TUESDAY, MAY 15, 2018 AT 2:00 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. †††††††††† Defined Benefit Analysis Presentation


Actuary Heath Merlak of Nyhart presented an analysis of several options of defined benefit (DB) and defined contribution (DC) plans. These options included: determining the cost impact of closing the defined benefit plan to new entrants and new hires receiving a 6% of pay DC contribution; determining the cost impact of closing the plan to new entrants, enabling fully vested participants to remain in the defined benefit plan, and freezing the defined benefit plan for not fully vested participants with less than 11 years of service, those not fully vested and new hires would be eligible for a 6% of pay DC contribution; assessing the ability and costs to allow the value of the frozen benefits to be rolled over to the DC plan; and determining the cost to allow participants not fully vested a one-time option to remain in the DB plan or choose to join the DC plan.

County Manager Alan Ours stated that staff needed direction from the board regarding if and how they would like to make changes to the plan. The Board would like additional time to review the options and asked that the item be brought before them at their meeting in July.


2. †††††††††† Receive an update regarding the Natural Resource Damage Assessment at the LCP Chemical/Honeywell Site


††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† Michel Gielazyn, Ph.D. with the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), Anthony Sowers, Ph.D. with the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (FWS), and Jim Brown with the Georgia Environmental Protection Division (EPD), outlined the process of the Natural Resource Damage Assessment (NRDA). NRDAís goal is to compensate for injuries to or lost use of the publicís natural resources caused by a release of hazardous substances and is achieved through restoration, rehabilitation, replacement, and/or acquisition of injured resources and their lost services. They stated that NRDA is restoration-focused to benefit injured resources, it strives to be a cooperative process to achieve restoration faster and at a lower cost than litigation by coordinating with the potentially responsible party by assessing injuries and scoping restoration alternatives, and that it is a legal process that requires trustees to demonstrate causality between the release and resource injury/lost use where the polluter pays for assessment and restoration.

††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† The LCP Site in Brunswick was added to the Superfund programís National Priorities List in 1996 by the EPA. The Trustees for the site are NOAA, FWS, and Georgia Department of Natural Resources. In 2003, the Trustees entered into a cooperative agreement with Honeywell International to determine injury assessment and restoration strategies. The contaminants of concern are PCBs (Aroclor 1268), PAHs, Mercury, and Lead. The Trustees are currently still working with Honeywell to assess the injuries and damages to the natural resources and evaluating restoration alternatives to compensate for those injuries. Any settlements and restoration plans will be subject to public review and comment. The next steps are to conduct additional injury assessment studies.

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3. †††††††††† Receive an update from Gateway


Dr. Mark Johnson, Chief Executive Officer of Gateway Behavioral Health Services, reported that Gateway is the safety net provider for people with Medicare, Medicaid and no insurance for substance use disorder, behavioral health, mental illness, and developmental disorders. He provided an update regarding the services Gateway provides to individuals in the county and at their community activity centers, group homes, and apartments.

Mark Taylor, Director of Behavioral Health-South, reported on the supporting housing programs in Glynn County, including the Shelter Plus Program, the Non-Custodial Homeless Housing Program, and the Street Outreach Program.


4. †††††††††† College Park Drainage Study Presentation

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††††††††††††††††††††††††††††††† County Engineer Paul Andrews introduced EMC engineering to report on the status of the College Park Drainage Improvements project. Kip Goodbread, Ben Lockhart, and Mark Mobley with EMC Engineering reported on the study area, existing conditions, stormwater modeling, alternate improvements, recommended alternates, construction cost estimates, and next steps of the study.


5. †††††††††† Discussion of neon signs in the Village District


††††††††††††††† ††††††††††††††† The sentiment of the Board of Commissioners was to temporarily suspend enforcement of neon signs and draft a resolution for adoption.


6. †††††††††† Discussion of the preliminary plat and site plan review process


The sentiment of the Board of Commissioners was to ask the County Attorney to draft an ordinance amendment that would change the preliminary plat process to be approved administratively and add an appeal process for site plans.




The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:36 PM.







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Bill Brunson, Chairman

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Dhwani Patel, Clerk