Commission Meeting Minutes Thursday, July 11, 2019

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Commission Meeting Minutes 7-11-19 with Attachments

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Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission

1703 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520

Thursday, July 11, 2019 at 2:00 PM 

COMMISSION MINUTES 

PRESENT:                             

G. Ben Turnipseed, Chairman

Donald Elliott, Commissioner

Tripp Stephens, Commissioner

Cornell L. Harvey, Commissioner

Wayne Neal, Commissioner

Bob Duncan, Commissioner 

ALSO PRESENT:                 

Andrew Burroughs, Interim Executive Director

Charlie Dorminy, Legal Counsel HBS

Todd Kline, Director of Engineering

Pam Crosby, Director of Procurement

John D. Donaghy, Director of Finance

Jay Sellers, Director of Administration

Janice Meridith, Exec. Commission Administrator

 ABSENT:                               

Steve Copeland, Vice-Chairman

MEDIA PRESENT:               

Taylor Cooper, The Brunswick News

Pamela Permar Shierling, The Islander

Chairman Turnipseed called the meeting to order at 2:00 PM.

Chairman Turnipseed provided the invocation and Commissioner Harvey led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Chairman Turnipseed opened the public comment period.

There being no citizens for public comment, Chairman Turnipseed closed the public comment period. 

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION – C. Harvey / T. Kline/C. Barnhart

Retirement Presentation

            Richard Gary – Retirement 31 Years of Service     

Commissioner Harvey presented Richard Gary with a retirement plaque recognizing Mr. Gary’s 31 years of service to the community.  Commissioner Harvey complimented Mr. Gary on his efforts and on his excellent and professional manner in which he has served the public and the utility.  Director of Engineering Todd Kline and Cindy Barnhart from Teamwork Services were alongside to congratulate Mr. Gary and wish him well.

 Commissioner Neal requested to also recognize Richard Gary from a member of the public’s perspective and thanked him for all of the years that Mr. Gary worked with him on various projects.  Commissioner Neal complimented Mr. Gary for his pleasant and exceptional manner in which he worked with him. 

EMPLOYEE RECOGNITION – C. Harvey/ C. Barnhart

Certificate Presentations

Jonathan Victor Lai – Water Laboratory Analyst

Christopher Robin Barber – Water Distribution Operator

William Robert Carroll, Jr. – Water Distribution Operator

Randall Steven Fones, Jr. – Water Distribution Operator

Patrick Magpayo Limano – Water Distribution Operator

Austin Tyler Pennington – Water Distribution Operator

Jeffrey Eugene Tailer – Water Distribution Operator

Richard Ellis Zettler – Water Distribution Operator

Willie James Walker, Jr. – Wastewater Operator Class 3

Commissioner Harvey presented nine JWSC staff members with their certificates for recently earned certifications and licensing.  He expressed the Commission’s appreciation for their efforts and hard work.  Cindy Barnhart from Teamwork Services, Director of Engineering Todd Kline, Superintendent Donnie Bankston and Superintendent Derrick Simmons were alongside to offer their congratulations to these gentlemen for their continued efforts and success in earning their certifications.  

COMMITTEE UPDATES

Facilities Committee – Chairman Turnipseed

Chairman Turnipseed stated that the Facilities Committee had met earlier that same day and discussed an easement approval, the Altama Avenue Sewer Rehab Project, the Pump Station 4105 Basin Expansion, the Academy Creek roof repair and surplus equipment.  All of which were approval items.  Discussion included the Study on Unserved Areas, Odor Control Study, Meter RFI, and the Project Report.

Legislative Committee – Commissioner Harvey

Commissioner Harvey advised that the Legislative Committee had met earlier that same morning.  Discussion included the Grand Jury Selection Process and timeline.  Various suggested changes to the County Ordinances were also discussed and after future revisions will be presented to the full Commission for approval to be forwarded to the County.

APPROVAL

  1. Minutes from the June 20, 2019 Regular Commission Meeting

Commissioner Elliott made a motion seconded by Commissioner Harvey to approve the minutes from the June 20, 2019 Regular Commission Meeting.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  (Commissioner Copeland was absent for the vote.)

Chairman Turnipseed requested a motion to excuse Commissioner Copeland from the meeting due to being out of town.

Commissioner Stephens made a motion seconded by Commissioner Harvey to excuse Commissioner Copeland from the meeting.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  (Commissioner Copeland was absent for the vote.)

2.  Scarlett Federal Building, Old Easement Abandonment, New Easement Acceptance, and Grant of Encroachment – C. Dorminy

Commissioner Duncan made a motion seconded by Commissioner Harvey to move that the JWSC approve the Scarlett Federal Building Easement Abandonment and Easement, and approve the subsequent Encroachment Agreement, and authorize the Chairman to execute the same.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  (Commissioner Copeland was absent for the vote.)

  1. Leak Adjustment – A. Burroughs

Andrew Burroughs advised that the Ordinances require for all leak adjustments in excess of $2,000 be brought before the Commission for approval.  After some discussion between the Commissioners and Mr. Burroughs regarding the details for the leak adjustment a motion was made.

Commissioner Duncan made a motion seconded by Commissioner Neal to move that the Brunswick- Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission approve a leak adjustment to the account of Dianne Smoot in the amount of $2,196.30 as described in the attachments.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  (Commissioner Copeland was absent for the vote.) 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S UPDATE

Mr. Burroughs reported that the GAWP Conference would be held in Savannah on the following week and that he and Mr. Kline would be attending.  He advised that pre-proposal meetings for the Brunswick Smoke Testing Project and for the Manhole Rehab Project will be held in the next week.  Mr. Burroughs noted that the public notice for the GEFA Loan is posted until August 1st and goes to the board on August 2nd.   The kickoff meeting for the SPLOST North Mainland Project will be held on July 23rd and work should begin August 1.

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE

Chairman Turnipseed advised that a gentleman came in for public comment during the Legislative Committee Meeting and spoke on how well Customer Service had helped him with a leak adjustment in the past.  Chairman Turnipseed also read a comment from Facebook where Customer Service was complimented for the good service they provided.  The Chairman commended the staff at JWSC.

Commissioner Neal also expressed his appreciation and commended the JWSC staff as well. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Property and Personnel

Commissioner Stephens made a motion seconded by Commissioner Harvey to adjourn into Executive Session to discuss Property and Personnel with no vote to be taken.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  (Commissioner Copeland was absent for the vote.) 

Return to Regular Session

Commissioner Stephens made a motion seconded by Commissioner Neal to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  (Commissioner Copeland was absent for the vote.)

Chairman Turnipseed requested a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Commissioner Stephens made a motion seconded by Commissioner Harvey to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried 6-0-1.  (Commissioner Copeland was absent for the vote.)

 

 

There being no additional business to bring before the Commission, Chairman Turnipseed adjourned the meeting at 3:25 p.m.