City defers water board issue
By MEGHAN PITTMAN
The Brunswick News
City commissioners deferred action on proposed changes to the Joint Water and Sewer Commission Wednesday, saying they've been too occupied by events over the past week to discuss the issue.
Events commissioners were referring to during their regularly scheduled meeting at old City Hall stemmed from the Jan. 26 arrest and incarceration of City Commissioner James Brooks.
Brooks, one of five members of the city commission, remains jailed in the Camden County Detention Center on a single count of bribery.
The four commissioners continue to debate the proposed amendment to the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water Sewer Commission that would change the composition of the utility board.
"In light of recent events I feel like we're not prepared to move to vote on this amendment," said Mayor Bryan Thompson. "We really haven't had time to discuss and really decide what's best."
The city was supposed to discuss in detail the amendment, which calls for reducing the number of city and county commissioners on the board of the JWSC to one apiece.
The board would increase from five to seven members, with five being residents.
The county has already adopted the amendment and is waiting on city approval so it can be submitted to the Georgia General Assembly. The utility board was created by a legislative act.
The commission will revisit the amendment and vote on it at its next meeting, which will be Feb. 15.
In other business, the commission:
* Discussed potential restrictions on the issuance of permits that would allow residents to block neighborhood streets for certain events. The commission plans to vote on restrictions at the next commission meeting.
* Approved Woody Woodside, Vincent Williams and Michael Puestow for consideration to fill a position on the Glynn Brunswick Memorial Hospital Authority. Woodside currently serves on the hospital board.
* Approved a contract with Douglas Neal, a St. Simons Island architect, to provide the design and engineering for the proposed expansion and renovation of the Brunswick Police Department for $81,000. The amount is 6 percent of the construction cost.
* Approved unanimously payment on an invoice for $53,000 for work on the Fourth Street Landfill.