MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 19, 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

 

ABSENT:                               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 COMMENT PERIOD

 

Jane Fraser spoke regarding development and drainage in the Harrington Subdivision.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1.         Representative Don Hogan presented a proclamation recognizing Britny Smith as Georgia’s Emergency Communications Officer of the year for the State of Georgia.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to add item 10 the consent agenda to approve a Change Order for the Glynco Parkway Bridge Project to Underground Excavating, Inc. of Patterson, Georgia, in the amount of $55,830.30 with funding to be provided by the SPLOST 5. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to add item 11 the consent agenda to approve the letter of support for Coastal Outreach Academies, Inc., d/b/a Coastal Outreach Soccer, to accompany their grant application to the National Environmental Education Foundation, at no cost to Glynn County. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to add item 12 the published agenda to consider authorizing a payment up to $93,580.45 to ADS Construction for current construction efforts in the Tax Commissioner’s office and to JFK Architecture, Inc. for the design of the entire renovation effort with funding to be provided by the FY18 Capital Projects Fund. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

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.

 

2.         AB3231 – Consider the application for abandonment of a portion of the unopened alley right‐ of‐way in Block 17 in the East Beach subdivision, St. Simons Island. The property is behind 4311 Tenth St. Michael Dyke, applicant. (P. Andrews) REPORT

 

Paul Andrews, County Engineer, reported the following:

SOURCE OF TITLE: Dedicated by plat for the East Beach subdivision recorded in Deed Book 3R, Pages 312 – 315, dated May 30, 1924.

PRESENT USE OF RIGHT-OF-WAY: This section of alley is currently not improved for public access.

PAST HISTORY: This section of the alley has been used as it is currently for several years. There is no evidence of the alley having been open for public access.

POTENTIAL PUBLIC USE IN THE FUTURE: This portion of the right-of-way could be used for access to adjacent property and to access and contain utilities.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN CONTINUING USAGE: The public will continue to benefit from the ability to use this right-of-way for access and/or utilities.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN ABANDONMENT: Abandonment would return the property to the tax digest.

Staff recommends approval with a drainage easement being conveyed to the County over the whole area of abandonment. Michael Dyke, the applicant, requested approval of the application without a drainage easement. He explained that with a drainage easement, they would not be allowed to add a fence in the area being abandoned. He stated that they would be willing to give something back to the county should there be a problem with drainage. Commissioner Murphy asked Mr. Andrews the protocol if there was a drainage problem and a fence was an obstruction. Mr. Andrews stated that if a fence was in a drainage easement or a right-of-way, the first step would be to remove the encroachment. He also mentioned the county did not have a pressing need for the easement at this time nor any upcoming projects in that area.

This item was opened for public comment and Michael Dyke and Hugh Bourque spoke in favor.  Julian Smith and Lisa Norton spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Murphy to approve AB3231 the abandonment of a portion of the unopened alley right‐ of‐way in Block 17 in the East Beach subdivision, St. Simons Island behind 4311 Tenth St Commissioner Strickland amended the motion to include that approval is subject to the applicant and the County Attorney working out an agreement wherein the county can come back at its choosing, to put a drainage facility in the area and remove the fence. The motion carried 4-1 with Commissioner Browning opposed. Resolution #R-10-18

 

3.         ZM3691 - 1001 Plantation Isles Boulevard: Consider a request to rezone approximately 233 acres located at 1001 Plantation Isles Boulevard from Planned Development (PD) to Forest Agricultural (FA) to allow agricultural and mining uses on the property. Parcel IDs: 03-22251 and 03-27090. Keith Ross, Coastal R&R, Inc. and Ridge Enterprises, Inc., owner and applicant. REPORT

 

Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported that ZM3691 is a large tract with 233 acres located at 1001 Plantation Drive. The current zoning is Planned Development (PD) and there were a couple of amendments to the Planned Development text in the 1990s. There has been some development on this property but it is largely undeveloped. The existing land use is primarily undeveloped and there is an operating surface mine at this time. The applicant is requesting to rezone the property to Forest Agricultural to continue mining operations as well as agricultural operations on the property. The Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use designation is Low Density Residential and Rural Overlay.

Commissioner Browning stated that he has received complaints from homeowners regarding dump trucks driving through neighborhoods. Keith Ross, applicant and owner, stated that he purchased additional property in part to create a new private road off of Golden Isles Parkway Extension so their trucks would not be accessing the property through the subdivision.

The Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning. This item was opened for public comment and Julian Smith spoke in opposition. No one spoke in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Murphy to approve ZM3691 with the rezoning of approximately 233 acres located at 1001 Plantation Isles Boulevard from Planned Development (PD) to Forest Agricultural (FA) to allow agricultural and mining uses on the property . Commissioner Strickland amended the motion to add that Mr. Ross limit the access of the 233 acres, not through the subdivisions that are along there, with an ingress and egress off of Highway 99.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to withdraw Commissioner Strickland’s original motion. The motion passed unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Murphy to approve ZM3691 subject to access being on Hwy 99 solely, until the end of the year, with access thereafter being off of the private road on Golden Isles Parkway Extension, solely. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-11-18

 

4.         ZM3715 - 136 Glyndale Drive: Consider a request to rezone approximately 2.96 acres located at 136 Glyndale Drive from R-9 One-Family Residential to MR Medium Residential to allow for two-family (duplex) dwelling units. Parcel ID: 03-03659. Jonathan Roberts, PE, Roberts Civil Engineering P.C., authorized agent for Clint Miller, owner and applicant. REPORT

 

Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported that ZM3715 located at 136 Glyndale Drive with 2.96 acres. The property is currently zoned R-9 One-Family Residential and is currently undeveloped. The proposed zoning is MR Medium Residential with a proposed land use of two family (duplex) dwelling units. The Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use designation is Community Mixed Use Center (Village).

The Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning. This item was opened for public comment and Julian Smith spoke in opposition. No one spoke in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Murphy to approve ZM3715. The motion carried 4-1 with Commissioner Browning opposed. Resolution #R-12-18

 

5.         ZM3685 - 172 Dees Drive: Consider a request to rezone approximately 1.70 acres located at 172 Dees Drive from R-9 One-Family Residential to Mh-9 One Family Residential in order to allow a mobile home. Parcel ID: 03-04758. Juan Jose Cruz, owner and applicant. REPORT

 

Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported that ZM3685 located at 170 Dees Drive with 1.70 acres. The property is currently zoned R-9 One-Family Residential and is currently undeveloped. The proposed zoning is Mh-9 One-Family Residential with a proposed land use to continue residential but to allow a mobile home. The Comprehensive Plan and Future Land Use designation is Industrial.

The Mainland Planning Commission and staff recommended denial of the rezoning. This item was opened for public comment and Tim Harper, Vernon Crews, Judy Perry, Hugh Borque, and Mark Shore spoke in opposition. No one spoke in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Booker to deny ZM3685. The motion carried unanimously.

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

6.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held April 5, 2018, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel)

 

7.         Recognized the Sublease between the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and Glynco-Manning Aviation, Inc. for the Fixed Base Operator (FBO) at the Brunswick Golden Isles Airport. The sublease begins March 1, 2018, and expires February 28, 2048, with two five-year options to renew. The initial annual rental amount is $46,249.80 per year and will be adjusted annually by the Consumer Price Index (CPI). (R. Sumerford) REPORT

 

8.         Acknowledge a Space Use Agreement between the Marshes of Glynn Libraries (“MOGL”) and the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island, Inc. for the use of space at the Saint Simons Island Library branch in the Old Casino Building to conduct used book sales with the net proceeds therefrom being donated to MOGL for the use of MOGL’s St. Simons Public Library branch. REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Murphy.

 

9.         Authorized the issuance of a letter from Glynn County to Jeff Jones to be signed by the Chairman indicating that Glynn County does not claim an interest in the two 10-foot-wide drainage easements depicted on the 2012 survey of property located at 3335 Cypress Mill Road (a/k/a the Express Lube and Car Wash) and recorded in the Glynn County Clerk of Superior Court’s Office in Plat Book 32/Page 230, which have been determined by staff to have no present or future use for the County. REPORT

 

10.       Approved a Change Order for the Glynco Parkway Bridge Project to Underground Excavating, Inc. of Patterson, Georgia, in the amount of $55,830.30 with funding to be provided by the SPLOST 5. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

11.       Approved the letter of support for Coastal Outreach Academies, Inc., d/b/a Coastal Outreach Soccer, to accompany their grant application to the National Environmental Education Foundation, at no cost to Glynn County. (L. Gurganus) REPORT

                                  

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve all items on the consent agenda except item number 8, which was removed for discussion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

8.         Acknowledge a Space Use Agreement between the Marshes of Glynn Libraries (“MOGL”) and the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island, Inc. for the use of space at the Saint Simons Island Library branch in the Old Casino Building to conduct used book sales with the net proceeds therefrom being donated to MOGL for the use of MOGL’s St. Simons Public Library branch. REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Murphy.

 

Commissioner Murphy stated that he had received an email that listed a few objections to the agreement and wanted to ask Geri Mullis, Marshes of Glynn Libraries (MOGL) Director, to clarify the issues that were raised. Ms. Mullis explained the operations of the different spaces at the library and stated she feels satisfied that the current understanding between MOGL, the Literary Guild, and the County Attorney that the space that has been recently renovated has been deployed for the appropriate purpose.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to acknowledge a Space Use Agreement between the Marshes of Glynn Libraries (“MOGL”) and the Literary Guild of St. Simons Island, Inc. for the use of space at the Saint Simons Island Library branch in the Old Casino Building to conduct used book sales with the net proceeds therefrom being donated to MOGL for the use of MOGL’s St. Simons Public Library branch. The motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

12.       Consider authorizing a payment up to $93,580.45 to ADS Construction for current construction efforts in the Tax Commissioner’s office and to JFK Architecture, Inc. for the design of the entire renovation effort with funding to be provided by the FY18 Capital Projects Fund. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT 

 

Dave Austin, Director of Public Works, reported that this request is to pay ADS Construction for the work that has been completed and the work that needs to be completed for Phase 1 of the renovations. This request also includes payment to JFK Architecture, Inc. for the design on Phase 2.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to authorizing a payment up to $93,580.45 to ADS Construction for current construction efforts in the Tax Commissioner’s office and to JFK Architecture, Inc. for the design of the entire renovation effort with funding to be provided by the FY18 Capital Projects Fund. 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 was adjourned at 7:54 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Bill Brunson, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk