MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, OCTOBER 17, 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

 

ABSENT:                     Dr. Peter Murphy, Commissioner, District 2

Bob Coleman, Commissioner, At Large Post 2

 

ALSO PRESENT:           Alan Ours, County Manager

                                    Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

Abby Sterling spoke regarding the resolution supporting the inclusion of Glynn County’s beaches and shorelines into the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network.

 

Jeff Kilgore spoke regarding the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) 2020.

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to add item 11 to the agenda to consider adopting a Resolution enacting a moratorium on the enforcement of the Glynn County Personal Transportation Vehicle Ordinance and for other purposes for a period of ninety (90) days, expiring on January 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The motion carried unanimously.

 

1.         Presented a Proclamation designating October 20-26, 2019, as Friends of Libraries Week in Glynn County.  

 

2.         Presented a check to the Glynn County Fraternal Order of Police (FOP) Lodge 37 in the amount of $4418 and a check to the Golden Isles Emerald Society in the amount of $4418. The funds were raised at the Battle of the Badges softball game, played by the Glynn County Police and Fire Departments.

 

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.

 

3.         Consider the issuance of a 2019 alcoholic beverage license to Christopher Ramsey for It’s All About Dough, SSI DBA V Pizza. 600 Sea Island Rd., 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. Christopher Ramsey, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Christopher Ramsey was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Chief Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.  

 

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

 

4.         Consider the issuance of a 2019 alcoholic beverage license to Kelly Mahoney for Oaks Cottages Partners, LLC DBA Hotel Simone, 1200 Ocean Blvd., St Simons Island, GA. The license is to sell malt beverages and wines at retail by the drink at a hotel pursuant to Glynn County Ordinance Section 2-3-3(b)(ii) for consumption on premises only by registered guest of the hotel and their invited guests. Sunday sales permitted. Kelly Mahoney, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Kelly Mahoney was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Chief Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.

Commissioner O’Quinn asked Mr. Mahoney where the drinks will be served at the hotel. Mr. Mahoney clarified that the drinks will be served at the lobby bar and at a service bar on the patio, or guest could order beer or wine to be brought to the rooms.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner O’Quinn and seconded by Commissioner Booker to accept the Alcoholic Beverage License and clarify that the effect of it was to approve the license. The motion carried unanimously.

 

5.         Consider the issuance of a 2019 alcoholic beverage license to Derrick Cody for Port City Mall Side, LLC, 121 Shoppers Way, Brunswick, GA. The license is to sell distilled spirits, malt beverages and wines for consumption on premises of a restaurant. Sunday sales permitted. Derrick Cody, licensee. (Occupation Tax/Police Chief) REPORT

 

Derrick Cody was present at the meeting as required by ordinance. Chief Powell said the applicant met the requirements for consideration of issuance of the license. This item was opened for public comment, yet no one addressed the Board.  

 

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

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonment

 

6.         AB4048 – Consider the abandonment of a portion of the Lucian Street right‐of‐way in the Glynn Heights subdivision at the rear of 5335 New Jesup Hwy., contingent on the owners either satisfying Georgia Power and the Glynn Brunswick Joint Water Sewer Commission regarding execution of easements for their utilities currently located in the section of Lucian Street to be abandoned or the utilities being relocated out of the abandonment area. Sam Massat, agent for 341 Investment LLC, applicant. (P. Andrews) REPORT

 

Paul Andrews, County Engineer, reported the following:

SOURCE OF TITLE: Dedication based on the plat for Glynn Heights subdivision recorded in Deed Book 3, Pages 73, recorded January 5, 1954.

PRESENT USE OF RIGHT-OF-WAY: This section of right‐of‐way is currently unimproved but contains utilities.

PAST HISTORY: This section of the right‐of‐way has had the same use since the commercial building was construction. Prior to that, it may have been improved to provide access to adjacent properties.

POTENTIAL PUBLIC USE IN THE FUTURE:  This portion of the right‐of‐way could be used for access to adjacent property and to access and contain utilities.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN CONTINUING USAGE: The public will continue to benefit from the ability to use this right‐of‐way for access and/or utilities.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN ABANDONMENT: Abandonment would return the property to the tax digest.

 

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

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Neal and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to approve the abandonment of a portion of the Lucian Street right‐of‐way in the Glynn Heights subdivision at the rear of 5335 New Jesup Hwy., contingent on the owners either satisfying Georgia Power and the Glynn Brunswick Joint Water Sewer Commission regarding execution of easements for their utilities currently located in the section of Lucian Street to be abandoned or the utilities being relocated out of the abandonment area. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-28-19

 

7.         AB4059 – Consider the abandonment of a portion of the unopened alley right‐of‐way between St. Simons Heights and Forest Park subdivisions, behind 252, 254 and 256 Tennessee Ave, SSI. Britton Smith, Agent for Carolyn Fleetwood, Denise Kennedy, and Donna and John Young, applicants. (P. Andrews) REPORT

 

Paul Andrews, County Engineer, reported the following:

SOURCE OF TITLE: Prescriptive easement based on recorded subdivision plat of St. Simons Heights, dated December 12, 1925, recorded deed book 3U, page 150. Alley width is 9.5 feet.

PRESENT USE OF RIGHT-OF-WAY: This section of right‐of‐way is currently not being used for public access.

PAST HISTORY: To the best of staff’s determination the alley has never been opened to the public nor maintained by the County

POTENTIAL PUBLIC USE IN THE FUTURE:  This portion of the alley could be used for access to adjacent property and to access and contain utilities.

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN CONTINUING USAGE: The public will continue to benefit from the ability to use this alley for access and/or utilities

BENEFIT TO PUBLIC IN ABANDONMENT: Abandonment would return the property to the tax digest.

 

This item was opened for public comment. Julian Smith spoke in opposition. Britton Smith and John Young spoke in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner O’Quinn and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve he abandonment of a portion of the unopened alley right‐of‐way between St. Simons Heights and Forest Park subdivisions, behind 252, 254 and 256 Tennessee Ave, SSI. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-29-19

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

8.         Approve the minutes of the regular meeting held October 3, 2019, the special called meeting held October 8, 2019, and the joint City/County meeting held October 1, 2019, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel)

 

9.         Accept the FY20 Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) Grant in the amount of $297,691.20, and amend the Police Department’s FY20 budget in the amount of $47,691. (J. Dunnagan) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Brunson.

 

10.       Adopt a resolution supporting the inclusion of Glynn County’s beaches and shorelines into the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network. REPORT Resolution #R-30-19

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve all items on the consent agenda except item 9, which was removed for discussion. The motion carried unanimously.

 

ITEMS REMOVED FROM THE CONSENT AGENDA FOR DISCUSSION

 

9.         Accept the FY20 Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) Grant in the amount of $297,691.20, and amend the Police Department’s FY20 budget in the amount of $47,691. (J. Dunnagan) REPORT This item was removed from the consent agenda at the request of Commissioner Brunson.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner O’Quinn and seconded by Commissioner Booker to defer the FY20 Highway Enforcement of Aggressive Traffic (H.E.A.T.) Grant. The motion carried unanimously.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

11.       Consider adopting a Resolution enacting a moratorium on the enforcement of the Glynn County Personal Transportation Vehicle Ordinance and for other purposes for a period of ninety (90) days, expiring on January 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Booker to adopt a Resolution enacting a moratorium on the enforcement of the Glynn County Personal Transportation Vehicle Ordinance and for other purposes for a period of ninety (90) days, expiring on January 15, 2020, at 11:59 p.m. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-31-19

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

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

 

There being no further business, the meeting adjourned at 7:01 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Michael Browning, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk