MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 2, 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

Will Worley, Senior Assistant County Attorney

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

Monica Smith spoke regarding record keeping.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to add item 9.1 to the published consent agenda to authorize a fee waiver for the U.S. Fastpitch Open Softball Tournament to be held at the North Glynn Softball Complex during November 11-12, 2017, for up to 30 hours of staff time, at a rate of $13 per hour. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to add item 12 to the published agenda  to consider responding to the Coastal Regional Commission’s letter designating Glynn County’s level of interest in a Regional T-SPLOST, a Single-County T-SPLOST, or no interest at this time. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

Public Hearings will be limited to 30 minutes for each opposing side, with 5 minutes allocated to each individual speaker. Comments are to be limited to relevant information regarding your position and should avoid being repetitious. If your group has a spokesperson, please allow that individual to present your group’s position in the time allocated. Your cooperation in this process will be greatly appreciated.

 

1.         Consider the issuance of a 2017 alcoholic beverage license to Jon Palmer Fortune, Fortune Family, LLC. dba The Porch, 549 Ocean Blvd, St. Simons Island, Ga. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

                Jon Palmer Fortune, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Interim Police Chief John Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was open for public comment and Julian Smith spoke in favor of the application.

 

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

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

2.         SUP3339 Glynn Haven Baptist Church: Consider a request for a special use permit to allow for the construction of a church. The property is located at 103 Palmetto Street, St. Simons Island, .404 acres and is zoned R-6 One Family Residential. Parcel ID: 04-05070. Larry Bryson, agent for Glynn Haven Baptist Church Inc, and owner. REPORT

 

Denise Grabowski, the consultant working with the Community Development Department, reported this special use permit is for a church in an R-6 One Family Residential zone and located at 103 Palmetto Street, approximately 220 feet west of its intersection with Frederica Road. The proposed church will have fifty-four seats and ingress and egress from Palmetto Street and Palm Street. The property is currently .404 acres and is adjacent to the unopened right-of-way of First Avenue which was abandoned by the Board in September. The proposed area will be .477 acres once the parcel recombination is completed.

 

The Islands Planning Commission recommended approval of application SUP3339 with the conditions that the building is to be used only for a house of worship, the trees shown on the site plan will remain, and parking spaces over the required minimum of 14 spaces will be finished with a pervious surface. Staff recommends approval of the application as submitted. Larry Bryson, agent for the applicant, was present to answer questions from Commissioners.

 

This item was opened for public comment and Charles Mathers, Hugh Bourque, John Carr, Robert Driggers, Martha Jernigan, Gary Cumby, and Larry Wilbur spoke in favor of the application. Thomas Allen, April Earehart, and Lisa Norton spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve SUP3339 with conditions that the building is to be used only for a house of worship, the trees shown on the site plan will remain, parking spaces over the required minimum of 14 spaces will be pervious, and the agreement with the commercial adjoining property owners is made to use their parking spaces.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to amend Commissioner Browning’s motion to include restrictions on the lighting. The motion failed 2-5 with Commissioner Booker, Commissioner Browning, Commissioner Brunson, Commissioner Strickland, and Commissioner Murphy opposed.

 

Commissioner Browning’s motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed. #R-42-17

 

3.         ZM3624(a) Sea Island Golf Club: Consider a request to amend the Sea Island Golf Club Planned Development District by adding 2.31 acres to the Planned Development District – thereby rezoning the property from FA. The subject property is a portion of the property located at 100 Retreat Avenue, St. Simons Island. Parcel ID: 04-04808. Yates Anderson, Sea Island Acquisition LLC, applicant and owner. REPORT          

 

            Denise Grabowski, the consultant working with the Community Department, presented the application as it is for a PD portion of Sea Island Golf Club which is located at 100 Retreat Ave. The purpose of this rezoning request for zoning modification is to modify the boundary of the current PD. The mechanism for the modification includes the proposed rezoning of application ZM3624a) 2.31 acres from Forest Agricultural (FA) to Planned Development (PD) and application ZM3624b) 2.86 acres of PD to FA. This would result in the net reduction of the existing PD district from 40.421 acres to 39.868 acres. Staff and the Islands Planning Commission recommended approval of the application.

                                This item was opened for public comment and Hugh Bourque spoke in favor. Julian Smith and Jeff Kilgore spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve ZM3624(a).

 

Commissioner Coleman made a motion to defer this item to the next meeting. The motion failed for a lack of a second.

 

Commissioner Murphy’s motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed. #R-43-17

 

4.         ZM3624(b) Sea Island Golf Club: Consider a request to amend the Sea Island Golf Club Planned Development District by removing 2.86 acres from the Planned Development District and rezoning the property to FA. The subject property is a portion of the property located at 100 Retreat Avenue, St. Simons Island. Parcel ID: 04-04808. Yates Anderson, Sea Island Acquisition LLC, applicant and owner. REPORT

 

Denise Grabowski, the consultant working with the Community Department, reported that this was the second part of the same zoning application. The Islands Planning Commission recommended approval of the application.

This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve ZM3624(b). The motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed. #R-44-17

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

5.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held October 19, 2017, subject to any necessary corrections.

 

6.         Approved the Georgia Department of Public Health’s Emergency Medical Services Licensure Application for renewal of the license to provide EMS services as representative for owner of the service. (N. Mann) REPORT

 

7.         Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between Glynn County and Taean County, Chungcheongnam-do, Republic of Korea to engage in cooperative development and exchange programs. (A. Ours) REPORT

 

8.         Approved the Revocable License Agreement between Glynn County and the Georgia Historical Society for the placement of a German Village historical marker in the right‐ of‐way on the west side of Lawrence Road at its intersection with Village Drive on St. Simons Island. Funding for the marker will be provided by the Georgia Historical Society. (P. Andrews) REPORT

 

9.         Authorized the Recreation Department to allow the St. Simons Island Food and Spirit Festival to cook onsite and to use glass tableware at their event, Taste of the Golden Isles, on Friday, November 17, 2017, at the St. Simons Casino and Neptune Park. (J. Powell) REPORT

 

9.1       Authorized a fee waiver for the U.S. Fastpitch Open Softball Tournament to be held at the North Glynn Softball Complex during November 11-12, 2017, for up to 30 hours of staff time, at a rate of $13 per hour.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve all items on the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

10.       Consider authorizing the naming of the Public Works Administration Building to the Edward C. Whittle Building in honor of his lifelong service to Glynn County. (D. Austin) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to authorize the naming of the Public Works Administration Building to the Edward C. Whittle Building in honor of his lifelong service to Glynn County. The motion carried unanimously.

 

11.       Consider approving a grant contract with the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), through the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) FY2018 KidsNet program, for a grant in the amount of $58,695 and increase the Juvenile Court’ s FY16 revenue and expenditures budget by $44,021.25. The $14,673.75 match will be provided by the Juvenile Court’s operating budget. (M. Hardin) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Browning to approve a grant contract with the Georgia Department of Human Services (DHS) Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS), through the Promoting Safe and Stable Families (PSSF) FY2018 KidsNet program. The motion carried unanimously.

 

12.       Consider responding to the Coastal Regional Commission’s letter designating Glynn County’s level of interest in a Regional T-SPLOST, a Single-County T-SPLOST, or no interest at this time.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to respond to the Coastal Regional Commission’s letter by selecting the no interest at this time option in regards to a regional and single-county T-SPLOST. The motion carried unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to adjourn to executive session to discuss pending litigation. The motion carried unanimously.

 

BACK IN SESSION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to adjourn executive session and enter regular session. The motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:28 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Bill Brunson, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, Deputy Clerk