BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
THURSDAY, OCTOBER 29, 1991 AT 5:15 PM
Vice Chairman Karen Moore
Commissioner Robert H. “Bob”
Commissioner William E. Dismer
Commissioner Jack Hardman
Commissioner W. Harold Pate
Commissioner E. C. Tillman
Charles T. Stewart
County Attorney Gary Moore
Smith opened the Called Meeting by asking Commissioner Tillman to give the
invocation, followed by pledge of allegiance to the flag.
Coastal Alliance for the Arts – Use of County Facility.
Smith related that Coastal Alliance for the Arts had announced plans to move
their operation from the location they had occupied for many years on Demere
Road across from Demere Annex, and were seeking space in County facilities at
the Casino Bowling Alley and/or the old cafeteria space in Demere Annex.
motion was made by Chairman Smith and seconded by Commissioner Boyne that this
request be referred to the Recreation Board for review and recommendation back
to the Commission at the next regular meeting on November 7, 1991.
motion was adopted by majority vote with Commissioner Tillman abstaining.
Boyne request that Staff, including County Attorney Gary Moore, attend the
Recreation Board/Coastal Alliance for the Arts meeting, and that a written
of the proceedings be made available.
Commissioner Tillman opposed the hasty manner in which items, including
this one, were presented to the Commission on a critical time frame without
proper review and recommendation.
Re-Issuance of Beach Nourishment Bonds.
Chairman Smith opened the floor for
comments on re-issuance of the Beach Nourishment Bonds. Although the Commission had previously
authorized him to sign the bond documents, Chairman Smith said he wanted the
public to have another opportunity to express opinions on this subject.
County Administrator Stewart
explained that in May of this year $2.4 million worth of bank-qualified revenue
bonds were issued through the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority
to raise the County’s share of the proposed Section 933 beach nourishment
project, however, because the Hospital Authority decided to issue $15 million
worth of bank-qualified revenue bonds of its own, the County’s bonds lost their
bank-qualified status. He said the
County’s agreement with Trust Company Bank gave the County 60 days from the
date of the Hospital Authority’s bond issue to reissue its bonds or pay higher
interest penalties, and after November 11 the County’s interest rate on the
bonds would increase from 75 percent to 93 percent of the prime lending
rate. He noted that proceeds from a
parking fee on the St. Simons Causeway was the proposed funding source to pay
off these bonds.
Attorney Gary Moore said unless Chairman Smith signed the documents this day
the bonds could not be reissued by the November 11 deadline, which would cause
the County to pay an additional $79,000 per year during the life of the bonds
if the prime lending rate remained steady.
Additionally, he said the County would still have to pay $71,500 in
reissuing and closing costs.
Boyne said he had received a letter from an individual who claimed that use of
toll money for the stated purpose would be a violation of Federal Code Title
23, Section 129 (a), and he wanted written confirmation from the State Attorney
General that this was not the case.
Attorney Moore said he could find no conflict w i t
h e i t h e r S t a t e
o r F e d e r a l s t a t u t e s.
A motion was made by
Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner
that an opinion be requested from Attorney General Michael Bowers regarding the
legality of using parking or toll fees to finance the Beach Nourishment
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Dismer moved to adjourn the meeting, and the motion died for
lack of a
Chairman Smith opened the floor for
discussion regarding reissuance of this bond, and a number of residents listed below
Jim Robertson, Heidi Whitt, Betsy
Ellzey, Virginia Gunn, Alice Hightower, Marilyn Parver, Bob Drury, Robert Randall, and Jonathan Chubb opposed
reissuance of the bonds, and asked that a referendum be held to determine
whether or not the public favored this method of financing beach
nourishment. Mr. Robertson noted that
the project had a life expectancy of 5 years, and the public might accept it
better if the Commission charged the Beach Management Committee with putting
together a proposal that was cheaper and would permanently restore the
beach. Ms. Gunn presented petitions
which she said contained 6,000 signatures opposing the entire project. Alice Hightower said the Beach Management
Committee was powerless because they had no budget to work with. Marilyn Parver disputed Commissioner Moore’s
comments that she had lobbied against the Commission’s proposal to finance
beach nourishment with a parking fee, although she said David Burgess, Wayne
Shackleford and Governor Zell Miller had assured her that it was unlikely this
funding arrangement would be allowed.
Another resident suggested that the new bond not be issued, the people
be allowed to vote on the whole project, and $3.5 million in sales tax money
designated for traffic improvements on St. Simons Island be used to pay for the
Gary Wainwright, Attorney for Save the Beach,
said it appeared that the Commission
was circumventing their obligation
to allow citizens to vote on general obligation
bond issues by calling this one a
revenue anticipation bond.
Lee Knowles said news reports
indicated that lower interest rates were ahead, and he suggested that the
County approach the lender and ask for a grace period to retain the
of the existing loan. Sid Overall
mentioned the impossibility of predicting interest rates, and said the concern
of President Bush and his advisors about
the economy might result in lowering interest rates. Doris Schylar suggested that a determination
be made as to whether or not the Jekyll Island parking fee increase had brought
in a greater percentage of money. She
also suggested that the County lower the annual toll sticker to $25.00 and
increase toll to $1.00. Mainland
resident James Clinch urged Commissioners to listen to the public who had
Robert Randall asked why the bonds
were being issued by the Development Authority rather than by the County, and
why the proposed funding source was called a parking fee rather than a
toll. Administrator Stewart explained
that the Development Authority had been created for the purpose of promoting
industry and jobs in the community, they had the ability to issue this type of
revenue bond, and the Commission perceived them as being the best way to market
the bonds. Although this was a 20 year
bond issue, he said the Commission could repay the entire debt service in five
years from proceeds of the project.
Attorney Moore noted that the term parking fee came from state statute.
Several citizens including Woodie
Woodside and Hans Trupp stressed the importance of the local beaches in
maintaining the $600 million a year tourism industry, 15,000 associated jobs,
and the tourism portion of sales tax moneys.
They encouraged the Commissioner to view this as an economic issue and move
quickly on reissuing the bonds.
Commissioner Dismer said he was
opposed to Glynn County taxpayers being called upon to pay the cost of
maintaining the beaches because the state claimed ownership to this
property. Commissioner Tillman said he
would not vote to reissue this bond until the County received an opinion from
the Attorney General that the parking fee could be used to pay the bonds off
because otherwise the cost would fall on an already overtaxed populace. Commissioner Moore noted that 38 cents of
every dollar spent on this project was generated by tourism. Commissioner Hardman said it made good
business sense to reissue the bonds before the interest rate went up.
Boyne objected to a special meeting being called to deal with this matter when
the Commission had already voted on it.
A motion was made by Commissioner
Moore and seconded by Commission Hardman authorizing Chairman Smith to execute
the necessary documents for reissuance of the Beach Nourishment Bonds.
Moore, Hardman, and Pate.
Nay: Commissioners Dismer and Tillman.
Abstaining: Commissioner Boyne and Chairman Smith.
Attorney Moore stated that the
Commission had already adopted a motion authorizing Chairman Smith to sign the
bond reissuance documents, and unless the motion was rescinded, that
authorization was still in effect.
A motion was made by Commissioner
Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Tillman that the Commission rescind
previous motion authorizing the Chairman to execute these bonds, pending
assurance of the bonds being guaranteed by increased toll or parking fee or
some method other than property taxes.
Boyne, Dismer, Tillman, and Chairman Smith.
Hardman, Moore, and Pate.
Merger of Magistrate Staff with Clerk of Superior
Pursuant to recommendation by Commissioner Hardman,
Chairman Smith asked the Inter-Agency Criminal Justice Task Force to develop recommendation
concerning the possibility of the Clerk of Superior Court assuming the duties
of Clerk of Magistrate Court.
Resolution Adopted Honoring Walter McNeely and Dave
motion was made by Commissioner Tillman and seconded by Commissioner Hardman
adopting the two following resolutions which would be presented at the
Brunswick Chapter NAACP Freedom Awards Banquet on November 2, 1991.
HONORING DAVE WHITFIELD, SR.
Dave Whitfield, Sr., has filled the role of responsible and caring citizen of
the Golden Isles for many years and
WHEREAS, Mr. Whitfield has contributed to the betterment
of the community through active participation in the First African Baptist
Church, sponsorship of several athletic teams, and annually hosting a Christmas
Gala for 500 underprivileged children in Glynn and surrounding counties; and
WHEREAS, as Founder and President of Dave and Sons, Inc.,
a family owned commercial and industrial cleaning service, Mr. Whitfield has
provided jobs for many of his fellow citizens, and he has become an important
part of the local business community; and
WHEREAS, because of his efforts toward improving the
quality of life for his fellow citizens, the Brunswick Chapter NAACP has
bestowed the prestigious annual “FREEDOM AWARD” upon Dave Whitfield, Sr.
NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the
Board of Commissioners, Glynn County, Georgia, in Special Called Meeting this
29th day of October, 1991, that we express our respect and
admiration to Dave Whitfield, Sr., for his service to the citizens of The
Golden Isles, and his achievement in earning the 1991 annual “Freedom Award”.
HONORING WALTER C. McNEELY
WHEREAS, Walter C. McNeely has provided invaluable
service to the citizens of the Golden Isles for many years, particularly in the
field of education; and
WHEREAS, Mr. McNeely first became a part of Glynn
County’s education program in 1949 upon assuming the position of Science
Teacher and Coach at Risley High School, and his talents resulted in a series
of promotions beginning with Principal, Assistant Superintendent of Schools
and, until the date of his retirement in June of 1991, Associate Superintendent
of Glynn County Schools.
WHEREAS, Mr. McNeely provided guidance and inspiration to
many young students who had the good fortune to attend local schools under his
supervision, and he helped to provide the foundation to make these young people
good citizens and good leaders; and
WHEREAS, the Brunswick Chapter NAACP has seen fit to
commend Walter C. McNeely for his contributions to this community by bestowing
upon him the annual “FREEDOM AWARD.”
THEREFORE, BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Board of Commissioners, Glynn
County, Georgia, in Special Called Meeting this 29th day of October,
1991, that we express our respect and admiration to Walter C. McNeely for
dedicated service to the citizens of The Golden Isles, and for the honor he had
receiving the 1991 annual
A motion was made by Commissioner
Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Moore to go into executive session for the
purpose of discussing the following items:
Martha D. Tyre,