Local News

2/17/2012

County OKs utility resolution

By MEGHAN PITTMAN

The Brunswick News

The Glynn County Commission joined the Brunswick Commission in approving a resolution endorsing changes to the Joint Water and Sewer Commission.

In a 6-1 vote at Thursday's meeting, with Commissioner Bob Coleman casting the only dissenting vote, the commission approved the resolution that would reduce the number of elected officials to one each from the city and county and add five citizen representatives. A citizen representative from both the city and the county would join three at-large qualified citizen representatives.

Voting for the amendment were Glynn County Commission Chair Richard Strickland and Commissioners Tom Sublett, Mary Hunt, Amy Callaway, Clyde Taylor and Jerome Clark.

Taylor, who chairs the utility board, presented the resolution to the commission.

"We need to bring to the board a level of expertise that would improve our ability and efficiency," Taylor said.

Members of the utility board - which would grow to seven from five - would also receive a $500 a month stipend.

"This stipend is to encourage the most qualified members in the community to come forth and submit their applications for the job," said Taylor.

The changes can now be introduced in the Georgia General Assembly by the local state delegation. Brunswick and Glynn County residents will vote on the amendments if approved by the legislature.

In other business, the county:

* Approved a contract with the Department of Corrections for inmate labor for $21,000 for the remainder of the fiscal year.

* Approved a bid of $293,988 to Miracle Recreation Equipment Co. for two playground systems and installation with funding to come from SPLOST 4.

* Accepted the design of a sewer line extension and approved a contract amendment with IPG for $87,300, plus $3,200 per lift station if required, to be funded by SPLOST 5 proceeds. The line is needed for the new jail.