SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING
1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM 224
TUESDAY, JANUARY 15, 2019 AT 3:00 PM
PRESENT: Michael Browning, Chairman, District 1
Bill Brunson, Vice Chairman, District 4
Dr. Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2
Wayne Neal, Commissioner, District 3
Allen Booker, Commissioner, District 5
David O’Quinn, 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. Receive an update on the Beach Safety Program (Lisa Gurganus)
Lisa Gurganus, Parks and Recreation Manager, reported on the Beach Safety Program. She stated that members of various Glynn County departments including Recreation and Parks, Fire, and Police who currently play key roles in keeping the beaches safe have discussed ideas, goals, objectives, resources (personnel and equipment), and best practices to develop a comprehensive beach safety program. Staff also contacted other beach communities to find out best practices regarding beach and water rescue operations. They have also welcomed the input and ideas of stakeholder groups and members of the community who support the County’s efforts to implement a program to enhance current operations.
Ms. Gurganus stated that there are five key components recommended for the Beach SAFE program. First, additional personnel would be needed for creating a division of Recreation and Parks dedicated to Beach Operations and Programs with associated manpower to oversee and administer. Resources and equipment will need to be added for the Beach Operations and Programs Division and the Fire Department Water Rescue Team, including future construction of a lifesaving station/tower at the Coast Guard Park. An education component would be essential to implement year-round community education programs focused on beach and water safety. Communication would need to be improved with visitors, residents, and school children. Additionally, they would encourage partnerships by expanding relationships between the County and local agencies, organizations, and community groups.
Ms. Gurganus also outlined the funds necessary to implement the plan. Alan Ours, County Manager, reported that staff was requesting direction regarding the concept of the plan from the Board. Based on the Board’s direction, staff would return with funding options. REPORT
2. Receive a presentation regarding the Brownfields Grant (Pamela Thompson)
Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported that a Brownfiled is considered real property, where the expansion, redevelopment, or reuse of which may be complicated by the presence or potential presence of a hazardous substance, pollutant or contaminant. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Assessment Grants are used to assess the extent of contamination at specific brownfields sites in a community. There are two types of environmental site assessments (ESA) that can be paid for with an EPA Assessment Grant. A Phase I ESA is an investigation into current or historical property uses that may have caused contamination. This typically involves an examination of records and interviews of pertinent regulatory officials and no field work is usually conducted. A Phase II ESA involves geologists using sampling and laboratory analysis to confirm the type and amount of hazardous materials or petroleum on a site.
The coalition for the proposed grant application includes the City of Brunswick, Glynn County, and local not-for-profit organizations with the City of Brunswick serving as the lead applicant for this grant. The lead applicant will be responsible for administration of the grant, including all bidding, financial management, reporting and closeout activities. There is no local match required of any of the applicants however all coalition members must submit a letter of commitment to the lead applicant. An official Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) between the coalition members is not required at the grant application stage but would be needed should the application be funded.
The Board directed staff to add a letter of commitment addressed to the City of Brunswick to their agenda for the January 17, 2019 meeting. REPORT
3. Discussion of Toll Road Study (Kathryn Downs)
Kathryn Downs, Assistant County Manager, stated that Title 36 of the Code of Georgia gives any governmental body the power to prescribe, revise, and collect rates, fees, tolls, or charges for the services, facilities, or commodities furnished or made available by such undertaking. The definition of “Undertaking” contained in O.C.G.A. § 36-82-61(4) includes a list of revenue-producing undertakings, whether now existing or hereafter acquired or constructed, such as (A) Causeways, tunnels, viaducts, bridges, and other crossings; and (B) Highways, parkways, airports, docks, piers, wharves, terminals, and other facilities.
Ms. Downs reported that should the Board want to procced with a toll, there would not be a physical toll booth and nothing would impede traffic flow. Electronic tolling would be utilized in which cars travel at speed and tolls are collected electronically through transponders and/or license plate readers. Enforcement would be electronic. Toll equipment would be located on overhead gantries with a roadside host server. The system would be operated by Peach Pass which works together with tolling systems in other states such as Florida, South Carolina, and North Carolina. Peach Pass would provide account management, violations processing, customer service, and retail.
She is awaiting answers from the Georgia Department of Transportation including if the County would be required to use toll revenues to fund maintenance costs of the causeway and if not, there are requirements on the types of projects for which toll revenue can be utilized. She also stated that the estimated cost of tolling infrastructure would be $5 million and the equipment has an estimated life of 7 years. She also said that the annual operating costs are not known however they would be what Glynn County would have to pay Peach Pass to operate the system.
Ms. Downs stated the next steps to move forward would be to discuss if the Board would want to do a Level 1 traffic and revenue study that would assess the amount of traffic traveling on the causeway and the study would cost between $30,000 and $50,000. The County would also need to provide information on discount programs to determine revenue.
The Commissioners discussed funding for the study as well as how the revenue from the toll could be used. REPORT
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 4:31 p.m.
Michael Browning, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County, Georgia
Dhwani Patel, County Clerk