Addendum to the Minutes of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners Regular meeting held on August 11, 1994.

 

Commissioner Gunn requested that her expression of indebtedness to Wilma Castellio be included verbatim in these Minutes.

 

Page 13, paragraph 3, first sentence

 

Minutes Now Read:

 

Commissioner Gunn expressed a debt of gratitude she owes personally to Wilma Castellio but said in her heart of hearts she believes this rezoning is wrong.

 

Minutes Should Read:

 

Commissioner Gunn stated, "First, I would like to say that if there's anybody in this room who owes a debt of gratitude to Miss Wilma Castellio, it is In.  When In was president of 'Save the Beach', Miss Wilma allowed us to have fund raisers on her property, and In spent some of the most glorious days of my life on her property trying to save the beach.   And In will be forever indebted to her for that.  But in my heart of hearts In believe this rezoning is wrong."


                                                                                           AGENDA

                                                                                                and

                                                                                           MINUTES

 

                                              REGULAR MEETING, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS, GLYNN

                                                                COUNTY, GEORGIA, HELD THURSDAY,

                                                                        AUGUST 11, 1994, AT 6:00 P.M.

 

PRESENT:                   James E. Miller, Chairman

Virginia Gunn, Vice Chair

Commissioner Jack Hardman

Commissioner Gladys Martin-Lyde

Commissioner Milton Lynn

Commissioner W. Harold Pate

 

ABSENT:                    Commissioner Robert H. Boyne

 

ALSO PRESENT:       Administrator Lee Gilmour

County Attorney Gary Moore

Asst. County Attorney Desiree Watson

Acting Clerk Carol Summerour

 

STAFF PRESENT:      Dan Reuter

Melvin Deen

Ed Abel

Dave Bandy

Carl Johnson

Carol Alexander

Vernon Lewis

Jim Nazzrie

Charles Lewis

Ray Richard

 

INVOCATION

 

Reverend Rance Pettibone, First African Baptist Church

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

INSERT:

 

Presentation of two Achievement Awards from the National Association of Counties

 

EMA Director Ed Abel presented the awards he received at the recent NACo Conference in Las Vegas.  One for the Evaluation of Homebound Special Needs Citizens and one for Citizen Awareness of Emergency Procedures.

 

1.         Approval of Minutes

 

Approve Minutes of Regular Meeting held Thursday, July 21, 1994.

 

Commissioner Gunn noted the following corrections:

 

a)         Concerning opening of Peachtree Street (begins on Page 3):  Minutes should reflect that Commissioner Gunn excused herself from the discussion and vote due to a conflict of interest.

 

b)         Concerning motion on resolution for Commission on Children and Youth (on Page 11):  Requests clerk review tapes to confirm second by Commissioner Gunn.

 

c)         Concerning motion on letter regarding Solid Waste Flow Control (on Page 12):  Requests clerk review tapes to confirm motion made by Commissioner Gunn.

 

Commissioner Lyde noted the following correction:

 

a)         Concerning motion to go into Executive Session (on Page 25):  Request clerk to add name of Commissioner who seconded the motion.

 

A motion for approval subject to necessary corrections was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 


Approve corrections to Minutes of Regular Meeting held Thursday, July 7, 1994

 

Page 17, commissioner Items

 

Minutes Now Read:

 

Commissioner Lynn:

 

1.         Commissioner Lynn requested that five (5) roads be put back on original list.  County Engineer Ray Richard said figures will remain the same.

 

A motion to approve was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Minute Should Read:

 

1.         In regards to the authorizing the contract for grading, drainage, base and paving of 2.52 miles on nineteen (19) county roads, Commissioner Lynn made a motion that the five (5) alternate roads be included in the list as proposed by County Engineer Ray Richard raising the total cost from $326,.954.36 to $387,800.18 per Seaboard Construction's bid proposal.

 

Motion seconded by Commissioner Hardman and unanimously adopted.

 

A motion for approval of this correction to July 7, 1994 Minutes was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

2.         CITIZEN COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

a)         Inter-Agency Criminal Justice Task Force

 

Commissioner Hardman Chairman of the Inter-Agency Criminal Justice Task Force, reported that the group had no met since the last Commission meeting.

 

b)         Recreation Board

 

Recreation Director Cynthia Williams briefly reported on the following:

 

$          9 - 10 year old boys from Glynn County won in the state tournament in Gainesville last weekend;

 

$          the gas tank at Blythe Island in is the process of being installed;

 

$          Neptune Park improvements are completed, and the dedication ceremony was held last week;

 

$          Day Camp and swimming classes are winding down this week;

 

$          Registration is underway for football and softball until September 2.

 

c)         Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board

 

No report.

 

d)         Casino Advisory Board

 

Report given later in meeting by Chairman of the Casino Advisory Board, Taylor Adams.

 

e)         Selden Park Advisory Committee

 

No report.

 

f)          Hotel/Motel Tax Advisory Committee

 

No report.

 

g)         Solid Waste Advisory Committee

 

No report.

 

h)         Animal Control Advisory Board


No report.

 

in)        Airport Commission

 

Airport Manager Gary Moore had no report to give but made himself available for questioning.  There were no questions.

 

j)          Water & Sewer

 

Water & Sewer Commission Chairman G. Howard Taylor reported that they had a meeting last Tuesday, and one of the major items discussed was a new water tower and well somewhere on St. Simons island.  Mr. Taylor said that the restrictions on irrigation have helped by that the shortages experienced recently indicates the need for a new tower and well.  Mr. Taylor also said that planning is still being done for new pipes and sewers.  He then turned the report over to Water & Sewer Commission Vice Chairman, Ken Enney to discuss the status of the water restriction order.

 

Mr. Enney said that it is recommended that the weekend irrigation restriction be lifted form midnight on Friday to midnight on Sunday, and be on the same status as weekdays which is no metered irrigation from 10:00 a.m. until 6:00 p.m.

 

A motion for approval of this recommendation was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Commissioner Gunn publicly thanked the Harbor Sound, and specifically Jim Dryden, for publishing the previous irrigation notice free of charge.  Mr. Taylor echoed by saying the Water and Sewer Commission would like to thank him also.

 

Commissioner Lynn inquired about what is being done to help the water situation on the mainland, and Mr. Taylor reported that a 3-person Mainland subcommittee has been appointed to study the problems.  Mr. Taylor recommended, as he has several times in the past, using GEFA loans to fund water and sewer projects.  He said the water & Sewer Commission stands ready to work with the Board of Commissioners and is seeking their direction.

 

Chairman Miller said the matter would be discussed at the upcoming Joint City/County meeting and the Board can go from there.

 

Commissioner Hardman encouraged the Water & Sewer Commission to apply for increased water allocation from the state in view of the recent closing of LCP.  Mr. Taylor said he intends to do that right away.

 

INSERT

 

Mr. Taylor Adams, Chairman of the Casino Advisory Board, expressed appreciation to the Board of Commissioners for the Neptune Park improvements.  He also reminded the Board of the ballfield shortage in Glynn County and the problem that creates in decreased practice time and games that can be played.  He suggested that whenever any large tracts of land become available that the Board of Commissioner give serious consideration to acquiring them rather than allowing development.

 

k)         Tree Board

 

No report.

 

l)          Environmental Review Committee

 

Commissioner Gunn reported that committee Chairman Shelby Childers was attending a class and would be her at 8:00 p.m.  Commissioner Gunn said she had asked that this be on the agenda because the Committee was supposed to meet recently and the did not, and she said she was wanting to know why.

 

Commissioner Gunn reported that Committee Chairman Shelby Childers was attending a class and would be here at 8:00 p.m.  Commissioner Gunn said she had asked that this be on the agenda because the Committee was supposed to meet recently and they did not.  She said she wanted to know why because the company Glynn County contracted was schedule to give a presentation on L Street.

 

Chairman Miller deferred the report until Mr. Childers arrives.

 

INSERT

 

Farmer's Market - SSI.  Item inserted to allow discussion and public input earlier in the meeting rather than referred from Work Session at the end of the meeting.

 


Helen Thomason, resident of SSI speaking on behalf of Cynthia Luke, vendor.

 

Ms. Thomason presented to the Board a petition representing 208 vendors requesting an amendment to the law governing the market to allow them to leave tents and tables up overnight.  She said that she feels the majority of people on St. Simons Island enjoy the farmer's market and said it would be a hardship on them to ask that they take their tents and tables down each night.

 

Alice Hightower, resident of SSI.

 

She said she is an artist, and she knows what it is like to put up and take down supplies and feels it would be a great inconvenience to ask the farmer's to take their tents and tables down each night.

 

Wayne Quinn, resident of SSI

 

Mr. Quinn asked how many nights in a row are the vendors asking for to leave the tents and tables up.  Mrs. Thomason replied that this would be for the time the market is open and includes only tents and tables and not people.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner pate to allow the farmer's market vendors to keep their tents and tables up with the stipulation that if anything happens to them Glynn County will not be held liable.

 

County Attorney Gary Moore said he would be glad to prepare an amendment to the ordinance stating that the vendors will be allowed to keep their tents and tables up overnight, there will be no liability on Glynn County's part, and no one can spend the night on the property.  Mr. Moore asked about a time limit such as from Memorial Day to Labor Day.

 

Commissioner Gunn asked if it was necessary to include the tables in the motion, and someone replied that they are sometime difficult to get up and down plus some of the vendors are ladies.

 

Attorney Moore said he would be glad to bring back an amendment to the next meeting, and he also asked for an answer to his question about a time limit.  It was the consensus that Memorial Day to Labor Day would be fine.

 

Carl Alexander stated that in the past their has been some dissension among the vendors and leaving the tents up would be staking  a claim on a particular location for the whole summer.  Chief said this may be a problem that needs to be addressed.

 

Chairman Miller stated that since this season is almost over the vendors can get through the summer having the same space they have now, and then before next year a subcommittee can be appointed to work this out.

 

Commissioner Hardman offered an amendment to the motion that this amendment would expire on December 31, 1994 which would put everybody on notice that this is to help the vendors right now and the Board would take another look at it at some point in the future.

 

Commissioner Gunn and Page agreed to accept the amendment and it was acceptable to the County Attorney.

 

Wanda Thornton, vendor.

 

Ms. Thornton said there has been a problem with a particular vendor drinking on the premises and she feels that should not be allowed as well as vulgar language.

 

Chairman Miller said that right now there is no County staff in charge of the farmer's market but that would be taken care of in the near future.  commissioner Gunn told Mrs. Thornton to call the police Chief if there are further problems with drunkenness.

 

A vote was taken on Commissioner Gunn's motion and unanimously adopted.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

3.         GC-13-94        Consider application of Wilma Castellio.

 

Request to rezone from R-6 One-Family Residential to Medium Residential, 7.878 acres located on the west side of Demere Road, access by a 50 feet. easement running 302.57 feet and located on the east side of Georgia Lotson Avenue (frontage of 363.61 feet), St. Simons Island.

 

Planning Commissioner and staff recommends approval subject to the following conditions:

 

a)         A 20ft. development setback required along all property lines abutting residential properties.

 

b)         Access being limited to one, as proposed, with any acceleration deceleration or pass lanes required by the County Engineer of the Traffic Safety Engineer at the time of site plan approval, to be at developer's expense;

 


c)         Buffers being required in the 20ft. setback of a continuous planted strip or solid fence.  If planted, shall be composed of healthy plants which pose growth characteristics of such a ratio as to produce a dense compact planted screen not less than 3 Chairperson Tullos. in width and 6 Chairperson Tullos. in height or if a fence, to be solid material not less than 6 Chairperson Tullos. in height.

 

The proposed rezoning was read aloud by the Chairman.

 

Planning Official Dan Reuter stated that at the last Planning Commission meeting of July 28, 1994 approval of this rezoning was recommended.

 

Commissioner Gunn read from the Zoning Ordinance regarding the Chairman of the Board of Commissioners reading the proposed rezoning.  She asked if this had been done correctly, and Mr. Reuter replied that it had been.  Commissioner Gunn said that she did not believe it was done correctly at the first hearing, and Mr. Reuter replied that he was not sure without checking the Minutes.

 

Chairman Miller asked to hear from anyone in favor of this rezoning.

 

Martha Dekle, local attorney, spoke on behalf of Mrs. Castellio's attorney, Doug Alexander, stating that he was not able to be here but may be in later.  Ms. Dekle read a state as follows:

 

"It is our position that this property has already been rezoned by action of this Commission on May 19, 1994.  There is no legal basis for this procedure before you at this time.  As Mr. Alexander has already told you and the County Attorney, we object to this proceeding.  We are not participating in this proceeding for that reason, and In am here as an observer."

 

Commissioner Gunn said she does not believe the property in question was rezoned at a previous meeting because it was not done property.  She said she believes that the proposed rezoning was read by staff member Larry Taylor rather than the Chairman.  She then asked Planning Official Dan Reuter how many of the neighbors were notified of the proposed rezoning, and Mr. Reuter replied about thirteen or fourteen out of a possible twenty-seven.  Commissioner Gunn said the possible was thirty-two rather than twenty-seven.  She then asked what the reason was given by the people responsible for not notifying everyone, and Mr. Reuter replied that the answer he got when inquiring was that staff used their best efforts and an error had been made.  Commissioner Gunn agreed that a rather large error had been made.

 

Next Commissioner Gunn read from the Zoning Ordinance which states that until zoning changes are made to the Zoning Map no action by the County Commission or amendments to the Zoning Ordinance shall be official.  She asked Mr. Reuter if the changes regarding the rezoning of Wilma Castellio's property have been made to the Zoning Map, and Mr. Reuter replied that the Mapping Department is somewhat behind and the changes have not been made as yet.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that in that case the last rezoning did not take.

 

Chairman Miller asked to hear from anyone in the audience who is opposed to this rezoning.

 

Frank Silver, SSI.         Mr. Silver said there is evidence that someone did a fine job years

ago in setting up excellent growth handling by developing the Master Plan.  He complimented the Board for revisiting this rezoning proposal.  He referred to a petition which he distributed to the Board, and he reviewed the objections contained therein such as shortage of water, ability to handle additional sewage, traffic congestion on Demere, storm water drainage and going against the Master Plan without good reason.  Mr. Silver's wife then presented a folder containing signatures of the petitioners which Mr. Silver said contained 708 signatures.  Commissioner Gunn then read aloud the petition.  (Copy of said petition attached as a permanent part of these Minutes.) 

 

Noretha Shepherd, SSI.           Ms. Shepherd stated that she lives adjacent to the Castellio

property, and she said she would like to go on record as being against the rezoning.  She asked why did everyone else have to go along with just one person.  She said she has surveyed other people who live around her, and they do not want this rezoning either.

 

Richard Raby, SSI.       Mr. Raby made two statements:  1) if everyone would have been

aware of the petition, there would have been many more signatures; and 2) he feels that the water problem on St. Simons should be resolved first before this rezoning is approved.

 

Eileen Hutcheson, SSI. Ms. Hutcheson reported that the forest on George Lotson

contains wetlands that are not shown in the Master Plan.  She asked that the wildlife be protected because of the endangered species int he area and requested that this rezoning be denied.

 

Robert Hill, SSI.           Mr. Hill stated that he is opposed to the rezoning and asked the

Board to please take another look at it.

 

Anita Phillips, SSI.        Ms. Phillips spoke regarding the density of development on St.

Simons Island and stated that there is too much already.

 

Marsha McGuire, SSI. Ms. McGuire said she feels the Master Plan and Zoning

Ordinance should be honored, and she says no to the rezoning request.

 


Jim Cavanaugh, SSI.                 Mr. Cavanaugh stated that he feels Glynn County should

stick with its Master Plan unless there is a crisis.           

 

Alice Hightower, SSI.   Ms. Hightower asked that the rezoning request be denied

because, 1) there are not enough people to fill the already existing spaces that we have for rent, and 2) this project will require a large amount of water and there is a water shortage on St. Simons Island.

 

Melonie Jackson, SSI.  Ms. Jackson stated that she owns a piece of property that is

included in this proposed rezoning located on George Lotson Avenue.  She stated that she has never heard that her lot is not part of this proposal and she would like some clarification.  Ms. Jackson said that Mrs. Castellio has lots one, two and three on George Lotson and she has lot four, and the total length of all four lots is 363 feet, and the proposed rezoning states 363 feet on George Lotson Avenue.  It was mentioned during the last Planning Commission meeting that John Hightower owned Lot 4 but here was never a motion made to change anything.

 

Planning Official Dan Reuter confirmed the fact that Mrs. Castellio does not own Lot 4 on George Lotson Avenue and that Lot 4 is owned by John Hightower.

 

Attorney Gary Moore stated that the Zoning Ordinance requires that the property that is sought to be rezoned must be sought to be rezoned by the owner.  He added that if in fact Mrs. Castellio does not own Mr. Hightower's lot then any action taken with respect to this rezoning application should exclude that lot.

 

Commissioner Gunn asked that when this rezoning request went before the Planning       Commission the second time was Ms. Jackson's property included in the Castellio plan.  Attorney Moore said the Planning Commission recommended approval on the condition that Mrs. Castellio owned this lot and that it would not be included if she does not own it.  Commissioner Gunn said that since the application is flawed it should be made null and void.

 

Attorney Moore stated that the entire application would not be null and void, just the part about Lot 4.  He said what made the original application null and void was the failure to notify all the residents.

 

Robert Fell, SSI.          Mr. Fell asked that the Board remember that Manhattan was once a pristine natural island.

 

Jack Caldwell, SSI.      Mr. Caldwell stated that the Board should hold to the Master Plan,

update it every five years or so if necessary, but don't get into the spot zoning business.

 

Ilse Rieger, SSI.           Ms. Rieger wanted to know why the Planning Commission did not

look into the wetlands, and Mr. Reuter said that would be required as part of the sit plan approval.

 

 Bob Candler, SSI.       Mr. Candler stated that he was not contacted about this rezoning.

He said he is concerned about all the Children on Demere Road.  He suggested the County purchase the property and make it a ballfield.

 

Wayne Quinn, SSI.       Mr. Quinn asked where all these people were when the rezoning of

Jewtown was going on at the other end of Demere.  Commissioner stated for the record that she has always supported Jewtown.

 

Larry Glenn, SSI.         Mr. Glenn asked if the access to this project would be on George

Lotson Avenue, and Mr. Reuter replied that it would be on Demere Road.  Mr. Glenn added that if the Board rezones this there are rezoning a community not just a piece of property.

 

Planning Official Dan Reuter stated that based on the consideration of Ms. Jackson's property plus possible wetlands in the area, the total number of units and total number of trips onto Demere Road could be less.

 

Doug Alexander, attorney for Mrs. Castellio, said he was speaking as a citizen of St. Simons Island.  He said he wanted to inform everyone regarding the wetlands issue that a proper application has already been submitted to the U.S. Corp of Engineers, and approval has been given and a permit issued.  He added that the issues regarding the water, sewer, traffic and storm drainage are matters that will be dealt with in the permitting process, they are not a part of the zoning process.

 


As a matter of information, Mr. Alexander reported that there is a drainage easement onto the Castellio property and that easement was given to Glynn County by Mrs. Castellio as a gift at a time when there was as serious drainage problem elsewhere that needed  to be alleviated, and she allowed the drainage to come across her property.

 

Mr. Alexander questioned Mr. Quinby's opinion of drainage problems involved with Mrs. Castellio's property when he had indicated at the Planning Commission meeting that he had never been on the property.  Again, Mr. Alexander said this is the type of thing that will be addressed in the permitting process.

 

Mr. Alexander questioned who so many people were present at this hearing when they were not at the first hearing.  He said he feel it is obvious that they were contacted and asked to be here.

 

Mr. Alexander said that Wilma Castellio has complied with the law and is entitled to move ahead with the development of this land.  He then gave a history of her life's involvement with St. Simons  Island and the people who live there.  He then said he does not want anyone's sympathy but is simply asking that the Board follow the law.

 

Commissioner Gunn expressed a debt of gratitude she owes personally to Wilma Castellio but said in her heart of hearts she believes this rezoning is wrong.  Commissioner Gunn asked Mr. Alexander how he feels about the Master Plan, does he feel Glynn County should have a Master Plan and does he feel it should be arbitrarily and capriciously broken?

 

Mr. Alexander said he supports the fact that Glynn County has a Master Plan, but he called to the Board';s attention that the Master Plan has been modified several times, and he said this is not an arbitrary and capricious breaking of the Master Plan.

 

Commissioner Gunn asked whether or not Mrs. Castellio could sell her property as is without rezoning, and Mr. Alexander replied that any property could be said as is.  Commissioner Gunn said this is not a hardship case, and Mr. Alexander stated that no one has implied that this is a hardship case.   Commissioner Gunn stated that she believes the original rezoning is null and void for several reasons, and Mr. Alexander said the declaration of the rezoning being null and void can only be done in a court of law.

 

Dick Wiederhorn, SSI. Mr. Wiederhorn said he feels Glynn County should be

proud of its Master Plan, and he feels Mrs. Castellio should develop her property with 55 units as it is currently zoned.

 

Jack Caldwell, SSI.      Mr. Caldwell pointed that the citizens do not always hear bout all

the public hearings.  He added that citizens should be concerned about more that just what is going on with 200' of their home and that's why these people are here tonight.

 

Commissioner Gunn read an editorial from The Islander regarding this rezoning speaking out against the Master Plan being violated by members of the Planning Commission.  Commissioner Gunn insisted that members of the Planning Commission be brought up to date on the Master Plan, and if they do not know if something goes against the Master Plan then they do not need to be sitting on that board.

 

A motion was then made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Chairman Miller that the rezoning request be denied because:

 

1)         it goes against the Master Plan and represents spot zoning;

 

2)         the Board has received 708 signatures on petitions opposed to the rezoning;

 

3)         of the increased traffic of 600-700 additional trips a day on Demere Road;

 

4)         of the endangered species located in the wetlands on this property;

 

5)         of safety for the children;

 

6)         of the water problems;

 

7)         this would be rezoning an entire community because this is only the beginning, and if this one is approved there will be more coming right after this one;

 

8)         This is not a hardship case.

 

Commissioner Gunn respectively asked that her fellow Commissioners deny this rezoning request.

 

Chairman Miller asked for a second to the motion.  Chairman Miller stepped aside to second the motion.

 

A vote was taken and the motion failed by a vote of 2-4-0 (Commissioner Gunn and Miller voting aye.  Commissioners Hardman, Lyde, Lynn and Pate voting nay)

 

Commissioner Gunn then made a second motion that in the future on rezonings pertaining to St. Simons Island and the entire County of Glynn that the signs that are placed in front of the property be at least five feet tall and five feet wide and state on the signs what the intent is for the property.  Also that all announcements be placed in The Islander at least two weeks, running two times.

 


Chairman Miller stepped aside to second the motion.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that the problem is that people cannot see the signs and they cannot read the signs.  She added that in the future she wants proper notification to her people so that they can be here, and she puts everyone on notice that they can expect this kind of scrutiny on every rezoning that comes before this Board concerning her district.

 

Commissioner Pate questioned the Attorney as to whether or not this would come under the Sign Ordinance.

 

Attorney Moore replied that this would be an amendment to the Zoning Ordinance which would have to go before the Planning Commission for their recommendation and then come back before the Board of Commissioners for action.

 

Planning Official Dan Reuter offered to take a look at this matter and return with a recommendation at the next meeting.

 

Commissioner Gunn withdrew her motion and Chairman Miller withdrew his second.

 

(Chairman called for a fifteen minutes break) 

 

Upon returning from the break, a motion to approve rezoning request GC-13-94, excepting only Lot 4 on George Lotson Avenue owned by Mr. John M. Hightower, Jr. was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Motion adopted by majority vote of 4-1-0 (Commissioners Pate, Hardman, Lyde and Lynn voting aye.  Chairman Miller voting nay.  Commissioner Gunn out of the room.)

 

4.         Authorize use of or abandonment of a portion of Peachtree street, St. Simons Island, Georgia.

 

County Engineer Ray Richard presented a report indicating that staff recommends denial of the abandonment of the request because of the potential future use of the road.

 

Chairman Miller asked to hear from those in favor and those opposed to this abandonment.

 

Wayne Baker, SSI.      Mr. Baker informed the Board of a Warranty Deed which he and

his neighbors have acquired for the property in question at the end of Peachtree Street and respectfully request abandonment of the street.

 

County Attorney Gary Moore reported that there is a dispute on property ownership with this but it does not have any direct bearing on what the Board does here tonight.  He said that one party wants to open the road and one wants to abandon it.

 

Grayson Lane, attorney for Ed Mecchella, the developer, pointed out that there was a pre-existing contract for the sale of the property, and subsequent to that a contrived contract was entered into the picture.

 

Commissioner Pate asked permission to ask three questions posed to him by a citizen.  The questions were what will happen to the large oak tree on the west end, what about the drainage ditch running through the middle of the property, how will garbage trucks turn around when there is already a problem in this regard, and who will benefit from opening the road?  Ed Mecchella said he would like to say a few words and then he would attempt to answer those questions.

 

Mr. Mecchella, the developer, informed the Commission that Peachtree Street has been a designated right of way since 1946.  He said it was in the second phase of the a subdivision when it was platted, and it was accepted for the subdivision development.  Mr. Mecchella said he wants to open and pave the road according to County standards which has been approved by the Planning Commission, the Water & Sewer Commission and all County officials.  Mr. Mecchella said that the County Engineer has indicated that this development would help the drainage situation for the entire neighborhood, which he will be paying for.  He added that he will not only improve drainage, he will improve the tax basis fro $600 to $1,500 per year and it will also increase the value of the homes in the area plus it will have no adverse effect on public welfare.

 

In regards to the questions posed by Mr. Pate, Mr. Mecchella was not familiar with the oak tree mentioned, but County Engineer Ray Richard said there would be no problem in that the road can be built around the tree.  Mr. Mecchella said he has already covered the drainage question, and Public Works Director Keith Flanagan said that garbage collection would not be a problem because the will either have curbside pickup or back-door service.

 

Commissioner Hardman stated that he did not feel it would be a good idea to abandon this road while there are still other issues pending.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to concur with the staff recommendation and deny this abandonment request.

 

Unanimously adopted. (Commissioner Gunn out of the room)

 

County Engineer Ray Richard reminded the Chairman that there is still the issue of whether or not Peachtree Street will be opened.

 


Attorney Moore stated that if the Board allows the road to be opened that would foreclose the abandonment of it at some future time.

 

Commissioner Lynn said he feels that what the Board is trying to do here is defer the matter until the land issue is settled.  Attorney Moore said the Board could make a motion to defer or deny opening of this road at this time.

 

Commissioner Hardman said he objects to opening the road for the same reason he was opposed to abandoning it, which would mean the Board could be prejudicing a future decision.

 

Chairman Miller asked what effect this denial would have on the people who want to use the property, and Attorney Moore replied that if a decision is made to deny use of the road it can come back at a later date just like the abandonment request.  He said if the Board decides not to abandon nor open the road basically what the applicants are being told is to decide who owns the property and then the Board will make a decision.

 

Chairman Miller asked if another motion is needed, and Attorney Moore stated that he feels a motion either to defer or deny, whichever is preferred, in order to deal with the opening of this road.

 

Commissioner Lynn said all he wants to know is who owns the property, does the developer own the property?

 

Mr. Mecchella replied that in order to apply to the County he had to have a letter from the owner giving him permission to apply for all governmental agency permits to construct these houses on the property, which he does have.

 

Grayson Lane requested that since the closing on the contracts is fourteen days following the final approval of everything required by County officials, he asked for some type of decision that states that in the event it is decided that Mr. Mecchella has the right to this property the Board approves the opening of this road.

 

County Attorney Gary Moore recommended that the Board consider closing the opening of the road at such time as the rights of the parties to the property are clarified.

 

Mr. Lane then requested perhaps a resolution that the Board would approve opening the road if the court decides that Mr. Mecchella owns the property, and Attorney Moore advised against this.

 

Jane Sanders, Realtor, read aloud the letter from Mrs. Conno, the owner, giving Mr. Mecchella permission to apply to open the road to build on this property.

 

Wayne Baker said that the owner has sold the property to him and his neighbors and not they own the property.  Mr Baker asked County Attorney Gary Moore to look at the Warranty Deed for verification and requested again that the Board deny opening of the road.  Again, Attorney Moore said he does not feel this Commission needs to get into the issue of who owns the property.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde to defer the opening of Peachtree Street.

 

Chairman Miller asked Mr. Baker if the neighbors had a problem with Mr. Mecchella constructing four residences rather than five, and Mr. Baker said if Mr. Mecchella only constructed four residences there would be no need to open Peachtree Street and the problem would be solved.  He added that as little as two months ago that was a viable alternative, but that was $40,000 ago and now the neighbors don't want a lots back there.

 

Commissioner Hardman asked if the Board were to deny this and it were resolved four days from now could the applicants bring it back with no waiting period, and Attorney Moore replied that they could with no waiting period.

 

Gary Moore recommended that the opening of the road be turned down as was the abandonment and allow them both to bring it back after the ownership issue is resolved and any future abandonment fees to the parties involved would be waived.

 

Commissioner Lynn withdrew his motion, and Commissioner Lyde withdrew her second.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to approve the County Attorney's recommendation and deny opening of Peachtree Street with proviso that the parties involved in either the abandonment or the opening may come back with proof of ownership, which is acceptable to the County Attorney, and any abandonment fees will be waived.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Gunn out of the room)

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

5.         Authorize amendment to Business License Ordinance to remove reference to staff making decisions on morality regarding business license applications.

 

Item deferred to next meeting at which time County Attorney Gary Moore would provide a revised document for consideration.


6.         Approve DOT contract for U.S. 17 and Fourth Street improvements.

 

Public Works Director Keith Flanagan reported that this is a project that was previously approved by the Board.  He said this is a county contract with DOT participation, and the cost will be approximately $40,000.

 

Commissioner Hardman asked Mr. Flanagan if the intersection would be signalized, and Mr. Flanagan replied that initially it would not be signalized but as the Fourth Street project is completed it will be signalized probably within 12 to 14 months.

 

A motion for approval of the contract was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

7.         Approve Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority subleases to Mr. Jim Bailey for Lots 2 and 3 at Malcolm McKinnon Airport to use for a family clothing manufacturing business.

 

Chairman Miller asked to hear form those in favor and those opposed.

 

There being no opposition, a motion for approval was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

8.         Approve application for DOT Enhancement Grant

 

Planning Official Dan Reuter informed the Board of a grant application for fiscal year 1997 for a joint bike path project with the Federal Government and the City of Brunswick.  He said the path would begin on the water front, go through the City of Brunswick and onto U.S. 17, and then improvements would be made to the bike path on the causeway.  Mr. Reuter said the Federal Government share is $279,000, and the City has approved their part at $16,354, and the County's share would be $53,409.  He added that the County may not have to put up cash for this if he can find another non-federal revenue source.

 

A motion for approve of the grant application was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

During discussion which followed, the quest was asked if a revenue source is not located would Glynn County then have to come up with $53,409.

 

County Administrator Lee Gilmour stated there are three steps involved:  1) the Federal Government must approve the grant application;  2)  Glynn County has two fiscal years in which to identify a revenue source;  and 3)  if the project does not fit in with the Board's activities at the time when the grant is awarded, the state can be so notified and that will be the end of it.

 

Bob Williams, SSI.       Mr. Williams spoke against the project stating the he feels it is a

silly waste of money.

 

Commissioner Hardman said he feels Glynn County needs to stick to the basics, and that if there were an excess of funds that would be different but that's not the case.

 

Zack Lyde, Brunswick. Mr. Lyde said he approved of the project and said he

thought it wise for the Board of provide citizens with an alternate means of transportation.

Lorrainie Dusenbury, SSI.         Mrs. Dusenbury spoke in favor of the project and said the

Board needs to realize there are ways to get from point A to point B other than by automobile.  She added that a rapid transit system would be much more expensive.

 

Bill Wagner, Brunswick.           Mr. Wagner thanked the Board for the sidewalks down

Perry Lane road but asked since there is already a bike path on the causeway why not consider one along the Spur.  Planning Official Dan Reuter said that was an excellent suggestion and the Altama Avenue is another prospective location.  He said the reason this one was chosen was because of a time restraints in preparing the grant application and this was one that could be prepared the quickest.

 

A vote was taken on the motion and adopted by majority vote of 5-1-0.  (Commissioner Hardman voting nay)

 

Mr. Wagner asked when this project come up and why such a short deadline, and Planner Jennifer Detloff explained that it started on June 15, 1994 and questionnaires were sent out to find out where people wanted bike paths but it is difficult to reach everyone.  She said she had some of the questionnaires with her and would see that Mr. Wagner gets one.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Motion adopted by majority vote of 5-1-0.  (Commissioner Hardman voting nay).

 

9.         Authorize bidding for repair/replacement of air conditioning unit.


County administrator Lee Gilmour explained that this is air conditioning unit is located at the Library.  He added that repairs to several other air conditioning units were approved at the last meeting and that this one had come up since that time.

 

A motion to approve was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Commissioner Gunn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

10.       Adopt latest amendments to Tax Digest over $20,000.

 

Administrator Gilmour reported that there were no amendments to the Tax Digest to be considered at this time.

 

COMMISSION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

 

11.       Receive recommendations from Finance Committee:

 

a)         Consider request of Mr. Torras, Sr. to allow Kut-Kwick 100% of the Freeport exemption.  Finance Committee deferred to the full commission  (Vote 2-0)

 

County Attorney Gary Moore explained that Mr. Torras was present as a result of Board action some two and a half years ago by the Board to conduct an audit to check personal property tax returns.  Mr. Moore explained the errors that Mr. Torras had made in reporting, which in some cases he had not paid taxes due and in others cases he would have been exempted from tax had the return been filled out correctly.  He said Mr. Torras is here today to request the tax digest be amended to extend the freeport exemption to Kut-Kwick since the returns were done in good faith.  Mr. Moore said there are other things to be discussed regarding a settlement for this case, and he recommended that the matter be discussed in Executive Session.

 

Commissioner Gunn said that T.M.A. (Tax Management Association) was hired to do the audit back when E. C. Tillman was Chairman.  She reported that she has learned that the other day T.M.A. was cited and fined $200 on the spot for not having a business license.   She added that the person who cited them usually gives three to five warnings on this type thing but they were told to do this one this way.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated T.M.A. did not ask her to bring this before the Commission, that they have already paid their fine, but they would like to have this removed from their record since they were not aware that needed a business license and because historically others have been given three to five warnings.  Commissioner Gunn requested that this item be removed from their record.

 

Commissioner Hardman stated that he was the one who publicly pointed out that T.M.A. did not have a business license but he asked that she understand that T.M.A. is an accounting firm that deals with checking on other people to make sure they have done things properly.  He added that he thinks it is absurd that a company involved with checking to see if other people dot their in's and cross their t's would not purchase a business license when all it would have required would have been a quick survey of others in town to see if they needed one.

 

Commissioner Gunn expressed her dissatisfaction that this Company was not given warnings like others in the past but was fined on the spot.

 

Chairman Miller said this will set a precedence that from this point forward everyone not having a business license will receive a citation and a fine at the time they are identified as operating without a business license.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Lyde to defer this item to Executive Session.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

b)         Consider request of Ms. Millie Sears that penalties and interest of $695.86 on a County Tax Deed be waived.  Finance committee recommends approval of the $695.86 refund.  (Vote 2-0)

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

c)         Consider request of Mr. William R. Parker, Jr. for a refund of $222.09 for personal property taxes paid in 1992 and 1993.  Finance Committee recommends approval of the $222.09 refund.  (Vote 2-0)

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.  

 

Unanimously adopted.

 


d)         Consider request of Mary B. Cashin, member of the Glynn County Board of Assessors, for reimbursement of expenses incurred at the Annual Conference on Jekyll Island.  Finance Committee deferred to the full Commission.  (Vote 0-1-1)

 

Commissioner Gunn corrected the motion to read consider request of Don Long on behalf of Mary B. Cashin, member of the Glynn County Board of Assessors, for reimbursement of expenses incurred at the Annual Conference on Jekyll Island.

 

Mr. Long reported that the request is for reimbursement of hotel room expenses only since Ms. Cashin was more heavily involved that other members of the Board of Assessors and worked late at night and early mornings.  He added that the total reimbursement requested is $389.00

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Motion adopted by majority vote of 5-0-1  (Commissioner Gunn abstaining).

 

e)         Consider request of Tax Commissioner to accept appointments to Long-Range Motor Vehicle Study for GATO and to the Arbitration and Funding Committee for the Staggered Tag Task Force.  Finance Committee recommends approval for the Tax Commissioner to accept the appointments.  (Vote 2-0)

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

f)          Consider request of Animal Control Advisory Board to enter into agreement with LBS Biological, Inc. of receiving $2.00 for each euthanized feline and authorize revenue from such agreement to be placed into Animal Control account within the General Fund.  Finance Committee recommends the County enter into the agreement and the fees earned designated to Animal Control.  (Vote 2-0)

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

g)         Consider awarding bids to the following:

 

1.         Typewriter Maintenance

 

Golden Isles Office Equipment, Brunswick, GA, (second lowest bidder)  $3,869.10  (Vote 2-0)

 

Charles Lewis explained that the reason for recommending the second lowest bidder is because there was only a few dollars difference between the two and the second lowest bidder had done an excellent job in the past.

 

2.         Pest Control Services

 

Affordable Exterminators, Brunswick GA, $6,336.00.  (vote 2-0)

 

3.         Football Equipment & Uniforms

 

a)         The Sport Shop, Waycross, GA, $10,581.55  (Vote 2-0)

 

b)         T&T Sports, Charleston, SC, $6,757.20  (Vote 2-0)

 

c)         BSN Sports, Dallas, TX, $2,127.32  (Vote 2-0)

 

A motion for approval on all of the above was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

h)         Consider increasing application fee on road abandonment request from $100 to $500.  Finance Committee recommends increasing fee to $500.  (Vote 2-0)

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

12.       Receive recommendations from Personnel Committee:

 

a)         Committee Chairman deferred to the Full Commission the request of Probate Court Judge Gilder for payment of an education incentive bonus to an employee in her office, who recently obtained a B.S. degree in Criminal Justice.

 


Personnel Director Dave Bandy requested that this item be deferred.

 

A motion to defer was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

b)         Committee recommends authorizing the Personnel Director to hold employee hearings for feedback about a proposed attendance improvement program, and to report to the Board on these hearings in accordance with out procedure for changing the Personnel Ordinance.  (Vote 3-0)

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

c)         Committee recommends approving the process recommended by the personnel Director for determining the proper classification of employees under the Fair Labor Standards Act, which allows for comments for and against the recommendation by the hiring authority before it is brought back to the Board of Commissioners for a vote.  (Vote 3-0)

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

d)         Committee recommends Board allow hiring for vacant, budgeted positions as openings occur without first obtaining Board approval again unless the position is new.  (Vote 2-1)

 

County Administrator Lee Gilmour recommended that the motion be reworded to state that on any position that was filled on the date the hiring freeze was enacted and subsequently becomes vacant the freeze does not apply.

 

A motion for approval of the recommendation as stated by the County Administrator was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Gunn out of room)

 

e)         Committee recommends authorizing the Personnel Director to renegotiate a proposed agreement from the Board of Health to operate a health care clinic at Office Park for our employees to include two days of operation, more occupational health care service and a longer term commitment.  (Vote 3-0)

 

Personnel Director Dave Bandy request that this item be deferred.

 

A motion to defer was made by Commissioner Lynn  and seconded by Commissioner Hardman

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Gunn out of room)       

 

f)          Committee recommends approving the attendance of County employees age 50 and over (and their spouse at a pre-retirement planning seminar being organized by the Personnel Department to be held on September 13, 1994.  Employees to be authorized to attend the whole day or part of the day with pay so long as attendance records for each of the sessions are kept.  (Vote 3-0)

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted. (Commissioner Gunn out of room)

 

g)         Committee recommends deferring to the Full Commission a proposed freeze on salaries for employees earning $35,000 or more per annum.  (Vote 3-0)

 

A motion to deny this recommendation was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Gunn out of room)

 

h)         Committee recommends deferring to Executive Session the request of the Planning Official and Building Official to transfer budgeted positions between their respective organizations.  (Vote 3-0)

 

A motion to accept this recommendation and defer the item to Executive Session was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Gunn out of room)

 

APPOINTMENTS

 


13.       One Board appointment to the Regional Development Center Advisory Board, private businessperson , minority.

 

Commissioner Pate made a motion to appoint Reverend Haywood Headd of the Zion Baptist Church, 38 Sunset Boulevard, Brunswick, which was seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Gunn out of room)

 

14.       One Board appointment to the Electrical Advisory Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to reappoint Mr. Emory Young to the Electrical Advisory Board.

 

Unanimously adopted.  

 

15.       One Board appointment to Coastal Regional Mental Health/Mental Retardation/Substance Abuse Board.

 

Clerk announced that in addition to the two applicants in their packets, two others had been received.  She stated the applicants are Cathy Holmes, Anna Henry, Charles Chapman and Tim Hutchens.

 

A secret ballot vote was conducted, and Charles Chapman was appointed by a majority of four votes.

 

16.       One Board appointment to the Casino Advisory Board to be made by Commissioner Gunn.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to appoint Mr. Harry Akin to the Casino Advisory Board.

 

            Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Lyde out of the room)

 

17.       Two appointments to Glynn Clean and Beautiful.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Gunn to appoint the two applicants to Glynn Clean & Beautiful who are Bettie NeSmith and Michael Stalvey.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

18.       One appointment to Tree Advisory Board, District 1, Commissioner Lynn.       

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to appoint Mr. Bill Wagner to the Tree Advisory Board.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

19.       One appointment to Recreation Board to fulfill term of Dorothy Stewart, District 5, Commissioner Lyde.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Commissioner Pate to appoint Mr. William Bowden to the Recreation Board.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

20.       Two appointments to Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board, Districts 2 and 3, Commissioners Gunn and Hardman respectively.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn to reappoint Mrs. Dean Overall to the Blythe Island Regional Advisory Board.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Commissioner Hardman did not have an appointee for his district and asked that his appointment be deferred to the next meeting.

 

COMMISSIONER ITEMS

 

Commissioner Gunn

 

1.         A motion was made by Commissioner Gunn to establish a new position in the County Attorney's office of Sr. Assistant County Attorney requiring two years of relevant legal experience and such other requirements as the County Attorney may direct.  Salary for the new position will be Grade 30 in the County's Pay Plan, and the County Attorney may fill this position by promotion of an existing employee.  If the position is filled in that way, then the existing position from which the employee is promoted shall remain vacant and unfunded at that time.

 


Commissioner Gunn stated that the reason she is asking for this is that if the County does not keep in line with what the private sector is paying we stand to lose Desiree Watson, and Commissioner Gunn said she feels Ms. Watson is deserving of this promotion and she would hate to lose her to another attorney.

 

Commissioner Lynn asked what kind of raise this would be, and Commissioner Gunn said she is not aware of what Ms. Watson is now making but a Grade 30 equals out to $42,785.  Commissioner Lynn said he feels this needs to go before the Finance Committee.

 

Chairman Miller said this is a brand new position and could be handled here, and he asked for a second to the motion.  Motion was seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Motion adopted by majority vote of 5-1-0.   (Commissioner Lynn voting nay)

 

Chairman Miller

 

1.         Chairman Miller said he thoroughly enjoyed the recent NACo Conference in Las Vegas and said he appreciated being able to go.  He then gave a brief report on the event.

 

MATTERS REFERRED FROM WORK SESSION

 

1.         Approve change of scheduled 8-18-94 meeting to 8-25-94.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Chairman Miller added that the meeting would be at 6:00 p.m.

 

2.         Adopt resolution amending Personnel Policy to provide for:

 

a)         Random Drug Testing

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted. 

 

b)         Suspension of pay during appeal of Adverse Actions

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner  Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

3.         Recommend for employee hearings an amendment to the Personnel Policy to provide education incentives.

 

County Administrator Lee Gilmour explained that the new language states that if an employee is reimbursed and leaves within a year's time then on a pro-rated basis they would have to reimburse back to the county.  For example, he added, that if the employee were reimbursed $200 and separates six months afterwards, the employee would pay back to the County $100 of half the reimbursement.

 

A motion for approval for the amendment was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

There still seemed to be some confusion about the proposed amendment, and Administrator Gilmour explained further that if any employee left Glynn County eleven and a half months after they were reimbursed for education, they would not have to pay back a full 100% of the reimbursement.

 

Chairman Miller said he feels that if they can't stay a full year they need to pay 100% back.

 

Sheriff Bennett asked why this issue keeps being revisited.  He said it does not cost the County that much money and it is a great recruiting tool, and he said he thinks it should be left alone.

 

Chairman Miller asked if this item being discussed now is the same thing  that Sherif Bennett is referring to.

 

Administrator Gilmour said this issue to which Sheriff Bennett is referring is there is a certain group of employees for very justifiable reasons are eligible to receive an education bonus, and every other County employee because of where they work is prohibited form this.  This is the issue that keeps coming before the Board.

 

Mr. Gilmour went on that a second issue that keeps coming before the Board relative to this is the issue about paying a flat amount every single year for having attained a degree.  He said an alternative to that which was discussed for employees to consider is that if it is a job-related degree, when a degree is attained the employee receives a step increase.

 

In discussion that followed it was determined that those employees who have already attained degrees and have been receiving annual bonuses would under this new policy receive a step increase.


Chairman Miller stepped aside to made a motion that employees now receiving educational incentive bonuses will continue to receive it under the old plan and will not be effected by any changes to the policy.  Motion seconded by Commissioner Hardman. 

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Chairman Miller said that the current employees are now protected and now a change in the policy can be discussed.

 

Clerk reported that at the beginning of this discussion a motion for approval to seek employee input on this issue was made by Commissioner Lynn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.  Motion and seconded were withdrawn.

 

Administrator Gilmour reminded the Chairman that staff is still seeking approval to put this out for employee comments which will be brought back to the Board in order to determine which way to go.

 

A motion to send this issue out for employee comments was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Unanimously adopted. 

 

4.         Authorize change order from existing SPLOST allocations to provide sidewalk at St. Simons Elementary School.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Hardman out of the room)

 

5.         Authorize overtime for all personnel cost associated with flood assistance.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.  (Commissioner Hardman out of the room)

 

6.         Authorize SPLOST funding for matching local portion of U.S. 341/In-95 interchange improvements.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

7.         Establish election date for SPLOST proposal.

 

Chairman Miller stepped aside to make a motion that Glynn County vote on the SPLOST issue in the General Election in November.

 

Motion died for lack of a second.

 

Commissioner Hardman said he would like to study it some more to see what the public was telling us.  He said that some of the items were very popular and some were not.  he added that he would like this Commission to ask the SPLOST Recommendation Committee continue its work.

 

Commissioner suggested exploring the possibility of a special election for SPLOST,  and Chairman Miller replied that he has been told by Cecil Little in the past it is about $10-$15,000.  Chairman Miller added that in his opinion SPLOST is dead until two years from this November.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that she wanted to second Chairman Miller's motion but she did not because she was told that there was not enough time to get water and sewer projects on it.  Chairman Miller said that is not true, it would be a push but it could be done.

 

Commissioner Lynn said his personal opinion is that it will pass in the spring, and the Commission should not shove it down the people's throats.

 

Commissioner Pate said what needs to be done is publicity campaign using all forms of the media to inform the people what will be done.

 

Bill Wagner, resident of Brunswick.       Mr. Wagner said that he is on the SPLOST

Recommendation Committee, and he said they were planning to give their recommendation at the meeting of the 18th.  He asked if now they should plan to give it at the meeting of the 25th.  Mr. Wagner also stated that he agrees with Commissioner Lynn that the SPLOST will pass in the spring.

 

Commissioner Hardman applauded the SPLOST Committee, and he suggested that the Committee continue its work and make an effort to inform the public and attempt to answer all public questions.

 

Zack Lyde, resident of Brunswick.        Mr. Lyde agreed with Mr. Hardman, and he said


that he feels the SPLOST was put on the straw poll before it was ready.  He said he feels it was put on by a few people in the community, and he also feels the Committee was dominated by some very negative people who destroyed confidence in our community.  He said he doesn't think it's a dead issue but he thinks the public is confused.

 

Commissioner Gunn said she had been reviewing some old minutes which indicated that the charge for the SPLOST Committee discussed at that time was to indicate what the money would be used for and how it would be sold to the public.  Then added that it doesn't make sense to have people serving on the SPLOST Committee who are against it.  commissioner Gunn added that the only reason she didn't think this should be voted on in November is that the monumental water and sewer problems throughout the County are going to be so expensive that it will take a SPLOST to do them, and she said she does not believe the County could get opinions reconciled with the City in a month's time.  She closed by saying that if the SPLOST Committee continues, consideration needs to be given as to whether or not those who are against should stay on it.

 

Public Works Director Keith Flanagan said that he believes the next step would be to begin holding public hearings.

 

Lt. Jack Hopper with the Police Department said he would like to see the Board give the SPLOST Committee a defined mission, and anyone not in agreement needs to get off.

 

Chairman Miller clarified  for the record that the Board of Commissioner did not sponsor the straw poll.  He suggested that if a SPLOST Committee continues it be made up of the Board of Commissioners and staff to insure that everyone is working toward the same goal.  He reported that the Preside of the Republican Party said she felt the vote on the SPLOST was too close to throw out and it should be brought back in November but the President of the Democratic Party stated that it was beat to death.  he said the outcome of the vote was dictated.

 

Chairman Miller suggested that if the SPLOST could not go the whole way and include water and sewer that it go for two years and bring in $20 million to take care of ADA,  solid waste, roads and bridges, Blythe Island Par, public safety building, library, and elevator in the Casino, a gymnasium, and ball field complexes.

 

Chairman Miller said the biggest mistake he ever made was going along with the SPLOST Committee and he feels it should be sunset.

 

Commissioner Hardman said he feels the SPLOST Recommendation Committee has done a lot of hard work and the Board needs to hear their recommendations.

 

Zack Lyde, resident of Brunswick,        Mr. Lyde said he feels the Board should consider an

ambassador group to work with City officials to work through the existing problems.

 

Commissioner Lynn said he agrees with Commissioner Hardman that the Committee should continue.

 

Chairman Miller asking allowing the SPLOST Committee to give their report at the next meeting on August 25, and everyone agreed.

 

8.         Adopt budget for FY 95 accommodation excise tax and code amendment increasing tax from 3% to 5%, effective 10/1/94.

 

County Administrator Lee Gilmour reported that the revenues have been adjusted in anticipation of the accommodation tax increasing from 3% to 5% as of October 1, 1994.

 

Mr. Gilmour added that per the Board's previous action, the expenditures have been allocated 40% for General Fund purposes and 60% restricted for Tourism, which includes $899,600 for the Golden Isles Chamber, which includes $3,000 for Blythe Island Park advertising; $163,500 for the St. Simon s Island Chamber, which includes $20,000 for fireworks, their own utilities and the utilities for the Coastal Museum, and $10,200 in start-up costs for the Afro-American Consortium.  Mr. Gilmour went on to say that the proposals submitted from the corresponding agencies are more than the funding available.

 

Mr. Gilmour recommended that if the Board is in general agreement with the basic allocations and proposals, he will get back with the corresponding agencies to reach accord so that they will have proposals which live within the dollar amounts, and then it can come back to the Board at its meeting on August 25 for final voting.

 

Chairman Miller reported that he was with the Tourism Bureau this morning, and they agreed to reduce their budgets to cover maintenance of the causeway which totals $30,000 for the Golden Isles Chamber and $5,000 for the St. Simons Chamber.

 

Chairman Miller opened discussion regarding the fireworks, and informed the Board that the idea of having fireworks two time and year had been raised.  He suggested perhaps splitting the $20,000 between St. Simons and Brunswick.  Administrator Gilmour cautioned against that because of having to split the responsibility also.  A brief discussion continued but no official act was taken regarding the fireworks.

 

Administrator Gilmour asked for a motion to authorize staff to reach an accord with the corresponding agencies taking into consideration the amendments mentioned earlier by Chairman Miller regarding causeway maintenance and return with new proposals on August 25, 1994 which fall within the funding available.


a motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lyde.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

9.         Authorize refunds of one half the rental fee for County facilities affected by the breakdown of the air conditioning units.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Gunn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

10.       Authorize security capital improvements at Office Park not to exceed $9,000.00.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Pate.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

11.       Authorize installation of tents at Demere Annex for produce vendors.

 

Discussed earlier as "insert" on Page 6.

 

12.       Approve bids for replacement of air conditioning units per emergency provisions.

 

Administrator Gilmour explained that these bids are on the units approved at the last meeting according to requirements set forth by Building Maintenance.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

13.       County After-School Program

 

Administrator Gilmour stated that if the Board wishes to proceed with the program, staff needs to have official approval now so that people can begin to register before school starts rather than waiting until after the budget is adopted.

 

A motion to approve proceeding with the County After-School program was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS

 

1.         Consider authorizing "No parking" on 11th , SSI, east of Bruce Drive and "No Parking" at all on Dixon Lane, SSI.

 

Police Chief Carl Alexander said that previously the Board had authorized "no parking" on the south side of 11th Street.  He is now requesting that the Board authorize an amendment to that which states no parking  on the south side of 11th Street, east of Bruce Drive.  Chief Alexander also informed the Board of a similar problem of no room to park on Dixon Lane, St. Simons Island, and requested that they authorize on parking anywhere at all on that street.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Commissioner Gunn said she had received a call from a man who would like to see the no parking signs on 11th moved to the other side of the street.

 

Chief Alexander said it is humanly impossible to please everyone about this issue, and he recommended leaving the signs as they are.

 

Commissioner Gunn agreed with Chief Alexander's recommendation.

 

2.         Sale of High School Season Football Tickets

 

Chief Alexander informed the Board that he is working with the Board of Education's Athletic Department to sell football season tickets and asked that anyone interested in buying them let him know.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS

 

1.         Leadership Glynn

 

Administrator Gilmour reported that he has received an inquiry from Leadership Glynn as to whether the County would be participating.

 


Following a brief discussion, it was the consensus to wait until next year when there are new Commissioners on the Board.

 

2.         Local Development Funding

 

Administrator Gilmour informed the Board that he had received an announcement form the State about the next round of application for Local Development Funding.

 

he requested authorization to put together an application program to use state funding to do a count-wide water provision study which would include the City, Jekyll Island, major industrial users such as Georgia Pacific, etc., to take a look at the our current status, what are the alternatives, what role can conservation play and what alternatives may be available with what is termed "great water".

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Gunn and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

3.         Emmanuel Church Road, Phase II

 

Administrator Gilmour informed the board that he has received notification from the State regarding Emmanuel Church Road, Phase II.  Mr. Gilmour said he understands there are a few hangups in the project, and requested that the Board authorize beginning the condemnation process where appropriate to get the project going.

 

A motion for approval was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Lynn.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

PRESS INQUIRES

 

Matthew Permar of THE ISLANDER directed a question toward the four (4) Commissioners who voted to rezone the Castellio property.  He asked them why the voted in favor of the rezoning in light of the large crowd present in opposition.  Commissioner Gunn also asked why did they vote in favor of the rezoning when there are seven hundred eight signatures in opposition.

 

Commissioner Lynn replied that his reason was because of the possible lawsuit.  He also stated that he felt sorry for the applicant.

 

Commissioner Lyde said she felt the applicant was staying within the residential zoning of the area and did not feel that it should be a problem as would going from residential to commercial for example.          

 

Commissioner Hardman said he would tell Mr. Permar his reason after the meeting.

 

Commissioner Pate said his reasons were the same as Commissioners Lynn and Lyde.

 

Commissioner Hardman then said his reasons were the same as Commissioners Lynn and Lyde also.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by commissioner Lyde to go into Executive Session to discuss personnel and pending litigation items.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

RETURN TO REGULAR SESSION

 

The Board of Commissioners returned to Regular Session to make the following motions:

 

1.         A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to not do anything regarding a transfer of Larry Taylor until discipline issue is resolved and that said transfer take place only after Glynn County receives assurance that if will not be sued as a result of the transfer.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

2.         A motion was made by Commissioner Lyde and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to adopt Executive Session Minutes of July 21, 1994.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Meeting adjourned.