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Utility pushes board appointment option

4/6/2012

By MEGHAN PITTMAN
The Brunswick News

The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission is taking a stand on House Bill 1271, which will ask voters how, or even if, they want to change the composition of the now five-member board.

During a regularly scheduled meeting Thursday, the utility board agreed unanimously to publicly support Option No. 2 of the law, which would allow a grand jury to appoint the five citizen members.

Option No. 1 would allow the grand jury to appoint three. Residents would decide the other two at the ballot box.

The bill expands membership from five to seven members, with a city commissioner and county commissioner taking the other two posts.

The bill was passed by the Georgia House of Representatives and Senate last month during their legislative session.

Tony Sammons, a member of the utility board, recommended the board support the second option.

"There are many qualified people that would volunteer their services, but they won't go through the hassle of having to run a campaign," Sammons said.

Glynn County Commissioner Bob Coleman, also a member of the utility board, said electing members to the board is unnecessary.

"I don't see people stepping forward to have to be elected for this," he said. "We're just like any other board with appointed members."

In other business, the utility board:

* Said it will ask local marketing and public relations firms to make presentations to the board as a step toward hiring its own public information officer.

* Estimated it saved $1.5 million by dropping United Water Services.

* Was told by utility director Keith Morgan the odor control apparatus is up and running at the Academy Creek Wastewater Treatment Facility on U.S. 341 just north of downtown Brunswick.

Ballot measure

The referendum July 31 to overhaul the Brunswick and Glynn County Joint Water-Sewer Commission will be a two-part vote:

Question 1 will ask the voters to approve the changes to the commission.

Question 2 will ask voters to chose between two options on how member will be chosen for a reconstituted commission. Option 1 will allow a Glynn County grand jury to appoint three of the citizen representatives and for voters to elect the other two citizen representatives. Option 2 will allow the grand jury to appoint all five citizen representatives.

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Samons & Coleman

Samons is appointed, Coleman is elected. Coleman won't be reelected and Samons will be off the board in 18 months. The people are tired of seeing their bills rise and then having this group of miscreants propose hiring spin doctors and $40 thousand paint jobs for waste treatment facilities. Their job is to take care of the public and it would seem that little connection can be found between building a new office building so people can walk up and pay their bill (we have to mail our bills to Atlanta now, whats wrong with our post office), The fact is that the Joint Water and Sewer Authority has done nothing regarding our water and sewer needs in the last two years. They won't share their finances, and they seem to spend all their time on projects that do nothing to assure the public that they are about the peoples business.

Warnin

4/6/2012







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