AGENDA

                            and

  MINUTES                     

 

REGULAR MEETING, BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS,

  GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA, HELD THURSDAY

               DECEMBER 1, 1994, AT 6:00 P.M.

 

PRESENT:           James E. "Sonny" Miller, Chairman   

              Virginia Gunn, Vice Chair

                   Commissioner, Robert H. Boyne

         Commissioner, Jack Hardman

                   Commissioner, Gladys Martin-Lyde

    Commissioner, Milton Lynn

    Commissioner, W. Harold Pate

 

ALSO PRESENT:      Lee Gilmour, County Administrator

         Gary Moore, County Attorney

         Pamela J. Barton, County Clerk

 

STAFF PRESENT:     Chief Carl Johnson

                   Keith Flanagan

                   Dan Reuter

              Ray Richard

    Asst. Chief Nazzrie

                   Charles Lewis

                   Ed Abel

              Lt. Hopper

                   Becky Rowell

                   Cynthia Williams

    Chief Carl Alexander

    Dave Bandy

    Robert Benson

  

INVOCATION:        Reverend Charles Harris, Carneghan                       Emmanuel Baptist Church

 

PLEDGE OF ALLEGIANCE TO THE FLAG

 

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Doug Alexander presented the State of Georgia Indigent Defense Counsel check in the amount of $12,613.05 representing 40% of the fiscal year grant amount to the Commission to finance the Public Defender's Office. This amount is based on population and the amount of criminal activity in the county.

 

    

 

 


APPROVAL OF MINUTES

 

 

    Motion to approve minutes of regular meeting held November 17, 1994 subject to changes and corrections by Commissioner Boyne, second by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimously adopted.

 

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Point of Privilege by Commissioner Boyne that the         Airport Commission discussion be deferred to the Board's second meeting in January, being January the (Board had specified the 20th). Chairman Miller apprised anyone who wished to come forward to do so.  Mr. Moore came forward to say that he had nothing new to add.

 

Motion by Commissioner Boyne, second by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous.

 

CITIZEN COMMITTEE REPORTS

 

1.  Inter-Agency Criminal Justice Task Force.  Commissioner Hardman stated that the task force had not met and that there would be nothing to report.

 

2.  Recreation Board - Mr. Garrin reported on the activities of the Recreation Board, presented the Board with a proposed calendar for the 1995 year. Complimented the staff for their efforts regarding the calendar.  Thanked the Board for their action on the Blythe Island activities. Set forth that 2200 people had visited the Haunted Forest; he also thanked the volunteers.  It was agreed that the golf course issue would be heard at the appropriate time on the agenda.

 

3.  Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board - Mr. Hilburn related the results of the timber bids for Blithe Island and stated that Paulk Timber Company had placed the highest bid in the amount of $100,101.00.

 

Motion by Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Hardman.     Unanimous.

 


4.  Casino Advisory Board - Chairman Miller presented Taylor Adams on behalf of the Casino Advisory Board who presented letters from the Optimists Club regarding their support of the golf course being turned over to private enterprise.

 

Mr. Moore, the county attorney stated that he would prepare a contract.

 

Motion to privatize the golf course, second Commissioner Gunn.  Unanimous.   

 

5.  Selden Park Advisory Committee - representative not present.

 

6.  Environmental Review Committee - representative not present.

 

7.  Solid Waste Advisory Committee - no report per Ms. Rowell.

 

8.  Tree Advisory Board - representative not present.

 

9.  Animal Control Advisory Board - no report, did mention an open house.

 

10. Airport Commission -  no report.

 

11. Water and Sewer Commission - Mr. Enney said that he had had a discussion with the EPD regarding an October 18, 1994 letter; he stated that letter was getting favorable endorsements and the opinion is that we will get an increased allocation in ground water usage with conditions, the conditions being a hard fast conservation program.

 

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Commissioner Gunn brought to the floor an announcement    that there would be a landscaping for water conservation presentation seminar by Mr. John Bryson on Wednesday  December 7th from 7-9 to teach us how to plant for zero scaling, water conservation.

 


Commissioner Lyde set forth that at the RDC Board    Meeting the Board voted to pay all legal expenses incurred to date and allocated an additional $3,000.00 for anything else that may come up. Accusations against the executive director have been lodged, however, the Board agreed to back the director until such time as formal charges are filed against him. EDA will make a final determination based upon their investigation and the community development audit.  Commissioner Lynn asked how this money would be recouped if the case was lost.  Commissioner Lyde stated that if the charges stemmed from his acting as director we would be responsible for these fees.  If the director acted on his own, he would be liable for the fees.

 

 

DELEGATIONS

 

Chairman Miller introduced Dr. Olin Ivey, Executive Director of Georgia Environmental Organization to present a special Achievement Award to Commissioner Gunn from Georgia Environmental Council for contributions in her adulthood to the environment, Dr. Ivey stated that Commissioner Gunn has in her position of power has chosen to become involved, when in Atlanta with the Humane Society, on St. Simons with the plight of the turtle and also with Right Whale recovery, for which our area is a calving ground, Project Wildflower and Coastal Zone and Management Plan. He stated that Commissioner Gunn raises the public's consciousness regarding the environment. Commissioner Gunn stated that we were considered critical habitat for calving of the Right Whales and that this demonstrates how we can all work together.

 

Chairman Miller read a Proclamation on behalf of the NAACP with respect to Alfred W. Jones III president of Sea Island Company for his contributions in the area of community service.

 

Mr. Pinckney requested that Mr. Miller present the award at the banquet being held at the Comfort Inn I-95 on Friday evening. 

 

Motion to approve the Proclamation by Commissioner Boyne, second by Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.

 

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Vice Chair Gunn and the Board recognized Chairman Miller's birthday and sang Happy Birthday to Chairman Miller.

 


Commissioner Miller presented Chuck Wise of Veteran of Foreign Wars in his proposal to use vacant space in the Demere Annex on St. Simons Island.  It was agreed that Mr. Wise could move some items into the space as approved by Vernon Lewis and Chief Alexander.

 

Motion by Commissioner Boyne to approve the use of the space at the annex, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous. 

 

Motion Amended to include a written contract between the County and the V.F.W. per the request of County Attorney, Gary Moore.

 

Commissioner Gunn sponsored Jerri Ann Edwards regarding 6th Street beach access on East Beach, St. Simons Island. Ms. Edwards addressed the Board setting forth that on July 21st the Board had passed a motion to move the fence back to where it had been at an earlier date and the fence has not been moved.  Ms. Edwards wanted to know what the delay was.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that all affected parties had to be notified and feedback received prior to taking action.  The property owners responded together with The East Beach Homeowner's Association expressing concerns regarding security in the area. Public Works was ordered to wait until further notification.  Mr. Gilmour also stated that the county would not give up access rights to the beaches.  Mr. Gilmour stated that gravel would be placed at the edge of the parking area, plants would have to be moved that had been planted in the right-of-way and a sign posted that access was open from sun up to sunset.  Board would pay for a field fence, or the amount could be applied to a more expensive fence 29 feet from the edge of the right-of-way.  Public Works has been notified to commence, this should be complete by the end of this month weather permitting.  Mr. Gilmour expressed that all affected parties must be notified and allowed to respond according to the Board's policy.

 

     Commissioner Hardman stated that these accesses should   be protected on behalf of the county.

 

Commissioner Boyne asked if the county was maintaining the full right-of-way.  Mr. Gilmour stated that the County is maintaining County property.

 

Commissioner Miller stated that the project would be completed and then Ms. Edwards could return before the Board.


Commissioner Boyne sponsored Hayden Yow to discuss recycling.  Ms. Yow stated her concerns regarding mismanagement of the recycling centers in the area.  She stated that all Class 2 compost should be recycled.  Also stated that the wrong equipment was being used to haul yard refuse.  Feels that side cars should be used verses garbage trucks. Ms. Rowell refuted her comments by stating that Brunswick did not want the Glynn County Yard Trash as they are currently behind schedule. Chairman Miller stated that Chris Rhodes at Brunswick Recycling would be contacted at a later time.

 

PUBLIC HEARINGS

 

LIQUOR LICENSE APPLICATIONS

 

Chairman Miller presented Transfer of Licensee issue for Express Petroleum Company, Inc., Sunday sales prohibited. Chief Alexander recommended this for approval; Mr. Dale Woods requested that the license be considered for 1995 because of the late date.  Mr. Moore suggested that he be allowed to rescind his 1994 application and instead be given a 1995 license.  

 

Motion by Commissioner Hardman that he be given a 1995 license, second Commissioner Lyde (Commissioner Lynn out of the room). Approved.       

 

Chief Alexander presented the addition of distilled spirits for consumption on the premises and permission of Sunday sales for Delaney's Bistro following advertisement of same (renewal of license approved at November 17, 1994 meeting).

 

Chief Alexander recommended for approval, Mr. Delaney not present as he was excused from reappearing in the November 17 meeting.  Chairman Miller asked if there were any objections.

 

Motion to approve by Commissioner Boyne, second by Commissioner Hardman.  Six for, Commissioner Lynn opposed.   Approved.

 

Chief Alexander presented Chef Wu's for renewal, Sunday sales of beer permitted and recommended approval. Chairman Miller asked if there were any objections.

 


Motion to approve by Commissioner Lyde, second Commissioner Hardman.  Commissioners Lyde, Hardman, Miller, Pate. Commissioners Boyne and Lynn Opposed.

(Commissioner Gunn out of the room). Approved.

 

Chief Alexander presented Del Taco for the renewal of the license and also for the addition of Sunday Sales. Chairman Miller asked if there were any objections.

 

Motion for approval of renewal only defer Sunday sales to next meeting as owner was not present, Mr. Hardman second Commissioner Boyne, (Miller, Lyde, Hardman, Boyne and Pate for), Commissioner Lynn opposed, Commissioner Gunn out of the room. Approved.

 

Chief Alexander presented D & D Village Mart for renewal together with change of licensee, Sunday sales prohibited.  Chairman Miller asked if there were any objections.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Hardman. Commissioner Lynn opposed, Commissioner Gunn out of the room. Approved.

 

Chief Alexander presented Harvey's Supermarket for renewal together with change of licensee, Sunday Sales prohibited.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Pate, second Commissioner Boyne, Commissioner Lynn opposed, Commissioner Gunn out of the room. Approved.

 

Chief Alexander presented King & Prince Beach Hotel with change of licensee, Sunday sales permitted. Recommended for approval.  Chairman Miller asked if any one was opposed.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Pate, Commissioner Lynn opposed. Approved.

 

Chief Alexander presented Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., Store No. 159 for renewal of license with change of licensee, Sunday sales prohibited. Chief Alexander recommended for approval.

 

Chairman Miller asked if anyone was opposed.

 

Motion for approval by Commissioner Boyne, second by Commissioner.  Commissioner Lynn opposed.  Approved.

 


Chief Alexander presented Winn Dixie Stores, Inc. Store No. 19 for renewal of license with change of licensee, Sunday sales prohibited.  Chief Alexander recommended for approval.

 

Chairman Miller asked if anyone was against.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Pate, second Commissioner Boyne.  Commissioner Lynn opposed.  Approved.

 

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Commissioner Hardman specified that Ramada Cranes, Hampton and Sportsman had been approved at the last meeting.  These matters would be discussed later in the agenda under finance.

 

ORDINANCES

 

County Attorney Gary Moore presented this saying any business would have to prohibit consumption of alcohol on the premises without having the appropriate license, an exemption, however, will be added to the ordinance allowing for these businesses having employee parties on the premises.

 

Motion to approve as revised by Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

Marsh Point - Chairman Miller presented Marsh Point subdivision for final plat approval. Dan Reuter stated that planning was requiring a $400.00 bond for grassing.  Commissioner Hardman questioned whether or not we had an easement for ingress and egress for firetrucks and police cars.  Mr. Rule representing Sea Palms stated that a 50 foot easement was in place for this purpose.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Hardman, second Commissioner Gunn.  Unanimous.

 

Harrison Pointe, Phase IV - Chairman Miller presented Harrison Pointe for approval.  Dan Reuter stated that these were public streets and would require a $175,000.00 bond for sewer, water, grading, paving and drainage.  Stated that engineering, water and sewer and county attorney had approved.


Motion to approved Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Mr. Cameron Bland appeared to say that in November the Water and Sewer Department approved sewer service for the DOT Welcome Center, DOT and Union Camp will be paying for the actual system, the county will be providing this service.  Mr. Benson read the approval of this from the meeting of the Water and Sewer Commission.

 

Motion for approval by Commissioner Boyne, second by Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

Chairman Miller presented the matter of authorization by the Board Chairman to sign the Willow Road DOT Contract C-30840-940-0. 

 

Motion for authorization by Commissioner Lynn, second by Commissioner Boyne. Unanimous.

 

Chairman Miller presented the matter of authorization by the Board to approve Digest Adjustments in excess of $20,000.00.  Mr. Don Long came forward, chief appraiser for the Tax Assessor's office and presented his report.  Commissioner Boyne questioned a reduction of one-half million dollars for Sears and Belks.  Mr. Long explained that these were actually an increase from previous years and that the only reduction was the shopping center where Harvey's is located.

 

Motion to accept by Commissioner Boyne, second by Commissioner Gunn. Unanimous.

 

Chairman Miller presented the matter of authorization for the Board to attend the 1995 ACCG Legislative Conference in Atlanta on January 11 and 12.

 

Motion to authorize Commissioner Lynn, second by Commissioner Lyde.  Unanimous.

 

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Chief Ranger Sauls appeared regarding the opening of the new forestry commission building that was dedicated to the Board of Commissioners and the citizens of Glynn County.  A new tree was planted.  He wanted to thank everyone for coming to the dedication and luncheon.

 


COMMISSION COMMITTEE RECOMMENDATIONS

 

Recommendations from Finance Committee

 

Commissioner Gunn presented the matter of a refund to Mr. Jim Jordan in the amount of $250.00, the delinquent penalty charge on the late filing for the Ramada/Inn Cranes, Sportsmen and Hampton Club and that the ordinance be revised to be more user friendly in the future. (Vote in Committee 3-0)

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn that the refund be given, second by Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented the request of Mr. Kirby C. Hobby to waive $41.73 and that the $69.93 paid be accepted as payment in full. (Vote in Committee 3-0)

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to waive the $41.73 penalty, second by Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented for consideration the matter of a refund of $25.38 to Mr. Joseph Freeman for penalties and interest paid on personal property taxes.  (Vote in Committee 3-0)

 

Motion to refund $25.38 by Commissioner Gunn, second by Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented the request by Stephen Kelley to amend the FY 94/95 Budget for the District Attorney's Victim Assistance Program by $3,514.00 to $21,814.00. This money will come from a victim assistance grant. (Vote in Committee 3-0)

 

Motion to accept this increase by Commissioner Gunn, second by Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented the request for the award of the environmental assessment for the "L" Street project be granted to Jordan, Jones & Goulding of Atlanta, Georgia in the amount of $6,800.00. (Vote in Committee 3-0)

 


Mr. Lyde came forward to question what the money would be used for.  Ray Richard explained that this was the Phase I environmental where records would be investigated.  Mr. Lyde wanted to know if there was some way to audit this activity. Mr. Richard explained that they will be accountable to the Board.  Commissioner Lyde questioned their preapproval by the DOT. Mr. Richard explained that they had to be preapproved when State funds are involved.

 

Motion by Commissioner Gunn to approve, second by Commissioner Hardman. Commissioners Gunn and Lyde opposed. Approved.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented for consideration awarding the bid for Police uniforms for the Glynn County Police Department, the amount of the bid being $22,427.15 by Harrison Uniform Company, Jacksonville Florida.

 

Motion to accept by Commissioner Gunn, second by Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Item 24 g. previously addressed. (Blythe Island Timber Sale)

 

Commissioner Gunn presented an issue for consideration regarding the issuance of a quitclaim deed with respect to the estate of Frank L. Parker, Jr. in exchange for payment of property taxes in the amount of $261.20. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion for issuance of the deed in exchange for payment of taxes in the amount of $261.20 by Commissioner Gunn, second Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented an issue for consideration regarding the request of Teresa Ferrier to have sprinkler meter fees computed at the March, 1992 rates. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion for approval of fees computed at the March 1992 rates by Commissioner Gunn, second by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented a request to authorize a Data Processing Training Center, the original recommendation was $3,350.00 and approved by the finance committee (Vote was 3-0 in Committee); two items were added to this amount not to exceed the amount of $5,000.00, they include installation of carpet and a self teaching software program.

 


Motion to approve as revised to include the additional amount not to exceed $5,000.00 by Commissioner Gunn, second by Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented a request to allow existing homes in Northwood Estates Subdivision to connect to Cate Road Water System for a reduced fee of $250.00.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Gunn, second Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented the option of whether or not to have a December Finance Committee Meeting. It was recommended that the December meeting not be held and that all matters to be discussed in that meeting be forwarded to the December 15 meeting of the Board. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Gunn, second Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented for approval a pipe petition request on behalf of Mr. Thomas J. Morris.  This was recommended for approval (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Gunn, second Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn stated that there had been an error with respect to balancing the interfund accounts between the General Fund and the Water and Sewer

     Commission in that the Finance Committee had deferred this to the next Finance Committee meeting due to the fact that Mr. Benson was not prepared. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee) Because there will not be a Finance Committee meeting in December this matter will be deferred to the December 15 meeting of the Board. This matter is also deferred to the Water and Sewer Commission Meeting on December 13 at the request of Mr. Enney.

 

Deferred to the December 15 meeting of the Board and the December 13 meeting of the Water and Sewer Commission.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented the Occupation Tax Ordinance for approval. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 


Mr. Gilmour recommended that the Occupational Tax Ordinance be adopted as revised to provide for up to 6 yard sales without obtaining the license.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Pate.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Gunn presented for approval the award of the light vehicle towing contract that Mr. Taylor agreed to the Contract and was granted to Allstate Towing. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve and award contract to Allstate Towing subject to approval of the contract by the County Attorney by Commissioner Gunn, second Commissioner Hardman. Unanimous.

 

 

RECOMMENDATIONS FROM PERSONNEL COMMITTEE

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization of 5% increase in slotting into County's pay plan the position of Victim's Assistant Program Administrator due to increased level of responsibility for approval. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization of addition of Deputy Clerk position to Clerk of State Court due to work load effective 1/1/95 for approval. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee) Commissioner Lynn questioned where payment for this position would come from.  Commissioner Boyne confirmed that it was from their budget.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented matters denying requests  relating to Tax Assessors office. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Deferred to January 5 meeting of the Board.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization of pay upgrade for Operator Trainee from LG4 to LG8 in Water and Sewer for approval. This is an increase in responsibility not pay per Mr Benson. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)


Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization of Traffic Signal Technician from PG 21 to PG 23 in the Department of Public Works for approval. This changed this to a Supervisor exempt position. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization for amending tuition reimbursement application form to reflect employee must repay County for all tuition reimbursement payments within one (1) year of being reimbursed if employee separates from County employment for approval. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization of additional FLSA-Exempt job classifications per Personnel Exhibit "A" for approval. Mr. Gilmour said that these positions are being added to a previously approved list. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee) Mr. Boyne presented the list as follows: 

 

FLSA Code     Status        Position

 

    A         Executive     Chief Appraiser

Operations Supervisor -                                  W&S

 

         B         Administrative Police Lieutenant-Admin.

County Clerk

Chief Deputy Appraiser

Real Property Supervisor

Personal Prop. Supervisor                                Chief Asst Tax Commis.

Deputy-Property Tax Unit

     Commissioner

                             Deputy-MV/MH Tax Commis.                                 Traffic Technician

 

    C         Professional  Transportation Planner

Transportation GIS                                  Coordinator

Personal Property Auditor


Programmer-Tax                                      Commissioner

 

         W         Personal Staff Admin Secretary-Tax Comm.

 

         Z         Not Covered   Managing Director-W&S

Tax Assessor Board                                  Members

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization for preparation, advertisement and taking of proposals for employee dental care benefit plan by Personnel Department for approval. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve taking of proposals Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde. Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization changing Drafter position from part time to full time effective 1/1/95 for approval within FY95 Budget. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde.  Unanimous.

 

Commissioner Boyne presented authorization of approximately $7,778.62 of recorded compensatory time to FLSA exempt positions for approval. (Vote was 3-0 in Committee)

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lyde.  Unanimous.

 

 

 

MATTERS REFERRED FROM THE WORK SESSION

 

Mr. Gilmour presented the Neptune Park matter (handled previously on Agenda)

 

Mr. Gilmour presented authorization for Public Hearing for price gouging in emergency situations for approval.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Hardman, second Commissioner Gunn.  Unanimous.

 


     Mr. Gilmour stated that item 3 (relating to the

"Occupational Tax Ordinance" had been handled previously on the Agenda).

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that item 4 (relating to the Golden Isles VFW post for use of office space at Demere Annex had been handled previously on the Agenda).

 

Mr. Gilmour presented revisions to the LEPC By-laws (in the form of a Memorandum addressed to the Commissioners and attached hereto as Exhibit "A") and reiterated the fact that the Board authorized the formation of the LEPC and any monies pertaining thereto would have to go into a special revenue fund like all other public funds.  The purpose of this was to provide an educational clearing house and an information base dealing with those industries that are under some type of environmental regulation dealing with hazardous materials and involved in the manufacturing of, storage of, transportation of or disposal of. Any time there is a spill of any sort or a question about industry in your area you have to go through the Georgia EPD.  The Federal government regulates this through the EPA. 

 

There was some question by Ms. Gunn regarding the fact that a conflict of interest should not be allowed.  Mr. Hardman expressed that numerous parties would have a conflict of interest and that it should not apply in this case. Mr. Abel said that if a conflict did exist the appropriate party would abstain.

 

Mr. Lyde questioned the exact function of the LEPC and overseeing of this entity by the EPA and EPD.  Ed Abel said that it is mandated by these entities to regulate local industries throughout the state.  Clayton, Fulton, Richmond and Chatham Counties have formed an LEPC to educate the community regarding hazardous materials.

 

Commissioner Hardman asked how our by-laws compare with existing by-laws in other counties.

 

County Attorney Moore expressed how difficult it would be to work out the conflict of interest rules.  Mr. Moore said it should be resubmitted and as to conflict of interest positions on the law should not be taken.  He explained some of the instances where this would apply.

 


Commissioner Hardman asked that Mr. Abel meet with Mr. Moore regarding this.

 

Mr. Abel once again stressed that this agency is simply a source of information and that the conflict of interest is not as great an issue.

 

Mr. Lyde expressed his concern that funding would be where available to provide a service to everyone in the community.

 

Mr. Dave Smith from Hercules says the LEPC is needed in order to give information back to the community.  Hercules provided the initial funding in the amount of $10,000.00, computer equipment worth $6,000.00 and rental of a meeting place for $1.00 a year.  This is a means for Hercules to communicate with the County as to spills and other important information.  He did not feel conflict of interest would be an issue.

 

Commissioner Lyde suggested that the terms of office be staggered. Mr. Abel added that Federal Law specifies a one year term.

 

Mr. Lyde expressed his concern regarding community input into these by-laws.

 

Motion by Commissioner Boyne to defer to the Work Session of the 13th, second by Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Chairman Miller presented for approval the video taping of the Planning Commission meeting by Lone Star Video and Film. Mr. Stewart stepped forward to say that the other commissions should be filmed not just Planning.

 

Commissioner Gunn said there had been a problem with the voting in the Planning Commission meeting.

 

Mr. Enney requested that the meeting of the Water and Sewer Commission should be read in full.

 

Chairman Miller stated that the Airport Commission, Water and Sewer Commission and Planning Commission should film their meetings in house.  Mr. Lynn says executive session minutes should also be kept.

 


Motion by Chairman Miller to defer to the next work session for review, second Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

Chairman Miller presented for authorization the 45 day extension for Wayne County Solid Waste Authority to use Cate Road Landfill per existing agreement for approval.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Hardman.  Unanimous.

 

COMMISSIONER ITEMS

 

Commissioner Lyde asked for clarification of the statement provided by Moreland Altabelli provided for the "L" Street breakdown.  Mr. Gilmour agreed to take care of obtaining invoices.

 

Commissioner Lyde mentioned that we had not heard from the City on the regional drainage plan for "L" Street. Mr. Gilmour confirmed that we had not received a response.  Mr. Gilmour explained the project and stated that the information was sent to the city.  Mr. Gilmour agreed to contact the city again.

 

Mr. Lyde asked that the city manager, mayor and each commission member also be contacted.

 

Commissioner Lynn mentioned his town hall meeting on December 8 and asked Mr. Gilmour if a letter had been sent to the school board regarding LCP attorney's fees.  Mr. Gilmour stated that the county and school board attorney would make a joint presentation regarding this.  Mr. Gilmour stated that he would contact them regarding the mobile fire safety place.

 

Commissioner Gunn mentioned the Freeport matter and stated that on January 19, at 8:30 a representative from the Georgia Department of Revenue will speak to the Chamber of Commerce on this matter.

 

Commissioner Gunn questioned the towing charges on the truck that had been stolen.  Questioned why the truck was towed from Florida for $189.25 and we received a $200.00 bill from Water and Sewer for a two mile tow. It was stated that there were four towing charges included on the second bill.

 


Commissioner Miller stated that the first meeting of 1995 would be held at 8:30 a.m. on January 5th due to the fact that the Judges would be here for the swearing in of the new Commissioners.  The meeting of the would be at the regular time, 6:00 p.m.

 

CHIEF OF POLICE ITEMS

 

Chief Alexander stated that the trip to San Francisco was successful, Glynn County is officially accredited.  There will be a reception in February.  Felt it was beneficial for Mr. Miller and Mr. Bandy to have attended.  Mr. Miller stated what an excellent job Chief Alexander had done.  Mr. Bandy stated that less than 500 law enforcement agencies have this accreditation.

 

     Chief Alexander stated that commissioners pictures   would have to be retaken.

 

Chief Alexander gave a report on the stolen front end loader.

 

COUNTY ATTORNEY ITEMS

 

To be discussed in executive session.

 

COUNTY ADMINISTRATOR ITEMS

 

Mr. Gilmour brought up the question regarding the Demere Annex a no smoking area due to the presence of the Board of Health in the building.

 

Mr. Bandy stated that a designated smoking area is preferable and that possibly the County could provide a program to help people stop smoking.

 

Commissioner Boyne stated that the Federal Government prohibits smoking and said that the smoke is evident in the building.  Stated that many old people and small children are subjected to second hand smoke.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that it is a county facility therefore the Board can decide.  He also stated that the Board has to provide space for the Board of Health.  Smoking in the building means the Board of Health could lose funds or the clinic may have to be closed down.

 

Motion to set up building as a no smoking facility with a designated smoking area Commissioner Miller, second by Commissioner Gunn. Commissioners Lynn, Boyne and Pate opposed. Approved.


 


Mr. Gilmour stated that we received a request from the ACCG asking counties to contact the EPA regarding an extension on the solid waste financial assurance deadline. Any governmental body that operates a facility will have to provide some type of financial assurance so upon closing there is enough money set aside to do so.  Currently the Federal rules call for a deadline of April and the EPA date has not been set.

 

Motion to contact the EPA so that existing deadline dates agree Commissioner Hardman, second Commissioner Lynn. Unanimous.

 

Mr. Gilmour requested on behalf of Paul Baker that he is authorized to take some nonusable windows stacked at the Recycling Center for his own recycling purposes.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Boyne, second Commissioner Lynn.  Unanimous.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that we had been contacted by the Coastal Area Games Authority that the counties in our area (except for Chatham) support the implementation of an 800 mega hertz system, we have already applied and have our channels set up. The cost now would be $1,190.00 assuming we get a grant from DCA. The total grant for the area would be $33,000.00.

 

Mr. Gilmour recommended that we proceed.  This would allow cooperation between us and other counties for the Olympics and by using State money we would have direct input in this system.

 

Commissioner Boyne questioned the purpose, Mr. Abel said this system would allow us to handle more than one emergency at a time.  Chief Alexander stated that our system is not doing the job as it is.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Pate, second Commissioner Boyne.  Unanimous.

 

Mr. Gilmour presented a request for revisions in job classifications for the personnel department.  Adjustments need to be made pending someone's leaving and various reclassifications.

 

Mr. Lewis did not agree with the reclassifications as they apply to Finance.

 

Motion by Commissioner Lyde to approve, second by Commissioner Boyne. (Motion abandoned)

 


Motion to defer to personnel committee Chairman Miller, second Commissioner Hardman. Commissioner Lyde opposed.

Deferred to next personnel committee meeting.

 

Mr. Gilmour presented a request by Richard Taylor in the Solicitor's office, the people he is considering are a higher grade than the current person who is leaving.  Mr. Gilmour set forth that we encourage upgrading and that this person should not be penalized. Mr. Taylor would like this budget revised.

 

Commissioner Lynn questioned the budget discrepancies.

 

Motion to defer to the work session and require Mr. Taylor to appear by Commissioner Boyne, second by Commissioner Pate.  Unanimous.

 

Mr. Gilmour on behalf of Mr. Abel requested that the Board reimburse a shrimper, Mr. John Tyre the amount of $1800.00 - $2,000.00 to replace his net while searching for the drowning victim.

 

Motion to approve Commissioner Lyde, second Commissioner Gunn.  Unanimous.

 

Mr. Gilmour stated that the 911 charge would be going up to $1.50.  We will run a public notice to that effect.

 

FIRE CHIEF ITEMS

 

Chief Johnson invited everyone to come to the installation of the last dry hydrant on Anchor Drive. Chief Johnson also stated he had something for executive session.

 

PUBLIC WORKS ITEMS

 

Mr. Flanagan presented an update on the following:

 

a.   City and County Commissions authorized the MLK Project from Gloucester to 4th Street, this is being worked out with the DOT;

b.   U.S. 341 - widening from Sterling to the Glynn County line will be approved this month, work to begin in January; feels all other counties will begin construction next year;

c.   Status of Lanier Bridge - this should be met in February of 1995, the State's share being $19,000,000 (this will depend on the legislature)

d.   Completion of 17 I-95 to Jekyll Causeway scheduled   for work in February;

     e.   I-95 - 341 Project DOT is looking at this along


with widening of I-95, programmed for next five years, we have to have a signed landscape agreement for the median (Mr. Moore to review);

f.   Extension of the Spur in two phases, DOT is interested in the project.

 

Mr. Flanagan reminded the Board of the employee picnic, EMA Christmas lunch, Camden, Charlton County cookout and transportation thereto, the poinsettias and poinsettia trees.

 

Commissioners wished to thank the volunteers and county employees who helped with the search effort.

 

PRESS INQUIRIES

 

Wanted to know the amount of reimbursement to the shrimper and whether or not the Del Taco person who was denied Sunday sales knew if he was supposed to appear.

 

Motion to go into executive session Commissioner Boyne, second Lynn. Commissioners Lyde and Hardman out of the room.

 

RETURN FROM EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

Meeting Adjourned.