MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 6, 2011 AT 6:00 PM

 

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

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

Calvin Futch expressed his concern regarding the crime rate in the Arco area. Mr. Futch asked the Commission to help the Arco neighborhood decrease its crime rate.

 

Joe Burkhardt and Debra Wright spoke in opposition to the newly instituted vendor fees at Postell Park.

Mr. Burkhardt asked the Board to consider allowing the antique shows he organizes to continue to use the Mallery Park ball fields as they have done the past months during the renovation of Postell Park. 

Ms. Wright, representing the Glynn Art Association, asked the Commission to consider reducing the fees charged to vendors at the Postell Park.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Callaway and seconded by Commissioner Taylor to add item 17 to the published consent agenda to approve a partnership agreement between the Coastal Regional Commission, Chatham County, Liberty County, and Glynn County to implement the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant if awarded to the CRC by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonment

 

1.         Consider the application for abandonment of a portion of the 20’ alley adjacent to Block C, Glynco Annex and a portion of the right-of-way on Chapel Crossing Road. The Bishop Law Firm, agent for Rule 62 Enterprises, LLC (Mike Murphy Kia), applicant.  Staff recommends approval of the application, subject to utility easements being retained.  (P. Andrews)  Link

 

Interim County Engineer Paul Andrews reported the following;

SOURCE OF TITLE: The abandonment request involved properties whose rights the County acquired separately. The sources of those rights are listed below:

(1) Alley – 4,109 square feet: dedication on plat of Glynco Annex Subdivision, approved June 16, 1959 by Glynn County Board of Commissioners.

(2) Chapel Crossing Road - Chapel Crossing Road – 8,600 ± square feet: Dedication on plat of Glynco Annex Subdivision, approved June 16, 1959 by Glynn County Board of Commissioners. Plat of Glynco Annex Subdivision recorded in plat drawer 1, page 16. 2,331 square feet prescriptive easement based on recorded plat of Day and Bloom Subdivision - Brunswick Farms, dated May 1926. Plat recorded deed book 4J, page 33 and 34, the road is labeled Scranton Road 30’. Also, plat of Glynco Annex Subdivision, which depicts 30 feet existing right-of-way.

PRESENT USE OF ALLEY AND ROAD: The portion of the alley proposed for abandonment was not currently open for vehicular traffic. However, there were utilities located in the alley. The section of Chapel Crossing Road proposed for abandonment was not currently used for vehicular traffic. However, there are sewer and water mains and Georgia Power facilities in the proposed abandonment area.

PAST HISTORY: To the best of staff’s determination, the alley had never been used by the public other than for utilities and the portion of Chapel Crossing Road had not been used for vehicular traffic since the road was realigned some years ago.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN CONTINUING USAGE: The public will continue to benefit from the use of the alley and road proposed for abandonment to contain utilities.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN ABANDONMENT: Abandonment will return the property to the tax digest.

 

Staff recommended approval of the abandonment provided that utility easements are reserved.

This item was opened for public comment, and Chawanda King, owner of 105 Enterprise Street, said she uses that easement to access the rear of her property and asked if she would still have access.  Interim County Engineer Paul Andrews answered that only a couple of feet of the existing driveway would be affected by the abandonment and the owner of the property requesting the abandonment had agreed to grant Ms. King an access easement.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve the abandonment of the 20’ alley adjacent to Block C, Glynco Annex and a portion of the right-of-way on Chapel Crossing Road, subject to utility easements being retained and that Ms. King receive a private access easement so that she can continue to access the rear of her property.  The motion carried unanimously.  Known as Resolution #R-53-11

2.         Consider the application for abandonment of a portion of the 20’ alley adjacent to lots 112-114, a portion of lot 111, and the unlotted land between lot 114 and the former Page Avenue right-of-way. William Ligon, attorney for Jeffrey and Karen Misner, applicant. Staff recommended approval of the application and also recommends abandoning the 20’ alley adjacent to lots 100, 103-105, a portion of lot 102, and the unlotted land between lot 105 and the former Page Avenue right-of-way because the alley is inaccessible to the public.  (P. Andrews)  Link

 

SOURCE OF TITLE: Prescriptive easement based on recorded plat of King City Subdivision, no date. Plat recorded March 24, 1893 in deed book “KK”, page 593.

PRESENT USE OF ALLEY: The alley proposed for abandonment was not currently open for public vehicular traffic. However, there are Georgia Power facilities in the proposed abandonment area.

PAST HISTORY: To the best of staff’s determination, this alley was never used by the public other than for utilities.

POTENTIAL USE IN THE FUTURE: The portion of the alley proposed for abandonment could be used by the public for utilities. Georgia Power is working with the applicant to remove all facilities then there will be no need for utility easements.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN CONTINUING USAGE: The public will continue to benefit from the utility services in the alley proposed for abandonment.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN ABANDONMENT: Abandonment would return the property to the tax digest.

 

Staff recommended approval of the application and also recommended abandoning the 20’ alley adjacent to lots 100, 103-105, a portion of lot 102, and the unlotted land between lot 105 and the former Page Avenue right-of-way because the alley is inaccessible to the public.   Interim County Engineer Paul Andrews explained that through the years property owners have abandoned portions of this alley, which has left other sections of the alley inaccessible to the public. Staff recommended abandoning these sections as well.

Mr. Andrews said that the County had not been able to contact the owner of the property adjacent to Lot 100 either by telephone or by mail. Abandoning this portion of land would essentially give this piece of property to the owner of Lot 100 and he or she would be responsible for the property and the taxes on the property. Commissioner Callaway said she would prefer not abandoning this portion of property adjacent to Lot 100 until the owner agreed to accept the property.

This item was opened for public comment and Kelly Lanier, agent for the applicant, was available to answer questions of the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Callaway and seconded by Commissioner Hunt to approve the abandonment of a portion of the 20’ alley adjacent to Lots 103-105, 112-114, a portion of Lots 102 and 111 and additional property between Frazier Street and Hamilton Street in King City Subdivision, excluding the strip of land adjacent to Lot 100 because County staff was not able to locate the adjacent property owner to confirm he or she agreed to accept the land. The motion carried unanimously.  Known as Resolution #R-54-11

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

3.         ZM2264 King and Prince Resort – Consider a request to rezone from RR (Resort Residential) and LC (Local Commercial) to PD (Planned Development) for a 7.37 acre property fronting on Forest Street, Neptune Drive, Beachview Drive, Downing Street, and Arnold Road. The purpose of the request is to unify the zoning of the existing resort and to allow for future growth and development. Parcel ID 04-03436, 04-11613, 04-03427, 04-03416, 04-03413, 04-03414, 0403387, 04-03886, 04-14347, 0414348. Ussery Rule Architects, applicant for Inn of Lake City Inc., MM Louisiana Inc., owner. (D. Hainley)  Link

 

                                This rezoning unifies the zoning of the King and Prince Resort and brings the existing uses into compliance with the zoning. It also provides specifications for the property owner if they wish to redevelop or expand the uses of the property. The intent of the request is to continue on with the existing resort/hotel.

                                The Islands Planning Commission and staff recommended approval of this rezoning.

                                Section D of the proposed Planned Development Text listed the allowable uses for Tract E, a .62 acre tract at the corner of Neptune Drive and Beachview Drive, as “hotel, multifamily, single family, two family, spas, parking lots, and decks.” 

This item was opened for public comment and Alan Serby, 313 Neptune Drive, spoke in opposition to the rezoning. Mr. Serby asked the Board to exclude Tract E on the proposal so that a parking deck would not be an allowable use for the property. Mr. Serby also asked that a specific plan be presented and considered rather than a concept plan. Matt Alley, adjacent property owner, also spoke in opposition to this application. His concerns regarding the parking deck mirrored Mr. Serby’s.

Robert Ussery, representing the King and Prince, responded that all of the allowable uses listed in the Planned Development for Tract E, including the parking deck, were already allowed under the present zoning. He said there were no plans to build a parking deck on Tract E. Instead, a landscaped and permeable surface parking lot was planned in the future.

Mr. Ussery’s client was present with him at the meeting and agreed to remove parking decks from the list of allowable uses in the Planned Development Text, thus eliminating the possibility of a parking deck on Tract E.

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Clark and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve application ZM2264 to rezone this property from RR and LC to PD and approve the Planned Development Text and Master Plan, subject to a modification to the Planned Development Text to strike “and decks” from Section D – Allowable Uses for Tract E, which will exclude the use of a parking garage or parking deck on Tract E. The motion carried 5-2 with Commissioner Hunt and Commissioner Coleman opposed.  Known as Resolution #R-55-11

 

4.         ZM2266 McGarvey Efficiencies – Consider a request to amend the Planned Development Text and Master Plan for a property on the east side of Altama Avenue, south of its intersection with Baybridge Road. The purpose of the request is to allow the efficiency apartments to be operated as an extended stay hotel. Parcel ID 03-01889 and 03-01500. Cormac McGarvey, owner. (D. Hainley)  Link

 

This property was rezoned as a planned development in 1999 to be used as efficiency apartments. Since that time the property has been developed and managed in that manner. The applicant is now asking to amend the permitted uses in the Planned Development text to allow an “extended stay hotel” as a permitted use. It does not appear that the change in the defined use will affect the manner in which the property will be utilized.

The Mainland Planning Commission and staff recommended approval of this rezoning.

This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve application ZM2266 to amend the Planned Development Text. The motion carried unanimously.  Known as Resolution #R-56-11

                       

5.         ZM2274 SPNR – Consider a request to rezone from FA (Forest Agricultural) to HC (Highway Commercial) for a portion of a property located on the southeast side of Blythe Island Highway approximately 1,000 feet east of its intersection with Fancy Bluff Road. The purpose of the request is to allow an automotive school, shop, and display building. Parcel ID 02-00735. Tidewater Engineering, agent for EHLE Trust, owner. (D. Hainley)  Link

 

The majority of this property was rezoned in 2005 from FA to HC, but the rear portion of the property appeared as a separate parcel of land and was not included in the rezoning and remained FA. This application for rezoning is to unify the zoning of all the property to HC so that it can be developed as an automotive school, shop, and display building.

The Mainland Planning Commission and staff recommended approval of this rezoning.

This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Callaway and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve application ZM2274 to rezone the property from FA to HC. The motion carried unanimously.  Known as Resolution #R-57-11

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

6.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting of September 15, 2011, subject to any necessary corrections.  (C. Overstreet)

 

7.         Approved waiving the Casino Atrium rental and use fee and allowing the members of the Compassionate Friends of the Golden Isles to hold a candlelight ceremony in memory of their children. The ceremony will be December 11, 2011, from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. (R. Strickland)  Link      

 

8.         Adopted a resolution notifying the Georgia Department of Transportation that the Glynn County Board of Commissioners supports and requests approval for the installation of a traffic signal at the intersection of U.S. Highway 341 and McKenzie Drive (sometimes referred to as McKenzie Road).  (A. Callaway) Resolution #R-58-11    Link

 

9.         Accepted the letter from Susan Reeves with GA-DNR dated August 25, 2011 regarding the termination of the agreement for Crane Bike Path Marsh Restoration Project (dated Sept. 16, 2010). (P. Andrews)  Link

 

10.       Approved a resolution and agreement for the reimbursement of $20,791.70 in expenses pertaining to the 4th Street Landfill. Resolution #R-59-11  Link

 

11.       Approved District 1 Commissioner Amy Callaway’s appointment of Terry Carter to the Mainland Planning Commission to serve the unexpired term of Aaron Carrone. (A. Callaway)  Link

 

12.       Authorized the Chairman to execute the University System of Georgia’s Cooperative Extension Office personnel contract documents to hire a County Ag Agent. (R. Gray)  Link

 

 

13.       FP2291 (M) McCranie Property – Approved a final plat for a two lot subdivision consisting of 4.99 acres, a portion of which will be given to the County for additional right of way. The property is located on Highway 32 at the intersection of East Glynn Avenue and Blounts Crossing Road, at a physical address of 95 Blounts Crossing Road. Parcel ID 02-01076. Greg and Jane McCranie, owners. (D. Hainley)  Link

 

14.       FP2290 Logan’s Roadhouse – Approved a final plat for property located on the south side of Venture Drive.  The project consists of one lot and a private right-of-way on 2.102 acres and is to be served by public utilities.  The property is zoned PD (Planned Development).  Parcel ID 03-03351. Southern Real Properties, owner. (D. Hainley)  Link

 

15.       Received the annual report on the progress made during the past twelve months enforcing the provisions of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance and any new initiatives that were undertaken.  This report was required as part of the annual Community Rating System Review which determines the flood insurance rating.  (D. Hainley)  Link

 

16.       Authorized the temporary placement of McGladrey Classic Golf Tournament Signs on certain specified county rights-of-way as allowed for in Section 809 (a) of the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance when it is determined to be in the best interest of Glynn County. (D. Hainley)  Link

 

17.       Approved a partnership agreement between the Coastal Regional Commission, Chatham County, Liberty County, and Glynn County to implement the Sustainable Communities Regional Planning Grant if awarded to the CRC by the US Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).  Link

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Callaway to approve all items on the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously. 

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

None.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Callaway and seconded by Commissioner Hunt to adjourn to Executive Session to discuss property acquisition.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Back in Session

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Callaway and seconded by Commissioner Taylor to return to regular session.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve the minutes of the Board’s September 1, 2011 executive session. The motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:28 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Tom Sublett, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County , Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk