MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, MARCH 1, 2018 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

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

Item 2 was heard before the Public Comment Period.

 

2.         SUP3696 Forbes Farm/Sinclair Oaks: Consider a request for a special use permit to allow for a special event facility located at 2610 Lawrence Road, St. Simons Island, GA. The property is approximately 36 acres, with a development area of approximately 8 acres, zoned Forest Agricultural (FA). The proposed development consists of an event facility of approximately 8,000 square feet and associated infrastructure. Parcel ID: 04-14586. James Bishop, The Bishop Law Firm, agent, for Michelle Hagan, Sinclair Oaks LLC, applicant and Matthew Eller, owner. REPORT

 

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney, stated that there was a failed motion to approve the special use permit at the Islands Planning Commission (IPC) meeting. The failed motion to approve the permit does not tantamount to a motion to deny therefore, the IPC technically provided no recommendation to the Board of Commissioners. He recommended that the item be remanded back to the IPC so they can come back to the Board with a recommended motion to approve, deny, or approve with conditions the special use permit to be consistent with the County’s policy and ordinances.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to remand the request for a special use permit to allow for a special event facility located at 2610 Lawrence Road, St. Simons Island, GA back to the Islands Planning Commission for further consideration. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

Hugh Bourque spoke regarding the conduct of business.

Dave Snyder requested to defer his comments to the March 15, 2018, Board of Commissioners meeting.

Motte Thomas spoke regarding the dilapidated old public school building located between Reynolds Street and Ellis Street and the South Palm ditch improvement project.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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 2018 alcoholic beverage license and a 2018 off-premises catering alcoholic beverage license to Brian Justice for Tasteful Temptations Inc, 295 Aviation Pkwy Ste. 105, Brunswick, GA. The licenses are to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant and at off-premises authorized catered functions. Sunday sales permitted. Brian Justice, licenses. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Brian Justice, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Police Chief John Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the licenses. This item was opened for public comment, and Dave Snyder and Justin Henshaw spoke in favor. No one spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the issuance of a 2018 alcoholic beverage license and a 2018 off-premises catering alcoholic beverage license to Brian Justice for Tasteful Temptations Inc. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

2.         SUP3696 Forbes Farm/Sinclair Oaks: Consider a request for a special use permit to allow for a special event facility located at 2610 Lawrence Road, St. Simons Island, GA. The property is approximately 36 acres, with a development area of approximately 8 acres, zoned Forest Agricultural (FA). The proposed development consists of an event facility of approximately 8,000 square feet and associated infrastructure. Parcel ID: 04-14586. James Bishop, The Bishop Law Firm, agent, for Michelle Hagan, Sinclair Oaks LLC, applicant and Matthew Eller, owner. REPORT This item was heard before the Public Comment Period.

 

3.         ZV3710, Pet Supplies Plus Sign Variance: Consider a sign variance from the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance, Article VIII, Signs, to install two additional signs on the building located at 659 Scranton Road. The property is zoned Highway Commercial (HC). Parcel ID: 03-14730. Scott and Lynette Altman, JA Industries, LLC, business owner and applicant. REPORT

 

Stefanie Lief, Planning Manager, reported the request for a sign variance. She stated that Pet Supplies Plus is located at 659 Scranton Road and is zoned Highway Commercial. Scott and Lynette Altman are requesting a variance to the sign regulations which allow three signs. The variance application is requesting two additional signs, for a total of five signs on the property. Mrs. Lief stated that the total square footage of the signs falls within the zoning ordinance allowance.

Staff recommends denial of ZV3710 as presented because there is not a hardship present and there are other ways to arrange the signage to be in compliance with the current code. Mrs. Lief stated that the free standing “Center Pointe” sign that advertises the building does account for one of the three signs allowed by the zoning ordinance. After hearing comments made from several commissioners, Mrs. Lief also stated that this variance was brought before the Commission due to the way the Zoning Ordinance currently stands and that staff has planned on updating the ordinance.

This item was opened for public comment, and Hugh Bourque, Scott Altman, and Barbara Frank spoke in favor. No one spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve ZV3710 Pet Supplies Plus Sign Variance.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman to amend Commissioner Strickland’s motion to include a deadline for staff to adjust the sign ordinance to address free standing signs. Commissioner Coleman retracted his motion.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning to direct staff to update the ordinance but allow the signs for Pet Supplies Plus to stay standing until the ordinance has been updated.  The motion failed for a lack of a second.

 

Commissioner Strickland’s original motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Browning opposed. Resolution #R-05-18

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

4.         Approve the minutes of the regular meeting held February 15, 2018, and the special called meeting held February 20, 2018, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel) This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Coleman.

 

5.         Adopted a Resolution appointing the Public Information Officer as the Open Records Officer for Glynn County and the Communications Manager as the alternate, reassigning the roles from the County Clerk and County Manager, respectively. Strategic Plan:  Exceptional Customer Service REPORT Resolution #R-06-18

 

6.         Approved the Data License Agreement between Glynn County and TomTom North America, Inc. to use Glynn County’s GIS data in TomTom’s street network. (B. Nyers) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve all items on the consent agenda except item 4, which was removed for discussion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

4.         Approve the minutes of the regular meeting held February 15, 2018, and the special called meeting held February 20, 2018, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel) This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Coleman.

 

Commissioner Coleman requested additional information be added to the minutes and asked that they defer the approval of the minutes to the next meeting at which time they can be added to the consent agenda for approval. Commissioner Stambaugh stated that citizens wishing to find out all the details of a commission meeting could do so by watching the recorded video of the meeting.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to defer the approval of the minutes to the next meeting. The motion failed for lack of majority vote. The vote was 1-6 with Commissioner Stambaugh, Commissioner Booker, Commissioner Browning, Commissioner Brunson, Commissioner Strickland, and Commissioner Murphy opposed.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve the minutes. The motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

7.         Consider accepting a $28,000 donation from Rebuilding Together of Glynn County and authorize allocating $40,000 from the County’s Capital Projects Fund to implement Phase 1 of the Paulk Park Renovation Project. (L. Gurganus) Strategic Plan: Great Place to Live REPORT

 

Lisa Gurganus, Parks and Recreation Manager, reported that she has been working with Commissioner Booker on a renovation plan for Paulk Park. The proposed plan would include a new soccer filed, a playground, and a new restroom facility. The project has been broken down into two phases.

Phase 1 would focus on the soccer filed by removing the existing fencing, grading the field and installing an irrigation system. It would also call for installing a well for the irrigation, sod, a 4’ chain link fence, permanent soccer goals, and creating parking along Paulk Ballfield Road. The estimated cost for Phase 1 is $67,740.

Phase 2 of the renovation plan would include installing spectator bleachers and team benches, installing a permanent restroom facility, and developing a playground area. The estimated cost for Phase 2 is $183,500 with the playground portion’s cost to be largely dependent on the size of the playground.

Rebuilding Together of Glynn County is providing a $28,000 donation towards the project. The Sea Island Foundation may provide a possible in-kind donation of $12,000 for the installation of the well for the irrigation of the soccer field. If Sea Island Foundation does provide a donation, the amount taken out of the County’s Capital Projects Fund would be reduced to $28,000 from $40,000.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to accept a $28,000 donation from Rebuilding Together of Glynn County and allocate $40,000 from the County’s Capital Projects Fund to implement Phase 1 of the Paulk Park Renovation Project. 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 adjourned at 7:01 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                 

Bill Brunson, Chairman

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

                                               

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk