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Joint water utility to hold first meeting of the year
The new Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission will waste no time getting down to business at its first meeting on Thursday.

Shortly after the swearing-in ceremony at 2:30 p.m., the seven members will take up many issues, including the exploration of transitioning from a commission to an authority board.

Elected citizen representative Ronnie Perry will introduce the topic after talking with people in the community.

"I just want to explore what the benefits and the downsides are to it," Perry said. "Is there an advantage for us?"

In order to transition to an authority board, the local state legislators would have to enact a bill during their term for local legislation, or make a constitutional amendment.

"We're just starting to look at our possibilities," Perry said. "I don't know what we'll think about it, or what we'll do. I just wanted to explore how it works."

The first meeting will also address topics like the location of a new administration building, a name change and committee formation.

"I think something like a finance committee would make it easier on (the commission)," said elected citizen representative Sandy Dean. "Things like a (public relations) committee would be helpful, too."

Dean also said she was confident the new board would reach an understanding of where to locate its administrative offices.

"People on this board are willing to work together for the best of the community," Dean said.

Starting the year of meetings with a laundry list of items may seem presumptuous, but members say this is an effort to continue to keep the utility board informed as they start their terms.

"We have a lot of questions already," Perry said. "This will give us an opportunity to talk about things as it gets easier."

Gathering information will help the new crop of commissioners as they prepare to make decisions concerning a valuable commodity, Perry said.

"We need to do some things. Clean water and sewer are important to the community," Perry added. "We're excited about getting a lot of things done."

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