recommended the following to the Board: 1) The Board should oppose all efforts to remove taxable properties on Jekyll Island from the tax digest (the needs on Jekyll are no different than any other area); 2) The Board should encourage the General Assembly to provide a payment in lieu of taxes to equal the difference the General Fund public safety costs and the local insurance premium tax reduction (the State has provided payment to Counties in lieu of taxes for other areas); 3) The Board, Jekyll Island Authority, residents and businesses on Jekyll Island should determine what municipal services can be transferred to the County.

Mr. Gilmour then opened the matter for discussion.

 

Mr. Joe Iannicelli came forward on behalf of the Jekyll Island Citizens Association.  He presented a letter from 1992 regarding the imbalance of taxes paid by residents of Jekyll Island for the services provided ($.53 worth of services for every dollar). Mr. Iannicelli stated that Mr. Gilmour's memo stated that it would cost the county $962,000.00 to provide services.  Mr. Iannicelli stated that the county has not furnished the services and they want their money back. He stated that the residents of Jekyll are crucified by the county.  He stated that they would have to go to the legislature to have it corrected. He stated that they are taxed on land they don't even own.  Mr. Iannicelli then commenced to read the letter to the Board setting forth these numerous imbalances. 

 

Mr. Iannicelli stated that the Director of operations of Jekyll Island called the Chairman of the Board, two people levied a tax on Jekyll Island and it was not legal.

 


In his letter he requested a reduction in ad valorem taxes to taxpayers on Jekyll Island.  He stated that the residents were ripped off by the county and they were not going to stand for it.

 

Commissioner Strickland stated that in Atlanta he had spoken to Mr. Dobbs regarding this matter.  He stated that he was not happy that the bill had not passed last year. Mr. Dobbs said he would like to handle it quickly.  Commissioner Strickland asked Mr. Dobbs to come to our area to meet with interested groups.  He assured Commissioner Strickland that it would not be handled like last year.  Mr. Dobbs assured Commissioner Strickland it would not be handled without a meeting.  Commissioner Strickland stated that we were moving in the right direction; that groups should get together and discuss this.

 

Chairman Hardman then stated that there were numerous services available to the residents of Glynn County that people often did not consider. He also stated that often times the tax allotment is not equitable, but that this inequality had occurred in many areas not just ours.

 

Jean Fulzak of Jekyll Island stated that Ms. Willou Smith did not kill bill #1401, it was the residents of Jekyll Island.  They stated that the bill was ridiculous.  She stated that the residents wanted the Board to slap around the Jekyll Island Authority.

 

Chairman Hardman stated that the problem may be between the residents and the Authority.

 

Commissioner Tullos stated as he did in the work session that the Board needed to take the lead in resolving these issues. He stated that people needed to meet, not just talk about the issues.

 

Commissioner Lynn stated that a committee had been formed to resolve this.  Mr. Iannicelli stated that meetings had never occurred.

 

Commissioner Lynn stated that residents including his Dad had paid for schools and other services never used.

 

Chairman Hardman stated that Commissioners Miller, Tullos and Lynn should determine what direction should be taken. Commissioner Lynn was appointed Chair for this matter.

 

Mr. Iannicelli stated that Jekyll Island was being ripped off by the school board at the rate of $1,000,000.00 per year for approximately 50 students.

 

U-Call on St. Simons Island

 

Chairman Hardman presented this matter.  Mr. Gilmour stated that the St. Simons Island Chamber of Commerce and the Casino Advisory Board had been contacted by Mr. Branch.


Mr. Gilmour stated that these phones would generate revenue for the county, Mr. Gilmour stated that we should go out for RFP's after the presentation.  Then the Board would be apprised of the best offer.

 

Mr. Branch stated that the phones had battery back up, electronic coin mechanism, voice synthesizer, that they were computerized and called the centralized computer if in need of repair. He stated that many other services were also available.  He set forth that his module design evolved from meetings with FLETC.

 

He stated that the phone booths were constructed of pressure treated wood and also stated that they were cemented in. He stated that the maintenance was easy. He then stated where the phones would be placed.

 

Chairman Hardman reiterated Mr. Gilmour's statement that RFP's should be obtained.  Mr. Branch stated that it was $1.00 for three minutes anywhere in the country.

 

Mr. Davenport stepped forward to state that he felt Mr. Branch's ideas should not be opened up to others for a bid match. Mr. Davenport stated that this stifled free enterprise.  Mr. Branch also stated that he lived on the Island.  Mr. Tullos stated that we should obtain bids because public property was effected.  Mr. Gilmour stated that low bid would not necessarily accepted.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to move forward with obtaining RFP's, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.

 

Extension of Tax Management Contract

 

Chairman Hardman presented Mr. Long, chief assessor, who stated that his office had been working with Tax Management Associates, Inc. and wanted to extend their contract until the audit was complete.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.

 

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Chairman Hardman presented the matter of Smile Gas and stated that the persons who would have appeared on behalf of Smile would not be coming to the meeting.

 

Mr. Moore stated that Smile Gas had been denied a license and requested an appeal.  He

stated that at 4:28 p.m. the attorney for Smile Gas faxed him a letter which informed him

they could not attend the meeting due to inclement weather at the airport. 


Mr. Moore read the letter to the assembly which requested that Mr. Moore communicate their request to  continue the hearing.  The letter asked for a continuation until the February 16, 1995 meeting.  He stated that they were anxious to present their case.  The letter set forth that they were interested in appearing to show they were entitled to a license.  The letter also stated that their failure to appear did not indicate that they agreed with the Board's decision. They also stated that their hope was that the Board would choose to continue the hearing.

 

Mr. Moore stated that this decision would be the Board's.  Mr. Moore suggested that the Board hear from the residents at this meeting and hear from the Smile Gas representatives later.

 

Mr. Smith spoke for the residents of Holly Street.  He stated that a license for liquor and beer is a privilege not a right.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that she had read in text that the people from Smile would have a right to cross-examine citizens.  Commissioner Gunn felt this ordinance should be changed.

 

Mr. Moore verified that the ordinance stated that Smile would have that cross-examination right.

 

Commissioner Miller stated that he felt this matter should be heard at this meeting.

 

DELEGATIONS

 

Mr. Broussard - Century Cable

 

Chairman Hardman introduced Mr. Broussard to the assembly.  Mr. Broussard introduced himself as the new general manager of Century Cable.  Mr. Broussard stated that there was an open issue with the Board regarding a letter requesting a name change to Century Venture, this will be a 50, 50 relationship between Century Cable and Time Warner.  He stated that this relationship would not change service in the area. He agreed to answer questions.  He requested that the Board act on the name change.

 

Mr. Moore stated that this matter should be deferred pending a staff report. Mr. Broussard stated that the drop dead date was March.

 

Ms. Lyde thanked him for providing cable to a nursing home.

 

Commissioner Strickland asked why the Commission meeting was being shown on cable at 5 instead of 7 as previously shown.

 


Commissioner Lynn also asked why some of his constituents on Highway 32 in Thalman were unable to obtain cable. Mr. Broussard responded that they may be too far from the service area for cable.

 

Proclamation on behalf of Bethel A.M.E.

 

Chairman Hardman presented the Bethel A.M.E. proclamation for approval.

 

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

 

POINT OF PRIVILEGE

 

Commissioner Lynn presented a letter from Palm Corscin thanking the Board for having sidewalks installed on Blythe Island. She did mention that she couldn't complain about her taxes.

 

Commissioner Lynn thanked the assembly for the cards and flowers sent following the death of his Dad.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

SUP-5-94 - Property owned by Mrs. Marjorie Carter

 

Chairman Hardman presented the request of Mrs. Marjorie T. Carter regarding the location of a mobile home as a documented hardship.  Said location was listed as 153 Glyndale Drive. Approval of this request was recommended by the Planning Commission. Mrs. Carter appeared on her own behalf.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

 

GC-35-94 - Property owned by Glynn County - Master Plan for McKinnon Commercial Park

 

Chairman Hardman presented the request to amend the Planned Development Zoning Text to Master Plan for McKinnon Commercial Park.  Planning Commission recommended approval with minor changes.

 


Commissioner Tullos stated that there were alot of unanswered questions and moved that this be matter be deferred to the March 2nd Meeting of the Board.  Commissioner Tullos also requested in the form of a motion that a public hearing be held on St. Simons with Commissioner Gunn and asked two Commissioners to hold a public hearing in Brunswick also with dates, times and location to be announced.

 

Chairman Hardman asked Commissioner Strickland and Commissioner Lynn and also expressed his interest in holding a public hearing in Brunswick.

 

Mr. Lee Noel addressed the Board stating that he was opposed to approval of this issue. Mr. Noel also requested that the Board, the Airport Commission and other economic development leaders get together to discuss how everyone wanted the county to proceed and the role of the airport in this growth.

 

Motion by Commissioner Tullos to defer this action until the March 2nd meeting of the Board and that two public hearings be held, one by him on St. Simons with Commissioner Gunn if she chose to do so and one to be held by atleast two Commissioners in Brunswick the dates, time and location of which will be announced, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

 

GC-32-94 - Property owned by Driggers Construction

 

Chairman Hardman presented a request to rezone the Driggers Construction property from Limited Industrial to Highway Commercial being 1.23 acres, known as Tract 21 of the Key Industrial Park.  Address of the property was known as 3805 Community Road. Planning Commission recommended this for approval. Mr. Driggers appeared on behalf of Driggers Construction.

 

Motion by Commissioner Strickland to approve rezoning, second by Commissioner LynnUnanimous.

 

GC-31-94 - Property owned by John H. and Linda J. Smith

Chairman Hardman presented this rezoning request for consideration.  Applicant requested a zoning change from Forest Agricultural to Mh-12 One-Family Residential Mobile Home on a .77 acre tract (divided into two lots) fronting 120 feet on the west side of Cate Road, beginning approx. 659 feet east of Key Circle. Planning Commission recommended approval.

 

            Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve rezoning, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.

 

GC-27-87 - Property owned by Waffle House

 


Chairman Hardman presented the review of the conditions placed on the original rezoning request when approved on December 17, 1987 - 1. The owners convey a .2 acre tract on the western boundary of said property to Glynn County to be used as a park for observing the marsh and serve as a demarcation line between commercial and residential properties on the north side of Demere Road, while reserving an easement for a lift station; and 2. The owners will landscape the park area and construct a six (6) foot high wall to shield the park area from the commercial development.

 

Planning Commission Motion recommended approval of amending the above stated conditions subject to the following conditions being met:

 

a) The area dedicated to Glynn County (December 17th, 1987) be left in it's natural state as an undisturbed buffer area;

 

b) Reserve by Deed Restriction an additional area shown on the site plan immediately east of the park area to be left in it's natural state as an undisturbed buffer area;

 

c) Place additional landscaping on the southern location of the buffer area as an additional landscaping screen;

 

d) Protect an existing 16" oak tree adjacent to Demere Road by providing drip-line irrigation system watering and no further encroachment of parking area than is existing; and

 

e) Recommend acceptance of $2,500.00 to Glynn County for recreation or other general government purposes on St. Simons Island, as designated by the Glynn County Commission.

 

Mr. Lee addressed the assembly regarding the zoning boundary line between residential and commercial, he stated that no one had a right to infringe on this boundary.  He asked that the demarcation language be deleted from the condition language.

 

Mr. Moore replied by stating that this matter did not pertain to the Waffle House issue.  He stated that in 1987 there had been a proposed walkway into the marsh that would act as a demarcation line.  He stated that requested zoning changes to property abutting that of the Waffle House did not apply at this time.

 

Ms. Berthinia Gibson requested that the $2,500.00 be used for lighting on the bike path if possible.

 

Chairman Hardman agreed to check on this for Ms. Gibson.

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to approve the conditions as set forth by the Planning Commission with respect to the Waffle House property, second by Commissioner Lyde.


Unanimous.

 

ABANDONMENTS

 

Portion of 3rd Street between Oak Street and Pine Street, St. Simons Island

 

Chairman Hardman presented for consideration the abandonment request by Helen Cahill-Ruffner and Elsie D. Jones with respect to a portion of 3rd Street between Oak Street and Pine Street, St. Simons Island.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that staff had investigated the referenced property and had no objection to the action being taken.

 

Ms. Helen Cahill-Ruffner was present and announced that she was in favor of the abandonment.

 

Commissioner Gunn requested that a map marked to show the location of the property be provided prior to the meeting in order for the Board members to go and see exactly where the property was located. Chairman Hardman agreed.   

 

Motion by Commissioner Tullos to approve, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.

 

Portion of Couper Point Way, Couper Subdivision, St. Simons Island        

 

Chairman Hardman presented the abandonment request submitted by the Glynn County Board of Education and St. Simons First Baptist Church with respect to a portion of Couper Point Way, Couper Point Subdivision, St. Simons Island.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that this was similar to prior item and that staff had no objections.  Mr. Richard stated that there were two applicants and that staff had approved this abandonment.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve abandonment, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.

 

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Commissioner Gunn asked Chairman Hardman when the Board would be returning to the General Business portion of the Agenda where the Board had left off.

