MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

701 “G” STREET, 2ND FLOOR, COMMISSIONERS’ MEETING CHAMBERS

THURSDAY, JUNE 20, 2019 AT 6:00 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

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Kathryn Downs, Assistant County Manager

Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

 

ABSENT:                        Dr. Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2

Alan Ours, County Manager

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1.         Presented a Proclamation to M. H. “Woody” Woodside for his contributions to Glynn County.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Alcoholic Beverage License

 

Public Hearings will be limited to 30 minutes for each opposing side, with 5 minutes allocated to each individual speaker. Comments are to be limited to relevant information regarding your position and should avoid being repetitious. If your group has a spokesperson, please allow that individual to present your group’s position in the time allocated. Your cooperation in this process will be greatly appreciated.

 

2.         Consider the issuance of a 2019 alcoholic beverage license to Jose Roberto Dominguez Granados for 1800 Mexican Restaurant LLC.,5296 New Jesup Hwy, Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. Jose Roberto Dominguez Granados, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Jose Roberto Dominguez Granados was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Assistant Police Chief Scott Trautz said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, and Julian Smith and Jeff Kilgore spoke in favor. No one spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve the alcoholic beverage license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

3.         Consider the issuance of a 2019 alcoholic beverage license to Samantha Vince for Nora’s, LLC DBA Nora’s At The Pier.,115 Mallery St, St. Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. Samantha Vince, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Samantha Vince was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Assistant Police Chief Scott Trautz said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, and Julian Smith spoke in favor. No one spoke in opposition.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to approve the alcoholic beverage license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

4.         ZM4017 – 5111 Blythe Island Highway: Consider a request to rezone approximately 0.73 acre located at 5111 Blythe Island Highway from a split zoning of Highway Commercial (HC) and One-Family Residential (R-9) to entirely HC zoning. Parcel ID: 03-04778. This is a County-initiated rezone sponsored by Commissioner Neal, and the property owner is A H Tostensen, III. REPORT

 

Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported the request for rezoning. Commissioner Neal sponsored the item. The existing zoning is split zoning. Highway Commercial (HC) for the front of the property that allows for pine straw and firewood sales and the rear of the property is one family residential (R-9) which is currently a commercial parking lot. Rezoning would allow for zoning conformity.

In 1982 the front of the property was rezoned from R9 to HC to accommodate a florist shop and the rear of the property remained R-9. In 1999 a portion of lake drive adjacent to Mr. Tostensen’s property was acquired by the County to allow for an additional right away. It was Mr. Tostensen’s understanding that the entire property was rezoned to HC at that time but no research could support the claim.

The Mainland Planning Commission (MPC) recommended approval of the application with a condition that the property conforms with landscape buffer requirements as outlined in the zoning ordinance.

This item was opened for public comment, and Julian Smith spoke in opposition. No one spoke in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Neal and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to approve the application. The motion carried unanimously.

 

Commissioner Neal withdrew his original motion.

Commissioner O’Quinn withdrew his second to the original motion.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Neal and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to approve application ZM4017, rezoning the entirety of Lot 1, Lake Drive, a 0.73 acre parcel (parcel number 03-04778), addressed as 5111 Blythe Island Highway, to Highway Commercial (HC) with the condition that the property conforms with landscape buffer requirements as outlined in the Zoning Ordinance. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-08-19

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

5.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held June 6, 2019, and the special called meeting held May 30, 2019, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel)

 

6.         Approved the issuance of a Letter of Approval for a three-day non-profit special event permit to the Georgia Narcotics Officers’ Association Inc. (GNOA) to allow the serving of donated alcohol at the King & Prince Hotel for consumption on premises and not for resale during the GNOA’s convention August 27, 2019 through August 29, 2019. REPORT

 

7.         Allowed the Golden Isles Kingfish Classic the use of Gascoigne Bluff Park on August 15, 16, and 17, 2019 at no cost for their 2019 Kingfish Classic, contingent upon Police Department’s approval of a Public Conduct Permit. (A. Ours) REPORT

 

8.         Awarded a contract for the Lanier-Gloucester Intersection Improvements Study to Pond, in the amount of $49,000 with funding to be provided by the FY20 Community Development Operating Budget. (P. Thompson) REPORT

 

9.         Approved Change Order No. 1 from E&D Contracting Services of Savannah GA in the amount of $56,125 for a new contract amount not to exceed $325,000 with funding from FY19 Capital Projects Fund 4580.54390.LMIG to cover the cost of the column repairs for the bridge located over Fancy Bluff Creek and any additional contingency needed. (D. Austin) REPORT

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Finance Committee

 

10.       Adopted two resolutions authorizing Glynn County to continue investing county funds in Georgia Fund One and deleting Tonya Miller as an authorized individual. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 2-0) REPORT Resolution #R-09-19 and Resolution #R-10-19

 

11.       Declared two fire pumpers as surplus, remove them from Glynn County’s capital asset listing, donate County units #1732 and #1917 to McIntosh County Emergency Management and approve the mutual aid agreement. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

12.       Authorized the removal of identified capital assets from the capital asset listing. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

13.       Approved dissolving the Insurance Premium Tax Fund effective July 1, 2019. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

14.       Approved the request to advertise a public hearing to authorize the sale of up to 8 benches on the fishing pier at Gascoigne Bluff Park and approve the Gascoigne Bluff Park Memorial Plaque and Bench Policy with funding to be provided by the citizen requesting the bench(es) and increased the revenue and expenditures in the FY20 Recreation and Parks Department’s Operating Budget in the amount of $16,000. (L. Gurganus) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

15.       Accepted the additional Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) Grant funding for LS-CMI Training in the amount of $2,000 and increased revenues and expenditures in said amount in the FY19 Drug Court Fund Operating Budget. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

16.       Accepted the FY20 Adult Felony Drug Court Grant through the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council (CJCC) in the amount of $561,977 including a local match of $56,198 with funding to be provided by the FY20 Drug Court Fund Operating Budget. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

17.       Accepted the grant from the Communities of Coastal Georgia Foundation and increased Juvenile Court’s FY19 program’s revenue and expenditures budget by $4,608 each. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

18.       Authorized the reallocation of funds needed for Intersection Improvements to Sea Island Road at Hamilton Road, Sea Island Road at Hamilton Landing, Frederica Road at Riverview Drive and the go around at Frederica Road at Wymberly be transferred from Roads Resurfacing and Road Shoulder Widening to the appropriate project line item detail as listed. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

19.       Accepted the Golden Isles Fund for Trees (GIFT) grant in the amount of $4,000 and increased revenue and expenditures in said amount in the FY20 Public Works Operating Budget. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 2-0) REPORT

 

20.       Increased the FY19 Jail Commissary Inmate Medical Services budget in the amount of $97,000 with funding to be provided by the Jail Commissary Fund fund balance. (N. Jump) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

21.       Accepted the donations made to Animal Control for FY19 and increased the revenues and expenditures in the FY19 Animal Control operating budget in the amount of $575. (T. Hill) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

22.       Approved the Association County Commissioners of Georgia– Interlocal Risk Management Agency (ACCG-IRMA) renewal for property and liability insurance coverage at a cost of $771,574 for the July 1, 2019 – July 1, 2020 period and flood insurance for selected buildings at standard NFIP rates for Glynn County with funding to be provided in the FY 2020 Budget via various funds. (O. Reed) (FC Vote: 2-0) REPORT

 

23.       Approved the extension of the Contract for Services with the Emergency Communications Network (ECN) in the amount of $18,840 to provide for the communication of essential information to ensure the safety and preparedness of citizens during threatening situations with funding to be provided by the FY20 IT-E911 Fund Operating Budget. (S. Usher) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

24.       Exercised the 1st year extension option with Nichols, Cauley & Associates, LLC, Dublin, GA, for Annual Audit Services in the amount of $54,000 with funding to be provided by the FY20 Finance Department Operating Budget. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

25.       Approved a contract with Goodwyn, Mills, and Cawood, Brunswick, GA, to carry out the Shoreline Protection Implementation Plan of the Coastal Incentive Grant, in the amount of $45,000 with funding to be provided by the FY19 Emergency Management Agency Operating Budget. (J. Wiggins) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

26.       Approved the Support Agreement with Stryker® in the amount of $43,820.13 with funding to be provided by the FY20 Emergency Rescue Operating Budget. (R. Jordan) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

27.       Awarded the base year for ground maintenance services in the amount of $82,020 to Creative Landscapes, with funding to be provided from the FY20 Recreation, Facilities Maintenance, Police, and Fire Departments’ operating budgets. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

28.       Awarded the Public Safety Complex Building Structural Upgrade contract to Allen and Graham, Inc. in the amount of S179,988 with funding to be provided by the Capital Fund fund balance. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

29.       Awarded a contract for the Striping and Pavement Marking of Various County Roads to Roadside Specialties, Blackshear, GA, the lowest responsive and responsible bidder per unit price bid, in a total amount not to exceed $75,000 with funding to be provided by the FY19 Capital Projects Fund. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

30.       Awarded a contract for the 2045 BATS Metropolitan Transportation Plan with SSI Sector Study to CDM Smith, Atlanta, GA, in the amount of $274,922 with funding to be provided by the FY20 Community Development Operating Budget. (P. Thompson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Personnel Committee

 

31.       Approved rescinding the Tobacco Free Hiring Policy and implementing the proposed Tobacco Free Workplace Policy effective July 1, 2019. (O. Reed) REPORT

 

32.       Approved amending the Personnel Policy to address the management of hours that exceed the maximum accrual amount effective immediately. (O. Reed) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve all items on the consent agenda. The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

33.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Coastal Regional Commission (CRC). The term beings July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2020.

            David Boland (currently serving)

 

Commissioner Coleman nominated David Boland.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint David Boland to serve on the Coastal Regional Commission (CRC).

 

34.       Consider appointing two (2) citizens to serve on the Coastal Regional Commission’s (CRC) Aging Services Advisory Council. Their terms begin July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2022.

William France (currently serving)

Carrie Lewis

Edward Spry

 

Commissioner Brunson nominated Carrie Lewis.

Commissioner Neal nominated William France.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Carrie Lewis and William France to serve on the Coastal Regional Commission’ s (CRC) Aging Services Advisory Council.

 

35.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Board. The term begins immediately and ends June 30, 2023.

            Margie Harris

 

Commissioner Booker nominated Margie Harris.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Margie Harris to serve on the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Board.

 

36.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Board representing the seat for a member of the Glynn County School System. The term begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2024.

            Senetra Haywood

 

Commissioner Booker nominated Senetra Haywood.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Senetra Haywood to serve on the Department of Family and Children Services (DFCS) Board representing the seat for a member of the Glynn County School System.

 

37.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing the unincorporated area of the mainland. Their terms begin July 1, 2019 and end June 30, 2022.

Denise Rocawich

 

Commissioner Brunson nominated Denise Rocawich.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Denise Rocawich to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing the unincorporated area of the mainland.

 

38.       Consider appointing two (2) citizens to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing St. Simons Island. Their terms begin July 1, 2019 and end June 30, 2022.

Gloria Burns (currently serving)

Kalista Morton

Julian Smith

 

Commissioner Brunson nominated Gloria Burns.

Commissioner O’Quinn nominated Kalista Morton.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Gloria Burns and Kalista Morton to serve on the Marshes of Glynn Libraries Board (MOGL) representing St. Simons Island.

 

39.       Consider appointing three (3) citizens to serve on the Revenue Study Committee. Their terms begin July 1, 2019 and end June 30, 2021.

Lashonda Billue

Edward Farley

Ron Farquhar

Audrey Gibbons

Paul Schofield

 

Commissioner Brunson nominated Audrey Gibbons.

Commissioner O’Quinn nominated Edward Farley.

Commissioner Booker nominated Lashonda Billue.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Audrey Gibbons, Edward Farley, and Lashonda Billue to serve on the Revenue Study Committee.

 

40.       Consider appointing two (2) citizens to serve on the Revenue Study Committee. Their terms begin July 1, 2019 and end June 30, 2023.

Lashonda Billue

Edward Farley

Ron Farquhar

Audrey Gibbons

Paul Schofield

 

Commissioner Brunson nominated Paul Schofield.

Commissioner O’Quinn nominated Ron Farquhar.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Paul Schofield and Ron Farquhar to serve on the Revenue Study Committee.

 

41.       Consider appointing one (1) citizen to serve on the Glynn County Zoning Appeals Board. The term begins July 1, 2019 and ends June 30, 2023.

James Steve Killebrew

Michael Minutelli

 

Commissioner Coleman nominated Michael Minutelli.

 

The Board voted unanimously to appoint Michael Minutelli to serve on the Glynn County Zoning Appeals Board.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

42.       Consider approving the appointments of R. Wayne Johnson and Christy D. Jordan to the Board of Governors of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority to fill the expired terms of R. Wayne Johnson and Paulo Albuquerque, for a three year term beginning on the date they take their oaths after their appointments and ending the later of July 31, 2022, or until their successors are appointed.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Neal to approve the appointments of R. Wayne Johnson and Christy D. Jordan to the Board of Governors of the Brunswick and Glynn County Development Authority. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-11-19

 

43.       Consider approving a resolution creating a special tax district for the provision of funding for Emergency Medical Services for the citizens of Glynn County, Georgia. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to approve the resolution creating a special tax district for the provision of funding for Emergency Medical Services. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-12-19

 

44.       Consider approving a resolution creating a special tax district for the provision of funding for Police Services for the citizens of Glynn County, Georgia. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Neal and seconded by Commissioner Brunson to approve the resolution creating a special tax district for the provision of funding for Police Services. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-13-19

 

45.       Consider adopting the proposed Glynn County FY 19-20 Budget. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to adopting the proposed Glynn County FY 19-20 Budget. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-14-19

 

46.       Consider approval of the proposed changes to the Purchasing Ordinance with the exception of item #4 subject to the County Attorney’s approval. (T. Munson) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Neal to approval of the proposed changes to the Purchasing Ordinance. The motion carried unanimously. Ordinance #O-2019-03

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to adjourn to executive session to discuss potential litigation and property acquisition. The motion carried unanimously.

 

BACK IN SESSION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to adjourn executive session and enter regular session. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve the executive session minutes of May 16, 2019. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to accept the County Engineer’s recommendations regarding property acquisition. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to accept the County Attorney’s recommendations regarding potential litigation. The motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 7:53 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                                ____________________________

Michael Browning, Chairman

                                                                                                Board of Commissioners

                                                                                                Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk