SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM
TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2011 AT 9:30 AM
PRESENT: Tom Sublett, Chairman, District 2
Amy Callaway, Vice Chairman, District 1
Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3
Mary Hunt, Commissioner, District 4
Jerome Clark, Commissioner, District 5
Clyde Taylor, Commissioner, At Large Post 1
Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2
ALSO PRESENT: Alan Ours, County Administrator
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney
Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk
Discussion and consideration of the following:
1. Update from Board of Assessors and the Property Appraisal Office (B. Gerhardt)
Chief Appraiser Bobby Gerhardt provided an update on actions taken to address concerns raised as a result of the Department of Revenue’s investigation of the office.
2. Southland Waste update on recycling rewards program (B. Rowell)
Representatives from Southland Waste presented a plan to promote recycling in Glynn County. Customers will be allowed to sign up and receive points for recycling. They can then use the reward points for discounts at local restaurants and businesses.
3. Altamaha Regional Park (W. Stewart)
Wayne Stewart, Chairman of the Altamaha Regional Park Advisory Board, recommended to the Board that no changes be made to the procedures or lease agreement at this time. Approximately fifty citizens attended the meeting in support of this request.
After much discussion between the citizens and commissioners, Chairman Sublett recommended the lease remain in effect until it expires in 2014 and then makes changes, if necessary, at that time.
4. Altamaha Regional Park training wall (P. Andrews) LINK
Interim County Engineer Paul Andrews reported the following:
Pursuant to the Board of Commissioners action at their Special Called Meeting on June 22, 2010, a permit application was prepared by Olsen Associates, Inc. and submitted to the U.S. Army Corp of Engineers (COE) in February of this year. The application requested approval to construct new pile dikes directly downstream of the existing pile dikes and dredge a pilot channel from the upstream pile dike to the deep water downstream of the trestle opening western bank of the river. The COE, along with the other involved regulatory State and Federal Agencies, have performed a preliminary review of the application as submitted.
On August 10, 2011, Steven Howard, Olsen Associates, Inc., and Mr. Andrews attended an interagency meeting at the offices of the Savannah District COE. Listed below are highpoints of the discussion.
1. The Corp of Engineers (COE) appeared to believe that the proposed action in the permit the County submitted seeking authorization to build a training wall did not avoid and minimize environmental and cultural impacts. Statute requires that permits demonstrate avoidance and minimizing impacts. They feel that there are alternatives that meet these requirements (relocating ramps or small scale maintenance dredging). Also, the COE indicated that the desires of the applicant are not sufficient grounds to discount these as viable alternatives.
2. The COE indicated that the presence of Cultural/Historic sites and wetlands on the property to the north of the park is not sufficient to discount moving the ramps to the north as a viable alternative.
3. The COE was not able to comment specifically on the restrictions placed on the property to the north of the park by deed and buffer, but did indicate that given the County’s authority to condemn property the restrictions might not be sufficient to discount moving the ramps to the north as a viable alternative.
4. State agencies present at the meeting were not in support of the permit application. They preferred to see the County work with the river and not against it by relocating the boat ramps to an area that was better suited to their use from the standpoint of river access.
5. The National Marine Fisheries Service (NMFS) indicated that they would not support the permit as written and further indicated that they would not support any alternative that resulted in hydrological river impacts in the area of the deep scour hole at the bridge. The County would be responsible for providing sufficient support material to satisfy the NMFS that there would be no impact to the area. The scope or extent of hydraulic modeling required to satisfy the NMFS was not clearly defined.
6. The NMFS and COE both indicated that pursuing the application as it is written will require a “formal” Section 7 Consultation (section 7 of the Endangered Species Act of 1973). This is a costly and time consuming action that may result in the denial of the permit. They also indicated that several of the alternatives listed in the application would also require some form of Section 7. Consultation.
The permit application is currently being held by the COE pending direction from the County. The application has not gone out for public comment so there is no timeline started for processing the permit.
The Altamaha Regional Park Advisory Board members and the commissioners agreed to delay action on this item and allow the Advisory Board members to coordinate with other parties (such as Georgia Power, the owner of the nuclear power plant up river) to see what can be done to solve the shoaling problem.
5. Update from Three Rivers Library (Linda Kean)
For informational purposes only.
The Board did not hold an executive session during the meeting.
Tom Sublett, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County , Georgia
Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk