MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 5, 2013 AT 6:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                     Mary Hunt, Chairman, District 4

Dale Provenzano, Vice Chairman, District 2

Michael Browning, Commissioner, District 1

Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3

Allen Booker, 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 - No requests to speak were received during the sign up period.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

 

1.         Presentation of the Medal of Valor to Police Lieutenant Brian Scott and Police Officers Dustin Davis, JT Cassada, and Carl Evans for their acts of heroism while saving the life of another by pulling the individual from a burning car. (M. Doering) LINK

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to add zoning application ZM2626 as item 4.1. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

2.         Consider the issuance of a 2013 alcoholic beverage license to Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar, 177 Altama Connector, Brunswick, GA  31525. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant; Sunday sales permitted.  This is an owner change for a current 2013 license.  Scott Pratt, licensee (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) LINK

 

Scott Pratt, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Police Chief Matt Doering 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 Taylor and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve the issuance of a 2013 alcoholic beverage license to Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill & Bar. The motion carried unanimously.

 

3.         Consider the issuance of a 2013 alcoholic beverage license to Gnat’s Landing, 310 Redfern Village, St. Simons Island, GA  31525. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine for consumption on premises of a restaurant; Sunday sales permitted.  This is an owner change for a current 2013 license.  Alan Pope, licensee (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) LINK

 

Alan Pope, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Police Chief Matt Doering 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 Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the issuance of a 2013 alcoholic beverage license to Gnat’s Landing. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

4.         ZM2624 The Grove at Pecan Pointe -  Consider a request to rezone from PD (Planned Development) to  PD (Planned Development) to amend the Planned Development Text and Master Plan for a +/- 3.5-acre property located north of Old Cate Road, east and west of its intersection with Touchstone Parkway.   Parcel Numbers: 03-23319; 03-23320; 03-23321; 03-23322; 03-23323; 03-23324; 03-23325; 03-23326; 03-23327; 03-23328; 03-23329; 03-23330; 03-23280; 03-23281 and 03-23282.  Applicant: M. Bruce Garrett of MTR Real Estate, owner.  (D Hainley) LINK

 

Community Development Director David Hainley reported the purpose of the rezoning was to allow lot splits and single-family detached residential dwellings in addition to the two-family dwellings formerly allowed by the zoning district. The previous PD Text did not specify that once the lots were split, single-family detached homes could be located on each split lot.

The Mainland Planning Commission and staff recommended approval of the amendment.

This item was opened for public comment, and Bruce Garret and Joe McLendon addressed the Board.

Mr. Garret explained that he wanted to provide affordable housing to citizens age 55 and older and to anyone declared 100% disabled. While meeting with potential buyers, he learned that most did not feel comfortable living in a home that shared a wall with the adjacent homeowner. He wanted to amend the PD Text to allow him to build detached homes. Several commissioners were opposed to this idea because the sizes of the lots were only 4,000 square feet. They felt the lots should be larger if the homes were going to be detached.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Provenzano to approve application ZM2624 with the text revision accompanied by a Master Plan/Proposed Preliminary Plat depicting lot splits for residential dwellings for the indicated parcels. The motion failed for lack of majority vote with Commissioner Browning, Commissioner Strickland, Commissioner Booker, and Commissioner Coleman opposed.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to deny the application request. The motion carried 4-3 with Commissioner Provenzano, Commissioner Hunt, and Commissioner Booker opposed.

 

4.1       ZM2626 IBEW #508 Apprenticeship School - Consider a request to rezone form the FA (Forest Agricultural) to GC (General Commercial) the Millworkers Construction School property consisting of 1.95 acres with approximately 155 feet of frontage on New Jesup Highway. The purpose of the request is to allow both non-profit and commercial use of the property. Parcel ID: 03-05389; 03-05373. Alton Mosley, of IBEW #508 Apprenticeship School, agent for Local Union 256-UBCJA Southeastern Carpenters Training Trust, owner (D. Hainley) LINK

 

Mr. Hainley reported the International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW) is purchasing the Carpenters Union property and wishes to continue the existing use. The rear building is a conforming non-profit union apprenticeship school; however, the front building is a commercial-use building, which is not allowed in FA zoning.

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

This item was opened for public comment and Alton Mosley was present to answer questions.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve application ZM2626. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-42-13

 

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

5.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held August 15, 2013, subject to any necessary corrections.  (C. Overstreet)

 

6.         Approved the Emergency Management Agency’s Glynn County Public Education, Awareness and Preparedness Program, the Glynn County Points of Distribution (POD) Plan, the Glynn County Volunteer Management Plan, and the revised Glynn County Debris Management Plan to qualify for a reduced local rate under the Standard Presidential Declared Disaster Assistance Program and authorized staff to review and make necessary amendments annually. (J. Wiggins)  LINK    EMA

 

7.         Approved the Second Amendment to the Community Land Conservation Agreement and the Cancellation of the Deed To Secure A Guaranty and To Declare Restrictive Covenants between Glynn County and the St. Simons Land Trust, Inc. This will allow the Land Trust to receive a $2,160,000 loan from the Georgia Environmental Facilities Authority (GEFA) and pay off the County’s GEFA loan it received in 2008 on behalf of the Land Trust for the purchase of 20 acres adjacent to Fort Frederica.  (W. Worley) LINK

 

8.         Approved the Agreement for Transportation Enhancement Activities between the Georgia Department of Transportation (GDOT) and Glynn County, on behalf of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society Inc.  This grant is in the amount of $250,000 to provide repairs/restoration improvements to the St. Simons Island Lighthouse Keeper’s Dwelling and Maritime Museum (TE PI No 0010587).  The County is required to act as the recipient for the grant.   The Historical Society holds a lease on the subject property.   (D. Hainley) Resolution #R-43-13  LINK

 

9.         Received the annual flood mitigation report documenting the progress made to enforce the provisions of the Flood Damage Prevention Ordinance. This report is required by the annual Community Rating System Review which determines the flood insurance rating. (D Hainley)  LINK

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Personnel Committee

 

10.       Approved a request from the Georgia Cooperative Extension Office to redistribute funding of positions based on salary savings from staff reduction. (PC Vote 3-0) LINK

 

11.       Approved a request to add the job title Library Technical Services Specialist to the Classification and Compensation Plan. (PC Vote 3-0) LINK

 

12.       Approved the renewal of the contract with ShawHankins for benefits consulting and broker services. (PC Vote 3-0) LINK

 

13.       Approved the following ancillary benefits for 2014:

The Hartford Insurance for Basic Life Insurance at $0.11 per $1,000 of salary per month and Dependent Life Insurance at $0.76 per unit;  MetLife Insurance for Long-term Disability Insurance at is $0.21 per $100 of covered payroll; BlueCross and BlueShield for Dental Insurance; EyeMed Access Network for Vision insurance; Unum Group Accident for Accident Insurance; MetLife for Short-Term Disability Insurance; Unum for Critical Illness with Cancer Rider; Unum for Whole Life Insurance with Long-Term Care Rider; and, The Hartford Insurance for Voluntary Term Life Insurance. (PC Vote 3-0)  LINK

 

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

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

14.       Consider adoption of an amendment to Chapter 2-2 of the Glynn County Code of Ordinances by adding a new section 2-2-7.1 to: 1) prohibit individuals from being appointed or nominated by the Board of Commissioners to serve on a board, commission, committee, or authority while such person is already serving on another board, commission, committee, or authority as a result of being appointed or nominated by the Board of Commissioners or by an entity making such appointment or nomination under the authority of or at the direction of the Board of Commissioners; and 2) to require a resume, curriculum vitae, or letter/statement of background and skills be submitted in advance to the county clerk in order to be considered for appointment or nomination by the Board of Commissioners to any board, commission, committee, or authority.  A draft of this ordinance amendment was discussed at the Board’s August 20, 2013, work session. (M. Hunt) LINK

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Provenzano to adopt the amendment to Chapter 2-2. The motion carried unanimously.  Ordinance #O-2013-06

 

15.       Consider renewing the contract with BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia for the provision of health insurance third party administrator services and stop loss insurance coverage; and, consider awarding a contract to PharmAvail Benefit Management for pharmacy benefits for 2014 as recommended by ShawHankins, Inc, the County’s employee benefits consultant. (PC Vote 3-0) LINK

A motion was made by Commissioner Taylor and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to renew the contract with BlueCross BlueShield of Georgia (BCBS) for the provision of health insurance third party administrator services and stop loss insurance coverage and to approve a contract with PharmAvail for pharmacy benefit management at the following rates effective January 1, 2014:  $41.74 per employee per month for third party administrator services for an estimated annualized total of $329,579; and $75.53 per employee per month for stop loss insurance coverage for an estimated annualized total of $596,385; and $6.15 per member per month administration fee to carve out the pharmacy benefit for an estimated annual total of $110,000. The motion carried unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to adjourn to executive session to discuss pending litigation.  The motion carried unanimously.

 

Back in Session

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Taylor to adjourn executive session and enter regular session. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Provenzano and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to approve the executive session minutes of August 15, 2013. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Provenzano to approve the County Attorney’s recommendation regarding pending litigation. The motion carried unanimously.

 

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:45 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                                   s/Mary Hunt 

Mary Hunt, Chairman

                                                                                                Board of Commissioners

                                                                                                Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

    s/Cindee Overstreet

Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk