The Glynn County Finance Committee is scheduled to meet Friday to consider recommending, among other things, the Glynn County Commission bypass the normal bidding process to hire an engineering firm specializing in coastal management.

According to a county memo, the county is looking for a firm to help it figure how to most efficiently spend a $2.5 million grant from the state Department of Community Affairs — awarded through the OneGeorgia Authority — for beach restoration projects.

The grant can be used for a number of things, including studies; planning, consulting or engineering activities; construction and reconstruction of beaches and dunes, including dredging and placement of sand; installation of rock revetments and “other activities deemed appropriate” by the authority, according to the memo.

County staff want to use a special services exemption to bypass the normal bidding process, stating in the memo the need for a firm with “highly specialized design acumen that a successful beach restoration project will require in order to make the most of the allotted grant funding,” and noting the time frame the county has to use the grant. The grant expires on April 30, 2020.

County officials originally spoke to the News about the grant in February. Glynn County Commissioners met with state government officials following Hurricane Irma, and learned of Gov. Nathan Deal’s intention to set aside $10 million in grants for beach restoration.

Deal signed a bill in March officially allocating the money. Tybee Island received $5 million, while the Jekyll Island Authority and Glynn County received $2.5 million each.

The committee is also expected to consider making a recommendation on $696,705 in spending on the county’s planned Pier Village drainage project. Funding will come from Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax 2016.

County staff members have previously stated the project to improve stormwater flow and retention capacity is planned to start after the Georgia-Florida football game weekend.

It will involve tearing up asphalt, gutters and sidewalks on Mallery Street, Beachview Drive, Kings Way and Oglethorpe, Butler and Lord avenues. Some stormwater drainage pipes under Mallery Street, Beachview Drive and Lord, Oglethorpe and Butler avenues will be replaced with larger pipes.

Temporary closures of roads, sidewalks and parking spaces are expected until the project in complete, estimated to be sometime in March.

Other items on the agenda include $197,485 in spending on improvements to Sea Island Road at its intersection with Hamilton Road and Hamilton Landing Road, $256,185 in spending on furniture for the Brunswick-Glynn County Library and a donation of a Belgian Malinois puppy the Glynn County Police Department would train to be a K9 police dog.

The meeting is scheduled for 10 a.m. Friday on the second floor of the Harold Pate Building, 1725 Reynolds St. in Brunswick.

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