SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
TUESDAY, OCTOBER 16, 2012 AT 9:30 AM
PRESENT: Richard Strickland, Chairman, District 3
Clyde Taylor, Vice Chairman, At Large Post 1
Amy Callaway, Commissioner, District 1
Tom Sublett, Commissioner, District 2
Mary Hunt, Commissioner, District 4
Jerome Clark, Commissioner, District 5
Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2
ALSO PRESENT: Alan Ours, County Administrator
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney
Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk
Discussion and consideration of the following:
1. Update on Economic Development Authority (N. Sparks)
Nathan Sparks, Executive Director of the Economic Development Authority, provided background information on the formation of the Authority and how its members are appointed. Mr. Sparks also provided an overview of the Authority’s economic development efforts.
2. Discussion of the Accommodation Excise Tax/Bed Tax (S. McQuade)
Scott McQuade, Chief Executive Officer of the Visitors Bureau, updated the Board on how the Visitors Bureau uses its portion of the Accommodation Excise Tax to promote Glynn County. The Accommodation Excise Tax in Glynn County is currently 5.8%. The Golden Isles Chamber and Visitors Bureau (CVB) recently created a subcommittee of its Board to determine if an increase in the tax will be recommended. Mr. McQuade provided an overview of how Glynn County’s tax compares to other areas. Glynn County’s tax is much lower than other counties in the region and state.
3. Savannah College of Art and Design - Gateway Collaboration Agreement LINK
Commissioner Taylor presented a plan to partner with the Chamber Visitors Bureau and the City of Brunswick to commission urban design graduate students from the Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD) to create urban design proposals for the Highway 17 Gateway corridor from Chapel Crossing Road to the Sidney Lanier Bridge. This is in keeping with the County’s Strategic Plan. Commissioner Taylor said the other gateways into the county will be addressed at a later time.
The design proposal endeavor will cost $18,000 and will be funded equally by the City of Brunswick, the CVB, and the County.
It was the consensus of the Board to place this on an upcoming agenda for approval.
HR Director Orah Reed presented a classification and compensation plan review. It was the consensus of the Board to place a 3% adjustment of the pay scale on the Board’s next regular meeting agenda for approval.
5. Discuss the GIS Department’s Public Access to Geography Initiative.
GIS Director Hunter Key presented a plan to allow certain GIS data to be used by various companies and agencies without charge. It was the consensus of the Board to place this item on an upcoming agenda for approval.
The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.
Richard Strickland, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County , Georgia
Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk