Glynn County Commissioners may consider awarding design contracts for three potential roundabouts on St. Simons Island at a meeting Thursday.
The intersections of East Beach Causeway at Demere Road, East Beach Causeway at Ocean Boulevard and Kings Way at Frederica Road, were flagged for future improvements in a 2015 traffic study.
The county plans to replace the two East Beach Causeway intersections with roundabouts, but the Kings Way and Frederica intersection may be improved without being converted to a roundabout. Some extra lanes and a change to the traffic light’s cycle may improve conditions there, according to county officials and commissioners.
The meeting’s consent agenda includes a proposal to contract with EMC Engineering Services of Savannah to design the two East Beach Causeway intersections for $163,000.
Another consent agenda proposal calls for the two designs for the Kings Way and Frederica intersection — one for a replacement roundabout and one for improvements to the current design — to be awarded to Southeastern Engineering, based in Marietta, for $84,900.
If approved, both will be paid for with Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2016 revenue.
An additional $25,000 for financial firm BatesCarter’s Clerk of Superior Court audit is also on the consent agenda.
A BatesCarter auditor is performing a forensic audit on three bank accounts managed by the Glynn County Clerk of Superior Court to find out exactly how much money is missing and where it went.
If approved, it will bring the total amount the county has paid BatesCarter up to $70,000.
An audit by the Georgia Bureau of Investigation in 2016 found $673,000 missing, but the BatesCarter audit is looking at the office’s finances over a wider timeframe.
Former clerk’s office bookkeeper Larry Morten was charged with 70 counts of theft by taking from the clerks office in November, which added up to roughly $76,000.
In other business, commissioners are set to discuss allowing more vendors to sell their products on the beach using pushcarts.
One vendor was allowed to do so last year, as an expansion of a contract it already had to sell concessions in the old Coast Guard station parking area, as a trial run.
Under the proposal, a maximum of three vendors would be allowed on East Beach. One would be restricted to the beach around Massengale Park, between Cedar Street and Driftwood Drive. Another would only be allowed to sell from Driftwood Drive to 16th Street, and a third would be able to sell their products from 16th Street to Cedar Street. One vendor could hold more than one beach concessions contract.
Commissioners are also expected to make appointments to the SPLOST oversight committee and consider a road abandonment application for a length of county right of way in the East Beach neighborhood.
The Glynn County Commission’s next meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday in the Old Glynn County Courthouse, 701 G St. in Brunswick.