MINUTES

SPECIAL CALLED MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

W. HAROLD PATE BUILDING

1725 REYNOLDS STREET, 2ND FLOOR CONFERENCE ROOM 224

TUESDAY, DECEMBER 17, 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 Yamaha Pilot Project (Paul Andrews) REPORT

 

Paul Andrews, County Engineer, reported that Yamaha Motor Corporation has a started a sustainability campaign which includes a pilot project that would help intercept trash floating down ditch lines before it gets into the waters of the state. He also said that Keep Golden Isles Beautiful (KGIB) has been working with them on the project. He then introduced Spud Woodward, who formerly worked with the Department of Natural Resources and now serves on the Board of KGIB. Mr. Woodward explained that even though they work diligently to change people’s behaviors, there will always be some sort of litter in the environment. In the Glynn County community, that litter ends up in the ditches and storm water systems which gets carried out in over 230 points of exit into the surrounding estuarine waters. Mr. Woodward introduced Martin Peters the Division Manager for Government Relations at Yamaha.

Mr. Peters gave a background on Yamaha and their relationship with the state of Georgia and provided more information about their Rightwaters initiative which is a North American sustainability initiative that includes activities designed to restore and conserve natural resources.  The program includes habitat restoration, the control of aquatic invasive species, and the control, removal and recycling of plastics from national and international waterways.  Rightwaters activities include education, communication, and advocacy programs.

He stated that the pilot project includes a 36-month warranty as well as a 3-year donation for maintenance and operation of the machine as well. They will then donate the equipment to KGIB. Mr. Peters introduced John Kellett, founder of Clearwater Mills LLC, who creates the trash interceptor devices. Mr. Kellett said that he worked with Mr. Andrews to tour the county and believe they have found a good spot at the South Palm ditch. He then explained the design and installation of the device. Mr. Kellett and Mr. Andrews then answered several questions from the Board regarding the project.

 

2.         Receive an update regarding the Community Development Block Grant –  Disaster Recovery (CDBG-DR) for mitigation (Monica Hardin) REPORT

 

                        Monica Hardin, Grants Coordinator, reported that the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) has added additional funding for mitigation projects in select areas, including Glynn County. There is approximately $27 million allocated for total mitigation funds, of which 50% must benefit the low-to-moderate populations and must be spent in the three most impacted zip codes which include 31548 (Camden County,) 35120 (Glynn County,) and 31705 (Dougherty County.)

The projects that can be submitted for this funding must include HUD and the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) requirements. The Department of Community Affairs (DCA) is allowing communities to submit up to three projects. The projects must also be reflected in the local comprehensive plan, the local hazard mitigation plan, or any other master plan or study. County staff identified six projects that meet the requirements and would qualify for funding. Ms. Hardin presented the projects that staff identified and asked the Board to select three to submit for consideration.

Joint projects are not subject to three project limit, therefore the College Park Storm Water Drainage project which is a joint project with the City of Brunswick would not be subject to the three project limit. The five remaining projects include: 1. information technology relocation to the Public Safety Complex (estimated budget of $3-$.5 million), 2. a mobile operations center (estimated budget of $20K - $80K), 3. Johnson Rocks (estimated budget of $3.7 million), 4. generators for Fire Stations 1,3,4 and 6, and 5 (estimated budget of $400K), and 5. a local match for the FEMA/GEMA three generator grant application submitted for Hurricane Irma (estimated budget of $49K.) Ms. Hardin also outlined the timeline for the grant.

Staff answered several questions from the Board regarding the identified projects.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Brunson and seconded by Commissioner Neal to select projects 1, 3, and 4 to apply for the grant. The motion carried unanimously.

 

3.         Proposed approach and timeline for adoption of the 2020-2023 Strategic Plan (Kathryn Downs) REPORT

 

Kathryn Downs, Assistant County Manager, outlined the proposed approach and timeline for adoption of the next strategic plan which will run 2020 through 2023.

In January, a Leadership Team retreat will be held and a second citizens survey will be conducted. She said the input from the citizens survey would be a beneficial factor for outlining the strategic plan. The results will be received in February-March, and the Commissioners will be polled for their input on possible goals and objectives. At that time, staff will also review plans from other communities and conduct a scan of opportunities and gaps that were not considered last time. A strategic planning retreat with the Board will be held in March-April leading to a draft strategic plan being shared with the Board for review and recommendations. The plan will be presented in draft form in May-June and be ready for adoption and effective July 1.

 

4.         Consideration of the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST 2020) project list REPORT

 

Commissioner Browning asked Alan Ours, County Manager, to provide the most current projections for SPLOST 2020. He also asked the Board to go through the list to decide what projects they would like the pull off. Mr. Ours reported that a conservative estimate would be $100 million. The Board also discussed the timeline the SPLOST 2020 funding would be distributed among the benefiting agencies. The Board aimed for a 5-year SPLOST to collect $105 million. Of that total, they included the New Courthouse addition and renovation project not to exceed $23 million, which qualifies as a level 1 project. The Board then went through the proposed list and trimmed down the projects to total $110,761,000. They decided move their Special Called Meeting in January to January 14, 2020 to finalize the project list before adopting a resolution at their Regular Meeting on January 16, 2020.

 

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 5:13 p.m.

 

 

                                                                                    ____________________________

Michael Browning, Chairman

                                                                                    Board of Commissioners

                                                                                    Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk