BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
PRESENT: Jack Hardman, Chairperson
Milton Lynn, Vice Chairperson
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
Cynthia J. McKinley, County Clerk
Chairperson Hardman stated that it appeared a large number of people had come tonight for what he assumed was Item #26, Commissioners to consider removal of Tax Assessors; therefore, he would like to address that item first.
26. Board of Commissioners to consider the removal of the County Board of Tax Assessors. (Per Board Request)
Motion by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Lyde, to re-ask the County Board of Tax Assessors to be present at a Called Meeting next Thursday at 6:00 pm, to discuss this item, as well as to consider appointments for the vacancies on the Tax Assessors Board. Motion passed 6/1, Commissioner Tullos opposed.
19. Request approval of Resolution to amend the County Freeport Exemptions. (G. Moore)
Motion to approve by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.
20. Discuss Gasgcoine Bluff Artifacts. (V. Gunn)
Motion to approve an Amendment to the Code of Ordinances to provide for a prohibition against disturbing historic sites by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.
PUBLIC HEARINGS - LAND USE
21. Request to amend the GC-17-72 Planned Development - Residential Zoning Text and Master Plan, to allow an existing lot consisting of approximately 10,255 square feet (Lot 1, Block A, Phase One Country Club Heights), located on the southwest corner of Carteret Road (frontage of 153.09 feet) and South Palm Drive (frontage of 107.18 feet), to be developed as a two-family dwelling instead of a single-family residence. Property owned by Ashley Courson; Application GC-26-95.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Strickland, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.
22. Request to amend the Planned Development GC-10-95 Zoning Text and Master Plan for Club Elder, a Private Care Home for Senior Citizens, approximately 9 acres lying north of Beverly Shores Subdivision, east of Heritage Apartments, south of Glynn Marsh Subdivision and west of Glynn Marsh Village, to Eliminate Lot 7 of Glynn Marsh Subdivision (revert zoning back to PD-R to allow the lot to be developed for single-family residential). Property owned by Holiday Enterprises, Inc.; GC-27-95.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.
23. Request to Rezone from Resort Residential to Planned Development - Residential (Medium Residential), 52.356 acres fronting approximately 5,000 feet on the east side of Oglethorpe Drive, southerly line beginning at the end of Forest road (private access easement that serves Ocean Forest, paralleling Oglethorpe Drive), at Dunbar Lane, running northerly to the Hampton River; and lying immediately west of Ocean Forest Golf Club, North End of Sea Island. Property owned by Sea Island Company; Application GC-28-95.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.
24. Consider application of James E. Roberts, for a transfer of 1995 licensee and for 1996 renewal license for Sunset Cafe, 303 Mallory Street, St. Simons Island, Georgia. LICENSE FOR CONSUMPTION OF LIQUOR, BEER AND WINE ON PREMISES. SUNDAY SALES PERMITTED. (Business Licenses)
Motion to approve by Commissioner Gunn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Motion passed 5-1-1. Commissioner Lynn opposed, Chairperson Hardman abstained.
25. Consider amendment to the County Business - Occupational License Tax Ordinance. (L. Gilmour)
Motion by Commissioner Tullos to approve, seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.
COMMISSIONER URGENT AND EMERGENCY ITEMS
Motion by Commissioner Miller to approve the Minutes Summary for meeting held Tuesday, December 5, 1995, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.
Commissioner Lynn said he would like to take whatever steps necessary to proceed with the cleaning of the ditch in Basswood Estates. Ray Richard, County Engineer, said the next step would be to obtain a survey.
Motion by Commissioner Lynn to obtain a survey at a cost not to exceed $1,000, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.
Commissioner Tullos stated he was concerned about the amount of money the County was paying for Commissioners to attend luncheons, breakfasts, etc. A case at hand, the upcoming 1996 Economic Outlook luncheon at the King & Prince cost $45 per person.
Motion by Commissioner Tullos to have Commissioners decide on one representative of the seven to attend such functions at County expense, and anyone else wishing to attend shall do so at their own expense. Motion seconded by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.
Commissioner Strickland asked for clarification on when the new Chairpersons were selected, the last meeting of this year or the first meeting of next.
Motion by Commissioner Miller to select new Chairpersons at the first meeting in January, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Motion failed 3/4; Commissioners Miller, Gunn and Lyde in favor of the motion; Commissioners Tullos, Strickland, Lynn and Hardman opposed.
CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS
Chief Alexander asked permission to take vacation the last two weeks of the year.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Unanimous.
COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS
School Board Tax Resolution
Gary Moore said he was contacted by the attorney for the School Board late this afternoon for the Board's consideration to adopt a Resolution providing for the tax of the money to pay the recently enacted $18 million School Bond Fund. Mr. Moore said he could not recommend approval until he had a chance to review the Resolution.
Motion by Commissioner Miller to make approval of the School Board Tax Resolution the 3rd item of business on next Thursday's Agenda. Unanimous.
U-Call Telephone Contract
Attorney Moore said the U-Call Telephone contract cancellation would become effective at midnight tonight, after having been granted two extensions. Mr. Moore said he would not like to seen the contract cancelled before the County had received remuneration for the four months the phones had been in place on St. Simons Island. He would like to have one more extension to resolve this and other issues.
Motion by Commissioner Strickland to give a final 60 day extension, at the end of which time if all issues had not been satisfactorily resolved, the contract would die an automatic death. Motion seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.
There was proposal to go to bid for mental health care counselor services for the jail. The Finance Committee did not receive any bids and directed the Sheriff and Administrator to take another approach. Sheriff Bennett contacted two agencies and recommends that the Board approve the bid received from the Gateway Center, at a rate of $55 per hour for services during normal business hours, and $65 per hour for emergency services.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.
The Sheriff is under a legal obligation by State Statute to provide, and the Board of Commissioners is under a legal obligation to fund, security for the courts. In the upcoming year of 1996 there are a large number of murder trials coming up, some requiring jury sequestration and change of venue. The Sheriff is requesting to make a change in his budget for the rest of this fiscal year. The approved budget allows for the hiring of extra employees to staff the new jail pod, but it does not look as if the pod will be completed by the end of this fiscal. Sheriff Bennett would like to use these funds to hire deputies to staff the courts heavy calendar load. This would not require any additional funds this year, but most likely would for fiscal year 96/97.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous.
Coastal Zone Management
We have been approached by one of our representatives on the Coastal RDC Board to get a position statement from the Board of Commissioners relative to the proposed regulations for Costal Zone Management.
Motion by Commissioner Miller to support the plan, seconded by Commissioner Lyde. Motion passed 6/1, Commissioner Strickland opposed.
The Board of Commissioners authorized the Board of Tax Assessors to hire an outside agency to perform audits on various corporations. The Assessors are requesting approval of an agreement which indicates the tax digest shows a net gain of $1,537,032.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Tullos, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous, (Commissioner Lyde out of the room).
800 MHz Communications System
The Board of Commissioners authorized proceeding with Phase I of the 800 MHz Communications System. We have been authorized to participate in the State Contract and we are recommending that you approve authorization to do so. The Hospital wants to participate and has agreed to pay for the first year.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed 5/1, Commissioner Tullos opposed, Commissioner Gunn out of room.
BIRP Pavilion Grant
The Board of Commissioners was awarded a grant from DNR to construct a pavilion at Blythe Island Regional Park. We are requesting authorization for the Chairperson to sign a Resolution accepting Grant.
Motion to approve by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Miller. Unanimous, Commissioner Gunn out of room.
FEMA comes through periodically to review the way the County handles the Flood Ordinance requirements. They have determined that over a period of years there have been some changes in the interpretation of the FEMA Code. FEMA has requested that we correct the Ordinance and also go back and correct the structures. The Administrator recommends that we advise FEMA that we have made the correct the Flood Ordinance, but do not think it is proper to correct the structures.
Motion to accept the Administrator's recommendation by Commissioner Lynn, seconded by Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous, Commissioner Gunn out of room.
Union Camp/New School Property
Mr. Gilmour illustrated on a map the property that Union Camp is now proposing to donate for the new school at Glynco.
Motion to approve in concept by Commissioner Miller, seconded by Commissioner Strickland. Motion passed 6/1, Commissioner Lyde opposed.
Motion by Commissioner Strickland that we request Union Camp make a contribution to us of $50,000 to develop the recreation area, seconded by Commissioner Gunn. Motion passed 6/1, Commissioner Lyde opposed.
Motion by Commissioner Lynn to adjourn to Executive Session, Commissioner Tullos. Unanimous.