Power shortage interrupts county commission meeting

August 19 – It was a dark and stormy evening when Thursday’s meeting of the Glynn County Commission was interrupted by a power outage at the Old Glynn County Courthouse.

Thunder rumbled and rain fell during the 6 p.m. meeting, apparently causing a shortage in a switch near the back of the building around 6.21 p.m., Commissioner Bill Brunson told The News after the shutdown. the meeting.

During a hearing on a waiver request, Brunson noticed a smell coming from one of the rooms behind the commission dais. Acting Commission Chairman Wayne Neal interrupted the meeting and asked attendees to go to the first floor.

Firefighters were called and the meeting was officially called off on the advice of acting county fire chief Vinnie DiCristofalo, county attorney Aaron Mumford said.

Only three public zoning and land-use planning hearings remained on the agenda.

New public hearings will have to be announced 15 days in advance to meet legal requirements, said community development director Pamela Thompson. They might not appear at the next committee meeting on September 1.

Commissioners approved five points on a consent program, including a funding agreement with the Safe Harbor Children’s Center using America Rescue Plan Act dollars. They also agreed to issue a request for proposals for the design of East Beach lifeguard towers, a reduction in funding for the Georgia Coastal Region Community Action Authority due to staffing shortages and related setbacks. to COVID and a contract allowing the Glynn County Police Department to use the former Glynn County. Animal Control Shelter on US 17 as a training facility.

The meeting was interrupted during a hearing on a request to overturn a decision of the County Zoning Appeals Board. The council had refused a waiver request for a terrace at 111 Hamilton Street, which encroaches on the side and rear development setbacks.

The bridge was already built when the application for a waiver was filed, said community development manager Pam Thompson.

Jeff Carter, speaking on behalf of owner Amie Carter, explained that they don’t believe they need county approval for the project. He said it wasn’t a simple violation of local code. A lot of thought has gone into its design. Carter said soil compaction is one of the biggest urban tree killers. As such, the bridge rests on the ground about six inches away, allowing air and water to reach the roots of the tree.

“I hope you can see that our intentions were sincere,” Carter said. “…Otherwise we would have put cobblestones in the ground and moved forward.”

Neighboring resident Stan Kyker spoke in opposition, but was cut off when the second-floor meeting room had to be vacated.

Commissioners were unable to rule on a request to rezone 27 acres of land at 2662 US 17 to allow for residential development, a request to abandon a section of lane in the St. Simons Heights neighborhood and the election of a new vice-president.