MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

THURSDAY, MAY 16, 1991 AT 6:30 PM

 

PRESENT:                      Chairman Joe Smith

Vice Chairman Karen Moore

Commissioner Bob Boyne

Commissioner William E. Dismer

Commissioner Jack Hardman

Commissioner E. C. Tillman

 

ABSENT:                               Commissioner W. Harold Pate

 

ALSO PRESENT:             County Administrator Charles T. Stewart

County Attorney Gary Moore

 

Opening Ceremony.

 

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

 

Consent Agenda.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to approve the following Consent Agenda items as recommended by staff:

 

Chairman Smith designated to serve as Ex-Officio Member on the Brunswick and Glynn County Regional Library Board as of July 1, 1991, as authorized by HB 584.

 

Chairman and Clerk authorized to execute the following contracts with the Department of Transportation:

 

1.                  LAR21 272-1(127); Resurfacing ten streets on Jekyll Island;

2.                  PR-18-2(127); Paving Baumgardner Road;

 

Staff Authorized to Develop a Policy Covering False Fire and Police Alarms.

 

Tax Anticipation Notes – The following resolution adopted:

 

RESOLUTION

 

            The Glynn County Board of Commissioners hereby authorizes issuance of $6,200,000 Glynn County General Obligation Tax Anticipation Notes, Series 1991; and also authorizes bids to be taken at 11:00 a.m. eastern daylight standard time on May 21,


1991, and also authorizes Charles T. Stewart, County Administrator, to accept the low bid on behalf of the County.

            Adopted in Official Meeting this 18th day of May, 1991.

 

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Minutes Approved.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Tillman and seconded by Commissioner Hardman approving the following minutes:

            Regular Meeting held April 18, 1991

            Executive Meeting held April 18, 1991

Unanimously adopted.

 

SUP-1-91; Application for Special Use Permit, True Deliverance Tabernacle Church.

 

            Pursuant to advertisement, public hearing was held on subject application for a Special Use Permit in the following MH One Family Residential Mobile Home Zoning District for location of a church.

 

Lots 2 and 4 of Arco Development Company Land, consisting of .287 acres located on the northeast corner of Pine Street and Ninth Street in Arco.

 

            Zoning Administrator Debbie Chapman reported that, based on the surrounding area, which containing mixed uses, both the Planning Commission and Staff recommended approval of this application.

            Reverend James Bathea, accompanied by members of the congregation of True Deliverance Tabernacle Church, asked the Commission to approve this application.  Reverend Bathea said they wanted to improve the community and provide good alternatives for young people in the area.  He said there would be no conflict between operation of the church and local bars and package stores.

            Commissioner Hardman noted that the Liquor License Ordinance prohibited issuance of a liquor license within 200 yards of a school, church or residential area, and he felt granting this Special Use Permit would violate the intent of the Ordinance, and it might sanction potential conflict between the church and establishments in this area involved in the sale of alcoholic beverages.  He said the location of a church in this vicinity would restrict Highway Commercial uses along Norwich Street Extension.

            County Attorney Gary Moore stated that 2-3-16(d) of the Liquor License Ordinance would allow existing license holders to continue to renew their licenses so long as there was no gap in licenser for one year; however, a new bar or package store attempting to come into the area might face a problem.

            Harlan Skarpalezos, owner of property 20 feet from the proposed site, asked the Commission not to grant this Special Use Permit.  He noted that less than one quarter acre for both a church and parking was not adequate, and he felt a church should be required to set back 200 yards from a liquor license establishment, the same as was required of a liquor license establishment from a church.

            Reba Reyna, owner of The Doghouse Lounge, opposed this application on the grounds that location of a church in such close proximity to her business might be a deterrent if she decided to sell her property.

            Commissioner Dismer said if the Commission granted this Special User Permit he could foresee a potential charge of condemnation in that it could prevent prospective sale of adjoining properties.  Since a liquor establishment had to set back 200 yards from a church, Commissioner Dismer said he felt the reverse should also be true.

            A motion was made my Commissioner Tillman and seconded by Chairman Smith to approve this application.

            Aye:     Commissioners Tillman and Chairman Smith.

            Nay:     Commissioners Dismer, Hardman and Moore

            Abstaining:        Commissioner Boyne

            Motion failed.

 

            County Attorney Gary Moore said since no action had been taken, this application could be taken up by the County Commission again at any time.

            Chairman Smith informed the applicants that this matter would be placed on the agenda of the next night meeting on June 20 for further consideration.

 

Beer and Wine License Granted to D. L. Martin.

 

Pursuant to advertisement, public hearing was held on application of D. L. Martin, License Agent for the Benson Marina Group of Georgia, Inc. d/b/a Dockside Grill, located at 116 Marina Drive, Golden Isles Marina, St. Simons Island, for License to Sell Beer and Wine for consumption on premises only.

On behalf of staff, Police Chief Carl Alexander recommended approval of said application.

Mr. Martin was present on behalf of his request.

There being no opposition, a motion approving this License was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Dismer.

Unanimously adopted.

 

Beach Nourishment Project.

 

            Commissioner Dismer related that telephone calls from several citizens indicated that some people had misinterpreted his intentions regarding the Beach Nourishment Project, and he wanted to make the record clear on this issue.  He then made a motion that the Commission take the following actions:

 

1.                  Commend the work of the Beach Renourishment Task Force in seeking to restore and preserve Glynn County’s beaches;

 

2.                  Direct Staff to proceed without delay in implementing the recommendations of the Task Force, and;

 

3.                  Without interfering with the present time schedule, investigate the possibility of any improvements that might accomplish the Commission’s objective of beach renewal that might be more cost effective or improve the end product.

 

The motion died for lack of a second.

 

Chairman Smith said the alternative to Mr. Dismer’s motion was to proceed as planned with the Beach Nourishment Project.

 

Commissioner Moore said in light of the fact that a number of citizens had expressed intent of being on the agenda of every regular meeting unless the Commission changed its mind about moving ahead with the Beach Renourishment Project, and recognizing that the fact that it would not change anything the Commission had not already done, she felt the Commission should reaffirm its position on record in the hopes that it would help this controversy die.

A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Dismer that the Commission reaffirm previous resolutions and, in fact, endorse the current 933 Beach Renourishment Project including terminal groins to extend the life of the nourishment and the long term flexibility study and dune restoration for the crosswalks, which was in essence the project currently in existence.

After a brief discussion, both the motion and the seconded were withdrawn.

Chairman Smith stated that the Glynn County Board of Commissioners unanimously supported the Beach Nourishment Project, and they appreciated the fine job done by the Beach Renourishment Task Force.

 

First African Baptist Church Vesper Service.

 

            Chairman Smith presented a request form the First African Baptist Church in Brunswick for a member of the County Commission to participate in a Vesper Service at the Church for the high school graduating seniors of Glynn County on May 26, 1991, at 5:30 PM.

            Commissioner Hardman accepted this speaking engagement on behalf of the Commission.

 

Savannah Welcome Home Ceremony for Desert Storm Troops.

 

            Chairman Smith advised that Robert McCorkle, Chairman Smith of the Chatham County Commission, had asked that a representative of the Glynn County Commission participate in upcoming festivities designed to honor troops who participated in the Desert Storm Operation, and a volunteer was needed for this event.

 

Agenda Addition.

 

Chairman Smith commented that the new agenda format designed to streamline and make meetings more efficient appeared to be very effective, however, it appeared that an additional category titled County Attorney Items might be needed on the PM Agendas.

A motion was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Boyne that Staff/Urgent Items be included on future PM Agendas immediately after Commissioner Items.

Unanimously adopted.

 

State Train “New Georgia”.

 

            Administrator Stewart reported that ticket sales for rides on the State Train “new Georgia” during HarborFest activities over the coming weekend were comparatively slow, and he asked for authorization to issue a block of tickets to each Commissioner for distribution to needy citizens.

            Because of constitutional prohibition against Commissioners giving gratuities, County Attorney Gary Moore said approval of Administrator Stewart’s request should include language directing the tickets be given to charitable organizations.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Boyne to give a specific number of non-saleable excess tickets for the “New Georgia” train ride that were not going to be sold, and therefore, had no value, to be given to each Commissioner for distribution to charitable citizens so that children who otherwise might not be able to ride the train would have the opportunity to do so.

            Motion adopted by majority vote with one dissent cast by Commissioner Dismer.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Boyne authorizing distribution of five complimentary tickets to each local news media for a ride on the “New Georgia” train during upcoming HarborFest activities.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Discretionary Fund Allocation to Police Department.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Tillman authorizing transfer of $1,000 from the Discretionary Fund to the Police Department Budget to cover expenses of additional patrol to be provided by County Police Officers during HarborFest activities at the City Waterfront during the coming weekend.

Unanimously adopted.

 

Paving of Whitlock Street/Nimitz Drive, and Willow Drive.

 

            County Attorney Gary Moore said he had been asked by a couple of Commissioners to look into the situation regarding paving of Whitlock Street/Nimitz Drive, which was located on railroad right-of-way adjacent to Ballard Park.  Attorney Moore said he believed the County could condemn this right-of-way for the purpose of paving, and he asked if the Commission wanted him to pursue this matter with the railroad.

            Commissioner Boyne described Nimitz Drive as being a major access road serving a major recreation area in the center of the County, and he felt paving was important to insure safety to the residents in this area in the event access via Old Jesup Road was cut off by a storm or some other disaster.

            Administrator Stewart reported that paving of Nimitz Drive and Willow Road, which were both located on railroad right-of-way, had been included on previous paving lists and deferred because only a 180 day revocable easement could be obtained from the railroad, and if the Commission saw fit to acquire the right-of-way on both these roads by condemnation, he felt carry-over funds were available within the paving budget to pay for paving of same.

            County Engineer Ray Richard reported that Nimitz Drive was listed at Priority No. 19 at the bottom of the Paving List.

            Chairman Smith and Commissioner Moore said the could support efforts to acquire right-of-way needed to pave Nimitz Drive as long as there was no deviation to the Paving Priority List.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing County Attorney Gary Moore to pursue negotiations with the railroad to acquire Nimitz Drive right-of-way for paving, without any restrictions.

Unanimously adopted.

 

Tax Deed Collection.

 

            County Attorney Gary Moore stated that on April 18, 1991, the Commission adopted a motion stating that all penalties and interest would be forgiven on tax deeds seven years old if all other amounts due were paid by September 1, 1991; and accepting his recommendation not to attempt to collect out-of-chain titles more than seven years old.  He recommended additional clarifications to this action, as follows:

 

1.                  That penalty and interest forgiven on tax deeds seven years old if all other amounts due were paid by September 1, 1991, apply only to the sum stated on the face of the tax deed; and

 

2.                  That non-collection of out-of-chain titles more than seven years old be determined solely by Attorney Moore’s interpretation as to whether or not a particular tax deed was out-of-chain.

 

A motion approving these recommendations was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Boyne.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Amity House Support.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Tillman and seconded by Commissioner Moore authorizing Chairman Smith to sign a letter expressing the Commission’s support of the Amity House Program.

            Unanimously adopted.

           

Review of MLK Boulevard Project Plans by CSX Railroad.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Tillman and seconded by Commissioner Hardman approving request from CSX Railroad for $1500 to review preliminary plans for MLK Jr. Boulevard Renovation Project, with said funds to come from the project fund.

            Motion adopted by majority vote with Commissioner Moore abstaining.

 

Youth Challenge Deadline Extended.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Moore to extend the deadline for completion of the Youth Challenge Project to May 31, 1991.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Administrator Budget Revision.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Moore approving request presented by Administrator Stewart authorizing him to transfer funds from the salaries portion of the Administrator’s budget to cover other areas where shortfall had occurred.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

Executive Meeting.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to go into Executive Meeting, and then to adjourn the Regular Meeting.

            Unanimously adopted.

                                                      

 

 

                                                                                    BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

 

 

 

                                                                                    ______________________________

Joe Smith, Chairman

Attested to and

Prepared by:

 

___________________________

Martha D. Tyre, Deputy Clerk