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Facilities Committee Meeting Minutes Wednesday, July 24, 2019

For your consideration please read the minutes from the Facilities Committee Meeting held on Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 3:00 p.m.

Facilities Committee Minutes 7-24-19 with Attachments

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Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water & Sewer Commission

1703 Gloucester Street, Brunswick, GA 31520

Commission Meeting Room

Wednesday, July 24, 2019 at 3:00 PM 



Ben Turnipseed, Chairman

Steve Copeland, Commissioner

Bob Duncan, Commissioner

Andrew Burroughs, Interim Executive Director

ALSO PRESENT:                 

Tripp Stephens, Commissioner

Todd Kline, Director of Engineering

 Janice Meridith, Exec. Commission Administrator

MEDIA PRESENT:               

Taylor Cooper, The Brunswick News

 Pamela Permar-Shierling, The Islander

Chairman Turnipseed called the meeting to order at 3:00 PM.

Chairman Turnipseed provided the invocation.


There being no citizens that wished to address the Committee, Commissioner Turnipseed closed the Public Comment Period.


  1. Minutes from Facilities Committee Meeting July 11, 2019

Commissioner Duncan made a motion seconded by Chairman Turnipseed to approve the minutes from the Facilities Committee Meeting held on July 11, 2019.  Motion carried 2-0-1. (Commissioner Copeland abstained due to not being present at the July 11 Facilities Committee Meeting.)

  1. PS4105 Engineering Agreement – A. Burroughs

Andrew Burroughs provided that the PS4105 project was discussed earlier that day in the Finance Committee Meeting.  The scope of the project was revised during that meeting, however the proposed project and requested budget were approved by the Finance Committee to be moved forward to the full Commission.  Mr. Burroughs advised that this request was for approval to enter into an agreement with Roberts Civil Engineering for the engineering portion of the project.  Roberts Civil Engineering has already been working on engineering improvements for PS4105 and 4107 that are needing further improvements.  Staff reviewed the cost proposal from Roberts and believes the proposal is reasonable and acceptable in the amount of $65,000.00 with an estimated engineering time of 120 days for design and 150 days for construction administration.

Commissioner Duncan made a motion seconded by Commissioner Copeland to move that the Facilities Committee recommend to the full Commission that the BGJWSC enter into contract with Roberts Civil Engineering in the amount of $65,000.00 for Engineering Services related to the PS4105/4107 Expansion and Downstream Rehab Project.  Motion carried 3-0-0.


  1. Academy Creek Rehab Project Update – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs provided to the Committee that on the previous week at the GAWP Conference in Savannah Mr. Kline, Mr. Ryals, Chairman Turnipseed and he had met with five vendors that provide the array of equipment that will be considered for the Academy Creek Plant Rehab.  They discussed ways in which the project could be done, what those suppliers have available, and also possible trials of products such as odor control, screening, and filtering technologies.  Their discussions were very productive and allowed considerations of various products and equipment possible to move forward with.

Chairman Turnipseed requested an update on PS4003 and the use of the “Smart Ball” technology used for inspecting the force main.  Mr. Burroughs recalled for the Commissioners that PS4003 is located at “K” Street and Reynolds Street.  He noted that the “Smart Ball” does a sonar image of the interior of the force main as it is pumped through.  The inspection was completed on the previous day and the report should be expected within four weeks.  Mr. Burroughs added that they were able to look at the force main from PS4002 and PS4003 since those force mains manifold together, and highlighted the process for this inspection.

  1. WPCF Plant Flows Report – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs provided the Committee with the WPCF Plant Flows Report.  He highlighted the various influent and effluent flows and concentrations for the Academy Creek, Dunbar, and Southport plants.  Mr. Burroughs noted that the BOD did increase at Academy Creek, however that is due to the lower amount of water to dilute it.  He also commented that the Phosphorous level has been on watch for the last few months and that level is going down. All plants are operating within compliance at this time.  The truck for hauling sludge to the landfill has come in and preparations are in process with the expectation of JWSC beginning to haul its own sludge to the landfill and incur significant savings.

  1. Project Report – A. Burroughs

Mr. Burroughs provided an update on the current project report.  Projects reported on included:

  • Project 417 – Ridgewood Water Production Facility
  • Project 703 – PS4003 Decommission and Gravity Sewer
  • Project 704 – Canal Road to Glynco
  • Project 801 – FEMA Hazard Mitigation Academy Creek
  • Project 806 – Academy Creek Oxygen System Rehab
  • Project 807 – SSI Phase II Smoke & Dye Testing
  • Project 904 – Lift Station 4021 Improvements
  • Project 907 – Sewer Expansion Study – Brunswick 

There being no further committee business, Chairman Turnipseed adjourned the meeting at 3:21 p.m.

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