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JWSC discusses options for headquarters
The Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission entered its fourth year of trying to decide where to place its headquarters with a closed-door meeting Wednesday to update new members on the options.

The objective of the meeting was to let the utility board, which seated new members Thomas A. Boland Sr. and David H. Ford Jan. 8, know what is available and possibly get an idea of what the next move will be, said Dale Provenzano, chairman of the board and a Glynn County commissioner.

Under Georgia law, a public body such as the utility commission, can only meet privately on real estate matters if it is to authorize negotiations to buy, sell or lease property; authorize an appraisal to buy or sell property; enter a contract to buy, sell or lease property before approval in a later public meeting; or to enter into an option to buy, sell or lease property before approval in later public vote.

The meeting Wednesday took no action in any of those areas in which a meeting that excludes the public is allowed.

"We just want to inform the commission on the properties and get some direction on where to go," Provenzano said. "I'm hoping we can get a consensus soon, because this has to be done."

Provenzano said options not previously discussed publicly were talked about during the meeting.

The saga of the homeless utility began in late 2010, when the water and sewer commission purchased the abandoned Days Inn motel site at Gloucester Street near U.S. 17 in Brunswick, had it cleared and announced plans for a headquarters and office park.

That site remains vacant as the commission subsequently discussed other locations, including its rented headquarters at 700 Gloucester St., Brunswick, and Glynn County government office space at 1815 Gloucester St.

Stephen Swan, a St. Simons Island resident and former president of Seaboard Construction Co. whom the commission wants to hire as executive director, did not attend the meeting because his contract is being negotiated and he is not yet an employee.

Swan, 51, signed an acceptance letter Friday to fill the position left vacant by Keith Morgan, whose eight-year contract expired Dec. 31 and was not renewed.

Morgan was paid an annual salary of $80,000. The board has not said what it plans to pay Swan.

* Reporter Martin Rand III covers local news. Contact him at mrand@thebrunswicknews.com or at 265-8320, ext. 324.



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