TUESDAY, MARCH 15, 2016 AT 1:00 PM



Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:                                               


1.         County – SPLOST 2016 – including overview of SPLOST law


The commissioners reviewed the proposed projects on the SPLOST lists. The lists presented were as follows:

County Projects:

Estimated Cost at Construction:

Road Infrastructure-Resurfacing

     Major roads and residential streets; Old Jesup reconstruction, Canal-Spur to Glynco; extend Dungeness to Southport




Sidewalk & Multipurpose Trails

    Gateway Center Blvd, Harry Driggers, Ocean Blvd, Frederica, South Harrington, Chapel Crossing, Hwy 341 from McKenzie to Hwy 99




Fire Station 1 – construct new station on Ballard property

Priority #1


Fire Station 4 – construct new station at current location

Priority #2


Blythe Island Regional Park

        Community Center Area (Max. 100)   2400 sq. ft. = $600,000

         Office Facility Area  =                                                     $475,000

         Parking Lot =                                                                   $550,000                                                                                          

         Furniture & Accessories  =                                              $35,000

         Misc. Expenses (A&E) & Inflation =                             $175,000



Ladder Truck with elevated platform


Animal Control Facility – update/remodel


Drainage Projects

     Tide gates at Arnold; College Park; Chapel Crossing Rd; SSI Gateway; Somersby to Martin Palmer; outfall from Spur 25 to Altamaha River; Old Jesup at Lillie Way box culvert; North Harrington outfall; Glynn Haven drainage study; Hornet St ditch at Hwy 17 pipe upgrade; drainage permitting Cobblestone subdivision Myers Hill, Baumgardner, Hwy 82; pipe ditch along Sea Island Rd




Bridge Project

     South Palm ditch @ Hwy 17 (design, permit & construct)


Intersection Improvements


Brunswick Library Renovation & Meeting Space


Dirt Road Paving









The County Commissioners asked that improvements to the Lord Avenue (St. Simons Village) parking and drainage be added to the list.



City of Brunswick Projects

Estimated Cost:

Engineering & Public Works:

      Mill and pave various streets; Sidewalk replacement and upgrade

Storm Drainage Improvements; Closure of "T" Street Landfill; Mary Ross Park Project; Highway 17 Infrastructure; Wayfinding & Gateways

Trails; Cemetery Restoration/ Renovation - All


Public Safety:

     Replacement of (20) BPD Vehicles; Crime Scene Incident Command Vehicle- BPD; Addition of (1) Fire/Rescue Vehicle – Brunswick Fire Dept.; Subscriber Radios for 911 Compatibility- all Public Safety; Firearm Upgrades – BPD; New Pumper Trucks - Fire (2); Utility Vehicle Storage Building - Fire Station III; Fire Station I Improvements; Fire Station Emergency Generator


Neighborhood & Community Services:

     Glynn Academy Streetscape; Historic Squares; Park Rehab at Palmetto & Orange Squares; Sidney Lanier Park; Overlook Park Improvements; Howard Coffin Park Improvements; Enclose breezeway - RH Senior Center; Exterior Freezer Building and Freezer; Tile floor in RH Senior Center Annex








Mayor Harvey said the City’s list would be paired down.


The Joint Water and Sewer Commission’s list and the list submitted by the Jekyll Island Authority were not discussed.


It was decided the two commissions would meet in April to discuss the SPLOST projects list again.


2.         County – Oglethorpe block


The Oglethorpe block is the site of the former Winchester building (the former health department) and is located on the corner of Newcastle, Bay, and F Streets.

Commissioner Strickland reported that the city had agreed to build a conference center on the Oglethorpe block within three years. If the conference center was not built within three years, the city agreed to reimburse the county the fair market value of the property. Commissioner Browning expressed concerns with the county deeding the subject property to the city if the city intended to then give it to a private developer.


3.         County – Golden Isles Wayfinding


Scott McQuade, Executive Director of the Visitors Bureau, presented a plan to provide better directional signage.  He proposed the CVB, City and County partner to share the cost of hiring National Sign Plaza to provide a signage master plan, which would include design and sign specifications. Once received, the company could be hired to install and maintain the signs or that portion could be bid out. The total cost for the master plan would be $63,000, which would be shared among the three at a cost of $21,000 each.

Mayor Harvey said the city would consider funding its portion of the project. It was the consensus of the Board to fund the county’s portion of the project as well.


4.         City – Land Bank        


City staff presented the concept of establishing a city-county land bank to purchase dilapidated buildings for the purpose of remodeling and reselling. Chairman Strickland suggested the City draft an intergovernmental agreement for review.


5.         City - Funding for the Coastal African American Historic Preservation Commission (CAAHPC)


Orion Douglass, CAAHPC member, requested funding for supplies and a part-time executive director. He suggested $15,000 each from the city and county.

He said the CAAHPC would await the city and county’s decision.


6.         US Navy Ship Brunswick (Shelia McNeill)


Ms. McNeil advised the ship would be in Brunswick in May. A Joint Proclamation would be presented at a special ceremony.




The Board did not 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






Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk