MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, JULY 16, 2015 AT 6:00 PM

 

 

PRESENT:                     Dale Provenzano, Chairman, District 2

Richard Strickland, Vice Chairman, District 3

Bill Brunson, Commissioner, District 4

Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5

Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1

Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2

 

ABSENT:                      Michael Browning, Commissioner, District 1

 

ALSO PRESENT:           Alan Ours, County Manager

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

Julian Smith spoke regarding the Georgia State flag.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1.         Recognized Ben Pierce for receiving the Public Manager of the Year award and Ed Whittle for receiving the Employee of the Year award from the American Public Works Association. (D. Austin)

 

2.         Presented the Life Saving Medal to Officer Sheila Ramos. (Chief Doering)

 

3.         Presented a Proclamation recognizing Morgan Brian of the United States Women’s National Team for winning the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup.

RECOGNIZING MORGAN BRIAN

WHEREAS, Morgan Paige Brian was born February 26, 1993, to Vickie and Steve Brian of St. Simons Island, Georgia; and,

WHEREAS, from ages 12 – 18, Morgan was a member of the Ponte Vedra Storm; and,

WHEREAS, Morgan was named the 2010 Parade National Girls Soccer Player of the Year, the 2010 NSCAA Youth Player of the Year, 2010 NSCAA High School and Youth All-American as well as 2010 ESPN Rise All-American during her time at Frederica Academy; and,

WHEREAS, She graduated from Frederica Academy and where she was named Gatorade Player of the Year and Gatorade National Girls' Soccer Player of the Year; and,

WHEREAS, after graduation, Morgan attended University of Virginia; this is where she continued building the foundation of her future, adding trophies, titles, and awards.  With the help of her coach, she started setting goals, and one of those goals was one day to be on  the United States Women’s National Team (USWNT); and,

WHEREAS, Morgan would rewrite her top five goals on her mirror every day, reinforcing her goal to be part of the United States Women’s National Team.  Where she would represent her country on the biggest stages, including the Olympic Games; and,

WHEREAS, Working diligently through school, she became Houston Dash’s first pick in the 2015 NWSL College Draft for the National Women’s Soccer League; and,

WHEREAS, in 2013 Morgan reached her goal to be on the USWNT, when she was called to the national training camp where she earned her first cap for the senior team; and,

WHEREAS, On July 5, 2015, Morgan and her teammates took control of the game in the first 16 minutes of play by scoring 4 goals;  and where Morgan (the youngest on her team) was outstanding as a midfielder assisted throughout the night and ended the game with a score of 5-2 United States.  This win claimed victory for the US Women’s National Team in becoming the winners of the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup; and,

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, that it hereby recognizes Morgan Paige Brian for the pride she brought to the Golden Isles through her dedication, hard work, and valuable contributions made to the soccer community.

 

4.         Presented a Proclamation recognizing Christopher Bunkley for saving the life of a man caught in strong currents off the beach on Jekyll Island.

RECOGNIZING CHRISTOPHER BUNKLEY

WHEREAS, Christopher Bunkley, Jr., son of Jennifer and Christopher Bunkley, Sr. of Brunswick, Georgia, and a rising senior at Brunswick High School displayed great courage to save a life on the morning of July 9, 2015; and

WHEREAS, Christopher was on duty at Beachside Bike Rentals when he was notified by a beachgoer that someone was trapped on the sandbar adjacent to the beach while the tide was coming in and rapidly covering the sandbar; and

WHEREAS, Christopher leapt into action to save the stranded beachgoer by grabbing one of the rental kayaks and hauling it some 200 yards across the beach then paddling an additional 200-300 yards to reach the swimmer where he helped the victim get on top of the kayak; and

WHEREAS, Christopher had intentions of paddling them both to safety, but the current was too strong and Christopher jumped off the kayak and swam back to the safety of the shore with the kayak and victim in tow; and

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT PROCLAIMED, by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, that it hereby recognizes Christopher Bunkley for his heroic activity in the face of danger.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

5.         Consider the issuance of a license for a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for That's Italian Cucina E Pizzeria Napoletana, 118 Retreat Village, St Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises. Daniel Rivera, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

Daniel Rivera, 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 Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve the issuance of a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for That’s Italian. The motion carried unanimously.

 

6.         Consider the issuance of a 2015 alcoholic beverage license to Nisha Patel for Fine Cigar & Tobacco, 5000 Altama Avenue, Brunswick, GA and Beer & Tobacco, 1182 Chapel Crossing Road, Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine not for consumption on premises of a convenience store. Sunday sales permitted. Nisha Patel, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

Nisha 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 Brunson to approve the issuance of a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for Fine Cigar & Tobacco. The motion carried unanimously.

 

7.         Consider the issuance of a license for a 2015 alcoholic beverage license to Ashely Womack for Bonefish Grill, 202 Retreat Village, St Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday Sales permitted. Ashley Womack, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

Ashley Womack, 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 Stambaugh to approve the issuance of a 2015 alcoholic beverage license for Bonefish Grill. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Millage Rates

 

8.         Receive citizen comments regarding the proposed 2015 Millage Rates.

 

Administrative Services Director Tonya Miller clarified that the millage rate for the county is not increasing. In 1999 there was legislation passed that created the Taxpayer Bill of Rights with the intent to prevent the indirect tax increases resulting from the increases to existing property values in a county due to inflation. This year the millage rate is staying the same as last year however there is growth in the digest resulting from inflation which is the reason for the property tax increase.

This item was opened for public comment and Monica Smith addressed the board. She spoke regarding the need for more funding for the Glynn County Public Works Department and the amount of tax exempt properties in Glynn County.

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

9.         Approved the minutes of the special called meetings held May 19, 2015, June 2, 2015, June 10, 2015, and June 16, 2015, subject to any necessary corrections. (C. Overstreet)

 

10.       FP3018 Island Retreat, 603 Bartow Street - Approve a Final Plat for a three (3) lot subdivision that is zoned RR (Resort Residential). The 24,606 square foot (0.564-acre) parcel is located at 264 River Club Drive which is on the northeast side of River Club Drive. Parcel ID: 05-00516. Jim Bishop, agent, for Sea Island Investors, LLC, applicant and owner. (D. Hainley) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Stambaugh.

 

11.       Approve the appointment of Markeisha Butler, Cheryl Britton, James Johnson, Edward Bland, and Patti Fort to serve on the Coastal Workforce Development Board (CWDB), formerly known as the Coastal Workforce Investment Board (CWIB). The reappointments are necessitated by the transition to the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Booker.

 

12.       Appointed Maddy Russell to serve as Glynn County’s alternate on the Altamaha River Partnership replacing Sandy Jones. Commissioner Browning will continue to serve on the board as well.

 

13.       Approve an agreement between Glynn County and the US Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to allow the Glynn County Fire Department to use various training facilities at FLETC for the purpose of conducting special operations emergencies and fire training. (H. Herndon) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Stambaugh.

 

14.       Approved the Easement Relocation Agreement with V&K Holding, L.P. for relocation of a drainage easement. (W. Worley) REPORT

 

15.       Appointed Betty Keller to serve on the Glynn County Zoning Appeals Board. The term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2016. This is the unexpired term of Matt Permar.

 

16.       Approved a letter of support endorsing the City of Brunswick’s Bay Street Diet Redevelopment Project to improve pedestrian access between the downtown area of Brunswick and Mary Ross Park. REPORT

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Finance Committee

 

17.       Declared certain items as surplus and approved disposing of these items in the best interest of the County. (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

18.       Denied a request from Mr. Phil Balsamo that Emergency Medical Services (EMS) fees in the amount of $94.62 be waived. (N. Mann) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

19.       Denied a request from Mr. James Young that interest and penalties paid for tax year 2014 on Parcel #02-00512 in the amount of $750.91 be refunded. (F. Dees) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

20.       Denied a request from Mr. Phoung Van Pham that interest and penalties paid for tax years 2013 and 2014 on Parcel #03-11444 in the amount of $545.72 be refunded. (F. Dees) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

21.       Approved the corrections to the digest as recommended by the Board of Assessors and the Chief Appraiser at their Thursday, May 8, 2015, meeting with clarification that this does not approve a tax refund. (R. Glisson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

22.       Approved the corrections to the digest as recommended by the Board of Assessors and the Chief Appraiser at their Thursday, June 11, 2015, meeting with clarification that this does not approve a tax refund. (R. Glisson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

23.       Approved the corrections to the digest as recommended by the Board of Assessors and the Chief Appraiser at their Thursday, June 25, 2015, meeting with clarification that this does not approve a tax refund. (R. Glisson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

24.       Approved amending the Drug Court’s FY15 grant revenue and expenditures budget by $1,622 each. (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

25.       Accepted the grant and amended the Library’s FY15 revenue and expenditures budget by $3,639.85 for funding provided by the Georgia Public Library System. (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

26.       Accepted the grant and authorized a budget increase for the Marshes of Glynn Libraries (MOGL) in FY16 in the amount of $4,995 with funding provided by the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation. (G. Mullis) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

27.       Accepted the grant contract and awarded funding in the amount of $137,350 from the CJCC and increased the Juvenile Court’s FY16 revenue and expenditures budget by $137,350. (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  Grant Number: Y16-8-019

 

28.       Approved the 2016 annual grant contract between Glynn County and the Governor’s Office - Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) for $328,780 in state funds to support the activities of Drug Court between July 1, 2015, and June 30, 2016 with a $36,532 County match. Subgrant: J16-8-009 (D. Hainley) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

29.       Accepted the grant and increased the Drug Court’s FY16 revenue and expenditures budget by $14,806 for funding provided by the Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC). The grant funds are to be used for transportation expenses of program participants. Grant #J16-8-009 (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

30.       Approved the Support Agreement with Physio-Control ® in the amount of $29,162 with funding to be provided by the FY16 Emergency Medical Services (EMS) Operating Budget. The agreement allows for the service and repair of the automated external defibrillators (AEDs) and cardiac monitor defibrillators used during cardiac emergencies. (W. Mann) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

31.       Approved the extension of the Contract for Services with Emergency Communications Network (CodeRed) to provide for the communication of essential information to ensure the safety and preparedness of citizens during threatening situations with funding to be provided by the E911 Fund budget. (S. Usher) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

32.       Approved the continuation/extension of the Quality Recording Solutions, LLC, Maintenance Services Agreement, covering the recording equipment located at the Harold Pate Annex with funding to be provided by the FY16 E911 Operating Budget. (S. Usher) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

33.       Denied approval of the advertising contract with Good Sam RV Travel Guide and Directory for Blythe Island Regional Park at a cost of $4,238.75 with funds provided by the FY16 Blythe Island Operating Budget. (W. Davis) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

34.       Authorized Change Order #1 in the amount of $67,798.95, which is $24,984.28 more than budgeted, for the bike trail corridor along Kings Way between Sea Island Road and Mallery Street. This is comprised of $13,559.79 coming from the SPLOST 5 Sidewalks and Bike Paths project and $11,424.49 coming from the Transportation Enhancement (TE) Grant project funds. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve all items on the consent agenda with the exception of items 10, 11, and 13, which were removed for discussion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

 

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

10.       FP3018 Island Retreat, 603 Bartow Street - Approve a Final Plat for a three (3) lot subdivision that is zoned RR (Resort Residential). The 24,606 square foot (0.564-acre) parcel is located at 264 River Club Drive which is on the northeast side of River Club Drive. Parcel ID: 05-00516. Jim Bishop, agent, for Sea Island Investors, LLC, applicant and owner. (D. Hainley) This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Stambaugh.

 

David Hainley, Community Development Director, corrected the wording on the memo. The application that was presented to the board was FP3055 264 River Club Drive, however the heading of the memo was incorrectly written as FP3018 Island Retreat, 603 Bartow Street. 

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to approve the Final Plat for a three (3) lot subdivision that is zoned RR (Resort Residential) located at 264 River Club Drive. The motion carried unanimously.

 

11.       Approve the appointment of Markeisha Butler, Cheryl Britton, James Johnson, Edward Bland, and Patti Fort to serve on the Coastal Workforce Development Board (CWDB), formerly known as the Coastal Workforce Investment Board (CWIB). The reappointments are necessitated by the transition to the new Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act. This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Booker.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to defer this item to the August 6, 2015, meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

13.       Approve an agreement between Glynn County and the US Department of Homeland Security Federal Law Enforcement Training Center (FLETC) to allow the Glynn County Fire Department to use various training facilities at FLETC for the purpose of conducting special operations emergencies and fire training. (H. Herndon) This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Stambaugh.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to defer this item to the August 6, 2015, meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

35.       Consider appointing two (2) citizens to serve on the Glynn County Animal Control Advisory Board. The terms begin immediately and end June 30, 2016.

Applications received from:

Beck Glasscock

Sherry Coleman

Jeanne Kane

Jill Wright

Samantha Page

 

Commissioner Stambaugh nominated Sherry Coleman.

Commissioner Strickland nominated Beck Glasscock.

 

The Board voted 5-0-1 to appoint Sherry Coleman with Commissioner Coleman abstaining. Sherry Coleman was appointed.

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Beck Glasscock. Beck Glasscock was appointed.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

36.       Consider adoption and approval of a Resolution, Sinking Fund Forward Delivery Agreement, and First Amendment to Intergovernmental Contract pertaining to the investment of the Sinking Fund for the Qualified Energy Conservation Bonds (“QECB”) Series 2015A. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to adopt the resolution, agreement, and first amendment to the contract as recommended. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-30-15

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 6:52 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

Dale Provenzano, Chairman

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

 

Attest:

 

 

                                               

Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk