SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM 224
TUESDAY, JULY 17, 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. Receive a update regarding the Terry Creek Site Proposed Consent Decree (Dr. Peter deFur)
Dr. Peter deFur, an independent technical advisor of Glynn Environmental Coalition, reported on the Terry Creek Outfall Ditch Consent Decree.
An Interim Record of Decision was released by the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) in June of 2017. This Interim Record of Decision lists the actions that will be taken to clean up the Terry Creek Site. In May of 2018, the EPA and Hercules files a Consent Decree which proposes that the remedies in the Interim Record of Decision be put into place. Members of the public can submit comments on the Consent Decree to the EPA until August 21, 2018. After public comments are received, a final decision will be made about the Consent Decree.
Dr. deFur shared expressed concerns about the Interim Record of Decision and the Consent Decree being inadequate. He stated that the documents do not propose a sufficient cleanup of the Terry Creek Site.
Commissioners discussed drafting a document to send to the EPA during the public comment period however it was the consensus of the Board to request a meeting with the EPA to discuss the cleanup of the Terry Creek Outfit Ditch.
2. Defined Benefits Analysis Presentation
Tonya Miller, CFO and Director of Administrative Services, stated that at the request of Commissioners a contract was awarded to Nyhart Actuary and Employee Benefits to explore options for Glynn County’s pension plan. Commissioners were presented several options of the pension plan at the special called meetings held on January 16, 2018, and May 15, 2018.
The consensus of the Board was to remain with the current pension plan and to revisit options every few years.
3. Receive a presentation from Host Compliance regarding short term rentals
Commissioner Murphy provided a brief background about the short-term rental monitoring and compliance problems in Glynn County. Paul Hetherington, Chief Commercial Officer and Co-Founder of Host Compliance, gave an overview of their company. He stated that in the past ten years, the number of homes listed on short term rental websites has grown tremendously.
Host Compliance offers several individually priced modules to help counties regulate short-term rentals including mobile enabled permitting and registration to streamline registration, payments, signatures, and to collect required documents. They also offer address identification to identity all short-term rentals in Glynn County as well as compliance monitoring, tax collection support, and a dedicated hotline. An online ordinance assistant tool is also available to assist in drafting ordinances.
Commissioners discussed the cost of using this software and the revenue it could bring in through permit fees. They also discussed some safety concerns with unregulated short-term rentals. Monica Hardin, Grants Coordinator, provided information on how many properties in Glynn County are currently registered.
4. Receive a presentation regarding the SPLOST 2016 intersection improvements along Sea Island Road and Frederica Road
Ben Pierce, Roads and Drainage Division Manager for Public Works, outlined the SPLOST 2016 projects with intersection improvements on St. Simons Island. He stated there were 11 interesction projects altogether that have been broken down into groups of three and four. He outlined two of the groups.
One group included intersection improvements on Sea Island Road at the intersections at Hamilton Landing Drive, Hamilton Road, and Demere Road. This group is currently in the conceptual phase with an overall project budget of $598,000. The second group focused on intersection improvements on Frederica Road at Sea Island Road, Wymberly Road, Riverview Drive, and Demere Road. This group is also in the conceptual phrase with an overall project budget of $427,400.
5. Discussion of Sunday Brunch Bill
County Attorney Aaron Mumford explained that the General Assembly passed a law that authorizes Glynn County to permit and regulate Sunday sales of alcoholic beverages by the drink for consumption on the premises of qualifying restaurants and hotels/motels on Sundays for an additional hour and a half during the time period of 11:00 a.m. until 12:30 p.m., if approved by referendum by the electors of Glynn County. The next step would be for the Board of Commissioners to pass a resolution to be forwarded to the Board of Elections. The next available election date in which such a referendum could be held is November 6, 2018.
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 4:27 p.m.
Bill Brunson, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County, Georgia
Dhwani Patel, County Clerk