MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, JANUARY 19, 2017 AT 6:00 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

 

ALSO PRESENT:           Alan Ours, County Manager

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE       

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

Julian Smith spoke regarding the Brunswick Villa neighborhood and its historical significance.

Jeff Kilgore spoke regarding the Community Development Department.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

1.         Consider the issuance of a 2017 alcoholic beverage license to Brenda Neuberger for Vesta Hospitality, LLC DBA Embassy Suites Hotel, 500 Mall Blvd, Brunswick, GA. The license change is due to a change of the parent company from Hospitality Ventures to Vesta Hospitality. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a hotel/motel. Sunday sales are permitted. Brenda Neuberger, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Brenda Neuberger, 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 Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve the alcoholic beverage license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

2.         Consider the issuance of a 2017 alcoholic beverage license to Kelly Weber for Weber’s Growler Factory, 115 Longview Plaza, St. Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages only for consumption on premises of the beer specialty shop. No Sunday sales. This license replaces the license previously issued. Kelly Weber, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Kelly Weber, 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 and Julian Smith spoke in favor of the license.

Commissioner Coleman announced he had been made aware this public hearing was not properly advertised. It was decided to defer action on this item until later in the evening so that staff could determine if the hearing had been properly advertised.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Booker to consider this item later in the meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

At the end of the meeting, staff reported this item had not been properly advertised and asked for deferral to a later meeting.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to defer this item to a later meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

3.         ZM3334 1701 Cate Road:  Consider a request to rezone one (1) 14.66-acre parcel at 1701 Cate Road from FA (Forest Agriculture) to MR (Medium Residential).  The purpose of the request is to allow the construction of an apartment complex.  This property is located on the north side of Cate Road, approximately 745 feet from its intersection with Golden Isles Parkway.  Parcel ID: 03-03198.  Sheryl Skarpalezos, applicant and agent for Alexander Vakili, owner. REPORT

 

Denise Grabowski, the consultant working with the Community Development Department, reported this rezoning request would allow a maximum of approximately 235 apartment units on the property. The property is adjacent to a working farm.

The area is served by the Joint Water and Sewer Commission’s (JWSC) sewer lift station 4105, which does not currently have the capacity to support this project. The JWSC has reported there are no current plans to upgrade this lift station. For these reasons, the staff recommended denial of the application.

The Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval subject to completion of a traffic study when the site plan is submitted for approval.

This item was opened for public comment and Sheryl Skarpalezos and Doug Adams spoke in favor of the application.

Josh Kirkland, the owner of the adjacent farm, spoke in opposition to the rezoning. Julian Smith also spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve ZM3334. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-01-17

 

4.         ZM3376 Northwest Tract at Glynco Parkway and Highway 17:  Consider a request to rezone an 8.44-acre parcel from FA (Forest Agriculture) to GC (General Commercial) for the purpose of constructing a gas station.  The parcel is at 4715 Highway 17 on the corner of Glynco Parkway and Hwy 17. Parcel ID: 03-00153.  Bert Etheredge with Roberts Civil Engineering, PC, agent for Noel Osteen, applicant and owner. REPORT

 

Ms. Grabowski reported the proposed gas station is consistent with the Future Land Use Map. The property is currently undeveloped. Staff and the Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning application subject to the provision of a traffic study at the time of site plan approval.

This item was opened for public comment and Noel Osteen and Bert Etheredge spoke in favor of the application. Julian Smith spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve ZM3376 Northwest Tract at Glynco Parkway and Highway 17. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Staff asked for clarification whether approval included the submittal of a traffic study at the time of site plan approval.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to reconsider approval of ZM3376. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve application ZM3376 subject to the provision of a traffic study with the submittal of the site plan. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-02-17

 

5.         ZM3411 McKinnon St Simons Airport ITM PD Text Amendment:  Consider an amendment to the McKinnon St. Simons Island Airport Planned Development Text to allow the use of an Interactive Teller Machine (ITM) as a permitted use in Tract B.  This property is located at 119 Airport Road and is on the corner of Demere Road, Frederica Road and Kings Way. Parcel IDs:  04-02922 & 04-02924.  Denise Grabowski with Symbioscity, agent for the Glynn County Board of Commissioners, applicant and owner. REPORT

 

Ms. Grabowski reported this PD Text amendment would allow for an interactive teller machine (ITM) to be placed in Tract B of the property. The Board approved an amendment to the PD Text in 2016 allowing an automatic teller machine (ATM), but because the machines are different, staff felt it best to seek approval for the new version.  

The Islands Planning Commission and staff recommended approval of the request. This item was opened for public comment and Robert Burr, Airport Commission Executive Director, and Julian Smith spoke in favor of the amendment.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve ZM3411 to amend the PD Text to allow the Interactive Teller Machine (ITM). The motion carried 6-0-1 with Commissioner Brunson abstaining. Resolution #R-03-17

 

6.         ZM3370 Northwest Quadrant PD DMR Tract:  Consider a request to amend the PD Text to include surface mining as a permitted use in the residential section of the development. The property is 192.3 acres and is currently undeveloped and accessible via logging roads and Pond Road of Highway 99. Parcel ID: 03-23244.  Jason Tate with Roberts Tate, LLC, agent for Jeffery Counts with DMR Investments, LLC, applicant and owner. REPORT

 

Ms. Grabowski reported this PD Text amendment would allow a barrow pit on the property.

Staff recommended that surface mining be permitted as a special use, if the PD text amendment is approved. Staff also recommended that the surface mining be concluded prior to the development of the adjacent residential area on this tract and prior to the operation of a new school.

The Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval with the following conditions: a) surface mining activities shall be concluded prior to the development of the adjacent residential development; b) surface mining activities shall be concluded prior to the operations of a new school site as shown on the approved master plan; and c) the surface mining operations shall leave the property in a condition suitable for adjacent residential development.

                Staff recommended approval subject to the conditions recommended by the Mainland Planning Commission and a condition that the mining be permitted as a special use, which would require Mainland Planning Commission and Board of Commissioners’ review and approval.

This item was opened for public comment and Jeff Counts, Bert Etheredge, and Jeff Kicklighter spoke in favor of the application. Julian Smith spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve ZM3370 without conditions. The motion carried unanimously.  Resolution #R-04-17

 

7.         CUP3407 Golden Isles Riding Academy:  Consider a request for a Conditional Use Permit to operate a commercial riding stable at 264 Galilee Road, Brunswick, Georgia 31523.  The parcel is more than 50 acres and is zoned FA (Forest Agriculture).  Parcel ID: 03-26775.  Ronald and Jackie Jordan, owners and applicants. REPORT

 

A commercial stable is permitted in Forest Agriculture zoning districts as a conditional use provided that the use is located on a lot larger than two (2) acres and that the buildings are located farther than 100 feet of the property line.  The business has been in operation since 2014.

The Mainland Planning Commission and staff recommended approval of the request. This item was opened for public comment and Jackie Jordan spoke in favor of the application. She said, in response to concerns expressed by neighbors during the Mainland Planning Commission meeting, she will add a privacy fence and she did not operate the arena lights past 7:00 p.m.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve CUP3407 conditioned upon a site visit by staff in order to ensure all activity and structures on the site are in conformance with Glynn County regulations, codes and ordinances.  The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-05-17

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

8.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held January 5, 2017, subject to any necessary corrections.  (C. Overstreet)

 

9.         Approved the Services Agreement and Business Associate Agreement between Glynn County and EAP Consultants, LLC for the provision of Employee Assistance Plan Services. The Board approved the services at its August 18, 2016, meeting. REPORT

 

10.       Appointed Chadrika Johnson to serve Jon Watkins’ unexpired term on the Selden Park Advisory Board. The term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2017.

 

11.       SUP3339 Glynn Haven Baptist Church - Approved deferring to a later date the public hearing and consideration of the application for a Special Use Permit for Glynn Haven Baptist Church. The application will be considered at a future meeting and will be advertised accordingly. The application is to construct a new church building with parking at 103 Palmetto Street, St. Simons Island. The property consists of 0.491 acre and is zoned R-6 One Family Residential. Parcel ID 041-05070. Glynn Haven Baptist Church, Inc., applicant and owner. (P. Thompson) REPORT

 

12.       ZM3333 175 Tison Drive – Approved deferring to a later date the public hearing and consideration of the application to rezone 175 Tison Drive. The application will be considered at a future meeting and will be advertised accordingly. The rezoning application is to allow the construction of a one-family home. The property is located on the north side of Tison Drive, approximately 300 feet from its intersection with Highway 82. Parcel ID #03-14335. Allan Cox, is applicant and owner. (P. Thompson) REPORT

 

13.       Approved the Revocable License Agreement between Glynn County and the Georgia Historical Society, the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, Inc., Friends of Coastal Georgia History, Inc., and the Sea Island Company for the placement of a Retreat Plantation historical marker in the right‐of‐way of Kings Way west of its intersection with Retreat Ave on St Simons Island. Funding for the marker will be provided by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society. (P. Andrews) REPORT

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Finance Committee

 

14.       Authorized, pursuant to Section II.B of the County Grants Policy, the Board of Commissioners, Chairman, or County Manager to approve the filing of grant applications for County projects during Calendar Year 2017.  (V. McClinton) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

15.       Approved an amendment to the FY17 budget to increase court reporting fees in Superior Court and intangible tax recording fees by $32,746 for the invoice that was just received for the Guy Heinz trial.  (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

16.       Accepted the 2016 Norfolk Southern Foundation grant and amended the Fire Department’s FY17 budget revenues and expenditures in the amount of $1,500. (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

17.       Approved increasing the FY17 budget revenues and expenditures in the amount of $4,125 with funding to be provided by the 2017 PRIME TIME LSTA Mini-Grant for the Marshes of Glynn Libraries (MOGL).  (G. Mullis) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

18.       Authorized the Police Department to swear-in temporary officers for special events and approved adjusting the FY17 budget in the amount of $6,488 to hire part time officers for the March 2017 Airshow with funding to be provided by the County Manager’s contingency fund.  (M. Doering) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

19.       Approved the Real and Personal Property corrections and the Real Property exemptions to the digest as recommended by the Board of Assessors and the Chief Appraiser at their Thursday, November 3, 2016 meeting, with clarification that this does not approve a tax refund.  (R. Glisson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

20.       Approved the Real and Personal Property corrections, and the Real Property exemptions to the digest as recommended by the Board of Assessors and the Chief Appraiser at their Thursday, December 15, 2016 meeting, with clarification that this does not approve a tax refund.  (R. Glisson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

21.       Approved the continuation/extension of the Quality Recording Solutions, LLC, Maintenance Services Agreement for the recording equipment at the 911 Center with funding to be provided by the 911 Center’s FY17 operating budget.  (S. Usher) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

22.       Approved the third amendment to the Tower and Ground Lease Agreement with AT&T Mobility/ New Cingular Wireless, PCS, LLC for the Brookman Tower at 1543 Firetower Road/Buck Swamp. Site ID 058-042 (J. Catron) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

23.       Approved the Coastal Georgia Historical Society’s request to make improvements to the Coast Guard Station building and property. The improvements are estimated at $500,000 with funding provided by the Coastal Georgia Historical Society through donations and other fundraisers. (A. Ours) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

24.       Accepted the proposal dated January 3, 2017, by Denise Grabowski, of Symbioscity, for planning support and consultation at a cost not to exceed $30,000 with funding provided by the FY17 Community Development Department – Planning Division Operating Budget.  (A. Ours) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

25.       Approve the installation of a flashing beacon, associated sidewalks and an overhead street light to illuminate the crossing site at 2300 Federica Road with funding in an amount not to exceed $7,500 to be provided by the County Manager’s Contingency fund with the $18 monthly fee to be provided by the Public Works Operating Budget. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 2-1) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Coleman.

 

26.       Exercised the fourth option year with Southeast Georgia Health Systems to perform wellness physicals at a cost of $245 per physical with funding to be provided by the Fire Department’s operating budgets. (N. Mann) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve all items on the consent agenda except for item 25, which was removed for discussion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

25.       Approve the installation of a flashing beacon, associated sidewalks and an overhead street light to illuminate the crossing site at 2300 Federica Road with funding in an amount not to exceed $7,500 to be provided by the County Manager’s Contingency fund with the $18 monthly fee to be provided by the Public Works Operating Budget. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 2-1) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Coleman.

 

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

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

27.       Renew the contract for workers’ compensation administration and insurance with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia-Georgia Self Insured Workers’ Compensation Fund for January 1, 2017 – December 31, 2017 at an estimated contribution of $256,799 and a deductible of $500,000.  (O. Reed) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

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

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

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

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Browning to adjourn the meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

The meeting was adjourned a 7:48 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Bill Brunson, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County , Georgia

Attest:

 

 

 

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Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk