MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM 224

TUESDAY, FEBRUARY 19, 2019 AT 2:00 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 a presentation regarding the Coast Guard Beach Park Master Plan

 

                        Sherri Jones, Executive Director of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, reviewed the plan that was approved by the Board in May, and then outlined the work that the Master Plan Committee has completed since then.

Scott McQuade, President and CEO of the Golden Isles Convention and Visitors Bureau (CVB), outlined the goal and findings of the Beach Safety Committee, comprised by the County, the CVB, and the Chamber of Commerce. One recommendation from the committee includes building a lifesaving station. Ms. Jones highlighted the final version of the master plan that has been approved by Glynn County staff through their design review process. Ms. Jones and Mr. McQuade then answered questions from commissioners regarding parking spaces, drainage in the parking lot, and the lifesaving station.

Dr. Malcom Wright then spoke on behalf of the St. Simons Surf Sailors. REPORT

 

2.         Receive a presentation on Impact Fees (Bill Ross)

 

Pamela Thompson, Director of Community Development, introduced Bill Ross with Ross+associates. Mr. Ross elaborated on what impact fees are designed to do and reported on how they can be used. A common approach to implementing impact fees includes conducting an impact fee study. He also stated that the law now requires that an advisory committee be formed, with no more than 10 members and at least half of the committee must be made up of members from the development community.

The Board advised Ms. Thompson to provide more concrete information about the impact fee study including what the cost would be to prepare. REPORT

 

3.         Receive a presentation on the Ordinance Rewrite from Firm TSW (Woody Giles)

 

                        Pamela Thompson, Director of Community Development, introduced Woody Giles, Project Manager, and Caleb Racicot, Coding Expert, from TSW. Mr. Racicot provided a brief background about their company and how they plan to use community engagement in the ordinance rewrite process.

Mr. Giles provided an overview of the process. The first task includes an analysis which includes reviewing the existing Comprehensive Plan, reviewing the Planning and Zoning Ordinances, stakeholder interviews, and a public kick-off meeting. The second phase includes drafting solutions and a code outline for feedback and holding a public open house. The third phase includes drafting the code modules for staff and public review. Then the final step would be to adopt the plan.  REPORT

 

4.         Discussion regarding Private Property Traffic Accident Investigations

 

John Powell, Police Chief, reported that the police department received approximately 700 calls on private properties last year for minor incidents. Police Officers typically fill out a report for insurance purposes and there is currently not a requirement for the police department to handle these types of calls. Chief Powell recommended educating the public and moving the responsibility of filling out the report paperwork for the insurance companies to the public who are involved in the accidents. The form that the public would need to fill out is the SR13 Personal Report of Accident form. This would allow police officers to handle calls that are more pressing in an expedited manner.

            The Board requested an update from Chief Powell in three months after implementing the changes.

 

5.         Receive an update on the OneGeorgia Beach Restoration Grant Project (Applied Technology and Management)

 

Kathryn Downs, Assistant County Manager, introduced the team from Applied Technology and Management. Tim Mason, Principal, provided a brief background of their company and the work that they do. Mr. Mason outlined the project understanding and explained that their initial focus was on rehabilitation of the revetment in areas where it is deficient along some specific public portions of the island on St. Simons.

 Michael Mann, Project Manager and Engineer, outlined the schedule for the project and explained the existing revetment crest elevations along the public portions of St. Simons Island. Heath Hansell, Project Engineer, explained the rehabilitation options which include raising the revetment and backfill to desired upland grade which requires sand tightening of raised section, raising the revetment with landward stem wall, or raising the revetment which would not be sand or watertight, however it would reduce direct wave breaking energy on the upland. He also mentioned some project constraints that may arise and then discussed the estimated potential project costs. 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 4:44 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Michael Browning, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk