Glynn County commissioners are expected to consider, among other things, amending the Brunswick-Glynn County Joint Water and Sewer Commission’s establishing document when commissioners meet Thursday.
If approved, the amendment would allow the county to transfer $1.48 million in Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax V revenue to the utility directly.
As stated in the proposed amendment, the money “shall be used for mainland wastewater treatment plant capital upgrades and improvements at or near the site of the Academy Creek Wastewater Treatment Plant in order to increase sewer capacity.”
According to a list of SPLOST V projects, $1.5 million in revenue was supposed to go towards buying land, getting the permits for and designing a north mainland sewer treatment plant. The county spent $20,000 on initial engineering said JWSC Chairman Donald Elliot.
However, according to the proposed agreement, spending the funds on Academy Creek will serve the same purpose as the north mainland plant was intended to serve, and as such “is consistent with the purpose and intent for this SPLOST V project.”
An agreement between the three governing entities allowed the JWSC to take control of SPLOST revenue for utility projects but did not extend to previous taxes.
Any unspent funds will be deemed excess and returned to the county, which will dispose of it as required by law. As required by state law, the utility would still have to complete the SPLOST projects if the costs exceed the $1.48 million.
Utility commissioners approved the new agreement 4-3 following a contentious discussion in which some commissioned expressed doubt that Academy Creek needed the money.
JWSC commissioners Ben Turnipseed and Tripp Stephens have previously said they want the utility to look into the feasibility of a new north mainland sewer treatment plant before committing the money to upgrade the Academy Creek plant.
Along with the amendment to the establishing document, the commission will consider approving or denying a new agreement to finalize the money transfer.
While the JWSC was established in 2006, the city of Brunswick and Glynn County handled all SPLOST money for water and sewer projects until 2017. Roughly $98.3 million was collected from 2007 to 2011 under the penny tax.
In other business, the commission is expected to consider amending an agreement with Brunswick dealing with the proposed Oglethorpe Conference Center, extending the project completion deadline from 2019 to 2021.
Glynn County gave the city the piece of land on which it wanted to build the center — located in the 1700 block of Newcastle Street in downtown Brunswick — in 2016. It included a stipulation in the quitclaim deed that the center had to be “substantially complete” within three years.
According to a draft of the amendment, “the city is diligently pursuing the planning and construction of the Oglethorpe Center but will likely need additional time.”
Should the city not complete the conference center by the deadline, it will have to pay the county the fair market value for the property.
Also on the agenda is a contract to Georgia Asphalt Producers for a major drainage overhaul in the Pier Village on St. Simons Island, a request to defer a rezoning that would allow horses in the Lake Maryanne subdivision and a $17,500 grant for Glynn County Drug Court.
The meeting is scheduled for 6 p.m. Thursday on the second floor of the Old Glynn County Courthouse, 701 G St. in Brunswick.