MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 2015 AT 3:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                     Dale Provenzano, Chairman, District 2

Richard Strickland, Vice Chairman, District 3

Michael Browning, Commissioner, District 1

Bill Brunson, Commissioner, District 4

Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5

Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1

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.         Presentation from No Kill Glynn County, LLC

 

                        The No Kill Glynn County members shared their accomplishments with the Commission.  They asked the commission to consider allowing staff to reduce the fee for adoptions during special events. The commission agreed to amend the ordinance to allow for this reduction.

 

2.         Master Planning of Coastal Communities and Form Based Codes for resiliency, smart growth, livability, and economic sustainability. (Galina Tachieva, Managing Partner of international urban planning firm Duany, Plater-Zyberk & Company)

 

                        Ms. Tachieva provided information on smart planning initiatives her firm has conducted.

 

3.         Proposed renaming of the recreational complex on SSI from “Mallery Park” to “C.T. (Lefty) Butler Park”

 

                        George Rountree and asked the Board to name the athletic complex as Mallery Park “The C.T. “Lefty” Butler Athletic Complex at Mallery Park.” The Board agreed to this and asked staff to place it on an upcoming agenda for approval.

 

4.         Health insurance for retirees

 

HR Director Orah Reed reported that Glynn County offers health benefits to retirees up to age 65, the age at which they can enroll in Medicare. Prior to August of 2012, retiree premiums were equal to the amount paid by the County employees plus the amount funded by Glynn County. In August 2012, the Board of Commissioners lowered the premiums for retiree heal benefits and allowed retirees age 55 and older, with at least 25 years of service to pay the same premiums as active employees. Glynn County funded retiree coverage at the same rate it funds coverage for active employees. This was done as a cost-savings measure to eliminate positions formerly held by retiree or to fill the position at a lower rate of pay.

Due to the implementation of this program, the county’s unfunded liability increased from $1.6 million to $24.8 million. County Administrator Alan Ours said a new actuarial group was studying the unfunded liability to be sure it was correct. He felt it the number would be much lower than currently reported. 

In an effort to reduce this liability, staff proposed two alternatives:

            Option 1: allow active employees who retire to remain on the county’s health benefit plan at full cost (employee premium plus county contributions) and allow the retirees currently on the county’s plan to continue to pay the same premium as active employees.

            Option 2: Don’t allow active employees who retire to remain on the county’s health benefit plan. This would require retirees to obtain health insurance through the marketplace.

The Commissioners agreed to implement option 1 and asked staff to place this item on an upcoming agenda.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to add item 5 to the published agenda. The motion carried unanimously.

 

5.         Discuss the 90-day moratorium on the Board enacted on certain development types on St. Simons Island.

 

Commissioner Coleman asked that this item be added to the agenda. He felt the county should get technical information regarding lift station basin 2030, which the Joint Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) reported to be at capacity at the last meeting. He proposed asking the JWSC’s consulting engineer to attend the next meeting and provide information regarding lift station 2030. He wanted to move forward with expansion if possible so that this developer can move forward with his project.  

The Commissioners agreed and this item was added to the Board’s January 19, 2015, meeting.

           

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

The Board did hold an executive session during this meeting.

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There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned.

 

 

 

                                     

Dale Provenzano, Chairman

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

 

Attest:

 

 

                                     

Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk