Glynn County Commissioner Peter Murphy’s quarterly town hall on Wednesday showed how beneficial such an event can be for both elected leaders and voters.

First of all, it was nice to see County Commission Chairman Michael Browning and Community Development Director Pamela Thompson join Murphy for the event. It was a nice touch to have other county officials so they could offer their expertise when needed.

The town hall included some interesting topics that are definitely worth keeping an eye on for the rest of 2019.

Perhaps the most interesting was Murphy mentioning a potential toll for the F.J. Torras Causeway. Murphy said any proposal was a long way off but that the idea is alive and well.

Bringing back a toll for the causeway is sure to bring out supporters and detractors in droves, so we expect for there to be a lot of interest when the discussions become more formal.

Another interesting idea came from a citizen at the meeting. County resident Bill Pickard proposed banning outdoor burning in residential areas of the county. Such bans already exists in Brunswick and Jekyll Island. Browning agreed with the assessment, saying “That’s a problem all over Glynn County.”

It would make sense for the county to pass a rule that puts it in line with Brunswick and Jekyll Island’s ordinances on the topic. Simplifying the laws is better than having to be concerned where you can burn and where you can’t burn.

Murphy also gave an update on the various road and drainage projects going on around St. Simons. These projects will continue to go for many months, so we encourage everyone to practice a little patience while driving around the island. It might not hurt to leave a little early to make sure you get to your destination on time.

In all, the town hall accomplished its goal. Murphy said another town hall would be scheduled for the second quarter of the year if the public wanted it.

We hope the public does. Maybe we will find out about some more information on some of the interesting nuggets at the next town hall.

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