MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

TUESDAY, NOVEMBER 27, 2012 AT 9:30 AM

 

PRESENT:                     Richard Strickland, Chairman, District 3

Clyde Taylor, Vice Chairman, At Large Post 1

                                    Tom Sublett, Commissioner, District 2

Mary Hunt, Commissioner, District 4

                                    Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2

 

ABSENT:                      Amy Callaway, Commissioner, District 1

Jerome Clark, Commissioner, District 5

 

ALSO PRESENT:           Alan Ours, County Administrator

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

Discussion and consideration of the following:

 

1.         Update on proposed increase to the Accommodation Excise Tax (Bed Tax)

 

            Commissioner Strickland reported the Chamber and Visitors Bureau Board of Directors would meet soon to consider increasing the bed tax 1.5%.

 

2.         Library Issues   LINK

 

            County Administrator Alan Ours provided an overview of the issues surrounding the Brunswick-Glynn County Library Board of Trustees, the Three Rivers Library System, and the Board of Commissioners.

 

            It was the consensus of the Board to ask the County Attorney to begin drafting a service agreement between Glynn County and the Three Rivers Library System.

 

3.         Harrington School Park

 

            Amy Roberts, Director of the St. Simons African American Heritage Coalition, provided an update on the plans and progress to date to restore the Harrington School and park.

 

4.         Gateway to St. Simons

 

            Spud Woodard, Director of the Coastal Resources Division of the Ga Department of Natural Resources, and Karl Burgess, Coastal Marshland Protection Act Supervisor, provided background information on the reestablishment of salt marsh in the center of the Gateway. Both said minor work such as hand cutting dead debris could be accomplished to improve the view entering and exiting the island. 

 

5.         James Holland to speak regarding the gateway to St. Simons Island

 

            James Holland, former Riverkeeper, provided photographs of the Gateway and expressed concern about the property across Demere Road from the Gateway that he felt had been negatively impacted by the culverts. He said the area used to be salt marsh, but was reverting to fresh water due to the gated culverts impeding the salt water flow.

 

6.         Earnest Hammond to speak regarding the gateway to St. Simons Island

 

            Earnest Hammond asked the Board to allow hand cutting in the area to improve the view.

 

7.         Altama Community Transformation District (ACT District) Plan (D. Hainley)   LINK

 

            Community Development Director David Hainley presented the ACT District Plan and sketches. The ACT District is a 1,600 acre region along Altama Avenue and contains the College of Coastal Georgia, Southeast Georgia Health System, the new Brunswick High School, and neighborhoods and commercial and industrial establishments.

 

The Plan focuses on zoning, streetscape, neo-traditional design themes, historic preservation, greenspace and recreation, and alternative transportation including pedestrian accessibility. It also focuses on housing and economic development.

 

This would be accomplished through an amendment to the County’s Comprehensive Plan.

 

8.         Participation in the Health and Wellness Clinic by non-covered county employee   LINK

 

            Human Resources Director Orah Reed reported the onsite health clinic the Board approved at its October 4, 2012 meeting did not include the costs associated with offering the clinic to employees not covered by the County’s health insurance. Allowing these employees to participate in the clinic will cost $40 per employee per month.

 

County Administrator Alan Ours said the County does not fund health insurance costs ($7,400 per employee per year) for the employees not covered by the health plan. Even with the additional $40 per employee per month charge ($480 annually) for these employees to participate in the wellness clinic, the County saves several thousand dollars.

 

Commissioner Hunt suggested allowing these employees to participate in the wellness clinic with a $20 per visit copay to offset the $40 monthly charge. These employees would also be able to receive the medication the dispensary will provide.

 

It was the consensus of the Board to place this item on its December 6, 2012, agenda.

 

9.         Discuss adding Christmas Eve as a holiday for 2012   LINK

 

Administrator Ours provided the costs associated with providing Christmas Eve as a holiday. The cost would be approximately $40,000.

 

It was the consensus of the Board to place this item on its December 6, 2012, agenda.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

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

Attest:

 

 

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Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk