PRESENT: Chairman Joe Smith
Vice Chairman Karen Moore
Commissioner Robert H. “Bob” Boyne
Commissioner William E. Dismer
Commissioner Jack Hardman
Commissioner E. C. Tillman
Commissioner W. Harold Pate
ABSENT: Commissioner W. Harold Pate
ALSO PRESENT: County Administrator Charles T. Stewart
County Attorney Gary Moore
Chairman Smith opened the meeting with the invocation, followed by Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
Beach Nourishment Project.
Chairman Smith announced that the “Save the Beach Committee” was listed on the Agenda of the Regular Meeting scheduled for June 6, 1991, to ask the Commission to halt construction of a groin and placement of dredge material on St. Simons Beaches until further study of alternate Beach Nourishment methods was looked into. Because this had become a Countywide issue, Chairman Smith said he was willing to allow Commissioner Dismer to bring this matter up for discussion at this time.
Commissioner Dismer then offered the following motion:
1. That the County Commission invite two experienced engineers with extensive experience and knowledge of beach methods to review the various reports on hand and express their opinions as to the most effective approach. The names he had in mind were Dr. Orion Pilke of Duke University and Mr. Miles Hayes of the firm of Comet and Hayes, and the County would entertain any other suggestions brought forward, with the stipulation that their opinions must be available on or before June 20.
2. That on June 6 this Commission appoint a Review Panel consisting of two prominent business leaders and four local residents with proven scientific expertise who would be asked to critique the opinions submitted by the experts.
3. That the results of these inquiries be made available at a special public hearing to be held on St. Simons Island on or before June 19.
4. That this Commission receive the report of the review panel at its June 20 meeting and determine what further action was required.
Chairman Smith seconded the motion.
As a point of personal privilege, Commissioner Moore asked that the Commission look at a brief video prepared by the University of Georgia on St. Simons Island in the early 1980’s. This request was granted, and a video interview with Dr. Pilke was shown wherein he stated that if Georgia wanted to preserve its beaches, homeowners on the beachfront would have to be willing to retreat and let their houses disappear.
Commissioner Dismer’s motion then failed by the following vote:
Aye: Commissioner Dismer and Chairman Smith.
Nay: Commissioners Tillman, Moore, Pate and Hardman.
Abstaining: Commissioner Boyne.
Resolution – Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority Bonds.
Upon recommendation of approval by County Attorney Gary Moore, a motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Dismer adopting the following resolution and authorizing the Chairman and Clerk to execute same with the understanding that if the bonds were called early changes in the agreement would be approved by both parties, and authorizing County Attorney Gary Moore to continue negotiating with the Hospital Authority in developing a written agreement wherein the Hospital would assume a greater responsibility for providing indigent care including a clear definition of indigent care and DUI testing costs.
WHEREAS, the Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority (the “Authority”) was activated by the Board of Commissioners of Road and Revenues for Glynn County and the Commission of the City of Brunswick by resolution adopted on March 1, 1961, and
WHEREAS, the Authority and Glynn County (the “County”), acting through its Board of Commissioners, entered into a contract, dated as of October 1, 1976 the (“1976 Contract”), pursuant to which the County, in consideration of medical attention to be rendered to the indigent sick of the County by the Authority, agreed to pay to the Authority in each year sums sufficient to enable the Authority to pay the principal and interest on $3,240,000 in aggregate principal amount of “The Series 1976” (the “Series 1976 Certificates”), issued by the Authority for the purpose of paying the cost of acquiring, constructing and equipping certain hospital additions, extensions and improvements, should revenues of the Authority from its hospital facilities be insufficient for such purposes; and
WHEREAS, the County subsequently authorized and entered into an Amendatory Contract with the Authority, dated as of June 1, 1980 (the “Amendatory Contract”), pursuant to which the County amended the 1976 Contract agreeing to pay the Authority additional sums sufficient to enable the Authority to pay the principal and interest on $9,800,000 in aggregate principal amount of “The Glynn-Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority Revenue Certificates, Series 1980” (The “Series 1980 Certificate”), issued by the Authority for further improvements to its hospital facilities, should revenues of the Authority from its hospital facilities be insufficient for such purposes; and
WHEREAS, the Authority has indicated to the County that it is currently contemplating issuing additional revenue certificates (the “Series 1991 Certificate”) to refund all or a portion of the Series 1976 Certificates and the Series 1980 Certificates and to make further additions and improvements to its hospital facilities all in furtherance of Georgia Laws 1964, pg. 499, et. seq. (the “Hospital Authorities Law”) for the purpose of meeting the public health needs of the citizens of the County and providing for indigent care; and
WHEREAS, said Series 1991 Certificates will be in a principal amount currently estimated by the Authority not to exceed $15,000,000 and the Authority, in order to secure the lowest and best interest rates with respect to the proposed Series 1991 Certificates, has requested that the County indicate its willingness to enter into a contract in support of the Series 1991 Certificates so the planning of the financing can proceed and consultations with the rating agencies and investment banking firms may take place as to such financing; and
WHEREAS, the County is willing to give such assurance to the Authority so that planning for the financing may proceed;
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners of Glynn County, Georgia, and it is hereby resolved by authority of the same as follows:
(1) The County hereby determines that the Series 1991 Certificates financing currently contemplated by the Authority in the amount estimated not to exceed $15,000,000 is in the interest of the citizens of the County and hereby declares its willingness to enter into a contract which in general terms will be substantially the same as the Contract and Amendatory Contract hereinabove referred to, and hereby authorizes the Authority to proceed with the planning of the issuance of Series 1991 Certificates on the assumption and with the assurance that it is the present intention of the Board of Commissioners of the County to enter into such Contract in support of the Bonds.
(2) The terms and conditions of the Series 1991 Certificates financing and the terms and conditions of the County-Authority contract with respect thereto shall be subject to further approval by the County and the Authority.
(3) This declaration of intent by the County is based upon the representation by the Authority that the Series 1991 Certificates will be issued within the current calendar year.
Tax Deed – Windward Acres Homeowners Association.
County Attorney Gary Moore recommended that the Commission accept payment in the amount of $2,555.24 from the Windward Acres Homeowners Association in settlement of Tax Deeds on common property held by the Association for tax years 1984-1987.
A motion was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Tillman approving Attorney Moore’s recommendation, and authorizing the Chairman and Clerk to execute a quitclaim deed to the Windward Acres Homeowners Association for the purpose of clearing subject Tax Deed from record.
Adopted by a majority vote with Commissioner Boyne abstaining.
A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing two personnel matters, and then to adjourn the regular meeting.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA
Joe Smith, Chairman
Martha D. Tyre