REGULAR MEETING, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, GLYNN

 

        COUNTY, GEORGIA, HELD THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 3, 1994,

 

        AT 8:30 A.M.

 

PRESENT:                             Chairman J. E. Miller

Vice Chair Virginia Gunn

Commissioner Robert H. Boyne

Commissioner Jack Hardman

Commissioner Gladys‑Martin Lyde

Commissioner Milton Lynn

Commissioner W. Harold Pate

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Administrator Lee Gilmour

County Attorney Gary Moore

 

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Opening Ceremony.

Commissioner Lynn introduced Reverend R. F. Haney, Sr., pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, for the invocation, followed by pledge of allegiance to the flag.

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Arbor Day Resolution.

Chairman Miller called on Commissioner Gunn to read the following resolution proclaiming February 18, 1994 as "Arbor Day" in Glynn County.

                                                                                          A RESOLUTION

                                                                              DESIGNATING ARBOR DAY

                                                                                      IN GLYNN COUNTY

 

WHEREAS, the County of Glynn is richly endowed with a beautiful and valuable urban forest; and

 

WHEREAS, trees in our County increase property values; reduce soil erosion; heating and cooling cost; and provide oxygen and a habitat for wildlife; and

 

WHEREAS, trees are our most valuable renewable natural resource, providing us with countless benefits for our daily use.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of Glynn County, Georgia, that we proclaim February 3, 1994 as Arbor Day in Glynn County.

 

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Resolution Designating Environmental Awareness Week.

Chairman Miller announced the Commission's intent to designate the first week in February as Environmental Awareness Week in Glynn County, via the following resolution.

                                                                                          A RESOLUTION

                                                           DESIGNATING THE FIRST WEEK IN FEBRUARY

                                        AS "ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS WEEK IN GLYNN COUNTY"

 

 

WHEREAS, the local environment greatly affects the lives of all the residents of Glynn County; and

 

WHEREAS, Glynn County is blessed with a wide array of distinct ecosystems; and

 

WHEREAS, the Governor of Georgia has designated the first week of February as "Environmental Awareness Week".

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, acting in its capacity as the governing authority of Glynn County, that in keeping with the mission statement and acknowledging the beauty, necessity, wonder, and diversity of the County's environment, it designates the week of February 6th through 12th, inclusive, as "Environmental Awareness Week in Glynn County".

 


BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, the Commission urges each of its residents and visitors to explore the great beauty surrounding them and familiarize themselves with the knowledge and methods necessary to protect the local environment.

 

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Minutes Approved.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman approving minutes of the regular meeting held January 20, 1994, subject to any corrections that might be needed.

Unanimously adopted.

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Miniature Golf Course at Neptune Park.

Commissioner Gunn announced that she planned to hold a town hall meeting at the Casino on Tuesday, February 8, 1994, at 7:30 p.m., with the miniature golf course at Neptune Park being one of the topics for discussion.

Chairman Miller announced that a letter had been received from Chief Tax Appraiser Don Long advising that the value of land at Neptune Park was approximately $1 million.  He then deferred discussion of this topic to a work session following Commissioner Gunn's Town Hall Meeting.

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Committee Reports.

Inter‑Agency Criminal Justice Task Force

Commissioner Hardman reported that the Inter‑Agency Criminal Justice Task Force had not met since the last Commission Meeting; however, they planned to meet soon with representatives of the City and County Police Departments to discuss juvenile crime, and an activities report would be presented after that time.

 

Recreation Board

Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board

Casino Advisory Board

Selden Park Advisory Committee

 

An oral report on activities of the Recreation Board, Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board, Casino Advisory Board and Selden Park Advisory Board was presented by Recreation Board Chairman Roy Garren.  He advised that standard user fees and policies had been developed, the Recreation Department Headquarters had been relocated to Community Road, and reorganization of the department had been accomplished without firing or hiring anyone.

 

Commissioner Boyne suggested that the Recreation Board converse with FLETC officials to explore the possibility of expanding the Glynco Golf Course.  Chairman Miller suggested that the Recreation Board attend a future work session to discuss this proposal and other topics.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman that the Recreation Board and/or Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Committee be allowed to work with Georgia Forestry representatives in developing a land and timber management system which might provide funds to begin construction of cabins at the Park.

Unanimously adopted.

Hotel/Motel Tax Study Committee

 

Commissioner Hardman reported that the Hotel/Motel Tax Study Committee was still gathering information, and their next meeting would take place on Wednesday, February 23, at 4:00 p.m.

