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Decisions remain for utility board
Realtor Ronnie Perry has reason to be pleased with how the election for Post 1 seat on Joint Water and Sewer Commission turned out Tuesday. In a race with four candidates on the ballot, Perry won the contest straight out, without the need for a runoff after receiving more than 56 percent of the vote.

"I appreciate all who took the time to vote and I wish that everyone that ran could serve," Perry said Wednesday.

He said the number of people who wanted to be on the board reflected just how badly the utility board needs a new direction.

"I hope to be able to help make positive changes and work with everyone to provide a better service," Perry said. "It certainly is a new challenge and there is room for improvement."

Perry will take his seat on the new seven-member board at the first meeting in January.

Who will sit in the Post 2 seat is still to be determined after the 10-candidate race ended in a runoff following 12 hours of balloting.

The two candidates advancing to a Dec. 4 run off are Sandy Dean and Clifford Adams.

Dean, who received 20 percent of the vote, the largest number of ballots cast in that race, said she's excited about the opportunity to serve on the utility board.

Dean plans to reach out to the public through phone calls and appearances and hopes to get a town hall organized.

"I'm excited. You know you have to do what you can," Dean said. "I'd like to have a town hall type event to bring people out and have them tell me what's wrong and tell me their concerns."

Hearing from the public will help the utility board, she added.

"You have to reach out to the public," Dean said. "It's just a matter of getting people to come out and vote again. There's some concern. We need people willing to question things."

Adams, capturing just over 15 percent of the votes cast Tuesday, said he is excited to have another opportunity to be elected. This time, however, he knows he needs to get recognized.

"We're looking at what money we have and we've had people call and say they are going to donate to us or have signs made," Adams said. "I'm excited about it."

Three other citizen members will be appointed to the board by the Glynn County grand jury next week.

The grand jury had narrowed down dozens of applicants to eight and interviewed them in meetings in October. Applicants interviewed were Paul Fisher, Dean Dodgen, Donald Elliot, Darrell Crosby, Tony Sammons, Lawrence Rogers, York Phillips and George Dupuy. Sammons has served on the utility board since its creation.

A public meeting where the grand jury will name the final selections will be held at 10 a.m. Wednesday in the grand jury meeting room on the second floor of the Glynn County Courthouse.

The five citizens will be joined by one city commissioner and one county commissioner. Each commission will choose its own representative.

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