MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

701 “G” STREET, 2ND FLOOR, COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING CHAMBERS

THURSDAY, JUNE 4, 2015 AT 6:00 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:           Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE       

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Monica Smith spoke regarding two parcels of land the county owns on St. Simons Island.

David Haney spoke regarding the county’s proposed changes to the classification and compensation of employees.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1.         Recognized the Glynn County Track Team. (W. Davis) REPORT

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

2.         Consider the issuance of a license for a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for Dollar General Store #1531, 25 Cornerstone Lane, Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine not for consumption on premises. Gregory Kellis, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

Gregory Kellis, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Police Chief Matt Doering said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to approve the issuance of a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for Dollar General #1531. The motion carried unanimously.

 

3.         Consider the issuance of a license for a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for Scranton Mart, 760 Scranton Rd unit 106, Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine not for consumption on premises. Divyesh Patel, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

Divyesh Patel, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Police Chief Matt Doering said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve the issuance of a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for Scranton Mart. The motion carried unanimously.

 

4.         Consider the transfer of a 2015 alcoholic beverage license to Georges Reichen for Frederica Township Clubhouse, 100 Pikes Bluff Drive, St. Simons Island, GA; Frederica Township Guesthouses 100 Pikes Bluff Drive, Unit 1 & 2, St. Simons Island, GA; and Frederica Township Boathouse, 93 Pikes Bluff Drive, St. Simons Island, GA. All licenses are to sell Distilled Spirits, Malt Beverages and Wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday Sales permitted. Georges Reichen, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

Georges Reichen, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Police Chief Matt Doering said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve the issuance of a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for Frederica Township Clubhouse, Frederica Boathouse, and Frederica Guesthouses. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Establishment of Fees

 

5.         Receive citizen comments and consider establishing and increasing fees for various services.  (T. Miller) REPORT

 

As directed by the Board at its planning retreat earlier in the year, staff reviewed all user fees and found that Glynn County was much lower than surrounding counties and counties of proportionate size. Staff presented fee increases at the Board’s special called meeting earlier in the week.

This public hearing was conducted in accordance with county ordinances and was advertised in the legal organ.  Finance Director Tonya Miller presented the proposed fees for consideration. The item was opened for public comment and Mayor Harvey, Ken Adkins, and Gary Cross spoke regarding the fee increases as they relate to city residents.  

The county’s recreation user fees for its athletic programs are more than the city’s. When Glynn County took over the operations of the Howard Coffin Park as a result of the Local Option Sales Tax (LOST) negotiations, the City of Brunswick chose pay the difference for city residents thus allowing them to stay at the reduced rate.

Mayor Harvey expressed concern that the city may not be able to afford to pay the difference if the rates are increased. Ken Adkins and Gary Cross agreed and suggested local churches and organizations assist.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to approve establishing and increasing fees for various services.

 

It was decided to postpone the decision to allow the commissioners time to further review the fees. Commissioner Strickland withdrew his motion.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to defer this item to the Board’s June 18, 2015, meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Budget

 

6.         Received citizen comments regarding the proposed Glynn County FY 15-16 Budget.  (T. Miller)

 

                                In accordance with state and local law, the proposed budget was presented to the citizens and the first of two public hearings was held.

The budget presented included revenue from the proposed fee increases. The General Fund budget presented required $2,300,049 from the General Fund fund balance.

This item was opened for public comment and Robert Sasser, Ken Adkins, and Colin Scoggins addressed the Board. Mr. Sasser and Mr. Scoggins are employees of Glynn County and spoke regarding the proposed changes to the classification and compensation of employees.

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

7.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held May 21, 2015, subject to any necessary corrections.  (C. Overstreet)

 

8.         Appointed Barrette Walker to serve on the Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) filling the unexpired term of Bill Smith. The term begins immediately and ends December 31, 2017, if the board is allowed to sunset on that date.

 

9.         Appointed the following citizens to serve on the Altamaha Regional Park Advisory Board: Matt Kirkland (At Large Post 1), Leman “Buddy” Hutchinson  (District 4), and Genevieve Taylor  (District 3). The terms will begin July 1, 2015, and end June 30, 2019.

 

10.       Appointed Tom Norton to serve on the Forestry Commission. The term begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2020.

 

11.       Appointed David Wicker to serve on the Department of Behavioral Health and Developmental Disabilities (DBHDD) Regional Planning Board. The term begins August 1, 2015, and ends July 31, 2018.

 

12.       Appointed David Boland  to serve another term on the Coastal Regional Commission (CRC). The term begins July 1, 2015 and ends June 30, 2016.

 

13.       Approved the personnel contracts with the University System of Georgia’s (UGA) Cooperative Extension Office for the following fulltime positions: County Ag Agent, County Extension Associate, and Cooperative Extension Coordinator, through June 30, 2016, and eliminate the County Extension Program Assistant and Cooperative Extension Agent positions. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve all items on the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

14.       Consider appointing four (4) citizens to serve on the Glynn County Animal Control Advisory Board. The terms begin July 1, 2015 and end June 30, 2017.

Applications received from:

John Ohman  (currently serving)

Sheldon McDougall (currently serving)

Beck Glasscock

Lynn Stephens

Sherri Coleman

Donna Eskenazi

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Browning to defer this item to a later date to allow the Board of Commissioners time to explore other options regarding the Animal Control Advisory Board. The motion carried unanimously.

 

15.       Consider appointing two (2) citizens to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing the At-Large posts. This term begins July 1, 2015, and ends June 30, 2018.

Matt Permar (currently serving)

Sandy Turbidy  (currently serving)

Ronald Reigner

Ann McGlaughlin

 

            Commissioner Browning nominated Matt Permar.

Commissioner Strickland nominated Sandy Turbidy.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Permar and Ms. Turbidy.

 

16.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing St. Simons Island.  This unexpired term of Ben Bryson begins immediately and ends June 30, 2016. 

Matt Permar

Sandy Turbidy

Ronald Reigner

Ann McGlaughlin

 

Commissioner Stambaugh nominated Ronald Reigner.

Commissioner Brunson nominated Ann McGlaughlin.

 

The Board voted 3-4 to appoint Ronald Reigner. Commissioners Provenzano, Strickland, Brunson and Coleman were opposed. Mr. Reigner was not appointed.

 

The Board voted 5-2 to appoint Ann McGlaughlin. Commissioners Booker and Browning were opposed. Ms. McGlaughlin was appointed.

 

 

17.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing the mainland. The term begins July 1, 2015, and ends June 30, 2018. Applications received from:

Jane Lafferty (currently serving)

Whitney Bailey

David Bailey

 

Commissioner Strickland nominated Jane Lafferty.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Jane Lafferty.

 

18.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing the mainland. This unexpired term of Jeff Swecker term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2017. Applications received from:

Jane Lafferty

Whitney Bailey

David Bailey

 

            Commissioner Browning nominated Whitney Bailey.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Whitney Bailey to the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board.

 

19.       Consider appointing two (2) citizens to serve on the Glynn County Board of Tax Assessors. The terms begin August 7, 2015 and end August 6, 2019.

Applications received from:

Ralph Powers (currently serving)

Jeffery Bennett (currently serving)

Joseph Kirby

 

Commissioner Strickland nominated Ralph Powers.

Commissioner Browning nominated Joe Kirby.

Commissioner Strickland nominated Jeffery Bennett.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Ralph Powers.

 

The Board voted 3-4 to appoint Joe Kirby with Commissioners Provenzano, Strickland, Brunson and Coleman opposed. Mr. Kirby was not appointed.

 

The Board voted 4-3 to appoint Jeff Bennett with Commissioners Stambaugh, Booker, and Browning opposed. Mr. Bennett was appointed to the Board of Tax Assessors.

 

20.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Department of Family and Children Services Commission (DFCS). The term begins July 1, 2015, and ends June 30, 2020.

Applications received from:

Tony Kreimborg

Carol Rountree

 

Commissioner Booker nominated Tony Kreimborg.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Kreimborg to the DFCS Board.

 

21.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Glynn County Zoning Appeals Board. The term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2019.

Applications received from:

Betty Keller

Eugene Williams

 

Commissioner Brunson nominated Eugene Williams.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Mr. Williams to the Zoning Appeals Board.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

22.       Consider adding seven authorized positions to the county’s pay plan. These seven employees would serve as counselors for the Drug Court participants. Funding for these new positions would be provided by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) grant and the Drug Court Fund fund balance. (Judge Kelley) This item was deferred from the Board’s May 21, 2015, meeting.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to defer this item. The motion carried unanimously.

 

23.       Consider adoption of a resolution authorizing the execution of a lease purchase agreement with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and other pertinent documents pertaining to the lease-purchase of the Motorola equipment necessary to upgrade the public safety radio system.  On May 7, 2015, the Board of Commissioners approved the agreement with Motorola for the upgrade and maintenance of the radio system used by the city, county, and other agencies, subject to an agreeable lease-purchase agreement being approved by the Board of Commissioners.  REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to adopt the resolution. The motion carried unanimously.  Resolution #R-26-15

 

24.       Consider adoption of an amendment to the County’s February 6, 2014, resolution, as amended by its November 20, 2014, resolution, which support the Canal Crossing development project and express a declaration of intent to make public infrastructure improvements in the general area of the project.  REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to adopt the resolution. The motion carried 6-0-1 with Commissioner Stambaugh abstaining. Resolution #R-27-15

 

25.       Consider approve the Administrative Fee to extend the bid for the Canal Road Improvements Project with East Coast Asphalt, LLC., subject to the “Canal Crossing Development Project Resolutions” conditions being met and subject to Brent Brunswick, LLC and/or Rees 514 LLC reimbursing the County for the costs of the Administrative Fee. The Administrative Fee to extend the bid is $20,000 for the delay period of March thru the end of May and $667 per day for each day beyond June 1st, for a total not to exceed $40,000. The Administrative Fee is to cover increased costs of the contractor as a result of having to extend its bid due to delays in the Canal Crossing development project. (D. Hainley) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve the Administrative Fee subject to the conditions being met. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Booker to adjourn to executive session to discuss pending litigation. The motion carried unanimously.

 

BACK IN SESSION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to adjourn executive session and enter regular session. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve the County Attorney’s recommendations regarding pending litigation. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve the executive session minutes of March 19, 2015. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

Dale Provenzano, Chairman

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

 

Attest:

 

 

                                               

Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk