MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, MAY 4, 2017 AT 6:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                     Bill Brunson, Chairman, District 4

Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1

Dr. 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

Will Worley, Senior Assistant County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE       

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD - No one signed up to speak during the public comment period.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1.         Received the Year-to-Date (YTD) Financial Report. (T. Miller)  REPORT

 

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to table items 6 and 8. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

 

2.         SUP3432 Myers Hill Farm Road:  Consider a request for a special use permit to allow for farm-based activities such as farm-to-table dinners, u-pick garden, family reunions, educational events, weddings, harvest celebrations, and seasonal farmers markets.  The property is 48.21 acres and is zoned Forest Agricultural (FA).  Parcel ID: 03-10189.  Brooke & Paul Roberts, applicants and owners.   REPORT

 

Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, reported the proposal was for a working farm and farm-based public events such as farm-to-table dinners, educational events, and harvest celebrations.

The staff and Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the request subject to the driveway having a gate to secure the property when events are not held, the owners living onsite, and the proposed structures being located away from the property lines. The applicants agreed to these terms.

This item was opened for public comment and Brooke Roberts said they would have a small number of sheep, goats, and pigs. Julian Smith also addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve SUP3432. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-14-17

 

3.         CUP3452 CKELJ Storage:  Consider a conditional use permit to allow for enclosed Recreational Vehicle (RV) storage and mini-storage.  The 2.12-acre property is located at 216 Southport Parkway and is zoned Planned Development (PD) with the Southport Planned Development (GC-0792) as the applicable text. Parcel ID:  03-12694. CKELJ, LLC, applicant and owner.  Peter Schoenauer, Tidewater Engineering, agent. REPORT    

 

Ms. Thompson reported the property is part of the Southport Planned Development which allowed for the development of mini-storage units as a conditional use. The existing fence would remain and a gate would separate the two properties.

The staff and Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the conditional use permit. This item was opened for public comment and Jim Bonds, owner, spoke in favor of the permit. Julian Smith spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve CUP3452. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-15-17

 

4.         CUP3481 - 549 & 547 Ocean Blvd:  Consider a conditional use permit to allow for a restaurant located in a former house.   The property is zoned Village Mixed Use (VMU) and is located within the Island Preservation District.  Parcel IDs: 04-04694 & 04-04695. Dianne Durand, applicant, and MS3, LLC, owner. Palmer Fortune, agent. REPORT Palmer’s village cafe

Ms. Thompson reported this area of Ocean Boulevard included several former residential structures that had been repurposed for commercial and/or office use. A restaurant is allowed as a conditional use.

The Islands Planning Commission and staff recommended approval of the request. This item was opened for public comment and Diane Durand, applicant, and Bert Etheredge, with Roberts Civil Engineering, addressed the Board and said the parking lot would provide 19 spaces, which was the amount required. Mr. Etheredge said they could provide additional parking, but instead hoped to save all the trees on the property.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve CUP3481. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-16-17

           

5.         TA3479 St. Simons Island Tree Canopy Preservation:  Consider the recommendation to amend and replace Section 624 of the Zoning Ordinance of Glynn County, Georgia to provide for the preservation, planting, and replacement of trees, to protect and preserve the tree canopy of St. Simons Island, and for other purposes. REPORT 

 

Senior Assistant County Attorney Will Worley reported on the proposed ordinance.

This item was opened for public comment and Stan Humphries, Julian Smith, and Miriam Lancaster spoke in favor of the ordinance. Bob Torras, Jerry Edwards, Charles Williams, Hal Hart, and Michael Torras spoke in opposition to the ordinance.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve TA3479 amending Section 624 of the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance. The motion failed with a 2-5 vote with Commissioner Stambaugh, Commissioner Booker, Commissioner Browning, Commissioner Brunson and Commissioner Coleman opposed.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Booker to remand this item back to the Tree Ordinance Committee. The motion carried 5-2 with Commissioner Strickland and Commissioner Murphy opposed.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonment

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6.         AB3328 – Consider the application for abandonment of a portion of all the roads and drainage easements in the Peninsula at Golden Isles subdivision, Phase 1. The subdivision is off Buck Swamp Road between Myers Hill Road and Old CCC Road. The Bishop Firm, agent for The Peninsula at Golden Isles Property Owner’s Association, Inc., applicant. (P. Andrews) This item was deferred from the April 6, 2017, meeting.  REPORT   

 

            This item was tabled and not considered.

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

7.         Approved the minutes of the special called meeting held April 18, 2017, the minutes of the joint City/County meeting held April 13, 2017, and the minutes of the regular meeting held April 20, 2017, subject to any necessary corrections.  (C. Overstreet)

 

8.         Approve a deed to the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) to convey water and sewer easements within the rights-of-way in the Peninsula at Golden Isles Subdivision, Phase 1. (W. Worley) This item was deferred from the April 6, 2017, meeting. REPORT  This item was tabled and not considered.

 

9.         Approved the annual support agreement for technical support and software upgrades for the ambulance billing software through EMS Consultants. REPORT 

 

10.       Approved requesting the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) provide funding for intersection improvements at Southport Parkway, Deer Wood Way, and US Hwy 17 to be provided by the Education-Safe Access to Schools LMIG program and approved committing $114,600, permitting, construction bidding, and project management for project. (D. Austin)  REPORT

 

11.       Approved the four year renewal of the Memorandum of Agreement with between Glynn County, the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency and the Department of Driver Services for use of the Glynn County CDL facilities by GEMHSA in the event of a manmade or natural disaster necessitating evacuation from the coast. REPORT    gema

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve all items on the consent agenda with the exception of item 8, which was tabled at the beginning of the meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

12.       Consider adoption of a Public Comment Policy for the Islands Planning Commission. REPORT   

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Booker to adopt the Public Comment Policy for the Islands Planning Commission. The motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Strickland opposed.

                                                         

13.       Discuss issues and consider approval of options, including a letter of agreement with Pierce Manufacturing, for the acquisition of the Fire Department’s new trucks. REPORT 

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to ask the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) for assistance in dealing with the company. The motion carried unanimously.

 

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 9:23 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Bill Brunson, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County , Georgia

Attest:

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Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk