MINUTES

JOINT MEETING

CITY OF BRUNSWICK COMMISSION

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 1, 2017 AT 2:00 PM

 

PRESENT: Bill Brunson, Chairman, District 4

Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1

Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2

Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3

Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5

Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1

Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2

Cornell Harvey, City of Brunswick Mayor

Vincent Williams, City Commissioner

Johnny Cason, City Commissioner

Julie Martin, City Commissioner

Felicia Harris, City Commissioner

Jerry Mancil, Board of Education Vice Chairman

John Madala, Board of Education member

 

ALSO PRESENT: Alan Ours, County Manager

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:

 

1. Presentation from the Georgia Association of Land Bank Authorities, Christopher Norman, Georgia Association of Land Bank Authorities, Inc. (GALBA) (City of Brunswick)

Christopher Norman, of GALBA, provided an overview of land banks and answered questions. Mr. Norman explained how land banks are formed and managed, and how properties are acquired and sold.

A land bank can be established in Glynn County if the county and city agree to participate. One cannot establish a land bank without the other. The Board of Education would have to agree to waive any taxes owed to it either by blanket agreement for all properties or on a case-by-case basis.

 

Chairman Brunson asked for information regarding funding the land bank, staffing, and goals. The city commissioners said it would not cost anything to form the land bank and wanted to move forward without this information. They said once the land bank was formed, the goals could be set, costs determined, and decisions of participation made it would not cost anything to form the land bank. City Commissioner Felicia Harris commented that once the land bank was formed, the city and county could submit the properties on which each wanted to focus. If the county did not want to submit properties to the land bank, funding may be solely provided by the city. Commissioner Stambaugh agreed that the county could move forward with forming the land bank, but he did not want to commit to participating without a plan in place. He reminded the city that he had asked for its list of properites many months ago but had not received it.

The Mayor said the city needed permission to form the land bank. The law governing land banks required an agreement between the city and county. He said if the county did not want to participate at this time, it could give the city permission to form it and then join in with county properties in the future.

Some county commissioners wanted more information before considering the agreement; others wanted to move forward with the agreement since it did not require a monetary commitment.

 

The city attorney and the county attorney had drafted the intergovernmental agreement creating the land bank.

At the end of the meeting, Chairman Brunson said he would place the agreement on an upcoming agenda for consideration. The city also planned to consider the agreement at an upcoming meeting.

The two members in attendance from the Board of Education did not comment on the land bank.

 

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 at 4:08 p.m.

 

 

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Bill Brunson, Chairman

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County , Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Cindee S. Overstreet, County Clerk