BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
DECEMBER 5, 1991, AT 8:30 A.M.
Chairman Karen Moore
Commissioner Robert H. Boyne
William E. Dismer
W. Harold Pate
E. C. Tillman
Charles T. Stewart
Attorney Gary Moore
Chairman Smith opened the meeting by calling on Commissioner Tillman for the invocation, followed by Pledge of Allegiance to the Flag.
of Educational Incentive Awards
The Board of Commissioners presented educational incentive checks to the following employees who earned degrees during the year.
Matthew J. Doering
George T. Evanson
Randall Lee Brown
Jack A. Hopper
William Pittman, Jr.
Scott A. Trautz
Joseph D. Westbrook
Presented Re: County Employees Picnic
Special plaques of appreciation were presented to Robert Howe and Larry Taylor for their efforts in coordinating the First annual County Employees Picnic which was held at Blythe Island Regional Park on November 24, 1991.
A motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Dismer approving the following consent agenda items as recommended by staff.
Standard Mutual Aid Agreement with Wayne County – Chairman Smith was authorized
to execute a standard mutual aid agreement with Wayne County which would
come into effect in the event of a disaster.
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ACCG Annual Dues- Payment of Glynn County’s annual dues for 1992 to the
Association of County Commissioners of Georgia in the amount of
$4,647.48 was authorized.
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A motion was made by Commissioner Tillman and seconded by Commissioner Boyne to approve the following minutes, subject to any corrections that might be needed.
Regular Meeting held November 7, 1991
Executive Meeting held November 7, 1991
Regular Meeting held November 21, 1991
Executive Meeting held November 21, 1991
Bill Taylor complemented the Commission on having done an excellent job for the citizens during 1991, and said he would like to see the same talents and abilities continue into 1992.
City Manager Mark Mitchell was present on behalf of the Brunswick City Commission’s request for reimbursement of $105,000 from Sales Tax funds covering the cost of a sewer line relocated by them in conjunction with the Community Road/Cypress Mill Road project. He said the City Commission was agreeable to removal of $105,000 from the “L” Street widening project for this purpose.
County Administrator Charles Stewart noted that the Sales Tax Account for the Community Road project was already exhausted. In addition, he said the old sewer line would have to be removed, although it might be accomplished by Department of Transportation contract, and the estimated cost was $25,000. In addition to the options of either the City or the County picking up both expenses, Administrator Stewart named the “L” Street project and the City’s Streetscape project as possible funding sources.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Dismer that the Board of Commissioners pay the full amount for relocating this line from the “L” Street funds, and that the City of Brunswick, in concert with the Department of Transportation, be responsible for removing the old sewer line.
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Commissioner Tillman said he favored reimbursing the City for this expenditure but did not at the expense of the “L” Street project. He said it always seemed that public money ran out when it came time to do a project in an area that benefited poor citizens. Commissioner Pate also stressed the importance of accomplishing the “L” Street project; however, since sufficient were not available to complete it during the current budget year, he suggested that the $105,000 needed to cover the cost of relocating the sewer line be taken from this source. Commissioner Boyne concurred that it was important to accomplish the “L” Street project. Since the City of Brunswick had derived revenue from subject sewer line in the past and would continue to do so in the future, Commissioner Boyne suggested that the relocation expense be shared equally between the two governments, with the City’s share to come from the Streetscape program and the source of the County’s share to remain undetermined at this time.
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A substitute motion was made by Chairman Smith and seconded by Commissioner Tillman that this expenditure be shared equally by the City and County, with the County’s share to come from Jail Sales Tax interest monies. County Attorney Gary Moore advised that jail Sales Tax monies had to be used for jail purposes, and Chairman Smith withdrew his substitute motion.
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A motion was made by Chairman Smith and seconded by Commissioner Tillman that the City and County share this expense equally and that staff be asked to advise what source of funds was available for this purpose.
Aye: Chairman Smith, Commissioners Tillman and Boyne.
Nay: Commissioners Dismer, Hardman, Moore and Pate.
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A substitute motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Tillman that Glynn County fund this item regardless of the funding source, with the likely source being some form of Sales Tax, and that any local expense for removal of the old line be the City’s responsibility.
This motion was adopted by majority vote with Commissioner Moore abstaining.
Chairman Smith reported that action was deferred at the last regular meeting on five applications for 1992 Liquor License renewals. Chairman Smith said he reviewed these applications with the Police Chief Carl Alexander and he was satisfied that four of the applications were in order for approval.
A motion authorizing 1992 renewal of the following Liquor Licenses was made
by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.
1. Brogen’s Inc. Restaurant/Lounge, located at 200 Pier Alley, St. Simons
Island, GA. Liquor, Beer, and Wine for Consumption on Premises.
Forrest W. Brown, Licensee.
2. Coconut Willie’s Lounge, located at 121 Mallory Street, St. Simons
Island, GA. Liquor, Beer, and Wine for consumption of Premises.
C. Thomas Mitchell, Licensee.
3. Emmeline & Hessie Restaurant, located at 100 Marina Drive,
St. Simons Island, GA Liquor, Beer, and Wine for Consumption on
Premises. Thomas J. Cross, Licensee.
4. Murphy’s Tavern, located at 415 Mallory Street, St. Simons Island, GA.
Liquor, Beer, and Wine for Consumption on Premises. Michael Teal,
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Chairman Smith noted that the Police Department had made 25 visits to the Shipwreck Lounge located at 3906 Norwich Street during the year. Chief Alexander commented that many of these calls resulted from problems originating outside the establishment, and he recommended renewal of the license.
Mrs. Betty S. Knight, Licensee for this establishment, said a death in her family during the year might have caused her not to be as attentive as she would otherwise have been to the operation of this business. She asked that her license be renewed, and Chief Alexander concurred with this request.
Commissioner Boyne said he believed there had been extenuating circumstances with this business during the year.
A motion authorizing renewal of this license for 1992 was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman.
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Chairman Smith questioned Loren Norden, Licensee for Frisky’s Lounge, about the numerous responses made to his establishment by the Glynn County Police Department during the year. Chairman Smith said he felt the business owner’s responsibility extended into the parking lot, and he asked Mr. Norden what his plans were for preventing a high number of incidents during 1992.
Mr. Norden promised to give his best attention to reduction of complaints and around Frisky’s. He noted that modifications had been made to the building to control noise which might be offensive to the adjoining neighborhood.
Commissioner Boyne said Mr. Norden provided an after hours place for the people in that area, especially the Federal Law Enforcement Center. He made a motion, which was seconded by Commissioner Hardman, that this license be renewed for 1992 with the proviso that the Commission review this operation in six months.
Executive Assistant Becky Rowell presented recommendation from the Glynn Clean and Beautiful Advisory Board that the Commission approve the concept of appointing a Tree Advisory Board at the next regular meeting. She explained that this was the last of four standards that must be met by the County in order to file an application by December 31 to achieve the Tree City USA designation from the National Arbor Day Foundation.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Dismer approving the recommendation presented by Ms. Rowell, which included appointing a Tree Advisory Committee at the next meeting and authorizing staff to submit an application for the Tree City designation by the specified deadline.
Commissioner Dismer said there was no report from the Inter-Agency Criminal Justice Task Force at this time, however, it would be forthcoming at the next regular meeting.
Finance Committee Actions
On behalf of the Finance Committee, a motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Pate approving the following actions.
1. Bid on uniforms for Police Department awarded to Harrison Uniforms of
Jacksonville, FL, in the amount of $33,177.00
2. Bid on janitorial services for new courthouse awarded to South Georgia
Professional Maintenance of Brunswick, GA, in the amount of $5,233.77 per
month, with the estimated budget overrun of $6,519.00 to be funded from the
interest on the Sales Tax Construction Account.
3. Gift certificates of $15 per employee to be issued through Winn-Dixie Grocery
4. Bid for relocating offices into the new Courthouse awarded Thompson-Werner/
Donaldson of Jacksonville, FL, in the amount of $13,518.00.
5. Bid on Ocean Boulevard Drainage Improvements awarded to Plant improvement
Company/DBA/Seaboard Construction Company of Brunswick, GA in the
amount of $244,988.00.
6. Continue payment of travel allowance, but give employees an opportunity to
provide an accounting of miles driven on County business which would reduce
the amount of travel allowance reported on W-2’s, but not below the travel
7. Amendment to Wrecker Ordinance approved to include the Glynn County Board
of Commissioners as an additional insured under the policies required to be
maintained by the wrecker services.
8. The Finance Committee meeting for the month of September was set for 5p.m. on
Tuesday, December 17, 1991.
Business License Ordinance
A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Hardman to adopt the following amendment to the Business License Ordinance.
A RESOLUTION TO AMEND CHAPTER 2-6 OF THE CODE OF
ORDINANCES, GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA TO ESTABLISH
A PENALTY FOR FAILURE TO OBTAIN A LICENSE, TO
ESTABLISH THE DURATION OF LICENSES, TO ESTABLISH FEES
FOR WHOLE AND PARTIAL YEAR LICENSES, TO REQUIRE
DECALS ON VEHICLES USED IN ANY BUSINESS, TO ESTABLISH
A PROCESSING AND INVESTIGATIVE FEE AND FOR OTHER
BE IT ORDAINED BY the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, this 5th day of December, 1991, that Chapter 2-6 of the Code of Ordinances, Glynn County, Georgia,
titled Business License and Regulations be it and it is hereby amended by amending sections 2-6-25, 2-2-28 and 2-6-29 and adding new section 2-6-31 all of which shall read as follows:
Each license issued under this Ordinance shall be for one (1) calendar year and shall expire on December 31 of the year of its issuance except as otherwise specifically provided. Licenses applied for after July 1 shall be issued for one-half (1/2) the full year fee. Licenses applied for after October 1 shall be issued for one-fourth (1/4) the full year fee.
2-5-28 Penalty for failure to Obtain a License.
No person shall operate a business in the unincorporated portion of Glynn
County without first obtaining a business license as required in this ordinance. Any person violating the terms of this provision shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and shall be required to purchase the business license which is required in this ordinance and pay a fine in the amount of $400.00 for any subsequent violation hereof by the same person, partnership or corporation.
2-6-31 Service Providers in Homes and Businesses
a. Every business performing home or business repairs, improve-
ments, construction, pest extermination, or the repair of
appliances, fixtures or machinery in a home or business shall, in
addition to other requirements for a business license, provide a list
of all their employees that work in homes or businesses showing
their residence address and social security number. Such list shall
be up-dated as those employees cease to be employed or as new
ones are employed. Every such business shall furnish proof of any
license required of them by State Law or regulation.
b. Every vehicle used by a business performing home or business r
repairs, improvements, construction, pest extermination, or the
repair of appliances, fixtures or machinery in a home or business
shall purchase from Glynn County and display on either the
driver’s door or left front fender of each vehicle a decal to show
compliance with this ordinance. Such decal shall be provided
annually for $5.00 each- provided, however, that any business with
over fifty (50) employees may place the business name in a similar
location in lieu of the decal otherwise provided.
Any person, partnership, or corporation violating the terms of this ordinance shall be guilty of an ordinance violation and shall be required to purchase said decal and pay a fine of $100.00 for each
This Ordinance shall be effective on January 1, 1992.
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Commissioner Moore commended Commissioner Hardman for his work in bringing about this change which would provide a measure of protection to people who might otherwise be victimized by unauthorized people doing business in the community.
Chairman Smith asked staff to advertise notice of this pending business license change in
the local newspaper.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner
Hardman that Staff be authorized to purchase E-911 Computer System Equipment and
go to bid on the needed software improvements; and that funding source be implemented per the FY 91-92 budget by an increase from $.34 per month to $.94 per month on the
telephones subject to the 911 monthly fee located in the unincorporated area of Glynn
County excluding Jekyll Island; and adopting the following resolution authorizing Southern Bell to start collecting such a monthly fee in the County’s name.
Resolution on E911 System
BE IT AND IT IS HEREBY RESOLVED by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners that a monthly emergency “911” charge is hereby made upon all
telephone subscribers located in the unincorporated portion of Glynn County outside
of Jekyll Island in the amount of an additional $.62 per month. This charge shall be effective on April 5, 1992.
Adopted by majority vote with 1 dissenting vote cast by Commissioner Dismer.
Chairman Smith noted that the Commissioner recently asked the St. Simons
Chamber of Commerce to work with County Staff in developing a recommend list of organizations to be represented on a St. Simons Island Transportation Study Committee to be appointed by the Board of Commissioners, and it appeared that the Chamber had misconstrued this request as authorization for them to form the actual committee themselves. He reiterated the Commission’s request the Chamber recommend organizations to be represented on this committee, and suggested that the number of members be limited.
County Administrator Charles Stewart stated that the Chamber already had their own Transportation Committee in place. He said that had worked with the County in the
past, and its membership was pretty well balanced.
A motion was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Dismer that the St. Simons Island Chamber of Commerce be asked to recommend organizations to be represented on the St. Simons Island Community Transportation Study Committee which would be appointed by the Board of Commissioners.
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A substitute motion was offered y Commissioner Moore that the Board of Commissioners accept the list of members presented by the Chamber of Commerce and ask the Chamber to add to this list of organizations not already represented, because she did not want to take anyone off the list who had already committed to serve. Motion died for lack of second.
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Commissioner Moore offered another substitute motion to accept this committee, with any needed expansions to be made at a future sate if any major groups felt they were
not represented by individuals already on the committee. Motion died for lack of second.
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Chairman Smith made a motion that Board of Commissioners appoint a St. Simons Island Community Transportation Study Committee consisting of 11 individuals
to be taken from the list provided by the St. Simons Island Chamber of Commerce, and the remaining 4 members to be representative of the following agencies:
Sea Island Homeowners Association
Epworth by the Sea
Motion died for lack of second.
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Carolyn Sauter related that about half the members of the Chamber of Commerce’s existing Transportation Committee who were interested in serving on this new committee had gathered for discussion, and at no time had they construed this themselves to be a formally appointed committee.
The original motion by Commissioner Hardman was then unanimously adopted.
Pursuant to request from Vernon Lewis, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Tillman as follows:
1. Authorizing the County Engineer to identify the limits of the County’s
property at Altamaha Park to determine if there were any encroachments by houseboats onto the property from the river.
2. Authorizing the County Attorney to determine if the houseboats located at
Altamaha Park posed any liability to the Board of Commissioners or the
Board of Directors of the Altamaha Park Association.
Chairman Smith asked Attorney Moore to investigate the legalities involved in houseboats dumping raw sewage into Altamaha River at Altamaha Park, and to make any recommendations that might be needed to protect the Board of Commissioners from liability in this situation.
Commissioner Moore said anyone owning a houseboat should be able to purchase a suitable portable or chemical toilet, and it was the public’s short term and long term responsibility to protect the environment. Commissioner Pate noted that young people often swam in areas of the river where waste was discharged.
Herman Spenser stated that houseboats caused numerous problems including erosion. He urged the Commissioner to clean the river up so that it would be available for recreation for future generations of young people. Jim Roberson said he supported action by the Commission to clean up the river and not allow any type of raw sewage discharged into it.
Houseboat owner A.L. Johnson said he felt the houseboat owners were being discriminated against because raw sewage from cabins at the park also went into the river at times.
Recreation Facility User Fees.
A motion was made by Commissioner Dismer and seconded by Commissioner Tillman authorizing implementation of the following fees, as recommended by Recreation Director Cynthia Williams on behalf of the Recreation Board.
$50.00 Annual Family Swimming Pass valid at any County
$25.00 Individual Swimming Fee
$ 1.00 Adult Daily Fee
$ . 50 Children Daily Fee, 12 and under
Senior Citizens Free
Community Road – Doris Thomas Property
With regard to the County’s most recent purchase of Doris Thomas’ convenience store property in conjunction with the Community/Cypress Mill Road Improvement Project, a motion was made by Commissioner Boyne and seconded by Commissioner Hardman granting Ms. Thomas’ request to continue occupancy of the building for an additional sixty days so as to allow her additional time to liquidate her stock, minus a portion of the building to be rented to Department of Transportation by the County for use as a construction office for the project.
Payment for Legal Assistance-
A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded Commissioner Tillman authorizing payment up to $750.00 to Attorney Ronald Young for legal services rendered in connection with reducing the jail population, with said funds to come from the Public Defender’s budget.
Administrator Stewart presented request from Tax Commissioner Curtis Tucker for increase in his current budget for the following purposes.
1. Add to the budget $1,454.16 due to the State doubling the size of the 1992
2. Add to the budget $7,685.00 due to 1991 Laws committee 493 House Bill
290 doubling the GED cost.
3. Add to the budget 322 hours of overtime for temporary employees, dollar
amount unknown at this time.
4. Add to the budget 322 hours of overtime for full-time employees, dollar
amount unknown at this time.
A motion was made by Commissioner Moore and seconded by Commissioner Hardman approving items 1 and 2 of Mr. Tucker’s request, and denying items 3 and 4.
Chairman Smith approved request presented by Administrator Stewart for assignment of recommendations from Public Works Director Keith Flanagan and Traffic Safety Engineer Jimmy Horton regarding proposed changes to the street light policy, to the Finance Committee for further recommendation.
Administrator Stewart announced that a meeting was scheduled for Monday, December 16 at 4 p.m. with the local legislative delegation to discuss matters to be introduced in the upcoming legislative session. Mr. Stewart said he would circulate the pending agenda for the meeting prior to that time.
County Attorney Gary Moore introduced new Assistant County Desiree Watson.
Ms. Watson stated that she was happy to be working for Glynn County.
Amendment to Employees Health Plan Policy
A motion was made by Commissioner Hardman and seconded by Commissioner Moore adopting the following amendment to the employees health plan policy.
It is hereby resolved that long term employees be allowed to continue health care benefits through Glynn County under the following conditions:
1. Any qualified employee may continue health care benefits beyond the date of their resignation or other termination of employment with Glynn County until their sixty- fifth birthday or until the employee becomes eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or for other
coverage under any other Group Health Plan either as an employee or as a dependent. Any dependent covered through a qualified employee may retain coverage until the employee through whom they receive benefits loses his or her eligibility as provided herein or until that dependent attains age 54 or is eligible for Medicare, Medicaid or for coverage under any other Group Health Plan as an employee or as a dependent.
2. A qualified employee must make a written election to continue their health care benefits in writing on a form to be provided by the Glynn County Personnel Department and filed with the Glynn County Personnel within 90 days of the effective date of the qualified employee’s resignation or other termination of employment with Glynn County.
3. These benefits shall be continued only so long as the qualified employee remains eligible under the terms of this resolution. To retain eligibility the qualified employee must make monthly payments as directed by the Glynn County Personnel Department. The payments shall be in an amount which is 102% of the actual cost of insurance for an active employee of the same age as the qualified employee as calculated by Glynn County.
4. A qualified employee as that term is used herein shall mean any individual who on the day immediately preceding their resignation or other termination of employment with Glynn County, Georgia has either:
a. Attained at least 60 years of age and been employed on a full-time basis continuously by Glynn County for at least the immediately preceding 20 years; or
b. Attained at least 55 years of age and been employed on a full-time basis continuously by Glynn County for at least the immediately preceding 25 years; or
c. Attained at least 53 years of age and been employed on a full-time basis continuously by Glynn County for at least the immediately preceding 28 years.
5. The coverage provided herein shall be available to any non-elected employee who on the effective date of their resignation or other termination of employment is subject to the jurisdiction of the Board of Commissioners of Glynn County, Georgia.
6. This program of benefits may be revoked at any time by action of the Glynn
County Board of Commissioners except that benefits will continue to be paid pursuant to the terms hereof for any person who has already made application and who is otherwise eligible and qualified. Upon any such revocation, any person who has not made application shall not be entitled to any benefits hereunder.
Passed and adopted, this 5th day of December, 1991.
Chairman Smith appointed Commissioner Tillman to serve on the local Federal Emergency Management Advisory Board whose function was to determine how federal grants would be spent locally.
Chairman Smith announced that he had received calls concerning action recently taken by the Commission rescinding award of bid for providing wrecker service on County vehicles from an individual who was reported to have a court record. Chairman Smith said he had been told that records concerning this individual were supposed to be kept sealed, and he did not know if the Commission should consider their action or not.
Police Chief Carl Alexander responded that this individual thought his records were sealed but they were not.
Chairman Smith asked questions concerning plans of Superior Court Judges to hire security guards or bailiffs for the new Courthouse.
Commissioner Hardman said he understood Judge Taylor planned to hire a retired certified Georgia State Patrol officer, and two persons would then provide security presently provided by three individuals.
Chairman Smith asked Administrator Stewart to find out what the judge’s intentions were in this regard, and to notify the Commission accordingly.
A motion was made by Commissioner Pate and seconded by Commissioner Tillman to go into Executive Meeting for the purpose of discussing the following items, and then to adjourn the regular meeting.
BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA
Joe Smith, Chairman
Martha D. Tyre,