PRESENT:                      Chairman Joe Smith

Vice Chairman Karen Moore

Commissioner Bob Boyne

Commissioner William E. Dismer

Commissioner Jack Hardman

Commissioner W. Harold Pate

Commissioner E. C. Tillman

 

ALSO PRESENT:             Administrator Charles T. Stewart

County Attorney Gary Moore

 

Newly Elected Commissioners Sworn In.

 

            1990 Vice Chairman E. C. Tillman opened the meeting by calling on Superior Court Judge A. Blenn Taylor, Jr. to swear in the following newly elected Commissioners:

            Bob Boyne

            Jack Hardman

            W. Harold Pate

 

Election of New Chairman.

 

            Vice-Chairman Tillman opened the floor for discussion on election of Chairman for 1991.  Geneva Lyde, Rev. G. E. Darrisaw, Roy Smith, and James Stephens urged the Commission to elect Commissioner Tillman for this position.

            Commissioner Pate nominated Commissioner Tillman for the post of Chairman.

            Commissioner Moore nominated Commissioner Smith for this position.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer, seconded by Commissioner Boyne and unanimously adopted to close the nominations.

 

            After written votes were cast and tallied, Vice Chairman Tillman announced that Commissioner Smith had been elected Chairman by a majority vote of four.  He added that he had received two votes and one Commissioner had abstained from voting.

            Chairman Smith assumed the Chair at this time.

 

Election of Vice Chairman.

 

            Chairman Smith opened the floor for nominations for the position of Vice Chairman for 1991.

            Commissioner Boyne nominated Commissioner Moore to serve as Vice Chairman.

            Commissioner Pate nominated Commissioner Tillman.


            A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer, seconded by Commissioner Boyne and unanimously adopted to close the nominations.

 

            After written votes were cast and counted, Chairman Smith announced that Commissioner Moore had been selected to serve as Vice Chairman by a majority of four votes, while Commissioner Tillman and received two votes and one Commissioner had abstained.

 

Bill Taylor Commends Chairman and Commission, and asks for Change in Agenda Format.

 

            City Resident Bill Taylor extended congratulations to newly elected Chairman Joe Smith, as well as the two new members of the Commission, Bob Boyne and Jack Hardman.  He then asked that the format of the agenda be changed so that citizen’s delegations would be the first item on the agenda.

 

Appointment of Administrative Staff.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Pate that action by the Commission regarding reappointment of the three primary administrative staff positions; namely, County Administrator, Chief of Police and County Attorney, be deferred until later in the meeting.

            Unanimously adopted.

            Following Executive Session later in the meeting when this topic was discussed, it was announced that said annual appointments were not necessary inasmuch as the persons filling these positions served at the Commission’s pleasure.

 

Traffic Situation at US 341/I-95 Intersection.

 

            In light of three fatalities that occurred on US 341 at the I-95 Intersection during the previous week, Commissioner Hardman suggested that a small steering committee comprised of himself, Commissioner Boyne, Chief of Police, Public Works Director and Traffic Safety Engineer be selected to work with DOT District Engineer Craig Brack to determine what safety improvements should be made in this area.

            County Administrator Charles Stewart advised that he had already directed the engineering firm of Moreland/Altobelli to look into this matter on the County’s behalf, and Tom Moreland had scheduled a meeting to allow a County delegation to meet with DOT Commissioner Hal Rives in Atlanta on Monday, January 7 at 2:00 PM to discuss a number of projects including the 341/I-95 Intersection situation.

            Chairman Smith stated that the approach outlined by Administrator Stewart would be followed, and if the need continued, Commissioner Hardman’s suggestion regarding formation of a steering committee would be considered.

            Chairman Smith, along with Commissioners Hardman and Pate, indicated that they would try to attend this meeting, and Administrator Stewart was directed to invite DOT Board Coastal Representative Downing Musgrove to accompany the County on this trip.


 

Opening Ceremony.

 

Chairman Smith officially opened the meeting by calling on Commissioner Tillman for the invocation, followed by Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

Selden Park Gymnasium Activities Approved.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Dismer approving a request to allow the Myra Eason/Shiloh Baptist Church Teen Disco to take place in the Selden Park Gymnasium on January 4, 1991 from 9:00 p.m. until 1:00 a.m.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Proclamation to be Presented Observing Martin Luther King, Jr.’s Birthday, and Funds Designated For Commemorative Breakfast.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Tillman and seconded by Commissioner Smith approving request presented by Geneva Lyde to expend $250.00 from the Discretionary Fund to help the NAACP defray the cost of annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Birthday Memorial Breakfast to be held on January 21st, with a proclamation to be presented by the County at that time.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

SUP-6-90; Application for Special Use Permit; Mattie and Harold Fraser, Owner/Applicants; Alan Smith, Attorney.

 

            Pursuant to advertisement, public hearing was held on subject application for a Special Use Permit on the following described property located in an R-9 One Family Residential Zoning District for the location of a mobile home as a medical hardship.

 

A portion of Lot 58 Pine Ridge Subdivision, located at the intersection of Old Jesup Road and B&W Grade Road (259 Old Jesup Road).

 

            Zoning Administrator Deborah Chapman presented recommendation from both the Planning Commission and Staff for approval of this application, based on documented medical hardship.  The applicants were also present on behalf of their request.

            There being no opposition, a motion approving issuance of this Special Use Permit for a two-year period, as recommended, was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Liquor License Granted to George W. Freeman, Jr. for the Twilight Lounge.

 

            Pursuant to advertisement, public hearing was held on application of George W. Freeman, Jr. for Alcoholic Beverage License to sell Liquor, Beer, Wine for Consumption on Premises Only at the Twilight Lounge, located at Highway 341/31 Intersection, Brunswick.

            Mr. Freeman was present on behalf of his application, and Police Chief Carl Alexander recommended approval of same.

            Commissioner Hardman said he understood that the manager of the previous nightclub establishment at this location had experienced operational problems.  Mr. Freeman responded that he had no knowledge of this situation, however, he planned to improve on the previous operation.

            A motion approving said operation, as recommended by Chief Alexander, was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Dismer.

            Adopted by majority vote with Commissioner Hardman abstaining.

 

Appointments to St. Simons Island Water & Sewer Advisory Committee.

 

            Millie Wilcox, President of the St. Simons Island Chamber of Commerce, introduced Carolyn Sartor, whom they had selected to fill the Post 1 vacancy on the St. Simons Island Water & Sewer Advisory Committee representing St. Simons Island Chamber of Commerce.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Dismer appointed the following person to serve on the Water & Sewer Advisory Committee.

 

            Post 1 – Representing SSI Chamber of Commerce – Carolyn Sartor

            Post 4 – Representing Unserved Areas – Jasper Barnes

            Post 6 – Representing Area North of Sea Island – Lemuel Hawver

           

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Appointments to Glynn Clean & Beautiful Advisory Board.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Boyne to make the following appointments to the Glynn Clean & Beautiful Advisory Board.

            Ben Slade – (reappointment)

            Ron Maulden – (reappointment)

            Ms. Carol Smith

            Lil Bosserdet

            Dr. Rosemary Kazans

            Louise Bledsoe

            Mary Jane Daves

            Sandra L. Sams

           

            Motion adopted by majority vote with Commissioner Dismer abstaining.

 

Appointments to Mainland Water & Sewer Advisory Board.

 

            Chairman Smith announced that Posts 1, 2 and 3 on the Mainland Water & Sewer Advisory Board were up for appointment, and Staff had advised that members representing Posts 1 and 3 were willing to serve again.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Tillman taking the following actions regarding these appointments.

 

Post 1 -   Brunswick Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce – Harry Driggers, Reappointed for a term extending to 8/1/93.

 

Post 2 -   Mainland Home Builders Association – Staff authorized to write letter to the Association asking them to name a replacement for Robbie Turner who no longer wished to serve.

 

Post 3 -   Mainland Board of Realtors – Malcolm Seckinger appointed to serve another term, which would extend to 8/1/93.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

Report on Beach Nourishment Project.

 

            Community Development Director Ed Stelle presented an update on the County’s 933 Beach Nourishment Project, beginning with the announcement that it had been approved by the Corps of Engineers in Washington.  He explained that a funding contract was anticipated from a State Agency, either the DOT or DNR, with the Corps of Engineers.  He said legislation was being pursued which would allow the local funding share to come from causeway toll receipts, or local option sales tax monies might be used.  He said bids for the actual work would be put out by the end of February, and sand should be deposited on the beaches beginning the later part of March.

            Mr. Stelle said an upland property line survey of the beach areas was needed, and County Surveyor George Underwood had offered a not-to-exceed price of $25,000 for this work, which would be paid for from overall project monies.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Dismer authorizing Staff to negotiate a contract with Mr. Underwood for this beach survey, along the lines outlined by Mr. Stelle.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Boyne giving Staff blanket authorization to resolve all issues necessary for implementation of the Beach Nourishment Project as listed below, with all decisions being made in the best interest of Glynn County citizens:

 

1.                  Working out engineering details;

 

2.                  Sending appropriate letters;

 

3.                  Working with appropriate state agencies;

 

4.                  Expending money from the project fund upon Commission approval, and;

 

5.                  Authorizing development of turtle protection guidelines for the Commission’s approval.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Dismer authorizing Staff to sped up to $5,000 from the Beach Nourishment Fund to acquire engineering assistance for preparation of permit and engineering for groins as part of the Beach Nourishment Project.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Blythe Island Regional Park Expenses.

 

            County Administrator Charles Stewart recommended that $7,100.00 be advanced from the Discretionary Fund to the Blythe Island Regional Park Fund to cover expense relative to recent retirement of the former Superintendent.

            Commissioner Tillman expressed a preference not to make any changes and to let Blythe Island Regional Park Fund be over budget at the end of the year.

            Based on comments from the Commission, Chairman Smith said no action would be taken on this matter at this time.

 

Update on Status of Floating Docks at Blythe Island Regional Park.

 

            Public Works Director Keith Flanagan recommended that the Commission authorize Staff to go out for bid on materials for repairing floating docs at Blythe Island Regional Park, with the work being accomplished by County personnel.  He said these repairs were needed, and both the monorail and floating dock would have to be closed during this activity, which he estimated would take two months to complete.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Tillman and seconded by Commissioner Smith authorizing Staff to solicit bids on said materials, with the Finance Committee to present recommendations to the full Commission on same.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Flex-Spending Accounts for County Employees.

 

            County Administrator Charles Stewart presented information on proposed implementation of Code Section 125 of the IRS Code, Flex-Spending Accounts for County employees covering pre-paid medical and dependent care expenses.  He said this program would allow employees to reduce their taxes by paying for certain employee benefits and other eligible expenses “before tax” salary reductions.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing Staff to proceed with development of a conceptual plan on Flex-Spending Accounts for County employees.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Application for GEFA Loan to Expand St. Simons Wastewater Treatment Plant.

 

            County Water/Sewer Engineer Jim Todd asked the Commission to adopt a resolution authorizing submittal of pre-application documents to the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and the Georgia Environmental Protection Division for the purpose of receiving loan assistance to the extent of $1,250,000 for improvement and expansion of the St. Simons Island Water Pollution Control Plant.

            A motion approving this request and adopting the following resolution was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Moore.

 

RESOLUTION

 

            WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners has provided water and sewer services to Glynn County for over forty years; and

            WHEREAS, St. Simons Island has experienced substantial growth in both permanent and visiting population over the past ten years and anticipates further growth in the future; and

            WHEREAS, the Waste Water Pollution Control Plant on St. Simons Island is approaching capacity, is partially obsolete and in need of major rehabilitation and expansion; and

            WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners is interested in securing financial assistance from the Georgia Environmental Authority to supplement County funds presently available to achieve major modernization and expansion of the Waste Water Pollution Control Plan on St. Simons Island; and

            WHEREAS, present plans for improvement to this plan envisage adequate capacity for the next twenty years, ability to expand if necessary, and maximum quality operation.

            NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED, that the Glynn County Board of Commissioners endorses the submittal of preapplication documentation to the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority and the Georgia Environment Protection Division for the purpose of receiving loan assistance to the extent of $1,250,000 for the improvement and expansion of the St. Simons Island Water Pollution Control Plant.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Revision to Glynn County’s Standard Construction Practices Changing Operating Nut Size on Fire Hydrants.

 

            Pursuant to request submitted by Water/Sewer Engineer Jim Todd, a motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing revision to Glynn County Standard Construction Practices changing Operating Nut Size on Fire Hydrants to read as follows, subject to approval by County Attorney Gary Moore:

 

“The operating nut shall be pentagonal in shape and shall measure 1 ½” from point to flat at the base of the nut and 1 7/16” at the top; faces shall be tapered uniformly, and the height of the nut shall not be less than 1 inch.”

 

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Proposed Amendment to Water/Sewer Ordinance re. Grease Traps.

 

            Water/Sewer Engineer Jim Todd reported that no provision was in place for inspecting or requiring restaurant owners to clean their grease traps.  He said this deficiency often caused blockages in the County’s sewer lines, and if a corrected provision could be implemented, a Staff person in the Building Official’s Office could perform the necessary inspections.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Boyne authorizing County Attorney Gary Moore to work with Mr. Todd to develop appropriate language for an amendment to the Water and Sewer Ordinance, with appropriate advertisement to take place and said item to be placed on the agenda of the next regular meeting for action by the Commission.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Review of St. Simons Island Boating & Fishing Club Lease.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Boyne authorizing Staff to review the St. Simons Island Boating & Fishing Club lease of the St. Simons Island Marina property prior to discussion by the Commission at the next Work Session and again at the next Regular Meeting to determine if any modifications should be suggested before the lease anniversary date on January 31.

            Aye:     Commissioners Dismer, Boyne, Pate, Tillman and Chairman Smith.

            Nay:     Commissioners Moore and Hardman.

            Motion adopted.

 

Three-Way Stop in Shaw’s Bounty Subdivision.

 

            Commissioner Moore reported that she had received a letter and petition from the President and Vice President of the Shaw’s Bounty Homeowners Association asking that a three-way stop be designated at the intersections of Settler’s Road and Five Pounds Road.

            A motion approving this request was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Moore.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Out-of-State Travel Authorized for Commissioner Moore.

 

            Commissioner reported that through NACO she had been appointed to serve on a Committee charged with reviewing the Clean Water Act as it relates to 404 permit procedures, which would require her to travel to Washington in January and again in March.

            A motion authorizing appropriate expenses for said travel was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Boyne.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Committee Assignments.

 

            Chairman Smith announced that he would be making Committee Assignments at the next regular meeting, and he would be open to any Commissioner’s request in this regard in the meantime.

 

Proposed Street Light Installations.

 

            Chairman Smith commented that streetlights were needed at two intersections in Satilla Shores Subdivision; namely, Buford/Zellwood and Zellwood/Jones Road.

            Public Works Director Keith Flanagan responded that both of these locations met the County’s established criteria for street light installations.

            Commissioner Hardman said he would like to review the Street Light Policy before voting to install additional lights.

            Commissioner Moore asked that Staff present a report on the County’s Street Light Policy at the next Work Session so that installation of the lights suggested by Chairman Smith could be considered at the next Regular Meeting.

 

Report on Paving of Buck Swamp Road and CC Road.

 

            Chairman Smith asked for an update on the status of paving Buck Swamp Road and CC Road for the benefit of a resident from that area who was present at the meeting.

            Public Works Director Keith Flanagan responded that bids were out on extending existing paving of Buck Swamp Road for an additional 3000 feet and replacing a box culvert at the terminus.  He said additional right-of-way would have to be obtained in order to proceed with the remaining paving, and the County had hired a consultant to help determine if a 404 Wetlands Permit would be required from the Corps of Engineers.

            Commissioner Moore stressed the importance of informing the public that the new definition of Wetlands was having a negative impact on road projects in Glynn County, and it was causing additional costs to be involved.

 

County Administrator Activities.

 

            County Administrator Charles Stewart announced that he had been asked to serve as instructor for an Association County Commissioners of Georgia Capitol Improvements Program on February 1 and for a Georgia Southern MPA course on January 31, and he would like the Commission’s approval of same.

            On behalf of the Commission, Commissioner Tillman said they were delighted that Mr. Stewart had been chosen for these activities.

 

Purchase of Furniture & Supplies for County Attorney Authorized.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Tillman authorizing expenditure not to exceed $10,000 from the Discretionary Fund for purchase of furniture and supplies for County Attorney Gary Moore.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Joint City/County Meeting Rescheduled.

 

            The Commission agreed to reschedule the upcoming Joint City/County Meeting, which would be held on Tuesday of the following week from 5:15 PM to 5:00 PM so County Commissioners could attend a Low County Boil at the Blythe Island Regional Park.

 

Emergency Manager’s Request to Attend Management Program.

 

            The Commission directed Administrator Stewart to advise Emergency Management Director Ed Abel to postpone his plans for attending an Emergency Management Program in Las Vegas this year, and to include it in his budget for the coming year if he felt it was necessary.

 

Meeting Adjourned.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Tillman to adjourn the meeting.

 

 

 

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

 

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

Joe Smith, Chairman

Attested to and

Prepared by:

 

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Martha D. Tyre, Deputy Clerk