MINUTES

REGULAR MEETING

GLYNN COUNTY BOARD OF COMMISSIONERS

HISTORIC GLYNN COUNTY COURTHOUSE

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

THURSDAY, DECEMBER 19, 2019 AT 6:00 PM

 

PRESENT:                             Michael Browning, Chairman, District 1

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

 

ABSENT:                               Bill Brunson, Vice Chairman, District 4

 

ALSO PRESENT:                 Alan Ours, County Manager

                                                Aaron Mumford, County Attorney

Dhwani Patel, County Clerk

 

INVOCATION AND PLEDGE

 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

 

COMMISSION PRESENTATIONS AND ANNOUNCEMENTS

 

1.         Received an update on the capsized cargo ship Golden Ray.

 

                        Commander Matt Baer, with the United States Coast Guard (USCG) and the Unified Command, comprised of USCG, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, and Gallagher Marine Systems, provided an update regarding the capsized cargo ship Golden Ray.

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

21.       Consider authorizing the renaming of Public Safety Boulevard to Carl Alexander Way to honor Mr. Alexander’s significant and positive contribution to public safety in Glynn County. (K. Downs) REPORT This item was heard before item 2.

 

                                Each Commissioner expressed his gratitude to Chief Alexander (retired) for his contributions to Glynn County.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Coleman and seconded by Commissioner Booker to authorize the renaming of Public Safety Boulevard to Carl Alexander Way to honor Mr. Alexander’s significant and positive contribution to public safety in Glynn County. The motion carried unanimously.

 

APPOINTMENTS

 

2.         2020 Appointments to Boards and Committees

 

Altamaha River Partnership (1 appointment)

Commissioner O’Quinn

Board of Health (1 appointment) (Term coincides with appointed commissioner’s term)

Commissioner Brunson

Brunswick Area Transportation System (BATS) (1 appointment)

Commissioner Browning

Coastal Regional Commission (CRC) (1 appointment)

Commissioner Browning

Community Development Advisory Board (CDAB) (1 appointment)

Commissioner Booker

Finance Committee (3 appointments)

Commissioner Booker, Chairman

Commissioner Brunson

Commissioner O’Quinn

Pension Committee (3 appointments)

Commissioner Murphy, Chairman

Commissioner Coleman

Commissioner Neal

Personnel Committee (3 appointments)

Commissioner Murphy, Chairman

Commissioner Coleman

Commissioner Neal

Tourism Bureau (1 appointment)

Commissioner Murphy

Water Resources Protection Committee (1 appointment)

Commissioner Booker

Line of Succession

Commissioner Browning

Commissioner Brunson

Commissioner Coleman

Commissioner Booker

Commissioner Murphy

Commissioner Neal

Commissioner O’Quinn

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Neal to ratify the Chairman’s appointments. The motion carried unanimously.

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Land Use

 

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.         CUP4152 - 1 Sea Oats Lane: Consider approving a conditional use permit (CUP) application to install a pool, patio, and underground detention seaward of the development setback line established pursuant to Glynn County Zoning Ordinance Section 727, “Beach and Dune Protection District.” The property is Lot 8, The Villas at Coast Cottages (1 Sea Oats Lane, St. Simons Island). The property is zoned Resort Residential (RR) and Beach and Dune Protection District. Parcel ID: 04-11802. Josh Youngner, Joshua G. Youngner Architect, applicant and agent for Kate Schermerhorn, owner. REPORT

 

Stefanie Leif, Planning Manager, reported this request. She stated that the applicant is requesting approval of a conditional use permit (CUP) to install a pool, patio, and underground detention seaward of the development setback line established pursuant to Glynn County Zoning Ordinance Section 727, “Beach and Dune Protection District.” On November 7, 2019, the Board of Commissioners established the development setback as 40 feet landward of the toes of the most landward stable dune.

The property is zoned Resort Residential (RR) and Beach and Dune Protection District. The majority of the pool, approximately half of the patio, underground stormwater detention, and amenities on the patio to include an outdoor fireplace and outdoor grill, are shown on the plans as “seaward” of the development setback line. She stated that the Glynn County Zoning Ordinance Section 727, Beach and Dune Protection District, applies to this property. According to this section, certain types of uses seaward of the development setback line require a conditional use permit.  The proposed pool and patio are within this area and require a conditional use permit. The Georgia Department of Natural Resources (GADNR) provided a jurisdictional determination as authorized through the Shore Protection Act (SPA) on September 12, 2019. 

The Islands Planning Commission (IPC) recommend approval of CUP4152. This item was opened for public comment and Julian Smith and Jeff Kilgore spoke in opposition. Burt Ethridge spoke in favor.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner Booker to approve CUP4152. The motion carried 5-1 with Commissioner Coleman opposed. Resolution #R-39-19

 

PUBLIC HEARING – Abandonment

 

4.         AB4125 – Consider the abandonment of a portion of the un‐open alley right‐of‐way in the 22nd Block of the East Beach subdivision, behind 4218 Eleventh Street, St. Simons Island, with a drainage easement being conveyed to the County over the whole area of abandonment. Laura Cruser, applicant. (P. Andrews) REPORT

 

Paul Andrews, County Engineer, reported the following:

SOURCE OF TITLE: Dedicated for the East Beach subdivision recorded in Deed Book 3R, Pages 312‐315, dated May 30, 1924.

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

PAST HISTORY: This section of the alley has been used as it is currently for several years. There is no evidence of the alley having been open for public access.

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 and transfer maintenance responsibility to the property owner.

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

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to approve the abandonment of a portion of the un‐open alley right‐of‐way in Block 22 in the East Beach subdivision as shown on the attached Application Map, with a drainage easement being conveyed to the County over the whole area of abandonment. The motion carried unanimously. Resolution #R-40-19

 

CONSENT AGENDA – General Business

 

5.         Approved the minutes of the regular meeting held December 5, 2019, subject to any necessary corrections. (D. Patel)

 

6.         Approved the 2020 meeting and submittal deadline calendar for the Zoning Board of Appeals. (P. Thompson) REPORT

 

7.         Approved exercising the first option year with Early Alert for comprehensive disaster support services at the unit prices shown on the attached fee proposal. (J. Wiggins) REPORT

 

8.         Approved the Tidal Water Bottoms Lease First Renewal and exercise the first renewal option for the St. Simons Island Marina for a ten (10) year term commencing March 1, 2019, and ending at 12:00 o'clock midnight on the last day of February 2029. (W. Worley) REPORT

 

9.         Approved twelve equal payments of $4,375 for FY19 for the Department of Family and Children Services for a total of $52,500. (J. Dunnagan) REPORT

 

CONSENT AGENDA – Finance Committee

 

10.       Amended the FY20 budget to include the attached list of prior year budgeted items that were not expended or encumbered in FY19. (J. Dunnagan) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

11.       Accepted the Supplemental Brunswick Judicial Circuit Drug Court grant from the Georgia Criminal Justice Coordinating Council in the amount of $6,000 and increased the FY20 Drug Court’s revenue and expenditure budgets by $6,000 each. (J. Dunnagan) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

12.       Accepted the donation from Ms. Scheinman’s estate made to Animal Control for FY20 and increase the revenues and expenditures in the FY20 Animal Control operating budget in the amount of $10,000 each. (T. Hill) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

13.       Accepted the Bissell Pet Foundation Empty the Shelter grant award of $300 made to Animal Control for FY20 and increase the revenues and expenditures by $300. (T. Hill) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

14.       Approved the Business Associate Agreement with Bull City Financial Solutions for debt collections. (J. Dunnagan) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

15.       Renewed the contract for workers’ compensation administration and insurance with the Association of County Commissioners of Georgia (ACCG) - Georgia Self Insured Workers’ Compensation Fund for January 1, 2020 – December 31, 2020 at an estimated contribution of $259,568 and a deductible of $500,000. (O. Reed) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

16.       Approved the Call Works system and the Communication System and Service Agreement with Motorola Solutions for year one cost of $154,990 with funding to be provided by FY20 E911 Information Technology Operating Budget, subject to the County Attorney’s approval. (J. Catron) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

17.       Approved the 2020 meeting and submittal deadline schedule for the Finance Committee. (J. Dunnagan) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

18.       Approved increasing the FY20 State Court Solicitor’s Office operating budget in the amount of $21,000 to hire a contract attorney to assist with court with funding to be with funding to be provided by the County Manager’s Contingency. (M. Lugue) (FC Vote: 2-0) REPORT

 

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

 

GENERAL BUSINESS

 

19.       Consider awarding a contract change order for the Altama Connector Spur 25 Intersection Improvement Project for right of way acquisition, to Pond Company, Peachtree Corners, GA, in the amount of $89,850 with funding to be provided by SPLOST 2016. (D. Austin) (FC Vote: 3-0) REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Murphy and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to award a contract change order for the Altama Connector Spur 25 Intersection Improvement Project for right of way acquisition, to Pond Company, Peachtree Corners, GA, in the amount of $89,850 with funding to be provided by SPLOST 2016. The motion carried unanimously.

 

20.       Consider approval of the SPLOST V Agreement by and between Glynn County and the Brunswick-Glynn County Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) regarding the SPLOST V Water Line Rehabilitation Project. REPORT

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Neal and seconded by Commissioner O’Quinn to approve the SPLOST V Agreement by and between Glynn County and the Brunswick-Glynn County Water and Sewer Commission (JWSC) regarding the SPLOST V Water Line Rehabilitation Project. The motion carried unanimously.

 

21.       Consider authorizing the renaming of Public Safety Boulevard to Carl Alexander Way to honor Mr. Alexander’s significant and positive contribution to public safety in Glynn County. (K. Downs) REPORT This item was heard before item 2.

 

EXECUTIVE SESSION/POST EXECUTIVE SESSION ACTION

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Coleman to adjourn to executive session to discuss pending litigation. The motion carried unanimously.

 

BACK IN SESSION

 

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

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Neal to approve the executive session minutes of November 7, 2019. The motion carried unanimously.

 

A motion was made by Commissioner Booker and seconded by Commissioner Neal to settle Jennie Gay’s pending workers compensation claim in the amount of $50,000. The motion carried unanimously.

 

There being no further business, the meeting was adjourned at 8:13 p.m.

 

 

 

                                                                                                ____________________________

Michael Browning, Chairman

                                                                                                Board of Commissioners

                                                                                                Glynn County, Georgia

Attest:

 

 

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Dhwani Patel, County Clerk