MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 20, 2018 AT 3:00 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

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

 

Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:

 

1. †††††††††† Consider authorizing the submittal of the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Grant for improvements and relocation of a portion of Frederica Road and consider approval of the amount, if any, of matching funding that will be contributed by Glynn County.

 

Monica Hardin, Grants Coordinator, provided a brief background of the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Grant. Glynn County would be notified before October on the award status and that it was a reimbursement grant. If awarded and accepted by the Board, the grant would begin October 1, 2018, and run for two years. The grant would follow Glynn County policy and go through the Finance Committee then to the full Board for grant acceptance. The National Park Service is providing a $37,500 match and if Glynn County were to provide a match as well, the funding for would be added to the FY19 budget. County Attorney Aaron Mumford explained that before this grant is finalized, a property swap would need to occur between Christ Church and Glynn County.

Planner Jeremy Marquis, on behalf of Christ Church, reported that Glynn County would serve as the applicant for the grant, the sponsoring agency would be Fort Frederica, and the private partner would be Christ Church. The purpose of the FLAP is to provide safe and adequate transportation access to and through Federal Lands for visitors, recreationists, and resource users. The FLAP supplements state and local resources for public roads, transit systems, and other transportation facilities, with an emphasis on high-use recreation sites and economic generators.

The proposal for this grant has been updated to include Stevens Road intersection improvements and includes upgrades to the Fort Frederica entrance. The proposed roadway realignment would remove unsafe roadway intersections and alignments, alleviate storm water related driving hazards, reduce pedestrian vehicular conflicts, and provide safe parking at Christ Church. The total project cost is $1,324,740.38.

Mr. Marquis stated that water and sewer and electrical poles will need to be shifted with the right of way. He said that no discussions have occurred with the Joint Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) however they have included funds in the grant budget to move the utilities.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to authorize the submittal of the Federal Lands Access Program (FLAP) Grant for improvements and relocation of a portion of Frederica Road and contribute $50,000 of matching funding. The motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Stambaugh opposed.

 

2. †††††††††† Proposal from First Coast No More Homeless Pets

 

Bill Gussman spoke regarding the need for a low cost spay and neuter facility in Glynn County. He stated that the type of clinic that theyíre proposing would require additional funds beyond the currently allocated $1.5 million in SPLOST 2016 and that Mr. Gussman is prepared to raise the additional capital funds needed to complete the facility at no additional cost to Glynn County.

Rick DuCharme with First Coast No More Homeless Pets (FCNMHP) explained their mission is to end the killing of dogs and cats in shelters in northeast Florida, southeast Georgia, and the nation. He stated that a partnership between Glynn County and FCNMHP would be to provide veterinary care for shelter pets, veterinary participation in shelter health management, and to provide spay and neuter services to shelter pets as well to the pets of low income residents. Mr. DuCharme is proposing a facility adjacent to the new Glynn County Animal Service Shelter that would save money on land acquisition and construction costs and offer convenient services for both shelter staff and members to the public. He stated that FCNMHP will operate the facility with a self-sustaining model that would gain funding from both fees for services and charitable giving. He stated that with a contract, FCNMHP would provide shelter health management and pre-adoption spay and neuter surgery for Glynn County Animal Serviceís shelter animals. They would also provide support for county shelter staff in the design and implementation of shelter protocols to maximize the health and well-being of shelter animals and staff.

Mr. DuCharme stated the proposed 5,600 square foot facility would result in the creation of up to 25 new jobs, projected $750,000 in new payroll spending annually, create $2.3 million in economic activity, and prevent the economic euthanasia of thousands of pets annually.

Commissioner Brunson recommended that Mr. DuCharme work with staff to look into leasing the existing animal control facility as a potential location for this program. Mr. Gussman stated that he did not believe the existing facility was well suited as a clinic or shelter but the proposed location at the public safety complex was ideal. He specified that the contribution to the program from Glynn County would be the land for the facility. Commissioner Murphy expressed concerns that this program would compete with local veterinarians as well as with the costs associated with building the state of the art facility.

 

3. †††††††††† Presentation on Arco Parks

 

Lisa Gurganus, Glynn County Parks and Recreation Manager, reported there are underutilized amenities in the Arco Parks and shared some options for improvements to these parks. Paulk Park can be improved by adding a soccer field, a new playground, and some restrooms. Brunswick Villas Park can be improved by adding a basketball court with fencing. She stated that Rebuilding Together for Glynn County is proposing a donation of $28,000 for improvements and the Sea Island Foundation may provide an in-kind donation of $12,000 for irrigation of the soccer field. The Glynn County Public Works department would remove the existing fence at Paulk Park and add new park signage.

Commissioner Booker explained that this area is something they have worked on revitalizing as it may be one of the poorest areas in Glynn County. Lisa Gurganus stated that this project could be completed in two phases. Phase One would include focusing on the field parts of Paulk Park and would need an approximately $30,000 commitment from Glynn County with the Sea Island Foundationís potential donation of $12,000 and Rebuilding Together for Glynn Countyís donation of $28,000. Commissioner Booker expressed that this request was one of the only request heís made for his district. Commissioner Murphy stated support for the project and asked if this request could be brought through the Finance Committee and then to the Board for their consideration.

 

4. †††††††††† Brunswick Library Construction Project Update

 

Geri Mullis, Marshes of Glynn Libraries Director, presented an update regarding the library construction project. She outlined the project timeline and stated that proposed construction would begin in August of 2018. Mike Martin, Chairman of the Library Board, thanked the Board for their support. He stated that they plan fundraise for books and technology to fit with the new library.

 

5. †††††††††† Beach Renourishment Discussion

 

Commissioner Murphy stated that the Governorís office has set aside $10 million dollars of state money to be utilized by Tybee or St. Simons Island for sand renourishment. This would not be an ongoing commitment for Glynn County and it is a one time offer of state funding to be allocated to renourishment. He stated that in the past citizens were worried that low quality dredged sand would be added to the beach and he clarified that this would be better quality sand. If Glynn County was impacted by another severe weather event which may wash away sand, a documentation of renourishment would allow Glynn County to possibly be reimbursed by federal agencies. Commissioner Murphy also stated that the area on St. Simons Island where attention is needed is roughly from the King and Prince down to the Pier, where there is no beach at high tide.

If offered to Glynn County, these funds from the state require no match from Glynn County. Commissioner Brunson stated the money offered from the Governorís office is simply for sand and beach nourishment and cannot be allocated to other projects.

 

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 5:18 p.m.

 

 

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Bill Brunson, Chairman

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Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk