SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM 224
TUESDAY, AUGUST 21, 2018 AT 3:00 PM
PRESENT: Bill Brunson, Chairman, District 4
Michael Browning, Vice Chairman, District 1
Dr. Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2
Richard Strickland, Commissioner, District 3
Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5
ABSENT: Mark Stambaugh, Commissioner, At Large Post 1
Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2
ALSO PRESENT: Alan Ours, County Manager
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney
Dhwani Patel, County Clerk
Discussion and consideration of voting on the following:
1. Presented a proclamation recognizing September as Pediatric Cancer Awareness Month.
2. Receive an update from Stephen Williams of Anchor Shipping Group regarding the proposed ferry and trolley transportation services project on Saint Simons and Jekyll Island
Stephen Williams, with Golden Isles Transit Co. (GO!), reported on the idea to have air-conditioned electronic trolleys on St. Simons and Jekyll Island which would hold up to 15 people with enough room for personal items and affixed with bicycle racks. These trolleys would make several stops both on St. Simons and Jekyll Island to help alleviate parking problems. The company would purchase a second-hand ferry vessel with a capacity of holding 50-90 people with transit between the Jekyll Island Fishing Pier and the St. Simons Island Fishing pier on a regular basis. Passengers would embark/disembark on jack-up barges which are not permanent structures and can be moved during hurricanes or tropical storms and redeployed once conditions have normalized.
Commissioner Booker asked if the ferry could service Downtown Brunswick as well. Mr. Williams explained that while they currently have no plans to include Downtown Brunswick, they believe it would be a great idea to have something at the marina at Mary Ross Park in the future if the demand was present. Commissioner Browning expressed concerns about the impacts the ferry would have on those wishing to fish at the pier. The next step would be to approve a non-binding MOU to begin serious talks.
3. Receive a presentation on Impact Fees (Bill Ross)
Pamela Thompson, Director of Community Development, introduced Bill Ross with Ross+associates. Mr. Ross explained that the idea behind impact fees was to shift the cost of the facilities that will be needed to serve new development such as new fire stations and new road improvements, to new development as it comes in. They provide a mechanism through which new growth and development would pay their fair, proportionate share of the cost of public facilities that will be needed to serve such future growth. Impact fees shift the cost of new growth from the current residents and business and level the playing field among all development based on their impacts. Mr. Ross then summarized the types of facilities and improvements that are eligible for impact fees and what projects can be exempt from these fees. He further explained the relationship between impact fees and comprehensive plans and their capital improvement elements. Mr. Ross also outlined how a study would need to be conducted and the reporting requirements for impacts fees.
4. Receive a presentation regarding Kings Way (Southeastern Engineering, INC)
Ben Pierce, Roads and Drainage Division Manager for Public Works, introduced Scott Jordan a consultant with Southeastern Engineering, Inc. who presented the two intersection improvement options at Kings Way and Frederica Road, a SPLOST 2016 project. Mr. Jordan stated they evaluated both a traditional and a roundabout option for the intersection by utilizing traffic counts the first full week of June. They coordinated with the Glynn County Airport, Sea Island Property, and Glynn County staff and conducted a traffic analysis for both options.
Mr. Jordan reported that both options would greatly improve the operation of the intersection and the construction costs for each option are very similar at approximately $750,000. They both include pedestrian improvements and explained that historic traffic numbers have not increased dramatically over the past 7 years and are not expected to increase.
Commissioner Murphy met with Sea Island, who owns the land on three sides of the intersection, to explain these options and discovered they were displeased with the serpentine entry way into The Retreat on the roundabout option. He also explained that the roundabout option would cause a greater number of oak trees to be lost. The consensus of the board was to proceed with the traditional option due to the roundabout option having too many tradeoffs.
5. Receive a presentation regarding Demere Road Resurfacing, Drainage and Turn Lane Project
David Deloach, Engineering Division Manager for Public Works, reported that they anticipate work starting on resurfacing in mid-September with a goal to finish before the Georgia Florida game. They plan to resurface the roads between 9 am through 3:30 pm. Commissioners asked staff to research the possibility of conducting the work at night time to alleviate traffic problems. Staff expressed concerns with doing the work at night due to possible increased costs, loud sounds near the residential areas, and lack of light on Demere Road. Mr. Deloach also outlined the plans they have in place regarding drainage and the turn lane project.
6. Discussion regarding the Chief Appraiser’s Merit Raise
Maureen Miller, Chair of the Board of Assessors (BOA), stated that the Chief Appraiser has not received a merit raise in two years. She said the BOA believes he’s doing a great job due to tax appeals being at a lower, healthier level. She said he also does an excellent job overseeing his staff and consistently coming in below budget.
Commissioners expressed concerns with determining how to pay for the raise as it wasn’t budgeted for. County Manager Alan Ours explained how merit raises are budgeted and stated that there may be funds in that budget to pay for the raise. The consensus of the Board was to vote on the Chief Appraiser’s merit raise at their next regular meeting.
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 at 5:25 p.m.
Bill Brunson, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County, Georgia
Dhwani Patel, County Clerk