Chairman of the Brunswick-Glynn Joint Water and Sewer Commission Thomas Boland resigned from his position Thursday, effective today, after serving almost three years on the utility’s governing board. He leaves one year into his current two-year term.
Boland said few words to the assembled staff at a meeting of the utility commission Thursday. He told those gathered that the meeting would be his last, and thanked the staff for the hard work they had put in during his time on the commission.
“I’m looking at doing something else I’m not going to discuss right at this moment,” Boland said.
Boland was appointed to the commission by a grand jury in January of 2014 and was elected chairman January of this year. He and commissioner Don Elliott jointly filled the role of the executive director Steven Swan, who was fired following his arrest in relation to an aggravated battery charge brought against him by the Glynn County Police Department on Jan. 23. Elliott and Boland served in the role until current executive director Jimmy Junkin took the position on Aug. 15.
“You and your co-chair have done a lot to right the boat, right the ship and get a lot of change culturally here. I know that a lot of the staff has attributed their feelings about the organization to the efforts you and commissioner Elliot have done,” Junkin said. “We couldn’t have done it without you, I appreciate everything that you’ve done for us over this period of time. I’m coming in on the tail end, just enjoying the gravy you’ve left for us. I very much appreciate it.”
Utility officials said, to their knowledge, Boland had only told Junkin and his fellow commissioners prior to the meeting, and they were looking at doing something to commemorate his departure.
“I want to thank everybody for all their help over the last year. I enjoyed working with all of you,” Boland said.
Junkin also said during regular business at the meeting that portions of Glynn County’s north mainland region may have limited sewer capacity within the next year. This additional capacity would be contingent on the county’s answer to the utility’s question of whether Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax revenue can be used on a project that isn’t explicitly mentioned in the projects list, but is intrinsic to a project that is. Money from the sales tax can only be spent on projects that are on a list that is voted on by the general public. SPLOST was approved by voters in the general election in November.
In other business, a contract for a project to improve a force main in the 2032 basin on St. Simons Island was awarded to TB Landmark Construction and operations analyst Jay Sellers was chosen to be the utility’s new public information officer.
The next meeting of the commission will be at 2 p.m., Dec. 15, in the utility’s offices at 1703 Gloucester St. in Brunswick.