GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS
SPECIAL CALLED MEETING
COMMISSION PLANNING RETREAT
A.W. JONES HERITAGE CENTER
610 BEACHVIEW DRIVE
ST. SIMONS ISLAND, GEORGIA
THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 28, 2019 AT 8:30 AM
PRESENT: Michael Browning, Chairman, District 1
Bill Brunson, Vice-Chairman, District 4
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
Kathryn Downs, Assistant County Manager
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney
Dhwani Patel, County Clerk
Valerie Hepburn, PhD, Facilitator
1. Discussion regarding Policy and Project Priorities for Commissioners
Dr. Valerie Hepburn facilitated a discussion among the Board and gave each Commissioner an opportunity to highlight their policy and project priorities for the year.
Commissioner O’Quinn stated he would like to focus on economic development and improve communication and coordination with government partners and Board appointees. Commissioner Coleman’s priorities involved providing detailed transparency, increasing public input, and making progress on SPLOST 2016 and previous SPLOST projects. Commissioner Booker would like the county to focus more on African American Historic Preservation and improved yard debris services. Commissioner Brunson would like to focus on getting closure on some ongoing projects including the Clerk of Superior Court’s investigation, Hurricane IRMA, and The Scarlett Williams Lawsuit as well as SPLOST 2020. Commissioner Murphy would like to establish a new, reliable, revenue stream for infrastructure needs and focusing on the ongoing projects such as the Village Drainage Project and the College Park Project. Commissioner Neal would like to improve some of the intersections primarily in District 3 and streamline the planning and zoning process to make it more understandable and efficient. Commissioner Browning stated that he would like the Board to address the space needs for the Courts and other county offices and improving services provided to the public.
2. Receive an update on the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan
Kathryn Downs, Assistant County Manager, provided an update to the Board regarding the 2017-2020 Strategic Plan. She highlighted each of the objectives listed in the Strategic Plan and identified each objective’s progress into one of three categories: completed, ongoing, or future project/discussion.
Ms. Downs then outlined the six of the main goals of the Strategic Plan including Safe Community, Financially Responsible Government, Exceptional Customer Service, Planned and Managed Growth, Great Place to Live, and Valued Employees and gave examples of how each goal has been implemented. REPORT
3. Discussion regarding Revenue, Budget and Expenditure Considerations for Fiscal Year 2020 and Beyond
Alan Ours, County Manager, began his presentation by outlining the budget calendar for the FY19/20 budget. The process begins in November and ends with the Board adopting the budget in June. He then highlighted the recommended revenues budget, the recommended expenditures budget, and upcoming budget impacts. Mr. Ours also provided a list of personnel and capital requests that departments have submitted, however clarified that the list isn’t necessarily what he may recommend to the Board. He also reported on the fire tax millage and the possibility of creating a special tax district for county police.
4. Discussion regarding Infrastructure and Capital Needs
Aaron Mumford, County Attorney, stated that Georgia law allows for a Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) referendum to be held on three possible dates: date of the Presidential Preference Primary (anticipated to be March 3, 2020,) date of the General Primary (May 19, 2020,) and date of the general election (November 3, 2020.) It is recommended that formal initiation of the SPLOST process begin at a minimum, no later than six months in advance of the target election date.
He also outlined the steps and the timeline for the imposition of a SPLOST. The first step for the county to formally vote to initiate the SPLOST planning process and set a target SPLOST election date. Then a notice is sent to the Mayor inviting the City of Brunswick to meet and discuss possible SPLOST Projects, and a meeting is held with the City to discuss possible SPLOST projects for the SPLOST referendum. The County then needs to adopt a SPLOST Resolution calling for the imposition of the SPLSOT and forward that Resolution to the County Election Superintendent. The County Election Superintendent would then issue the call for the SPLOST election and publishes notice of the SPLOST Election. Finally, the SPLOST referendum is held, and if more than 50% of the votes cast are in favor of imposing the tax, the tax will be imposed.
Mr. Mumford also elaborated on the education vs. promotion component of a SPLOST referendum and then touched on the term and duration of a SPLOST.
Mr. Ours stated that he asked staff to create a preliminary list of SPLOST 2020 projects and provided that list to the Board. The Board then discussed what election date they would like to aim for the SPLOST referendum to be held.
5. Working Luncheon at the Glynn County Coast Guard Station, Site of the World War II Home Front Museum located at 4201 1st St, Saint Simons Island, GA 31522
The Board continued its discussion regarding the project and policy priorities they identified earlier.
6. Receive a Presentation regarding the Development and Design of Coastal Georgia’s World War II Home Front Museum Followed by a Tour of the Museum
Sherri Jones, Executive Director of the Coastal Georgia Historical Society, welcomed the Board to the Coastal Georgia’s World War II Home Front Museum and gave a brief presentation about its history. The Board then received a tour of the Museum.
The Board of Commissioners did not take formal action during this meeting.
Michael Browning, Chairman
Board of Commissioners
Glynn County, Georgia
Dhwani Patel, Clerk