The Glynn County Commission will vote on whether or not to nearly double the amount being paid to Ceres Environmental to pick up debris left in Hurricane Matthew’s wake at its meeting on Thursday, among other things.
Both the agenda from the commission’s canceled Oct. 6 meeting and the agenda planned for this meeting will be combined so they don’t have to reschedule the canceled meeting.
To have Ceres begin working immediately, the commission approved $2.25 million for debris removal and disposal services. According to county officials, the initial amount was a number staff used as a placeholder until the full price could be assessed. Ceres is likely to present an estimate of $4,433,100 to the commission at the meeting.
The county’s initial projections for the cost were based on damage inflicted by Tropical Storm Hermine, which was much less severe. The contract includes grinding some debris, hauling some out of the county and taking care of hanging limbs.
One thing that made a difference in the price is grinding. Because of the sheer volume of debris left by the hurricane Ceres will not be burning it as it did after Hermine, which is cheaper but takes longer.
Further discussion will be held on debris pickup in gated neighborhoods. At a special called meeting on Oct. 13 the commission directed county staff to begin consulting with the Federal Emergency Management Agency on what they needed to do to proceed.
Commissioners will also consider a land swap deal with 82 and Spark Four, two companies that own property adjacent to Canal Road. The county is considering swapping landlocked property along the old Brunswick Altamaha Canal in exchange for the Canal Road properties.
Commission chairman Richard Strickland said the county wants the land because it plans to widen the rest of Canal Road between the site of the under-construction Canal Crossing Shopping Center and Glynco Parkway.
According Strickland, the property the county is receiving is more valuable than what it is giving up, and the commission saw this as a way to save money as it was planning on buying the land anyway.
Commissioners will also consider increasing the Glynn County Sheriff’s Office 2016 budget by $658,554, signing a contract with Witt O’Brien for hurricane consulting and recovery services and amending the alcohol ordinance to introduce exceptions to the required distance between lounges and residential areas among other areas.
The commission meeting will begin at 6 p.m. Thursday, in the Old Glynn County Courthouse, 701 G St. in Brunswick.