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Weeks works to bring positive change
When the Brunswick City Commission votes and adjourns from its bi-monthly meeting, City Manager Bill Weeks' work is oftentimes just beginning.

As the city's top administrator, Weeks answers directly to the commission - all five members - and is responsible for making its ideas come to fruition while overseeing all aspects of the city's operations.

Those aspects include everything from public safety to customer service at City Hall.

It's a task some might find too intimidating.

"It's taking the vision of the commission and implementing it through the organization," Weeks said.

This year, he was tasked with privatizing the city's sanitation services - a move that will save the city a small fortune each year - and working with Glynn County leaders to evaluate the impact of a Local Option Sales Tax agreement that gave city athletic programs, traffic light maintenance and animal control to the county.

Weeks also is responsible for balancing the city's budget and keeping departments from exceeding their own spending plans.

Mayor Bryan Thompson said moving Brunswick and keeping the city on track requires teamwork and an open line of communication between the city manager and commission.

City commissioners have to stay in contact with city employees and pay close attention their recommendations, Thompson said.

"Occasionally we get an idea but usually what we do is facilitate the ideas and the direction the staff bring before us," Thompson said.

Both Weeks and Thompson say they are proud of the city's progress in 2012 and are hopeful that the long-term vision of continued economic growth becomes a reality.

"You have to see where you want to end up before you can start on your pathway to get there," Weeks said.

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