MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

HELD IN THE HISTORIC COURTHOUSE

TUESDAY, JULY 6, 1995 AT 6:00 PM





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: Gary Moore, County Attorney

Cynthia J. McKinley, County Clerk





INVOCATION by Gary Moore

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG



APPROVAL OF MINUTES



Motion by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos to defer the approval of the Minutes of Regular Meetings held Tuesday, June 13, 1995, and June 15, 1995, until the next meeting. Unanimous.



SWEARING IN OF OFFICERS



Chief Alexander introduced Officers Paul Tasciotti, C. J. Walker, David Hines-Bey, David Westall, Mark Hopper, Don Walker.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve the swearing in of Officers, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.







CONSENT AGENDA



Finance Committee Items



a) Recommend that a refund of $1,083.85 in penalties and interest paid on 1987 property taxes be made to Ponderosa Motels, Inc. (Vote: 2-0-0) (G. Moore)



Commissioner Lyde questioned this refund, stating that as property owners these people should know they have taxes due, whether they receive the actual bill or not. Gary Moore explained the situation, and after some discussion a vote was taken to refund the $1,083.85.



Motion by Commissioner Miller to refund the penalties and interest paid, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.

b) Recommend acceptance of Mr. & Mrs. Burns' proposal that $700 be accepted by the County as full satisfaction of two tax deeds on property they own. (Vote: 2-0-0) (G. Moore)



c) Recommend the $1,575.25 being held in escrow be returned to Ms. Juanita S. Anderson. (Vote: 2-0-0) (G. Moore)



d) Recommend approval of Mrs. Grace's request for a refund of $19.88 in penalties and interest paid on 1991 property. (Vote: 2-0-0) (F. Dees)



e) Recommend denial of Ms. Tennyson's request for a refund of $108.98 in penalties and interest paid on 1994 property. (Vote: 2-0-0) (F. Dees)



f) Recommend approval of Mr. Newman's request that $177.91 in property taxes and penalties paid for 1990 be refunded. (Vote: 2-0-0) (F. Dees)



g) Recommend denial of request by Glynn County Recreation Board that facility rental fees be restricted to capital improvements for the facility. (Vote: 2-0-0) (C. Williams)



h. Recommend denial of request by the Glynn County Recreation Board that a special fund be established to match donations of money received for recreational purposes. (Vote: 2-0-0) (C. Williams)



i) Recommend the bid be awarded to Carlton Company, Brunswick, GA, in the amount of $87,596. (Vote: 2-0-0) (R. Guarracino/B. Rowell)



j) Recommend the only bid received be rejected, and defer purchase until FY 95/96. (Vote: 2-0-0) (R. Guarracino/D. Reuter)

k) Recommend that a policy be established that the Commission will consider abandonment request only after a formal application has been made. (Vote: 2-0-0) (Referred by the Board)



l) Recommend that the tax deed purchased by Mr. Charles H. McMillan be voided, and the $1,147.20 paid on a tax deed be refunded. (Vote: 2-0-0) (F. Dees)



m) Recommend that the Sheriff's old uniforms be declared surplus and the Sheriff be authorized to dispose of the surplus uniforms. (Vote: 2-0-0) (Sheriff Bennett)



Commissioner Lynn stated these were motions and seconds, to approve the above with the exception of items e), g), h), and l). Unanimous.



e) Recommend denial of Ms. Tennyson's request for a refund of $108.98 in penalties and interest paid on 1994 property. (Vote: 2-0-0) (F. Dees)



Commissioner Lyde said she didn't see the difference between items a), and e). Florence Dees explained that the tax bill was mailed to the record owner of property as of January 1, 1994. The previous owner did not forward bill to new owner.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn for denial of refund, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Motion passed with Commissioner Lyde voting no.



g) Recommend denial of request by Glynn County Recreation Board that facility rental fees be restricted to capital improvements for the facility. (Vote: 2-0-0) (C. Williams)



Commissioner Gunn asked what was wrong with these fees being used for that purpose? Commissioner Lynn explained that the expenses for the use of the facility came out of the General Fund, so the funds received should go back into that account to offset same.



Motion by Commissioner Tullos to deny, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Motion passed with Commissioner Lyde voting no.



h) Recommend denial of request by the Glynn County Recreation Board that a special fund be established to match donations of money received for recreational purposes. (Vote: 2-0-0) (C. Williams)



Again, Commissioner Gunn questioned what was wrong with this proposal? Commissioner Tullos said each donation will be considered for matching funds, based upon its own merit.



Motion by Commissioner Tullos to deny request, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.





l) Recommend that the tax deed purchased by Mr. Charles H. McMillan be voided, and the $1,147.20 paid on a tax deed be refunded. (Vote: 2-0-0) (F. Dees)



Chairman Hardman asked why this was being recommended. Ms. Dees explained that the County had made a mistake regarding this deed, and Mr. McMillan's deed had been voided. Therefore, he should get his money back.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to refund money, second by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



CITIZEN COMMITTEE REPORTS



Paul Peronard brought the Board of Commissioners up to date on the activities at LCP Chemical. Mr. Peronard said that he had received a copy of a letter to Ms. Carol Browner from the Commissioners requesting an expeditious clean up of the LCP Chemical site. He stated Ms. Browner would be coming down to visit the LCP site at the end of August, and if the Commission wished to meet with her, that would be the time to do so. Mr. Peronard also informed the Board that a Ms. Dorothy Rayfield, with EPA, was going to be heading up a Community Health Assessment of the Brunswick area, because of it's many industrial sites. She wants to meet with the City, County, and Community Groups to get their input. Chairman Hardman thanked Mr. Peronard and asked him to come back again the first of August.



CONSENT AGENDA



Personnel Committee Items



a. Recommend reappointment of the panel of physicians for worker's compensation effective July 1, 1995 as required by state law, except to rotate the appointment of an orthopedic surgeon this year from Dr. Hagen to Dr. Deese. (Vote: 3-0-0) (D. Bandy)



b. Recommend approval of a change in job title from Clerical Supervisor to Evidence Technician I in the Glynn County Police Department based on the nature of the of duties performed without any change in the employee's current salary. (Vote: 2-0-0) (D. Bandy)



c. Recommend approval of a change in the group health plan to allow counselors licensed by the State of Georgia to be paid under the group plan as counselors of the County's Employee Assistance Program. The plan currently allows for payment of benefits only to licensed Clinical Social Works, who are not typical providers of counseling services to our employees. (Vote: 2-0-0) (D. Bandy)



Commissioner Tullos asked that Item c. be removed from the consent agenda for discussion.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve Items a. and b., seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



c. Recommend approval of a change in the group health plan to allow counselors licensed by the State of Georgia to be paid under the group plan as counselors of the County's Employee Assistance Program. The plan currently allows for payment of benefits only to licensed Clinical Social Works, who are not typical providers of counseling services to our employees. (Vote: 2-0-0) (D. Bandy)



Commissioner Tullos asked why we pay 80% percent for mental health care, where most people only pay 50%. Mr. Bandy responded that in February of this year the Board approved making this change along with some changes to the Employee Assistant Program. When Shepherd rewrote our policy this omission was made and we are making the correction at this time. Chairman Hardman asked if there were any other objections, and received a negative response.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde, seconded by Commissioner Strickland, to amend health plan to allow counselors licensed by the State of Georgia to be paid under the group plan as counselors of the County's Employee Assistance Program. Unanimous



GENERAL BUSINESS



Hawkins Island Turn Lanes



Ray Richard explained the necessity of approval of turn lanes on Sea Island Road for access to Hawkins Island, which Sea Island is developing. Mr. Richard said his main concern was for traffic safety. The Hawkins Island access is located at the curve of Sea Island Road, where the speed limit is 45 mph. However, the average speed is probably in excess of 50 mph. Mr. Richard feels, that because of these reasons and the high volume of traffic, the accel, decel, and protected middle lane should be approved as designed.



Motion by Commissioner Strickland to approve turn lanes, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.



Coastal Area Agency on Aging



Authorize entering into an agreement with the Coastal Area Agency on Aging.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to defer to next meeting, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



County Code Amendments Regarding FEMA



Authorize amendments to the County Code to adhere to the revised requirements for the NFIP (National Flood Insurance Program) from the FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency). Dan Reuter explained the changes are being required by the federal government.



Motion by Commissioner Tullos to make changes as required, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



Lighting on Demere Road



Discussion of installation of lights on Demere Road, referred from May 18, 1995 meeting. Jimmy Horton addressed the Commissioners regarding this issue. Mr. Horton said that he had two proposals from Georgia Power. One proposal was for 5 decorative, individual lights at a cost of $1,500 per pole. The second proposal utilized existing poles, and upgraded them with extended lights at a cost of $201 per month. Discussion ensued regarding the pros and cons of the lighting issue, and whether or not the $2,500 paid by Waffle House should stay in this area or be used County wide.



Motion by Commissioner Strickland to kill the lights, seconded by Commissioner Gunn. Motion passed with Commissioner Lyde opposed.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn that the people of Jewtown get together with the County Administrator to decide if there is anything else they would like to spend this money on. Commissioner Tullos said he would second the motion, provided that Commissioner Gunn and Commissioner Lyde form a committee of two to talk to citizens and decide on a one time expenditure of $2,500. Unanimous



Appointments



Authorize advertising by the Board to appoint two (2) persons to the Coastal Georgia Resource Conservation and Development Council, Inc.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to authorize advertising, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Neptune Park Pay Phones



Discussion of the pay phone location at Neptune Park. Referred from the May 16, 1995 meeting. Mr. Paul Branch addressed the Commissioners regarding the location of his phone modules at that Neptune, and the conditions of the bid he was awarded from the County.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to defer until representatives of both phone companies could be present, seconded by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.



SPLOST Committee Advertising Requirements



This item was withdrawn, per the request of the Administrator.



DELEGATIONS



Walter Cordell, et al, to discuss the $40 annual garbage fee. Mr. Cordell, who lives in Deerfield Station, addressed the Commissioners with his opposition to the $40 fee and ended up with demanding that Commissioner Strickland make a motion to rescind this fee, so those present could see exactly how their own Commissioner voted. Commissioner Strickland said that he would wait until everyone had been heard from, and at that time make the requested motion. Chairman Hardman asked Mr. Cordell and others to make suggestions for alternative solutions to this problem. Becky Rowell took the podium to address the issue, stating the mandates that require closure of the present landfill and other things which necessitated this fee being imposed. A lengthy discussion ensued, with the Commissioners hearing from the following citizens:



Dean Overall Howard Lynn

Mr. Edenfield Paul Rodenhousen

Zack Lyde Debra Johnson

Gladys Dobbs Diane Whitt

Dan Ryan Lee Bledsoe

Claudia Taylor Linda Grimes

Daniel Parshley Ezzra Strickland

Barbara Ryan Eric Lyons

Wayne Stewart Lee Noel



Motion by Commissioner Strickland, that this Board rescind the action for the $40, put the money back into budget, return the funds to citizens who have already paid, and cut services or whatever necessary to have billing for garbage pick up come from taxation only, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Motion failed with Commissioners Strickland and Lyde voting in favor of the motion; Commissioners Tullos, Hardman, Gunn and Miller voting against, and Commissioner Lynn abstaining.



Creation of St. Simons Planning Commission



Ms. Laura Bell to present a petition for the creation of a separate Planning Commission for St. Simons Island. Ms. Bell spoke to the Commissioners and read the petition, which had been circulated for signatures. The petition is attached hereto and made part hereof.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to have Planning Staff to look into this and then discuss it further.



Commissioner Tullos said he thought this suggestion was ridiculous. It was the goal of the Commission to keep the County united and not splintered apart. Commissioner Strickland said he agreed with Commissioner Tullos. Wayne Stewart, Chairman of the Planning Commission said that approximately 100 to 200 people signed the petition, however, over 5,000 people on St. Simons Island voted last year to keep the County united. He also stated that there were 3 St. Simons residents on the Planning Commission, representing 43% of the vote.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Miller, to have Planning Staff to look into this and then discuss it further. Motion failed with Commissioners Tullos, Strickland, Lynn, and Hardman voting against.



Smile Gas Station



Dick Wiederhorn to discuss Smile Gas Station site improvements. This item was withdrawn by Mr. Wiederhorn. Commissioner Gunn said the reason Mr. Wiederhorn asked to be heard was because the Smile Gas people had gone in and removed the entire buffer. Chairman Hardman said that it was his understanding that improvements were made to the right of way, it was not a buffer. Helen Thomason addressed Commission saying it was the County right of way and the improvements did look nice, however, she wishes they had just left it alone.



PUBLIC HEARINGS - LAND USE



Zoning Requests



Request to Rezone from Medium Residential to Planned Development to allow a Private Care Home on approximately 9 acres (involving vacant property and Lot 7 of Glynn Marsh Subdivision to be used as the entrance drive), having frontage of Village Circle, South Palm Drive, Glynn Marsh Circle and Glynn Marsh Court, and lying immediately east of Heritage Apartments, south of Glynn Marsh Subdivision, east of Glynn Marsh Village and north of Beverly Shores Subdivision. Property owned by Holiday Associates, Inc. Application GC-10-95. Planning Commission recommended approval, subject to the main entrance being provided from the extension of the existing right of ways and not across Lot 7 of the residential subdivision.



Tom Lee spoke on behalf of the development, saying a facility desperately is needed in Glynn County for people who are elderly, but can take care of themselves. He also presented drawings of the proposed entrance off of Glynn Marsh Circle.



Wayne Stewart addressed Commission, saying the real issue is, the developers are using a residential lot as an entrance road to the facility, which goes against the Zoning Ordinance. Mr. Douglas Alexander stated there was a definite need in Glynn County for this facility. Mr. Klinowski stated average age of the residents would be 80 years. There would be very little traffic, most of which would be by van, owned by the facility to take residents shopping, to the doctor, etc.



The Commission then heard from those opposing the development.



Linda Blocker, of 99 Glynn Marsh Circle, said she had been a resident there for 19 years. The property values are continually declining, and she is opposed to the additional traffic this would bring. Ms. Blocker said it was impossible to get out of her driveway now because of the traffic, and she certainly doesn't need more added to it.



Eric Lyons, a resident for about 4 years, said he didn't think anyone in the neighborhood is opposed to Club Elder, but to the existing traffic, and to the additional traffic, this would create. Mr. Lyon thinks it would be a good idea for Commission to delay a decision and work out traffic situation first.



Barbara Holland, who lives next to lot where the proposed entrance will be, said she is really concerned about the additional traffic, especially since the entrance is right on a dangerous curve.



Viola Harper Shaffers, who lives at 92 Glynn Marsh Circle, said she is opposed to driveway going in. Traffic is a horrendous problem. She has been trying to get a street light for last 18 years, but was told she would have to pay for it, at a cost of $2,500.



Coretha Stevens, said she was the new person on block. She would like to know if this is going to change her zoning. Tom Lee said her property would remain the same.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde to defer until the developers and the neighborhood can work this out, seconded by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.



Request to Rezone from Local Commercial to Forest Agricultural, 1.169 acres fronting 272.68 feet on the south side of May Road, beginning 136.34 feet east of Old Jesup Road. Property owned by Dennis and Grace Booher. Applications GC-16-95. Planning Commission recommended approval of this request.



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



Request to Rezone from R-9 One-Family Residential to M-9 One-Family Residential Manufactured Home, and existing lot (portion of the W. F. Vinson Estate Tract located of B&W Grade Road) consisting of 19,789 square feet, having access via an existing platted twenty foot (20') easement known as Robby Lane; address being 111 Robby Lane. Property owned by James E. Vinson. Applications GC-17-95. Planning Commission recommended approval of this request.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to approve, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



Request for a Special Use Permit, Expansion of Blythe Island Methodist Church, in a R-20 One-Family Residential District; subject property consisting of 1.15 acres (being a portion of Lot 61 of The Village Subdivision, Blythe Island) fronting 100 feet on the east side of Georgia Highway 303, address known as 6334 Blythe Island Highway. Property owned by Board of Trustees Blythe Island United Methodist Church. Application SUP-1-95. Planning Commission recommended approval of this request.



Phil Flournoy and Daniel Parshley spoke in favor of this request.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to approve, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.



Point of Privilege



Chairman Hardman said he would like to hear the Liquor Ordinance issue at this time.



Matters Referred From Finance Committee



Consider amending the Alcoholic Beverage Ordinance, Section 2-3-16. Deferred to the full Commission. (Vote: 2-0-0)



Commissioner Tullos said he was going to make a motion, but first he would like to make a comment to staff and others about the way this was handled. Not just in this particular incidence, but whenever the Commissioners ask for "staff" to take a look at an issue and come back with a recommendation, a recommendation for discussion purposes is what they want. Not to be presented with an ordinance, which was already in the media, giving the appearance that the Commissioners are ready to make changes to an ordinance, without the benefit of discussion and public hearings.



Commissioner Gunn would like to defer for the evening until further study can be done.

The Commissioners heard input from Mac Harden, Wayne Stewart, and Zack Lyde. Commissioner Miller also read a letter from the Chamber of Commerce urging the Commissioner not to pass any ordinance restrictions affecting free trade.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to defer for further study, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.



Legal Services for Indigent Care



Consider accepting a proposal for Legal Services for Indigent Care. Deferred to the full Commission. (Vote: 2-0-0)



Douglas Alexander explained that the suggested action was requested by Judge Taylor in an effort to provide a little better quality control. These services would only be used in cases where the Public Defender would have a conflict of interest.



Motion by Commissioner Lyde to accept proposal. Motion died for lack of second. Mr. Alexander was asked to come back at the July 18, 1995 meeting for further discussion.



PUBLIC HEARINGS - AMEND LAND USE ORDINANCES



Review and Consider Amending the "Glynn County Planning Commission Ordinance", adopted June 20, 1985.





Review and Consider Amending the By-Laws of the Glynn County Planning Commission, adopted June 19, 1986.



Motion by Commissioner Strickland to leave as written, seconded by Commissioner Tullos second. Motion passed with Commissioner Lyde opposed.



Motion by Commissioner Miller to amend the Planning Commission By-laws to have the same voting restrictions as the County Commission, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Motion failed, with Commissioners Tullos, Strickland, Lynn and Hardman voting against.



GENERAL BUSINESS (con't)



Tax Digest Adjustments Over $20,000



Deferred until next meeting.



Chairman Hardman said he had a check in front of him, requiring his signature, in the amount of $15,075, for 7 folks in Tax Assessors Office to go to the GAO Conference on Jekyll Island, held July 10-12. Chairman Hardman said we were paying $350 extra in late registration fees, because the Assessors Office failed to register in the proper time frame. Mr. Hardman stated he was not mad at anybody, however, he has asked this department several times in the past not to wait until the last minute to register for things of this nature. Chairman Hardman requested the Administrator ask Don Long to appear before the Finance Committee to explain the reason for this extra expenditure.



North Camden County Fire Protection



Chairman Hardman said that he and Commissioner Lynn had recently met with Camden County on a couple of matters, and the Camden Officials asked them if Glynn County might be interested in providing fire protection for north Camden County, for a defined fire fee. Mr. Hardman asked if the Commission had any objection to staff looking into this possibility. It was the consensus of opinion that it would be okay to look into this matter.



Aquamuseum of Natural History



Authorize use of a portion of Blythe Island Regional Park for the Aquamuseum. The gentleman who was to address the Commissioners regarding this issue left earlier in the meeting.



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to kill the issue, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed with Commissioner Tullos abstaining.



MATTERS REFERRED FROM FINANCE COMMITTEE





Recommend the County increase the rate employees are reimbursed for the use of their personal vehicle while conducting County business from .23 cents to .25 cents per mile. (Vote: 2-0-0) (D. Bandy)



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to increase rate, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Recommend that the Contract with P. C. Simonton & Associates, Inc., Consulting Engineers, be amended to include the design of a force main from the Pump Station #3 to the Wastewater Treatment Plant at a cost not to exceed $5,750. (Vote: 2-0-0) (R. Benson)



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to amend the contract, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Recommend that the Change Order No. 3 be incorporated into the contract to construct the St. Simons Island Water Pollution Control Plant by Southern Champion Construction, Inc., and the contract amount increased by $11,196 to cover the net cost of changes. (Vote: 2-0-0) (R. Benson)



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to incorporate Change Order No. 3 in above stated contract, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Recommend that a double base swing be bought from a sole source, Slagley Architectural and Recreational Products Company, Greenville, AL, at a cost of $2,885.00 with funding from the Park Development Fund. (Vote: 2-0-0) (C. Williams)



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to purchase swing, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Recommend that all bids for the purchase of video equipment be rejected and the proposal by Lone Star Film and Video, to record important County meetings for an annual fee of $4,500 plus video tapes, be accepted. (Vote: 2-0-0) (V. Gunn/F. Tullos)



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to approve the hiring of Lone Star Film and Video to tape important meetings, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Recommend adoption of the FY 94/95 Budget Resolution. (Vote: 2-0-0) (L. Gilmour/C. Lewis)



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to adopt Resolution, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



Recommend that an exception to the purchasing policy be made for the purchase of athletic equipment and supplies at a total cost of $10,656.86 with funding from the Fund Balance. (Vote: 2-0-0) (C. Williams)



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to purchase the equipment, less $2,232 for the pitching machines, which have already been sold, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.



MATTERS REFERRED FROM PERSONNEL COMMITTEE



a. Recommend a change in policy regarding the requirement for a least an Associate's degree for promotion to Lieutenant in the Police Department to allow work experience in lieu of a college education on a ratio of 2 years experience in the usual job classification for which promotions to Lieutenant and above occur for each year of college required. (Vote: 3-0-0) (D. Bandy)



Lt. Matthew Doering spoke in opposition of this. He said this would greatly affect the moral of those who had tried to adhere to the current policy. Lt. Doering named eleven (11) police officers, including himself, who had obtained their two-year degrees, or were in the process of doing so at the present time. He asked why the Commissioners would want to punish all of these people by changing the standard now. Lt. Doering said there needs to be a balance of both experience and education. He also wanted to know why there wasn't a public hearing regarding this change, the education incentive bonus and the Investigator's incentive bonus.



Gary Moore clarified this by saying that if you are going to change something in the current policy, you were required to hold public hearings. These items are not part of the current policy.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to defer Item a and b until the Police Department can get together with their people and have a public hearing to see how they feel about these changes, seconded by Commissioner Lyde.



b. Recommend payment of an assignment incentive bonus of $25 per week to Police Investigators, for only the duration of their assignment within the Investigations Division, because of the unfavorable nature of the work in which Investigators are on-call all of the time, and working on cases day and night, effecting their personal life. Deferred to full Commission. (No Vote) (D. Bandy)



Lt. Blakeborough said he has 66 patrolmen and he cannot allow all of his people to attend college. His officers work a 28 day cycle of shift changes. So half way through a day or night course, their shift changes and they would no longer be able to attend the remainder of the class. Commissioner Miller asked why we couldn't ask the college to schedule special classes to coincide with policemen's schedule.



Corp. Terry Wright, said in some ways he agrees with Matt, but he has 15 years of experience, and holds it in higher regard than Matt's two year degree.



Chief Alexander stated he was caught in the middle of the road, and doesn't know which way to turn, because he agrees with both sides.



Motion by Commissioner Gunn to defer Item a and b until the Police Department can get together with their people and have a public hearing to see how they feel about these changes, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.



c. Refer to the full Commission the request of the Police Chief for two Captain positions (one for Operations and the other for Information Systems), and the elimination of the Lieutenant positions held by the two employees to be promoted. Deferred to full Commission. (No Vote) (D. Bandy)



Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve, seconded by Commissioner Gunn. Motion passed, with Commissioner Strickland opposing.



d. Recommend approval of the proposed pay ranges for sworn personnel of the Glynn County Police Department, effective July 1, 1995. Deferred to full Commission. (No Vote) (D. Bandy)



Motion by Commissioner Tullos to defer d, e, and f until after budget has been approved, and make it a process of budget next year, seconded by Chairman Hardman.



Commissioner Strickland stated that in going over this and talking with Lee Gilmour and Dave Bandy, he asked if we go along with this pay plan, can you go ahead with the other departments by October. Then in October it would be a county wide evaluation, and actually drop off the 5% pay plan and be evaluated every year. It would be a truer merit system instead of the old 5%. He as assured by both that, yes, that was enough time table to handle county wide, and do it all at one time.



Motion by Commissioner Tullos to defer d,e& f until after budget has been approved, and make a process of budget next year, seconded by Chairman Hardman. Motion failed, 1 to 6, with Commissioner Tullos voting in favor of the motion.



Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve pay plan d, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Motion passed, with Commissioner Tullos voting against.



e. Recommend adoption of a compensation plan for Glynn County employees in which salaries are determined on the basis of competitive salary data from the relevant labor market, and the minimum and maximum pay for each position is set at the first and third quartile of the range of data. Deferred to full Commission. (No Vote) (D. Bandy)



Motion by Commissioner Lyde to do a study on the above, seconded by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous



f. Recommend replacing the current pay plan, effective July 1, 1995, with a salary budgeting process in which the County Administrator recommends to the Board of Commissioners a percent of payroll to be budgeted each fiscal year for cost of living and/or merit increases based on written performance evaluations, rather than longevity. Annual performance reviews are recommended for all employees in October with pay increases effective January 1. It is expected that salary data will be developed for all classifications within the pay plan, and that performance reviews will be done for all County employees in the pay plan, by the end of October, 1995. The Personnel Director and County Administrator are responsible for monitoring this process to ensure employees are being reviewed by Department Heads on a fair and equitable basis. Deferred to full Commission. (No Vote) (D. Bandy)



Motion by Commissioner Miller to have the Personnel Director rehear his proposal, and give the employees a week's notice in with their pay stub, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.



g. Recommend that the amount of Education Incentive Bonus paid to eligible Police Officers in the past be included in their base pay, and to discontinue the Education Incentive Bonus Program beginning July 1, 1995. College degrees may be recognized by career tracks if and when developed. Deferred to full Commission. (No Vote) (D. Bandy)



Motion by Commissioner Lynn to leave it like it is, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Motion passed with Commissioner Lyde voting against.



Chairman Hardman, stated with permission of the Commission, since Mr. Alexander is waiting for an Executive Session item, and Bob Benson is also waiting with an item for Executive Session, he would like to defer the rest of the Agenda until Monday, after the Joint City/County meeting.



Motion by Commissioner Strickland to adjourn to Executive Session, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.