TUESDAY, APRIL 30, 2019 AT 2:00 PM


PRESENT:                     Michael Browning, Chairman, District 1

Bill Brunson, Vice Chairman, District 4

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


ABSENT:                      Dr. Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 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 on the Altama Connector Corridor Project REPORT


Ben Pierce, Roads and Drainage Division Manager for Public Works, reported that he serves as the Project Manager for planning and design for the Altama Connector Corridor Project. He stated that the overall project budget was $3.25 million and a little shy of $3 million is remaining in the budget. He then introduced Kevin Skinner with Pond and Company.

Mr. Skinner reported on the study area and outlined the operational issues. The improvements proposed at Altama Connector at Golden Isles Plaza would include raised medians on Altama Connector, restricting through and left turn movements from the size streets, and adding right turn lanes to Altama Connector. The proposed improvements at Altama Connector at GA 25 Spur include realigning the eastbound lanes to provide two continuous through lanes, providing two westbound through lanes, adding right turn lanes to Altama Connector, and adding a sidewalk to the north side of Altama Connector. At Altama Connector at Merchants Way, Mr. Skinner recommends providing left turn lanes at the intersection, adding raised medians to reduce vehicle conflicts, and adding a sidewalk to the north side of Altama Connector. The proposed improvements at Altama Connector east of Merchants way include providing a left turn lane into Walmart and adding raised medians to reduce vehicle conflicts.

The estimated cost of construction is $2.1 million, with $250,000 allocated for right-of-way and easements and $200,000 for utilities, for a total estimate of $2,550,000. Mr. Pierce explained that they would like authorization to proceed with right-of-way acquisition and to solicit for bids. The consensus of the Board was to proceed.


2.         Receive an update on the Animal Control Facility REPORT


Dave Austin, Public Works Director, reported that there was $1.5 million allocated to the animal control facility in the SPLOST 2016 project budget and $172,000 has been spent on the design thus far.  This leaves $1,328,000 for construction. Mr. Austin presented the Board with three options.

The first option includes building the Ussery Rule design at the Public Safety Complex which is estimated to cost $2-2.5 million. This facility would be approximately 15,000 square feet and is designed to optimize disease control. To reduce costs for this option, it may be possible to postpone the construction of one wing of the kennels. The second option includes building the James Kent design at the current site which is estimated to cost $1.11 million however this design is not the optimal design for function, would use the existing kennels, and it would mean that Animal Control would still need to evacuate in storm situations. The third option includes using the Ussery Rule design to build the 6,564 square foot building only at the current site of the Animal Control facility. The third option may be within budget and is the right design, however proceeding with this option would mean that Animal Control would still need to evacuate animals in storm situations and would include using the existing kennels.

Tiffani Hill, Animal Control Manager, was asked by the Chairman to provide her professional opinions to the Board regarding the three options.

The Board asked County Attorney Aaron Mumford to research possible funding options under SPLOST 2020 to help pay for costs to construct a new animal control facility.


3.         Discussion of SPLOST 2020 REPORT


Aaron Mumford, County Attorney, reported on the timeline for SPLOST 2020. He 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.) He 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 then provided a brief overview of the entire SPLOST referendum process. The consensus of the Board was to hold the referendum on May 19, 2020.  

Commissioner Browning mentioned that the Board was provided a list of potential SPLOST 2020 projects from the county. The Board recommended asking the City of Brunswick, Jekyll Island Authority, and the Joint Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) for a list of potential projects as well. Commissioner Browning asked the Board to review the list provided and discuss them at another meeting.


4.         Discussion regarding the proposed lease with St. Simons Boating and Fishing Club for the St. Simons Island Marina


                        This item was not discussed.




The Board did not hold an executive session during this meeting.


There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 4:10 PM.








Michael Browning, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia





Dhwani Patel, County Clerk