PRESENT: Jack Hardman, Chairman
Milton Lynn, Vice-Chairman
Commissioner, Virginia Gunn
Commissioner, Gladys-Martin Lyde
Commissioner, James E. "Sonny" Miller
Commissioner, Robert E. Strickland
Commissioner, Fred Tullos
ALSO PRESENT: Lee Gilmour, Administrator
Gary Moore, County Attorney
Cynthia J. McKinley, County Clerk
STAFF PRESENT: Charles Lewis
Chief Carl Johnson
Chief Carl Alexander
Lt. Jack Hopper
INVOCATION by Commissioner Strickland
PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG
APPOINTMENT OF COUNTY CLERK
Attorney, Gary Moore stated the need for the appointment of the new County Clerk, Ms. Cynthia J. McKinley. Chairman Hardman extended a welcome from the Board to Ms. McKinley in her new position.
Motion by Commissioner Tullos to appoint Ms. Cynthia McKinley as County Clerk, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous
WATER AND SEWER SERVICES FOR NEW SUBDIVISION
Mr. Ron Sawyer appeared before the Commission regarding water and sewer services for a new subdivision he is developing off Cypress Mill Road, just slightly outside of the City limits. Chairman Hardman asked Gary Moore to explain the situation.
Mr. Moore said that the County does not have the water lines in place for these people to hook up to. The City of Brunswick has the lines in place, but lacks the legal authority to provide service. At the last meeting, the Board of Commissioners offered the City a franchise with a five year renewal. This problem is that the subdivision would like to move forward more quickly than the time in which the City will most likely respond. What we have done in the past is to allow the City to provide the service without giving them any rights. What Mr. Moore would recommend tonight is that we offer them the same terms as before, and if they don't respond, allow them to provide the service as stated.
Motion by Commissioner Lynn to offer them same terms as before, and if they don't respond, provide the service without any legal rights, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed, with Commissioner Tullos abstaining.
JOINT COMMISSION MEETING
Chairman Hardman stated that we need to set a date to sit down with the City Commissioners to discuss the City prisoners issue. This is the prisoners held for the City Court. Mr. Gilmour said the City would like to do this as soon as possible, because of the July 1st, deadline is coming up for the housing of prisoners. Mr. Gilmour said he had already informed them that the County was doing budget hearings this week.
Motion by Commissioner Miller to meet after the 4th of July holiday, seconded by Commissioner Strickland . Unanimous.
FY 95/96 RECOMMENDED BUDGET
Charles Lewis said he was satisfied with the recommended budget amount. Chairman Hardman asked Mr. Lewis if there were any way possible to save a dollar on the Audit. Mr. Lewis replied that they had saved over $15,000 over the last four years.
Board of Elections
Cecil Little appeared and stated that right now they were satisfied. Chairman Hardman asked about the work performed for the City elections. Mr. Little said that the City was billed for all expenses incurred.
Brunswick/Glynn Regional Library
Mr. Jim Darby said that the Library could operate at the amount proposed, but it could not operate as they should, and that was the bottom line. Commissioner Gunn stated that she believed that once another SPLOST was in place, there would be money for the library then.
Commissioner Lyde asked Mr. Gilmour about bringing the Library's employees, who are not State employees, under the County personnel. Mr. Gilmour said that he was recommending that the Commissioners consider bringing those employees into the County's personnel system, as long as there is no change in the overall appropriation that you agree on. However, he was also suggesting that the Commission go ahead and adopt a budget first, then go back in a more timely manner and look at the personnel situation.
Commissioner Miller said he saw where the Library's water bill was $2,500, and asked Mr. Darby if he couldn't get some help from the City there. Mr. Darby said they had proposed that request to the City.
Motion by Commissioner Miller to write a letter to the City supporting the Library's request for assistance with their water bill, in kind, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.
Gary Moore stated that the most important change in his budget was the addition of $30,000 for a paralegal. However, a paralegal would not be of significant benefit to him. He said they were going to have to do one of two things. Either reduce the work load or hire additional staff, but the additional staff should be an attorney, not a paralegal. Chairman Hardman asked about the need for clerical assistance. Mr. Moore said that if he wasn't going to get the attorney, he's not sure he would need the clerical assistance. Mr. Moore was asked to work on a list of job duties that should be performed by his office, and then come back to the Commissioners to work out a plan for reducing the work load.
Emergency Management Agency
Ed Able stated that he had asked for a new vehicle this and that item was cut from the budget. He would like to have it reinstated, and other than that one exception, he was satisfied with the recommended budget for this department.
Chief Johnson said he has no problems with Administrator's recommendation.
Finance - General Fund
Charles Lewis stated this was for the Business License operations. He is satisfied, and said the Commissioners have been very generous.
Finance - Administrative Services Fund
Mr. Lewis said he had one issue he would like to bring up. On January 1, 1992, all Water and Sewer Department's work was transferred to the Water and Sewer Commission. With that, Finance was also relieved of one employee. This year all the work has been given back to Finance without the new position. Chairman Hardman asked if we couldn't send a bill to the Water and Sewer Department for services rendered. Mr. Gilmour stated he would like to wait and see until after we have some data, and address the issue at that time. This will effective July 1, 1995.
Chief Johnson said he was fairly satisfied with the budget, despite the $7,000 reduction. The only thing it didn't address was the need for additional employees.
Georgia Extension Services (Agriculture)
John Bryson stated that, thanks to the Georgia Lottery funds, every Extension Office in the State received new computer, but he still needs $500 for maintenance, which was cut from the budget. This is a one time fee and covers 2 years. Mr. Bryson is asking that the County please reinstate the $500. Mr. Gilmour said if this was the only route, and the equipment couldn't be serviced by our people, he will add it back in.
Georgia Forestry Commission
Frank Sorrels appeared before the Commission and said he was pleased with revised request, has no problems with it.
Board of Health
Dr. Brooks Taylor appeared before the Commissioners and thanked them for their continued support. He said he was satisfied with the budget, which represented a 2% increase over last year.
Community Services Board
Susan Broome said that the Gateway Mental Health/Substance Abuse program did not ask for, nor receive, an increase this year, but they appreciate the County's continued support.
Tony Kreimborg appeared before the Board and stated he was satisfied with the budget.
Joann Heath addressed the Commissioners and stated she was satisfied with her budget.
Motion by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Miller to adjourn the meeting. Unanimous.