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Dozens apply for utility seat appointments
Nearly three dozen applications have been submitted for appointed seats on the Brunswick Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission.

By the application deadline Monday, 32 residents had submitted their names for consideration, according to Glynn County Superior Court Clerk Lola Jamksy.

"I will hand these applications over to the grand jury," Jamsky said.

The grand jury will appoint three residents, who will join two other citizens who will be elected countywide in November. The new seven-member board will include one city commissioner and one county commissioner.

Jamsky declined to release the names of the 32 applicants until the grand jury has had a chance to review them.

Thomas Gash, grand jury foreman, said Monday that a grand jury subcommittee will sort through the applications after members meet Sept. 26.

"We've only met once, so we haven't really discussed how to move forward," Gash said.

Final selections must be done in public.

The high number of applicants is either a good or a bad thing, said utility board chair Clyde Taylor, a county commissioner.

"It shows a lot of interest," Taylor said. "I hope that they are coming to the JWSC with good intentions."

Taylor said the utility board plans to ask to meet with the grand jury to explain what a member on the utility board does and to answer any questions they might have about the process.

"Just to help them understand a little more about what qualifications might be useful, it would be nice to talk about the process of appointing," he said.

The three grand jury appointments must be made by Nov. 27.

The remaining two citizen seats will be decided in the Nov. 6 election by Glynn County voters.

The new board will be seated Jan. 1.

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