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County denies signage change
A request for a sign variance was denied at Thursday's Glynn County Commission meeting.

Jacob Melton, owner of JJ Tires, made the request for his business at 233 Candler Drive in the Southport area, north of Exit 29 off Interstate 95.

Melton told commissioners he wanted the variance for a 50-foot sign because other businesses were slated for construction near his business.

He said potential customers would have a difficult time finding him.

The county's sign ordinance prohibits signs taller than 35 feet without a variance.

"I just feel like I'm not asking for anything unreasonable," Melton said.

Commissioners unanimously rejected the request, saying Melton's business location was a self-imposed hardship.

In other business, commissioners unanimously approved an extension of an agreement with Motorola to service the public safety communications system.

They also approved the purchase of 700 megahertz radios to upgrade the 911 radio system. The radios will cost more than $496,000, with $397,326 paid through a 2011 firefighters grant.

The balance will be paid through the county's general fund balance and by the city of Brunswick.

Commissioners unanimously approved paying $536,000 for property and liability coverage, as well as flood insurance. The rate increase of $36,800 over last year is less than they expected to pay.

Also approved by commissioners was a proposal for a county energy analysis to determine potential savings for the county.

"I think this is an area we should look at," Glynn County Administrator Alan Ours said.

A proposal to run fiber optic cable from the Howard Pate Building to the county Public Works Department was approved unanimously.

The cost will not exceed $105,000 and will enable high-speed communications to the new jail once construction is completed.



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