MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, MAY 5, 2016 AT 6:00 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

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE       

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Dick Weiderhorn spoke regarding a conditional use permit he felt the Sea Island Acquisitions may one day need to construct a rock groin.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to add item 11 to the published agenda to consider a moratorium barring construction on substandard lots in Glynn County. The motion carried unanimously.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Chairman Strickland announced that County Attorney Aaron Mumford was sworn in as the President of the County Attorney’s Section of the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG). 

 

Chairman Strickland also announced that County Clerk Cindee Overstreet was named the 2016 County Clerk of the Year by the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) and the Georgia County Clerk’s Association (GCCA).

 

1.         Presented a proclamation declaring May 21-27, 2016, as Safe Boating Week and the start of the year-round effort to promote safe boating.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Establishment of Fees

 

2.         Receive citizen comments and consider approving an increase to the ATM per transaction surcharge from $2.50 to $3.00. (V. McClinton) REPORT

 

This item was opened for public comment and Monica Smith and Julian Smith spoke in opposition to the fee.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to approve increasing the ATM surcharge. The motion carried unanimously.

 

3.         Receive citizen comments and consider approving fees and authorize the Recreation Department to begin rental of the Ballard Gym for athletic events and activities. (J. Powell) REPORT

 

Community Services Director John Powell recommended a $25 per hour or $125 per day (6 hours) rental fee and a $100 damage deposit.

 This item was opened for public comment yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Provenzano to approve a $25 per hour or $125 per day (6 hours) rental fee with a $100 refundable deposit. The motion carried 6-0 as Commissioner Browning was out of the room at the time of the vote.

 

4.         Receive citizen comments and consider approving new fees at Blythe Island Regional Park. (J. Powell) REPORT

 

Community Services Director John Powell recommended offering primitive tent camping at a cost of $15 per night and overflow parking for self-sufficient campers at a cost of $10 per night. He also recommended a cancellation policy with fees as follows: one night fee charge when reservations are cancelled within 48 hours of arrival date, $10 fee for reservations cancelled outside 48 hours of arrival, $10 fee for cancellation of rented pavilions, change fee of $5 for all reservation changes after the first change, and forfeiture of one night’s fee applied for early departure.

This item was opened for public comment and Julian Smith spoke in favor of the proposed fees.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve the fees as proposed. The motion carried unanimously.

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

5.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held April 21, 2016, subject to any necessary corrections.  (C. Overstreet)

 

6.         Approved the nomination of Mike Hodges, Bruce Taylor, and Michael Mazzotta for consideration of appointment to serve on the Glynn Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority. The Hospital Authority will make the final appointment. The term begins immediately upon appointment and ends March 1, 2020.

 

7.         Approved canceling the Glynn County Board of Commissioners’ regular meeting scheduled for Thursday, July 7, 2016. (C. Overstreet) REPORT

 

8.         Approved a Limited Warranty Deed from Glynn County to the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission for the conveyance of an elevated water tank and public well site located at 266 Old Brookman Road, Brunswick. (W. Worley) REPORT

 

9.         Accepted the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) grant of state and federal funds for Project No. AP016-9029-55(157), subject the review of the county attorney to fund 16/34 Runway Rehabilitation and Runway 16-34 Airfield Electrical improvements at the McKinnon St Simons Island Airport in the amount of $797,641.00. No financial assistance is required from Glynn County. (R. Burr) REPORT

 

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

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

10.       Consider increasing the Board of Elections FY16 revenue budget in the amount of $32,000 and expenditure budget in the amount of $45,000 with funding in the amount of $13,000 to be provided by General Fund fund balance. (T. Edwards) REPORT

 

Chairman Strickland reported that last year the Board of Education held a special election for its ESPLOST, which was not budgeted for by the Board of Elections. The cost of the special election was $33,620. 

The Board of Education has reimbursed the County for this amount of money; therefore, no funds are needed from the General Fund fund balance since the additional revenue received will cover the current amount needed in the Board of Elections budget.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Provenzano to increase the Board of Elections FY16 revenue and expenditures budgets in the amount of $33,350. The motion carried unanimously.

 

11.       Consider adoption of a resolution enacting a moratorium barring the acceptance and/or receipt of applications for a land disturbance permit, a building permit, and any land use authorization permit to construct a single family residence on a substandard lot of record. REPORT

 

RESOLUTION OF THE GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS ENACTING A MORATORIUM BARRING THE ACCEPTANCE AND/OR RECEIPT BY GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA, OF APPLICATIONS FOR A LAND DISTURBANCE PERMIT, A BUILDING PERMIT, OR ANY OTHER LAND USE AUTHORIZATION PERMIT TO CONSTRUCT A SINGLE FAMILY RESIDENCE ON A SUBSTANDARD LOT OF RECORD IN A RESIDENTIAL ZONING DISTRICT SUBMITTED PURSUANT TO SECTION 507 OF THE ZONING ORDINANCE OF GLYNN COUNTY, GEORGIA, AND FOR OTHER PURPOSES

WHEREAS, it has been brought to the attention of the Glynn County Board of Commissioners that densities of development in some areas of Glynn County have risen to a level that could adversely affect the health, safety, prosperity, and welfare of the citizens of Glynn County, including but not limited to, the ability to provide adequate infrastructure and to provide the necessary services for its citizens;

WHEREAS, Section 507 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County authorizes the issuance of permits for construction of a single-family residence on substandard lots of record in residential zoning districts in Glynn County; and WHEREAS, many of these substandard lots of record in Glynn County consist of a relatively small, but proportional, single family residence, or one structure that covers two or more substandard lots of record;

WHEREAS, the granting of these permit applications allows and often results in an owner demolishing the existing structure and replacing it with a significantly larger structure, or in other cases to construct multiple residences on substandard lots of record that previously contained only one residence or structure; and; 

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners has been advised by the Glynn County staff knowledgeable about planning and zoning issues that these permit applications submitted pursuant to Section 507 pose significant problems to the effective and efficient implementation of Glynn County’s Zoning Ordinances, and the increased volume of applications contributes to growth and development that hamper Glynn County’s ability to regulate development density, to provide adequate infrastructure and drainage, to provide the necessary services for its citizens, and to preserve the unique aesthetic characteristics and qualities of neighborhoods and subdivisions within the unincorporated portion of Glynn County; and

WHEREAS, the number of applications for permits for construction of a new single family residence on substandard lots as described hereinabove is expected to increase in the near future; and

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners finds that time is needed in order to study, assess, review, consider, and determine what amendments are needed to the Zoning Ordinance and other land use development ordinances of Glynn County, Georgia, specifically as they may apply to the orderly and well planned land use development of substandard lots of record in Glynn County in order to ensure appropriate densities, adequate infrastructure and drainage, and land use development; and

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners deems it necessary and advisable to enact a moratorium, applicable to Glynn County for a limited period of time, to bar the acceptance and/or receipt of applications for a land disturbance permit, building permit, or any other land use authorization permit to construct a single-family residence on a substandard lot of record in a residential zoning district submitted pursuant to Section 507 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia; and.

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners deems it necessary to enact this moratorium for the reasons shown above and herein, including in order to avoid the filing and processing of such applications for a permit to construct a single-family residence on a substandard lot of record in a residential zoning district during this study and assessment period, as the filing of these applications would work to counteract the objectives of such study and assessment period; and

WHEREAS, the Glynn County Board of Commissioners deems it in the best interests of the health, safety, prosperity, and welfare of the citizens of Glynn County, Georgia, to enact this moratorium and address the issues stated above and herein;

NOW, THEREFORE, BE IT RESOLVED by the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, acting in its capacity as the governing authority of Glynn County, Georgia, that it does hereby enact a moratorium to bar the acceptance and/or receipt by Glynn County, Georgia, of applications for a land disturbance permit,  building permit, or any other land use authorization permit to construct a single-family residence on a substandard lot of record in a residential zoning district submitted pursuant to Section 507 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that said moratorium shall also apply to applications to amend a land disturbance permit, a building permit, or any other land use authorization permit that has already been issued.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the moratorium enacted herein shall be effective and begin immediately upon adoption of this resolution on May, 5, 2016, and shall continue for a period of forty-five (45) days thereafter, expiring on June 19, 2016, at 11:59 p.m., in order to allow Glynn County, Georgia, to pursue the objectives stated above and herein.

BE IT FURTHER RESOLVED that the moratorium enacted herein shall not apply to complete applications for a building permit to construct a single-family residence on a substandard lot of record in a residential zoning district submitted pursuant to Section 507 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia, which contain the documents, forms, and information required by the applicable ordinances and regulations of Glynn County and which were received by the Glynn County Community Development Department prior to the adoption of this Resolution, but the moratorium enacted herein shall apply to incomplete applications for a land disturbance permit, a building permit, or any other land use authorization permit received by the Glynn County Community Development Department prior to the adoption of this Resolution. Applications filed without the documents, forms, and/or information required under the applicable ordinances or regulations of Glynn County shall be deemed incomplete.

This Resolution shall be effective upon adoption.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to adopt a resolution enacting a moratorium barring the acceptance and/or receipt of applications for a land disturbance permit, a building permit, and any land use authorization permit to construct a single family residence on a substandard lot of record in a residential zoning district submitted pursuant to Section 507 of the Zoning Ordinance. The moratorium shall be effective upon adoption and ends June 19, 2016. The motion carried unanimously.  Resolution #R-21-16

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

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

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned a 6:44 p.m.

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Richard Strickland, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County , Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk