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Utility board to consider property
The Joint Water and Sewer Commission agreed during its meeting Thursday to consider one more property even after deciding weeks ago to build its headquarters on property it purchased in 2010 on Gloucester Street near U.S. 17.

The utility board said it will consider occupying the vacant Coastal Regional Commission office building at the end of F Street, on the city's waterfront adjacent to Mary Ross Waterfront Park.

The now vacant property was presented by local Realtors Fred Freyer and Don Wright, who said the utility board could buy or lease the facility.

It would mark the third site the utility board will have looked at since spending $850,000 on the purchase and demolition of the Days Inn on Gloucester Street, where it initially had decided to build its base.

Utility Board Chair and County Commissioner Clyde Taylor said the board would need more information on the asking price before deciding anything.

"We'll have to think about it and sleep on it," Taylor said. "Bring us back some numbers, and we'll talk again."

The 10,516 square feet of property includes an annex building and 47 parking spaces, Freyer said. Additionally, four adjoining lots are for sale, and additional parking is available.

Freyer even offered to help the utility board market the Gloucester Street property if it purchases the F Street building.

"We believe we can market that property for you easily," Freyer said.

City Commissioner and utility board member James Brooks was absent from the meeting, as was Glynn County Commissioner Bob Coleman, who has resigned from the board. Present, in addition to Taylor, were City Commissioner and board member Cornell Harvey and Tony Sammons.

On an unrelated matter, the three members of the utility board present unanimously supported a vote of confidence in their staff and legal counsel.

"I think they have done a first class job and I thank them," Taylor said.

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