The Glynn County Commission made appointments to boards and committees it skipped over at its last meeting on Thursday.
Three seats were open for new appointments on both the Mainland and Islands planning commission.
Newly elected county Commissioner Wayne Neal, representing District 3, nominated Sherrye Gibbs to the MPC and Michael Torras for the IPC. The commission approved his nominations 7-0.
Fellow freshman Commissioner David O’Quinn nominated Missy Neu to the MPC and Samantha DiPolito to the IPC, both of which were approved 7-0.
Recently re-elected Commissioner Bill Brunson nominated former county District 3 county commissioner Richard Strickland to the MPC and nominated Joel Willis to a second term on the IPC. His fellow commissioners ratified both nominations 7-0.
With the resignation of IPC member Ed Meadows, county Commissioner Bob Coleman was left to pick a replacement to serve out Meadows’ two remaining years.
He nominated George Ragsdale, who was unanimously appointed.
As chairman of the county commission, it was up to Mike Browning to nominate his fellow commissioners to serve other board and committees.
He nominated O’Quinn to serve on the board of the Altamaha River Partnership, himself to site on the Brunswick Area Transportation Study committee and Coastal Regional Commission board, Brunson to the Glynn County Health Department's board of health, Allen Booker to the Community Development Advisory Board, Peter Murphy to the Tourism Bureau’s board and Neal to the Water Resources Protection Committee.
He appointed Murphy, Coleman and Neal to the county’s personnel and pension committees, naming Murphy as chairman of both.
At the commission’s Jan. 3 meeting, Browning nominated Booker, Murphy and David O’Quinn to serve on the finance committee. At the time and afterward, he said be may make some changes, and Thursday he replaced Murphy with Brunson.
Finally, he nominated Neal to serve in the county’s seat on the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission. The JWSC is governed by seven commissioners, three appointed by the county’s grand jury, two elected and one each appointed by the county and Brunswick City commissions.
In other business, the commission heard an update on its budget for the fiscal year 2018-2019, which began on July 1, 2018, and ends on June 30 of this year.
The county’s Community Development Department is a little over budget but if it continues at the same rate, it could end up as much as $800,000 over budget by the end of the fiscal year, said Finance Manager Tonya Miller.
That said, the county has yet to receive tax revenues for December, so the revenue portion of the budget is a month behind expenditures, she added.
The county is also behind in ambulance fee collection. Miller said they’ve been using a management company to collect fees for about a year. She said the county was behind on collections when the company took over, but she hoped they would have caught up by now.
Browning asked her to figure out exactly what was causing the two issues, which Miller said her department was already working on.
One person spoke during the public comment period at the beginning of the meeting, St. Simons Island resident Julian Smith.
He called on the county commission to give the IPC the sole authority to accept applications under its purview as complete, encourage or require it to hold public site walks and a public comment period at the beginning of its meetings, appoint three alternate planning commissioners to stand in for absences and to hold public hearings before ruling on appeals of site plan application denials.
Commissioners also voted to sign a letter of commitment to work with the city and local organizations on applying for Brownsfield assessment grant; deferred an alcohol license request from Barrel and Board Tasting Room on St. Simons Island to its next meeting; and approved the purchase of a fourth subscription to the Westlaw Online Research Services case law database at roughly $388 a month for the county attorney’s office, among other things.
The commission’s next meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7.