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Utility candidates give board input
Candidates seeking election to Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission urged members of the utility board to delay action on major projects until new members are seated in January.

Candidates appeared at the utility board's meeting Thursday and addressed it during the public comment period.

"I urge you to, in light of timing, to put off any significant decisions concerning significant amounts of money until the new commission sits," said Charles Lamkin, a candidate for the Post 2 seat.

Major financial decisions he and others referred to concerned the construction of a new administration building and the purchase of a new software system.

Despite the pleas of candidates, the utility board decided to move forward with the development of architectural plans for the new administrative building at the site of an old Days Inn hotel on Gloucester Street.

That riled Sandy Dean, another candidate for utility board's Post 2 seat.

"Going forward with the building should not be done until January," Dean said. "Three (citizen members) will have expertise, and two (citizen members) will at least have common sense, which is something the board lacks right now."

Candidates attending the meeting were particularly baffled by the $200,000 it will cost for a new software system.

"I want to learn a little bit more about the new software, who it comes from and why we aren't looking for a cheaper price," said Tom Crankshaw, another candidate for the Post 2 seat.

"Let's hold off on the big expenditures and let the new board decide on it."

While utility board chair Clyde Taylor and board members Cornell Harvey and Bob Coleman abstained from commenting on the decision concerning the site of an administrative building, they voted to defer the purchase of new software until the new board is seated in January.

"It'll be a good project for (the new board) to get their arms around, to make suggestions and contribute to the decision making process," Taylor said. "Let's give the new group an opportunity to feel like they are useful and serving as a function on this board."

Robert Ussery of contracted Ussery-Rule Architects presented a preliminary site plan for the now vacant property - the site of the former Day's Inn on Gloucester Street - to the board.

The utility board entered into a contract with Ussery-Rule Architects to design the building in July.

"We started to lay this out, and we came up with putting the building on the corner of Macon Avenue and Gloucester Street," Ussery said. "Everyone felt like this was a gateway entrance to Brunswick and would be important to the site, and we're trying to make a statement."

Current plans call for a 12,000 square foot administrative building and 72 parking spots, leaving 1.1 acres to lease or sale, Ussery said.

Board candidates

At Large Post 1

Robert Bowen

Robert W. "Bob" Brown

Danny Hickey

Ronnie Perry

Bruce Pobanz

At Large Post 2

Clifford Adams

Jacqueline Branch-Pobanz

Tom Crankshaw

Sandy Dean

Charles Lamkin

George F. Metz

Daniel Parshley

J. Chet Rozier

John A. Terris Sr.

Jimmy Wilson



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