GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE
701 “G” STREET, 2ND FLOOR, COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING CHAMBERS
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 4, 2014 AT 6:00 PM
PRESENT: Michael Browning, Chairman, District 1
Bob Coleman, Vice Chairman, At Large Post 2
Dale Provenzano, Commissioner, District 2
Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3
Mary Hunt, Commissioner, District 4
Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5
Clyde Taylor, Commissioner, At Large Post 1
ALSO PRESENT: Alan Ours, County Administrator
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney
Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk
INVOCATION AND PLEDGE
Wayne Kemp spoke regarding a problem he was experiencing with his property and electricity.
CONSENT AGENDA – General Business
1. Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held November 20, 2014, subject to any necessary corrections. (C. Overstreet)
2. Appointed Management Analyst Kathryn Downs to serve as the County Legislative Coordinator (CLC) between Glynn County and the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for the purpose of responding to legislative proposals affecting the County. (A. Ours) Resolution #R-41-14 REPORT
3. Approved the State of Georgia’s Law Enforcement Certification Participation Agreement for the three-year recertification of the police department, effective 2015. (M. Doering) REPORT
4. Approved a request from the City of Brunswick to adopt a resolution in support of the introduction of legislation empowering the City of Brunswick to invoke redevelopment powers. Resolution #R-42-14 REPORT
A motion was made by Commissioner Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve all items on the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously.
PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonment
5. AB2867 225 Broadway - Consider the application for abandonment of a portion of the unopened alley adjacent to lot 21, block O, in the St. Simons Heights subdivision, St. Simons Island. Donald Bruce and Mike Park, applicants. (P. Andrews) REPORT
County Engineer Paul Andrews reported the following:
SOURCE OF TITLE: Prescriptive easement based on recorded subdivision plat of St. Simons Heights, dated December 12, 1925, recorded deed book 3U, page 150. Alley width is 20 feet.
PRESENT USE OF RIGHT‐OF‐WAY: This section of right‐of‐way is currently not being used for public access. However, utilities have requested an easement and a portion of the house and attached deck at 225 Broadway were built in the alley area and currently occupy it.
PAST HISTORY: To the best of staff’s determination the alley has never been opened to the public nor maintained by the County. Based on surveys received, the house/deck have been in the alley since 2004.
POTENTIAL USE IN THE FUTURE: This portion of the alley could be used for access to adjacent property and to access and contain utilities.
BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN CONTINUING USAGE: The public could benefit from the ability to use this alley for access and/or utilities. However, this would require removal of the house/deck built in the alley.
BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN ABANDONMENT: Abandonment would return the property to the tax digest and contain the existing house/deck at 225 Broadway on private property.
Staff concurred with the request for the abandonment of a portion of the adjacent to lot 21, Block ‘O’, in the St. Simons Heights s/d (behind 225 Broadway). Even with this abandonment, the existing structure in the alley area would require a building setback variance to conform to current County regulations. The County has received the variance applications required for the home/deck. Georgia Power has requested that an easement be executed and recorded at the time quitclaim deeds are recorded by the County.
Staff received written comments from the property owner at 230 Tennessee Avenue, Robert May, requesting that the applicant remove the fence they installed diagonally across the alley behind his property. Mr. Andrews said the fence is not permitted and staff would require the applicant to remove the fence.
This item was opened for public comment and Michael Cotton, an attorney representing the applicant, was available to answer questions. Eugenia McCue, 227 Broadway, spoke in favor of the application, but expressed concerns about vegetative growth in the alley.
A motion was made by Commissioner Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to abandon a portion of the unopened alley adjacent to lot 21, block O, in the St. Simons Heights subdivision, St. Simons Island. The motion carried 5-2 with Commissioner Provenzano and Commissioner Strickland opposed. Resolution #R-43-14
6. Consider accepting the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority’s proposal regarding the issuance of revenue bonds in an amount not to exceed $10,000,000 for the purpose of financing the costs associated with certain expansions, additions, and improvements to the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport. This item was deferred from the Board’s November 6, 2014, meeting. REPORT
A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to accept the proposal in an amount not to exceed $10,000,000. The motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Hunt opposed.
7. Consider approving the day after Christmas, December 26, 2014, as a holiday observed by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners. REPORT
A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Taylor to approve the day after Christmas, December 26, 2014, as a holiday. The motion carried unanimously.
EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION
The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.
There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 6:43 p.m.
Michael Browning, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County , Georgia
Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk