MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

THURSDAY, AUGUST 1, 1991 8:30 A.M.

 

            PRESENT:                   Chairman Joe Smith

                                                Vice Chairman Karen Moore

                                                Commissioner Robert H. “Bob” Boyne

                                                Commissioner William Dismer

                                                Commissioner Jack Hardman

                       

           ABSENT:                     Commissioner W. Harold Pate

                                                Commissioner E.C. Tillman

 

            ALSO PRESENT:       Administrator Charles T. Stewart

                                                County Attorney Gary Moore

 

            Opening Ceremony.

                

                        Chairman Smith opened the meeting by calling on Richard Perry, Chairman of the Selden Park Advisory Committee, for the invocation, followed by Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.

 

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Consent Agenda Items.

           

            A motion was made to Commissioners Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to approve the following Consent Agenda Items, as recommended by Staff:

 

Report from Dan Altobelli on recent public hearing regarding status of the proposed “L” Street Improvement Project deferred.

 

Purchase of Traffic Signal Components to provide back up emergency response      capabilities approved: said purchase amounting to $9,601.00 to be made         

            through State Contract.

 

Chairman and Clerk authorized to execute contract with the

          Department of Transportation  for LARP Resurfacing on

          5.610 Miles of Various County Roads; Project No. LAR-21-

          43-4(127).

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Unanimously adopted.

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Minutes Approved.

                       


            A motion was made my Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Dismer to approve minutes of the following meetings, subject to any changes or corrections that might be needed.

 

            Regular Meeting held July 18, 1991

           

            Executive Meeting held July 18, 1991

 

            Unanimously adopted.

                                      

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Selden Park Pool Project.

 

            Chairman Smith announced that Commissioner Tillman was unable to be in attendance because of his wife’s hospitalization in Jacksonville, and he asked that a video be shown regarding the proposed Selden Park Pool Project.

           

            The video was shown in which Commissioner Tillman, Chairman of the Selden Park Advisory Committee Richard Perry, and Selden Park Manager Floyd Phoenix gave a presentation on the Selden Park Master Plan, and requested $150,000 additional funding in the FY 1991-92 Budget for construction of a new swimming pool, to be added to the $200,000 carry forward from the previous year, so that the full $425,000 project could be constructed.  Mr. Perry stated that other segments of the community, including local industry, would be willing to provide funding assistance once actual construction was underway.

            Chairman Smith stated that the Board of Commissioners was committed to this project although a determination had not been made as to the amount of funding to be included in the current fiscal year budget and the full project might not be completed during the current year.

            Commissioner Hardman thanked Mr. Perry for the enjoyable and informative video presentation on Selden Park, the sensitivity shown to the County’s budget problems, and the Selden Park Advisory Park Committee’s initiative in seeking financial assistance from local industry. He said this action identified the proposed new swimming pool as being a Community project.

           

            In light of concerns regarding this project, Commissioner Moore asked Staff to develop a spreadsheet showing line item costs so the Commission could phase in the project.

 

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Fort Frederica.

 

            New Fort Frederica Superintendent Michael Tennant invited the Commission to attend special activities at Fort Frederica, including a lime burning and special appearance by local author Eugenia Price and U.S. Congressman Lindsay Thomas, commemorating the 75th Anniversary of the National Park Service on August 25.  He stressed the need to restrict development which could pose a threat to the Park property by Sea Palms.  He said local input of the Commission would be needed to prevent adverse impact on the Park property.

            Commissioner Moore said she would be working with Staff to draft a letter to Congressman Wyche Fowler endorsing his efforts to obtain federal funding to purchase Sea palms the tract adjacent to Ft. Frederica on which they proposed to build a new marina; and that she would place this matter on the agenda of the next Regular Meeting for approval by the full commission.

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Brunswick Salt Water Intrusion

 

            Georgia Pacific employee Dr. J.R. Miller addressed annual request of the U.S. Geological Survey for one-third participation by the County in the $105,000 local share of the Brunswick Salt Water Intrusion Study for FY 1991-92.  Dr. Miller advised that all significant water withdrawals by industries west of Glynn County impacted Glynn County, and data provided by the Salt Water Intrusion Study was extremely important in managing existing water resources.  Although local industry was responsible for approximately 80% of withdrawals from the Florida Aquifer, Dr. Miller said he considered Hercules and Georgia Pacific’s one-sixth participation in the cost of the Salt Water Intrusion Study to be fair.

 

            Commissioner Boyne said he though it behooved the Commission to encourage local industry to be careful with water usage, and to become larger financial participants in the Salt Water Intrusion Study cost.  Commissioner Boyne also stressed the importance of State leaders addressing water resources management.

 

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Petition to Close Portion of Tourist Drive.

 

            County Engineer Ray Richard reported that he and other Staff members had investigated a petition signed by residents of Glyndale Subdivision asking that the private portion of Tourist Drive connecting to Howard Drive be closed, and they recommended that this request not be granted because it would worsen ingress and egress problems at the intersection of Tourist Drive and U.S. 341.  He stressed the importance of allowing traffic to exit Tourist Drive via Howard Drive and Glyndale Circle so as to return to Highway 341 via the traffic light at Glyndale Circle.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Moore to accept this recommendation and deny the request to close the street.

 

            Commissioner Dismer noted that owners of property along that portion of Tourist Drive abutting Howard Drive had refused to give the County right-of-way for this segment of the road, and he questioned the effect of the County installing a chain link fence across Tourist Drive at this point.  County Attorney Gary Moore said there would be significant liability exposure to the County if motorists were forced to exit onto Highway 341 at this location.

            Glyndale Subdivision residents J.C. Burdette and Charles Randall supported this petition and objected to intrusion of commercial traffic onto their residential streets.

            Commissioner Moore noted that the Department of Transportation had a project on line to six-lane Highway 341 and provide additional traffic improvements in this are, and he asked if this would alleviate the problem.  Public Works Director Keith Flanagan gave a negative response, and said Department of Transportation had asked the County to look for more back exits to Highway 341 within the I-95 area such as this one.

            Commissioner Hardman informed this group of citizens that the County had made an effort to purchase right-of-way from Hampton Inn do that safe egress could be provided to Glyndale Circle, but their price was too high.

            Commissioner Boyne withdrew his motion and Commissioner Moore withdrew her second.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to close the street as petitioned.  After a brief discussion, the motion and second were withdrawn.

                          

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            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing Engineering Consultants Moreland and Altobelli to represent the County’s interest in this matter in Atlanta with the idea that a solution to this problem might be secured within a time frame of significantly less than a year.

            Aye:     Commissioners Moore, Hardman and Boyne.

            Nay:     Chairman Smith

            Abstaining: Commissioner Dismer.

            Motion failed.

                                       

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            A motion was made by Chairman Smith and seconded by Commissioner Boyne that Staff prepare a letter to be forwarded to the Department of Transportation under the Chairman’s signature requesting a solution to this problem within the near future.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

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Enforcement of Grease Trap Provision of Water/Sewer Ordinance.

 

Water/Sewer Engineer Jim Todd addressed enforcement of the Grease Trap Provision of the Water/Sewer Ordinance which the Commission recently deferred until after Labor Day.  Mr. Todd presented documentation of expenditures incurred by the Water/Sewer Department for clearing grease plugs from sewer lines near restaurants on St. Simons Island, and asked for authorization to renew enforcement of this provision immediately after labor Day 1991.

            Chairman Smith assured Mr. Todd that he had one hundred support of the Commission in this effort.

 

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Personnel Committee Action.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing Staff to draft, for adoption by the Commission at a later date, a proposed amendment to the Personnel Policy which would allow the County Administrator to grant additional time off to Management Employees, including the County Administrator, County Attorney and Police Chief; with the Chairman of the County Commission to be advised of each such event.

 

            Unanimously adopted.

 

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Future Use of Courthouse Annex.

 

            Commissioner Dismer reported that it was the consensus of the Inter-Agency Criminal Justice Task Force that it would impractical to utilize the third floor of the Old Detention Center for housing prisoners.  He said the Task Force had asked Staff to determine if there was any potential use of a portion of the third floor to hold inmate overflow from some type of sting operation, and Building Official Vernon Lewis had advised that the cost of equipping an area to house ten prisoners was approximately $100,000, and this amount was considered prohibitive.  He also questioned the use of a portion of this area for records storage when the courts operations moved into the new Courthouse.

 

            County Administrator Charles Stewart said some of the court functions, such as the Clerk of Superior Court, planned to retain some of their records in the Court House annex after moving into the new building, however, a permanent resolution to records storage was needed.

           

A motion was made by Chairman Smith and seconded by Commissioner Boyne, based on the fact that the 1987 ballot on the sales tax issue included $390,000 for renovation of the Court House Annex, that Staff be authorized to develop Requests

for Proposals on renovating the entire Court House Annex including the third floor, into office space for the purpose of housing administrative functions presently located in the Office Park Building, with the Office Park Building to be placed on the market for sale.

           

            Unanimously adopted.

 

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Finance Committee Items.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Boyne approving the following actions recommended by the Finance Committee: 

 

1.                  Bids on .95 Mile of Sand Asphalt Resurfacing on 11 Jekyll Island Streets, including Department of Transportation Contract LAR-21-272- (127), rejected, and Staff authorized to rebid the project at a later time as part of several other projects;

 

2.                  Bid on Rear Loading Garbage Truck for Sanitation awarded to Tom Nehl GMC of Jacksonville, Florida in the amount of $80,841.00;

 

3.                  Water impact Fees reduced to allow a one time opportunity for owners of existing housing to obtain water service, as follows:

                                                           

a)                  Impact Fee...................... $300.00

b)                  Meter Fee....................... $215.00

c)                  Deposit............................. $50.00

d)                  Administrative Fee............. $25.00

e)                  Authorize financing

but not to exceed............. $400.00

f)                    Period of time- 90 days from August 1, 1991 to November

1, 1991;

           

4.                  Carlton Company authorized to replace a set of 40 inch wide wheels on Landfill Compactor Vehicle No. 1145 in an amount not to exceed $44,455.00;

           

5.                  Plan for establishing a Glynn County Water/Sewer Department

Commission.  This topic to be discussed at the Commission Work Session on August 8, 1991, and the Chairman authorized to forward a letter inviting the individual members from both the St. Simons Island and Mainland Water/Sewer Advisory Boards to receive their input; also to receive report from Staff on the Mainland Water/Sewer Five Year Plan with an emphasis on water expansion; with the plan to establish a Glynn County Water/Sewer Department structured as a Commission similar to the Airport Commission including how the Commission should be constituted and suggested responsibilities;

 

6.                  Bid of Ben Turnipseed Engineers of Atlanta in the amount of $83,500.00 accepted on Engineering Services for Expansion on the Water Pollution Control Plant on St. Simons Island.

 

Unanimously adopted.

                       

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Beach Survey Contract.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Moore approving recommendation from County Engineer Ray Richard that County Surveyor George Underwood’s Beach Survey Agreement be expanded to include additional expenditure up to $6,467.50 to set control points for the Beach Nourishment Project.

 

Unanimously adopted.

 

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Policy Concerning Meals Served to Employees at Detention Center.

 

            Pursuant to deliberation by the Finance Committee regarding the feasibility of charging Detention Center Employees for meals at the Detention Center, Jail Administrator Ron Corbett recommended that Line Staff who consumed these meals while attending to their duties at their posts not be charged for meals.

            A motion approving this recommendation was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

            Unanimously adopted.

 

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Appointment to CGRDC Wetlands Task Force.

Chairman Smith announced that Shaw McVeigh had resigned his position as Glynn County’s representative on the Coastal Georgia Regional Development Wetlands Task Force, and Vernon Martin had asked the Commission to appoint a replacement for Mr. McVeigh.

Commissioner Moore nominated Drew Shirley to fill this position.

A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to close the nominations thereby, appointing Mr. Shirley to this position by acclamation.

Motion adopted by majority with Commissioner Boyne abstaining.

 

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Planning Commission Appointments.

            Commissioner Hardman nominated Ben Jaudon to serve another three year term on the Glynn County Planning Commission representing the City of Brunswick area.

            Commissioner Boyne nominated Ernie Craft to this position, and subsequently withdrew this nomination because of uncertainly as to w h e t h e r  o r  n o t  Mr. Craft     w a n t e d   t o  s e r v e.

            Mr. Jaudon was appointed to serve another term on the Planning Commission by unanimous vote of the Board of Commissioners.

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            Chairman Smith announced that Dennie McCrary’s term on the Planning Commission, representing the St. Simons and Sea Island Area, was expiring and he did not wish to be reappointed.

            Commissioner Moore nominated Ira Moore for this position.

            Commissioner Dismer nominated Dean Overall.

            Written votes were cast by the Commission, whereupon Chairman Smith announced that Ira Moore had been selected to fill this position.

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            Chairman Smith nominated Stanley Whitt to fill the pending vacancy on the Planning Commission created by expiration of Lee Kick lighter’s term representing the Mainland Area.

            Commissioner Hardman nominated Thomas Putman.

            Written votes were cast, whereupon it was announced none of the above candidates had received a sufficient majority vote.

            A motion deferring this appointment was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Boyne.

 

            Unanimously adopted.

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Appointments to Glynn Clean & Beautiful Advisory Board.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Boyne appointing Heidi Whitt to serve a three-year term on Glynn Clean & Beautiful Advisory Board.

            Unanimously adopted.

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            A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman appointing Virginia Gunn to serve a three -year term on the Glynn Clean & Beautiful Advisory Board.

            Unanimously adopted.

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Appointment to Plumbing Advisory Board.

            Commissioner Moore nominated Wyman Stone to fill out the remainder of Larry Bullard’s term on the Plumbing Advisory Board.

Mr. Stone was appointed to this position by unanimous vote of the Commission.

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Appointment to Library Board.          

            Chairman announced that Beatrice Dismer’s three year term on the Brunswick and Glynn County Library Board was expiring and an appointment to fill this position was in order.

            Commissioner Boyne nominated Mrs. Dismer for another term.

            Chairman Smith nominated William Diehl.

            A written vote did not result in a four vote majority for either candidate.

            A motion to defer this appointment until the next regular meeting was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.

            Unanimously adopted.

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Appointment to Crime Commission.

            Recommendation was received from the Planning Commission that Frank Riviere be appointment to replace Frank Zagami on the Citizens Crime Commission.

            Commissioner Boyne said he would like to appoint William White to this position.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Boyne that a letter be forwarded to the Crime Commission asking them to accept William White as a replacement for Mr. Zagami.

                        Unanimously adopted.

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Payment of Legal Bill.

            Motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Hardman authorizing payment of approximately $6,000.00 for legal services rendered regarding Kenneth Blanks murder conviction appeal, as requested by Superior Court Judge A. Blenn Taylor, Jr.

            Unanimously adopted.

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Budget Session Scheduled.

            A Budget Session was scheduled for Tuesday, August 6, 1991 at 4:30 PM.

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Drainage Problem in Hampton Plantation.

            Commissioner Moore said she had received a letter from property owners in Hampton Plantation concerning a drainage problem, and she asked that Staff be prepared to present a report on this situation at the next regular meeting.

            County Engineer Ray Richard said he had been working on this project for quite sometime, and he would be ready with a report at the next meeting.

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Beach Access.

            Commissioner Moore noted that problems regarding ingress on County right-of-way relative to beach access on St. Simons Island continued, and she asked that Staff be prepared to present an update on this problem and that it be placed on the agenda of the next Regular Meeting.

 

Executive Session.

            A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Boyne to go into Executive Session for the purpose of discussing the following items, and then to adjourn the Regular Meeting.

 

            Property Acquisition

            Personnel Matters

            Southport Litigation

 

            Unanimously adopted.

 

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                                         Meeting  Adjourned.

                                                        

                                                        BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

                                                         GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA

 

                                                        

                                                          Joe Smith, Chairman

 

Attested to and

Prepared by:

 

Martha D. Tyre, Deputy Clerk