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County to weigh animal funds
The Glynn County Commission Finance Committee meeting that was canceled Tuesday, following the death of Commissioner Tom Sublett, has been rescheduled.

The meeting will be at 8:30 a.m. Monday with another county commissioner, yet to be named, chairing the meeting, said Commission Chairman Richard Strickland.

The committee was chaired by Sublett, who was found in the Frederica River Tuesday with a gunshot to the head.

The committee, which makes financial recommendations to the county commission, is scheduled to consider routine requests, such as approving a list of surplus items and adjustments to the general fund balance.

The one item that is likely to generate discussion is a request by Glynn County Police Chief Matt Doering for funding for expanded animal control services in the county.

Glynn County is preparing to take over animal control services in Brunswick as part of a Local Option Sales Tax agreement approved by the city and county in November.

Doering is asking the committee to recommend funding to hire two new animal control officers and purchase a service vehicle. If the request is approved, Doering said the county commission could vote on the request at Thursday's full commission meeting, slated for 6 p.m. at the old county courthouse, 701 G St., Brunswick.

Doering estimated it will cost $85,260 for salary, benefits, uniforms, training and equipment for two new employees. A new specialized animal control vehicle will cost about $41,000, he estimated.

Doering said there is no guarantee the finance committee will approve his request. It could choose to approve funding for one new officer, instead of two.

It's also possible finance committee members could choose not to hire any new employees or buy any new equipment and tell the existing staff it has added responsibilities.

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