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New utility board to decide headquarters
The Brunswick Glynn County Joint Water Sewer Commission will let the new board that will be seated in January decide where to put its headquarters.

The current board did not even discuss the aspects of a location at its last regularly scheduled meeting of the year Thursday, even after hearing property owner Brady Turner appeal to it once again during public comment. Turner is trying to sell the utility board the second floor of the old Royal Hotel property on Newcastle Street for just under $3 million.

"I come to you concerned about the city. I think this will help keep people downtown," Turner said. "You can be all moved in four months."

The utility board has been mulling over building opportunities for months while gathering design and construction plans for the old Days Inn property on Gloucester Street, near the intersection of U.S. 17. The utility purchased the property and razed the motel there in 2010 for around $850,000.

It will continue to rent space at the old Barnett Bank building on Gloucester Street in the meantime.

Chairman and Glynn County Commissioner Clyde Taylor said he would recommend the new board consider and look at the Royal Hotel property as well as the South Coast Bank property, on the corner of Newcastle and Gloucester streets, when it takes up the issue.

Sandy Dean, a newly elected citizen representative who was present at the meeting Thursday, said she expects the new seven-member board will take up the issue in January.

"I think it will come up next meeting," Dean said. "I think that the group coming up will be able to handle it."

The new board will retain two of the current board's five members. Georgia Power Regional Manager Tony Sammons was reappointed by the Glynn County grand jury, and City Commissioner James Brooks was reappointed by the city.

The utility board will meet again in January.

The new board, in addition to Dean, Sammons and Brooks, will include Ronnie Perry, Don Elliot and George Dupuy. The county has yet to appoint a representative to become the seventh member of the board.

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