Glynn County Commissioner Peter Murphy plans to update the public on several ongoing St. Simons Island issues this week at a town hall.
Murphy has made a point of holding quarterly town halls over the last two years to provide updates on local issues and to get feedback. The town halls usually start with a presentation to bring attendees up to speed before the floor is opened for questions.
“Basically it’s just a quarterly update like we’ve done in the past,” Murphy said. “... The format has worked well in the past.”
This time around, he’s looking to talk about special-purpose, local-option sales tax projects, potential regulations on golf carts and vacation rentals, a $2.5 million beach restoration grant from the state and historic trees in Neptune Park, among other things.
“It’s going to be an update again on the SPLOST projects. I’ll talk about where we stand on the drainage projects in the village, the efforts we’ve made to inform the merchants and having a project engineer on-site to answer questions,” Murphy said.
Along with the Pier Village drainage project, which was slated to start today, the county plans to start milling and paving Frederica Road from Kings Way to a point around Thrive at Frederica sometime in the next few months.
“Another thing that’s going to be a real contentious issue is where we stand regarding a toll on the causeway,” Murphy said. “Got that on hopefully for the (county commission) work session this month.”
The county commission is still working on its plan to preserve two historic trees in Neptune Park
“We’re going to have to have an update on the trees in Neptune Park, where we stand on that and the picnic area,” Murphy said. “The opinion is we need to fence them off, we need to get people out from under them … That’s going to take a landscape architect looking at that, trying to decide where to put a (new) picnic area.”
County officials have been toying with the idea of regulating golf carts specifically on St. Simons Island. Before that, Murphy said the county will need to change its ordinances to match the state’s. A problem that arises here is that state law falls short when it comes to seat belt and child seats, he said.
“The state law stipulates you have to have seat belts and child seats, but not that you have to use them,” Murphy said.
Ticketing someone for not using them would likely do no good, but he said the commission has been talking with the county’s state legislature delegation about strengthening state law.
“All these things other than the SPLOST projects are under review. We can’t get anything done in an expedition manner, and it kills me,” Murphy said. “... I wish I could say we’re nearing the end with any of these things, but we’re not.”
The town hall is scheduled for 6 p.m. Wednesday in Sea Palms Resorts’ ballroom, 515 N. Windward Drive on St. Simons Island.