MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, AUGUST 2, 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

Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1

Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

 

ABSENT:                               Alan Ours, County Manager

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Ingrid Metz spoke regarding the Future Land Use Map.

Miranda Smith spoke regarding the public notice procedures for rezoning requests.

Hugh Bourque spoke regarding the conduct of government.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

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 issuance of a 2018 alcoholic beverage license to Chetan Patel for Buckhead America Management LLC DBA Best Western Plus, 301 Main St, St. Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a hotel/motel. Sunday sales permitted. Chetan Patel, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Chetan Patel, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Police Chief John Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance 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 Strickland to approve the issuance of a 2018 alcoholic beverage license to Chetan Patel for Buckhead America Management LLC DBA Best Western Plus. The motion carried unanimously.

 

2.         Consider the issuance of a 2018 provisional alcoholic beverage license to Claudia Levitas for HOA Restaurant Holder, LLC DBA Hooters, 10355 Canal Crossing, Brunswick, GA. This is for a provisional license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. The provisional license does not entitle the applicant to sell alcoholic beverages until all necessary work at the premises has been inspected and approved by County, a certificate of occupancy issued, and the alcoholic beverage license issued by the License Officer. Claudia Levitas, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to defer the application and public hearing for a 2018 provisional alcoholic beverage license to Claudia Levitas for HOA Restaurant Holder, LLC DBA Hooters to the September 6, 2018, meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

3.         ZM3785 725 Harry Driggers Blvd: Consider a rezoning request to make a minor revision to amend the existing Golden Isles Gateway Planned Development, GC-34-99 to allow surface mining as a permitted use within an 86-acre area of the R-4 Tract for a period of eight years. Parcel ID: 03-15739. Stewart Tate, agent, for RLF Kingsland Properties, LLC, applicant and owner. REPORT

 

                        Stefanie Lief, Planning Manager, reported the property is a total of 442.68 acres with 86.0 acres being considered for the rezone.  The property is currently undeveloped and the proposed zoning is for the 86 acres is residential, in the future Multi-family.  The proposed zoning case number is PDG GC-34-99 and they are requesting a surface mining operation for a few years until the residential development starts up. 

                                The proposed revision to the PD text is stated as “Surface Mining shall be an allowed land use on a portion of the 442.679 acre R-4 Tract (Parcel ID 03-15379) zoned PD-G Residential. The surface mining use shall be restricted to the 86.0                 acres identified on the R-4 Tract PD-G Boundary Exhibit dated 3/16/2018, which is attached as Exhibit “A” and shown on page 15.1 of this PD Text.”

The Mainland Planning Commission recommended approval with two conditions: permitted use of mining within the R-4 Tract of the Golden Isles Gateway Planned Development shall be terminated when the DNR permit for the currently described mining operation expires and trucks hauling dirt that are leaving the Golden Isles Gateway Planned Development will not travel past any Glynn County schools on Harry Driggers Boulevard when school caution lights are in operation.

The recommended motion listed was to approve ZM3785 with the following conditions: the permitted use of mining within the R-4 tract of the Golden Isles Gateway Planned Development will be terminated when the DNR permit for the currently described mining operation expires, all dump truck traffic exit onto Harry Driggers will turn east and then travel to US 17, all dump trucks exiting with loads of dirt be covered, any transfer of dirt to or from Carriage Gate Plantation Subdivision, on days when school is in session, will occur between 8:30 am and 2:30 pm.  

This item was opened for public comment and Charles Ezelle, John Smith, Michael Torras and Andrew Bluestein spoke in favor.  Hugh Borque, Dr. Victoria Fennell, Richard Hill, Julian Smith, Miranda Smith, Paul Flantos, Bill Gussman, David Seemann, Megan Desrosiers, James Wagner, Rich Salo and Sam Self spoke in opposition.

           

A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to deny ZM3785. The motion failed for a lack of majority vote with Commissioner Coleman being the only one voting in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Stambaugh to defer ZM3785 to the meeting on September 20, 2018 to allow the applicant to apply for a wetland permit from the Army Corps of Engineers.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

4.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held July 19, 2018, and the special called meeting held July 17, 2018, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel)

 

5.         Approved the nomination of Cedric King, Ray Acosta, and Keith Crusan to serve on the Coastal Area District Development Authority (CADDA) Board. The CADDA Board and Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) will make the final appointments. Their terms expire three years after appointed by the CADDA Board and CRC.

 

6.         Appointed Sandy Turbidy to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing one At-Large Post. The term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2021.

 

7.         Appointed Cynthia Battle to serve on the Selden Park Advisory Board representing District 2. The term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2021.

 

8.         Approved the issuance of a Letter of Approval for a three-day non-profit special event permit to the Georgia Narcotics Officers’ Association Inc. (GNOA) to allow the serving of donated alcohol at the King & Prince Hotel for consumption on premises and not for resale during the GNOA’s convention August 28, 2018 through August 30, 2018. REPORT

 

9.         Approved the use of Gascoigne Bluff Park by the Golden Isles Kingfish Inc. for the Golden Isles Kingfish Classic Tournament from August 23 - 25, 2018, subject to approval of a Public Conduct Permit from the Police Department. (A. Ours) REPORT

 

10.       Adopt a revised Resolution to transmit the Draft 2018 Glynn County Comprehensive Plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and a Regional Commission for review. REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Brunson.

 

11.       Assent to the Board of Tax Assessors’ approval of a 10% adjustment in the annual salary of the Chief Appraiser, effective July 1, 2018. REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Strickland.

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Finance Committee

 

12.         Accepted the settlement offer for unit 1941, a Ford Ranger assigned to Community Development in the amount of $2,743.84. (O. Reed) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

13.         Authorized the Chairman to sign various financial reports for Fiscal Year 2019. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

14.         Approved the hiring of a full time Accountant III position for the finance department to facilitate the implantation of the new ERP system, with funding to come from the capital projects fund, ERP project. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

15.         Approved a request from Ms. Elizabeth Sepulveda of Omega Air, Inc. that penalties and interest paid for 2016 and 2017 Property Taxes on Parcel #03-22174 in the amount of $6,445.90 be refunded. (J. Chapman) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

16.         Denied a request from Mrs. Kay Reibolt of SSREI LLC that penalties and interest paid for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017 Property Taxes on Parcel #04-13068 in the amount of $3,534.39 be refunded. (J. Chapman) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

17.         Approved the issuance of a Purchase Order, utilizing GA State Contract, to Akins Ford Dodge Jeep Chrysler of Winder, GA in the amount of $302,701.75 for the purchase of thirteen (13) Dodge Charger Pursuit Vehicles with funding to be provided by the FY19 Capital Projects Fund Budget. (J. Powell) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

18.         Approved the Eighth Amendment to Contract for Service by and between Glynn County, Georgia and Spillman Technologies, Inc. for the purchase of the Community Connect module in the amount of $26,478 with funding to be provided by the FY19 Capital Projects Fund Budget. (J. Catron) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

19.         Approved the attached Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Social Opportunities & Active Recreation, Inc. (SOAR), issue payment for $10,000 to Special Olympics of Georgia in support of the local Special Olympics Program for FY19 that ends June 30, 2019. (T. Miller and J. Christian) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

20.         Awarded a professional services contract to EMC Engineering for the Preliminary Engineering of the Harry Driggers Boulevard Pedestrian Path, Phase II project with funding from SPLOST 5- Sidewalks and Bike Paths in the amount not to exceed $196,900 ($179,000 + $17,900) - (10% project contingency.) (P. Thompson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

21.         Approved change order #7 in the amount of $187,015.55 to the East Coast Construction Contract for the Canal Road Crossing Project with funding to be provided by the funds previously committed. (P. Thompson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

22.         Approved the resolution for commitment of $55,890 as the local 20% match for the submission of a grant application for the 2045 BATS Metropolitan Transportation Plan Update with funding to be provided by the Capital Projects Fund fund balance. (P. Thompson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT Resolution #R-22-18

 

23.         Authorized the execution of the FY19 Metropolitan Transportation Services Contract between the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and Glynn County for funding in the amount of $117,769.83 with funding to be provided by the FY19 Community Development approved budget. (P. Thompson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

24.         Approved the payment to Bates, Carter and Co., LLC for professional services rendered concerning the case involving missing funds in the Clerk of Superior Court’s office in the amount of $4,200 in FY18 with funding to be provided by the County Manager’s contingency. (T. Miller) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Browning and seconded by Commissioner Murphy to approve all items on the consent agenda except items 10 and 11, which were removed for discussion. The motion carried unanimously

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

10.       Adopt a revised Resolution to transmit the Draft 2018 Glynn County Comprehensive Plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and a Regional Commission for review. REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Brunson.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to adopt a revised Resolution to transmit the Draft 2018 Glynn County Comprehensive Plan to the Georgia Department of Community Affairs (DCA) and a Regional Commission for review. The motion carried 6-1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed. Resolution #R-23-18

 

11.       Assent to the Board of Tax Assessors’ approval of a 10% adjustment in the annual salary of the Chief Appraiser, effective July 1, 2018. REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Strickland.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Booker to deny a 10% adjustment in the annual salary of the Chief Appraiser. The motion carried 5-2 with Commissioner Murphy and Commissioner Coleman opposed.

 

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 8:18 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Bill Brunson, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk