MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

TUESDAY, JANUARY 19, 2016 AT 2:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                     Richard Strickland, Chairman, District 3

Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1

Dale Provenzano, Commissioner, District 2

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 Manager

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:

 

1.         No Kill Glynn County

 

Lynn Stephens, representing No Kill Glynn County, complained about the animal shelter.

 

2.         Oglethorpe Block

 

Chairman Strickland shared a conversation had with Mayor Harvey regarding the Oglethorpe Block. He said the City of Brunswick commissioners are fine with receiving the $1.5 million in SPLOST 5 for development of the block.  Rather than deed the property to the City after completion of the conference center, the County would transfer ownership now. If the City’s development of the block did not come to fruition the City would repay the County the fair market value of the property.  Mayor Harvey was present at the meeting and agreed.

As currently written, the Memorandum of Understanding between the City and County for construction of a conference center required the city to develop the property and submit invoices to the County for payment. Once the center was complete, the county would deed the property to the city.  Any changes to this plan would require an amendment to the MOU.

Commissioner Booker explained that the city’s new plan for the property consisted of hiring a developer to build a conference center on the block, which would be owned by the city. The remaining property in the block (including the former JC Penny building) would be developed into a hotel, convention center, and parking garage. City Manager Jim Drumm said the conference center would be 10,000 square feet.

Commissioner Provenzano suggested a timeframe for developing the property or the county receiving the fair market value for the property. Mayor Harvey agreed to three years.

Commissioner Brunson asked that the conference center be freestanding, not connected to the hotel. Mayor Harvey agreed.

It was the consensus of the Board to have the City and County Attorneys write an agreement transferring the property to the city with the condition that the county be reimbursed fair market value for the property if the conference center is not developed within 3 years. Mayor Harvey agreed.

 

3.         Gateway Renovation Project

 

David Crews, Executive Director of Gateway, reported that Gateway needs to repurpose its building at 700 Coastal Village Drive to serve as a crisis stabilization unit and replace the current unit at 121 Burgess Road. The estimated cost is $1.5 million. Mr. Crews asked that the 2010 bonds be refinanced at a lower interest rate with a seven year extension on the lease payments, which would allow for funding the project.

 

4.         Board of Commissioners’ Planning Retreat

 

It was the consensus of the Board to hold its planning retreat on February 25, 2016. County Manager Alan Ours will assist in obtaining a facilitator for the meeting.

 

5.         Audio system in the Commission Meeting Chambers

 

It was the consensus of the Board to allow staff to gather quotes for revamping the audio system in the Historic Courthouse.

 

6.         Sidewalks and lighting on Canal Road

 

Community Development Director David Hainley presented a plan to add sidewalks and lighting along Canal Road. This was requested by the developer of Canal Crossing, John Callaway.

The Commissioners asked Mr. Hainley to provide a cost estimate at a future meeting.

 

7.         Committee meeting schedules

 

An amendment to the meeting schedule was discussed; however, the Board decided to remain on the current schedule.

 

8.         Purchasing card ordinance overview

 

County Attorney Aaron Mumford briefly highlighted the newly adopted ordinance regarding purchasing cards and county credit cards.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

The Board did 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:

 

 

                                     

Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk