MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS,

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA, HELD THURSDAY

MARCH 16, 1995, AT 6:00 P.M.



PRESENT: Chairman, Jack Hardman

Vice Chairman, Milton Lynn

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: Keith Flanagan

Dan Reuter

Ray Richard

Asst. Chief Nazzrie

Charles Lewis

Becky Rowell

Cynthia Williams

Chief Carl Alexander

Dave Bandy

Lt. Hopper

Chief Carl Johnson

INVOCATION

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG



POINT OF PRIVILEGE



Chairman Jack Hardman presented the matter of final funding for the Fire Safety House and turned the presentation over to Fire Chief, Carl Johnson. He presented Mr. Mike Bucket of the Glynn County Fire Department who had suggested the Fire Safety House originally. Chief Johnson then introduced Mr. Jones, Mr. Denham and Mr. McQuary from The Sea Island Company who presented the Board with a $15,000.00 check representing the private sector funding for this project. Mr. Jones stated that The Sea Island Company was pleased to present this check to further fire safety training in the City and County.





APPROVAL OF MINUTES



Commissioner Gunn set forth corrections in the minutes.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde that minutes from the 3/2/95 meeting be approved subject to any revisions, second by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve the corrections to the Minutes of the Regular Meeting held Thursday, February 16, 1995, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.



Inter-Agency Criminal Justice Task Force - No Report



Airport Commission - Mr. Moore appeared on behalf of the Airport Commission and stated that he would answer any questions that the Board had concerning his report. There were no questions. Commissioner Gunn congratulated Mr. Moore on the successful planting project that had taken place at the airport. Mr. Moore stated that the volunteers who had participated had done a wonderful job.



Recreation Board - Ms. Williams stated that April 1, would be whale day in Neptune Park. She also set forth that the "Project Play" playground equipment would be delivered to Mallory Park. She stated that the cost on the fencing would be $2,000.00 in addition to the funds being donated which would be taken from the park development fund (this item to be brought up in finance). She also stated that The Pilot Club wanted to donate $3,000 for playground equipment at Blythe Island Regional Park. She also set forth that the Blythe Island Recreation Board would like to receive approval to match those funds.



Motion by Commissioner Miller to accept the $3,000 donation and to authorize The Pilot Club to order $3,000 worth of playground equipment and to refer the matter of matching of funds to finance, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Ms. Williams also requested permission to apply for a local development fund grant from the Department of Community Affairs; $17,000 of the funds from the timber cut had been earmarked for a pavilion to accommodate 4500 people at Blythe Island Regional Park. Ms. Williams stated that they would like to apply for these funds, the maximum amount of the grant being $10,000.00.



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



She thanked the Board for their decision to increase the fees at Blythe Island Park, which now included the cable service. It had made things more convenient for the campers.



Ms. Williams also stated that the last matter for discussion was the Neptune Park Golf Course, but that this item appeared under general business and would be handled then.



Commissioner Gunn asked Ms. Williams if there had been a problem with the whale sign for St. Simons Island. Ms. Williams responded that Mr. Vernon Lewis was taking care of this matter.



Mr. Gilmour stated that if the Board agreed, the sign matter could be handled now on the Agenda. He stated that educational signs had not been included in the ordinance for Neptune Park. He requested Board approval to install the sign.



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



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Chairman Hardman referred to a letter sent by a couple from Corpus Christi, Texas, Gordon and Deanna Harold,

a retired fire fighter and retired school teacher thanking the employees at Blythe Island Regional Campground and the Southeast Georgia Regional Medical Center.



Vice Chairman Lynn spoke regarding a letter that he had received from The National Horseshoe Association in Atlanta thanking the Glynn County Recreation Department for the great horseshoe facilities at Sterling Park.



Ms. Williams stated that she would relay these messages to her employees.



Selden Park Advisory Committee - Mr. Perry spoke on behalf of the committee and presented the following two matters of priority: 1. Termite treatment was needed at the Selden Park facility; and 2. The preschool pool for the toddlers needed work.



Environmental Review Committee - No report



Tree Advisory Board - Mr. Dobson introduced Robert O'Reilly a member of his group present at the meeting.



He stated that February 17th the Arbor Day celebration had taken place at six area schools. He stated that live oak trees had been planted and were doing well. The students had a great time and each school wanted to obtain a Tree City U.S.A. flag. He asked the Board to include money in their budget for equipment needed for maintenance of the trees. He stated that his board had a discussion with Public Works regarding the equipment which was needed with respect to maintenance on county trees.



He also mentioned that Okefenokee Rural Electric had cut back trees going out toward Sterling and did a terrible job. Mr. Dobson asked the Board to write a letter to them requesting that they follow the same guidelines used by Georgia Power.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn that the Board write a letter to Okefenokee Rural Electric requesting that they follow the Georgia Power guidelines for cutting back trees, second by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.



Mr. Dobson stated that he had been contacted by Ms. Smith who advised the Tree Advisory Board that they had been selected for a pilot program in urban forestry. He stated that it would begin the middle of April. They would send representatives to meet with the Tree Board and to conduct seminars in various areas for the Tree Board in various areas including goal setting, pruning and tree cutting.



Mr. Dobson showed the Tree City U.S.A. flag to the assembly and requested that it be flown at the Courthouse. Mr. Dobson also stated that a flag would be presented to each school that held an Arbor Day celebration.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to fly the flag at the Courthouse, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



Mr. Dobson stated that he had not heard anything on the SBA Grant as of the date of the meeting.



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Chairman Hardman stated that he had received a call at home at approximately 5:30 p.m. requesting that the Barnes zoning matter be deferred. He stated that the applicant had asked for thirty (30) days to rework the deal. Chairman Hardman told him that he would encourage the attorney to come and speak at the meeting in person. Chairman Hardman stated that he thought it was his duty to notify those persons who had come to the metting for the issue.



Planning Commission - Rick Parker came to speak on behalf of the zoning commission. He presented the list of persons who had been assigned to the various subcommittees. He stated that they had received over 100 resumes. He stated that the maximum number of persons per subcommittee had been set at nine.



Commissioner Gunn stated that her information stated that 48 resumes had been submitted from the ad; she had a copy of those resumes. She also set forth that Mr. Stewart had sent letters to a number of his friends. Commissioner Gunn stated that she also had a copy of that list containing the names of the friends. She mentioned that there were only 12 or 19 people that did not get on committees. She wanted to know why those people who submitted resumes were turned down over Mr. Stewart's list of people who were asked by him to be on subcommittees. She felt it was unfair for those persons who submitted resumes not to be placed on subcommittees while the friends of Mr. Stewart were placed on committees. She wanted to know why those applicants were left off of the final list when it appeared that they had been placed on the original list for consideration.



Mr. Parker responded that the number of persons assigned had to be limited and that he agreed with the appointments. He stated that the people who were chosen had very good credentials.



Commissioners Lyde stated that there should not be committees saturated with people from all one district.



Commissioner Gunn stated that people who submitted resumes and were interested were not placed on committees while persons who were not even interested but were contacted by Mr. Stewart had been placed on committees. She did not feel this was fair.



Mr. Parker stated that he had requested a certain person on his committee and other people may have done the same.



Commissioner Miller felt that Mr. Stewart needed to be present to respond to these questions.



Commissioner Lyde stated that she did not know that the Board had to approve the committee appointments. The response was that the Board did not have to approve the appointments.



Mr. Parker then stated that the bylaws of the Planning Commission gave the Planning Commission and Chairman authority to appoint all working subcommittees.



Chairman Hardman stated that the Board would still like to speak with Mr. Stewart at the next meeting.



Mr. Moore verified that the Chairman of the Planning Commission is able under the bylaws to appoint committees.



Mr. Miller stated that Mr. Fell and Mr. Noel had complained about these appointments, but were not present. Mr. Miller then asked if these appointments were voted on.



Mr. Parker responded that they had not been, but that each member of the Planning Commission had input in the process.



Commissioner Gunn stated that the paper had said there had been a rift regarding these appointments. She asked why the first draft included people that were taken off the list when they were just as qualified.



Commissioner Miller asked if Mr. Stewart went out and hustled people for these committees.



Mr. Reuter stated that he knew 100 letters had been sent out in the community. He also stated that the 48 who responded were placed on a list for committees specific to their expertise. Mr. Reuter stated that other people had been contacted.



Commissioner Miller stated that this had been a big boondoggle. He asked that the district of each person chosen to serve on the committees be provided by Mr. Reuter at the next meeting. Mr. Reuter agreed to do so.



Commissioner Lyde stated that she had asked Mr. Stewart if there was minority representation on the board. She asked him to allow her to provide names and Mr. Stewart agreed. Minority representation had been named on each Board.



Commissioner Tullos confirmed that Mr. Stewart had phoned him regarding not having enough black representation on the list. Mr. Stewart had stated that he wanted to be fair.



Mr. Parker once again reiterated that the persons chosen were very qualified.



Commissioner Gunn asked the problem with Carolyn Sartor, landscape architect who had appeared on the first list but not chosen.



Commissioner Lynn asked that those parties involved be informed of what information the Board needed in order to discuss this at the next meeting.



Commissioner Miller stated that he wanted to hear the complete story from Mr. Stewart.

Motion by Commissioner Miller to defer this matter to the next meeting when Mr. Stewart will be present, second by Commissioner Gunn. Commissioners Lyde, Hardman, Gunn and Miller for, Commissioners Lynn, Strickland and Tullos abstained. Deferred.



Animal Advisory Board - no report



Dr. Brooks Taylor



Dr. Brooks Taylor requested that the Board provide a supplemental appropriation in the amount of $30,000

to the Glynn County Board of Health. He stated that the money would be used for the: 1. Study of the former work force of LCP and their family members; and 2. Health affects among consumers of fish and shellfish from the affected area. He stated that they were also seeking grant money to help in these areas.



He stated that the Division of Public Health had granted a one time grant in aid of $50,000.00. He stated that they would like local support, hence the request for $30,000.00.



He stated that a corp staff of two professionals consisting of an environmentalist and an occupational health nurse was also needed. He stated that the grants would initiate the hiring of the staff. He stated that prior to that money being spent they would have grants to help with these expenses.



Commissioner Lynn asked if this would be a duplication of efforts. Dr. Taylor responded that this dealt with human health.



Chairman Hardman asked the county attorney if there was a requirement to have a public hearing. Mr. Moore responded that yes there was such a requirement.



Commissioner Miller asked that they check his neighborhood to determine the cause of the number of cases of cancer in the area.



Commissioner Gunn read a letter from a constituent named Mr. Lembeke regarding testing being undertaken at the boy scout camp Tolochee located near LCP. The letter is attached as Exhibit "A" hereto.



Commissioner Lyde asked where future funds would be obtained. Dr. Taylor stated that major resources would be forthcoming.



Motion by Commissioner Miller as amended to authorize a public hearing to determine if the money should be spent out of the reserve fund after advertising for 10 days, second by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.



Tax Digest Adjustments over $20,000



Mr. Don Long presented the matter of tax digest items over $20,000 for approval, 3 items were approved.



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



Reduced Water Tap in Fees - Northwood Estates



Chairman Hardman stated that residents had asked to tap into the water system for a reduced rate.



Commissioner Lynn stated that since the inception of the Cate Road Landfill they had clean water. Commissioner Lynn stated that the persons who resided there prior to the landfill should not pay anything. He stated that those who moved in after the landfill should pay.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to have staff research this matter, send to finance and return with a better recommendation. Unanimous.



Insurance Coverage



Mr. Charles Lewis stated that Commissioner Tullos would present these figures to the Board.

Mr. McGinty appeared to relay that the figures quoted for insurance would include an increased deductible for Workmen's Compensation from $100,000 to $250,000 and increased liability coverage from $2,000,000 to $5,000,000.



Chairman Hardman stated that $565,000 was paid by the County last year. Mr. McGinty stated that the quote did not include Workmen's Comp which would be around an additional $65,000. He stated that the new quote was currently in the neighborhood of $465,000 with the additional $65,000 which would still result in a reduced premium.



Commissioner Tullos then verified that the total amount paid last year was in excess of $600,000. Mr. Tullos then stated the carriers that had been recommended for coverage: 1. Penco HRH had been chosen as first choice ($465,418) pending Mr. McGinty's thorough review of the total policy to compare all language to verify that coverage is not being given up in any area; and 2. Gallagher would be the second choice if there was a problem with the first choice.



Motion by Commissioner Tullos that Penco HRH be approved as the insurance carrier pending review of the policy by Mr. McGinty to verify coverage, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.



Neptune Park Golf Course



Mr. Gilmour presented this matter for consideration. He stated that RFP's had been received for the golf course at Neptune Park.



Ms. Williams stated that the proposal prepared by Maggie Force had been accepted. Ms. Force was the owner of the yogurt shop and would provide on site supervision. She had recommended renting of bicycles and the recreation boards did not agree with that, they felt it would be a separate issue.



Mr. Vernon Lewis had let Ms. Williams know that he would be handling placing the electric bill for the golf course on a separate billing.



Ms. Force had recommended a monthly rental payment of $1,000.00 for six months or a prorated amount in correspondence to her hours of operation in that month.

Memorial Day through Labor Day had been specified in the RFP.

Ms. Williams stated that Ms. Force could also operate additional hours if Ms. Force wanted to do so.



Commissioner Gunn asked what was wrong with the other person who had applied.



Ms. Williams stated that she had a track record for business on the Island and she was preferred.



Chairman Hardman stated that four proposals had been listed on the letter from the purchasing agent and the Board could not locate Ms. Force's proposal in the book. Chairman Hardman stated that there was a problem with what had been forwarded by purchasing.



Motion by Commissioner Miller that this be deferred to finance, second by Commissioner Gunn. Commissioners Gunn, Hardman, Lyde, Miller, Strickland and Tullos for, Commissioner Lynn abstained. Approved.



Memorandum Agreement Regarding Loggerhead Turtles



County Attorney Gary Moore presented the Memorandum of

Agreement signed with respect to the original agreement stating that the County would sign if they were not required to pass any ordinances, expend any money or resources without the consent of the Board and that it can be withdrawn at any time.



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



Temporary Certificate of Occupancy for Ms. B. Bradley



Mr. Reuter stated that Ms. Bradley had moved a trailer to this site currently zoned industrial unaware of the current zoning classification. She then followed up by filing a zoning application to have this revised to R-6. This would allow her to move into her trailer. Mr. Moore stated that the correct language for approval would be "subject to granting of the application".



Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve the temporary certificate of occupancy, subject to granting of the application, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

Dungeness Drive



Mr. Richard presented this matter regarding a final road in Southport for dedication to the County. Mr. Richard stated that there were some corrections to be made including: 1. cracked paving; 2. ditches; 3. salt water flume needs reconstructing; 4. signage; and 5. lane marking. He stated that Mr. Perry had agreed to correct these problems.



Motion to approve by Commissioner Lynn, pending correction of the existing defects, and pending preparation of the corrective deed needed with respect to the pumping station, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



Chairman Hardman asked Ronnie Perry if there was a problem with an existing water pump and fence being on his land? Mr. Perry responded that it was very close to the line.



Commissioner Lynn thought that it had been corrected.



Chairman Hardman asked Mr. Moore to prepare a deed to correct this problem. Mr. Perry stated that the County had been granted a 25 x 25 foot area. They then asked for a 30 x 35 area which was agreed upon but never corrected by deed.



E. D. GORNTO TO SPEAK ON BEHALF OF LOCAL WORKERS



Mr. Gornto, with Local 177, presented the matter of Georgia Pacific bringing in out of town workers to do jobs that local workers could do. He stated that ultimately this would be a loss of 400 jobs. He stated that they come into our community resulting in the following 1. loss of jobs and revenue 2. burden on our school systems; 3. increase in crime; 4. added health care costs; and 5. loss of tax dollars. His fear also included that this company would be a trend setter for other companies coming into the community.



Mr. R. J. Payton also spoke on behalf of Local 177. He stated that he had been a resident of Glynn County for 36 years. He stated that his standard of living was being threatened by these workers coming in. He said that it was not right for residents of the county to have to go out of town to work. He asked for the Board's support.



Mr. James Johnson also spoke on behalf of Local 177. He stated that his wife had been given a speeding ticket. He stated that everyday 59 cars left Georgia Pacific with out of state tags and no Georgia tag. He also conveyed his credentials to the Board. He stated that on December 24, 1994 he applied with the Department of Labor for work. He set forth that he was only considered after applying a second time and being recommended by someone on the inside. He spoke regarding the strain these workers place on the community. He also set forth that their paychecks go to various other states and do not add anything to our local economy.



Commissioner Miller asked how far we could go with this. He was especially concerned about the out of state people not having a Georgia tag.



Mr. Moore conveyed that a letter would be a far as we could go with this.



Commissioner Gunn asked if there were currently 400 people in here working from out of town. Mr. Gornto responded that the number was currently over 200 but would increase to 400.



Commissioner Miller asked that the hospital be contacted to see what the costs of treating these people.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn that a letter be sent to the large local companies requesting that they hire local workers, second by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.



911 Service



Chairman Hardman noted that Mr. Mills was not present to discuss this.



Zoning Request GC-30-94 - Barnes Property



Commissioner Gunn asked that the staff recommendation for each matter be listed on the Agenda.



Chairman Hardman responded that the information was set forth in the text.



Mr. Reuter stated that this was a request to Amend the Planned Development for General Commercial Zoning text to allow commercial and multi-family residential for Barnes Plantation. Mr. Reuter stated that there would be just one access into the development and the improvements would consist of three story structures. Mr. Reuter explained the buffers that would be implemented, that site plan approval was required, there would be a new traffic signal, 25 feet of additional right-of-way and participation in a bike path program. He stated that public water and sewer were available at the site. The county engineer had reviewed the drainage, staff recommended approval with changes in the zoning text. Those requested revisions to the text are set forth as Exhibit "B" hereto.



Mr. Galloway appeared on behalf of the applicant requesting a 30 day extension to allow additional time to pursue a compromise with issues that have been brought about regarding this issue.



Chairman Hardman stated that Mr. Galloway had told Mr. Hardman that the applicant was trying to restructure the contract to allow for lower density.



Mr. Galloway responded that density was one of the major concerns. He stated that he had met with citizens who are concerned about the density. He also stated that they have been dealing with the owner of the property to discuss these same issues.



Mr. Moore stated that the Board had the authority to defer this issue if they chose to do so.



Commissioner Strickland asked Mr. Galloway about modifying the existing paper work. He wanted to know if this change was with the county or the owner of the property.



Mr. Galloway stated that the change would be with both.

Commissioner Miller said he felt that everyone should be allowed to speak.



Chairman Hardman stated that there was a motion on the floor that was going to be acted on.



Mr. Moore asked for a deferral until such time as the county had time to readvertise this issue due to a change in the site plan. He asked Mr. Galloway to submit needed information to the county in time to advertise. Mr. Moore asked him if 30 days was adequate time.



Mr. Galloway responded that 30 days would allow enough time.



Commissioner Tullos stated that if this was not going to change the application and was acted on next month could the motion be amended at that time, but he said Mr. Moore had answered the question.



Commissioner Strickland asked if the changes had to go back to the Planning Commission.



Mr. Reuter responded that he felt there would be time to readvertise and to go before the Planning Commission and the Board.



Mr. Galloway asked if it had to go back to planning due to the fact that the density would be less than originally approved.



Mr. Reuter stated that he felt this should go to planning and that 30 days would allow enough time to do so.



Mr. Gilmour asked which Planning Commission meeting was being referred to. Mr. Reuter responded April 4. Mr. Gilmour then suggested they come to the second meeting in May.



Mr. Galloway explained that they were making an effort to address all of the questions raised. Mr. Galloway stated that he felt they did not need to go through the whole process again to reach a compromise with the citizens raising the questions.



Commissioner Gunn asked why they would have to go back to planning if they were going to decrease the density.



Mr. Moore responded that a planned development sets the zoning text. This would be an amendment to the zoning ordinance even if it is a downgrade in density.



Commissioner Strickland stated that he would like to hear from the seller of the property. Mr. Daniels, Mr. Barnes' attorney stated that he was in full agreement with what was being done.



Commissioner Miller asked if it would be appropriate to make a substitute motion providing for the 16 unit density.



Mr. Moore stated that the Board could change the density to read 16 although some developers may not agree with that.



Commissioner Gunn suggested that the Board should wait to hear from the people in the audience who were most likely present to object to the 21 unit density in light of the fact that the applicant was trying to have that density reduced to 16. She recommended that those persons come and speak at the next meeting.



Commissioner Tullos stated that it could be changed at the time that it is acted on, and the Board could actually make that change.



Mr. Moore stated that he thought there were other site plan changes which would require repeating the entire process.



Mr. Galloway stated that some developers may object to the Board reducing the density to 16. However, he stated that the Board could take the same action after thirty days. He stated that if the Board chose to revise the density at the meeting where the issue was considered then the applicant would go back through the process and develop under that plan.



Commissioner Gunn asked if she should keep the letters she received or turn them in.



Mr. Moore suggested that the letters be kept until the date of the hearing.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to defer to the second meeting in April, second by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.



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Mr. Caldwell from RUPA spoke regarding the development. He stated that his group was opposed to development at 21 units, but that they would be pleased to see this developed at 16 units. He stated that they would rather see residential development verses commercial development.



Ms. Steele spoke as the adjacent property owner.

She wanted to know if there was a pump station being placed on the property.



Commissioner Gunn asked her to meet with Mr. Caldwell from RUPA and she stated that she had already spoken with him and felt that they were not interested in exactly the same issues as she was.



Chairman Hardman then stated that Ms. Steele should speak with Mr. Galloway who could hopefully answer her questions. Chairman Hardman stated that if she was not satisfied she could come back before the Board.



Commissioner Gunn asked Ms. Steele to contact her personally if she did not receive the answers she needed to her questions.



Street Naming (Herndon and Jasmine Island Roads)



Mr. Reuter presented this matter at the request of the residents. He stated that these two roads off of Pennick Road be named Herndon and Jasmine Island Roads.

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



Street Name Change (Lambert Lane)



Mr. Reuter presented this matter at the request of the

the residents. This included the portion of Lambert Lane west of Frazier only.



Ms. Doris Thomas wanted to verify that it was only the area west of Frazier Road.



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





Liquor Licenses



Consider issuance of 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Revco Discount Drug Center #1337, 6000 Sea Island Causeway, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Package Sales of Beer. Sunday Sales Prohibited.



Chief Alexander presented this matter and recommended approval.



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



Consider issuance of 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Courtney's, Inc., 6000 Sea Island Road #19, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Consumption of beer, wine and liquor, Sunday Sales Permitted.



Chief Alexander presented this matter and recommended approval. Mr. David Earl, the applicant, was present.

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



Consider issuance of 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Golden Palace Restaurant, 260 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Consumption of beer, wine and liquor, Sunday Sales Permitted.



Chief Alexander presented this matter and recommended approval. Mr. Nim, the applicant, was present.



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



Consider issuance of 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for The Redfern Cafe, 200 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Consumption of liquor added to existing license for beer and wine, Sunday Sales Permitted. Ms. Sharkey, the applicant, was present.



Chief Alexander presented this matter and recommended approval.



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



Consider issuance of 1995 Alcoholic Beverage License for Whitaker's, 5500 Frederica Road, St. Simons Island, GA 31522. Consumption of beer, wine and liquor, Sunday Sales Permitted. Mr. Craig Hull, the applicant, was present.



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



GENERAL BUSINESS



Piping Petition in Nottinghill Subdivision



Mr. Richard presented this matter for approval, $350.00 to be paid by Sung and Jung Lee, $350.00 to be paid by Robert C. and Janie C. Duvall and $300.00 to be paid by the County in accordance with the ordinance.



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



1995-1996 Budget



Commissioner Strickland stated that the budget was not in good shape compared to a year or two ago. He stated that the Board did not want a tax increase. He stated that items were coming before personnel that had a high dollar amount hung on them, there were increases in staff and manpower was short in Public Works. He stated that he was interested in getting SPLOST going again and implementing the 1000 Megahertz system in the County to improve communications for police. He stated that they had to keep going back and forth to their vehicle with the current system. He stated that this could be funded through SPLOST. He stated that we had had a very wet year and three years ago a team that cleaned out ditches, etc. had been done away with. He stated that $335,000 had been expended for a criminal justice computer system. His biggest concern was that no one wanted a tax increase. He stated that he was just letting everyone know that SPLOST needed to be implemented to avoid a tax increase.

Building Code Appeals Board

Commissioner Miller asked what the credentials were for the positions. Mr. Gilmour responded that the person selected had to have a good knowledge of the building codes. The Board did not have a candidate that was a registered architect or engineer. Therefore, one position was not voted on.



Chairman Hardman asked if we needed to readvertise for an architect. Mr. Gilmour suggested that we send a letter to architectural and engineering firms to obtain names.



William S. Smith, Sr. was chosen by the Board by secret ballot. Mr. William S. Smith received 5 votes.



Zoning Appeals Board



Ms. Lyde read the name of Mr. Minton for consideration on the Zoning Appeals Board.



Chairman Hardman then read the names of Panke Daley, W. H. "Bill" Cowman and John R. Johnson.



The vote was then taken by secret ballot. Mr. Panke Daley received six votes and Mr. John R. Johnson received six votes as elected by secret ballot.



Chairman Hardman stated that a plaque should be presented to Mr. Cowman for his years of service to the County.



Aging Services Advisory Council



Motion by Commissioner Miller, to use the two names given and to readvertise for the third position, second by Commissioner Gunn.



Charlie Crumbliss and Walter Belton were approved by acclamation.



Citizens Solid Waste Advisory Board



Motion by Commissioner Miller to appoint Laura Belle J. Bell. Unanimous.



Commissioner Gunn nominated Milton Peterman.



Commissioner Lynn nominated Lorraine Dusenbury.



Commissioner Strickland nominated Clay Tasker.



The Board voted in Milton Peterman, 5 votes and Lorraine Dusenbury, 4 votes for the Citizen-at-Large positions.



Hospital Authority



Chairman Hardman named the Lou Ella Machin position as Post Number 3.



Commissioner Gunn nominated Lou Ella Machin.



Commissioner Miller nominated Linda Sanders Pinson.



Commissioner Strickland nominated Abram Brown.



Commissioner Lynn nominated Ronald M. Adams.



Commissioner Hardman nominated H.E. "Gene" Briggs.



The following persons were nominated: Linda Pinson, 4 votes; Abe Brown, 5 votes and Ronald Adams, 6 votes.



Chairman Hardman named the Hubert Manning position as Post Number 2.



Commissioner Miller nominated H. E. "Gene" Briggs.



Commissioner Lyde nominated Miriam Peronne.



Commissioner Lynn nominated Wesley Jones.



Commissioner Strickland nominated Dennis Sullivan.



Commissioner Miller stated that if the same persons were nominated in each group the Board could actually make a decision instead of the hospital authority making the decision for the Board again.



Commissioner Gunn nominated Herman Levy, M.D.



Motion by Commissioner Miller that the nominations be closed, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.



The following persons were nominated: W. Wesley Jones, 4 votes; H.E. "Gene" Briggs, 5 votes and Dennis Sullivan, 4 votes.



Mr. Moore stated that he thought it was possible to submit the same three names for each position.



Mr. Briggs stated that the Board would submit three names to the Hospital Authority other than the incumbent, if they didn't like them they send them back and ask for three more names and then they had to keep one of those names.



Commissioner Tullos asked if the Board would have to go to arbitration if they did not choose one of the names.

The response was that they had to accept one of those names.



Chairman Hardman named the William M. Roach position as Post Number 1.



Commissioner Lyde nominated Miriam Peronne.



Commissioner Gunn nominated Herman Levy.



Commissioner Tullos nominated Joe Jaudon.



Commissioner Strickland nominated William M. Roach.

Mr. Cason's name was presented for nomination but then withdrawn because Bert Cason had written in recommending another person.

Commissioner Miller nominated Dr. Manning.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to close the nominations, second by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.

The following persons were nominated: Herman Levy, 4 votes; Joe Jaudon, 6 votes and William Roach, 4 votes.



Coastal Health Retardation/Substance Abuse Board



Mr. Gilmour stated that the applicants were all generally qualified. He stated that the preference was for someone who is familiar with substance abuse or mental retardation.



Commissioner Miller nominated Missy Poppell whose name had to be withdrawn as she was only sending a letter of recommendation for someone else and did not seek a nomination.



Commissioner Lyde nominated Constance Richardson.



Chairman Hardman nominated Lorraine Dusenbury.



Commissioner Gunn nominated Cathy Holmes.



Commissioner Gunn nominated Anna Henry.



Commissioner Lynn nominated Mary Anne Beerman.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to close the nominations, second by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.



Ms. Mary Anne Beerman was appointed to this board by 4 votes.



EMERGENCY ITEMS



Motion by Commissioner Miller that the process for naming Planning Commission subcommittees be revised to include input of all members. Motion not acted on at this time.



Mr. Moore agreed to revise this ordinance and to present it for consideration at the April 6 meeting.



Commissioner Gunn asked if the Board would vote to limit the time period that a zoning variance remains effective and to revert it back to the original zoning if not adhered to in that time period.



Chairman Hardman stated that the Court would not support this.



Commissioner Miller asked if zoning was in place and the structure was destroyed by a hurricane, would the zoning stay as is?



Mr. Moore verified that zoning would remain the same as the zoning in effect at the time of the storm.



Commissioner Strickland asked for an item to be placed on the April 6 agenda regarding Bob Williams' speaking about committees.



Chief of Police



Chief Alexander stated that the Wrecker Ordinance hearing would be held at the police station on Wednesday the 22nd at 7:00 p.m. and all interested parties were invited to attend.



Administrator



Mr. Gilmour asked that the month of April be named Solid Waste Awareness Month.



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



Mr. Gilmour stated that the School Board had requested our survey people to help out with some surveying that needed to be done at Glynn Middle and Glynn Academy.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve at no charge, second by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.



Mr. Gilmour presented that the Board had a request from the Coastal Center for the Arts to set up at the Farmer's Market on St. Simons Island the weekend of April 1 and 2 and May 27 and 28.



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



Mr. Gilmour requested hiring outside people to load data in order to implement the annual $40.00 solid waste collection fee.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to send to finance, second by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.



Fire Chief Items



Chief Johnson stated that the Region 9 EMS meeting would be held Monday, March 20th at 6:00 p.m. would be voting on whether there would be additional EMS providers allowed in Glynn County. He stated that the meeting would be held at the Altamaha Technical Institute in Jesup.



Motion by Commissioner Miller that Chairman Hardman represent the Board at that meeting, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.



Commissioner Strickland asked if the Fire Chief was handling items relating to various services.



Chief Johnson confirmed that he had handled this. He stated that the response time for the county was 3.9 minutes which was acceptable.



Public Works



Mr. Flanagan presented bids for the ACCG Conference. He suggested that the low bid from Grandy's be accepted for a low country boil.



Commissioner Lyde asked if the low bid had to be accepted. The response was yes and that Grandy's had a very good low country boil.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve, second by Commissioner Lynn. Chairman Hardman abstained. Approved.



Mr. Flanagan stated that a development was being considered in the county, bordering on the city. He stated that the city would provide water and sewer. He stated that the city has told the developer that the sewer lines should be under the pavement. Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Richard did not agree with this. He stated that Mr. Benson, Mr. Powell (city water), Mr. Flanagan and Mr. Richard needed to meet to discuss this matter. He stated that the issues would be reviewed on an individual basis, but he felt they needed to resolve this because of the developer's money being tied up.



Mr. Flanagan stated that he would report back to Mr. Gilmour so the developer could be contacted.



Commissioner Strickland asked if it was Mr. Powell who wanted the lines under the pavement? Mr. Flanagan responded that it was Mr. Powell.



Mr. Flanagan stated that the Consent Order regarding the Cate Road Landfill was in effect. Mr. Flanagan stated that one of the conditions was adding separate ground water monitoring wells and that this issue was discussed in executive session. He needed authorization to extend the current contract with C.H. Hill to comply with the order.



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



Mr. Flanagan stated that drainage work was being done in the Cate Road area and that his department had contacted homeowners four times to alert them to move dog houses, sheds and fencing. He stated that all work was being done on County easements. He stated that his workers had to go with a police escort to commence the work. He stated that the people put these improvements right back out after the work had been completed in past years.

Mr. Moore stated that the county did not have a right to fence in the easement but the county did have a right to maintain their easement. Mr. Moore felt that notices should be forwarded and if the obstacles were not moved as requested the county should physically move them.



Commissioner Miller suggested signage.



Mr. Moore stated that they should be told the fencing could not be put back up.



Chairman Hardman asked Mr. Flanagan to return with a recommendation and suggested that a monetary fine be implemented in the case of repeat offenders.



Commissioner Lynn asked that the homeowners meet with him, Mr. Flanagan and the County Attorney to tell them what the consequences will be.



Mr. Flanagan verified that the developer had granted the county an easement for drainage in the subdivision.



Chairman Hardman asked Mr. Flanagan once again to come back with a recommendation which would include a monetary fine.



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Commissioner Tullos alerted the assembly that Mr. McGinty had received a job offer from HRH, who had been the recommended first choice as the insurance carrier earlier in the meeting. Mr. McGinty, however, did not recommend HRH as his first choice and the committee had overruled his decision. Therefore, there should be no conflict of interest with respect to Mr. McGinty and the hiring of HRH.



Water and Sewer



Mr. Benson presented the answers to the questions that Commissioner Gunn had presented to him at a prior meeting. Those responses are attached hereto as Exhibit "C" attached hereto and by this reference made a part hereof.



Commissioner Gunn asked Mr. Benson if item no. 6 referred to the letter that Commissioner Gunn had given him. He responded that this answer was in response to that letter. Commissioner Gunn then asked Mr. Benson to forward a letter to the woman providing her with an update as the what was taking place.



Commissioner Gunn thanked Mr. Benson for his responses to her questions.



Mr. Moore stated that he had contacted the insurance company of the woman who had written Commissioner Gunn and he stated that the insurance company was going to review this issue.



Mr. Lee Noel inquired as to the spills that occurred on St. Simons Island. Mr. Benson reported on the spills that had occurred on St. Simons Island. Mr. Benson read the memo that he had submitted to Mr. Gilmour, a copy of that memo is attached as Exhibit "D" hereto.



Mr. Noel asked if these spills were out of control. Mr. Noel asked if the 1,000,000 gallon spill was as voluminous as it sounded. Mr. Benson stated that samples were consistently taken to determine the effects of the spill. Mr. Noel stated that in the future Mr. Benson may define what is an acceptable or reasonable level of spillage. This would keep the public from wondering exactly what had happened.



Chairman Hardman stated that he had requested a report from the EPD inspection that had been done in 1994. In that inspection there were an exceptionally large number of deficiencies approximately 25-35 noted by the EPD. Chairman Hardman stated that he had not analyzed it, but this report had foreshadowed a spillage problem. Chairman Hardman stated that he felt the EPD was trying to be helpful. Chairman Hardman stated that it was hard for Water and Sewer to function properly with construction going on.



Mr. Dobson asked if Dunbar Creek was still closed.



Chairman Hardman stated that it was closed.



Mr. Benson stated that it had to be monitored for seven days and then once a week for a month following a spill before it could be reopened.



Joint City County Meeting



LOST monies distribution was no. 1 on the agenda. Chairman Hardman stated that he would like to address some issues. He stated that apparently the City did not feel that it was getting its fair share of services on sales or property tax.



Chairman Hardman stated some data regarding county expenditures. The County does the following: 1. holds prisoners for the City who are held for the City Recorders Court for $1.00, the entire fine charged, however, goes to the City. The County has a cost of $40.00 a day, $100,000 a year of which the City reimburses the County $2,500, the County is losing $97,500; 2. excluding these prisoners our felony population consists of 60% City residents, these people are prosecuted in our system having a cost of $6,500,000 with the City paying 0 dollars; 3. 1.6 mil of the tax base is funded by the City which is only 16% of all county ad valorem taxes per year; 26% of the population pays 16% of the property taxes and gets 38% per cent of the LOST monies; 4. the city's entire property tax bill is less than 41% of the court costs which is totally funded by the County; 5. the Brunswick Glynn County EMA has a $90,000 budget, the County pays $90,000 and the City pays $300; 6. Tax Assessor with its $500,000 budget provides the city with their property tax information for billing absolutely free; 7. Health Department costs the County $800,000 and the City pays nothing; 8. the County pays $240,000 for the library which serves a 7 county area, the School Board pays $5,000, the City pays $15,000; 9. Mosquito control costs the County approximately $400,000 a year, paid by the County, the City pays nothing; and 10. the County pays $150,000 for the Board of Elections, the City pays nothing, but they are supplied the information for their elections. This is a total of $8,685,000 worth of services which are used by the City who pays 1.6 mil for ad valorem taxes, plus $15,300 for services totalling $8,685,000. Chairman Hardman stated that this was a deal for the City. He also referenced the County tax exempt buildings in the City but full tax millage for this would be only $325,000 per year to the City.

He stated that the County has FLETC, Job Corps. and the list goes on. Chairman Hardman stated that the City had an eroding tax base but it was not up to Districts 1,2,3 and 4 to carry the tax burden.



Chairman Hardman stated that he wanted to offer the City reasonably broad parameters for acceptance.



Commissioner Miller stated that he wanted the Board's vote to be unanimous whatever was decided when presented to the City. He stated that he did not want to end up in binding arbitration.



Commissioner Lyde asked if the City had voted to keep it the same in their meeting. The response was that they had voted to keep it the same.



Commissioner Strickland asked what it should be in accordance with the population. Chairman Hardman responded that it would be 73, 26.



Chairman Hardman stated that if the formula was revised to a point of collection distribution formula it would be 82% County, 18% City.



Commissioner Tullos inquired if the original date of May 10th would be the appropriate outside date. Mr. Gilmour responded that he felt the day should read April 1.



Motion by Commissioner Hardman that if the County and City fail to agree on the division of the LOST or any future SPLOST monies by April 1st, 1995 that this matter will be arbitrated, and an acceptable parameter that the arbitrator would consider would be 77 per cent on the high side and 66 per cent on the low side, in favor of the County, second by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



Commissioner Lyde stated that the Board was giving away services and that the Board was failing to see that City residents also pay County taxes.



Chairman Hardman stated that he was aware of that and that amount of $1.6 mil, which is 16% of the property tax base. Chairman Hardman stated that the City was getting $8,685,000 worth of services for $1,600,000.



Commissioner Miller stated that the jail was adding an astronomical amount of money to the County budget that wasn't paid by the County in the past when the City had its own jail.



Motion by Commissioner Miller that the County offer the parameters of 70, 30 to the City. Unanimous.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn that the money be used for a rollback on property taxes, second by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.



Authorize County Commissioners to serve on SPLOST



Motion by Commissioner Miller to name Commissioner Strickland and Commissioner Lynn to the SPLOST committee, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.



Motion by Commissioner Miller that the members choose their own staff member to serve on the committee, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.



Contract with City on Drainage Plan



Mr. Gilmour stated that he thought there was some confusion about what had been approved. He stated that the Master Plan had been approved and this included "L" Street. He asked for authorization to contract with the City to do the drainage work.



Commissioner Lyde stated that the newspaper said the environmental study would be ready in two weeks.



Mr. Flanagan responded that the County had received this and Mr. Gilmour would be getting copies of that report.



Commissioner Lyde asked if the area had to be studied before the drainage work commenced.



Mr. Gilmour stated that there was a problem in the area with drainage, so the County agreed to help the City with a master drainage plan.



Mr. Flanagan added that this money was simply for design, not for the drainage work.



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



Commissioner Lyde asked where the money for the work would come from. Mr. Flanagan stated that a source would be determined.



House Moving



Mr. Gilmour stated that Mr. Vernon Lewis had recommended a price of $300.00, which would be the total cost incurred by the County.



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



Billing for City of Brunswick



Motion by Commissioner Miller that the Sheriff bill the City for prisoners arrested for violating city ordinances and being kept in the County Jail in the full amount of $40.00, second by Commissioner Lynn.

(not acted on at this time)



Commissioner Miller stated that the exact amount needed to be verified by the Sheriff.



Chairman Hardman stated that the price to the Feds would be increased to $45.00.



Mr. Gilmour stated that Commissioner Plyman indicated that the City had asked Mr. Mitchell to look at fees that they could charge for fines to cover these costs. Mr. Gilmour recommended that the Board wait 30 days to allow them to come back.



Motion by Commissioner Miller that the Sheriff bill the City for prisoners arrested for violating city ordinances and being kept in the County Jail in the full amount of $40.00, second by Commissioner Lynn. Commissioner Lyde opposed. Approved.



Motion by Commissioner Miller that the effective date be July 1, 1995, second by Commissioner Tullos. Commissioner Lyde opposed. Approved.



County Attorney



Mr. Moore stated that his office was in a crisis situation and had been. He stated that they were unable to meet the requests and demands made of them. Mr. Moore stated that Department Heads also have several requests of him. He stated the reasons for the increase in demand: 1. increased litigation (he read an article from The Wall Street Journal stating that public entities are an easy target for litigation); 2. the County's self insurance means increased workload (Tom Lee was quoted regarding the increase in legal fees may have been offset by the decreased fees in insurance but resulted in the County Attorney having to handle an increased amount of litigation). Mr. Moore presented a graph showing the increased savings implemented by self insurance. He stated that the item not set forth on the graph, was the work being done by his office. He stated that he was often in the driver's seat on litigation. He stated that he had other responsibilities in addition to the litigation and the largest single item was attendance at meetings. He stated that the Department Heads had placed great demands on his office, in previous days they had been billed for this service. Mr. Moore stated that they were often called on to do things that were not the County Attorney's duties. He stated that they tried to meet the needs with respect to high priority items and that they had a hard time with all these requests. He felt that a potential litigation item would be taking a fair amount of his time. He was requesting an entry grade attorney ($28,000) and a legal secretary ($21,000).

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve, second by Commissioner Miller. (Motion withdrawn)



Commissioner Lynn stated that as before when Ms. Watson was given a $14,000 raise he disagreed with that, he also disagreed with hiring another attorney. Commissioner Lynn stated that he disagreed with this extra tax burden on the taxpayers of this County. He stated that if we did get something from the litigation case filed the government would get their money first.

He stated that there were no guarantees that the County would receive anything.



Commissioner Miller stated that Commissioner Lynn was not there when the litigation was discussed.



Commissioner Lynn reiterated that he had been contacted by Mr. Moore regarding the litigation matter.



Motion by Commissioner Miller that this matter be deferred pending the Board going into Executive Session to discuss this matter, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Motion by Commissioner Miller to go into Executive Session, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous. (Commissioner Lyde out of the room)



Executive Session



Return From Executive Session



Motion by Commissioner Miller to work out regular budget items for necessities first and to address charities last, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to deny the County Attorney's request for additional help. (Motion dies for lack of a second)



Commissioner Strickland stated that the last thing needed in the County was a tax increase.



Commissioner Lynn stated that he would not go along with this either if it was going to result in a tax increase.



Chairman Hardman stated that he was in favor of hiring these additional staff people due to the caseload of the County Attorney.



Commissioner Tullos agree that this issue should be discussed within the budget process.



Mr. Williams stated that he felt that the County Attorney was acting in good faith, but that the County needed to spend the money to find out what was really going on. He stated that there were alternative choices such as hiring a legal Clerk. Mr. Williams also felt that some of the work could be contracted out.



Mr. Moore rebutted by saying that the figures used by Mr. Williams did not include various services provided by his office.



Mr. Williams stated that he had refined his figures since the discussion on this that had taken place last year.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde to hire an additional attorney and secretary for the County Attorney's office effective July 1, if the funds are available without any tax increase within the budget process. Unanimous.



Return to Executive Session



Meeting Adjourned