Despite a sometimes rocky relationship, Richmond Hill’s city council and Bryan County’s board of commissioners appeared to find common ground Saturday during a 5-hour work session on Jekyll Island involving members of both governments.
The result is ground for a new Richmond Hill library.
“Today, the Bryan County Commission and the City of Richmond Hill reached an agreement to begin the process of building the new county library on city-owned land in the new Town Centre on Highway 144,” said Richmond Hill Mayor Russ Carpenter and Bryan County Commission Chairman Carter Infinger in a joint statement. “This is but one of the items we are working together on in a renewed spirit of cooperation.”
The library was but one of a number of topics discussed during the called “work session,” which involved several elected officials and was facilitated by the University of Georgia and held on in a conference room at the Westin Jekyll-Island.
In addition to Carpenter and Infinger, others who attended were city council members Tara Baraniak, Jan Bass and Johnny Murphy; and county commissioners Brad Brookshire, Noah Covington, Rick Gardner, Steve Myers and Wade Price.
Gene Wallace, who is set to replace Gardner after Gardner decided not to run again, also participated.
More on this story to follow.