 

Solid Waste Advisory Committee

 

Tim Chandler asked the Commission to fill vacancies on the Solid Waste Advisory Committee as quickly as possible.

 

Wetlands Task Force


Ronnie Perry recommended that the Wetlands Task Force be sunset and the Commission investigate the possibility of forming a broad based environmental review committee.  He noted that the National Academy of Science was coming up with a definition of Wetlands.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde that the Wetlands Task Force be sunset.

Unanimously adopted.    

Environmental Review Committee.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde approving the concept of forming an environmental review committee which would be composed of two members appointed by each Commissioner for a total of 14 members, and authorizing Staff to advertise for persons interested in serving on this committee.

Unanimously adopted.

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Animal Control Advisory Board.  No report.

 

Airport Commission

 

Airport Manager Gary Moore presented a written report of Airport Commission activities.  He stated that they had recommended approval to the Brunswick & Glynn County Development Authority for renewal of FAA Lease of office space at McKinnon Terminal Building between the Development Authority and FAA, Golden Isles Aviation's request to sublease building 125 at McKinnon Airport to Bill Walker & Associates, and offer of Right of First Refusal on an additional tract at McKinnon to John Darby.  Mr. Moore said Chairman Miller was scheduled to meet with Airport Commission members, ASA officials and travel agency representatives on Wednesday of the following week to discuss ways of improving air service to Brunswick & the Golden Isles.

 

Water & Sewer Commission

 

Water & Sewer Commission Chairman Joe Jaudon and Director Pat Batchelor reported that the Water & Sewer Commission had been meeting on a regular basis and had addressed several issues.  They conveyed recommendation for approval of bid awards by the Board of Commission later in the meeting relative to extending water and sewer service to the Royal Oaks development at Exit 6 and renovations to the St. Simons Water Pollution Control Plant.

 

Historic Court House Restoration Committee

 

Chairman Boyne related that the Historic Court House Restoration Committee had reported to the Commission at the work session two days earlier with a recommendation that the Commission authorize the architectural firm of Smith Dalia to move ahead with the next phase of the project.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde approving design development plans for the Historic Court House Restoration Project as modified through January 31, 1994, and authorizing the architect to proceed with preparation of construction documents.

Unanimously adopted.

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Grants for Intervention with Juveniles.

Commissioner Lyde reported that she, as well as members of the Recreation Department, recently attended a seminar in Savannah which provided information concerning grants (March 18 application deadline) available to non‑profit organizations which would provide funds to be used for intervention in the lives of juveniles with the potential of delinquency.

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Delegations.


The following two delegations listed on the agenda were not present.

Brady Adams will discuss activities of the Commission.  (Sponsored by Commissioner Lyde)

 

Ken Pipkin will discuss recreation programs.  (Sponsored by Chairman Miller)

 

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Permit to Move a Residence Granted to E. W. Merritt.

Pursuant to recommendation from Building Official Vernon Lewis, a motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Boyne approving request of E. W. Merritt for permit to move a house from 2640 Townsend Street to 1280 Canal Road, including a variance to move a residence 28 feet in width in lieu of the allowable width of 16 feet, and waiving the requirement for a performance bond or letter of credit relative to assurance that the building be improved to meet the minimum eighty percent value requirement.

Unanimously adopted.

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Proposed Amendment to the Planning Commission Ordinance.

County Attorney Gary Moore presented a proposed amendment to the Planning Commission Ordinance which would allow County Commissioners to serve on the Planning Commission.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Pate to send this item to the Personnel Committee for review and recommendation.

Aye:  Commissioners Boyne, Pate, Gunn, Lyde and Chairman Miller.

Nay:  Commissioners Hardman and Lynn.

Motion adopted.

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Finance Items.

Travel Policy

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn  approving amendment to the Employee Travel Policy to permit the payment of private rooms while attending training facility to be at the discretion of the Department Head.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Jim Todd's Request for Refund of Taxes

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn denying request of Mr. Jim Todd for refund of $74.89 in 1992 property taxes.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Purchase of Motor Grader

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing acceptance of total cost bid on purchase of a Motor Grader for Roads and Bridges from Carlton Company of Brunswick in the net cost in 1994 of $68,018.00.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Chairman Miller directed Public Works Director Keith Flanagan to schedule a presentation on total cost bidding for the Commission in a work session.

 

Bid Accepted on Water & Sewer Service at Exit 6, Division One


On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded  by Commissioner Lynn  accepting the bid of Triangle Construction Co., Inc. of Savannah for extension of water and sewer service at Exit 6, Division One, in the amount of $279,941.30, with the cost to be advanced from the General Fund as a loan.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

            Bid Accepted on Water & Sewer Service at Exit 6, Division Two

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman accepting the bid of Douglas Electrical & Plumbing Co., Inc. of Douglas for extension of water and sewer service at Exit 6, Division Two, in the amount of $54,517.10, with the cost to be advanced from the General Fund as a loan.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Bid Accepted on Renovation & Expansion of St. Simons WPCP

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman awarding the bid on renovation and expansion of the St. Simons Island Wastewater Pollution Control Plant on St. Simons Island to Southern Champion Construction Inc. of Tucker, GA in the amount of $2,554,158.00; with funding by the Water and Sewer Commission budget.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Sanitation Collection Fees

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn denying request of Altama Triple Cinema for refund of their sanitation collection fees.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing Sanitation Collection and Landfill accounts which are past the statute of limitations and the companies which are in bankruptcy be written off, with the exception of a delinquent account for the Binnacle Lounge on St. Simons Island, and Staff directed to proceed with collecting the remaining accounts with great diligence.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Financial Assistance, Governor's Office for Public Safety

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing Staff to request financial assistance from the Governor's Office for Public Safety on cost incurred in rerouting traffic off of I‑95 in the amount of $491.25.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Reimbursement for Police Officer Training

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing payment of $3,124.00 to the City of Brunswick for police officer training reimbursement and directing Staff to suggest to the City that the other agencies which hired the police officers from Glynn County be asked for reimbursement.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

EMS Service to FLETC

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing discontinuance of existing contract to provide EMS Service to FLETC, and authorize Chairman to sign a new contract.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Contract with Coastal Georgia RDC for GIS Services

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing the Chairman to execute contract with Coastal Georgia RDC for GIS services in the amount of $4,000.00, subject to elimination of provision giving CGRDC ownership rights and approval by the County Attorney.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 


Amendment to Purchasing Policy

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing an amendment to the Purchasing Policy to increase the limit on repairs authorized by the Public Works Director and Fire Chief from $15,000 to $20,000, with the County Administrator advising the Commission of such repairs.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Martin Luther King Breakfast

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman approving allocation of $250.00 from the Commissioners Discretionary Fund for the Martin Luther King, Jr. Annual Breakfast.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller and  Commissioner Pate were not present for this vote)

 

Amendment to Business License Ordinance

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing Staff to prepare ordinance changes to give the Business License Officers the ability to write warnings.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller and Commissioner Pate were not present for this vote)

 

Banking Services

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing Staff to go to bid on Banking Services.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller and Commissioner Pate were not present for this vote)

 

Proposed Amendment to Water & Sewer Ordinance

 

On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing Staff to prepare appropriate ordinance changes to include a requirement that any water and sewer improvements located in the public right‑of‑way in subdivisions be dedicated to the County.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Water & Sewer Commission

 

Discussion of the agenda topic concerning organizational relationship between Water/Sewer Commission and the Board of Commissioners was deferred for discussion at the next work session.

 

Purchase of Carpet for Detention Center

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn accepting the bid of A‑1 Carpet of Brunswick in the amount of  $5,636.00 on carpet for the Detention Center.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Personnel Actions.

 

Renewal of Group Long Term Disability Policy

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn authorizing renewal of Group Long Term Disability Policy with CIGNA at an annual cost of approximately $75,025 (an increase of 11% over last year).

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Salary Supplement for Chief Ranger

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing payment of a salary supplement in the amount of $304.73 per month beginning 1/1/94 to the Chief Ranger of the Georgia Forestry Commission, Glynn County Unit (same amount paid to this position since 1988).

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Employee Transferred from Recycling Center to Administration.


On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing transfer of an employee from the St. Simons Island Recycling Center to the mail room under Administration Budget.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Title Changes in Public Works Department

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn approving title changes of employees who oversee the various operations of the Public Works Department as follows.

 

Jimmy Horton ‑ Traffic Safety Engineering Division Manager

Clyde Strickland ‑ Roads & Bridges Division Manager

Mickey Coen ‑ Fleet Division Manager

Olin Chancey ‑ Mosquito Control Division Manager

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Clerk of Superior Court Requests Additional Employee

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn to deny request of Clerk of Superior Court for an additional Records Clerk in current budget at this time and refer this item to the Finance Committee for further review and recommendation.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Personnel Changes at Recycle Center on St. Simons Island

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing elimination of Gate Attendant position at the Recycle Center on St. Simons Island and approving a temporary crew worker at Grade 4, $5.78 per hour, to work no more than 975 hours up to the amount of funds remaining in the current budget for this position.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Salary for Certified Solid Waste Facility Operator

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde increasing the starting salary for a Certified Solid Waste Facility Operator up to the amount of $31,052 which was budgeted for this position for the current year, subject to confirmation of the budget.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Personnel Changes at Landfill

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing  elimination of two Equipment Operator II positions at the Landfill, and creation of two Equipment Operator III positions for internal posting.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Proposed Amendment to Personnel Policy

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing the Personnel Director to hold hearings on a proposed amendment to the Personnel Policy which would allow use of the following criteria for making decisions regarding layoffs.

 

  Funding source

  Department

  Program

  Job Classification within program

  Performance within the classification

  Length of service with the County

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Refund of Over Payment on Long Term Disability

 


On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Pate authorizing payment of $81.67 to Hartford Life & Accident Insurance Company on behalf of the estate of Edda Ruth Hargrove for overpayment of Long Term Disability Benefits in December prior to her death.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing the Chairman to reaffirm the County's commitment to Equal Employment Opportunity regarding representation of minorities and women in the work force and as vendors in providing goods and services to County Government; also, that Personnel Director and Purchasing Agent report to Administrator and/or Board of Commissioners at least quarterly in this regard.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Payment of Health Care Bills to Providers Outside Local Area

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn authorizing acceptance of proposal from W. H. Shepherd Company to amend Group Medical Plan retroactive to August 1, 1993, to establish a "reasonable price" basis for paying health care bills to providers outside the local area.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Commercial Drivers License Training

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing the Chairman to sign an agreement with Brunswick College to provide classroom training to employees in order for them to obtain a Commercial Drivers License when it is required for their jobs or for promotional consideration.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Payment of Health Claim for Elected Official

 

On behalf of the Personnel Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing payment of health claim for an elected official under the Group Health Plan rather than Workers Comp until additional medical information was received.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

 

Personnel Committee Report

 

Commissioner Lyde asked that reports of the Personnel Committee meeting be included in future briefing packages.

 

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Staff Authorized to Bid Projects.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Boyne authorizing Staff to bid the following projects.

1)         Perry Lane Road Sidewalks/Bike Paths.

2)         Blythe Island Sidewalks/Bike Paths.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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Maintenance of Sidney Lanier Bridge to be Accepted by County.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman that the County accept maintenance of the north concrete end of the current Sidney Lanier Bridge for use as a fishing and observation pier if it becomes available.

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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Discussion of "L" Street Project.


Public Works Director Keith Flanagan announced that Dan Altobelli would attend the next work session at no fee to the County to give a status report on "L" Street.

Chairman Miller directed Staff to place this topic on the February 15th Work Session agenda.

Commissioner Lyde asked County Gary Moore to provide her with the name of the person he had contacted relative to a Federal Grand Jury investigation of funds designated for the "L" Street project, which had been voted on by the Commission several months earlier.  She also commented that Staff had not responded to her previous motion requesting a proposal on needed drainage improvements in the "L" Street area.

County Engineer Ray Richard replied that he had given a written report to Administrator Gilmour outlining the time and costs that would be involved in preparing a drainage program for the 105 block area encompassing "L" Street.  Administrator Gilmour stated that the Board of Commissioners had not designated this project as their number one priority drainage project and it had fallen in line with other responsibilities the County Engineer and his staff had to do in house.  He said the fastest way to accomplish the study would be to contract it out, which the Commission had not done, and a funding source would have to be identified.  He stressed the importance of the City Commission being involved in this effort.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn to cut off debate on this project until the February 15th work session.

Aye:  Commissioners Boyne, Lynn, Gunn, Hardman and Pate.

Nay:  Commissioner Lyde.

Motion adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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Architect Services for ADA Compliance.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn accepting proposal of W. S. Ledbetter to provide architectural services for bringing County buildings into ADA compliance at a lump sum figure of $24,680 plus reimbursable expenses.

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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Installation of Street Lighting on Perry Lane Road.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Boyne authorizing installation of street lighting at the Perry Lane/Spur 24 Intersection, including budget amendment of $1,000.00 to fund the project.

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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Water Service for New Subdivision on the Mainland.

A motion was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Boyne rescinding previous motion withholding approval of any new subdivision being served by City water in the unincorporated area of the County, and adopting a new policy that the County be informed of any such arrangement in new subdivisions.

