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County kicks off year with quick business meeting

POSTED: January 9, 2018 6:01 p.m.

The Bryan County Board of Commissioners addressed several items of business during a relatively short meeting Tuesday in Pembroke to start 2018.

Commissioner Brad Brookshire was appointed as vice chairman. The board rotates the vice chairmanship by district, with this year being the fourth district’s turn.

Commissioners also reappointed Donna Waters, who has worked for the county since 1979, as clerk, and reappointed Leamon Holliday as the county attorney. Holliday, of the Savannah-based Bouhan Falligant, has served in that capacity since January 2015.

First Bank of Coastal Georgia was chosen by commissioners to be the county’s primary depository, with South Bank and Ameris Bank as secondary depositories. Brookshire, a president with Ameris Bank, abstained from that vote.

Sarah Williams, president of the North Bryan Chamber of Commerce, was appointed to a three-year term on the library board.

Commissioners also voted to spend $636,000 to purchase a well from the city of Savannah. The money is part of a $2.9 million loan the county received from the Georgia Environmental Finance Authority last year.

County Administrator Ben Taylor said the well, which is adjacent to Fire Station No. 10 by Waterways Township, will increase the countywide daily water allocation from 600,000 gallons per day to 1.6 million gallons. Taylor said current consumption is about 200,000 gallons per day, but that will increase due to future development.

Taylor said the county ended 2017 issuing 299 single-family housing permits, up from 287 in 2016.

Commissioners have called a special meeting for 8 a.m. Friday at the County Administration Building in South Bryan to conduct department head interviews. The county is seeking new directors for finance and planning. 

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