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County reorganizes at work session
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By Matthew J. Permar
In a rather hotly argued case and on a narrow 4-3 vote, the Glynn County Commission agreed to re-organize the local government during their Tuesday, June 2 work session.
It’s also worth noting that the commission rarely takes action at work sessions. Binding votes are usually taken during regular meetings.
In his comments, County Administrator Alan Ours said the changes were recommended by the strategic planning committee.
The basic changes to the county government are as follows:
• The county administrator position will become a county manager.
Explaining, Ours said an administrator does not have the same authority as a manager. He said that he gets his authority as Glynn’s administrator from various ordinances, but he said, “I don’t actually have the authority to hire and fire department heads.”
Ours said this action would establish him as county manager and officially spell out his duties.
SSI tree canopy: how much is too little?
When it comes to the tree canopy the prevailing notion for St. Simons Island seems to be the more tree canopy the better.
Members of the Glynn County tree ordinance review committee met last week to discuss a draft for a revised tree ordinance. The committee is an ad hoc committee created by the Glynn County Commission to rewrite the tree ordinance.
Will Worley, Assistant County Attorney, who is on the committee, commented on the draft ordinance.
“The Board of Commissioners does not support that comprehensive of a re-write (of the current tree ordinance). We need to be careful that this draft ordinance is not our starting point,” he said.
The draft ordinance presented during the meeting included requirements for tree removal permits; minimum tree density requirements; tree survey and inventory; tree conservation standards; tree damage; tree replanting standards; tree removal compliance standards; and fines of $500, $750, and $900.
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