 

Chairman Hardman stated that those remaining items  would be addressed after the public hearing portion of the Agenda had been completed.

 


PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

Airport Commission

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that it had been requested by the Board to consider amending the appointment process for the Airport Commission members.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that under the present system the Airport Commission had advertised vacant positions. He then stated that names were then reviewed by the Commission and suggested appointees' names  were sent to the Development Authority for approval.

 

The Board had proposed that these appointments be changed to direct appointments by the Board of Commissioners. A public hearing was advertised and held as required in order to obtain input.

 

Commissioner Lyde stated that there was no other board in the County that makes its own appointments and the Board should be able to appoint people to the Airport Commission.

 

Chairman Hardman stated that the property was leased to the Development Authority.  Chairman Hardman stated that he would be 92 at the termination of that lease.

He stated that a lessor cannot tell a lessee how to run their business.  He also stated that he had no dissatisfaction with the way the Airport Commission was being run.

 

Commissioner Strickland agreed with Chairman Hardman.

 

Commissioner Miller stated that it was a nine member board and that seven of the nine members resided on St. Simons currently. Commissioner Miller felt this was not equitable.

 

Mr. Caldwell who represented RUPA stated that a letter had been sent last year including a resolution which  was passed during the membership meeting of November 14, 1994 which endorsed the recent action by the Board of Commissioners to provide that the Board rather than the Brunswick-Glynn County Development Authority appoint the members of the Airport Commission.  Also included was a request that the Airport Authority submit two names for consideration by the Board. He stated that this was a matter of principal and that RUPA was in favor of the democratic approach.

 

Commissioner Tullos stated that he had attended the Airport Commission meetings and those meetings had made the Board meetings look like a mob. He stated that they were very organized, worked well and that they should be left alone.

 


Commissioner Strickland stated that from 1984 - 1988 when he had been on the Commission, the Airport Commission was changed over to the Development Authority.  That Board came up with the Airport Commission was under the Authority.  He stated that this was done because something wasn't working right.  A business wanted to locate at the Airport and this prospect went through a nightmare dealing with the Board. All of the commissioners had different view points and no one had the expertise on how to run an airport. At that time I was one Commissioner who said it wasn't right. I made a trip to Harrisburg, the prospect finally got to Glynn County it's doing well, they spent $3,000,000 to get going, they are here to stay, its environmentally safe and everything is ok. He said that it functions well now and should be left alone and until we have a problem we need to address we need to leave it alone.

 

Commissioner Lynn felt that the decision was the Board's and that if the Airport Commission was working for Glynn County it should be left alone.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that there had been a "For Sale or Lease Sign" at the Airport and she questioned this. Commissioner Gunn stated that this sign had now been replaced with a "For Lease Sign".  Commissioner Gunn also inquired as to the status of the 10 acre garden site at the airport on the mainland and wanted to know when it would be available for public use. Mr.

Moore stated that this was a combination recreation and garden area and was now being used as a baseball field. 

Commissioner Gunn stated that she had received an agenda but no enclosures from the Airport Commission meeting.  Mr. Moore stated that this was the case due to the fact that the meeting would be held on the fourth Thursday due to the fact that February is a short month.

 

Commissioner Miller continued by stating that some members could be placed back on the existing commission by the County Board of Commissioners if the Commission took over the appointment role.

 

County Attorney Gary Moore stated that many committees had different methods of appointing people to these boards.  It is up to the Board to determine how the appointment would be made.

 

Commissioner Gunn read her initial statement dated October 25, 1994 with respect to the Airport Commission Appointments as follows:

 


"I believe that all authorities and all boards should be appointed by the County Commission because we are the elected officials.  The airports are public property and they belong to the people of Glynn County.  In the past, the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority, which is appointed by the City and County, has made the Airport Commission appointments.  The Airport Commission in 1992 reported assets of over 19 million dollars.  Therefore, they need to be appointed directly by the elected officials, not by another appointed authority, because we ultimately are the ones held accountable to the electorate."

 

Commissioner Lyde stated that there were no minorities on the Airport Commission or minority contractors.

 

Mr. Moore stated that in the advertising process the Airport Commission received 20 resumes two of which were Afro-Americans. He also set forth that construction goals involving minority contractors were exceeded each year.

 

Commissioner Miller asked about advertising of the vacancies on the Airport Commission.  He asked if this practice was followed in 1993 and Mr. Moore did not recall.

 

Motion by Commissioner Strickland to leave the Airport Commission as is, second by Commissioner Tullos. Commissioners Hardman, Lynn, Strickland and Tullos for, Commissioners Gunn, Lyde and Miller opposed. Approved.

 

Smile Gas - Review of Denial

 

Mr. Lloyd Smith a resident of Holly Street stated that the residents profoundly objected to this permit in their community.  He stated that the Board had chosen to deny this license.  Mr. Smith stated that it had taken the residents 10 years to get their Street paved.  He stated that many new homes had been constructed on Holly Street.  He referred to the fact that two businesses, Lil Champ and 19th Hole both sell alcoholic beverages in the immediate area.  He also commented that a new facility would be going into the shopping center at Sea Island Drive and Frederica Road.  He asked the Board to once again deny this license on behalf of 100% of the residents of Holly Street. He read a portion of Ordinance 2-3-10 referring to the health and general welfare of the county and its effect on the area. The character was also mentioned in the ordinance. Mr. Smith referred to a map, his question was how, when and where will the best use of Glynn County land occur with a 5th place to purchase beer and wine in the area. He asked for the Board's consideration.

 

County Attorney Gary Moore asked is there was a reason that this applicant in this location would be more harmful to the suitability of living conditions, stability and property values of his neighborhood as opposed to other locations?

 


Mr. Smith stated that he had no problem with those existing facilities being so called grandfathered in because they had been there for years, but there was no reason why another license should be granted in that same area.  One third of the sales of such a store would depend on the sale of alcoholic beverages which would increase the traffic flow and we would lose our property integrity.

 

Ms. Francis Allen then appeared on behalf of and as President of Sea Palms Homeowners Association.  She stated that her area was a neighborhood community.  This would be in the middle of a neighborhood.  She also set forth that another convenience store was located one mile north of the proposed site.  She stated that this license was a privilege and not a right; if this were not the case you would not have to ask for it. She brought up the fact that some areas limit the number of stores within a certain area.  She asked that the Board vote on this matter. Mrs. Allen also stated that Augusta is not that far away and that the Smile people could have made it to the meeting if they felt they needed to be there. She also stated that if they felt it would be taken to court because

they were denied a hearing that should also be addressed.   

 

Mr. Moore asked Mrs. Allen if there was something about this location that is not true of the other licensed package stores in the neighborhood that your group would object to?  She stated that the Lil Champ and 19th Hole are in a commercial area.  The Smile store would be in a neighborhood. She also stated that some other use would be more acceptable rather than a gathering place where beer and wine are sold.

 

Mr. Wiederhorn appeared on behalf of the Palmettos.  He stated that the homes in his neighborhood were built after the two existing nearby facilities.  He felt this new license would have an impact on the area.  He did not, however, object to Lil Champ and 19th Hole having their license renewed, they have been there.  He stated that a new license would be a mistake and it would be close to neighborhoods.  He set forth that it would make this area a traffic disaster.  He also stated that it was a 3 or 4 hour drive from Augusta and that the Smile representatives could have made it by car if they had tried. He also checked on the delays at Bush Field in Augusta and was told there was only a 10 or 15 minute delay at the field.

 

Commissioner Strickland referenced the fact that this came up in 1994 and he wondered if the Board had done the right thing.  He thanked the citizens for taking their time to come and explain this.  He then stated that he would do the right thing for the citizens on St. Simons Island.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to deny the application, second by Commissioner Gunn. Commissioners, Miller, Gunn, Lyde, Lynn, Tullos and Strickland voted to deny the application. Commissioner Hardman in favor of the application. Motion to deny the application approved.  

 

 

LIQUOR LICENSES


Pescrilli Inc. d/b/a Damon's

 

Chairman Hardman presented for consideration the issuance of the 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Pescrilli Inc., DBA Damons, 2463 Demere Road, St. Simons Island, GA. LICENSE FOR ALCOHOL, BEER AND WINE

for consumption on the premises.

 

Motion by Commissioner Tullos to approve, second by Commissioner Lyde. Commissioner Lynn opposed. Approved.     

Dockside Grill, Inc.

 

Chairman Hardman presented for consideration the issuance of the 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Dockside Grill, 125 Marina Drive, St. Simons Island, Ga. ALCOHOL, BEER AND WINE. SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED. CHANGE OF LICENSEE TO ROBERT JACK MILLS.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve, second by Commissioner Lyde. Commissioner Lynn opposed. Approved.

 

Sterling Express

 

Chairman Hardman presented for consideration the issuance of the 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Sterling Express, Highway 341 and Highway 32, Brunswick, GA. PACKAGE SALES OF BEER AND WINE. SUNDAY SALES PROHIBITED. NEW LICENSE.

 

Commissioner Lynn brought up the fact that there may be a church too close to this location.

 

Commissioner Lyde stated that the back up information states that this store was recommended for approval.

 

Chief Alexander stated that a church may have signed a lease as of December 1, 1994, the day application was made for the alcohol license.

 

County Attorney Gary Moore stated that he would like time to go look at the site and make a determination as to whether or not there was a church located too close to the applicant.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lynn to defer, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

 

Oak Grove Island Golf Club

 


Chairman Hardman presented for consideration the issuance of a provisional 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Oak Grove Island Golf Club. Mr. Chuck Sehl was the applicant and new licensee.

 

Chairman Hardman asked if Mr. Sehl was present. Chief Alexander stated that the renewal had not been submitted on time and that Mr. Sehl would have to wait for advertisement requirements to be met.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to grant a provisional license, second by Commissioner Miller. Commissioner Lynn opposed. Approved.

 

Jack's Citgo Food Mart

 

Chairman Hardman presented for consideration the issuance of the 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Jack's Citgo Food Mart, 7552 Blythe Island Highway, Brunswick, GA. Package sales of beer only. SUNDAY SALES PROHIBITED. Robert H. Herein new licensee.

 

Chief Alexander asked Mr. Herein a question regarding the address.  He stated that he had approved the license if it was previously licensed as Papa's. Mr. Herein confirmed that it was.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve, second by Commissioner Lyde. Commissioner Lynn opposed. Approved.

 

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Chairman Hardman stated that we would move back to item 15 of the General Business section of the Agenda.

 

Proposed Items for General Assembly

 

Mr. Gilmour refreshed the Board's memory on the items discussed in the work session as areas for consideration by the Board for the 1995 General Assembly and stated those items as follows:

 

1.         Local legislation to include certain elected and appointed officials in the County's retirement system and to provide funding assistance.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

2.         State legislation to cease unfunded mandates.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve, second by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.


3.         Local legislation to obtain authority to allocate public funds for charitable purposes.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that the Board would leave this alone.  Commissioners Miller and Strickland discussed this matter with respect to certain groups being notified in this process.  Commissioner Tullos commented that this was in reference to legislation.

 

Chairman Hardman stated that the Board in the work session came to the consensus that charity was an individual thing and this should be left alone.

 

4.         State legislation to remove mandatory requirements of developmental impact legislation for counties under 100,000 population.

 

Mr. Moore stated that this was currently a long drawn out process.

 

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

 

5.         Local Legislation to authorize, after due process, adding delinquent municipal service charges to ad valorem tax bills.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.

 

6.         State legislation on Jekyll Island.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that this item would be held up until various groups had a chance to meet and discuss the issues.

 

7.         State legislation for "bottle bill".

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to approve, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

8.         State legislation to provide exemptions to open meeting laws for Board of Tax Assessor's auditing purposes.

 

Mr. Moore stated that upon audit of a firm's books, that firm was entitled to a hearing.  The Tax Assessor's office wanted this done to keep audit results confidential.

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to approve, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 


9.         State legislation to amend the SPLOST statutes to authorize expanding SPLOST monies for closing of landfills and purchase of long-term, non-infrastructure capitol assets (i.e. fire protection rolling stock).            

 

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.

 

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Grand Jury Selection Process

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that he had been asked by the Board in the work session to check on the grand jury selection process. He stated that there are 4,000 people on the list and only 23 people are used twice a year. Therefore, it took a long time to be called.

 

Legislation with respect to Recreational Land

 

Mr. Gilmour presented a request from the recreation department that the Board encourage the state to enact legislation to put money in recreation for the purpose of buying recreational land.  

 

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

Mr. Gilmour presented a matter with respect to the Police Officer's Bill of Rights. Chief Alexander stated that the county already had the due process rights portion of the bill in place and that this was an attempt to form a union to get collective bargaining as far as police matters are concerned. He stated that the Police and Sheriff's Associations were opposed to this.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to oppose this bill, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

Introduction of Ms. Davis

 

Chairman Hardman introduced Doris Davis from the City Board of Commissioners and stated that the Board was happy to have her.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

Blythe Island Capital Improvements

 

Chairman Hardman presented to the Board for consideration authorization for the Blythe Island Advisory Board to go to bid for certain capital improvements at Blythe Island Regional Park.


Ms. Williams stated that tile in the restrooms was the only thing keeping the park from being appropriately rated. Amount of the improvements will be $59,500.00

 

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to authorize, second by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.

 

Paving of LaCosta Lane

 

Commissioner Lynn stated that a constituent had called and said if the county could pave a driveway with two houses on it with a clear conscience go ahead.

 

Mr. Moore stated that if the Board was going to discuss ownership of the road it needed to go into executive session.  He stated that we could, however, discuss paving.

 

Commissioner Lynn stated that he brought it up regarding paving only.  He said there were other roads in the county that should be paved before this road.

 

Ray Richard stated that residents had requested paving of this road for several years.  It was indicated to Mr. Richard that the county had maintained the road for several years.

 

Commissioner Strickland stated that Rosewood, a road in his area of gumbo type material.  He set forth that we should look back at other roads that were not paved.  He did not understand how this road would go ahead of other roads in the county.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that before she took office her predecessor Commissioner Moore had allocated $3,000,000 for roads on the island.  There were only 3 miles of roads on the island that were not paved. Island residents chose to pave those roads, to repave some other roads and to do bike paths. Commissioner Gunn read a memo regarding the paving of roads with funds earmarked for St. Simons Island.  In 1994 the Board approved the paving of LaCosta Lane.  Mr. Richard stated that the contracts for paving had been approved in stages.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that she had given Commissioner Lynn $40,000.00 for a road in his district.  Commissioner Gunn felt it was very unfair for the Board to tell people that their road would be paved and then turn around and tell them that it would not. She stated that the Transportation Committee had come up with the list of roads, not the Board.

 

Commissioner Strickland asked Mr. Richard if there were other roads on the Island with more houses on them that would require paving.  He responded that there were not. Any roads that were not paved were not paved at the request of the residents.

 


Chairman Hardman stated that his concerns were our being in the middle of the neighborhood problem.  Mr. Hardman stated that he thought the county did not own the road and we shouldn't pave something we don't own.

 

Commissioner Lynn stated that there were plenty of 20 foot easements on the mainland and driveways that needed paving.

 

Commissioner Lyde said that the Board was never concerned about lawsuits when thinking about the constituents and their best interest and wanted to know why they were now.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that the sales tax money belonged to all people of Glynn County. However, she also stated that people on the Island also pay a great deal of taxes.  She also set forth that Commissioner Lynn needed the money from her district and that's why it was given.  Commissioner Gunn stated that the problem was that it's not fair to tell someone their road would be paved and then not do it. She stated that this seemed somewhat discriminatory.

 

Mr. Lee stated that the Board was telling people that they could not use their property.  He stated there was no question, this was a county road.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Motion by Commissioner Tullos to go into executive session, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

RETURN FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to return from executive session, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

Paving of LaCosta Lane

 

Commissioner Strickland stated that this piece of business was being voted on.  He stated that this was in litigation and paving of the road was an in motion process. He stated that Commissioner Gunn had said she gave up this and gave up that. Commissioner Strickland stated that it took four votes for action by the Board. Commissioner Gunn then stated that she had been asked. Commissioner Strickland stated that sounded better.

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to pave LaCosta Lane, second by Commissioner Lyde. Commissioner Lynn opposed.

Approved.

 

Committee Assignments


Chairman Hardman stated that this had been done previously.

 

Commissioner Goals

 

Deferred.

 

Commission Meeting Times

 

Discussion took place regarding the rooms available for meetings. Chief Alexander stated that the police could secure the New Courthouse in place of the sheriff's department.  He stated there was a strict no smoking policy.

 

Commissioner Strickland asked for an addition to the motion that if we have night meetings they be held in the new building.  This was not accepted.

 

There was discussion regarding the location of the meetings.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to have meetings at 6:00 p.m. on the first and third Thursday of each month, second by Commissioner Lyde. Commissioners Gunn, Lyde, Lynn and Miller for. Commissioners Hardman, Strickland and Tullos opposed. Approved.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that the location should be determined and that the Board should not go back and forth between rooms.

 

Motion by Commissioner Strickland to hold night meetings in the New Courthouse, second by Commissioner Tullos. Commissioners Strickland and Tullos for. Commissioners Gunn, Lyde, Lynn, Miller and Hardman opposed.

 

Appointment to Solid Waste Advisory Board

 

Deferred

 

COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS

 

Commissioner Miller presented a resume from a person who would like to serve on the Solid Waste Advisory Board.

 

Commissioner Gunn brought up an item from the St. Simons Council of Garden Clubs regarding carving on trees on the Island. The Garden Club had hoped that the carving would stop. Commissioner Gunn noted that no carving will be done on county trees due to action by The Tree Advisory Board.


Commissioner Gunn brought up an item regarding the transfer of the Air Force Reserve 116th Wing from Dobbins Air Force Base in Marietta to Robbins Air Force Base in Warner Robins for training missions.  The aircraft would fly at 500 feet or another Desert Storm or Haiti action they could fly at 300 feet.  The question was the impact of these bombers on fisherman, residents, livestock and tourism.  Will this interfere with our aquifers? If it will have an effect on our water and the sound factor that this should be moved.

Mr. Jones of Sea Island stated that he would not have any objection if they moved to Glynco.

 

Chairman Hardman stated that Townsend target was in extreme west McIntosh County.  He felt that any planes overhead would be at the Wayne and Glynn County line. He stated that it might be a thrill for residents. Commissioner Lynn concurred.

 

            Commissioner Lyde stated that Mr. Flanagan did a great job at the ACCG conference.

 

Commissioner Hardman stated that the surplus property committee had been appointed at the last meeting and that he would like to appoint Tommye Cashin to this committee.  He stated that she would do a great job.

 

Chief of Police

 

Chief Alexander stated that the Farmer's Market leases on St. Simons had been approved through 12/31.  He stated that one tent had been abandoned.  He asked for direction on this matter. He stated that assignment of areas and overseeing thereof had to be worked out.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to extend the operation date until April 1, 1995, second by Commissioner Gunn.

Unanimous.

 

County Attorney

 

Executive Session Items

 

Administrator Items

 

Mr. Gilmour presented the Hickory Hill bond for release in the amount of $10,000.00.

 

Mr. Gilmour recommended that the Board authorize a trailer being placed at the St. Simons and Brunswick recycling centers by Good Will.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve release of Hickory Hill bond, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.


Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve placement of trailers, second by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Strickland stated that the Wall Street Journal had an article that stated it is not feasible to recycle. 

 

Fire Chief Items

 

Chief Johnson stated that the Ballard appreciation dance would be held January 27th at Blythe Island Park.

Visiting would be at 6:30, food at 7:30.

 

Chief Johnson stated that February 3rd the St. Simons Island dance would be held either at Sea Palms or the King and Prince.

 

Chief Johnson asked that correspondence be forwarded to the School Board regarding the fire safety house.   

 

Commissioner Miller asked Chief Alexander about DARE graduation.  Chief Alexander stated that 5th graders throughout the county had gone through the program.  He also set forth that feedback has been positive. He said that DARE officers would be retrained and 7th graders would take part in the program next year.

 

Chief Johnson told the Board that one of the smoke detectors handed out by the Fire Department had aroused a resident and possibly saved a life.

 

Public Works

 

Mr. Flanagan stated that the bids for the turn lanes on Frederica Road and that the bids far exceed what was expected.  Mr. Flanagan suggested that the project should be done in the Fall and that they should all be done at one time to get a better price.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve delay, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

Press

 

Matthew Permar asked if Smile would have another hearing. Answer, no.

 

He also asked what the Bottle Bill was, Chairman Hardman explained that you pay an up front deposit on cans and bottles.  Result is very little litter.


He said it would be a statewide bill.

 

He also asked if the tenants at the Farmer's Market on the Island paid rent. Answer, no.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lynn to adjourn and go into executive session, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to go to open session, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.

 

Chief Alexander expressed his concerns regarding teenage drinking in Glynn County.  He stated that 54 of 110 businesses in the county had sold to minors.  He mentioned Dockside Grill and an instance that had occurred there with a minor.  The action taken by Jack Mills was positive in that he fired the responsible parties.

 

Mr. Moore stated that we should make this the responsibility of the applicant.  That the ordinance should be amended by adding 1 or 2 instances of a sale to the language which would result in a plan to keep people from doing this in the future.

 

Commissioner Lynn stated that once a license has been issued and this happens, they should not be given another license.

 

Chairman Hardman spoke of an instance where a teenager was sent in as a set-up and the store owner later pressed charges against the teenager for attempting to buy alcohol.

 

Motion by Commissioner Miller to adjourn, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

Meeting adjourned.