MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, JUNE 16, 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

Lisa Norton spoke regarding the modular building the Board of Commissioners authorized moving from the Public Works complex to the Glynn County Animal Control facility.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

1.         Consider the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license for JAI Laxmi Lodging DBA Courtyard by Marriott, 580 Millennium Blvd., Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. Krishan Gandhi, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

                                Krishan Gandhi, 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 an alcoholic beverage license for JAI Laxmi Lodging DBA Courtyard by Marriott. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

2.         Consider the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license for Sumo Japanese Restaurant, 135 Altama Connector, Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. Xing Yan Yang, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering)  REPORT

 

                                Xing Yan Yang, 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 an alcoholic beverage license for Sumo Japanese Restaurant. The motion carried unanimously.

 

3.         Consider the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license for Moonshiners, 108 Harrison Lane, Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. Ryan Hughes, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT This item was deferred from the Board’s June 2, 2016, meeting.

 

                                Ryan Hughes, 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 Brunson to approve the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license for Moonshiners. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonments

 

4.         AB3284 - Consider the abandonment of a portion of the South Harrington rightofway in the Harrington Subdivision (between 385 South Harrington and the Village Creek boat ramp), St. Simons Island; and, consider approval of an agreement with the applicant establishing infrastructure improvements and defining what rights will be conveyed to the county upon issuance of quit claim deeds. Austin Catts, agent for P&M Cedar Products, owner. (P. Andrews) This item was deferred from the Board’s May 19, 2016, meeting.   REPORT

 

                        County Engineer Paul Andrews reported the area proposed for abandonment was revised from that presented to the Board at its May 19, 2016, meeting. The area proposed for abandonment was a strip of the right-of-way on the northern shoulder of South Harrington Road. The proposed area was reduced and no longer extended all the way to the boat ramp.

                SOURCE OF TITLE: Original Harrington Subdivision plat recorded in 1885 and plat of Millard            Stewart Estate recorded in 1964.

               PRESENT USE OF RIGHT‐OF‐WAY: This portion of the right‐of‐way has been maintained by Glynn County as road shoulder for many years.

               PAST HISTORY: To the best of staff’s knowledge, this portion of right‐of‐way has been maintained and used as road shoulder since the road was paved.

               POTENTIAL USE IN THE FUTURE: If the abandonment application was denied, this portion of the right‐of‐way would continue to be used as its current use.

               BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN CONTINUING USAGE: The public would continue to benefit from the use of the right‐of‐way for overflow parking for the boat ramp area.

               BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN ABANDONMENT: Abandonment would return the property to the tax digest and the day to day maintenance of the road should be removed from the county’s responsibility.

                                Georgia Power requested an easement for its facilities.

                                The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (DNR) specified that, to qualify for improvement grants for the boat ramp, public access should be maintained to the maximum extent possible and the area the county leased from P&M Cedar Products for parking should remain available. Maintenance easements should be retained as contemplated in the proposed legal agreement between Glynn County and P&M Cedar Products.

                                Staff recommended approval of the abandonment subject to the following: 1) approval of the proposed legal agreement; 2) the recordation of Georgia Power easements; and,                3) language referencing the State’s ownership claim is included on any deed that involves state-claimed property.

 

                                Senior Assistant County Attorney Will Worley reminded the Board that the abandonment application presented for the Board’s consideration at its May 19, 2016, meeting consisted of an area approximately 20 feet wide by 1200 feet long. The area went all the way to the parking area that is currently leased by Glynn County from P&M Cedar. After the May 19 meeting, staff worked with the applicant to address the concerns raised at the meeting. The applicant agreed to reduce the area by 400 feet and to give the county an easement for overflow parking along the shoulder. The 400-foot reduction would come from the area nearest the leased parking area. Mr. Worley said the right-of-way on South Harrington is 60 feet wide, from Frederica Road to the boat ramp. The county has an easement for that right-of-way, but does not own the right-of-way.

                                He said the area that is utilized by the public for truck and trailer parking and turning around to launch and load boats is leased by the county from P&M Cedar for approximately $150 per month. The lease has a termination provision with 30-days’ notice.

                                Mr. Worley presented the terms of the proposed legal agreement as follows:

               1)             The boat ramp and parking shall remain open to the public.

               2)             P&M would give Glynn County a permanent easement for the southern 40 feet of South Harrington Road and a permanent easement for the turn-around and parking lot that is currently leased by the county.

               3)             In the parking lot, P&M would design and construct, at no cost to Glynn County, 17 truck and trailer parking spaces and one handicap accessible parking space.

               4)             P&M Cedar would give Glynn County a permanent easement over an area approximately 20 feet in width and 400 feet long for overflow parking along the                northern shoulder of South Harrington Road.

               5)             In the overflow parking area, P&M Cedar will design and construct, at no cost to               Glynn County, eight truck and trailer parking spaces.

               6)             P&M Cedar would give Glynn County a permanent easement for parking and road shoulder purposes over an area eight feet in width and 240 feet in length along the northern shoulder of South Harrington Road. This area will remain grassed and undeveloped.

                7)            P&M would give Glynn County right-of-way easements for a traffic square to be constructed approximately 170 feet east of Nature Pointe Lane. The traffic square would      be designed and constructed at no cost to Glynn County.

               8)             P&M would give Glynn County easements over the abandoned area for shoulder            maintenance, drainage, and utilities. 

               9)             P&M would be responsible for resurfacing South Harrington Road from the traffic square to the boat ramp.

               10)           P&M would be given no promises or guarantees regarding development or        rezoning of its adjacent property.

               11)           P&M would not be given any special access to parking.

 

                                This item was opened for public comment and Austin Catts, representing P&M Cedar Products, spoke in favor of the application along with Bascom Murrah, Burke Harrison, Bill Strother, David Blackshear, and Reid Harris. Andrew Dekle, an attorney representing Jane Fraser, Geraldine Davis, and James Holland, spoke in opposition to the abandonment. Julian Smith, John Dow, Leslie Brantley, James Holland, Peter Murphy, Rickie Gulley, and Mike Parmalee also spoke in opposition.

                                Mr. Worley said, as with many roads in the county, the county does not have fee simple              ownership of South Harrington Road. The county does have right-of-way easements over the         roadway. He said the only way the ROW easement could be extinguished is by the Board of              Commissioners abandoning it. Unless or until the Board                 abandons its easement rights, South      Harrington Road will be a road open to the public.

                                Commissioner Coleman asked the audience members to raise their hands if they were                 in support of the abandonment. Then he asked how many were opposed. There were more           attendees opposed to the abandonment.  

              

            A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to deny the request for abandonment. The motion carried 4-3 with Commissioner Strickland, Commissioner Provenzano, and Commissioner Brunson opposed.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

5.         Consider adoption of an amendment to Section 507 of the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance to reduce the maximum height permitted for one-family dwellings on substandard lots of record in residential zoning districts on St. Simons Island, to provide for a maximum number of sleeping rooms for one-family dwellings on some of those substandard lots of record depending on the size, to allow one-family dwellings on such substandard lots of record to be repaired or rebuilt to a similar configuration under certain circumstances if destroyed by fire, flood, storm, or other acts of God, to provide for an appeal and variance process, to provide a definition for substandard lots of record, and for other purposes. (D Hainley) REPORT

 

                                                Community Development Director David Hainley reported there were over 3,000 substandard lots in Glynn County. He presented the changes recommended for Section 507. The underlined portions were added to the proposed ordinance and the portions that were removed are shown below with a strike through.

                507.1     No permit shall be issued for the use of any lot which is smaller in total area than the minimum area size permitted for the zoning district within which it is located or for the use of any lot which has a lot width that is less than the minimum lot width permitted for the zoning district within which it is located, shall be issued unless said lot is a lot of record and was legally and properly recorded prior to the passage of this Ordinance on February 1, 1966. provided, hHowever, that this requirement shall not apply to re-subdivisions pursuant to Section 802(c) of the Subdivision Regulations of Glynn County, Georgia; and provided further that in Residential Districts, substandard lots shall be used only for single-family residential purposes. 

                However, in all cases, construction on any such lot, after the time of passage of this Ordinance, shall be required to meet all other requirements of the district within which it is located, including front yard setbacks, side yards, rear yards, and others.

                507.2     Notwithstanding any other provision to the contrary in this Zoning Ordinance, a one-family dwelling is permitted on a substandard lot of record with less than six-thousand (6,000) square feet of lot area or a lot width of less than sixty (60) feet in a residential zoning district, subject to the following provisions:

                                (a)          Lot area or width is 50% or less than standards for a lot – limited to a dwelling no more than 1½ stories and the maximum height shall not exceed 22 feet above the base flood elevation. Limited to 2 sleeping rooms.

                (b)          Lot area or width is more than 50% but less than 75% than standards for a lot – limited to a dwelling no more than 1½ stories and the maximum height shall not exceed 25 feet above the base flood elevation. Limited to 3 sleeping rooms.

                (c)           Lot area or width is more than 75% but less than 94% than standards for a lot – limited to a dwelling no more than 1½ stories and the maximum height shall not exceed 28 feet above the base flood elevation. Limited to 4 sleeping rooms.

                (d)          Lot area or width is more than 94% than standards for a lot – limited to a dwelling no more than 2 stories and the maximum height shall not exceed 32 feet above the base flood elevation. No limitation on sleeping rooms.

                (e)          Notwithstanding anything to the contrary in subsections 507.2 (a) through (d) and subsection 507.2(f), if the lot area is one hundred percent (100%) or greater than the minimum lot area required under the applicable zoning district regulations and the lot width is eighty-three percent (83%) or greater than the minimum lot width required under the applicable zoning district regulations, said dwelling may have up to the same number of stories, maximum height, and sleeping rooms as a one-family dwelling located on a non-substandard lot of record in that same zoning district.

                (f)           In the event that the lot area and lot width of a substandard lot of record causes it to meet the criteria of more than one of the subsections in 507.2 (a) through (d), the more restrictive subsection and development requirements therein shall apply to any one-family dwelling constructed on that substandard lot of record. This requirement shall not apply to a one-family dwelling constructed on a substandard lot of record that meets the criteria set forth in subsection 507.2(e).

                (g)          A lawfully existing one-family dwelling that becomes nonconforming as a result of the adoption of this Section 507.2 on June 16, 2016, and which becomes damaged or destroyed by fire, flood, storm, or other acts of God, may be repaired or rebuilt to the same height, square footage, and number of stories, bedrooms, and bathrooms without meeting the requirements of this Section 507.2, provided that: (1) the property owner provides documentation to the Glynn County Community Development Director demonstrating that the building or development lawfully existed at the time of adoption of this Section 507.2; (2) a building permit has been applied for and issued by Glynn County for the repair or reconstruction of such one-family dwelling within one year from the date that it was damaged or destroyed; and 3) the repair or reconstruction of such one-family dwelling commences within one year from the date that it was damaged or destroyed. This provision shall not be construed to excuse or exempt compliance with any building code, electrical code, fire code, life safety code, or other safety ordinance or regulation.

                (h)          This Section 507.2 shall be applicable exclusively to Saint Simons Island. 

 

                507.3     Any person denied a permit by the Building Official or other county official under this Section 507 may appeal such decision to the Board of Appeals or request a variance pursuant to Article X of this Ordinance.

 

                507.4     For purposes of this Section 507, substandard lot of record shall mean a lot of record that was legally and properly recorded prior to the passage of this Ordinance on February 1, 1966, with a lot width less than that permitted in the zoning district in which it is located or that is smaller in total area than the minimum area permitted for the zoning district within which it is located.

 

                                                Staff and the Islands Planning Commission recommended approval of the amendment. The Mainland Planning Commission did not make a recommendation.

                                                This item was opened for public comment and Caesar Rodriguez spoke in favor the amendment. Julian Smith, Albert Shelander, and Stephanie Schleicher spoke in opposition.

                               

            A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded Commissioner Provenzano             to adopt the amendment to Section 507 of the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance. The           motion carried unanimously. Ordinance #O-2016-10

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

6.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held June 2, 2016, subject to any necessary corrections.  (C. Overstreet)

 

7.         Appointed Calvin Waye to serve the unexpired term of Yolanda Richardson as the District 5 representative on the Blythe Island Regional Park Advisory Board (BIRP).

 

8.         Appoint Sherry Coleman and Jill Wright to serve another term on the Glynn County Animal Control Advisory Board.  The terms begin July 1, 2016, and end June 30, 2018. This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Coleman.

 

9.         Appointed William France to serve on the Coastal Regional Commission’s (CRC) Aging Services Advisory Council. The term begins July 1, 2016, and ends June 30, 2019.

 

10.       Approve a Hold Harmless agreement with the Palmetto Group’s proposed infrastructure construction within Tabby Place Phase II Subdivision. (D. Hainley) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Stambaugh.

 

11.       WSV3294 – Fletcher-Allen Properties: Approved a water and sewer variance for a portion of a 1.363-acre subdivision from a 520.27-acres tract zoned FA (Forest Agricultural). The parcel is located on Highway 99 abutting the CSX Railroad and Railroad Spur. The closest water connection is a private line located approximately 125 feet southwest of this property. The closest sewer connection is over 500 feet away. Parcel ID: 03-19092. Diane K. Hughes, applicant and owner. (D. Hainley) REPORT  Resolution #R-27-16

 

12.       Approved the submittal of a grant application for a $22,690 federal grant from the Edward Byrne Memorial Justice Assistance Grant Program (JAG) offered by the Department of Justice, Office of Justice Programs, Bureau of Justice Assistance, for equipment for the Glynn County Police Department. (T. Miller) REPORT

 

13.       Approved the contract with the Environmental Protection Division (EPD) for Drinking Water Laboratory and Related Services for Blythe Island Regional Park (BIRP). REPORT

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Finance Committee

 

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

 

15.       Authorized the Recreation Department to advertise a public hearing to change the Glynn County ball field rental fees to those     listed in Option A. (J. Powell) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

16.       Authorized the Recreation Department to advertise and solicit quotes for concession vendors at Glynn County athletic facilities on the mainland during the regular seasons, All Star games, and rental events.  (J. Powell) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT 

 

17.       Approved an amendment to the FY16 Sheriff’s Seized Funds expenditures budget by $1,000 with funding provided by the Sheriff Seizure Fund fund balance.  (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

18.       Accepted the 2016 Chesney Fallen Firefighters Memorial Grant from the Georgia Firefighters Burn Foundation and amend the Fire Department’s FY16 budget in the amount of $2,998.  (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

19.       Accepted the Community Housing Investment Program (CHIP) SFY2016 Community HOME Investment Program grant in the amount of $318,500 with a federal contribution of $306,000, and local cash match of $9,000 with funding to be provided by the FY17 Recommended Budget and in kind contributions of $3,500 from the Georgia Department of Community Affairs.  (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT 

 

20.       Accepted the grant funded by the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation Grant for the KidsNet program and increase Juvenile Court’s FY16 program revenue and expenditures budget by $5,000 each. Grant: ARY1608 (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT 

 

21.       Approved the 2017 Adult Felony Drug Court Grant provided by the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) in the amount of $433,606 with a local match of $48,178 to support the activities of the Drug Court between July 1, 2016, and June 30, 2017. Subgrant: J17-8-008 (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT  

 

22.       Approved the Anticipated Collections Addendum to the SAVE program Memorandum of Agreement with the Department of Homeland Security with funding to be provided by the FY17 Finance Administration Operating Budget.  (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

23.       Authorized staff to reject all bids received for tennis courts at Blythe Island Ball Park and authorized staff to re-bid the project for tennis court resurfacing only, with an alternative for fencing. (J. Powell) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT 

 

24.       Amended the FY16 revenues and expenditures budgets in the Accommodations Excise Tax Fund by $12,000 and approve the purchase of an inflatable hull boat and motor, trailer and life jackets. (J. Powell) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

25.       Approved extending the contract length and scope of services provided by AMEC Foster Wheeler for the Canal Road Improvement Project until August 31, 2016, and authorized $6,000 in funds be made available for the continuation of the AMEC Foster Wheeler Erosion Control inspection and Geotechnical services with funding to be provided from the fund balance previously committed for the Canal Road project. (P. Andrews) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT 

 

26.       Approved extending the contract with Daniel McFee, of Minserv, for the Canal Road Improvement Project to August 31, 2016, and increase the inspection hours to 30 per week; also, authorize $11,130 in funds provided from the fund balance previously committed for the Canal Road project. (P. Andrews) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

Canal crossing

27.       Authorized funds in the amount of $18,250 to Advanced Environmental Management, Inc. for second year option landfill monitoring services and for maintenance supervision with funding provided by the FY17 Solid Waste Disposal Fund. (P. Andrews) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

28.       Approved the joint agreement with the City of Brunswick and the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau to contract with National Sign Plaza to develop a wayfinding signage system for the Golden Isles as outlined in the proposed contract with funding provided by the 2016-2017 Accommodations Tax Budget in the amount of $21,334.  (A. Ours) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT 

 

29.       Approved renewal of the contract with Witt O’Brien Debris Monitoring Company for FY17.  (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve all items on the consent agenda with the exception of items 8 and 10, which were removed for discussion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

8.         Appoint Sherry Coleman and Jill Wright to serve another term on the Glynn County Animal Control Advisory Board.  The terms begin July 1, 2016, and end June 30, 2018. This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Coleman.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Provenzano to appoint Sherry Coleman and Jill Wright to serve on the Glynn County Animal Control Advisory Board. The motion carried 6-0-1 with Commissioner Coleman abstaining.

 

10.       Approve a Hold Harmless agreement with the Palmetto Group’s proposed infrastructure construction within Tabby Place Phase II Subdivision. (D. Hainley) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Stambaugh.

 

                                Community Development Director David Hainley reported the Tabby Place Subdivision is located in the Joint Water and Sewer Commission’s (JWSC) drainage basin supplied by Lift Station 2032, which has capacity issues.

                                Commissioner Stambaugh requested that the agreement be revised to remove the JWSC and that the developer, Vassa Cate, deal directly with the JWSC. Commissioner Brunson agreed that the JWSC be removed from the Hold Harmless Agreement.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to approve the agreement subject to the removal of all references to a hold harmless indemnification for the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC). The motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

30.       Consider a request to create an educational incentive for Emergency Medical Technicians, Cardiac Technicians, and Paramedics assigned to transport units (Squads) as well as the Medical Officer (Captain of Rescue), at a rate of 50-cents per hour for EMTs and $1.00 per hour for Cardiac Technicians and Paramedics to become effective upon approval and continue for six months with funding to be provided by the General Fund fund balance. (PC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

                                The Board discussed the funding source for this program and decided to fund it from the FY17 salary budget instead of the General Fund fund balance.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve the educational incentive and leave it in the normal budget and monitor it. The motion carried unanimously.

 

31.       Consider awarding the contract for Solid Waste Collection and Recycle Services to the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, Republic Services of Georgia d/b/a Southland Waste Systems for the requested services effective January 1, 2017, at a base year cost of $3,147,331.68 with funding to be provided by the Special Assessment Fee and the Solid Waste Collection Fund.  (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

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

 

32.       Consider awarding a contract for the Sterling Park Improvement Project to United Grounds Maintenance Services, Inc. of Glennville, Georgia the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, in the amount of $277,595 with funding to be provided by the Capital Projects Fund.  (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner           Coleman to approve the contract. The motion carried unanimously.

 

33.       Consider awarding a contract for the U.S. Highway 341 Sidewalk Improvement Project to Woodard Construction Company of Waycross, Georgia, the lowest responsive and responsible bidder, in the amount of $760,467 with funding to be provided by the General Fund fund balance.  (D. Austin) The Finance Committee voted unanimously to refer this item to the Board of Commissioners. REPORT 

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve the contract. The motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner           Stambaugh opposed.

 

34.       Consider amending the Glynn County Code of Ordinances regarding fireworks such that they comport with Georgia state law.  REPORT     

 

                        This amendment revised Sections 2-9-51, 2-9-52(9) and added Sections 2-9-53   (f), and                 2-11-7a.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner           Stambaugh to approve the ordinance amendment. The motion carried unanimously.       Ordinance #O-2016-11

 

35.       Consider adopting the proposed Glynn County FY 16-17 Budget. (T. Miller) REPORT

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner           Brunson to approve the resolution adopting the FY17 budget. The motion carried 6-1             with Commissioner Stambaugh opposed. Resolution #R-28-16

 

36.       Approve an Intergovernmental Agreement between Glynn County and the City of Brunswick for the use and distribution of proceeds from the 2016 Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST 2016). REPORT

 

                        Chairman Strickland said he spoke with Mayor Harvey about this item on June 20th and explained the County Commissioners’ concerns with the Intergovernmental Agreement (IGA) before the City of Brunswick met that night and approved the IGA.

                                Chairman Strickland offered the following comments regarding the IGA (Intergovernmental Agreement). He said the city’s percentage of SPLOST money is based on the population of the city from the most recent census. The city makes up 19.32% of the population of the county; therefore, the City of Brunswick would receive 19.32% of the $71,595,000 of SPLOST dollars collected, which came to $13,800,000.  However, if the city were given more than what it was entitled to under the law, an IGA would be required.

                                Chairman Strickland said the city had requested $15,900,000; however, after reviewing the SPLOST list, it became apparent to him that what the city was asking for was not fair and equitable.  The county planned to have the proposed SPLOST sunset when the SPLOST amount of $71,595,000 was reached or after 3 ½ years, but with the IGA, this could not happen. 

                                He said the county’s SPLOST list included $1,000,000 for a drainage project at College Park, which is located partially in the city and partially in the county, but the county would pay for and manage the project from its portion of the SPLOST funds. Also on the county’s portion of the SPLOST list is a $3,300,000 Joint Water Sewer Commission (JWSC) project that is partially in the city.  These two projects, totaling $4,300,000, are set to be funded solely by the county’s portion of the SPLOST money collected. In addition, the city requested $2,100,000 above what it was entitled to under the law. This totals $6,400,000 that would be given to the city above its 19.32% share. For this reason, Chairman Strickland said he could not support the IGA.

                                He added that some members of the Brunswick City Commission had stated they would not support the SPLOST if they didn’t get the money they requested.  He felt the city should take the $13,800,000 if the voters approve the SPLOST rather than having nothing because the city commissioners wouldn’t compromise.

                                In closing, he advocated doing everything possible to present a list of SPLOST projects the voters could support.

                                Commissioner Booker said he did not support altering the plan to provide $15,900,000 to the city; the city made up most of his district. He said the SPLOST list did not have to be limited to $71,595,000 or 3 ½ years and if the collection was increased the city could get more money.

                                Commissioner Stambaugh said he would prefer the City of Brunswick get more money and suggested the addition come from the JWSC’s allocation.

                                Commissioner Browning felt the community would not support the SPLOST if the list did not contain narrowly focused infrastructure improvements. He felt the city’s police cars, freezer, and breezeway should not be on the SPLOST list. He added that the county wanted to build trust in the community, and that was the purpose of limiting the collection amount and timeframe.

                                Commissioner Coleman said he felt the citizens would approve the SPLOST if a legitimate list were presented.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner           Stambaugh to defer items 36 and 37. The motion carried unanimously.

 

37.       Consider adoption of a resolution calling for an election to be held on November 8, 2016, to impose a special one percent sales and use tax within Glynn County (SPLOST 2016). REPORT

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to defer items 36 and 37. The motion carried unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to adjourn to executive session to discuss personnel and pending litigation. The motion carried unanimously.

 

BACK IN SESSION

 

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

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to settle a worker’s compensation claim with Nancy Fox for up to $60,000. The motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned a 9:55 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

                                                                                    Richard Strickland, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

 

 

Attest:

 

 

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Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk