MINUTES

JOINT MEETING

CITY OF BRUNSWICK COMMISSION

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2 ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM 224

TUESDAY, MARCH 20, 2018 AT 3:30 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

Cornell Harvey, City of Brunswick Mayor

Vincent Williams, City Commissioner

Johnny Cason, City Commissioner

Julie Martin, City Commissioner

Felicia Harris, City Commissioner

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Alan Ours, County Manager

                                                Jim Drumm, City Manager

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Brian Correy, City Attorney

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

Naomi Atkinson, City Clerk

 

Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:

 

1.            Oglethorpe Tract

 

                                Mayor Harvey outlined the history of the Oglethorpe Conference Center Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the City of Brunswick and Glynn County. He stated the City would like to request an extension on the time frame for completing the Conference Center. Based on the Board’s direction, County Attorney Aaron Mumford said he would work with the City Attorney to prepare an amendment to the MOU and bring it to the Board for a vote.

 

2.            Toll on FJ Torras Causeway

 

Commissioner Brunson stated that the topic of a toll on the Causeway arose during a meeting with the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT). Commissioner Murphy said that the question was brought up strictly as an informational item to determine if it was feasible.

Commissioners asked Kathryn Downs, Management Analyst and Communications Manager, to work with the State Road and Tollway Authority (SRTA) to continue that discussion. She reported that a toll on the causeway was entirely feasible, however GDOT would have to be involved in determining how the revenue could be used as the FJ Torras Causeway is a state route. In addition to the maintenance of the causeway, GDOT may also be open to allowing revenue to be used for infrastructure improvements. SRTA would not recommend a physical toll booth considering the advancements in technology and would request that any toll technology used be compatible with the Georgia Peach Pass system. She also reported that a reduced rate for Glynn County residents may be possible and that there would be substantial upfront and operating costs.

Commissioner Booker stated that the county has critical infrastructure needs and they needed to look at other sources of revenue rather than raising the millage rate to meet those needs. Commissioner Cason also stated that they needed to start talking about the possibility of a second causeway. Commissioner Strickland provided some background about when the possibility of a new bridge was discussed in the past.

The Board requested that Ms. Downs research the possibility further and report back to the Board.

               

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 4:20 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                                            

Bill Brunson, Chairman

Board of Commissioners

Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

                                               

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk