MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 7, 2017 AT 6:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                     Bill Brunson, Chairman, District 4

Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1

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, Deputy County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

George Ragsdale spoke regarding the Citizens Survey and the resolution adopted by the SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee requesting a new traffic study.

Hugh Bourque spoke regarding the order of Commissioner leadership and the resolution adopted by the SPLOST Oversight Committee requesting a new traffic study.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Booker to add item 13.1 to the published consent agenda to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the Glynn County Board of Commissioners and the Saint Simons African American Coalition to submit a grant application to the Georgia Department of Economic Development to conduct the Tourism Product Development Resource Team Community Project, at no cost to the county. The motion carried unanimously.

 

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 transfer of licensee for the 2017 alcoholic beverage license issued to Winn Dixie #0159, 5420 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine not for consumption on premises of a grocery store. Sunday sales permitted. Scott Harding, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Scott Harding, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Interim Police Chief John Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of transfer of the license. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve the alcoholic beverage license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

2.            Consider the transfer of licensee for the 2017 alcoholic beverage license issued to DolgenCorp LLC dba Dollar General Store #7971, 375 Palisade Dr., Brunswick, GA, Store #1531, 25 Cornerstone Ln. Brunswick, GA. and Store #15574, 7188 New Jesup Hwy., Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine not for consumption on premises of a retail/merchandise store. Sunday sales permitted. Robert Morgan, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Robert Morgan, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Interim Police Chief John Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of transfer of the license. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve the alcoholic beverage license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

3.            Consider the issuance of an alcoholic beverage license to Matthew Sligh for Sligh and the Family Stores, LLC dba Saint Simons Island Bottle Shop, 1675 Frederica Rd, St. Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine not for consumption on premises of a package store. Sunday sales permitted. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Matthew Sligh, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Interim Police Chief John Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment and Julian Smith spoke in favor of the application.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve the alcoholic beverage license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

4.            ZM3579 Gateway-Alpine Commercial: Consider a request for a zoning modification to the existing Planned Development text to be similar to the Planned Development text for Canal Crossing, adjacent to this site. The property is located at the corner of Canal Road and Gateway Center Boulevard. Parcel ID: 03-12105. Robert Ussery, Ussery Rule Architects, P.C., agent, for Joe Fendig, applicant, and Equity Trust Company FBO 2127129 IRA, Equity Trust Company CUSTODIAN FBO 2127128 IRA, Equity Trust Company FBO 2127140 IRA, owners. REPORT

 

Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, reported that this is a request to amend the planned development text at Gateway-Alpine. This would put it more in line with the requirements for development standards that are in the existing Canal Crossing shopping center. This zoning modification would modify the current setback from 70 feet to 35 feet and add a stand-alone car wash as an additional permitted use.

Staff and the Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning application.

Commissioner Stambaugh asked what existing problems this application solves and Robert Ussery, agent, stated that the original PD was completed in 1999-2000 for a large area. This PD is more specific to this piece of property and solves some issues with setbacks. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve ZM3579. The motion carried unanimously. #R-46-17

 

5.            ZM3651 Friendly Express: Consider a request to rezone approximately 6,000 square feet from M6 One-Family Residential to Highway Commercial (HC) to be consistent with the zoning on the remainder of the parcel and for the use of the property for a gas station. 5014 Blythe Island Highway, Brunswick, portion of Parcel ID 03-09156. Glynn County, applicant, for Lewis & Raulerson Inc., owner. REPORT

 

Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, reported that the county is bringing forth this application to rezone 6,000 square feet that was zoned to M-6 One-Family Residential to Highway Commercial for a Friendly Express gas station. This request is to be consistent with the zoning on the reminder of the parcel and for the use of the property for a gas station.

Staff and the Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the rezoning application. This item was opened for public comment and Donny Hutchenson spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve ZM3651. The motion carried unanimously. #R-47-17

 

6.            CUP3589 Coastal Georgia RV Resort: Consider a request for a conditional use permit for the expansion of an existing RV resort park in a Planned Development zoning district. The space proposed for the use consists of approximately 5.6 acres and is located south of and adjacent to the existing Coastal GA RV at 311 South Port Parkway, Brunswick. Parcel ID: 02-00762. Pete Schoenauer, Tidewater Engineering, Inc., agent for Coastal Georgia RV Resort, LLC, owner and applicant. REPORT

 

Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, reported that this request is to add on and expand onto a RV Park. The proposed project will add approximately 49 spaces along with a new bathhouse, maintenance building and pavilion. The expansion will result in approximately 15-20 additional trips per day. RVs normally stay for several days. The existing office will receive the guests for the expansion area. RV sites will be sized to accommodate a tow-behind and additional guest. A 10’ type E buffer will be provided along Southport Parkway and there will be a grassed buffer adjacent to the lake. The office will be open during normal business hours and self-check-in is provided for times outside of office hours. All outdoor lighting will comply with Glynn County ordinances and downward facing pedestal lights will be used.  The existing entrance along Southport Parkway will be used for the expansion. The proposed use is compatible with the surrounding land uses.  The RV park to the north and the lake adjacent to this site are under the same ownership.  The property to the south is undeveloped and zoned FA.

Staff and the Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve CUP3589. The motion carried unanimously. #R-48-17

 

7.            CUP3649 Victory Storage: Consider request for conditional use permit for mini-warehouses in a Highway Commercial zoning district. The property is 0.56 acre, located at 145 Shell Drive, Brunswick, Georgia. Parcel ID 03-04956. Chris Amos, CSEC, Inc. agent, for Jim Watson, Victory Storage Company, owner and applicant. REPORT

 

                                Pamela Thompson, Community Development Director, reported that the agent and applicant were not present for this item. Chairman Brunson stated that he would abstain on this item and handed the gavel to Vice-Chairman Browning to preside over the permit.

                                Ms. Thompson reported that mini-warehouses are allowed as a conditional use in the Highway Commercial zoning district provided the lot size is three acres or less, consists of 10 units or more, there are adequate buffers, and has direct access to a major street or controlled access highway.

Staff and the Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval of the permit. This item was opened for public comment, and Julian Smith spoke in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve CUP3649. The motion carried 6-0-1 with Commissioner Brunson abstaining. #R-49-17

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

8.            Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held November 16, 2017, and the special called meetings held November 16, 2017, and November 21, 2017, subject to any necessary corrections. (C. Overstreet)

 

9.            Approved increasing the purchase order to Ceres Environmental, Inc. to an amount not to exceed $6,000,000 for debris removal and disposal services on public right-of-way resulting from Hurricane Irma with funding to be provided by Committed Fund Balance – Stabilization Fund to be reimbursed fully by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency (GEMA). (T. Miller) REPORT

 

10.          Approved increasing the purchase order to Witt O’Brien’s to an amount not to exceed $1,500,000 for monitoring of debris removal and disposal services resulting from Hurricane Irma with funding to be provided by Committed Fund Balance – Stabilization Fund to be reimbursed fully by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) and the Georgia Emergency Management & Homeland Security Agency (GEMA). (T. Miller) REPORT

 

11.          Authorized Wickersham Consulting, LLC to conduct a Citizens Survey as outlined in the Glynn County 2017-2020 Strategic Plan that was adopted on March 2, 2017. (K. Downs) Strategic Plan: Exceptional Customer Service REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Coleman.

 

12.          FP3650 Covington Pointe, Phase IIC: Approved a Final Plat to create 42-lot subdivision. The property is zoned Planned Development and this phase is 12.376 acres. Property is located at the end of McKenzie Drive off of Highway 341, Brunswick, Georgia. Parcel ID 03-17019. Gary Nevill, Shupe Surveying Company, P.C., agent for Covington Pointe Holdings, LLC, owner, SGAR Properties, LLC, applicant. REPORT

 

13.          Authorized participation in the Federal Emergency Management Agency’s (FEMA) Public Assistance Alternative Procedures Pilot Program for Hurricane Irma reimbursement requests. (T. Miller) Strategic Plan: Financially Responsible Government REPORT

 

13.1        Approved the Memorandum of Understanding between the Glynn County Board of Commissioners and the Saint Simons African American Coalition to submit a grant application to the Georgia Department of Economic Development to conduct the Tourism Product Development Resource Team Community Project, at no cost to the county.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve all items on the consent agenda except for item 11 which was pulled for discussion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

11.          Authorized Wickersham Consulting, LLC to conduct a Citizens Survey as outlined in the Glynn County 2017-2020 Strategic Plan that was adopted on March 2, 2017. (K. Downs) Strategic Plan: Exceptional Customer Service REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Coleman.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve this item. The motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

14.          Consider providing direction regarding Resolution #R-01-17 adopted by the SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee at their special called meeting held on November 20, 2017. Strategic Plan: Financially Responsible Government REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Booker to direct the County Manager to reaffirm the role of the SPLOST Citizens Oversight Committee by informing them their role is to report project progress to the citizens. The motion carried 6 – 1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed.

 

15.          Consider adoption of an amendment to the Liquor, Malt Beverage and Wine Ordinance. REPORT

                               

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney, reported that this amendment to the code of ordinances is to revise Chapter 2-3 known as the Liquor, Malt Beverage, and Wine Ordinance of Glynn County. It would allow and provide for the administrative review and issuance of certain types of alcohol licenses and renewals thereof; to revise provisions pertaining to the processing and issuance of temporary licenses and provisional licenses; to add and revise certain definitions in the definitions section; to revise requirements and provisions for alcoholic beverage licenses and applications therefore; to provide a process for the County Manager to conduct hearings and make decisions regarding license revocation and suspensions; to add grounds for denial, suspension, or revocation of licenses and license renewals; to provide for appeals of decisions of the County Manager and license officer to the Board of Commissioners; to revise the appeal requirements and process for appeals of any decisions to deny, suspend, revoke, or withdraw a license and license renewal; to revise, update, modernize, format, and correct errors or omissions in the Ordinance; to increase the maximum alcohol content of malt beverages and wine to be consistent with the state law; to allow additional types of establishments to sell alcohol for consumption on the premises on Sunday from 12:30 p.m. until 12:00 midnight when New Year’s Eve falls on a Sunday; and for other purposes.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to approve the amendment.  The motion carried 6 – 1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed. Ordinance #O-2017-12

 

16.          Consider adoption of an amendment to Ordinance Section 2-17-57 increasing the maximum towing charge and storage fee permitted to be charged by wrecker services responding to a call from the rotational call list. The amendment proposes to increase the maximum towing charge from $100 to $135 and the maximum storage fee from $10 per day, beginning at 12:01 a.m., to $20 for each full twenty-four hour period. Strategic Plan: Financially Responsible Government REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Stambaugh and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the amendment. The motion carried unanimously.  Ordinance #O-2017-13

 

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 7:43 p.m.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                                ____________________________

Bill Brunson, Chairman

                                                                                                                Board of Commissioners

                                                                                                                Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, Deputy Clerk