MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 20, 2016 AT 3:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                     Richard Strickland, Chairman, District 3

Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1

Dale Provenzano, Commissioner, District 2

Bill Brunson, Commissioner, District 4

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

Cindee Overstreet, County Clerk

 

Discussion and consideration of the following:

 

1.         Update by the Development Authority, Convention and Visitors Bureau and the Chamber of Commerce

 

                        Mel Baxter, Executive Director of the Brunswick-
Glynn County Development Authority, provided an overview the Authority’s current projects and proposed expansions.

He reported on the Southeast Georgia Joint Development Authority’s recent workforce analysis study which showed over 30% of individuals in Glynn County’s labor force currently commute from areas outside of Glynn County.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Mr. Baxter said Glynn County’s 45-minute labor draw area (people that work in Glynn County but live within 45 minutes of the county) has a high relative concentration of occupations important to the aerospace industry.

The chart below shows the 2015 Location Quotient, which is the number below and above the national average. The national average on this chart is 1; therefore, jobs below 1 on the chart are below the national average.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                        Mr. Baxter then presented the Shared Vision Statement adopted by the Brunswick-Golden Isles Chamber of Commerce, the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the Brunswick-Glynn County Development Authority:

 

“Working together to make Brunswick and the Golden Isles an exceptional place in Georgia to live, work and visit by strengthening our communities and enhancing the quality of life.”

 

                        Scott McQuade, CEO of the Golden Isles Convention & Visitors Bureau, reported that over the last year, the lodging tax, without Jekyll Island, was up 5% to $6.2 million. He said eight of the past 12 months were all-time record breakers and there was a 50% growth over the last five years.

 

2.         Zika update provided by Mosquito Control Services

 

Steve Pavlovich, Entomologist and General Manager, Mosquito Control Services, Glynn County’s mosquito control contractor, reported on the effects Tropical Storm Hermine had on Glynn County’s mosquito population and how the county is combatting the Zika Virus.

He said of the 56 species of mosquitos in Georgia, the Yellow Fever Mosquito and the Asian Tiger Mosquito, were the two that may carry the Zika Virus. He urged citizens to empty containers, such as flower pots, as these are where mosquitos lay their eggs.

He said the state would inform Glynn County if a local positive transmission of Zika occurs and the State of Georgia has approved the county’s management protocol.

 

3.         Staff update on the October 8th and 9th airshow

 

                        This item was discussed with item 4.

 

4.         Staff update on Georgia/Florida Football weekend on St. Simons Island

 

                        County staff provided updates on items 3 and 4 together. Planning for both events has been underway for several months and the staff felt everyone was well prepared for the events.

Frat beach

5.         Proposed animal fostering ordinance

 

County Attorney Aaron Mumford reported that the Chairman of the Animal Control Advisory Board had requested the number of animals allowed in each home be raised from 3 to 6.  Mr. Mumford requested feedback from the Board on how many animals it wished to allow and whether the limits should vary based on zoning. Community Development Director David Hainley cautioned the Board that allowing too many animals on small lots could cause problems.

The Board discussed excluding multi-family housing and Resort Residential from the list of allowable zoning districts authorized to foster animals and planned to continue working on the draft ordinance for presentation at a future meeting.

 

6.         Speed reduction on St. Simons

 

Chairman Strickland advised commissioners the Speed Hump Policy is available on the county’s website. He provided an overview of the requirements and procedures for installing speed humps on streets. The commissioners discussed additional alternatives to reduce speeding in neighborhoods.

Police Chief Matt Doering reported the police department had four radar machines with cameras that he planned to place strategically throughout the county. The machine would track the speed and photograph the driver.

 

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.

 

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Richard Strickland, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County , Georgia

Attest:

 

 

 

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Cindee S. Overstreet, Clerk