The Glynn County Commission is expected to discuss on Tuesday allowing elected officials to participate in the county’s pension plan.
“We have some constitutional officers who aren’t county employees but are elected officials who have a retirement plan through the state. Some of them want to get on (the county’s pension) because they think it’s a better deal, I guess,” said county commission Chairman Bill Brunson.
Several elected county officials had signed a letter making the request, including the Glynn County Solicitor General, Sheriff, Tax Commissioner and state and magistrate court judges, he said.
As of Friday, Brunson said the county was still looking into it. Glynn County offers a defined benefit pension plan, which is more costly than most. The commission held multiple meetings to consider changing the plan but ultimately decided to stick with it.
“We’ve just got to get in and get all the facts. Each of these people have different circumstances, and it can get kind of complicated,” Brunson said. “... They have some legitimate issues and requests.”
He noted that elected officials aren’t county employees, and as such the commission can’t hire or fire them and does not control their pay.
In other business, the commission is scheduled to hear an update on a proposed veterans’ memorial park in downtown Brunswick.
Commissioner Mike Browning, a member of the veterans’ park committee, said no significant changes had been made to the plans since the committee’s last meeting.
“The whole purpose of the park is to honor those who served the country, and I think this will do as good a job of that as anywhere else,” Browning said.
Voters approved $1.5 million in special-purpose, local-option sales tax revenue for the project in 2016.
The park concept was a little over budget, but Browning said the $1.5 million from SPLOST 2016 will be enough to construct a complete park. Some extra features may need to be added later when more funding is available.
“I’m optimistic we can get this park completed with a million and a half dollars in 2019,” Browning said. “If something comes up, maybe 2020. Looking at this, I think we can have it up and ready to go later in the year 2019.”
The commission is also expected to hear an update on a structural analysis of the Glynn County Police Department’s headquarters.
The county believes the building can withstand up to a Category 3 hurricane, said Commissioner Richard Strickland, but there’s been some question of the building’s exact tolerances. This analysis will hopefully reveal that, he said.
An overview of the Glynn County Citizen’s Academy is also on the agenda.
The meeting is scheduled for 3 p.m. Tuesday on the second floor of the Harold Pate Building, 1725 Reynolds St. in Brunswick.