Glynn County’s Animal Control Advisory Board will be put on ice for the next six months while the Glynn County Commission decides what it wants the board to do, if it can reach a consensus.
Advisory board chairman John Ohman asked that commissioners consider providing direction to the board. Members of the board have previously said the commission doesn’t offer enough feedback, and that they don’t feel like input from the board is actually taken into consideration. Either way, currently it does not have enough members for a quorum and cannot conduct business.
Commissioner Mike Browning recommended fully disbanding the board, saying the difficulty finding people to fill out the board means there are issues to address. The county has been advertising for new members since August 2016, according to county staff.
Browning said it was because the board had become no-kill advocates instead of an advisory board, and that the politicization of the board made serving on it unattractive to volunteers.
Browning made a motion to that effect, which failed 2-5, he and Commission Chairman Bill Brunson voting in favor.
Most of the commissioners agreed disbanding the board outright was a bad decision, and would require a change to the ordinance that established the board regardless.
Commissioner Mark Stambaugh said there were obviously issues with the board, because it had been trying for nine months to find new members, but that it would much better to try to work within the current ordinance if they could. Commissioners Peter Murphy, Richard Strickland and Allen Booker agreed with him.
Commissioner Bob Coleman didn’t like the idea of suspending the commission, but did see the need to give it a new direction.
The motion to suspend the board’s activities for six months passed unanimously after further discussion.
Commissioners also amended the emergency management ordinance to more clearly delineate the county’s powers during an emergency.
County Attorney Aaron Mumford said this would help significantly in future situations like during hurricane recovery, and that it could also help the county be reimbursed for emergency expenditures sooner.
In other business, commissioners raised the height limit allowed for a piece of property located near U.S. Interstate 95 at exit 38, amended the county purchasing ordinance to increase the amount that could be spent at once without filing a purchase order, and entered into an agreement with Fastpitch Open to organize softball tournaments in the Golden Isles.
The next meeting of the Glynn County Commission will be at 6 p.m., June 1, in the Old Glynn County Courthouse, 701 G St. in Brunswick.