MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, APRIL 3, 2014 AT 6:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                     Michael Browning, Chairman, District 1

Bob Coleman, Vice Chairman, At Large Post 2

Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3

Mary Hunt, Commissioner, District 4

Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5

Clyde Taylor, Commissioner, At Large Post 1

 

ABSENT:                      Dale Provenzano, Commissioner, District 2

 

ALSO PRESENT:           Alan Ours, County Administrator

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE       

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIODMonica Smith suggested the County apply for grants to purchase the marshland between St. Simons and Sea Island.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

Chairman Browning welcomed the new Assistant County Attorney, Noah Priest-Goodsett.

 

Chairman Browning announced item 7 had been removed from the agenda prior to the meeting.

 

1.         Presented a proclamation designating Glynn County as a Purple Heart County honoring the service and sacrifice of our nation’s men and women in uniform wounded or killed while serving to protect the freedoms enjoyed by all Americans. REPORT

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

2.         Consider the issuance of a 2014 alcoholic beverage license for Snappy Food Mart, 4200 Highway 99, Brunswick, GA.  The license is to sell malt beverages and wine not for consumption on premises of a convenience store.  Sunday sales permitted. Dinesh L Patel, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

Dinesh Patel, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Assistant Police Chief Scott Trautz 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 Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the issuance of a 2014 alcoholic beverage license to Snappy Food Mart. The motion carried unanimously.

 

3.         Consider the issuance of a 2014 alcoholic beverage license for Blueberry Smiles, LLC, 70 Retreat Village, St Simons Island, GA.  The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wine, for consumption on premises of a restaurant.  Sunday sales permitted. Lynn Tyler Roberson, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Chief Doering) REPORT

 

Lynn Roberson, licensee, was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Assistant Police Chief Scott Trautz 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 Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the issuance of a 2014 alcoholic beverage license to Blueberry Smiles. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Establish Fee

 

4.         Consider authorizing the sale of up to 20 memorial benches to the public by the Recreation Department that includes installation of a bench on existing pavers and the cost of the bench, pavers, etc. as needed for installation in Neptune Park; and approve the amended Memorial Plaque Acknowledgment and Agreement to include benches and Amendment No. 1 to Memorial Plaque Neptune Park Policy to add benches with funding to come from the Recreation Department’s Operating Budget. (W. Davis) REPORT

 

                        Recreation Director Wesley Davis said the benches and memorial plaques would be available for purchase at cost plus installation.

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

 

            A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Hunt to authorize the sale of up to 20 memorial benches as recommended. The motion carried unanimously. 

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonments

 

5.         Consider the application for abandonment of a portion of the alley right-of-way to the rear of Lot 9, Block 3, between Second Street and Third Street and behind 4311 Third Street in the East Beach Subdivision, St. Simons Island, GA.  David Black and Lizanne Thomas, applicants. (P. Andrews) REPORT

 

                                County Engineer Paul Andrews reported the following:

SOURCE OF TITLE: Prescriptive based on plat for the East Beach subdivision recorded in Deed Book 3R, Pages 312315, dated May 30, 1924.

PRESENT USE OF RIGHTOFWAY: This section of alley was not being used for public access; however it was used for public utilities including power.

PAST HISTORY: There is no evidence of the alley having been open for public access.

POTENTIAL USE IN THE FUTURE: This portion of the rightofway could be used for access to adjacent property and to access and contain utilities.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN CONTINUING USAGE: The public will continue to benefit from the ability to use this rightofway for access and/or utilities.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN ABANDONMENT: Abandonment would return the property to the tax digest and add sufficient additional area to lot 9 so that it is a “conforming” lot in the subdivision.

Staff recommended approval of the abandonment of this portion of the alley right‐of‐way in Block 3 of the East Beach Subdivision, provided a drainage and utility easement is retained over the whole of the abandonment area.

 

This item was opened for public comment and Patrick Anderson was available to answer questions. Catharine Albright, adjacent property owner, spoke in opposition to the abandonment as she was concerned about the large oaks in the area proposed for abandonment.

Commissioners Coleman and Taylor also expressed concerns regarding the removal of the trees. Mr. Anderson said there were no current plans to remove the trees.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Hunt to approve the abandonment of a portion of the unopened alley right-of-way in Block 3 in the East Beach Subdivision, subject to the retention of drainage and utility easements over the whole abandoned area. The motion carried 4-2 with Commissioners Coleman and Taylor opposed and Commissioner Provenzano absent. Resolution #R-12-14

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

6.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held March 20, 2014, subject to any necessary corrections.  (C. Overstreet)

 

7.         Approve and authorize the submittal of a letter to the Trust for Public Land and the St. Simons Land Trust requesting their advice and assistance in conducting public opinion research, studying local laws, and evaluating the feasibility of acquisition, in fee or through conservation easements, of key properties in Glynn County. The Trust for Public Land is a national nonprofit conservation organization that helps communities identify opportunities to secure public funding for land and water conservation.  The Trust for Public Land is interested in performing research and producing a "feasibility study" concerning local options available to fund conservation work in Glynn County. The costs of this research and feasibility study would be paid for from a grant received by the Trust for Public Land from the Turner Foundation.  (D. Provenzano) REPORT

            This item was removed from the agenda and not approved.

 

8.         Approved an Assignment of Sublease from Vaughn A. Rowland dba Rowland Flying Service to Presby Aire, LLC, and subsequent Second Amendment to Sublease between Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority and Presby Aire, LLC.  REPORT

 

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

 

APPOINTMENT

 

9.         Appoint one (1) citizen to serve the unexpired term of Grant Buckley on the Glynn County Zoning Appeals Board. The term begins immediately and ends August 6, 2017.

Applications received from:

AJ Berry, Jr.

Philip Viviani

 

Commissioner Taylor nominated Phillip Viviani

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Phillip Viviani to the Zoning Appeals Board.

 

10.       Appoint one (1) citizen to serve the unexpired term of Robert Doud-Williams on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL). The term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2015. Applicants must live in the unincorporated area of the mainland.

Applications received from:

Anna Lankford

Jane Lafferty

 

            Commissioner Hunt nominated Jane Lafferty

            Commissioner Taylor nominated Anna Lankford

 

On the nomination of Ms. Lafferty, there was not a majority vote. Commissioners Strickland, Hunt, and Browning voted for the nomination.

 

On the nomination of Ms. Lankford, there was not a majority vote. Commissioners Taylor, Coleman, and Booker voted for the nomination.

 

11.       Appoint Sherry Coleman to serve the unexpired term of Donna Eskenazi on the Glynn County Animal Control Advisory Board. The term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2015.

 

Commissioners Strickland, Browning and Booker expressed their appreciation for Ms. Coleman’s interest in serving, but felt the spouse of a commissioner should not serve on certain advisory boards.     

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Taylor to appoint Sherry Coleman to serve on the Animal Control Advisory Board. The motion failed for lack of majority vote with Commissioners Hunt, Coleman, and Taylor in favor and Commissioners Strickland, Browning, and Booker opposed.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

12.       Consider an amendment to Chapter 2-9 of the Glynn County Code of Ordinances to amend Section 2-9-53(e) of the Noise Abatement Ordinance to amend the times that golf courses may operate lawn and garden equipment. (D. Provenzano) REPORT

 

Commissioner Taylor suggested this item be deferred until Commissioner Provenzano was present to discuss it.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Strickland and seconded by Commissioner Hunt to defer this item to the Board’s April 17, 2014, meeting. The motion carried unanimously.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

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

 

BACK IN SESSION

 

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

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Taylor and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve the executive session minutes of March 6, 2014. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the settlement and resolution of Clifford Smith’s pending worker’s compensation claim against the Board of Commissioners by paying and disbursing the sum of $45,000. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Hunt and seconded by Commissioner Strickland to approve the settlement and resolution of Patrick Dorough’s pending worker’s compensation claim against the Board of Commissioners by paying and disbursing the sum of $42,500. The motion carried unanimously.

 

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

 

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:46 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                                                                               

Michael Browning, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

                                        

Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk