Glynn County commissioners approved design work at their Thursday meeting for two roundabouts and one potential roundabout on St. Simons Island.
Two roundabouts are planned for the intersections of East Beach Causeway at Demere Road and East Beach Causeway at Ocean Boulevard, the designs for which will be drawn up by EMC Engineering Services of Savannah. County commissioners approved $163,000 in spending on the two designs.
Another contractor, Southeastern Engineering of Marietta, will draw up designs using a roundabout and another set of designs simply improving the current configuration at the intersection of Kings Way at Frederica Road for $84,900.
Commissioner Peter Murphy, representing St. Simons, Jekyll and Sea islands, said a one-lane roundabout was recommended for the Kings Way and Frederica intersection, but it may not be sufficient to handle the traffic. On the other hand, a two lane roundabout may be too expensive or not otherwise not feasible.
In that case, the intersection’s traffic issues may be alleviated in the short term by adding new lanes and changing the traffic light’s cycle, said county Public Works Director Dave Austin.
Both items were approved 6-1, Commissioner Bob Coleman voting against in both cases.
Coleman said he believed another St. Simons Island traffic study should be conducted to determine if the roundabout were really necessary. Once they were built, islanders would have to live with them whether they liked them or not, he said.
Commissioners also unanimously approved allowing two new concession contracts for East Beach to be put out to bid. Glynn County Finance Committee members unanimously recommended approval at their meeting last week.
Sunset Slush was allowed to sell Italian ice from a push cart last year as an addition to a contract it already had to sell concessions at the old Coast Guard station parking area.
Lisa Gurganus, Glynn County Recreation and Parks manager, said the vendor did well, and “was very helpful in keeping (the beach) clean.” As a result, commissioners were open to allowing more vendors to sell on the beach.
At most, three vendors may be pushing carts on East Beach. For the purpose of concessions, the beach was divided into three quadrants: between Cedar Street and Driftwood Drive, between Driftwood Drive and 16th Street and from 16th Street to Cedar Street.
One vendor could hold more than one contract, meaning there may be fewer individual vendors present, Murphy noted.
In other business, commissioners denied the abandonment of a section of alleyway in the East Beach neighborhood, approved paying financial firm BatesCarter an additional $25,000 for its forensic audit of the Glynn County Clerk of Superior Court’s office and approved a $105,000 change order for a ditch crossing and drainage outfall project on U.S. Highway 17.
Commissioners Allen Booker and Coleman appointed Mary Harris and Jane Fraser, respectively, to serve in two vacant seats on the Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2016 Citizens’ Oversight Committee.
The next meeting of the Glynn County Commission is scheduled for 6 p.m. March 1 in the Old Glynn County Courthouse, 701 G St. in Brunswick.
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