SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM 224
TUESDAY, APRIL 17, 2018 AT 3:00 PM
PRESENT: Bill Brunson, Chairman, District 4
Dr. Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2
Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3
Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5
ABSENT: Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1
Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2
Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1
ALSO PRESENT: Alan Ours, County Manager
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney
Dhwani Patel, County Clerk
Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:
1. One Hundred Miles (Megan Desrosiers)
Megan Desrosiers, CEO of One Hundred Miles, reported that they are a coastal conservation organization in Coastal Georgia. They want to see the coastal resources preserved and would like to protect and enhance coastal Georgia's quality of life. They would like to balance the economic prosperity in this area with the protection of the natural, historical, and cultural resources. They believe that the decisions made at the local level have a direct impact on the habitat and have put together the Glynn County Coast Initiative for the public to provide input.
Alex Muir, Coastal Advocate, reported that they held meetings throughout the county for community input. During these meetings, the preliminary data discovered that the top five concerns of the community include concentration of development in the right places, mobility challenges, pollution and contamination, poor access to waterfront, and coastal and inland flooding. They plan to develop an agenda as they believe the environmental community and public working together would be more successful if they came to the elected officials with ideas, rather than just speaking out with concerns.
2. Sea Turtle and Shorebird Initiative (Catherine Ridley)
Catherine Ridley is the Vice President of Education and Communication with One Hundred Miles and manages the Sea Turtle Program on St. Simons Island. She reported that Glynn County had 13 sea turtle nests this last year and explained the sea turtle’s nesting process. She stated that about one in every 4000 sea turtles will actually return to the area’s beaches due natural predation. In addition to their natural challenges, sea turtles also face threats due to commercial fisheries, artificial lighting, human disturbances, off leash dogs, discarded beach gear, and boat strikes. She reported that with the efforts of local government, local business, and the sea turtle program coming together, they are seeing a statistically significant increasing trend in sea turtle populations.
3. Presentation by Economic Development Authority (EDA) (John Scott)
John Scott, Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) and Project Manager of the Development Authority, addressed the Board with regard to the return on investments in economic development in 2017. He discussed economic and product development plans for Brunswick and Glynn County.
4. Possibility of using the LCP/Honeywell Site for a Solar Farm
Commissioner Booker stated that he asked Alan Ours, County Manager, to do some research on the possibility of adding a solar farm site in Glynn County. Mr. Ours reported that Georgia Power is mandated to provide a percentage of their electricity from solar generation. They also entertain proposals from various organizations for solar generators. Currently proposals can only include the generation of a maximum of three megawatts however they may entertain proposals for up to 12 megawatts, which will be determined later this year. Georgia Power has a program in place to use energy generated to power county buildings if solar farm is adjacent to buildings. The Sheriff’s Office and Detention Center are located near the LCP Site, however the solar farm has to be right next to the facility so it would not qualify.
The next step would be for Georgia Power to purchase the electricity generated by the solar farm. The LCP site has approximately 80 to 90 usable acres and seven acres are needed to generate one megawatt of power. The 80 to 90 acres would have the capacity to provide approximately 12 megawatts of power. The approximate revenue from three megawatts is $200,000, annually however the cost to build a solar farm to generate three megawatts would need to be determined. The cost of the land would also need to be determined. Once the initial investment is paid for, the annual revenue could be used to offset the county’s energy costs or used to offset power bills for low to moderate income individuals. It may be possible to get low interest loans to finance capital investment as well as grants. If the Board is interested in the possibility of a solar farm a consultant would need to be engaged to provide a more in-depth analysis.
5. Update on Litter Initiative
Scott McQuade, of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau, Lea King-Badyna, of Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB), Dave Austin, Director of Public Works, Scott Trautz, Assistant Police Chief, and Pamela Thompson, Director of Community Development, provided an update on the litter initiative. Its ambitious goal is to reduce the amount of litter that is happening in the community. The shared vision statement is “Working together to make Brunswick and the Golden Isles an exceptional place in Georgia to live, work, and visit by strengthening our communities and enhancing the quality of life.” The three pillars of the Glynn County Litter Initiative are education, elimination, and enforcement.
With funding from a Coastal Incentive Grant (CIG) provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GaDNR), the team has created educational radio ads, newspaper ads, and civic group educational presentations. The local newspapers have also contributed to the litter abatement initiative. The grant funding has now run out but public service announcements are assisting running on the radio. The Adopt-A Group program and the Citizens Litter Patrol also assist with the initiative. The county’ s purchase of a Kubota all-terrain vehicle has allowed staff to remove trash from the right-of-way on the Spur in half a day instead of two days.
The removal of trash cans on the beach has also been a success. Signage has been placed the beach and the trash cans moved to the entrance of the beach only. Beach goers have been taking their trash with them and not littering the beach. Feedback from citizens and visitors has been positive.
Pamela Thompson, spoke on Code Enforcement and her work with Chief Doering. She stated that the County Attorney has educated Code Enforcement on the updates of the new ordinance. They are currently in the process of shifting from education to enforcement. Ms. Thompson elaborated on the procedures implemented by Code Enforcement.
EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION
The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.
Bill Brunson, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County, Georgia
Dhwani Patel, County Clerk