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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Infant Death Certificates.


A motion was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Commissioner Boyne directing Administrator Gilmour to investigate whether or not the Health Department recorded the cause of infant deaths on the death certificates.

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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Tree Removal at Everett City.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Boyne authorizing Commissioner Lynn to look at the situation where the County was in the process of removing a diseased tree from right‑of‑way adjacent to Mrs. Bernice Woods' property in Everett City and to make a decision at that time concerning removal of two additional trees.

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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Taxation on Jekyll Island.

With regard to collection of taxes by Glynn County on Jekyll Island, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn as follows:

            1)         Authorizing County Attorney Gary Moore to research the issue of taxation on leasehold property on Jekyll Island and proposal presented by Joe Iannacelli on behalf of the Jekyll Homeowners Association with regard to the possibility of setting up a special tax or police district on Sea Island; and

 

2)         Authorizing Attorney Moore, with the assistance of the Chief Tax Appraiser and Tax Commissioner, to present his findings to the Finance Committee; and

 

3)         Report to be presented to the full Commission at the first meeting in March.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)

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A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn adopting the following resolution.

A RESOLUTION STATING THE GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS' POSITION ON JEKYLL ISLAND PROPOSED LEGISLATION.

 

 

WHEREAS, Jekyll Island and its residents are an integral part of the Glynn County community; and

 

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners is charged by state statute and authorized under the concept of home rule to provide services and levy taxes as structured by the constitution and General Assembly; and

 

WHEREAS, the Glynn County community is most directly affected by the development of its natural resources; and

 

WHEREAS, the General Assembly is justly proud of its tradition of letting local delegations work out local issues.

 

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, acting in its capacity as the governing authority of Glynn County, that it is unequivocally opposed to House Bill 1461 which is a threat to the economic stability of the County's school and general operating bases, an ineffective effort to equalize municipal service charges, and an attempt to impose a state mandate on the community without local legislative or elective participation.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the Glynn County Board of Commissioners joins with the Jekyll Island Citizens Association in requesting the General Assembly allow its local delegation the opportunity to address the funding questions.

 

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED, that the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, together with the citizens of all the State of Georgia, requests the General Assembly consider and enact House Bill 519 which clarifies developable land on Jekyll Island and preserves, as originally intended, park space for generations of Georgia's residents and guests.

 

BE IF FINALLY RESOLVED, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners requests its local delegation to read this resolution on the House and Senate floors to ensure all of Georgia's representatives and senators appreciate the County's position.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Chairman Miller was not present for this vote)


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Commissioner Boyne expressed interest in having the Carl Vinson Institute of Government, University of Georgia, update the Tax Benefits Study, and said he would not offer a motion in this regard until a recommendation was received from the Finance Committee.

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In response to a comment by Betsy Ellzey that the Commission had previously voted to request that the Department of Natural Resources and other appropriate agencies restore the designation of "State Park" rather than "Resort" on maps of Jekyll Island, Administrator Gilmour said he would follow up on this item.

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LCP Closing.

Dale Broadway, representing the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Center, outlined procedures set in place by his organization to assist workers displaced by LCP closing to become retrained to find other employment.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing a letter be sent to Department of Labor Commissioner David Poythress asking him to support the Coastal Georgia RDC in whatever means possible to assist displaced LPC workers; and to request EPA, EPD or any cleanup agency involved to utilize the displaced workers in cleanup efforts.

Unanimously adopted.

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Proposed New Pension Plan.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn that the Personnel Committee be asked to make recommendations for a subcommittee which would include the Finance Director, Personnel Director, investment counsel and some citizens for the purpose of recommending a new pension plan for new hires, with all current employees being grandfathered in under the current system.

Unanimously adopted.

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Support of Golden Isles Arts & Humanities Program.

A motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Boyne that a letter be forwarded to Governor Zell Miller supporting a request from the Golden Isles Arts & Humanities for $10,000 funding from the Governor's Discretionary Fund to sponsor a play called "Hope".  Aye:  Commissioners Boyne, Lynn, Hardman, Pate and Chairman Miller.

Abstaining:  Commissioners Gunn and Lyde.

Motion adopted.

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Fee Proposed for False Fire and Burglar Alarms.

Chairman Miller approved Commissioner Gunn's request that the Finance Committee consider the feasibility of imposing fees for false fire and burglar alarms.

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RDC Empowerment.


A motion was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Commissioner Boyne authorizing a Staff person to attend a work session in Atlanta regarding Regional Development Center empowerment.

Unanimously adopted.

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Seminars.

At Commissioner Boyne's suggestion, Chairman Miller said he would work with Staff to determine if someone should attend a one‑day seminar (topic not named) in Statesboro and a three‑day seminar in Virginia on recycling.

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 Administrator to Attend Seminar.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Gunn authorizing Administrator Gilmour to attend a Harbor Sediment seminar in New Orleans in March.

Unanimously adopted.

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Speed Limit on Delegal Street Reduced.

Pursuant to recommendation by Police Chief Carl Alexander, a motion made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Boyne, that the speed limit on Delegal Street be reduced from 35 mph to 25 mph.

Unanimously adopted.

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Vandalism of Boy Scout Hut.

Police Chief Carl Alexander presented an update on vandalism of Boy Scout Hut on St. Simons Island, and said more information would be forthcoming.

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Proposed Liquor License for Emmeline & Hessie Restaurant.

Police Chief Carl Alexander related that potential buyers of Emmeline and Hessie Restaurant wanted assurance that if they applied for a liquor license and the sale did not go through they would be refunded the license fees less the $250 investigative cost.           The full Commission agreed with Commissioner Pate's suggestion that the potential buyers be informed that if they purchased a license and did not use it, they could then petition the Commission for refund.

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Voting Rights Lawsuit.

County Attorney Gary Moore related that the pending voting rights lawsuit would be held before Judge Taylor on February 10 at 10:00 a.m.

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Title Work on Portion of Fourth Street.

A motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing the County Attorney to spend approximately $100 as necessary from the Discretionary Fund for title work to determine ownership of a portion of the western half of Fourth Street between Ocean and Beachview on St. Simons Island.


Unanimously adopted.

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Title Work on Portion of Oak Drive.

A motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing County Attorney Gary Moore to spend a sufficient amount from the Discretionary Fund for title work to determine ownership of a portion of Oak Drive in German Village Subdivision, St. Simons Island, on which a house was located.

Unanimously adopted.

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Proposed Legislation re Taxation.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn that the Commission oppose HB 1196, HB 251 and SB 394 which would affect property taxes and assessing, as recommended by the Board of Tax Assessors.

Unanimously adopted.

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Adjustments to 1992 and 1993 Tax Digest.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lyde approving a list of adjustments to the 1992 and 1993 Tax Digest, as recommended by the Board of Tax Assessors.

Unanimously adopted.

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Financial Statement and Status.

Finance Director Charles Lewis provided copies of the publication notice on the annual financial statement as well as the financial status through December, 1994.

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Video Tape of Work Sessions.

A motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde authorizing acquisition of video tapes of work sessions.

Unanimously adopted.

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Proposed User Fees at Gascoigne Park.

Chairman Miller appointed a sub‑committee composed of Commissioners Gunn, Lyde and Lynn to work with Staff in developing recommendations regarding user fees at Gascoigne Park; with their report to be presented to the Recreation Board.

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Late Fees on Board of Education Sanitation Charges Waived.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Chairman Miller to waive late fees on Board of Education sanitation charges.

Unanimously adopted.

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Acceptance of Roads in Mungin Subdivision.

Pursuant to recommendation from County Engineer Ray Richard, a motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Boyne waiving compaction requirements on roads in Mungin Subdivision in order to accept it into the County Road System for maintenance.

Unanimously adopted.

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Proposed Legislation re Homestead Exemption.

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Lynn authorizing Senator Ed Boshears to immediately proceed with proposed legislation increasing homestead exemptions as follows, with the understanding that the Chairman and Administrator would initiate discussions with the Board of Education to determine their participation.  $6,000 regular, $12,000 aged.  Unanimously adopted.

 

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Improvements to Harrington Boat Ramp.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Boyne referring to the Finance Committee Commissioner Lynn's proposal that improvements to the Harrington Boat Ramp be held up until the owner of the adjoining business paid delinquent sanitation charges for his former establishment.

Unanimously adopted.

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Appointment to MH/MR/SA Community Service Board.

Chairman Miller announced that Commissioner Boyne had resigned as the Commission's representative on the newly formed Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Substance Abuse Community Service Board, and he recommended that Commissioner Lyde assume this position.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Pate designating Commissioner Lyde to serve in this position.

Unanimously adopted.

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Executive Session.

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Pate to go into executive session for the purpose of discussing pending and potential litigation and personnel matters.

Unanimously adopted.

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              BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS,

              GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

              James E. Miller

              Chairman

ATTEST:

 

 

Martha Dominey

Clerk