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Commission Meeting Minutes Thursday, November 21, 2019

For your consideration, please read the minutes from the Commission Meeting held on Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 2:00 p.m. in the Commission Meeting Room.

Commission Meeting Minutes 11-21-19 with Attachments

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Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission

1703 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520

Thursday, November 21, 2019 at 2:00 PM 

COMMISSION MINUTES 

PRESENT:                             

G. Ben Turnipseed, Chairman

Steve Copeland, Vice-Chairman

Donald Elliott, Commissioner

Tripp Stephens, Commissioner

Wayne Neal, Commissioner

Cornell L. Harvey, Commissioner                            

Bob Duncan, Commissioner 

ALSO PRESENT:                 

Andrew Burroughs, Executive Director

Charles Dorminy, Legal Counsel HBS

Todd Kline, Director of Engineering

Pam Crosby, Director of Procurement

John Donaghy, Director of Finance

Jay Sellers, Director of Administration

Janice Meridith, Exec. Commission Administrator 

MEDIA PRESENT:               

Matthew Permar, The Islander                                      

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

Chairman Turnipseed provided the invocation and Commissioner Copeland 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. 

COMMITTEE UPDATES

Facilities Committee

Chairman Turnipseed provided that the Facilities Committee had met on the previous day.  He highlighted the wastewater treatment plant flows and operational efficiencies, as well as updated the Commissioners on the status of projects that were reported on at the Facilities Committee meeting.

Finance Committee

Commissioner Copeland provided that the Finance Committee had also met on the previous day and noted that the next Finance Committee meeting is scheduled for December 18th at 1:00.  He commented that some of the items which Chairman Turnipseed had already mentioned were discussed from the financial perspective.  There was one item moved forward for consideration by the full Commission which was the East Beach Demere Improvements Project Budget.

Human Resources

Commissioner Elliott provided that the Human Resources Committee had met the previous week and covered three topics, health care, options for moving to a defined contribution plan from a defined benefit plan, and also looked at a comparison of JWSC and local pay scale.  He commented that the Finance Committee had discussed moving from a Defined Benefit Plan to a Defined Contribution Plan for new employees as of January 1, 2020 and grandfathering in the current employees.  He noted that there would be no change in the outcome of what is received in either plan, but only in how it is funded. 

APPROVAL

  1. Minutes from the November 7, 2019 Regular Commission Meeting

Commissioner Duncan made a motion seconded by Commissioner Stephens to approve the minutes from the November 7, 2019 Regular Commission Meeting.  Motion carried 6-0-1. (Commissioner Copeland abstained, he was absent from that meeting.) 

  1. Minutes from the November 7, 2019 Executive Session #1

Commissioner Stephens made a motion seconded by Commissioner Harvey to approve the minutes from the November 7, 2019 Executive Session #1.  Motion carried 6-0-1. (Commissioner Copeland abstained, he was absent from that meeting.) 

  1. Minutes from the November 7, 2019 Executive Session #2

Commissioner Stephens made a motion seconded by Commissioner Duncan to approve the minutes from the November 7, 2019 Executive Session #2.  Motion carried 6-0-1. (Commissioner Copeland abstained, he was absent from that meeting.) 

*** Commissioner Stephens requested a calendar draft for year 2020 for the next meeting.

  1. Altama/Sea Palms CIPP Award – A. Burroughs

Commissioner Elliott made a motion seconded by Commissioner Duncan to move that the Brunswick Glynn County Joint Water Sewer Commission enter into a contract with IPR Southeast, LLC., in the amount of $599,937.45 for the CIPP Repairs to the Altama Avenue Corridor and Sea Palms Development projects.  Motion carried 7-0-0. 

  1. East Beach/Demere Improvements Project Budget – A. Burroughs

Commissioner Duncan made a motion seconded by Commissioner Neal to move to approve project funding in the amount of $100,000.00 for the East Beach/Demere Sewer Improvement Project.  Motion carried 7-0-0. 

DISCUSSION

There no items for discussion.

EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR’S UPDATE

Mr. Burroughs announced that Chairman Turnipseed had been re-appointed by the Grand Jury to serve on the Commission for a four year term.  The ordinance revisions were placed on the city’s agenda for the previous night’s meeting and were approved to go for public notice for a period of two weeks.  He provided that the Annual Grits and Issues Breakfast is coming up at Epworth in mid-December.  He reminded the Commissioners that the annual JWSC Christmas Luncheon is on December 4th at 11:30 and all were welcome to attend. 

CHAIRMAN’S UPDATE

Chairman Turnipseed reiterated that the luncheon was on the fourth and encouraged the Commissioners to attend, and perhaps be a judge for the Dessert Contest.

EXECUTIVE SESSION

Commissioner Elliott made a motion seconded by Commissioner Neal to enter into Executive Session to discuss Property & Litigation with no vote to be taken after.  Motion carried 7-0-0.

Return to Regular Session.

Commissioner Copeland made a motion seconded by Commissioner Duncan to return to Regular Session.  Motion carried 7-0-0.

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

There being no additional business to bring before the Commission, Chairman Turnipseed adjourned the meeting at 2:54 p.m.

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