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Commission Meeting Minutes – Thursday, March 21, 2024

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Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission

1703 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520

Thursday, March 21, 2024 at 2:00 PM 

COMMISSION MINUTES 

PRESENT:                             

G. Ben Turnipseed, Chairman

Clayton Watson, Vice-Chairman

Charles Cook, Commissioner

Wayne Neal, Commissioner

Lance Sabbe, Commissioner

Chad Strickland, Commissioner

Dave Ford, Commissioner 

ALSO PRESENT:                  

Andrew Burroughs, Executive Director

Charles A. Dorminy, HBS Legal Counsel

LaDonnah Roberts, Deputy Executive Director

David Owens, Director of Finance

Todd Kline, Director of Engineering

Pam Crosby, Director of Procurement

Janice Meridith, Executive Commission Administrator 

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

Commissioner Neal provided the invocation and Commissioner Ford led the Pledge of Allegiance. 

PUBLIC COMMENT PERIOD

Chairman Turnipseed opened the public comment period.

  1. Penny Hennessy – Water Alerts
  2. Brenda Lawrence – Water Lines Needed

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

COMMITTEE UPDATES

Facilities Committee – Chairman Turnipseed provided an update on the Facilities Committee Meeting held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. 

Finance Committee – Commissioner Watson provided an update on the Finance Committee Meeting held on Wednesday, March 20, 2024. 

APPROVAL

  1. Minutes from the February 15, 2024 Regular Commission Meeting

Commissioner Cook made a motion seconded by Commissioner Watson to approve the minutes from the February 15, 2024, Regular Commission Meeting.  Motion carried 7-0-0. 

  1. Minutes from the February 15, 2024 Executive Session

Commissioner Cook made a motion seconded by Commissioner Watson to approve the minutes from the February 15, 2024 Executive Session.  Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. FY2025 General Liability Insurance Renewal – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs advised that this renewal is for General Liability Insurance only and does not include Property Insurance.  Property Insurance will be addressed at next month’s meeting.

Commissioner Neal made a motion seconded by Commissioner Sabbe that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission approve insurance renewal rates for each coverage category and insurer as listed in the attached 2024 Liability Insurance Premium Summary.  Motion carried 7-0-0. 

  1. Synovus Banking Resolution – D. Owens

Mr. Owens stated that it is standard practice for the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water & Sewer Commission to have five signatories for its banking and investment accounts, The Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, and the Director of Finance. Periodically, due to changes in personnel, it is necessary to update our signature cards held by our Banking Services provider.

Commissioner Neal made a motion seconded by Commissioner Sabbe that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission approve the BGJWSC Chairman, Vice-Chairman, Executive Director, Deputy Executive Director, and Director of Finance be authorized as signatories for banking, investment, and merchant services and to sign the necessary signature cards.  Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. Contract Award – Financial Auditing Services – D. Owens

Mr. Owens advised that the JWSC issued Request for Proposal No. 24-007 for Auditing Services on January 25, 2024. The period of performance for the services is an initial year for fiscal year ended, June 30, 2024, with two options thereafter.  Three proposals were submitted: Rushton, LLC $69,000 for all three years, $23,000 in year 1; CKH CPAs & Advisors, LLC $70,000 for all three years, $22,800 in year one; and Mauldin & Jenkins Certified Public Accountants $76,200 for all three years, $24,900 in year one. Each proposal was scored independently using an evaluation matrix by an internal three-person evaluation team. The unanimous decision from the individual and collective scoring was to award Mauldin & Jenkins the auditing services contract for the BGJWSC.

Commissioner Sabbe made a motion seconded by Commissioner Cook that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission approve engaging the accounting firm of Mauldin & Jenkins to perform the financial audit of the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission for the fiscal year ending June 30, 2024, for twenty-four thousand nine hundred dollars ($24,900), along with two one-year options as follows: Option Year One for $25,400 and Option Year Two for $25,900.  Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. Academy Creek RAS and UV Upgrades – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs advised that BGJWSC was awarded an ARPA grant for the installation of a UV disinfection system to replace the existing gaseous chlorine disinfection used at Academy Creek. The plant also needs new Return Activated Sludge (RAS) pumps to increase the flow rate of RAS through the facility. Due to years of failed screening equipment at the plant, there are numerous rags in the lines that continually clog up pumps. While increasing the flow rate, staff elected to have a chopper style pump installed to eliminate the need for consistent deragging of these pumps. To accommodate the larger pumps with chopper capabilities, a complete electrical system upgrade for RAS Stations 1 and 2 is also necessary.  The lowest bidder for the project is Reeves Young, LLC in the amount of $5,780,000.  Staff recommended acceptance of an additive alternate for a canopy over the UV system of $80,000 to bring the suggested award amount to $5,860,000.  Staff requested Reeves Young to price the reduction in scope to eliminate the work in the east side of the chlorine contact chamber only. This reduction will reduce a portion of the demolition, concrete, and bypassing requirements of the project while also shortening time onsite for the contractor. Reeves Young provided a cost reduction of $326,000.00 for this option. This would reduce the cost of the project to $5,534,000.00. The Engineer of Record, Goodwyn Mills Cawood, LLC, has provided a letter from Reeves Young concerning the reduction, a letter of recommendation, and a certified bid tabulation recommending award of this project to Reeves Young in the amount of $5,454,000. This amount does not include the canopy over the UV system.

Commissioner Cook made a motion seconded by Commissioner Ford that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission award a contract to Reeves Young, LLC for the construction of the Academy Creek RAS and UV Upgrades in the amount of $5,534,000 and include the $80,000 for the canopy.  Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. Academy Creek RAS and UV Upgrades – Construction Phase Services – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs noted that the Engineer of Record for this project is Goodwyn Mills Cawood, LLC (GMC). Staff requested a proposal from GMC to perform construction administration and inspection services for the RAS and UV Upgrades project to coincide with the proposed award of the construction contract. The proposal of $285,000.00 was provided.  At the February Facilities Committee meeting, there were several questions about the project and requested staff look at ways to value engineer the project to reduce costs. As such, this item was deferred until a determination on the construction contract could be made. Through the value engineering process, savings in construction time were identified that has reduced the recommended budget for construction phase services to $269,000. This is a “Not-to-Exceed” budget.

Commissioner Ford made a motion seconded by Commissioner Strickland that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission award a contract to Goodwyn Mills Cawood, LLC for construction administration and inspection services for the Academy Creek RAS and UV Upgrades in the amount of $269,000. Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. Contract Award – Highway 17 North Pump Station – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs provided that in November 2022, the BGJWSC acquired a parcel from Golden Shores MHP to construct a new pump station that would continue to serve Golden Shores MHP and would allow further expansion of sewer service along the Highway 17 North corridor to include adjacent parcels and areas across Highway 17. One bid for the construction was submitted to JWSC on Wednesday, February 21, 2024, from Popco, Inc., in the amount of $1,172,044.78. Construction firms that did not submit stated current workload as the primary reason for not participating. The low bid was reviewed by staff and deemed reasonable compared to recent projects of a similar nature.

Commissioner Watson made a motion seconded by Commissioner Neal that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission award a contract to Popco, Inc., for the construction of the Highway 17 North Pump Station in the amount of $1,172,044.78. Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. Contract Award – PS 4105/4107 Force Main Improvements – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs advised that BGJWSC operates PS 4107 on Cate Road and PS 4105 on Winstead Drive to convey sanitary sewer from the areas around Exit 38 to the Academy Creek WPCF.  The existing force main from PS 4107 is 6” in diameter and terminates at the intersection of Cate Road and Perry Lane Road. The flow then proceeds through gravity sewer to PS 4105. The existing force main leaving PS 4105 is 8” in diameter and terminates at the intersection of Glyndale Drive and Old Jesup Road. Staff proposed increasing the force main diameters to 12” and relocating the termination of the PS 4105 force main to a manhole near the intersection of Crispen Boulevard and Eagles Pointe Drive. These improvements will significantly reduce the head on the pumps at these stations and improve flow capacities through the sites.  Two bids were submitted to JWSC on Thursday, February 27, 2024, with the apparent low bid from TB Landmark Construction, Inc., in the amount of $2,325,582.00. The low bid was reviewed by staff and deemed reasonable compared to recent projects of a similar nature. The remaining funding currently allocated for this project is $1,701,053 leaving a shortfall of $624,799.00.  The overages for this project will be funded from uncommitted Capital Improvement Fees.

Commissioner Cook made a motion seconded by Commissioner Sabbe that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission award a contract to TB Landmark Construction, Inc., for the construction of the PS 4105 and 4107 Force Main Improvements in the amount of $2,325,582.00. Motion carried 7-0-0. 

  1. Contract Award – Palm Drive Water Main Improvements – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs stated that The SPLOST 5 referendum included funding for water main improvements in Sea Palms. The BGJWSC has already improved the crossing at Colonial Drive in advance of the Frederica Road paving project completed by Glynn County. The crossing near North Windward will be completed as part of a cooperative project with the development of Greenside Villas. That project will need water access across Frederica Road and is located approximately 325 feet north of North Windward Drive. This system will be looped into the Sea Palms distribution system and provide the prescribed benefits. The remaining crossing is Palm Drive.  Staff solicited bids for the installation of JWSC-provided pipe across Frederica Road at Palm Drive and Shamgar, Inc., provided the lowest bid at $120,815. Upon realizing the scope of work required on this project was misunderstood Shamgar advised they were unaware that this work had to be completed at night due to traffic conflicts, and that they would need to consider whether they could complete the project for the bid amount. BGJWSC bid documents clearly stated on Page 4 that “this project will require night work”. Shamgar notified staff on Tuesday, March 12 that they would be unable to complete the project due to loss of dollars, and they retracted their bid. Frederica Road cannot be shut down during the daytime hours, so the entire project will be done at night. The second lowest bidder on the project was TB Landmark Construction, Inc. in the amount of $244,542.  The remaining funding currently allocated for this project is $140,892 leaving a shortfall of $103,650. The overages for this project will be funded from the R&R Reserve.

Commissioner Watson made a motion seconded by Commissioner Cook that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission award a contract to TB Landmark Construction, Inc., for the construction of the Palm Drive/ Frederica Road Water Main Crossing in the amount of $244,542.00. Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. Equipment Purchase – PS 2001/2002/2033/2034 – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs provided that BGJWSC has two (2) funded capital projects that address Pump Stations 2001, 2002, 2033, and 2034 Upgrades outlined in the most recent update to the BGJWSC Master Plan. Due to rapidly increasing construction costs, staff elected to manage these projects differently than a single traditional construction contract. BGJWSC will pre-purchase materials and let individual contracts for services as needed to complete the work. Internal staff may be used to complete work as availability allows. Staff solicited pricing from multiple vendors for bypass pumping, construction of high voltage and low voltage electric panels, and various electrical components needed for the rehab of these four pump stations. Total project funding for PS 2033/2034 is $1,400,000 and PS 2001/2002 is $1,350,000. A breakdown of requested purchase approvals by project code was provided.

Commissioner Cook made a motion seconded by Commissioner Neal that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission approve the purchases from Hydra Service, Inc., Georgia Power, Power & Pumps, Goforth Williamson, and World Electric as shown for the rehab of Pump Stations 2001, 2002, 2033, and 2034. Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. Lease Agreement – Canal Road Water Production Facility – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs stated that JWSC staff is requesting to proceed with the funding to sublease a section of the airport property from the Glynn County Airport Commission (GCAC) for the future Canal Road Water Production Facility.  Funding is required for a sublease and future relinquishment of the existing site and additional property needed to build the Canal Road Water Production Facility improvements off Harry Driggers Boulevard, including a ground storage water tank and associated pump control building.  JWSC requests that an additional 100’ x 110’ property be acquired from the GCAC in addition to the existing site.  To prevent additional delays and ensure the GCAC airport property is acquired for the Canal Road Water Production Facility project, staff recommends authorizing the Chairman to execute the necessary documents to approve funding for the leasing of airport property.

Commissioner Neal made a motion seconded by Commissioner Cook that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission authorize the Chairman to execute the necessary documents to approve funding for leasing of property from the Glynn County Airport Commission for the Canal Road Water Production Facility. Motion carried 7-0-0.

  1. Dedications of Easements and Infrastructure – T. Kline
  • Autumns Wood Phase 3B – Dedication of Infrastructure
  • The Plantation at Golden Isles Easement – Quit Claims x5
  • Superior Storage – Dedication of Infrastructure and Easement
  • Merritt Place Ph 3 – Dedication of Infrastructure and Easement

Mr. Kline provided that the Developers of the above noted projects have submitted legal documents to define and execute the transfer of ownership of water and sanitary sewer infrastructure to JWSC, except Superior Storage.  The required documents have not been received, and this item will be deferred until the next meeting.  For the remaining projects, the infrastructure is understood to have complied with applicable standards at the time of construction.  JWSC inspection records indicate the infrastructure was constructed to JWSC Standards, is functioning, and is in acceptable condition. All requirements of the JWSC Standards for Water and Wastewater System Design and Construction and Development Procedures have been met, and all related documents submitted. The Committee discussed each development and the infrastructure to be transferred.

Commissioner Sabbe made a motion seconded by Commissioner Watson that the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission approve and accept these projects with associated documentation, excluding #3 Superior Storage.  Motion carried 6-0-1. (Commissioner Neal abstained due to possible conflict of interest.) 

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S UPDATE

Mr. Burroughs provided the Commissioners with a brief update.

COMMISSIONERS’ DISCUSSION

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE

The Chairman provided the Commissioners with a brief update. 

EXECUTIVE SESSION

There was no Executive Session. 

ADJOURN

There being no additional business to bring before the Commission, Chairman Turnipseed requested a motion to adjourn the meeting.

Commissioner Neal made a motion seconded by Commissioner Sabbe to adjourn the meeting.  Motion carried 7-0-0.

The Chairman adjourned the meeting at 2:59 p.m.

 

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