SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
TUESDAY, MAY 16, 2017 AT 3:00 PM
PRESENT:† †††††† ††††††††††† Bill Brunson, Chairman, District 4
Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1
Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2
Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3
Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1
††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2
ABSENT:††††††††††††††††††††† Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5
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 Southeast Georgia Health System
Michael Scherneck, President & CEO, and Christy Jordan, Vice President & General Counsel, of the Southeast Georgia Health System (SGHS), provided an overview of the hospitalís operations, budget, and master plan for facilities. The SGHS plans to remodel its emergency care center, surgical services suite and floors 4 and 5 of the St. Simons Tower.
2.†††††††† Discuss the creation of an audit committee
Chairman Brunson proposed a new committee whose members would be appointed by the chairman and vice chairman for oversight and recommendations regarding the yearly audit. He proposed the countyís auditor would report to this committee. The committee would develop policies, procedures, provide advice, and review the audit from both internal and external perspectives.
The commissioners agreed with the concept of the committee and asked staff to draft a scope of work and bylaws for consideration.
3.†††††††† Discuss the FY 18 budget and consider voting on specific items that may be added to the proposed budget, which is to be considered by the Board June 15, 2017.
The commissioners felt the non-profit 501(c)3 that was established for the Coastal African American Historic Preservation Commission (CAAHPC) should be responsible for raising funds for staffing, etc. and recalled the county funding improvements to the Headmasterís House at Selden Park for the CAAHPC to have meeting space.
A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to table the consideration of funding half the salary of a part-time employee for the Coastal African American Historic Preservation Commission (CAAHPC). The motion carried unanimously.
Tax Commissioner Jeff Chapman requested two part-time employees and two fulltime employees as well as funding to increase the salaries of his current positions. It was suggested that increasing the staff would allow time to focus on uncollected taxes that total approximately $5 million. The requested increase to the Tax Commissionersí budget totaled $260,000.
The commissioners decided to approve the salary increases and funding for one fulltime employee.
Commissioner Browning suggested providing funding equal to 1.3% COLA and 3% merit which is what the other county employees will be receiving. This motion was not seconded.
Commissioner Coleman wanted to provide the two part-time employees, two full time employees, and the salary increase requested. This was also not approved.
A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the salary increases of the 20 employees and approve the addition of one full time position. The motion carried 4-2 with Commissioner Coleman and Commissioner Browning opposed.
A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Murphy to budget $51,000 for the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of Old Jesup Road and Canal Road. The motion carried 4-2 with Commissioner Stambaugh and Commissioner Browning opposed.
Commissioner Browning was concerned with the countyís plan to spend $1.9 million in FY18 to provide a 10% salary increase for all public safety officers (PSOs). He said the PSOs had his full respect, but he could not support such a large increase with the other employees only receiving a 1.3% Cost of Living Adjustment (COLA) increase and a merit up to 3%. He suggested having Archer, the countyís classification and compensation contractor, review the job positions and make a recommendation.
Commissioner Stambaugh suggested providing the 10% pay adjustment for PSOs but not providing the 1.3% COLA or the merit increases for FY18.
Commissioner Murphy suggested providing the 10% pay adjustment, the COLA and the merit increases.
A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve budgeting a 10% pay increase for all public safety employees plus a 1.3% COLA and suspend the merit increases for FY18 for public safety employees. The motion carried 4-2 with Commissioner Murphy and Commissioner Browning opposed. †
EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION
The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.
Bill Brunson, Chairman
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Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk