TUESDAY, MARCH 21, 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


ALSO PRESENT:           Alan Ours, County Manager

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney


Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:


A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to add item 8 to the published agenda to approve the funding for audit extension of the scope of the audit to include the years 2008-2010. The motion carried unanimously.


1.         Wellness Center (ShawHankins)


Tammi Starkey, Vice President of Client Services with ShawHankins, presented an analysis of the return on investment in the Wellness Center.  She advised the Wellness Center had enabled Glynn County to stabilize risk on the health plan. Using early identification and managing risk factors, through coaching, the center had mitigated the impact of lifestyle-related high-cost claims. Incremental savings for services are covering the cost of operating the Wellness Center.


Commissioner Murphy was concerned with the bottleneck ShawHankins identified concerning the filling of prescriptions onsite at the Wellness Center.  He suggested that a second nurse practitioner be brought in to lower costs.  He invited ShawHankins to look into this effort.


Commissioner Browning discussed incentive programs to encourage employees to participate in the program.   Commissioner Stambaugh inquired for clarification on operational cost versus claims cost.


2.         Drug Court


Judge Kelley presented the Drug Court Program and advised that it has been in existence since 1998 in this circuit and has over a thousand graduates. Judge Kelley requested an increase in funding for the program. He said Drug Court voluntarily cut its program budget a few years ago and the county’s contribution was reduced from $110,000 to $55,000. With the implementation of administrative fees (office space, heating and cooling, etc), the county’s contribution to Drug Court is under $19,000.  He compared that to what the other counties in the circuit are contributing and asked that Glynn County increase its contributions to the original $110,000.


3.         The Greenway:


Ben Slade presented Project Greenway and thanked the county for the implementation of the Strategic Plan. He presented a video about the Swam Rabbit Trail from Greenville to Traveller’s Rest as examples that could be implemented in Glynn County. He requested the county adopt a resolution supporting the Coastal Georgia Greenway. 


Commissioner Browning advised he had asked the Georgia Department of Transportation to consider installing bike paths along Hwy 17 when that widening project is underway.


4.         Animal Control Advisory Board (ACAB):


John Ohman, chairman of the advisory board, requested the board consider amending the Animal Control Advisory Board’s bylaws to resize, restructure and repurpose the board.  Currently, the bylaws require nine members: the Chief of Police, a Human Society representative, a Glynn County Veterinarian and six citizens. He said the turnover rate is high and several positions have been vacant for a while. He suggested the bylaws be amended to require seven board members: the Animal Control Division Manager and six citizens.


5.         Update by Honeywell:


Kershaun Whitfield with Honeywell provided an update on the site of the former LCP Chemicals Plant.  The Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Department of Justice are processing all of the public comments received.  Upon completion of federal protocols, they should get the consent to move forward with the plans.  Honeywell is anxious to get the property ready for repurpose.


6.         St. Simons Boating & Fishing Club (SSBFC):


Walter Koran requested the county assist with repairs necessitated by Tropical Storm Hermine and Hurricane Matthew.  He said in 1949 the commission entered into leasehold agreement with SSBFC, a 501(c)7 non-profit corporation.  The property has been developed over the years by SSBFC to become a complete marina facility. He said the club kept fees low so more of the public could participate, but this caused budget issues. He said Tropical Storm Hermine damaged the facility and the club made the repairs. Then, Hurricane Matthew damaged the facility again, but the club had exhausted its capital making the repairs caused by the other storm. The damage caused by the hurricane is much worse that that caused by the tropical storm. Mr. Koran indicated the operating capital had been exhausted.


The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GaDNR) has agreed to allocate $30,000 from the Sports Fishing Restoration Act grant. The remaining $9,000 needed for the repairs could be provided by the county. Since the County owns the land it would be required to enter into an intergovernmental agreement (IGA) regarding the provision of the funds. This would get the north dock and two launching areas operational and safe for the summer. The SSBFC also asked the County to help facilitate additional funds from FEMA for the south dock.


Commissioner Murphy addressed several concerns he had about SSBFC however he supported the request for the $9,000.  He felt reimbursement from FEMA was probably not an option. He was concerned with the SSFBC’s lack of insurance on the property and reminded the club that its lease agreement with the County had expired.


He was also concerned with the number of old, inoperable boat trailers that were on the property. He recommended the club change the signage to better explain that the marina was a public facility.


7.         SPLOST 2016


            This item was deferred to the next work session


8.         Approve the funding for audit extension of the scope of the audit to include the years 2008-2010


A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve additional funding for the Superior Court/Magistrate Court Clerk’s Office to an amount not to exceed $20,000 to extend the scope of the audit to include the years 2008 to 2010. The motion carried unanimously.




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





Bill Brunson, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia






Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk